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Importance of Knowing the Recommended Minimum Bend Radius for Cable

Posted on 9/28/20 3:23 PM

Cable is made up of specialized material and components that are vital parts of making a world-class power cord or cord set. If one of the cable components is damaged, it can directly affect the product. Making sure you know the recommended minimum bend radius for cable is critical to the performance and longevity of your product and its ultimate success.

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Topics: cable, electrical safety, product design

Design Strategies with Fuses

Posted on 9/1/20 3:50 PM

When designing a new electrical or electronic equipment product, an important aspect of your design will be how to implement circuit protection. How do you ensure the safety of both the equipment and the equipment operator in the event of a circuit overload?

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Topics: electrical safety, fuses, product design

Calculating Voltage Drop for Safety and Performance

Posted on 8/3/20 4:02 PM

You have a cord connected to a power source on one end and a machine on the other. The good news is that you have power and the machine is working. The bad news is that you have just started using the machine without calculating for voltage drop as the cord length is 65 feet—for long cord assemblies (50 feet or more) it’s important to calculate voltage drop due to potential safety risks.  

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Topics: electrical safety, voltage drop, product design, safety

Strain Reliefs/Cable Glands: Providing Protection to Power Cords

Posted on 3/4/20 2:08 PM

The main purpose of a “strain relief” or “cable gland” is to provide protection to a power cord. They help extend cord life and add stability to the equipment. In generic terms, it is used to secure a power supply cord to a piece of electrical equipment. The term strain relief is commonly used in North America, while cable gland is the preferred term in Europe and other continents.

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Topics: electrical safety, cable glands, strain reliefs, international power components

Selecting Wire and Cable to Meet NFPA 79 Requirements—A Brief Overview

Posted on 11/4/19 8:00 AM

For those manufacturers who are unfamiliar with North American NFPA 79 requirements, simply finding out they need to meet these requirements for a product they are building or preparing to install can cause a considerable state of confusion. This is especially true for foreign manufacturers importing products into North America and for manufacturers venturing into this product field for the first time or who are installing new equipment from abroad.

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Topics: cable, electrical safety, NFPA 79

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