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Interpower's Commitment to Environmental Responsibility with the EU RoHS Directive

Posted on 1/29/19 3:09 PM

The European Union (EU) has a Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive which affects products in electrical and electronic equipment that are placed on the EU internal market. It requires manufacturers who ship to Europe to ensure their products are compliant and do not exceed the maximum concentration levels for specific materials.

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Topics: electrical safety, designing for export, RoHS, European Union Compliance

Heat Shrink Tubing: When Extra Protection is Needed

Posted on 12/31/18 7:42 AM

While heat shrink tubing can be used for many different applications, it is ideal for use where extra protection is needed, such as sealing out moisture, mechanical protection, or relief of strain on joints. 

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Topics: electrical safety, product design, heat shrink tubing

Helping to Protect the Electrical Connection with a Strain Relief/Cable Gland

Posted on 11/19/18 3:26 PM

Strain reliefs, also known as cable glands, can have an important role in the design of equipment which uses power cords. The main purpose of a strain relief/cable gland is to help protect the electrical connection and circuitry inside the equipment. It helps to eliminate tugs or pulls on the power cord that could cause the wires to become disconnected resulting in injury, accident, or failure of equipment.

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Topics: electrical safety, product design, cable glands, strain reliefs

Determining the Correct Plug Pattern in a Global Market

Posted on 6/18/18 2:41 PM

A basic definition of a plug and socket: meeting an electrical need by connecting electrical equipment to a power source. But as simple as that definition sounds, it needs to be noted that there are a number of different plug patterns used throughout the world, making it anything but simple.

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Topics: electrical safety, designing for export, plugs & sockets

Ingress Protection—Classifying the Degrees of Protection

Posted on 3/12/18 1:00 PM

Dust, dirt, water—all “enemies” of electronic products due to the potential damage they can cause. To help address this issue, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has created a classification system (IEC 60529) designating degrees of protection regarding enclosures of electrical equipment against the invasion of contaminants, such as dust, dirt, or moisture, plus other foreign bodies (e.g. tools or fingers).

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Topics: electrical safety, product design, cable glands, ingress protection, strain reliefs

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