There are two different types of cable assemblies: assembled cables and molded cables.
Assembled Cable Assemblies
The assembled cable assembly is created using a pre-formed, standard or custom type of shell or metal or plastic. These shells can be designed to include shielding, or they may be unshielded, this depends on the requirements in the specific system or device. The cable is placed in the assembled cable assembly at the end, and the wires from the cable are then connected to the pins or the terminal ends as needed.
Molded Cable Assemblies
With molded cable assemblies, the same process is used, but the shell is made of PVC. The process starts with the cable entering in the mold cavity, with the wires attached to the connectors in the mold. Then, the thermoplastic PVC is heated to the melting point and injected into the mold, allowed to cool, and removed.
The result of this process is molded cables. The cable terminal and the connectors are encapsulated by the PVC mold, and they cannot be separated as they are completely surrounded by the hard, durable PVC shell.
An important benefit of choosing molded cables is the ability to create the shape of the terminal end of the cable to suit the specific needs of the system. A mold can be created in any shape, which is very important when the connection has to be in a tight space or where there is a need to distinguish the cables.
Additionally, these cables are highly durable and protect the connection of the wires in the assembly, extending the life of the cables and also protecting an area of the cable from exposure to water, metals or other types of materials.
To learn more about the custom molded cable assemblies we produce at Assembly Solutions, get in touch with us today at 888-744-8588.