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Fast and Inexpensive Custom USB Cable Assemblies

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on August 10, 2022 at 8:18 AM

Short for "Universal Serial Bus," a USB cable is one that has become a nearly ubiquitous part of our lives, even if some people don't necessarily realize it. Technologically speaking, it involves an industry standard that created precise specifications for not only how these types of cables can be manufactured, but how they can connect one device to another, how power and data can be transmitted, and more.

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Flexible Wire Jackets and Overmold Options for Custom Cable Assemblies

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on August 2, 2022 at 9:14 AM

In the world of custom cable assemblies, flexible wire and overmold solutions are used in a wide range of different contexts. Not only are they commonly employed in association with various types of industrial equipment, but they also play an important role in fields like automation, robotics, and even the automotive industry.

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How CAD Helps Design Engineers Make Layout Decisions

Written by Darren Casey
Posted on July 27, 2022 at 8:42 AM

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) systems and software began replacing drawing boards during the 1980s. Today, there’s hardly an engineer anywhere who uses pencil and paper to produce engineering drawings. Everyone uses CAD, for the simple reason that it offers many advantages.

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Low-Cost Automotive Wiring Solutions Using SXL, GXL, and TXL Wire

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on July 19, 2022 at 8:41 AM

With thousands of wire types, cross-sections, and material combinations, there is no shortage of options available to engineers when selecting low-voltage cables for automotive applications. Kicking off any new design project will require a careful review of the program requirements, timeline restrictions, and budget constraints.

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Battery Storage Tips: Battery Chemistries and the Storage Requirements

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on July 14, 2022 at 9:12 AM

Battery power constantly runs applications on a daily basis to perform a wide variety of functions. Yet, there will be certain instances where battery packs will be stored for short-term and long-term periods. This situation may occur due to infrequent use of the equipment or when storing extra battery packs.

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SAE J1772: The Standard Connector for EV to Battery Charging Stations

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on July 6, 2022 at 8:57 AM

More people are taking into consideration the types of vehicles they use for work, school, and to get around town. Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming a trend for both individuals as well as commercial operations. Aside from the tax benefits and reduced need for fossil fuels, battery technologies have matured enabling the EVs of today to offer comparable performance to the traditional internal combustion engine.

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How To Prevent Plating Voids And Solder Voids During PCB Manufacturing

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on June 28, 2022 at 8:53 AM

During the manufacturing of printed circuit boards (PCBs), a lot of attention is focused on how tools and processes are handled to avoid many common quality issues such as brittle joints, cold joints, and voids. Voids consist of an empty space somewhere along the PCB where not enough of a certain material was added. If the voiding issue is not addressed, then the entire PCB may need to be scrapped.

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Effective Ways To Reduce Your CNC Machining Costs - Q&A

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on June 27, 2022 at 9:23 AM

At the conclusion of our webinar, Effective Ways To Reduce Your CNC Machining Costs, we had several questions submitted to our presenter, Mark Stanley, General Manager at Metal Craft Machining, Epec’s sister company. We have compiled these questions into a readable format on our blog.

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Custom Cable Assembly Testing: Is Continuity Testing Enough

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on June 23, 2022 at 8:08 AM

An electrical continuity test is used to determine if there is an uninterrupted path within a circuit allowing current to pass. Continuity allows electrical components to become properly energized and operate as intended. Simple electrical tests can help verify continuity quickly and inexpensively in a circuit, with sophisticated test equipment available for higher complexity options.

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PTFE vs FR4 PCB Laminate Materials - Cost and Performance Options

Written by Angie Brown
Posted on June 15, 2022 at 8:48 AM

Not all printed circuit board (PCB) materials are created equal. In fact, to say there is an equivalent for any is untrue. Although, they are all in line with each other for basic attributes and are close but not exact. These many different flavors are also not always available; some come with a steep cost, a high Minimum Order Quantity (MOQ,) and a long lead time.

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