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When product specifications call for more strength and flexibility than a monofilament wire can provide, design engineers often turn to strands and cables. We draw on the unique properties of each alloy to create ground-breaking products.

Common alloys used:

From 35N LT® for fatigue life, tungsten cable for high tensile strength in small diameters, DFT® composite materials as blended or hybrid cables, or titanium for corrosion resistance, we utilize complex constructions and processes to enhance strength, flexibility, fatigue life, torque, stiffness, and smoothness. The end result? Highly engineered strands and cables you use to change lives.

Understanding strands and cables

Whether you've been working with strands and cables for years and are looking for the next construction to take your products to new heights or are just beginning the search to discover what you need, we're happy to help, starting with the basics.

Strands are formed by wrapping several filaments of wire together to form a single strand. When several of these strands are wrapped together, they form a cable. Strands and cables can be designed to perform various mechanical and electrical functions based on your specifications.

Next-generation design capabilities

When it comes to strand and cable constructions, the possibilities are practically endless. In fact, we're here to help you push the boundaries, even offering a unique 1x37 construction.

Our products vary from:

  • Microcables as small as 0.04 mm [0.002 in] in overall diameter
  • Cables as large as 9.5 mm [0.4 in] in overall diameter
  • As few as three wires twisted together
  • As many as 703 wires in a 19x37 construction with a 0.5 mm [0.02 in] overall diameter

Cables can be provided on a spool to allow for easier processing into components, in discrete lengths, or you can take advantage of our secondary processing capabilities.

Processing capabilities include:

  • Swaging
  • Thermal treatment

Assembly services include:

  • Cutting
  • Coating
  • Welding
  • End or medial terminations with mechanical fittings
Strand and cable configurator

There are a lot of options for strands and cables, so we created a configurator to help you explore the possibilities. From alloys, to construction and overall diameter, discover just the right fit for your needs.

Strands and cables at work for the world

From robotic surgery, implantable medical devices, and endoscopic cables, to actuation, and high-performance rope and cable for industrial applications, our strands and cables find use in life-saving and life-altering applications. Customers have put our precision strands and cables to work in a variety of applications.

Common functions are:

  • Tension-tension
  • Tension-compression, torsion
  • High speed rotation
  • Multi-channel signal arrays

We have seen cables used to:

  • Actuate tissue anchoring devices
  • Secure ligaments, tendons, and bone
  • Cross occlusions
  • Deliver therapy to the intended site
  • Articulate minimally invasive instruments
  • Cauterize tissue
  • Power active implants
  • Serve as guidewires and stylets
  • Occlude aneurysms
  • Position and release implants
  • Retrieve foreign bodies
  • Service as permanent and temporary pacing and nerve stimulation
  • Enable endoscopic applications

That's just the beginning, because with increasingly smaller and more complex constructions, we like to think that anything is possible. And it doesn't end there. If you need something outside of the ordinary, we're all about it. Building products to your specifications is what we do. Contact your sales representative for more information.