There are constant improvements that affect wire and cable. Some of the biggest are being driven by the aerospace manufacturers. With over 170 miles of wire and cable on a Boeing 747, reducing the amount of cable needed can make big improvements on efficiency of the overall aircraft. However, the cable can only be reduced if the quality and performance level is able to be maintained.
One alternative to the products currently being used is straight aluminum or hybrid aluminum-copper blended stranding. The obvious problem with these is the lack of reliability and longevity associated with conductors other than copper. Another way that this is possible is through better insulation. If a new type of insulation can be developed to withstand higher temperatures and more conductors, fewer cables will be necessary, thus reducing the weight.
Smaller products that perform just as well as their full-size counterparts are driving innovation across many industries. As an industry that provides components for finished goods, some of the significant changes we see in aerospace, automotive, and personal electronics are the results of our products.
Information for this post was acquired from “Product Focus: Wire & Cable.”