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Stripping Ribbon Cable

Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by eromlignod, Nov 21, 2006.

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  1. eromlignod

    eromlignod Guest

    Hi guys:

    I've got an application where I'd like to strip the ends of a ribbon
    cable, insert them through holes in a PCB and solder them in
    permanently. The holes are spaced at the same pitch as the ribbon
    wires. Is there an easy way to strip the ends without using a
    specialty tool?

    Don A. Gilmore
    Mechanical Engineer
    Kansas City
  2. Guest

    I just drag a hot soldering iron across the top and bottom of the
    cable. Press hard enough to get down to the wires inside. You then yank
    off the molten bits with your fingernails. Put some flux and tin the
    wire ends, and make sure there are no wire strands sticking out that
    can short out.
    It's not pretty and it's rough on the iron, but it works. Clean and tin
    the iron's tip right away.
  3. Luhan

    Luhan Guest

    I try to never do it that way. I stamp on a standard 0.1" dual row
    female connector on the ribbon cable. Then lay out the board for
    dual-row posts. That way the board can be removed easily for service
    or modifications.

    The other end of the cable is split using an exacto blade and the ends
    stripped with a simple hand wire stripper. Wires are soldered to
    buttons, pots, connectors or whatever making a kind of custom harness.

    See photo for an example...

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