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To Flex or Not to Flex: That is the Question!

Authored on: Nov 1, 2008 by Chet Socha

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A cable that is intended to be deployed in flexing applications is, by its very nature, a flexible cable—or is it? Actually this is not necessarily true and although many readers may just see this as a simple case of semantics, the truth is that many flexible cables are not actually suited to environments that subject them to constant bending and flexing cycles. In today's competitive world of highly complex electronics, the possibility of cable failure, or any equipment failure, is never an option. There is no acceptable level of downtime and no one can afford to replace expensive machinery years before its predicted lifespan—not when profit margins are razor thin and competition is breathing down your neck from all four corners of the world.

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