Important Things That You Know About Power Cables and Wire

What we call a “power” cable is a cable that we use to utilize the electricity that we need to power all our electronics, machines, and other technology. These cables can be installed underground for safety or fixed within a building or other dwelling, or even run overhead by using utility poles. When power cables are needed for machinery or other devices that will be in movement, they have to be flexible so that they can endure the use that they will be subjected to. 

Power cables are designed and manufactured in various sizes and types depending on their intended use. These cables are made up of wires, insulation, and a protective jacket that keeps it all intact. The material that is used for their manufacture depends on how and where they will be used. At Olympic Wire & Cable, we are experts in this field. Some things that are taken into account during power cables’ design and production include:

The Expected Working Voltage

How high or low the voltage of the cable and wire will be used for is a deciding factor of how thick the insulation needs to be for safety reasons.

Current-Carrying Capacity

This has to do with the capacity of electricity that is needed. The proper wire has to be chosen to meet the specified requirements. Power cables are usually made with copper or aluminum wires.

Expected Conditions

The conditions in which the power cable is to be used will determine the type of jacket that is ideal for its manufacture. Such concerns include climatic conditions, possible exposure to liquids from other sources, impact or other possible strain, and normal tear and wear.

Sometimes, cables that are intended to be used underground or in exposed areas will be manufactured with the addition of a spiraled cable around them in order to serve as added protection. There are times when it will be more appropriate to use power cables with no sheath such as for outdoor, overhead purposes. Other cables that have to be used where they might have to endure mechanical damage can be designed with flexible steel tape which can be further protected by a water-resistant jacket. 

Voice And Data Cables

Network cables are everywhere in a business, so because they are so commonplace, they might seem too simple to be of great importance, but the fact is that your network cables are a lot more important than they are given credit for. You can go out and get the most expensive pieces of computer equipment out there but if you lack a great voice and data cable connection setup between different pieces of equipment, you are certainly not going to get much out of them. How important voice and data cabling happens to be for business networks to function properly simply cannot be overstated; while it might seem as if all there is to it is to connect a bunch of cables all over the place, there really is more to it than that. You want your computers, telephones, printers, and other devices to be connected via voice and data cables correctly because this ensures that everything will function better and more efficiently than just using Wi-Fi, which is not just slower but is also less secure; and when it comes to security in a business setting, you can never have enough because even a small security breach can cost you a lot of money and even prestige if people find out about it. Very often, when there are connectivity issues in a network, people will blame the network itself and begin troubleshooting there, but it usually has something to do with the cabling and infrastructure that should be analyzed. There might be something about the way that the voice and data cables were installed that needs to be corrected and that is what is causing the problem. 

Should You Use Voice And Data Cabling Or Standard Wiring?

You might be thinking that having to install voice and data cables just sounds like a big and unnecessary hassle, but the fact is that these network cables can help you streamline operations by integrating your phone lines, internet lines, and other types of wiring. It will all be easier to utilize, manipulate, and tweak, making your business a lot more efficient. And you are still having trouble seeing the benefits of using voice and data cables you might want to consider what an Internet connection was like in the days of dial-up. If you don’t remember this era ask someone a bit older! Dial-up Internet was simply slow! When we moved up to high-speed connections and left dial-up behind, we all felt that the difference was huge…because it was! Well, going from standard wiring to voice and data cabling is just such a jump yet again, and anything that makes your business more efficient and effective will help you against the competition!

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.