The way we use Industrial cables

28 11 2011

Industrial cables are generally fabricated in various instruments for power and control and can be used in variety of industries. They are particularly popular in both the aerospace and military sectors.

Nowadays, the cable manufacturers can customise the cable quality to the customer’s specific needs and they are generally designed in such a way that they can withstand the low, medium and high voltage fluctuations.

One of the most prominent examples of an industrial cable is a Factory Automation cable, mainly used in robots for signalling and power purposes. As this equipment is operated with continuously, the cables used should be highly durable and insulation material used for designing these cables should withstand high mechanical strength as irradiation cross-linking is performed and is qualified only after it tolerates 10 million repetitive movements.

Another example is a Military cable which is used for transferring signals to military equipment such as tanks, aircraft and naval vessels. The cables designed should be non-toxic and fire proof as they are used in radars and communication devices.

Challenger Components

Challenger Components have over 50 years of experience in industrial cables, connector products and a variety of additional electrical components.

They also work alongside a number of leading brand names within the electronics manufacturing industry such as Amphenol, Nicomatic and 3M. Names such as these are trusted and respected globally to provide the most innovative and reliable solutions to a range of electronic issues.

They are particularly renowned in both the military and aerospace sectors, where the use of connectors is pivotal to a variety of equipment and a whole host of different situations.

For full details of all the products available from manufacturers such as those named above, contact www.challengercomponents.com

 





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





What to Look For When Choosing Connectors

19 07 2011

The growing market for consumer electrical goods is likely to increase global demand for electrical connectors in the coming years.

However, a new report from Global Industry Analysts suggests that developments in technology and a marked increase in the production of miniaturized microprocessors, as well as the increased use of mobile devices are going to lead to a recovery and growth of the industry in the coming years.

Areas where demand remains likely to remain strong is in the military sector. A recent report from Bishop and Associates found that on average, over the last five years, governments worldwide have consistently spent 2.7% of their gross domestic product on military expenditures.

Demand for cable connectors – which are needed to connect cables together – are expected to rise. As a whole, analysts expect the worldwide market for military/aerospace cable assemblies market to grow by approximately 2% in 2011, to a total value of $12.9 billion.

What to Look For When Choosing a Connector

There are a number of things to consider when choosing the right connectors. Things to bear in mind include the low resistance value of the connector, as well as high insulation value. You may also want the connector to meet specific conditions, too, so that it can, for example, withstand high vibrations.

Reliability is of course a massive consideration to bear in mind, as well as easy identification (very important when working on complex electrical circuits and systems), how easy it can be connected to other devices and of course price.

Another point that is increasingly important to bear in mind are compliance issues. The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) mean that electrical components need to meet stringent environmental and safety standards. Always bear this in mind when choosing connectors.

Challenger Components has 50 years experience in providing electrical components to a variety of industries.  They use a variety of recognised suppliers such as Amphenol and ebmpapst to provide connectors, industrial fans and blowers, and static control solutions to their customers.

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





Areas Set for Electrical Component Growth

19 07 2011

We check out three areas where growth in electrical components and electrical manufacturing is set to grow in the coming years.

EU Fans

Companies will need to update their fans and thermal management solutions before strict new EU rules come into force. The EU has introduced, and continues to make, major changes to the energy efficiency requirements of electrical fans. In fact, new regulations on energy efficiency being introduced by the EU in the next four years could mean that up to 50 percent of existing electrical fans will need to be upgraded. More

Alternative Energy Market

The alternate energy storage market is expected to rise to 423 million dollars in 2016 worldwide, research reveals. A recent report suggests the global market could equal 325 million in 2011 and this could reach 423 million dollars in 2016 as it increases at a five year compound annual growth rate of 5.4 percent. More

Semiconductor Inventory

New research by IHS iSuppli has indicated days of inventory among chip suppliers was up by 1.1 percent from the fourth quarter in 2010 to 80.3 days at the end of quarter one 2011. This figure is also an increase of 9.1 days from the same period last year, representing a two year high, as inventories reached a level not seen since the first quarter of 2009 when figures stood at 82.4. More

Smart Grid

By 2016 research suggests the global alternative electrical power storage market will reach 423 million dollars.

Electrical power is now being commonly generated using smaller alternative sources like wind, solar, tidal and geothermal, as opposed to traditional methods of coal-fired, oil-burning, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric, a new report reveals. More.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your electronic component 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.





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.





Antistatic Bags

15 03 2011

Find out what an antistatic bag is, where antistatic bags are used, and why antistatic bags are important, and the best suppliers of antistatic bags in the UK.

Antistatic Bags

These items are used to ship components as they act as a buffer should the device they are carrying become damaged and leak dangerous toxins or fumes such as electrostatic discharge.

They are usually used to ship or carry electronic components which are more prone to damage than other types of equipment.

The bags are made of plastic and are silver in colour if made of metallised film, or pink or black of made from polyethylene.

If you use a polyethylene antistatic bag it may also come with extra padding such as in the form of bubble wrap or foam.

How do Antistatic Bags Work?

The antistatic bags protect mostly against electronic discharge which may be dangerous to the immediate surroundings.

The way antistatic bags work is by their design where they are made up of layers of protection.  They are therefore, sometimes made up of a variety of different materials, such as rigid black polyethylene box line with pink poly foam.

You could also get one that protects a device with a pink polyethylene bubble-wrap bag.

The antistatic bags are slightly conductive; this means they prevent localised charges from affecting the device – so in this sense they protect the device from exterior destruction.

Pink or green bags have only low-charging material.  This means that while the bag will not be able to create harmful charges, it will not protect the electronic device from electronic fields – so the bags should only be opened in a workstation which is static free.

Antistatic Bag Suppliers UK

Challenger Components sells a variety of quality antistatic bags from the well know manufacturer 3M.

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








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