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Considerations for Swaging Cable Hardware

Jan 19, 2023 07:30 AM

Swaging is a term that describes using a compressive force to make a metal flow in a predetermined shape of a die. Swaging is commonly referred to as cold forging as the process of using a compressive force is a method of cold working. While swaging terminal onto cable ends, there are a few important steps you must take. Continue reading to learn about Loos and Company's key steps of swaging.

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Choosing a Terminal:

When it comes to swaging, there are many different terminals to choose from. Each have unique properties and are best in specific applications. A few of the main terminals we provide are strap fork ends, strap eye ends, single & double shank balls, fork terminals, eye terminals, and threaded terminals. To learn more information about each terminal, check out the Cableware Division of Loos & Co., Inc.


For swaging terminals onto cable ends, the first step is to cut the cable to your desired length. Doing this ensures your terminal will be placed in the right position. Next, you need to insert the cable into the terminal. It is important to note that if you are using a shank type terminal, you should insert roughly 1” and then bend and straighten. Afterwards, push the cable end entirely into the terminal. By bending, it puts a kink in the cable end to provide friction that will hold the terminal in place until you are finished with the swaging operation.

During Swage:

It is crucial that when performing a swaging operation, you follow the instructions provided. This will ensure that your swage is successful and holds up to industry standards. After completing the swage, check your terminal to make sure it is free splits and die marks and not out of round. Also pay attention to cable slippages in terminal and for nicked, cut, or broken wire strands. These issues would require you to swage a new cable end.

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By following the instructions for swaging terminals onto cable ends, you will end up with a reliable swage that with many terminals will actually exceed the breaking strength of the cable. To learn more about hardware options, please visit our website here. Alternatively, our team is happy to help if you have any questions! Reach out to us by email at sales@loosco.com or by phone at (860) 928-7981.