The Cable Connection Ultra-tec® Wire Rope


Ultra-tec® the best overall solution for any cable infill railing that is constructed correctly

Ultra-tec® cable hardware is designed for one thing only, “cable infilled railings”. It is designed and manufactured in the USA with emphasis on quality and aesthetics using the best available dual certified Ty 316/316L S/S material to deliver decades of low maintenance service life to your residential, commercial, or institutional railing project.

product catalog
2016 General Parts Catalog

  • Wood

    For do-it-yourselfers or anybody looking to blend the sleek elegance of stainless steel with wood posts. This section reviews all your options and steers you toward all the technical information you’ll need.

  • Metal

    This section helps explain all the physical requirements for steel, iron and aluminum posts and provides technical information necessary for installing stainless steel cable into metal posts.

  • Sleeved Posts

    Thanks to the increasing popularity of composite decking products, matching composite post sleeves are becoming commonplace as well. If you do plan on using a composite sleeve, remember your fitting will actually be anchoring into 4”x 4” wood posts.

  • Concrete

    Ultra-tec® has a product designed specifically for anchoring in concrete walls, columns and posts.

Ultra-tec® fittings are designed to be used for securing infill in a railing frame for pedestrian use with 1x19 construction S/S (preferably Ty. 316 S/S) Left Hand Lay Strand ONLY. NO OTHER APPLICATIONS OR CABLE CONSTRUCTIONS ARE RECOMMENDED, SUPPORTED, OR WARRANTEED BY THE CABLE CONNECTION FOR ULTRA-TEC® PRODUCTS.


Sizes offered
Five sizes of cable are offered for Ultra-tec® Cable Railing Infill: 1/8”, 3/16”, 1/4”, 5/16”and 3/8”.

Cable construction
For most applications, we recommend 1x19 construction, type 316 stainless steel cable. 1x19 construction cable is engineered to hold static loads without stretching, and it is relatively stiff. Other cable constructions can be used, such as 7x7 or 7x19, but they are rarely recommended because of their elevated levels of stretch and lower breaking strengths in comparison to 1x19 construction (see chart below).

Attaching Ultra-tec® fittings onto cable by a cold forming process requires from 15 to 55 tons of pressure to accomplish. Ultra-tec® portable hydraulic swagers are available for sale or for rent and are capable of developing the proper forces for swaging Ultra-tec® cable hardware onto 1x19 strand. We can also furnish cables cut to approximate length with one end swaged, or to exact lengths with both ends swaged. We are not aware of any hand type swager that is capable of properly swaging Ultra-tec® hardware.

Swageless fittings
Ultra-tec® also offers cable hardware that does not require swaging. These fittings have internal components that retain the cable within the fitting under load and the cable can be inserted into the fittings by hand. This type of arrangement enables an installer to simply order parts and cable and install them without the need for any specialty tools.

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