Some DC electromechanical switches are hard to come by in today’s environment of materials shortages and shipping constraints. In contrast, solid-state switches and contactors can be easier to source and offer many advantages over traditional switches—often at the same price point.
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Topics: Auxiliary Battery Switches, Switches, Solid State, Automotive Switches
Challenges in the automotive wire harness industry – including extended wait times for established, well-known components – are pushing the market towards new products and alternatives. Other challenges include weight and space constraints, environmental regulations, and system requirements that are growing more complex.
Topics: Terminals & Connectors, Wire & Cable
The use of cable ties is common in automotive electrical applications for bundling and securing wiring, cable, wire harness conductors, hoses, and more. Cable ties go by many different names including zip ties, nylon ties, and cable wraps, but they all refer to the same thing: fasteners that bundle wires and cables together to help keep them organized and protected from damage.
Topics: Cable Ties
At Waytek we are committed to shipping over 99% of our customer orders on the same day.* As our order volumes have grown, we’ve done significant work to increase our warehouse capacity and efficiency, enabling us to keep a growing amount of inventory in stock while continuing to ship products quickly. Here are four projects we undertook in 2021 to help us meet our shipping goals—all of them completed without interruptions to customer orders.
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.
Topics: New Products, Resources & Tools, Battery Management, Switches
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.
Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Circuit Protection, Buying Guides
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.
Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Basics, Terminals & Connectors
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.
Topics: How To, New Products, Terminals & Connectors, Wire & Cable
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.
Topics: Resources & Tools, Buying Guides, Basics, Vehicles, Wire & Cable
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.
Topics: Industry Updates, Resources & Tools, Regulatory, IP, Ratings & Standards