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Swiss Household Plug and Socket System Deviation per SN 441011

Posted on 11/10/20 3:49 PM

The new Swiss standard series SN 441011 for plugs and socket-outlets for household and similar purposes has been applicable since March 1, 2019, and replaces the previous standard SN SEV 1011. The manufacture and import of products and appliances incorporating plugs and socket-outlets that are regulated by the previous standard SN SEV 1011 will remain permitted until February 28, 2022.

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Topics: electrical safety, cord set, testing, Swiss plug

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

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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