How to select a custom cable house for your assemblies

A new prospect at a trade show asked me this question: “Luis, how do I know readytogocables can really make my assemblies? I have had the worst experiences with new vendors in the past” I immediately understood where he was coming from. Well, there are a lot of things to consider.

That was I said.I was enthusiastic about this conversation. I told this person it was not that easy if you really wanted quality product. I summarized the process in 4 steps:

First, you need to ask the new vendor the proper question in regards to your project. This will help you answerthe fundamental question. “Can the build the custom cable?” At this point you need to ask if the manufacturing facility if they can get the parts (connectors, wire, boots, grommets, labels)easily. This will make a difference as time is money on this business. Also, ask them for past projects where they molded similar cables and what problems they had. Learning about their how the solved past issues will give you an inside about their processes and how helpful they were to other customer.

Second, ask the vendor if they can provide a sample cable if the project is large. This will be best since you will rely on their quality to make your solution work. If they send a free cable to you, look in detail their terminations on the wire. This will involve the type of plugs they are using, the quality of the crimping or soldering, the precise length of the cable. If you can, test the cable with a fluke tester. It is extremely important for the cable to show quality and guarantee that it was made to perform. If you are meticulous about anything, try to reverse engineer how the cable was made. A fine cable product will be clean and presentable. This means that you would not be afraid of showing the end product to your customer if needed to.

Third, the custom cable manufacturer should be able to produce specs on their products. This is really a step needed more than enough times when cables are made. For cables such as cat5e custom cables or cat6 custom patch cords, the process of creating spec sheets is quite simple. This means that a drawing should not be an issue to convince you that they know how to make a custom assembly. For other types of cable, a drawing is a must where more engineering is involved. This means that for more difficult cables to make such a special scsi custom cable, the process will be more complex and the approval of a spec sheet is mandatory from the customer.

Lastly, ask any questions you may have that make you have a peace of mind in regards to your project. Include questions that relate to problems that you may face if a cable is damaged when received or what lead times are for the quantity needed. The more questions you ask is better. You have a deadline and are always looking for your customer’s protection. It is important to look into shipping and lead times. This will guarantee that your network custom cable will arrive at your door on time for your complete satisfaction.

If you would like to learn more about how we ( Readytogocables.com ) make our cables or would like to speak to someone about a quote, please send us an email ([email protected]) or call us. We will be more than happy to assist you with any questions you may have in regards to your custom cable project.

 

Luis Sanchez

[email protected]

North Richland Hills, TX

www.readytogocables.com

Tel:682-325-1944