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.
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Topics: Terminals & Connectors, Wire & Cable
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
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.
Topics: Resources & Tools, Basics, Wire & Cable, Heat Shrink
Proper crimping is essential for reliable terminations, and getting the right crimp requires the right tool. While this may sound simple enough, there several important things to keep in mind when selecting from the myriad of crimping tools on the market.
Topics: Resources & Tools, Crimping, Wire & Cable
The battery cable is among the most important components in a battery management system. High quality battery cables will help ensure you have power and avoid battery drain—but only if they are properly sized, installed and maintained.
There are two things you must absolutely double-check when selecting your battery cables.
Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Battery Management, Wire & Cable
Wiring a boat can seem like a simple proposition for a boat builder. After all, the principles of electricity don't change when you're on the water. But there are concerns that any marine wiring job needs to keep front and center. So before you design a circuit diagram for your next boat, keep this in mind.
Topics: Resources & Tools, Marine, Design, Engineers, Wire & Cable
Molex® has a history of making industry leading crimp tools, so it's no surprise they have some excellent resources for crimping wire.
Topics: How To, Resources & Tools, Crimping, Molex, Wire & Cable
It's one thing to have the wires you need to get your automotive electrical project up and running, but those wires need somewhere to terminate, or you might as well leave them on the spool. Here are some dos and don'ts for ensuring every wire has the connection it needs.
Topics: Resources & Tools, Buying Guides, Terminals & Connectors, Wire & Cable
The modern car is a complex machine, and that makes fixing it even more work. With custom automotive wire striping, you can make it easier. Why?
Topics: Resources & Tools, Custom Services, Wire & Cable