Industrial cable

17 03 2011

Many applications in industry require cables to function, relying on electrical currents and signals to run.  Industrial cable is a term used to describe all types of cable that is used in this sector.

Find out what type of industrial cable you require, how industrial cable works, and where to buy industrial cable in the UK.

A cable is when one or two wires run parallel to each other to form a single assembly, the wires are assembled this way to take up less room, to keep them organised, and to protect them and the device from damage.

Cable can be used in mechanical terms to lift heavy applications through tension – these are often called wire ropes.

In terms of electrical engineering, cables are used to carry electric currents and there are two types of electric cable.  One is used for installation in industrial sites and other buildings, and the other for power transmission at distances greater than a few kilometres, usually referred to as power cables.

Another type of cable is optical cable which uses optical fibres which are protected by a protective jacket.

The Industrial sector may at some point use all of these types of cables, and for each application the requirements for cable may differ.

Electrical Cable

These types of cable used in industry are adapted to ensure the electromagnetic field they would usually radiate is kept to a minimum.

The effects of this electrical radiation is that nearby conductors or cable will pick up this energy, and this in turn could affect the running of other pieces of equipment, and also cause noise pollution.

Due to this, industrial cables have been adapted to minimise this electromagnetic pickup and transmission, with an extra shielded coating applied to the cable.

Electric Cable Types

The most common types of electric cable used in industry are:

Ribbon cable, Coaxial cable, Twinax cable, Flexible cables, Shielded cable, Multicore cable, non-metallic sheathed cable, and metallic sheathed cable.

Industrial Cable Suppliers UK

If you require industrial cable, Challenger Components supplies quality products to suit your requirements, including ribbon cable, coaxial cable and shielded cabled.

Visit: for more information, and to discuss your requirements in more detail.




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