Technical Cable Applications, based in Auburn of Washington state is the most experienced and well equipped wire harness manufacturing company in the area, and ships throughout the West Coast, the Southwest and the rest of the nation. Our facility is in what has been described as the Silicon Valley of the Pacific Northwest, which some have dubbed the “Silicon Forest.” This makes us perfectly suited for service to some of the top telecommunications, aerospace and software companies in the world, much less the United States. Meanwhile our sales department in Phoenix, Arizona helps us service our Southwest customers even better as that is becoming a densely populated area for tech companies as well. Technical Cable Applications can manufacture everything from off-the-shelf and simple point-to-point wire harnesses, to complex harnesses and assemblies with hundreds or thousands of connection points even with tight space restrictions, unusual configurations or uncommon connector styles. Our facility is one of the most advanced custom wire and cable manufacturing locations in the state of Washington, and we are confident in our excellent quality and fantastic customer service for just about any cable manufacturing need you can throw at us. Please contact us today to see how we can service your needs, we would love to get started right away! Call us or fill out our contact form.
We have been manufacturing wire harnesses and cable assemblies here since 2002, but have evolved dramatically in the past twenty years as a company overall along with our facility. We have increased the real estate of our facility several times over from when we originally started here, and our current equipment is extremely advanced compared to our more humble beginnings. We continue to acquire new equipment every year that helps us become more efficient and are extremely thorough with our quality assurance checks, as we hold to the IPC/WHMA-A-620 – Revision D standard for our requirements and inspection processes. We are also UL certified for cable assembly in the United States and Canada, and are ISO 9001:2015 certified as well which is an internationally recognized standard of excellence.
Cable Assemblies VS Wiring Harnesses
If you’re unfamiliar with these terms of “wiring harness,” ” cable assemblies,” or the other terminology we use across our website and are trying to identify what category your need falls under, here’s the answer to a basic question: what is the difference between a cable assembly and wiring harness? To start off, let’s describe what a wire is. Any wire starts with a strand of material that can conduct electricity, typically copper or aluminum. If you put two or more of these wires together in one unit with a protective covering, it becomes known as a cable. This may seem like a simple distinction, but when cables can contain dozens of wires within them, and you start putting these thick cables together in a complex configuration versus making a harness that will likely be made with individual wires , you’ll see the difference right away.
Every wire harness has at least a basic exterior sheath that covers the wires or cables within. The covering is typically built from thermoset or thermoplastic material that will protect the wires from most basic environmental hazards and prevent excessive loss of energy as it conducts through the wiring. If you open up a wire harness you will see multiple wires with their own individual coverings, and together the whole configuration makes up one wire harness. This kind of wiring harness is a low cost solution for keeping electrical systems organized and safe. Bundling wires together like this ensures that engineers and electrical contractors can keep their wire harness systems efficient and at low risk for failure. Not only is it cost effective, but in many scenarios the protection is sufficient for guarding the wires against friction, temperature and other factors that can create issues.
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In contrast to wire harnesses, cable assemblies are typically a larger group of cables that are wrapped or protected by a more heavy duty exterior material. The building materials used for these assemblies are often items like thermoplastic rubber, shrink-wrapped thermoplastic, or thick vinyl. Assemblies are typically used for more dangerous or intense environments where strong protection is necessary to keep the cables in working order.
We can also custom make cable assemblies that are capable of resisting specific environmental factors. Depending on the size of the area where the cables will be used and environmental factors the cable will encounter, we can use special materials and manufacturing methods that are extra resistant to those factors. We can manufacture cables of any shape and size and make sure they’re shielded from excessive compression, moisture, friction, heat or abrasion.
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Working with a quality wire harness manufacturer supplier like Technical Cable is your first step to creating solutions for your custom contract manufacturing project. Meanwhile if you’re in need of an improved and more reliable version of an off the shelf configuration you already have in use, Technical Cable Applications is the right manufacturer to choose as well because of our dedication to great customer service while also having the capacity for massive orders. This is a combination that is very hard to find in the States, as smaller cable manufacturers may not be able to produce the numbers you need, while many other large cable manufacturers lack the personal touch that we are still able to bring. This makes us an excellent choice for just about any project whether you need fifty cables, or a couple thousand. Whether your configuration is a custom harness or off-the-shelf assembly, TCA is the contract manufacturer in Washington for the job. From component sourcing through prototyping, testing and final full production runs, we’re always here to service your needs. Please give our sales team a call to see how Technical Cable Applications can meet your needs and so much more.
We provide high quality assembly and innovation and proudly consider ourselves to be the leading cable manufacturing company in the Northwest.