Cable harnessing is the process of binding an assemblage of cables into one organised cable. Once they are bound together, they become a cable harness. You may have heard of cable harnessing through the other names it is referred to – wiring loom or wiring assembly.
These cables (or wires) are typically used for the transmission of electrical power or mechanical signalling.
So why are cable harnesses used? There are a number of advantages to binding cables, instead of leaving them loose and unprotected within intricate and often expensive automation equipment.
For a start, binding cables offers more protection. Exposed cables which have not been harnessed will have an increased exposure to undesirable conditions such as moisture, heat and vibration, as opposed to harnessed cables.
Cables can be bound into flame-retardant and low-smoke halogen free sheaths, reducing the chance of fires and smoke inhalation, should anything regrettably malfunction. This is incredibly important, as the machinery these particular cables are used on can reach often high temperatures, and are at risk of electrical fires due to the enormous amount of wiring used.
Cable harnessing also makes it a lot easier and less time consuming to install cables, as they can be organised into fewer groups. Harnessing also saves a lot of space within machinery and other applications.
Lapp produces specialist cable harnessing, which can be bespoke to your industrial application needs. Bespoke cable harnessing means you can choose from a range of sheathing and select a memorable colour which is easily recognisable to you once the cable is installed.
If you work within the engineering or automation industry, bespoke control cabling also makes it easier when helping new staff get on board with the machinery or robotics. There won’t be an abundance of randomly coloured cables to try and explain the purpose of!