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Strands and cables are highly engineered products that are ideal for applications requiring strength and flexibility. They are often used in devices in order to enhance fatigue life, flexibility, and torque in certain configurations. Coupled with the unique properties of different alloys, strands and cables can be used 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. Strands and cables serve a variety of functions, from robotics microcables to custom medical cables. Utilizing alloys, composite materials, and complex constructions, we believe anything is possible. 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.

Customers use our constructions as control cables, robotics microcables, and in other cutting-edge applications. It's not always easy to find the right material for new devices, which is why our engineers are here to help. Reach out to your Sales Representative to learn more about strands and cables for your application.

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 4.8 mm [0.1875 in] in overall diameter
  • As few as three wires twisted together
  • As many as 1,369 wires 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
  • Cleaning

Assembly services include:

  • Mechanical cable assembly
  • Cutting
  • Extrusion coating
  • Welding/joining
  • Laser ablation of coatings
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

Whether by providing custom robotics or medical microcables, we're proud to see our work helping customers innovate and provide better care worldwide. From 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-altering applications. 

Common functions are:

  • Tension-tension
  • Tension-compression
  • Torsion, rotation
  • Multi-channel signal arrays
  • Electrical conductor

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.

 

We use various techniques to improve the surface quality of our material and ensure that our material is free of any visible debris or foreign particulates. For more information on our cleaning processes please contact your Fort Wayne Metals Representative.