Cable Assembly Company Provides Custom-Machined Fittings
Like a well-stocked convenience store, a one-stop manufacturing shop can offer a variety of related goods and services quickly for its customers. The Cable Connection, a full-service, ISO-9001:2008- certified cable assembly company in Carson City, Nevada, can provide not only pre-made cables and assembly processes, but also custom-made fittings that are machined in its own machine shop and used in many different applications. "While we are a cable assembly company first, one of the unique things that we provide [in-house] is machining for our own fittings, like clips and connectors," said Dan Nourse, sales and customer service manager at The Cable Connection, in an email response. "We can offer our customers custom-machined fittings, as well as specialty assembly."
According to Nourse, not many companies can do all of the things that The Cable Connection is able to do in-house. "There are a lot of cable assembly companies out there, but they don't have the machining capability that we have," he continues. "We can make most of the fittings that a customer would need, so if a customer has a product that is custom, this is where we shine."
The Cable Connection assembles a wide variety of parts for numerous applications, and offers fuse cutting of cable, cable stripping, swaging, and wire rope assembly. The company also makes stainless steel parts and assemblies for cable railings. "We make most of the blanks here, but we don't do any stamping," Nourse says. "We mill a lot of these parts here." Although the company can do the threading, it also sends out certain aspects of this operation. On the cable assembly side, the company can machine copper, aluminum, brass, or other metals for the fittings, depending on the specs.
"Cable railings are also made out of stranded cable," says Nourse. "You have cables that run between the posts, which could be made out of wood, iron, or aluminum. A lot of banks, stadiums, and cultural centers use cable railings."
With most of its production runs in the hundreds to lower thousands, the company's work is primarily custom, precision assemblies with lower volumes. The company makes everything from retaining lanyards for point-of-purchase retail displays to precision mil-spec aviation cables that have to be pre-stretched. "We're particularly good at the more challenging cables," Nourse affirms. Aviation is one of our big areas, and one of our biggest customers is in the gaming industry. They use the push/pull cables on slot machines."
The Cable Connection (www.thecableconnection.com) also makes bales for ski boots, and handles projects for companies that make fall prevention devices. "You may have seen the avalanche that happened in Washington state recently," says Nourse. "The woman survived because she had a little parachute device. We've been involved in making the prototypes for the cables that are part of the ripcord for the parachute."
Nourse says that many different types of cables are purchased and then kept in stock for future projects. Some cables are coated and some are uncoated, while some are flexible and others are rigid. The assembly company then machines the fittings and assembles them onto the cable.
"We also make very fine medical cables for endoscopy, and cables for specialty vehicles, like wheelchair lifts," says Nourse. "We also work with the military to make catapult launcher parts for drone aircraft. These are all stranded cables that vary in size from 0.0018 inch to 3/8 inch. Certain cables need to be pre-stretched to a certain percentage, like for an ejector seat for an F-18 aircraft. You can't afford for that cable to have stretched, such that when you activate the device it doesn't work."
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