Category Archives: Wire

Different Types of Industrial Cables

To wire up different components within electronic gadgets, hook-up and lead wires may be adequate, but the electric industry needs a vast variety of industrial cables to remain connected. Chief among these are power cables to carry high voltages and currents, and cables necessary for industrial automation and process control. Cables may conform to multiple standards such as UL, CSA, and others. Cables often have to transmit power or signal in industrial environments that may harbor the harshest conditions Read more [...]

The humble cable assembly

In a project, the major focus is on active components, circuit design and software, in that order. However, what we tend to overlook is the humble cable and connectors that link all the components together. Nonetheless, along with the more glamorous components, the humble cable assemblies also define the success and reliability of your project. Active devices and test equipment, being very tangible, always seem to command greater respect compared to the attention bestowed on the almost invisible Read more [...]

How do fiber optic cables carry light?

Nowadays, nearly everyone is talking about fiber-optic cables. These cables are now commonly used in telephone systems, cable TV systems and the Internet. One of the main advantages with optics cables is their huge bandwidth. That means fiber optics cables can carry far more signals than copper wires can. Usually made of optically pure glass, these cables are very thin – nearly as thin as human hair. Because of their high signal carrying capacity, optical fiber cables are also used for mechanical Read more [...]

All about electrical wires

Recent advancements in wireless technology may have led many people to believe that soon, we would be able to do away with these squiggly, snaking, long implements we call wires. However hard we may try to hide them by burying them within walls and under the ground, the time is not yet ripe for a life entirely without wires. While we have to put up with wires all around us, it would be interesting to know something more about them. Use of wires can be broadly categorized into two main classes Read more [...]

Wire Bending Radius Guide

At West Florida Components, we get asked very often about wire bending radius. It is important to have guidelines when working with wire or cable in your projects, particularly projects that involve curves, ductwork and buildings. There are a few rules of thumb that come into play when you think about the bending radius of wire and cable. Following these rules will ensure that your wire and cable projects go off without a hitch! Here is a chart to use: https://www.westfloridacomponents.com/wire-bending-radius.html Read more [...]