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Six Ways to Improve Police Car Wiring

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jul 19, 2022 10:30:03 AM

Police vehicles continue to evolve, utilizing a growing array of electrical equipment ranging from sirens, flashers, and spotlights to radio systems, computers, safety locking mechanisms, and more.

Police cars require more auxiliary electrical power, circuitry and wiring than typical passenger vehicles. To support the demand, police vehicles come with powerful alternators (delivering 225 amps or more) and heavy-duty auxiliary batteries.

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Topics: How To, Circuit Protection, Relays, Eaton, Molex, Mechanical Products, Fuses, Tesa tape, electrical tape, 3M Tape, CAN Bus

Trailer Wiring and Connector Basics

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jun 27, 2022 9:42:52 AM

Pull-behind trailers come in a variety of sizes, weight classes and features. Whether you’re using a lightweight trailer to haul a few personal items, or pulling a livestock trailer, a boat trailer, or camper, it’s important that the trailer has been wired correctly.

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Topics: Terminals & Connectors

Alternatives to Hard-to-Find Switches

Posted by R. Iversrud on May 24, 2022 9:36:22 AM

Some DC electromechanical switches are hard to come by in today’s environment of materials  shortages and shipping constraints. In contrast, solid-state switches and contactors can be easier to source and offer many advantages over traditional switches—often at the same price point.

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Topics: Auxiliary Battery Switches, Switches, Solid State, Automotive Switches

Connector Trends in Automotive Wire Harnesses

Posted by S. Green on May 17, 2022 8:02:23 AM

Challenges in the automotive wire harness industry – including extended wait times for established, well-known components – are pushing the market towards new products and alternatives. Other challenges include weight and space constraints, environmental regulations, and system requirements that are growing more complex.

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Topics: Terminals & Connectors, Wire & Cable

How to Choose Cable Ties for Automotive Electrical Use

Posted by R. Iversrud on Apr 25, 2022 11:41:37 AM

The use of cable ties is common in automotive electrical applications for bundling and securing wiring, cable, wire harness conductors, hoses, and more. Cable ties go by many different names including zip ties, nylon ties, and cable wraps, but they all refer to the same thing: fasteners that bundle wires and cables together to help keep them organized and protected from damage.

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Topics: Cable Ties

Warehouse Updates Keep the Orders Moving

Posted by S. Green on Apr 8, 2022 7:55:13 AM

At Waytek we are committed to shipping over 99% of our customer orders on the same day.* As our  order volumes have grown, we’ve done significant work to increase our warehouse capacity and efficiency, enabling us to keep a growing amount of inventory in stock while continuing to ship products quickly. Here are four projects we undertook in 2021 to help us meet our shipping goals—all of them completed without interruptions to customer orders.

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How to Increase Battery Life with Battery Disconnects

Posted by R. Iversrud on Mar 28, 2022 8:11:39 AM

As commercial vehicles evolve, so does the need for increased protection of their electrical systems.

Modern vehicles have more auxiliary units drawing battery power than ever before. In the past, when vehicles were powered off, so were all electrical loads. Now, many of today’s commercial trucks require electricity full time.

Battery management is critical because increased loads, when not managed properly, can draw down batteries, leading to stalls and breakdowns.

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Topics: New Products, Resources & Tools, Battery Management, Switches

How To Choose the Right Thermal Circuit Breakers

Posted by R. Iversrud on Feb 18, 2022 9:08:50 AM

When selecting circuit protection devices for trucks, off-road equipment and other mobile equipment, it’s important to have a complete understanding of the system to be protected. Don’t rush or minimize the process when planning your circuit protection.

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Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Circuit Protection, Buying Guides

How To Choose the Right Electrical Connectors

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jan 21, 2022 7:58:40 AM

 

Choosing the right electrical connector for your application is important for the design of your vehicle or mobile equipment. The appropriate wire connectors can provide a reliable means to modularize, reduce space usage, or improve manufacturability and field maintenance. In this article we’ll cover key criteria to consider when selecting electrical interconnect components.

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Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Basics, Terminals & Connectors

Seven Ways to Extend the Life of Automotive Wiring and Connections

Posted by R. Iversrud on Dec 14, 2021 7:40:37 AM

Automotive wiring has a tough job to do. It must operate in adverse conditions such as extreme heat  and cold, vibration, moisture, and chemicals. Chemical corrosion has increased over the years due to the use of magnesium chloride and calcium chloride as anti-icing agents instead of salt. Taken together, all these factors can cause connectors to corrode and wires to pull out, resulting in equipment downtime and repair costs.

Here are few tips to extend the life of your automotive wires and connections and keep them functioning in top form.

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Topics: How To, New Products, Terminals & Connectors, Wire & Cable


 

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