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What to Look for in CAN Bus Cables and Connectors

Posted by S. Green on Sep 24, 2021 10:18:46 AM

CAN, which stands for Controller Area Network, has been in use for more than 30 years and is increasingly found in passenger vehicles, class 7 and 8 trucks, construction equipment, and off-highway vehicles. Even so, the technology may still be unfamiliar to many automotive upfitters and installers.

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Topics: Terminals & Connectors, CAN Bus

How to Wrap PVC Electrical Tape… and an Alternative for Tight Spaces

Posted by R. Iversrud on Aug 24, 2021 2:49:35 PM

Few things beat the satisfaction of stepping back to admire a job well done, especially when it comes to pristine electrical work. While manufacturers continue to advance the features of electrical tape, the wrapping techniques used by OEMs and upfitters to create safe and error-free wire harnesses have stood the test of time.

Here are two fundamental techniques for wrapping PVC electrical tape that you must absolutely master for secure, long-lasting adhesion.

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Topics: Tesa tape, electrical tape, tape wrapping techniques, 3M Tape

How to Choose Between Automotive Cross-Link and GPT Wire

Posted by R. Iversrud on Aug 17, 2021 9:58:29 AM

There are many types of low-voltage automotive wire, but the two most common are GPT wire and cross-link polyethylene wire. The key differences between them lie primarily in the properties of their insulating jackets. Here’s an overview.

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Spotlights and Floodlights - The Fundamentals

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jul 26, 2021 9:57:53 AM


When it comes to lighting patterns for vehicle work lights, some work vehicle customers are unsure whether spotlights or floodlights will best suit their operators' needs. Other questions may arise around the choice between LED or halogen lighting, and the different units of measurement when it comes to brightness. It’s important for upfitters to understand the differences between spotlights and floodlights and the best applications for each.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Lighting

Alternatives to Hard-to-Find Deutsch Connectors

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jun 29, 2021 7:01:50 AM

Deutsch connectors are in high demand and can be difficult to source due to extended manufacturer  lead times. Widely in use in trucks, construction equipment, agricultural equipment, and many types of mobile equipment, Deutsch connectors have become integral to many production lines.

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How to Choose the Right Crimping Tools

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jun 25, 2021 8:48:43 AM

Proper crimping is essential for reliable terminations, and getting the right crimp requires the right tool. While this may sound simple enough, there several important things to keep in mind when selecting from the myriad of crimping tools on the market. 

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Crimping, Wire & Cable

Battery Isolators and Automatic Charging Relays (ACRs): A Comparison

Posted by R. Iversrud on May 12, 2021 8:39:52 AM

When it comes to battery management, battery isolators and automatic charging relays (also called ACRs or voltage sensitive relays) are both used to safeguard reserve battery power to prevent breakdowns and protect other vital vehicle or boat functions.

So, how are these two components different? Is one better than the other? When should you choose one over the other? Here are some things to keep in mind.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Buying Guides, Battery Management, Battery Isolators, ACRs

What to Look For in a Heavy-Duty Connector

Posted by S. Green on May 6, 2021 12:42:30 PM


Connectors used for demanding applications such as agriculture, mining, and construction are different than the electrical connectors used in consumer vehicles. Heavy-duty connectors are a unique category of connectors that are built specifically for off-highway applications.

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The Top 10 Products of Q1, 2021

Posted by R. Iversrud on Apr 27, 2021 10:14:19 AM

The 10 products featured below shot to the top of our list as the most in-demand—out of more than 7,000 products offered at Waytek—in the first quarter of 2021.

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Splice Connectors 101

Posted by R. Iversrud on Apr 8, 2021 11:23:26 AM

 

Splice connectors—also commonly known as butt connectors, butt splices, or crimp connectors—have been in use for decades and remain an important component in 12-volt electrical systems. Here are some basics to help you select and use them.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Basics, Terminals & Connectors


 

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