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A Blog on the history of electrical wire.

This week is the 170’th birthday of Thomas Edison inventor and all-round scientific superstar. But where would he be without the humble electrical wire? Often overlooked but without the vital important role that insulated electrical wire played in the development of electrical devices the modern electrical / electronic revolution would have never been able to […]

IX Connector

Introducing the ix Industrial Ethernet Connector!

New products are launched all the time, some last the test of time others fall by the wayside as is the way with many new innovations in the fast paced world of electronics. The concept was first announced back in August 2016 with very little detail about how the connector system would look but now we […]

mecal applicator

A Blog on Wire Crimping Terminology

For many of us in the manufacturing business there are many terms and acronyms we have to get our head around and this week I am going to introduce you to the terminology around wire crimping. Many of the following terms will be familiar to you however; do you really know what they mean and […]

EMI

The Dangers of Running Data & Power Cables in parallel

Unshielded Cables Ethernet cable performance capabilities have been enhanced by increasing the number of twists per inch in the cable, differentiating this number between each pair as well as through using improved insulation materials. These changes reduced the amount of crosstalk between conductors allowing operation at higher frequencies, reaching a maximum frequency of 250 MHz […]

Cat 6 LSZH Patch Lead

New Guide to Ethernet Cat 5e & Cat 6 Testing Part II!

In our previous Guide to Cat 5e & Cat 6 Cables we discussed the main differences and briefly showed the complex test structure required for true full Ethernet connectivity. This week we are going to go into much more detail.  Lets look at why the testing is so complex and why it is important that […]

MILC5015mi

A Guide to Mil Spec Connectors

For many people working with high end, harsh & no fail environment connector systems, Mil Spec will be the system of choice. Their longevity and track record of reliability and known quality makes them an easy design for any engineer, however for non technical buyers the part numbering system can be baffling. The following guide […]