With time at a premium, and efficient maintenance a basic requirement for most organizations, being able to quickly identify wires in your cabling can be a huge plus. Knowing what each wire does can save hours of maintenance time that quickly add up to big cost savings over the years. It also means more efficient installation and quicker maintenance jobs, meaning less downtime and lower labor costs. As a result, wire harness manufacturing companies now offer some updated methods of coding.

The widely prevalent colour coding system used in wire harness manufacturing runs to a set (comprising the standard black, brown, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet, gray and white) of just ten colors which can be grossly inadequate today. The need for a more robust coding system in power cord manufacturing becomes even more critical if the cable happens to have large numbers of conductors (ten or more). Some systems also use tan and pink to broaden the palette, but are still insufficient.

Wire striping eases the process and helps stay organized so that turnaround time on maintenance jobs and installation drops drastically. Wire distributors in Los Angeles offer a variety of combinations.

Types of striping

When working with over ten conductors, or with multiple cables in just one application, striped wires are the perfect solution. In addition to the basic palette of ten colors offered by cable distributors in Los Angeles, spiral, vertical and ring band striped patterns help make identification quicker.

Contrast colors added into the striping can make it much easier to distinguish one wire from the next. The choice of colors to include could also be linked to the products being used so that they are matched with the relevant product visually as well.

Currently, three basic configurations are available, each of which can be used to create multiple combinations based on the choice of colors being used.

Spiral stripes

This kind of striping is understandably popular for the relative ease of identification from all angles. They are an aftermarket option.

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Vertical stripes

These stripes go along the length of the entire cable and are created by manufacturers through an extrusion process.

Ring band stripes

This least popular variety of striping has parallel bands forming a ring band pattern. It has very specific uses in certain cable specifications, such as its application in the M27500 Cable.

Applications in automotive cable

Automotive wire harness applications benefit greatly from the use of striped wire. As such, this kind of cabling is popular in wire harness manufacturing and is a widely used value-added service for automotive cable. The use of wire harnesses helps hold cables together in tight, neat bundles that offer practical benefits.

Unlike loose cables and wires, these harnessed cables become much simpler to deal with, once again offering tremendous savings of time during the installation process. An allied advantage of binding cables together with these spiral looms is to keep them safe from wear and tear. The cables are less likely to suffer abrasion or be damaged when structured in this manner.