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Spotlights vs. Floodlights - Which Work Light Is Right For You

Posted by G. Christianson on Dec 14, 2016 12:40:26 PM


When it comes to lighting patterns for vehicle work lights, we often ask customers if they prioritize breadth or depth and are sometimes met with confusion. We find that some work vehicle customers are unsure whether spotlights or floodlights will best suit their operators' needs. While these two types of lighting patterns can be confused, it's important for upfitters to understand the differences in their lighting output and what the best applications are for each. So what is the difference, and where and when should they be installed and used?


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Topics: Resources & Tools, Lighting

How to Select Heat Shrink for Your Application

Posted by G. Christianson on Nov 17, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Heat shrink is one of the most useful products in many low voltage applications. It repairs insulation, it offers protection against abrasion and moisture intrusion for wires, it provides needed support and strain relief and generally it allows for more design flexibility and capability for any automotive electrical use. But picking heat shrink can be a difficult task if you're not familiar with it. How do you select the right heat shrink for the job?

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Buying Guides, Heat Shrink

Fuses 101: What You Need to Know

Posted by G. Christianson on Nov 8, 2016 11:30:00 AM

While circuit breakers are becoming more prominent in 12-volt system design, the fuse remains a common, and useful, technology. If you're not up on your fuses, here's an overview of where they fit into automotive circuit protection.

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Topics: Fuses

The 2 Things You Must Double-Check When Sizing Battery Cables - a Quick Reference

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 need to make sure the sizing is correct. Below, we reference the two things you must double check when sizing your battery cables.

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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 shop 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


 

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