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Design Basics: Continuous-Flex Cables

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Design Basics sponsored by: 1. Before installation, many professionals and cable manufacturers will claim that it is necessary to allow for at least 24 hours for cables to be "relaxed," or "shaken out." However, cable experts agree that if properly designed for continuous flexing, a cable should be able to be cut to the desired length and installed directly into a cable carrier. 2. Unspool cables properly- always allow spools to roll while unspooling cables. Do not pull cables from the flange, or uncoil from the top of the spool. This can cause unnecessary stress to cables. 3. Check the jacket materials of different cables - in some instances, different jacket materials can stick together and cause abrasion. Check to see if your cables' jacket materials are intended for use inside a cable carrier, or for use with corresponding jacket materials. Abrasion of jacket materials can sometimes be prevented with interior separation. 4. Cut to the proper length, and lay directly inside the cable carrier. Ensure each cable is long enough for proper connection and strain-relief (see #8). Laying cables is the preferred method for placing inside a cable carrier, especially cables that have already been harnessed with connectors. Cables can also be carefully pulled into the proper positioning in the cable carrier if necessary. Avoid any twisting of the cable while placing into the carrier. Installation Tips & Tricks

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