Modern vehicles are becoming more and more like computers on wheels. Sophisticated electronics and a vast array of electrical components have significantly increased the wiring requirements of the automotive industry. With an impressive selection of flat flexible cable (FFC) solutions, Hitaltech can provide automotive manufacturers with a reliable, versatile and cost-effective alternative to traditional cable harnesses. Read on to find out more.
The problem with a traditional cable harness
A cable harness, also known as a cable assembly or wiring loom, is an assembly of electrical wires or cables bound together using various materials, like rubber or electrical tape. These assemblies are useful in automotive applications because not only do they bring order to the huge number of wires required in modern vehicles, but they also protect against vibrations and moisture, as well as providing simplified installations.
However, cable harnesses are not without their problems. Poor quality materials, defective crimping or soldering, and poor design in general can cause a range of problems. These can range from an incorrect fit or alignment with applicable electrical components through to overheating. Thankfully, flat flexible cable (FFC) solutions from Hitaltech can provide a superior alternative to conventional cable harnessing.
Flat flexible cable (FFC) from Hitaltech
Our flat flexible cable (FFC) systems deliver a number of advantages for automotive manufacturers. Combining high flexibility with low weight and volume, our FFCs are tailor-made for simple yet reliable installations. Available in a range of pitches, lengths and insulation materials – including polyamide, polyester and PEN – Hitaltech flat cables reduce wiring errors and boast impressive levels of high temperature resistance.
Our flexible interconnect range of PCB to PCB connectors feature our innovative flat round technology that is highly resistant to vibration; which is key when manufacturing automotive components. These flat flexible cables provide a reliable connection between multiple PCB units, due to the fact that flat cables have a higher resistance to stress points than round cables, which have a higher tendency to break under stress points when bent and exposed to constant vibrations within cars, which cause these to rupture and break.
Hitaltech’s automotive heritage
Hitaltech has worked closely with the automotive industry for many years. As far back as 2003, we designed the first luminous fabric dedicated for car interiors in a bid to improve passenger comfort. Our designers devised a number of light schemes that enabled passengers to choose between different pre-set lighting environments that would completely transform the passenger compartment from floor to roof.
An extremely innovative solution at the time, our state-of-the-art optical fibres textile transformed the car interior trim into an active lighting system, illuminating everything from dashboards to door panels. Since then, many major car manufacturers have integrated our technology for lighting effects, interior design and safety purposes. The list of car parts illuminated with our technology continues to grow to this day.
Contact Hitaltech today
As well as our first-class connection technologies, Hitaltech offers a wide range of Value Added Services (VAS) that can help you to bring your automotive products to market faster, simpler and more cost-effectively. We can help you to refine your processes, reduce assembly times, develop better-realised products, and ultimately reduce your costs. We can add value in various different ways, including your wiring.
Component wiring has traditionally been a major bug bear for automotive manufacturers. Wiring is a laborious and time-consuming process. Whether you carry out this task in-house or sub-contract it, wiring can be a constant source of costs and delays. Hitaltech can take away the headache of wiring, providing wiring looms that are ready for installation. This minimises human error and cuts the time and cost of corrective rework.
If you would like to find out more about our flexible interconnect systems for the automotive industry, please contact us today on +44 (0)1253 899910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hitaltech team is always on hand to answer any questions you may have.