What is Overmolding of Connectors to Cables and its Importance?
Overmoulded cables are gaining popularity, and their usage has creased significantly. Overmolding of connectors to cables has altered the traditional cable assembly by adding more functionality and customization options. They do not only add aesthetic value, but overmolded cable assembly has many other benefits that enable companies to manufacture unique overmolded cable assembly with their company brand name and logo. Keep reading this article to know everything about the overmolding, method, and benefits.
What is Overmolding?
Overmoulding of the connector is a method where either injection molding or insert molding is performed to merge connectors and wires as a single piece. The cable assembly components are placed inside the mold to perform this process, after which the hot liquid plastic material is injected for covering. After cooling down, the final result will be in the shape of the mold that was used earlier. If you have performed all the steps carefully, then overmolded cable assembly will safeguard the underlying wires and connectors’ connection.
If the cable assembly and its connector have worn out, you can perform the process of overmolding, as it is the ultimate choice for offering a secure seal. Overmolded cables have advanced mechanical strength and versatility, thereby allowing them to withstand extreme environmental conditions, even the sterilization process.
Overmolding Process for Cable Assembly
You can not mold cable assembly without the injection molding machine because the injection machine is needed to press the overlying material (usually thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)) to the mold with a high degree of pressure. The process associated with overmolding is as follow: