Ribbon Cable question

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17 Feb 2024 02:44 #293568 by Air Chunk
Hello,
     I have this small milling machine made by the Smithy Co..
A mouse got into the cabinet and chewed  on the Z axis ribbon cable.
I don't know much about them. How do I identify what type it is to get a replacement?
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17 Feb 2024 04:15 #293572 by rodw
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You just buy the ribbon and if it has too many wires, you just strip some away. The red wire denotes pin 1.
The connectors are called IDC connectors and have different numbers of pins. They are a bit iffy to try to reuse.
You crimp the connectors on gently in a vice with the correct orientation to the red wire.. Trim the wires with a sharp knife after assembly
So I would work out how many pins and if the connectors are male or female and order away or visit your local electronics shop.
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17 Feb 2024 08:13 #293587 by tommylight
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Old computers have 34 pin connectors for floppy drives, 40 pin for hard drive (be aware there are 40 wire and 80 wire types with 40 pins), 50 pin on SCSI hard drives.
You can reuse the connectors and use some ribbon cable from the above, but you will have to check every wire and mind the orientation.
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17 Feb 2024 16:57 #293635 by Air Chunk
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Thanks guys for the help !!!

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23 Feb 2024 09:32 - 23 Feb 2024 09:33 #294056 by DSS
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@Air Chunk
If ordering new parts to make your ribbon cable, two details to focus on would be ribbon pitch and conductor / header pin count. If you have never made your own ribbon cable before, I have filmed a short video on the subject a while back you may find useful. Not a difficult task and it is very handy being able to make your own.

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