There is a difference between a wiring harness and a cable assembly, although the two are often used interchangeably and outside of the engineering and design team discussions.
A wiring harness can include a single wire or a group of wires, each with their own sheathing, that are then collected and held together, typically with a woven braiding material or tubing. They can also be held together with ties, the specific type of binding will be determined by the specific application and the environment where it is used. While it can connect components, it often provides the electrical connection for an entire system.
A cable assembly, on the other hand, consists of one or more wire cables that have a thermoplastic sheath covering the wires. It will usually connect just two components. These are often used for outdoor applications because of the additional layer of protection. They are also used in high-demand or extreme types of environments for interior wiring as well.
Getting the Best
Choosing the best cable assembly and military wire harness manufacturers will be important for defense contractors requiring specific components and parts of equipment including engines in military vehicles, telecommunications, radar systems, military vehicles and networking.
Finding the best military wire harness manufacturers starts with getting to know the industry. There are only a small number of companies that have the approval and ability to produce to the required military standards as well as to ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulations), required for the import and export of specific types of military-related technologies.
Reviewing websites of the top military wire harness manufacturers will allow you to determine the scope of services available. Of course, you will also want to compare the quoted price for the services requested, the timeline the manufacturer can deliver on and the background of the company specific to working with military and defense contractors.