Hangin' Tough - Armored Cables

October 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM


When your cables need serious protection and the ability to stand up to the toughest conditions, an armored jacket might be the perfect solution. Armored cables are cables with a metal or plastic covering that provides a layer of protection that is much stronger than any traditional type of cable jacket. This suit of armor makes the cables extra tough and durable, now let’s take a look at just how tough they are.


The rugged characteristics of armored cables make them ideal for outdoor, industrial and military applications where these features are of the upmost importance. This includes factory automation, manufacturing and chemical and petroleum processing networks.


One of the biggest advantages of armored cables is there crush resistance rating. L-com’s metal armored cables offer a crush resistance of up to 1,500 PSI

which makes them well suited for just about any military or industrial application. Additionally these cables feature stainless steel armor that stands up to corrosion often found in extreme environments.


Plastic armor, although not as rugged as metal armor, offers an extra level of crush and abrasion resistance

when compared to non-armored cable jackets. L-com’s plastic armored cables feature a crush resistance of up 800PSI.


Even with all that armor, these cables are still capable of high speed transmission rates. Plus, they are offered in multiple varieties to suit a wide range of applications, including armored Ethernet, armored USB, armored HDMI, armored D-sub and armored DVI cable assemblies.


No doubt, armored cables are tough enough to withstand the abuse that might be faced in harsh environments and rugged conditions, and if you don’t believe us, watch this.


How Tough is Your Cable?

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Let us give you a general reminder that says a lot in just a few words:


Not all cables are created equal.


Have you ever considered that your application or next networking project might require more than a standard cable, whether it be USB, Ethernet, HDMI or other interface?


Of course, in either scenario you want a cable that is built to last. That’s why armored cables are built to stand up to the harshest of environments.


Armored cables are commonly used in factory automation, manufacturing networks, chemical and petroleum processing networks, and in any Industrial communication or Industrial HMI and A/V application.


For example, complex chemical and oil refining facilities employ some of the most sophisticated process control systems found in any industry. Mass-scale process control delivers consistently high system output (both quantity and quality) while simultaneously minimizing labor input and safety issues.


These results can only be achieved through the deployment of complex network control systems (including ruggedized cabling) that must operate under harsh conditions. Multiple control and monitoring points must interconnect in environments that include corrosive liquids and gases, severe heat and cold, high pressure and more. 


If you take a closer look at the details of your environment, you might be surprised to find that at least one of these factors puts it into the “harsh environment” category.


L-com offers an extensive line of metal and plastic armored cable assemblies to address all types of these industrial and harsh environment connectivity applications.


Here are some common features you’ll find throughout our ruggedized cable selection:

  • Choose from either metal armor that provides 1,500 pounds per square inch crush resistance to  protect cables from damage, OR plastic tubing - that provides 800 PSI crush resistance.
  • Heavy duty metal and plastic coupling nuts ensure armored sleeves remain anchored
  • Cable shielding provides maximum protection against EMI/RFI
  • Specially jacketed cable for use in hot/cold/corrosive environments (some types)


And for a detailed layout of the “behind the scenes” of how these cables are constructed, below are some diagram tutorials. Have a look and give us a call if you have any questions!


Armored D-Subminiature Cable Assemblies



Armored USB Cable Assemblies



Armored HDMI Cable Assemblies



Armored DVI Cable Assemblies



And last but not least: Armored Ethernet Assemblies



All of L-com’s armored cable assemblies are available off the shelf for same day shipping with no minimum order quantities.


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