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A control cable is a wire rope. Developed in the 19th century, control cables include everything from the cables used in suspension bridges to the smaller strands that give the brims of women’s hats their shape. Since the beginning of aviation, control cable has been a mainstay due to its numerous useful functions, which include transmitting a control input around a corner and bracing a wooden wing. It is also lightweight, dependable, affordable, and versatile. Read More…

Control Cables Control cables are specialized wire ropes designed for the positive and precise transmission of mechanical motion. Incorporated into equipment and machinery, these cables are responsible for connecting moving parts and controlling the interaction of those parts.
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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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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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Tyler Madison, Inc. $$$

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. $$$

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. $$$

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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Control cables are mechanical motion transmission cables that transmit the operator's signal or action to the designated control point. Due to the characteristic of their use, control cables must be:

  • Accurate in action
  • Environmentally friendly (suited to sub-zero temperatures, corrosive conditions, dirt-dust accumulation, submersion in oil, etc.)
  • Simple to mount and demount in a tight, complicated space
  • Flexible during its operating lifetime and can be modified or recalibrated

Types of Control Cable Operation

To make customized cables suitable to individual applications, control cables must be manufactured from a wide variety of materials and components. As a result, control cables are divided into two categories based on how they operate mechanically: PUSH-PULL and PULL-PULL cable.

Push-Pull Control Cables

A push-pull control cable transmits motion by compressing or pushing in one direction and pulling or tensioning in the opposite direction. Applications requiring the transmission of forces in both the push and pull modes of operation employ push-pull control cables. To avoid using additional fittings or terminations, solid wire cores can be produced on the ends. The end fittings (pictured) can be used in any arrangement. To prevent a permanent set in the core wire, bend radii should be wide and routing should be straightforward.

Push Pull Control Cable

Pull-Pull Control Cables

In a pull-pull control cable, the operator applies tension or pulling force in one direction. Pull force is successively used to transfer motion in the opposite direction. The control cable returns to its neutral or initial position by spring actuation.

Control Cables Manufacturing Process

It's crucial to look at the control cables' sub-assemblies to comprehend their production and user selection. The following parts can be found in a control cable:

  • Conduit
  • Core
  • End Fittings
Control Cable Sub-assemblies

Conduit

The conduit is the sleeve that gives the control cable cores a dedicated course of travel, making it easier to route control cables in complex non-linear applications. Conduits are essential to the successful design of the control cables and have a variety of uses, including:

  • Increasing the service life of control cables
  • Maintaining precise motion transmission
  • Dedicated padded travel route
  • Defending against the entry of outside pollutants
  • Deterring corrosion and abrasion

The following subassemblies make up conduits: a liner (through which the core cable travels), a wrap (which gives the cable assembly flexibility and protection), and a jacket (which act as a sealing layer against the external environment).

The application environment primarily determines which of the following three types of conduits should be used for these cables.

  • Braided Conduit
  • Bowden Conduit
  • Long Lay Conduit

Bulkhead Fittings / Core Fittings

Bulkhead fittings, core fittings, end fittings, and intermittent transmission fittings are chosen based on the reapplication (push-pull, pull-pull), the length of the cable, and the path the control cable is routed through. These fittings can be designed for the application based on the user's specifications.

Bulkhead fitting

Core Cable

The cable that transmits motion and moves through the conduit is called the core cable. The can be either stranded or solid depending on the operating type (push-pull or pull-pull).

Push-Pull: Solid cores are preferred for control cable cores.

Pull-Pull: Stranded cores are preferred for control cable cores.

Control Cable Applications

Various industries use control cables because they are simple to install, repair, and maintain. Control cables have several recognized applications, including:

  • ATVs
  • Utility Vehicles
  • Wheelchairs
  • Construction Vehicles and Equipment
  • Outdoor Power Equipment
  • Medical Equipment
  • HVAC Controls
  • Fixed Wing Aircraft Systems
  • Industrial Systems
  • Helicopter Systems

Control Cable Maintenance

  • The fine wires of the cable's interstices must be free of dust and dirt accumulation. As the dirt flexes, the wires wear down and eventually fray.
  • Never use a solvent to clean a cable, which removes the lubricant that supports the cable's elasticity. Instead, a fresh rag should be used to wipe it down.
  • In aviation, visually check for fraying or broken strands by passing a gloved hand along the cable during pre-flight inspections and routine maintenance. A few damaged wires are not immediately alarming, but they indicate that the cable is under stress and must be regularly inspected for different symptoms of deterioration.

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