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Wire strands can be bunched together in any number of configurations. The higher the strand count, the more flexible the wire. Read More…

Wire Strands Wire strands are small metal, usually cylindrical, strands that are bound together to conduct electricity, bear mechanical loads, or transmit telecommunications signals.
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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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Wire strands can be made from a variety of materials. Such materials include stainless steel, titanium, alloys, and, less frequently, precious metals such as gold, silver, and tungsten.

Wire strands are bound in a few common ways.

The least expensive type of stranding is bunched stranding, which is when strands are gathered together in no particular design or arrangement. This is an inexpensive option because it requires very little time and labor. This is also one of the most flexible wire strand configurations.

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Another type of stranding is concentric stranding, when strands are arranged in a circular pattern, with each layer alternating direction and each subsequent strand growing longer. Concentric stranding is known for its mechanical strength and crush resistance.

In unilay stranding, strands are arranged in a circular pattern, but all layers are twisted in the same direction and all strands are the same length. Strands arranged thus are lightweight and allow for a small diameter.

In a rope lay arrangement, strands are gathered into cabled groups, which usually consist of seven, thirteen or nineteen strands. They are gathered in these numbers because these groups can easily be put together into a circular configuration. Rope lay is the most flexible type of stranding and is usually found in cables sizes 10 AWG and larger.

Finally, in equilay stranding, strands are twisted in alternating directions, with each layer the same length, to create a circular pattern.

Bunched, concentric, and unilay are the most common types of stranding.

These stranding processes and types are divided into stranding classes, each with different applications, starting with concentric strandings. All classes in Concentric Lay (Classes B-D) are designated to power cords, with flexibility increasing as you go down the alphabet. The following are the designations for strandings in Classes G-M (Rope Lay and Bunch Stranded): G: all cables for portable use (concentric lay), H: all cables that require extreme flexibility (concentric lay), I: apparatus cable and motor leads (bunched), K: 30 AWG copper wires; used for stationary service (bunched), and M: 34 AWG copper wires; used for constant service (bunched).

Wire strands are an excellent option for wiring when the consumer is seeking flexibility, especially in larger wire sizes. The larger the single wire, the less flexible it becomes. Thus, fine stranding becomes more necessary and practical as wires and cables get larger, as it allows for the needed flexibility that the single wire cannot provide. Aside from offering greater flexibility for routing, wire strands also boast more durability in the face of vibration and infrequent movement.

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