Today’s inter-vehicle jumper systems must be capable of withstanding a diverse array of electrical, mechanical and climatic conditions. The design of the inter-vehicle jumper systems must consider the influence from: flow of current and the resulting heating, vibration, bending and torsion, as well as ambient temperature, ballast strikes, weathering, oils + fluids and various types of cleaning agent, to ensure long term service life.
The requirements of the operator with regard to a reliable electrical connectivity from vehicle to vehicle, are subject to conflicting priorities with regard to cost and benefit (service life). The more energy that is required, the denser the signal transmission and data traffic. Each of these factors adds to the complexity of the cable construction.
Inter-vehicle jumper systems must satisfy the technical requirements of customers as well as the demands of a market that must have a cost / benefit ratio. Some points must be borne in mind when developing and designing electrical inter-vehicle jumper systems.
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