When shopping for cable assemblies, your focus is likely on details such as the conductor AWG size, mating mechanism or shielding for EMI/RFI. But what about the jacketing material? People often gloss over this product detail, but it’s more important than you think. Cable jackets are the first line of defense for cable assemblies against weather, abrasion, water pressure, flame and chemical elements.
If you choose the wrong type of jacketing material for your application, it could result in a short cable lifecycle, fire code concerns and safety issues. There are many jacketing materials to use on your application, but ultimately, the application itself will determine what type of jacketing material you need. Below is a cable jacket material comparison chart to help you understand the key differences.