Cut-To-Length Cable Services Save Time and Money
Streamline equipment fabrication and installation with cut-to-length cables.
Jim Krebs, Technical Marketing Engineer at AutomationDirect, wrote an article for the September 2020 issue of Industrial Equipment News titled Cut to Length Cables Reduce Installation Time and Cost. Here’s a summary, click on the link above for the full text.
OEMs use many cable types for fabricating their equipment and machinery. While they standardize to the greatest extent possible, sometimes the best technical and commercial option is to specify cut-to-length (CTL) cable from a responsive supplier, so the OEM can get just what they need, right when they need it.
Cables must be specified to fit the physical conditions and code requirements for applications as varied as power distribution, motor connections, PLC I/O and instrumentation signals, serial communications, Ethernet, and more. Specialty cables exist for extreme temperature and high flexibility applications.
Following a CTL approach, designers can pick exactly what cables are needed. Their installers perform a physical takeoff, which they would always need to do anyway, and place an order with the CTL supplier. Qualified CTL suppliers must be certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to perform ‘Processed Wire — Respooled’ work, and they must have an online order-taking system, a large variety and inventory of products, fast delivery, and competitive pricing.
AutomationDirect as your Cut-to-Length Partner
AutomationDirect has acquired the necessary certification and built the infrastructure to support end user CTL needs. Same-day shipping, free shipping on orders above a small minimum, and $0.00 cable cutting charges mean AutomationDirect can be your cost-effective virtual stockroom for all your cable needs.