Selecting the right accelerometer cable

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Selecting the right accelerometer cable


Fig.1 It is very important to select the right cable material whether selecting an integral cable or a mating connector and cable. The criteria for selection is governed by the environment they will encounter or have to be guarded against. These include; water or submersion in water, oil and cutting fluid, chemicals, heat, flame, mechanical abrasion and how flexible the cable is required to be. The table below gives a guide to the available cables and the selection criteria.


Fig.2 Different cables have different properties. Here is a simple guide to the main characteristic of some of the cables. Some properties are mutually exclusive of each other. Example high operating temperature and flexibility.

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Fig.3 Summary of the main cable types available as integral cables on accelerometers.


Fig.4 The electrical outputs from the various different accelerometers also has an influence on the cable selection. Obviously a 2 core cable cannot be used on a accelerometer with temperature that requires 3 cores to function. Here is an easy guide to help you through the selection process.

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