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Using a High Flexibility Silicone Wire and PTFE Wire Design

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on November 18, 2021 at 10:48 AM

There are several reasons to choose silicone or PolyTetraFluoroEthylene (PTFE) jacketed cable when designing a custom wire harness. Both jacket constructions are known for their high-temperature resilience and extreme flexibility. The main difficulty of selecting a PTFE is the fact that they can be a bit hard to come by.

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2021 Shipping Challenges During the Peak Season

Written by Kendall Paradise
Posted on November 9, 2021 at 10:06 AM

When the electronics world was preparing for the Chinese New Year (CNY) 2020, I don’t think any of us could have imagined what we would be planning for CNY 2021, and even fewer people would have predicted what we will be going to be up against in 2022.

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Flexible Heater Design: Watt Density, Input Power, and Heater Size

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on November 5, 2021 at 11:06 AM

Flexible heaters allow customers to apply heat at targeted areas at any given moment. This procedure is desired for applications for a variety of reasons, such as preventing condensation to form on instrument panels, keeping the consistency of semi-fluid materials so that they may pass through pipe systems, or keeping systems warm during extreme environmental temperatures.

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User Interface Design with Biocompatible Silicone Elastomer

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on November 2, 2021 at 11:04 AM

Silicone is one of the most common materials used for elastomeric technologies today. Silicone elastomer is utilized across numerous industries and applications, from o-rings to cable jacketing, to cookware, to even your child’s fidget toy, silicone elastomer is chosen for its exceptional mechanical properties and low reactivity.

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Flex Circuit Board Design Considerations for Dome Switch Applications

Written by Paul Tome
Posted on October 28, 2021 at 9:13 AM

Dome switches are a very popular solution for use as a momentary switch. They are a good solution that provides tactile feedback that the switch has been depressed and an event registered. Many applications require a dome switch mounted to a flexible circuit board.

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Flexible Heaters: Thickness and Spacing Elements Effect on Performance

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on October 22, 2021 at 10:33 AM

Flexible heaters are used in applications to keep systems, electronics, and products at the appropriate temperatures utilize a range of materials and thicknesses to achieve optimal heat output. Often when reaching out to a manufacturer, the customer will be asked to provide specifications regarding the application. The manufacturer will need to understand the wattage desired for the flexible heater and the temperature output that the flexible heater will provide.

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Resistive Touchscreens: Low-Cost Solution vs. Capacitive Screen

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on October 19, 2021 at 10:43 AM

Touchscreens are everywhere. From the coffee maker in the breakroom to the smartwatch on your child’s wrist to the in-flight entertainment system on your commuter flight, touchscreen technologies are a part of our everyday lives. As touchscreens continue to become intertwined in our culture, they help make everyday tasks that much simpler and improve the ease of use for all kinds of electronics.

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Battery Chemistry Comparison, Capacity, Efficiency and BMS Requirement

Written by Anton Beck
Posted on October 13, 2021 at 11:11 AM

It is common to explore different power supply options when designing your applications. However, one that often gets neglected is the differences between the types of battery cells in your portable applications. There are a lot of similarities between battery cells, but also very many differences that make certain cells more efficient than others when it comes to application.

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Flexible Heaters: The Pros and Cons of Temperature Sensors

Written by Chris Perry
Posted on October 7, 2021 at 9:22 AM

Flexible heaters are used in numerous industries to provide heat in a selective area to deal with; condensation and mist, food processes, keeping electronics warm due to environmental temperature changes or keeping liquids in a fluid state. Temperature sensors are used to monitor the temperature of the flexible heater as well as the surface that is being heated.

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Incorporating PCBs and LEDs into an Outdoor Overmolded Cable Design

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on October 4, 2021 at 10:03 AM

Outdoor cables are used in commercial, industrial, and residential applications where they are exposed to a variety of adverse conditions. To survive a lifetime’s worth of abuse, outdoor-rated cables must be designed to stand up to the elements, rough handling, excessive moisture, extreme temperatures, and contaminants like sand or dust. Having an overmold in the design of the cable assembly, the cable terminations can be sealed and ruggedized allowing for several design risks associated with outdoor use to be addressed in an economical fashion.

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