Cable assemblies come in a variety of options to include multi-conductor, coaxial/RF, wire and cable harnesses, complex military, flat ribbon, custom electro-mechanical, and more. Although there are similarities, there are variations as well.
For instance, surface mount assemblies, which are sometimes referred to as wiring assemblies or cable harnesses, consist of a group of cables, wires, and sub-assemblies used for transmitting electrical power or signals.
However, there is an actual cable assembly that should not be confused with a harness assembly. The primary difference between these is that a harness has numerous branches and ends that run in different directions and on each branch are multiple terminations whereas with a cable assembly, there are just two ends.
Among harness assemblies are different types, one being basic. Depending on the exact product, this might include only three discreet components whereas a classic type harness could be designed with several more, as well as various other components that are passive or possibly active. Usually, there are dozens of wires and in some instances, hundreds of unique terminations and components.
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