Ribbon Cable Design Features

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Benefits of Molded Flat Ribbon Cable Interconnects

  • Flexibility

    Ribbon cables will remain flexible and operational at temperatures as low as negative 100° F and as high as 500° F.

  • Flex Life

    Ribbon cables can withstand millions of flexes without electrical or mechanical failures.

  • Repeatability

    Since all ribbon cables are mold controlled, there will be no variations in size, shape, and weight.

  • Reliability

    The entire assembly is molded from connector to connector making it impervious to moisture, wire breakages, and shorts.

  • Circuit Integrity

    Since each wire is always in the same place in the ribbon with respect to all other wires, signal repeatability is constant and crosstalk is eliminated.

  • Abrasion Resistance

    Polyurethane ribbon cables are resistant to chafing and abrasion resulting from exposure to extreme vibration.

  • Weight Reduction

    Since the wires lay parallel to each other and do not touch in the ribbon, it eliminates the need to insulate shielded wires, thereby reducing weight. Bulky metal backshells and strain relief adapters are omitted as a result of molding the ribbons to the connectors.

  • Ease of Installation

    Brackets, clamps, eyelets, and clamping areas can be molded into the cable assembly, allowing precise mounting of the cable.

  • Flexible EMI Shielding

    Conductive Coatings are applied from connector to connector, i.e., across the encapsulation areas and covering the ribbon. A thin, protective sealant is then applied over the conductive coating. This method of shielding, when compared to the traditional metal over-braid, maintains flexibility, weighs less and reduces the overall volume.