The complexity of the sheath (or other binding method) can vary, depending on what cables are being harnessed within. The materials used for the sheath are also customisable, and can be designed to suit different industrial environments.
For example, a sheath made from a flame retardant material can be a beneficial choice for many environments. An outdoor cable harness may require a material which is resistant to UV rays from the sun.
Cable harnesses offer a number of advantages, from saving space within machinery to increasing the overall safety of it. Here are four of the benefits that a bespoke cable harness can provide to the cables within your industrial machinery:
The sheath of a cable harness is typically made out of a tough material which gives added protection to the potentially fragile cables within the assembly. Sometimes, undesirable effects such as moisture, vibration and abrasions can be unavoidable and can cause damage to cables – but a cable harness prevents these negative effects from ever reaching the cabling underneath.
Replacing essential cables can be a costly and time consuming task, which can withhold production lines in many factories. Protecting your cables early means it’s unlikely you’ll have to replace them often.
Loose wiring and cables can take up valuable space within machinery. A cable harness ensures that the maximum amount of free space can be created, which can potentially allow machinery, especially robotics, to move around more freely.
Robotics and machinery which is able to move as freely as possible are able to work at their maximum potential, increasing the overall workload that can be done.
Increased Fire Safety
Often, cable harness sheaths are crafted from flame retardant materials. These materials will still burn after coming into contact with flames, however they will not support combustion as they are self extinguishing, once the flame source is removed.
With health and safety being a large concern for many industrial applications, opting for flame retardant materials where possible is an essential decision. It also means that if your cables are not made from a flame retardant material, you can simply invest in a cable harness as opposed to replacing them all.
Cable harnessing allows for a much shorter installation time within machinery. Instead of a complex range of cables, the installer simply has to install one cable harness.
This makes the explanation process easier to new staff within a factory, which in turn is likely to reduce the risk of human error – which can be expected to occur when dealing with complicated bundles of cabling.
Endless amounts of cabling can pose a big problem if one of them begins to malfunction, as detecting the problem cable will take a considerable amount of time. A cable harness makes the identification process much easier.