ShowMeCables keeps an inventory of 25,000+ products. And yet we realize that, for some of you, 25,000 is not enough.

Sometimes you need connectivity products in nonstandard lengths and configurations. For instance:

SMC offers these types of custom products and more, and this blog post reveals how surprisingly easy it is to get them. But first, if you’re undecided whether custom connectivity is the way to go, let’s summarize the three main benefits of such products.

Custom Products Last Longer

Going custom means choosing a product that is designed for a certain purpose. A custom wireless antenna handles the exact gain and frequency you need. Mounting plates in a custom NEMA enclosure can be metal or nonmetal for RF applications. When your installation operates within the electrical parameters, tolerances and environmental conditions it was intended for, it will perform better and last longer. Less maintenance will save you money.

Custom Products Mean Less Waste

When you have cable cut to the exact length you need, none is wasted. You’re not left with yards of cable you might never use or excess slack that gets tangled with other cords. Cleaner installations take up less room, allowing you to better utilize space. A custom weatherproof enclosure contains only the components you need, with no wasted space. Also, at SMC there is less waste with custom because there are low or no minimum order requirements − you don’t have to buy 5 or 10 just to get one.

Custom Products Take Less Labor and Time

A custom product is easier to install because it is the form factor and size you need it to be. You don’t have to shoehorn a component into an enclosure that’s a bit small or drill extra ports into a panel to accommodate unanticipated cables. With cable assemblies, if you end up needing to create your own custom connection in the field, joining a connector to a nonstandard length of cable, it might require special installation tools. Not so with a made-to-order assembly.

More Benefits!

A few more advantages of getting custom solutions from SMC include:

  • Free, live technical support
  • Field technical support
  • Application assistance
  • No minimum quantities
  • Offshore capabilities
  • Fast turnaround
  • Same-day shipping on in-stock products

How to Go Custom at SMC

If you are interested in a custom solution, your first move is to go to our Custom Cable Builder Tool. In three easy steps you can order the product you need. The first step is deciding whether you require our expert help and advice in designing your product. If so, fill out the form and we will contact you.

But if you’re pretty sure of the components you need, complete steps 2 and 3 by indicating your usage (Ethernet, coaxial, fiber, video, etc.) and then choosing your cable and connectors from our extensive selection. The tool even shows you what your cable assembly will look like.

If you have any questions, we would love to hear from you at 1-855-958-3212.

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