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Choosing a Power Cord or Cord Set

Posted on 9/23/19 10:40 AM

Selecting the appropriate power cord or cord set starts with knowing who the end user will be. Due to a variety of standards and different plug patterns used throughout the world, it is essential to know what is needed per that country’s requirements.

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Topics: cord set, product design, power cord

Importance of Knowing the Recommended Minimum Bend Radius for Cable

Posted on 9/9/19 7:24 AM

Cable is made up of different components which all need to work together to be effective in whatever product it is a part of, such as a power cord or cord set. If one of the components within the cable becomes damaged in some way, it can directly affect the product. That is why it is important to know the recommended minimum bend radius for the cable being used.

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Topics: cable, electrical safety, product design

Switches: Markings, Types, and Safety Considerations

Posted on 7/15/19 7:57 AM

From being used on a vacuum cleaner to being used on a life-support machine, the purpose of a switch is to open and close a circuit. A switch is used when incoming power in an electrical product design needs to be controlled. Opening a circuit (turning a device OFF) is achieved by breaking the connection. This interrupts the current flow. Closing the circuit (turning a device ON) allows the current to flow again.

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Topics: electrical safety, product design, switches

Simplifying the Power Entry Element into a Single Unit

Posted on 6/3/19 7:58 AM

When designing electrical products, one way to simplify the power entry element is by incorporating a module, which combines power entry functions into a single unit. Even though these functions are available as individual components, the benefits of a module include user safety, reduced individual component inventory, decreased assembly labor, and saved panel space.

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Topics: product design, modules, designing for export

Socket Strip Definitions

Posted on 5/20/19 8:12 AM

A socket strip distributes electrical power through multiple sockets. It can be used to provide multiple sources of power (sockets) in an application with limited socket access. A socket strip can assist in meeting a need when only a single power source is available, but there are multiple pieces of equipment needing that power source. 

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Topics: product design, designing for export, country specific socket strips

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