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UL Listed and UL Recognized: What's the Difference?

Posted March 25, 2020

Producers and consumers alike should be aware of the difference between UL Listed vs UL Recognized tags that are found on products. That familiar UL tag or stamp certifies that product safety standards have been met. However, the different UL tags represent the degrees of testing that have been conducted on products and product parts.

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Automating the Assembly of Wire Harnesses

Posted February 28, 2020

Wire harnesses are wire configurations for powering many different electrical devices. To manufacture, some wire harness assembly automation is possible, but other processes of production still rely on manual assembly. The combined process groups wires or cables into a unit that transmits electrical and electronic signals or electrical power that provides a single connection point.

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Stranded Wire Types - Conductors Explained

Posted January 20, 2020

Stranded wires are used in a variety of electrical and electronic applications ranging from durable goods in homes to automobile components under the dashboard to rugged military cable assemblies. Types of stranded wire can vary, but it is commonly found in cable assemblies, wire harnesses, and networking or used in circuit boards, electronic devices depending on the application.

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IEC vs NEMA Standards: What’s the Difference?

Posted December 18, 2019

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) are the international and American bodies, respectively, governing the standards for design, production, and distribution of electrical, electronic, and rated technologies collectively referred to as "electrotechnical" products. So, what is the difference between the two standards?

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Why Choose a USA-Based Cable Assembly Manufacturer?

Posted October 21, 2019

For years, the success of cable assembly manufacturers in the USA was eclipsed by cheap labor, mass production, and perceived lower costs that off-shore counterparts offered. The practice of offshoring the manufacturing of components to other continents like Asia resulted in many of these foreign-based cable assembly manufacturers to enjoy a period of sustained profits. But in time, such profits began to erode for a number of reasons. Higher wages combined with a decline in quality and ...

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Overmolded Cable Assemblies: Manufacturing Benefits Explained

Posted October 02, 2019

Overmolded cable assemblies are one of the most common types of cable assemblies on the market today. Their adaption and favorability has grown over the past several decades due to the component’s improved engineering, functionality, and versatility. Overmolded cable assemblies can be easily customized to meet design specifications. By enclosing the wire and pin connectors fully within an encapsulated terminal shell the cable ends are protected. The process minimizes damage and ensures ...

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Avoiding Counterfeit Mil-Spec Components

Posted August 29, 2019

The prevalence of counterfeit mil-spec components for the Department of Defense (DoD) has increased dramatically in recent years. Counterfeit components are a serious issue - worth billions of dollars in sales in the marketplace annually. Be it corporate design or organized crime, experts point to complacency, incompetence, collusion, deception, an unwillingness or lack of integrity by middlemen to “get involved,” or simply written off as the “cost of doing business.” All these reasons can ...

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How Wire Gauge Sizes Work

Posted July 01, 2019

In the field of metrology, i.e., the scientific study of measurement, wire gauges are used to measure the diameters or cross-sectional area of round, solid, nonferrous, electrically conducting wires. By utilizing the diameter or cross-sectional area of the wire, wire gauges assist users in knowing the current-carrying capacity of electrically conducting wires.

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The Different Types of Wire Harness Connectors & Terminals

Posted June 05, 2019

Wire harness connectors and terminals are basic components found in a wire harness. A wire harness, sometimes referred to as a wire assembly, is a set of multiple wires or cables in their own protective covers or jackets that are bundled into a single wire harness. Wire harnesses keep electronic or electrical systems organized to transmit signals, relay information, or electrical power. They also protect the bound wires from constant friction, general wear, temperature extremes and other ...

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Cable Assembly Testing & Inspection Checklist

Posted April 26, 2019

Cable assemblies can be complex pieces of equipment with a multitude of connections and terminals. All these variables introduce potential failure points, making it crucial to test and inspect finished products in order to ensure reliable performance.

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