Electrical Cable Selection And Installation
You have many factors to consider when selecting electrical cable. Think about what you need the cable to do and how it will be installed.
Then, consider the environment you need the cable to perform in. If you need a cable for an area that is subject to high flexibility, it must hold up to movement. For example, a cable used on a reel must have the ability to bend without damaging the inner conductors. Does your application have extreme hot and/or cold temperatures, exposure to chemicals, or need additional protection against abrasion? Find out how our products are serving other harsh environments, or watch our videos to see how tough our wire and cable really are!
Choosing the right cable will help prevent early cable failure. Consider these best practices prior to installation:
- Do not over-tighten cable ties or clamps, as this can break inner conductors
- In applications that require cable movement, do not restrict the movement with ties
- Use a strain relief to prevent stretching
- Before installation, allow cable to hang freely for 24 hours in the environment where it will be used to help eliminate the tension from the packaging and acclimate the cable to the normal temperature range
- Select the cable with the smallest outside diameter that meets your temperature, motion and conductor needs
If you need additional assistance, our experts will be happy to help you choose the exact cable type for your application. We’ll work with you to help confirm that your selection holds up to your specific environment and gives you the longest life span with the greatest reliability. We can also create custom cables specifically for your needs.