Cable harnessing is a system of binding cables of the same or different type into one structured cable. This is then known as a cable harness. Typically they are arrays of wire or cable that transmit electrical power or are used for mechanical or electrical signalling.There are many other terms to describe cable harnessing such as;
- Cable harness
- Cable assembly
- Cable loom
- Wire assembly
- Wire loom
- Wire harness
Cable Harnessing Application
There are many different types of forms to bind a cable harness dependant on its application. It is common to use sleeving or lacing for many cable harness technologies, whilst cable ties, electrical tape and straps are used for various other uses. On occasions multiple bindings are used in tandem for added strength and security.
Many high quality suppliers provide readymade cable harnesses which are deemed cable assemblies. There are thousands, if not millions of different arrangements of cables inside a cable assembly. There are some assemblies which are used quite commonly, but cable harnessing can be offered as a service to tailor a specific assembly of cables for each and every application.
Cable harnesses offer many advantages over having loose cabling or wiring. By binding or assembling wires and cables together, the application instantly becomes safer, securer and easier to manage. Due to the protective outer jacket, sheath or other form of binding, it gives the array of cables more rigidity and therefore safeguards the wire assembly against the threat and the negative effects of abrasions, vibrations, breakages or moisture.
In some industries or technologies where there is a high volume of wiring and cabling, through applying cable assemblyit is easier to optimize the space, to either make full use of the area, allow space for other applications or to reduce the total size of the operation. On top of this, by binding the cables into a non flexing assembly there is less chance of a short circuit occurring. Sometimes cable harnessing can also increase the fire resistance of the internal cables, dependant on the material of the outer sheath.