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How to Select the Right Battery Cable for Your Application

Posted by G. Christianson on Sep 22, 2016 2:39:26 PM

The battery cable is among the most important cables in a battery management system. It ensures you have power, stay on task, and avoid battery drain. But to enable this, you must identify the right battery cable for each application. Below, we outline three of the top factors you must consider to pick the best cable for the job.

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Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Battery Management, Wire & Cable

Battery Isolators 101

Posted by G. Christianson on Sep 15, 2016 2:15:48 PM

Battery isolators aren't the flashiest part, but they're also often the only part standing between the function or failure of a vehicle, boat or machine. Here's what a battery isolator does, why it's important, and how to spot the right one for your needs.
 
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Topics: Resources & Tools, Basics, Battery Management, Battery Isolators

4 Steps to Extend the Life of Your Automotive Wiring

Posted by G. Christianson on Sep 7, 2016 1:56:45 PM

Automotive wiring has a tough job to do. Keeping your fleet up and running isn't easy, and often the electrical system takes the brunt of it. There's a lot you can do to keep your wiring functioning in top form, such as ...

 

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Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Wire & Cable, Automotive

Terminal Blocks 101

Posted by G. Christianson on Sep 1, 2016 1:36:44 PM

When assembling a circuit, it's easy to forget that there's far more to it than just wires and solder. Terminal blocks are a useful, and often crucial, component for any fleet's electrical wiring needs. But what are their functions, and what do you need to know about them?

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Basics, Terminals & Connectors

RFIDs: What Can They Do for Your Fleet? By Farsens.com

Posted by G. Christianson on Aug 23, 2016 2:57:36 PM

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is automatic identification technology which uses radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to identify objects carrying tags when they come close to a reader.

RFID was first used during World War II to distinguish between ally and enemy airplanes (IFF: Identify Friendly Foe) and later was instrumental in producing anti-theft devices for retail stores.

In the modern Internet of Things (IoT), this technology is being utilized by many commercial operations to track and monitor equipment and fleet vehicles.

Mikel Choperena, of Farsens.com, is a technology writer who specializes in autonomous sensors and RFID. We recently checked in with Mikel to learn how RFID sensors work and how they're being used in service equipment and elsewhere. Here's what he had to say:

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Topics: Fleet Management, New Technologies, IoT, RFID

Automotive Cross-Link vs. PVC Wire: What Are the Differences?

Posted by G. Christianson on Aug 18, 2016 1:42:46 PM

There are many types of automotive wire, but two of the most commonplace are cross-link polyethylene and PVC wire. The following are some key differences between the two that are important to remember as you look to resupply your fleet and build new products and circuits.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Buying Guides, Wire & Cable

Are Hybrid Vehicles Right for Your Fleet?

Posted by G. Christianson on Aug 9, 2016 10:01:20 AM

Rising fuel efficiency standards and memories of the days of $4-a-gallon diesel has many fleets considering upgrading to hybrids before the cost of fuel goes up or the inspector visits. The electrical supplies for hybrid technology are also improving constantly and becoming more appealing. But are hybrid vehicles a good fit for your fleet?

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Topics: Fleet Management, New Technologies, Green Fleets, Hybrids

Heat Shrink Protection 101

Posted by G. Christianson on Jul 26, 2016 10:00:00 AM


Heat shrink protection is an excellent technique for protecting crucial electrical connections and keeping wire connections secure. However, some confusion lingers over the procedure and how it's used. Here's what every fleet needs to know about heat shrink protection.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Basics, Wire & Cable, Heat Shrink

Is Your Commercial Ship Fleet Experiencing These Common Wiring Issues?

Posted by G. Christianson on Jul 19, 2016 12:24:17 PM


Is your fleet's electrical system as safe as it could be?

Commercial ships take a beating out on the open ocean, and often the most delicate of their systems, the electrical system, takes the brunt of it. The US Coast Guard recently raised a warning about the most common problems they're seeing in commercial shipping, some of which can stop a ship in its tracks or even injure members of the crew. Before you ship out, make sure your crew has checked for these wiring issues.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Molex

Implementing a Telematics Solution for Your Fleet? Transparency is Key.

Posted by G. Christianson on Jul 14, 2016 10:30:00 AM


Are you planning to upgrade your fleet's automotive electrical system with a telematics solution?

In our earlier post, " What Are Telematics and Why Are They Important?", we introduced the concept of telematics and listed some common applications used by fleets to help improve business. 

While telematics are an incredibly useful tool for building a more efficient fleet, many fleets struggle with implementing them due to concern on the part of drivers about privacy and how the data will be used. In this post, we explore how to balance fleet efficiency with team morale.
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Topics: Industry Updates, How To, Resources & Tools, Fleet Management, Telematics


 

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