Cables go through a lot of abuse without customers realizing that they may have been damaged, as the parts are not usually visible. A solder in the header may come loose, the copper or fiber optic may have snapped when passing the cable through walls or connected in tight spots. Oftentimes the sleeving and housing of a cable may look fine, but the fragile components inside may be damaged. Customers may find themselves troubleshooting other parts of the system before realizing that the culprit is the cable. To give customers peace of mind, VIVIFY undergoes bending stress tests during the development process.
Bending Stress Test Step by Step
- Samples are randomly selected.
- The connector head of the cable is then fixed on the machine.
- A 227g weight is tied to the other end of the cable, at approximately 40cm down from the head, to make sure the cable is straight all the way down.
- The test machine is then set to a swing angle of about 90°, and at a speed of 15 cycles/min (1 cycle = rocking the header back and forth).
- The test runs for 200 cycles.
- Cables are sent for signal quality testing.
- Bending stress test is performed again until 3,000 cycles have been completed.
Bending test video
Bad soldering and damaged fiber optic are the most common cable failure points. Any cable that fails the bending test and signal quality test is sent to our quality assurance team for further testing and analysis. After revising the manufacturing procedure and/or design of the cable, new samples are produced and passed through the same testing conditions until all the samples pass, ensuring that each user receives a trustable cable that is designed and manufactured in accordance with our high-quality standards.