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Automotive Switch Basics

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jan 12, 2017 12:00:39 PM

Whether they're toggles or rockers, push-button or disconnect, switches are found in every 12-volt electrical system, doing everything from turning on lights to moderating critical systems. To understand the basics of electrical switches, you must first understand the circuitry inside, then be able to discern the differences between different types of switches. Here's a crash course.

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Topics: Switches, automotive switches

Splice Connectors 101

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Dec 1, 2016 12:33:00 PM

Splice connectors, most commonly known as butt connectors, but also butt splices and crimp connectors, are a fundamentally important component in 12-volt electrical systems. Here are some basics you'll need to know about them.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Basics, Terminals & Connectors

How to Choose the Right Crimping Tools

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Oct 27, 2016 12:26:12 PM

Proper crimping is paramount, but getting the right crimp requires the right tool. While this may sound simple enough, there are several considerations when selecting from the myriad of crimping tools on the market-- here are a few of the most important: 

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Crimping, Wire & Cable

A Basic Guide to Circuit Breaker Types

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Oct 6, 2016 7:45:00 AM

Modern machines of all types are setting aside fuses in favor of circuit breakers. Circuit breakers have quite a few virtues; they're more durable, they're easier to reset and replace, and they can be ordered in types that fit in where most fuses were used on vehicles. Still, it's important to know the different circuit breaker types and their uses.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Circuit Protection

What Does "Solid State" Mean for Electrical Components?

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Sep 29, 2016 12:26:32 PM

Any purchasing department is familiar with the term "solid state." Solid state electronics and circuits are fairly common in automotive electrical, but how well do you understand how this technology works, as well as the benefits and drawbacks? So let's take a look at solid state components, and what they mean for vehicles and engineering.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, New Technologies, Relays, Solid State

What Are Telematics and Why Are They Important?

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jul 12, 2016 2:43:58 PM

(Source: Telematicsnews.com)

 

What Are "Telematics"?

Fleetmatics.com defines Telematics as "any integrated use of telecommunications with information and communications technology. It is the technology of sending, receiving and storing information relating to remote objects – like vehicles – via telecommunication devices". This is often achieved through a combination of a GPS receiver and an electronic GSM device that use software to communicate vehicle data to another location.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Fleet Management, IoT, Telematics

The Ultimate Guide to Overcurrent Protection by Mechanical Products (MP)

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jun 28, 2016 3:46:03 PM

While Waytek is Wired To Serve™ a diverse range of circuit protection, to provide the best product for your needs it is imperative to identify what your system truly requires.

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Topics: Resources & Tools, Circuit Protection, Overcurrent, Mechanical Products

All About the ELD Mandate

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jun 23, 2016 1:40:36 PM

In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) passed a mandate requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs) to be used in all commercial motor vehicles where paper driver logs are currently required.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Fleet Management, New Technologies, Regulatory

Battery Isolators vs. Automatic Charging Relays (ACRs): Thursday Throwdown

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jun 16, 2016 3:56:20 PM

When it comes to battery management, both Battery Isolators and Automatic Charging Relays (also called ACRs or voltage sensitive relays) both safeguard reserve battery power, so as to prevent breakdowns and protect other vital vehicle or boat functions.

So then, how are these two components different? Is one better than the other? Who should choose one over the other? Here, we examine these questions.

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

Wire Crimping Techniques & Tools by Molex®

Posted by K.E. Gregoric on Jun 9, 2016 2:41:06 PM

Molex® has a history of making industry leading crimp tools, so it's no surprise they have some excellent resources for crimping wire.

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Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Crimping, Molex, Wire & Cable


 

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