Industrial cables

15 09 2011

A vast number of different applications within the electronics industry require industrial cables to function efficiently and precisely. Industrial cables can be used to describe various types of cable that is used in this particular sector.

A cable can be most accurately described as when one or two wires run parallel to each other to form a single assembly. The wires are assembled in this way to take up less room and to make sure they remain organised.

Industrial 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 specific types of electric cable;

1)  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.

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

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.

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.

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

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