What is a Cord Grip?
Cord grips, also called cable strain relief, cable fittings, connectors, or cable glands, connect heavy-duty cables or cords to equipment. Cord grips help organize cables, prevent wear at the joint box, and reduce strain from movement at the joint – extending the lifespan of cords by protecting them from repetitive damage.
Why Should You Use a Cord Grip?
Attaching a cord grip to machinery is standard practice when connecting cables to most heavy machinery for a variety of reasons.
Using a cord grip…
- Protects damaging or dangerous materials like liquids, dust, and dirt, from coming into contact with electrical or machine parts
- Securely locks cables to equipment to ensure it doesn’t get pulled out or loosened. Especially in high-traffic areas or high-motion equipment, a pulled cable can cause severe damage to the machine and can be a critical safety hazard
- Increases the life of cords by protecting them from repetitive strain or stress
- Contains and prevents sparks that present damage and safety risks
- Simplifies maintenance by managing and organizing the cables
Types of Cord Grips
There are several types and options of cord grips available. A cord grip is a threaded connector made of metal or plastic, and many also have a segment of strain relief cable mesh that slides around the cable to add further protection and durability near vulnerable joints. The connector material and use of cable mesh can make certain cord grips more ideal for different applications – some plastic cord grips are waterproof, while other types of strain relief contain mesh made to be especially flexible. There are also cord grips that have multiple mesh casings and connectors for use with multiple cords.
Cord grips are available straight or angled for a variety of use cases as well. The connectors can be either snap connectors or screw connectors, which come in a variety of thread lengths and thread types to fit a variety of cables, motors, and machinery. The thread type you need will depend on what motor the cables will connect to – contact us for assistance in finding a compatible cord grip.
Choosing the Right Cord Grip for You
When it comes to choosing cord grips for any configuration or need, you want to choose the highest quality product. Here at General Kinematics, we put the same amount of confidence into our smallest cord grip that we do in our largest machine – meaning that you can always trust our products to do the job. Our cord grips all come with secure mesh for durability & quality. Each cord grip fits perfectly into many different configurations but is specially designed for maximum efficiency, simplicity, and durability when used with other General Kinematics products. Visit the General Kinematics parts store to order cord grips for all your General Kinematics products, or contact us to find the right cord grips for your specific motor or equipment.