The Wire Processing Technology Expo is always a great place to see new products, and the 2016 show was no exception. When visiting our vendors, we were almost overwhelmed by sea of new parts, however there were a few that stood out from the pack.
Last week, Waytek attended the National Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo in Milwaukee, WI. As always, it was a great opportunity to network, catch some seminars and see some familiar faces. But these things are all just the "coating on the wire", because for us, the best part of attending industry events like this is catching up on the latest trends, innovations and hot topics- here are some we heard the most buzz about this year.
When buying automotive wire, there's a lot to keep track of. And if you're taking over purchasing, it can be a frustrating experience to untangle jargon and technical terms from the product you need. Here are a few frequent questions we get about automotive wire, and some no-nonsense answers.
Unless you've been repairing 12-volt equipment for years, the world of automotive wiring can be confusing to say the least. It can be a problem for purchasing departments across the country. So to ensure you're getting the right wire for the job, here's an essential overview of the least you'll need to know about wiring for 12-volt applications.
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.
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?
The automotive wiring you select for manufacturing and maintaining vehicles and equipment is an integral part to keeping electrical systems reliable. Not only is the type of wire you select important, like automotive gpt primary wire or automotive cross-link wire, but it's also important to choose the best automotive wire gauge size based on your application current draw, potential electrical resistance and voltage drop.
Multiplexing is a technique that can simplify your wiring. In traditional systems, the wires run from each switch to the device they power. In a multiplexed system, a module containing at least one microprocessor consolidates inputs and outputs for an area of the vehicle. With more and more devices in vehicles each year, multiplexing is necessary to keep the wiring from getting out of control. In a multiplexed system, a module containing at least one microprocessor consolidates inputs and outputs for an area of the vehicle.
UL 1426 is a common requirement for marine wire and cable applications. It was established as a standard to ensure proper wire and cable is used to withstand high heat, moisture and corrosion in marine environments. The standard is set for single-conductor wire and multi-conductor cable.
There are many different types of SAE automotive wire, so the first thing you need to ask yourself when deciding on which wire is best for your application, is where will the wire be used? If your wire is going to be exposed to high heat, chemicals, salt and rocks from under the vehicle or equipment, then automotive cross-link wire is a very durable choice. It is an insulated wire that can be used in very harsh under-hood applications because it withstands oil, heat, abrasion, gasoline and many chemicals.