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How to Increase Battery Life with Battery Disconnects

Posted by R. Iversrud on Mar 28, 2022 8:11:39 AM

As commercial vehicles evolve, so does the need for increased protection of their electrical systems.

Modern vehicles have more auxiliary units drawing battery power than ever before. In the past, when vehicles were powered off, so were all electrical loads. Now, many of today’s commercial trucks require electricity full time.

Battery management is critical because increased loads, when not managed properly, can draw down batteries, leading to stalls and breakdowns.

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Topics: New Products, Resources & Tools, Battery Management, Switches

How To Choose the Right Thermal Circuit Breakers

Posted by R. Iversrud on Feb 18, 2022 9:08:50 AM

When selecting circuit protection devices for trucks, off-road equipment and other mobile equipment, it’s important to have a complete understanding of the system to be protected. Don’t rush or minimize the process when planning your circuit protection.

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Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Circuit Protection, Buying Guides

How To Choose the Right Electrical Connectors

Posted by R. Iversrud on Jan 21, 2022 7:58:40 AM

 

Choosing the right electrical connector for your application is important for the design of your vehicle or mobile equipment. The appropriate wire connectors can provide a reliable means to modularize, reduce space usage, or improve manufacturability and field maintenance. In this article we’ll cover key criteria to consider when selecting electrical interconnect components.

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Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Basics, Terminals & Connectors

Seven Ways to Extend the Life of Automotive Wiring and Connections

Posted by R. Iversrud on Dec 14, 2021 7:40:37 AM

Automotive wiring has a tough job to do. It must operate in adverse conditions such as extreme heat  and cold, vibration, moisture, and chemicals. Chemical corrosion has increased over the years due to the use of magnesium chloride and calcium chloride as anti-icing agents instead of salt. Taken together, all these factors can cause connectors to corrode and wires to pull out, resulting in equipment downtime and repair costs.

Here are few tips to extend the life of your automotive wires and connections and keep them functioning in top form.

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Topics: How To, New Products, Terminals & Connectors, Wire & Cable

Automotive Wire 101: The Basics

Posted by R. Iversrud on Nov 16, 2021 1:29:37 PM

 

Unless you've been repairing or wiring 12-volt equipment for a long time, the world of automotive wiring can be daunting. You’ll need to understand some jargon and technical terms to get started. To ensure you're getting the right wire for the job, here's an essential overview of what you need to know.

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

Guide to IP (Ingress Protection) Codes for Vehicle Electrical Components

Posted by S. Green on Oct 22, 2021 10:39:55 AM

The IP Code, IEC standard 60529, sometimes interpreted as Ingress Protection Marking, classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against intrusion, dust, accidental contact, and water by mechanical casings and electrical enclosures.

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Topics: Industry Updates, Resources & Tools, Regulatory, IP, Ratings & Standards

Heat Shrink 101

Posted by R. Iversrud on Sep 27, 2021 2:15:00 PM

Using heat shrink materials is an excellent way to protect crucial electrical connections and keep wire connections secure. However, some confusion lingers over heat shrink materials and how they are best used. Here's what you need to know.

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

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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