Engineering360 has asked its users about the latest design trends and features related to Cable Assemblies. They have also shared their product applications and tips on how to buy and use these products.
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Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
15 answers
Answers:
Lower cost - reduced delivery timescale - and if pushed, the jacket to be manufactured in a range of bright colours for easier identification within a large cable loom.
~Don M, General Management, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Proven alternatives to cadmium. Smaller size matched impedance differential contacts. More variety in power carrying connectors.
~Hardware Engineer, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
IPX 69 i.e. waterproof when uncoupled and coupleable under water including in marine conditions.
~Charles Tsai, Research & Development, Taichung, Taiwan
Interface maybe with a 16,32, or mulitply size wire with Harting Quick Disconnects.
~Mark H, Electro Mechinical Tech and Reseach and Deplopement Tech, Tamarac, FL
100 Gbps over Copper + DirecTV Satellite TV capability on same cable.
~William J., Electronic Systems Engineer, MBA, Tustin, CA
Specify cable materials and function at cable manufacturing stage.
~Dave W, Research & Development, Portsmouth, Uk
Bring down the cost of the cables without compromising the QOS
~SUBRAMANYAM A, Manufacturer, BANGALORE, INDIA
Light weight; Flexibility; Low attenuation; Price driven
~Guy C, Marketing/Sales, Chandler, AZ
A cable assembly that does not crack after a while.
~Engineering, Other, Mobile, AL
Standardizing connections across designs
~General Management, Austin, TX
We design by customers' requirement
~George Chen, Project Manager, Dongguan, China
Reliability factor
~General Corporate Mgmt, Madison, WI
Better delivery
~Kent J, Marketing/Sales, Tempe, AZ
Test equipments
~MUSTAFA Y, Facilities Manager, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Cost-effective
~Cristian C, Managing Director, Buftea, Romania

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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of cable assemblies?
14 answers
Answers:
Select the right product and right specs and verify the compliance and not to over size the cabling plant for the sake of redundancy. Do good installations practices.
~SUBRAMANYAM A, Manufacturer, BANGALORE, INDIA
- With a correct cable type - with a correct connector end - with a correct input voltage - with a correct ambient environment
~Lizon Chi, Marketing/Sales, Hsin-tien district, New Taipei City, Taiwan ROC
For high tech cable assemblies, better design the specifications based on cable assemblies manufacturers experience.
~Guy C, Marketing/Sales, Chandler, AZ
As above in 8 also use a company with a willingness to work with you to produce what you want and need.
~Don M, General Management, Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Verification of Performance BEFORE & AFTER INSTALLATION IS CRITICAL!
~William J., Electronic Systems Engineer, MBA, Tustin, CA
Proper color coding or labeling, never a standard unless specified.
~Mark H, Electro Mechinical Tech and Reseach and Deplopement Tech, Tamarac, FL
Choose the quality part from professional manufacturer
~George Chen, Project Manager, Dongguan, China
Do no underestimate the VSWR/RL importance
~Cristian C, Managing Director, Buftea, Romania
Selecting the chepaest is common error
~MUSTAFA Y, Facilities Manager, ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Testing testing and testing
~Charles Tsai, Research & Development, Taichung, Taiwan
Correct grounding
~Kent J, Marketing/Sales, Tempe, AZ
Correct BOM
~Len N, Marketing/Sales, Akron, OH
Tolerance
~General Corporate Mgmt, Madison, WI
As above.
~Hardware Engineer, Edinburgh, United Kingdom

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