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Tethering Materials

Tethering Materials

Tether Material - tethers can be made from a very broad range of materials, however we have found several that suit most needs - aircraft cable, nylon cord and urethane. In choosing the best material for your application, the following things should be considered:

    • Flexibility (how important is user experience versus strength?)
    • Strength (is it designed to prevent theft or just loss?)
    • Total Length (including hardware)
    • Retracted Length (if applicable, if hanging material is an issue.

tethering-material.jpgUrethane - Urethane is one of several materials used in the production of "coiled cords". While PVC or vinyl are also fairly common, they are being phased out internationally due to environmental concerns. In many applications, however urethane has always been the preferred material as it is stronger and retains its shape much better (also known as "memory"). We have found it to be a very cost effective option where a "retractable" tether is required.

aircraft-cable-tethers.jpgAircraft Cable - one of the most common "connecting materials" available, aircraft cable comes in countless thicknesses and configurations. For the markets that we serve most we have found that a standard 3/64 aircraft cable (1/16" with the vinyl coating included) is most suitable. It can be configured with numerous mounts and connectors and is very strong.

nylon-tether-material.jpgNylon Cord - Nylon cord provides a good balance between strength and flexibility. It is lightweight and great for preventing loss, however it can by cut with scissors or a knife and shouldn't be considered for high-theft situations.

 

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