If you design or build industrial machines, you probably know all about hardwiring. It remains the most common way to bring power and signal to the machine because it offers a perceived savings in installation costs. But the cost savings are really just a mirage once you factor in the full range of wiring costs. These installation costs obviously include time and materials—the cost of the wire, cable, accessories and labor. Less obvious is the fact that you’ll also incur hidden installation costs.