Machine Design

How are Mechanical Cable Assemblies Used?

Wire rope, mechanical cable, cable assemblies, push-pull controls and cable controls are utilized in many wide-ranging and unique applications. Those designers and engineers who recognize the advantages of cable and use its attributes to their fullest, have created many successful solutions and alternatives to conventional mechanisms. All potential applications can benefit from a cable assembly with advantages that include:

  • Flexibility
  • High strength-to-weight ratio
  • Quiet, smooth and free running
  • Long life expectancy
  • Capable of 3-dimensional movement in various directons and around bends
  • Economical and cost effective
  • Minimum maintenance

Cable assemblies and controls can perform a multitude of functions, the most significant being to:

  • actuate
  • adjust
  • brake
  • connect
  • control
  • cycle
  • drive
  • lift
  • position
  • pull
  • push
  • retract
  • rotate
  • support
  • tension.

Wire rope and mechanical cable assemblies and controls are used in almost all significant markets and products such as:

  • tailgate cables
  • seat back and track releases
  • hood release hood check cables
  • trailer door
  • surgical implants
  • gas spring release
  • remote latch and lock
  • tie-down
  • drive
  • lanyards
  • engine controls
  • restraints
  • push/pull controls
  • steering systems.

Mechanical cable assemblies and controls offer solutions to many mechanical design problems. They offer simple, lightweight, cost-effective alternatives to conventional rods, linkages and mechanisms. When properly engineered and produced to the highest quality standards, they offer the most "flexible solution".

TM Cable Mfg. & Assy. Co. Inc.

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