A major trend we are seeing from medical device OEMs lately is the increasing capabilities of connectors and cable components. Custom connectors are simplifying designs and enabling new functionalities. However, custom connectors require composite cables to match up. Composite cables are typically custom built and consist of different types of internal cables and shielding, allowing one cable to perform multiple functions.
In a recent article in Medical Design Technology, Jaime Erickson explains, “The increasing complexity of (medical) systems… challenges device designers to incorporate a more complex physical link between the controllers and their end devices.” Despite the increased complexity of the cables and connectors, composite cables coupled with custom connectors actually reduce the complication of the overall electrical assembly. Instead of multiple cables and connectors, a device can often be condensed to one cable with one connector.
Nevertheless, the one drawback with composite cables is that, as aforementioned, they need to be custom built and tailored to the connector. Although this can lead to proper design and lead-time issues, Alpha Wire’s Cable Design Center on AlphaWire.com makes the design process quick and easy. Moreover, Alpha Wire’s remarkably short lead times means you do not have to miss deadlines to get the highest-performing cable.