It seems like just about everything is becoming “wireless”. While we may enjoy the convenience of wireless phones, keyboard, speakers, etc., it is actually flexible cables that help fuel this technology. Fast and accurate data transmission requires highly advanced custom cable wiring. The need for such sophisticated custom cable manufacturing was propelled by some of the everyday conveniences we enjoy such as smartphones, automotive technology and electricity. Let look at some industries that rely heavily on custom and flexible cables:
Your smartphone and laptop may be wireless, but the network you connect to – whether Wi-Fi or LTE – relies on customized flexible cables for rapid transfer of data and information. So, next time you use wireless or high speed Internet, remember that thousands of flexible cables are what really fuels your devices.
Military and Aerospace
Airplanes, satellites, and even the International Space Station all use flexible cables in their construction. The military relies on custom cabling for communications, especially in the field and at bases overseas.
Flexible cables for the medical industry must be rugged and able to be exposed to the elements, liquids and regular sterilization. It is important to choose an experienced and qualified custom cabling manufacturer who specializes in medical cables if you are in the market. Check out the previous article which featured an in-depth look at medical cables.
Your electricity provider uses cables to transmit power. As the demand for power continues to increase, so does the need for custom cabling solutions.
Flat screen televisions, computers, tablets and wireless printers are among just a few of the electronics that require custom cable assemblies to rapidly transmit data.
As you can see, the wireless world we live in is fueled by thousands upon thousands of flexible cables. So, the next time you connect to that wireless network, think about just how much custom cabling it really takes to make it wireless!
When choosing a custom medical cable manufacturer, you first want to ask how many years they have been developing medical cables. They should also have a list of questions for you to answer so they can provide a customized solution designed specifically for you. Examples of questions you should expect include:
- What type of medical device is the cable being used for?
- Where is the medical device being used (i.e. emergency room, doctor’s office, trauma center, etc.)?
- Do you desire disposable medical cables or reusable medical cables which will be subject to regular sterilization? If reusable, what type of sterilization process/chemicals do you plan to use?
- Will the medical cable be exposed to any other chemicals or fluids?
- What type of patient contact will the cable be exposed to (i.e. minimal contact, some contact, cable will be implanted, etc.)?
- Do you have any other requirements for the medical cable (i.e. temperature resistant, ultra-flexible, etc.)?
Working with a seasoned medical cable and wire expert is imperative if you want to preserve the safety, function and longevity of your medical device. Interested in learning how we can provide you with trusted and reliable custom medical cable and wire solutions? Contact us and one of our experts will be happy to develop a customized plan for your facility, office or business.
Medical Cables Overview
Medical device technology has become more and more complex over the years. Custom cable and wire solutions are often necessary to ensure optimum performance of both the cable and the medical device. Medical cables must be bio-compatible, able to withstand a variety of chemical and/or liquid interactions and must be able to be sterilized as often as necessary. Microflex Wire and Cable, Inc. is a custom wire and cable manufacturer, so we understand the details involved with developing reliable medical cables to fit the specific needs of our clients.
Medical Cable Classifications
We must first determine the specifications of your project and the exact type of cable material needed. We classify medical cables and wire under two categories: standard medical cables and complex medical cables. Standard medical cables can be used in medical applications which are not exposed to chemicals and/or regular sterilization procedures. They are generally used in computers, Internet, internal wiring, etc.
Complex medical cables are ones which may be exposed to high temperatures, the elements, liquids and/or regular sterilization. These extra durable cables are extremely flexible and designed to perform in a variety of situations, climates and conditions. Trauma/surgery center machines and EMT/Paramedic gear are examples of equipment that benefit from custom medical cables. We will develop a custom medical cable solution by analyzing the type of device you are outfitting with the medical cable, the frequency and type of chemicals used in sterilization, and extent of contact patients will have with the cable itself.