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Selecting the Right Cable System for Your Environment

A systematic approach design engineers can follow to ensure a cable system will provide reliable performance in demanding environments and mission-critical applications. The paper discusses electrical, mechanical, environmental, and application-specific constraints that affect cable performance. Advantages and disadvantages of typical materials used in cable construction are explained, including an explanation of the testing and data analysis a manufacturer should perform to verify its cable will perform in a specific application. Cost considerations and ramifications of cable failure are also included.

Author: Gore & Associates

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