How to properly size your cable carrier

STEP 1: List all cables and hoses

STEP 2: Determine minimum cavity height (dimension B) by adding a safety factor to the outer diameter of the largest cable or hose.

Safety Factors

  • Cables: + 10%
  • Hoses: + 20%
  • Total ideal fill: 60%

STEP 3: Determine cavity width (dimension A) by adding the outer diameters and appropriate safety factors (see Step 2) of all cables and hoses. If using vertical cavity separators, add separator width. If using horizontal cavity dividers, be sure that the same safety factors apply and there is adequate vertical space between dividers. Installation Instructions

STEP 4: Consult the sizing index of the Quick Selection Guide for pre-selection of appropriate series.

STEP 5: Check width (dimension C) and outer height (dimension D) dimensions against potential space restrictions.

STEP 6: Select carrier bend radius (dimension R) of carrier by consulting cable/hose manufacturer’s specifications.

STEP 7: Check depot (dimension k) and curve height (dimension H) dimensions against potential space restrictions.

STEP 8: Determine total required machine travel (total travel). To minimize carrier length, fixed end of carrier should be mounted at center of travel, when possivle.

STEP 9: Consult the specifications page for curve length (dimension CL) of the chosen carrier.

STEP 10: Calculate Carrier Length:

  • Carrier Length = (Total machine travel/2) + CL
  • (curve length) + Offset distance from center of travel

*If fixed end is not mounted at center of travel. For minimum carrier length, moving bracket should be mounted directly above fixed bracket when machine is in center of travel. Offset is the dimension between fixed and moving bracket at center of travel.

Now that you have this basic information, you can start specifying the technical detail about your carrier in the Cables & Hoses RFQ.

Learn More about how Cables & Hoses should be placed within the carrier