Cable life and appearance can be enhanced by the use of plastic coated cable. The coating seals out contaminants, seals in lubrication and cushions the cable strands thereby increasing cycle life.
- Consideration should be given to the choice of plastics based upon the desired UV and heat stabilization that is desired.
- CMA has several types of nylon coatings that are specifically formulated for UV resistance, flexibility, abrasion resistance and impact resistance.
- We also have available PVC and TPE coatings.
- Select the desired cable construction. For example, 1×7 is the stiffest while 7×19 is the most flexible
- Determine what the cable and assembly breaking strength needs to be based upon the working load plus a safety factor.
- Remember that the assembly strength will usually be less than the tensile strength of the cable.
- Based upon items 3 and 4, determine the cable diameter to be used.
- Determine the type of end fitting that will be required for attachment of the cable for your particular application. Our Design Engineers can help with this selection.
- For best holding strength, it is necessary to strip the coating prior to applying the end fittings. The design should allow for this.