Choosing the best components for your wire harness or cable assembly is essential for product performance.   

Mega DirectLine, Oregon - fotolia_111890253_xsWiring harnesses have many components—including connectors, wraps, clips, seals and wires. Each can affect the performance of the finished product.

The following article describes some of the elements we consider during our design process.

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Article: Choose the Best Parts for Your Wire Harness

A key component of any electronic or electrical system is the cable assembly or wire harness—and yet it is typically one of the last components to be addressed.

When designing a system, the wiring should be addressed as early in the design stage as possible. A wiring harness has many components—including connectors, wraps, clips, seals, and, of course, the wires themselves—and each can affect the performance of the finished product. An overdesigned or underdesigned wire harness could ultimately have a negative impact on the performance of the finished product.

When designing a wire harness, engineers have many questions to answer up front. Some of the biggest involve the environment in which the harness will be used. Will it be exposed to flexing? Will it be in a clean room? Will be exposed to sunlight or moisture? Will it be exposed to chemicals or temperature extremes?

Conductor or Circuits

The number and type of circuits or conductors that are included in an assembly will be determined by the application. Many options are available for the type of conductive material, the stranding of the conductors, and the plating applied to the materials.

The most versatile and widely used conductor material is copper. <<READ MORE>>