4 Quick Tips for Selecting the Right Electrical Wire & Cable for your Application

Posted by TPC Team on March 26, 2018

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Can you think of at least one specific area in your plant where you’re replacing electrical cable pretty often?

What happens when this cable fails? Unplanned downtime? You’re too busy for that.

Why is it failing? Is there a lot of flexing or tension on this particular wire? Is the area in mind known for being subjected to occasional, or frequent impact? Maybe your cable comes in contact with chemicals, or faces extreme temperatures.

When choosing which cable is the best fit for your problem area, you must first ask yourself why the cable is failing and how often it disrupts production? If your answer is often, it might be time to look for a longer-lasting product.

There are several types of rugged single, and multi-conductor electrical wire that are designed for a variety of harsh applications.

Here are 4 tips to consider when choosing the right wire with the most life and reliability for your needs:

  1. If the area you have in mind is experiencing frequent flexing or tension, you'll want a cable that is finely stranded and has a high durometer like our Trex-Onics C-Flex product
  2. If you're looking for a cable that might need to be protected from impact, like getting hit, or run over, you'll want to consider a cable with a thick, reinforced jacket. Our Super-Trex portable cord is lined with 100% fabric serve. Don't like yellow? They come in black, too
  3. Do you have harsh chemicals in your plant? You'll likely want to explore our Chem-Gard 200 TC Rated solution with a specially compounded fluoropolymer jacket and conductor insulation
  4. If you have extreme temperatures - hot or cold, you'll want to visit our heat resistant multi-layer insulated Thermo-Trex 850 option for your environment

If you want to keep your machinery running efficiently and safely with less downtime, you have to start by choosing the right cable. No matter what type of cable you're looking to install, make sure to consider both the application and environment that the cable will be used in before installation. Get started today!

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