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These cables are employed throughout an aircraft, used for everything from adjustable seat back control to the controlled movement of the wing flaps and landing gear in planes with analog flight control systems. Read More…

Aircraft Cables Aircraft cables are specialized strands, cords, and wire ropes designed for use on and around aircraft of various types.
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Leading Manufacturers

Apple Valley, MN  |  888-638-3604

Tyler Madison manufactures precision-quality wire ropes for a broad range of industries. They provide companies with a full line of products that are used for powering, lifting, hanging, pulling, braking, suspending & winding of 270lbs - 14,400 lbs tension.

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Phillipsburg, NJ  |  800-528-3900

JSC, as one of the most diversified wire rope manufacturers, utilizes over 200 production machines to produce top rated wire products in ferrous and nonferrous materials. Industries that JSC serves include electronics, geophysical and communications.

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Jersey Strand & Cable, Inc. $$$

Norridge, IL  |  800-626-6556

Lexco is an ISO:9001 manufacturer of wire rope, cable, and bungee cord assemblies; and push-pull controls. Our in-house capabilities range from swaging and extrusions to die-casting, proof-loading, and CNC machining. Lexco Cable is proud to serve a diverse set of markets including military, aerospace, OEM, MRO, marine, architectural, and more. Contact us today.

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Lexco Cable Mfg. $$$

Dover, NJ  |  973-361-2226

For over 30 years, companies across various markets have relied on Motion Control Technologies to provide high-quality mechanical cable solutions. Our line of products includes commercial cable lanyards, galvanized wire rope cable lanyards, swaged fittings, and more. We strive to build long-lasting relationships with our customers, regardless of your industry. Contact us today and tell us how we can help you!

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Motion Control Technologies, Inc. $$$

Michigan City, IN  |  219-872-2253

Here at Sandin Manufacturing, we have over 50 years of experience and we work hard to provide you with outstanding wire rope. Our specialized wire rope products include aircraft type cable, wire rope, and strand of galvanized and stainless steel options. We also have vinyl, nylon and thermo-plastic coatings. We have a variety of fittings and hardware for you to use in order to meet your product specifications. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Sandin Manufacturing $$$

Fairfield, NJ  |  800-237-4369

As leading innovative wire rope manufacturers, Bergen Cable Technology has been providing engineering assistance for well over half a century, helping customers develop cost effective, durable solutions.

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Bergen Cable Technology, Inc. $$$

Burnsville, MN  |  800-932-0177

Aero Assemblies, Incorporated strives to make every effort, as dedicated wire rope manufacturers, to maximize product value throughout the manufacturing process.

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Aero Assemblies, Inc. $$$

Worcester, MA  |  508-853-8010

As family-owned wire rope manufacturers, St. Pierre Manufacturing provides a variety of products and services for a wide range of satisfied customers around the world.

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St. Pierre Manufacturing Corporation $$$
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Aircraft cables are stranded wires that are used in a wide variety of applications on or around aircraft.

They are used as harnesses for electrical wiring as well as tie-downs, stabilizers, safety fasteners, and for many other purposes. Outside of the actual aircraft the same cables may be used in the form of wire rope slings to lift jet engines, wings, and other components into place during assembly or repair. These specialized high strength cables are also used as arresting gear which stops aircraft when landing area is limited by engaging the tail-hook and transferring the kinetic energy.

While aircraft related uses abound and the name seems limiting, aircraft cables are actually very versatile and used in numerous applications where their high strength, corrosion resistance, and smaller diameters are needed. Industries such as agriculture, marine, irrigation, and more commonly use this type of cable as do military and aerospace applications.

Though these cables are a type of wire rope, the main distinction is that wire ropes are commonly available with diameters no smaller than 1/4inch while aircraft cables with diameters as small as 3/64 inch are commonly used.

There are two main types of aircraft cable available based on material composition. The highest quality cable is made of stainless steel, either 316 or 302/304 depending on the application. Stainless steel cables offer high strength, fatigue, and corrosion resistance even in salt water, caustic or other harsh environments.The second type, galvanized cables are steel cables hot dipped in zinc for increased durability and corrosion resistance.

In a mild environment, the latter is an economical alternative as the two have similar pulling strengths, but stainless lasts longer under harsh conditions.

Aircraft cables of either material consist of individual wires twisted and braided into strands which are then laid around cords. Like most wire ropes, aircraft cables are identified by not only the material but the number of strands in a rope followed by the number of wires in each strand. Common configurations include 7 x 19, 7 x 7, 3 x 7, 1 x 19 and 1x7.

Identification codes can also be extended to specifics which are abbreviated to quickly denote core type, workload limit, and more.

Cables are made to suit different applications and as such are produced in a number of different configurations with variable lays, diameters, and materials. As aircraft cable is a specialized form of wire rope, it is important to understand the capabilities of the cable prior to purchase.

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