We've put together the top three time-saving products that significantly reduce labor time and offer a bit of relief for the AV technician.
Preparing audio cable to be terminated takes some time. The outer cable jacket has to be stripped and the conductors properly tinned. Using an audio cable such as SPA22GS with a bonded foil shield (shield bonded to the outer jacket) allows the engineer to strip outer jacket easily and avoids the tedium up separating the jacket from the foil.
Engineers should also use a product with low-wick Insulation. The high melt temperature of such a cable minimizes insulation reduction when soldering.
The last thing to look for are tinned copper conductors. This provides low loss, corrosion resistant protection that is easy to solder.
COMBINATION AUDIO/VIDEO CABLES
I can't count the times that I've heard the question, "I need to run a couple audio lines and two or three coaxes, do you have anything that will work?". The answer is undoubtedly yes. If fact, it's easy to find manufacturers who offer such cables but it's really quite another to incorporate the product attributes mentioned above with a high quality, HD video coax.
Too often, manufacturers "throw" a bunch of cables together, loosely jacket it and offer it up as a viable solution. The problem is that bundled cables, especially those with varying diameters, need the sub-cabled group (audio cables for example) to be layed in a specific manner. The cables are twisted together about a longitudinal axis. This prevents the individual cables from being easily pulled from the overall bundle.
Finding a cable such as the RCC series saves labor time (installer doesn't have to pull individual audio and video cables) as well as provides a high quality solution for HD cable runs.
ADC PROAX® TRIAX GAUGEThis last product may be small in stature but really is a time saver when it comes to preparing a triaxial cable for termination using ADC connectors. Placing the triaxial cable in the appropriate slot allows the installer to determine exactly where to cut the outer jacket, outer dielectric, inner braid shielding and inner dielectric.
This tool has proven to be a most useful addition to and installers tool box. For more information on terminating a triaxial cable using ADC connectors please click here.
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About the Author:
Dan Collins - Dan has worked as an audio system design engineer, director of marketing and currently director of business development for Clark Wire & Cable. Mr. Collins holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing and specializes in strategic planning, integrated marketing communication planning and organizational strategy.