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.

For additional details on industrial cables and various other related products, visit www.challengercomponents.com





Twin Axial Ribbon Cable Wins Award

30 06 2011

The SL8800 Series Twin Axial Ribbon Cable from 3M has been named one of the most technology significant products introduced in the past year.

The R&D Magazine’s prestigious 49th Annual R&D 100 Awards saw 100 products receive recognition for being a benchmark of excellence in a variety of industries – from academia to government to medical and manufacturing.

3M Interconnect – a cable and connector manufacturer saw its newest innovation Twin Axial Ribbon Cable SL8800 Series win an award, of which past winners include the fax machine, liquid crystal display, HDTV, and company solutions 3M Aluminium Conductor Composite Reinforced (ACCR).

3M provided a solution to modern challenges through the development of a unique flat cable construction that minimizes the overall thickness of the cable and enhances its bendability, without sacrificing electrical performance.

“The unique characteristics of 3M Twin Axial Cable solutions allow design engineers to rethink the possibilities of how the design of vital electronic components – from servers to embedded systems – are developed,” said Voyl Divljakovic, 3M Electronic Solutions Division, vice president and general manager.

“This cable, simply put, is a true game changer for the industry, and we are honoured that the editors of R&D Magazine and industry experts agree.”

The cable is the industry’s first known flat, foldable and longitudinally shielded high-performance twin axial ribbon cable.

These cable products are the only products on the market which easily meet today’s data rate requirements of 6 Gbps and up towards rapidly increasing requirements, all while providing enhanced flexibility with little or no impact on the cable’s electrical performance.

Twin Axial Ribbon Cable Suppliers

Challenger Components stocks many 3M Interconnect products, including their twin axial ribbon cable for a variety of industries that may require it.

Visit: http://www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your electronic component requirements in more detail.





What are Elastomeric Connectors?

12 05 2011

Find out more about elastomeric connectors, what they are used for, how they differ from other types of connectors and where they are used.

Elastomeric connectors differ from regular connectors as they require no force to insert them to their required position, and they also do not require soldering.

Tyco Electronics shows these connectors provide a compliant surface-to-surface compression connector when deflected between opposing mirror-image pad patterns.

STAX is a producer of elastomeric connectors, of which the connectors are composed of alternating layers of conductive and nonconductive silicone rubber.  This type of rubber ages well so the connectors do not need to be replaced often – the rubber also provides chemical stability and electrical reliability.

Silicone rubber also provides good performance for preventing shocks and vibrations from affecting the electrical conduction.

What are Elastomeric Connectors used for?

These types of connectors can be used on most applications – these include board to board co-planar connections and even right angle connections.

These capabilities make them good in devices such as microphones, speakers, vibration motors and interboards.  The connectors have increased versatility which is useful in such applications.

To incorporate these connectors into these applications, users are required to provide deflection force and contact pad alignment.

Connector Specialist

Challenger Components is a specialist in the connector world, with 50 years experience in supplying relevant and quality electronic components to buyers.

Many of the connectors they provide come from renowned manufactures, including Tyco Electronics and 3M Interconnect.

They supply Input and Output Connectors, Backplane Connectors, Board to Board Connectors, Wire to Board Connectors, Wire to Wire Connectors, Storage Interconnects, IC Sockets, and many more.

They also provide cable assemblies and products for static control and cooling solutions.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





External Power Supply through Industrial Cable to Grow

26 04 2011

Industrial cables are expected to be high in demand as the global market for external ac-dc power supplies is predicted, following a new study, to grow to 14 billion dollars in 2016.

According to the report ‘External AC DC Power Supplies: Worldwide Forecasts’ by Electronics CA Publications, the industry is experiencing conflicting changes that are reshaping this important area of power conversion.

There is a convergence among average wattages and package styles demanded by a typical system in applications such as communications, computer and consumer.  There are also emerging applications that are demanding higher-wattage power supplies.

The communications applications demands are driving both the highest unit sales and the fastest unit growth rates into the two lowest-wattage categories.

Over the next five years the external power supply market is projected to see considerable growth due to new power architectures, smaller form factors, more efficient designs and improved power management technology.

The demand will be led by the communications, computer, consumer, portable medical and building/lighting segment industries.  It is predicted to grow from 9.3 billion dollars in 2011 to 14 billion dollars in 2016.

Industrial Cable

This type of cable is used in industries which require tough and durable cable to supply their applications with a steady and reliable power supply.

The most common types of cable are electrical cables which are used to provide a flow of electricity to certain applications; these can also be outside and exposed to the elements, so are required to be waterproof and able to withstand human tampering.

Challenger Components has 50 years experience in supplying the right type of industrial cable for their clients requirements – whether they need them for small applications such as computers, or larger devices used in factories.

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





Demand for Specialised Electronic Components Expected to Rocket

21 04 2011

The shipment of electronic components with embedded wireless local area networking technology (WLAN) is expected to surpass one billion units in 2011, researchers forecast.

According to new IHS iSuppli research, this will be the first time shipments will go past one billion units, and it is expected this will rise to more than two billion in 2015.

The reason behind the increase in demand of this particular electronic component is due to its role in consumer products where it is used increasingly to provide ubiquitous connectivity.

Consumer electronics, computers, communications and automotive products with built-in WLAN capability such as Wi-Fi will amount to 1.2 billion units in 2011, up by 35.8 percent from 2010.

“In today’s world of connected electronics, consumers expect seamless access to Internet communications, services and content in any place and at any time,” said Dr Jagdish Rebello, IHS senior director and principle analyst for communications and consumer electronics at IHS.

“Consumers depend on built-in WLAN technology to get the most out of their electronic products.  Because of this, embedded WLAN is becoming the norm for all kinds of devices.”

There are 28 major categories of electronic products, according to the study, that are adopting WLAN technology, and these include PCs, cell phones, digital cameras and camcorders, home and handheld video game consoles, televisions, set-top boxes and portable navigation devices.

Electronic Component Suppliers UK

Challenger Components has 50 years experience is supplying quality electronic components to its customers, depending on their specific industry and requirements.

They have expertise in electronic connectors, static control, and cooling solutions through the means of fans and blowers.

The industries they typically provide their services to ranges from telecommunications to industrial factories.

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





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: www.challengercomponents.com for more information, and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





Strain Relief and Grounding Clamps

21 02 2011

Most large electrical systems used in industry require strain relief applications and grounding methods to prevent damage to the cables.

What are Grounding Clamps used for?

A grounding clamp is commonly used in conjunction with a grounding cable, commonly referred to as a grounding kit.

This process is used to prevent lightening punctures on cables such as coaxial cables – copper or aluminium on antenna installations – usually used in the telecommunication sector.

The clamp is screwed to the cable so the voltage from a lightening stroke or electrical fault will be diverted into the clamp, so it is earthed.

The clamps themselves are made of tin and this is designed to be in a ripple so it has a low contact resistance – giving it better length.

What are Strain Relief Accessories?

Connection points on cable and wiring harnesses can be prone to damage, so a cable strain relief provides extra protection to reinforce the cord so the electrical connection remains uninterrupted.  A strain relief could also mean your cables last longer.

Strain relief systems vary in size and type to support different parts of the cable, such as a flex support strain relief which is a specific type which protects the cable from stress as it enters the equipment.

Strain Relief and Grounding Clamp Manufacturers

3M Interconnect is one of the UKs largest manufacturers of electronic accessories such as strain relief and grounding clamps.

In addition to electronic accessories they also specialise in designing static control products, cables and cable assemblies, and connectors.

Their products are renowned for lasting the harsh environments most of their electrical items are expected to withstand, in markets such as military, industrial, and scientific machinery.

Challenger Components supplies many of the 3M products, having 50 years of experience in designing and assembling cabling and connectors, static control systems, and cooling systems such as fans and blowers.

For more information on strain relief and grounding clamps for your specific system visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information, and to discuss your requirements in more detail.








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