Wire, Cable & Connectors Product Research, October 2008
Research was undertaken to gain a better understanding of Control Engineering subscribers’ applications and needs regarding wire, cable, and connectors.
By Control Engineering Staff
Read the article that resulted from this research, with analysis, graphs, new products:
• Among those specifying, recommending, and/or buying wire, cable and connectors, 78% do so for in-plant requirements and 39% buy for OEM needs.
• Control panels are the primary application for wire and cable at respondents’ companies. 64% mention machine control as their primary application followed by process control with 63% of respondents mentioning.
• Eighty-nine percent of respondents are involved in specifying, recommending, or buying standard twisted pair products. Sixty-eight percent are involved in the purchase of accessories.
• Standard twisted pair, then accessories, connectors, track are currently the most purchased wire and cable products as well as the most planned to buy over the next 12 months.
• Quality and delivery emerge as the most important considerations for control engineers when selecting a particular supplier of wire and cable.
• Eighty-two percent of participants indicate their companies use RJ45 type connectors followed by 80% mentioning they use junction boxes. 76% of respondents mention they are using the combination of both custom and standard cable lengths. 67% of respondents current cable usage is for stationary applications. Over half of those surveyed typically use cable in cable carriers.
• Eighty-six percent of those surveyed use chemical/oil resistant cables for machine oil applications. Chemical/oil resistant cables are also the most popular choice for wash-down applications, outdoor environments, and hazardous locations.
• Almost 90% of respondents need to know electrical requirements and equipment specifications to pick the correct cables for applications. Load requirements are required by 83% of respondents.
• Noise and installation costs are the most common recurring problem respondents mention when installing cables or connectors.
• The average respondent buys 40% of wire and cable from local electrical / electronics distributors. By comparison, national electrical distributors garner 27% of the total average wire and cable expenditure.
• Seventy-nine percent of respondents have purchased wire and cable from Belden/CDT/Hirschmann in the past 12 months. Alpha Wire and Panduit are next most purchased at 42% and 41% respectively.
• 50% of respondents purchased more than 50,000 feet of wire and cable during the past 12 months while 50% purchased 50,000 or less feet. 35% of respondents have spent more than $50,000 on wire and cable products in the last 12 months. Twenty-nine percent of respondents report their purchase of wire and cable in the next 12 months will grow, while 17% expect a decrease.
• Sixty-four percent of Control Engineering subscribers responding do not receive Control Design magazine. Sixty-nine percent do not receive Control .
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