How to Select the Right Cable
Before selecting your cable, let’s identify the differences between aircraft cable and wire rope. The term Cable is the generic name for aircraft cable which ranges in size from 1/32″ to 3/8″. Cable that is over 3/8″ is considered wire rope. There are many constructions included in wire rope, but most common are 6 x 19 and 6 x 37 class. The strands of wire wrap around the core of the aircraft cable and wire rope and can be made of cable or polypropylene rope. The wires are then “preformed”, a process by which the individual wires become closed into a helix and become one strand.
Selecting Cable Composition and Coating
The cable material types are Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel Wire, and Galvanized Carbon Steel Wire. Stainless Steel is used in applications that need corrosion protection, Carbon Steel Wire is sometimes called Plow Steel, is wear-resistant, and Galvanized is stronger than Stainless Steel. Coating your cable is optional, however, because it is fairly inexpensive and increases the life of your cable, it is recommended. The most common type is a PVC jacket which can be clear or colored. Teflon is used in applications where the cable is being used in high temperature or with chemicals.
Aircraft Cable - 1 x 7: Straight Line Applications
Aircraft Cable - 7 x 7: Architectural / Deck Railings
Stainless Steel Aircraft Cable - 7 x 19: Garage Doors, Safety Cables, Light Rigging
Aircraft Cable - 3 x 7: Architectural / Deck Railings, Agricultural
Aircraft Cable - 7 x 19: Garage Doors, Hanging Signs, Antennas / Flagpoles, Tie-Downs
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Cable Industries is a division of WiscoLift, Inc. which fabricates custom cable assemblies for the following industries: Aerospace, Agriculture, Architectural, Construction, Marine, Medical, Security, and more. For more information on our company, visit our website.
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