Solenoids, relays, and contactors are all electro-mechanical switches, but there are some critical differences that make each suitable for different applications. In this article, we will explain how each of these devices work and discuss some key selection considerations.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.