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4 Design Considerations for a Custom Made Automotive Wiring Harness

Designing a custom made automotive wiring harness presents a unique set of challenges for any type and size of vehicle.

A secondary custom wiring harness may be required for installing a GPS tracking system, two way communications radio or specialised console interface.

Regardless of the application, the harness needs to be precisely built in order to withstand exposure to specific conditions within a vehicle, such as engine vibration.

While a harness design may look good on the drawing board, it might not be practical or even feasible when it comes to actually installing it inside a vehicle.

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What’s the difference between a DIY and Commercial Wiring Harness Prototype?

As Custom Cabling experts with over 30 years of experience, QCC Custom Cables have completed countless wiring harness projects and prototypes.

If you are working on a project that requires a custom wiring harness, it can be tempting to have a go at building your own DIY harness prototype.

But there are many important differences between a prototype that is built to simple test functionality and one that has been built to commercial standards by a professional.

In this blog, our experienced team will give you an overview of the differences between a DIY prototype and a commercial prototype. 


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What Do I Need to Know About IP Rated Connectors and Cables?

Using the correct IP rating is one of the most important considerations when specifying connectors for a custom cabling project.

If your wiring harnesses are in a location where there is little chance of adverse conditions affecting them (for example, connecting desktop computers to an Ethernet socket), then an IP rating may not be important. 

But if your custom cabling project involves areas where exposure to moisture or dust can occur, ensuring you have the adequate rating needs to be thought through properly.

In this blog, our expert team explains the ins and outs of IP rated cables and...

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What to Look for in a High Quality Wiring Harness

A custom wiring harness is designed to save you time, money and improve project efficiency.

But what goes into making a high quality wiring harness? It’s not just the outside, but the inside of the cabling you need consider.

If you’re thinking about getting a custom built harness, you want to be sure that the manufacturer is going to build you something that will last and function properly.

Not all cables are created equal, so here’s 6 key components to look for in a high quality harness.

#1 – Quality of the Conductor

A good place to start is to check what the conductor is made out of,...

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Submarine Communications Cable - The Cloud Down Below

To give international businesses voice and data connectivity, broadcast services and communication access in this digital economy, we acknowledge the importance of satellites above us and The Cloud. But surprisingly, 99 percent of data transmitted around the world actually relies on a network of submarine communications cable to get around. Lying deep on the world’s oceans, this network of fibre-optic and coaxial cables connects all continents except Antartica. Out of sight to most people, a network of almost a million kilometres of undersea cabling network carries the world’s internet, long...

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BenQ InstaShow Wireless HDMI Presentation System

InstaShow: professionalising board room efficiency

From BenQ the top quality display masters comes the InstaShow Wireless HDMI presentation system, a game changer in boardroom, meeting room or class/lecture rooms and retail or hospitality environments. The wireless HDMI instant true plug & play visual content sharing system is the ultimate professional solution to increase productivity and efficiency in collaborative meetings in any type of business or organisation. No cabling and connection hassles, no time lost switching and connecting between devices but instead easy switches between...

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Join the RackStuds Revolution


RackStuds are the easy, tool-less, strong (tested up to 37kg) and safe alternative to the traditional cage nut to install IT, PRO A/V, security and telecommunications equipment in 19” racks. 

Quick & easy: RackStuds save 20% on rack installation time

Made of innovative, high performance metal replacement polymers, the RackStuds are tested to a heavy-duty load capacity of up to 37 kg. There is no need for tools, not even a screwdriver. Rack mounting is extremely easy, front-access only, which will save you 20% in installation time – and keep your...

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Rapstrap - The $61 Million Rubbish Invention

'It's a simple, cost- and waste effective idea, but the point is no one else had come up with it.'

Hailed as the next generation cable tie, the Rapstrap is a reusable polyurethane band that ties up cables, bin bags, plants and has an endless array of other commercial and domestic uses. 

Andrew Harsley was 15 when he put out the rubbish and the idea of the Rapstrap came up. He spent 20 years perfecting the Rapstrap, took the reinvented tiny plastic strap to the 2008 UK invention marketing game show Dragon’s Den and won to close a $61 million deal, making Harsley’s invention the show’s biggest...

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Lite Trace - Identify Leads in Seconds

Fast-Track Smart Cable Management Without Labels Or Documentation

Simply connect the Lite Trace tool to any Lite Trace ethernet cable to identify the opposite end. No labelling, no documentation needed - just instant and 100% accurate LED identification of individual cables. Talk about real smart and high value cable management!

Lite Trace is a great tool to stay on track of your cable management goals to
  • reduce costs
  • minimize risk of downtime from errors
  • reduce cable management overhead
  • increase efficienciency
  • carry out quick and easy maintenance and serviceability

Available in a...

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The Mighty Thuderbolt 3.0 Meets Versatile USB Type C

Powerful I/O ports

As the interface between your computer and any peripheral, I/O ports are highly important. Here's why Thunderbolt 3.0 is actually quite appropriately named. The Thunderbolt 3.0 basically accommodates the increasing quality of high resolution displays on large and smaller devices. The trend for devices to be portable, smaller and as light as possible means that connectivity often suffers as the ports and cables cannot keep up with the resolutions of up to 4K.

Using the new USB Type C connector, the Thunderbolt 3.0 considerably boosts the connective capabilities of smaller...

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