Mueller Electric Blog

Selecting a Supplier to Build your Custom Cable Assembly

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Jun 19, 2018 10:35:30 AM

Many believe that taking a “least cost” approach is best in sourcing a supplier for the building of their custom cable assembly. What does that approach guarantee? Well, it guarantees a low price but does it guarantee on time delivery of a high quality product? Unfortunately, when accepting a low price as the main driver for supplier selection you usually get what you pay for, a great price, but, also long lead times and a product of marginal quality. Custom assemblies are usually unique in their design and are quite involved when it comes to design and assembly. To effectively source a supplier to build your unique custom cable assembly you should consider many factors on the way to your final decision. These factors are:

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Topics: custom cables

Keeping Your Grounding Equipment In Good Working Order

Posted by Mona Weiss on May 31, 2018 9:18:00 AM

 

It may seem like common sense, but it’s important to make sure your grounding and bonding straps are working properly. It is essential that your clips are making a good connection. 

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Topics: Paint Line Grounding, Grounding Metal, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding Wires, Grounding, Grounding Plastic, Grounding Clamp

Static Electricity and Flammable Fluids

Posted by Mona Weiss on May 24, 2018 9:24:00 AM

Static Electricity and Fluids

Some fluids that are flammable and combustible (like fuel and other chemicals) can be a static electricity hazard depending on how conductive they are.

As fluids move through pipes or a hose they can build up a static charge because they cannot conduct electricity unless the pipe is grounded. A spark can result if enough of a charge has built up, and an explosion can occur. Solvents that are water soluble like alcohol generally do not build up static electricity because the water is conductive. However when the liquids are transferred into a non-conductive container like glass or plastic, a charge can build up because the plastic or glass does not adequately dissipate the charge in the solvent.  Other factors are the flash point of the liquid, vapor pressure, air humidity, elevation, and temperature. For example, vapor levels in the air around the container will be higher in a hot room or on a hot day rather than on a cold day.

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Topics: Static Electricity Grounding

Mueller manufactures cables, clips and electrical parts used in the medical industry.

Posted by Mona Weiss on May 17, 2018 2:14:25 PM

Mueller provides a huge selection of components used for medical devices

These products include: 

  • Wires and Connectors for Home and Hospital Devices
  • Plungers for Cardiac Procedures
  • Components for Medical Kits and Trays
  • Hooks and Clips for Hanging IV bags
  • Clips and Insulators for Medical Monitors
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Topics: medical

The Design Process

Posted by Mona Weiss on May 9, 2018 9:56:35 AM

We make a really great assortment of cables here at Mueller, and one of the things we really excel at is doing custom bulk orders. We have a huge inventory of wires and terminations with custom over molding capabilities, and sourcing whatever we need for a project. We also have a great production team of 10 people who specialize in building custom assemblies right here in Ohio, engineering support and helpful staff. We can design and build exactly what you need.  

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Topics: custom cables

Options to Consider For a Custom Cable Assembly

Posted by Mona Weiss on May 1, 2018 1:36:59 PM

If you are in need of a wire or cable assembly that is custom made for your specific requirements, there are a number of options to consider. On the surface it's pretty simple - You have a wire, and then something on the ends of the wire (or not). But there are tons of options to customize and get it just right for what you need. 

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Topics: Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding, custom cables

How to Select the Right Electrical Clip

Posted by Mona Weiss on Apr 11, 2018 8:23:21 AM

From electrical design to maintenance, engineers must determine what electrical clips (also called alligator or crocodile clips) are best suited for their project.

These clips can range from small to large, be made of a wide range of materials, come in various jaw types, handle wide ranges of electrical current and can be certified for safety by being UL-listed.

With such a wide range of options, there are many factors to come into play when selecting clips

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Topics: Test & Measurement, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding, electronics, crocodile clip, engineering, alligator clip, Marine Clips

Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Listed Items

Posted by Mona Weiss on Mar 20, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Underwriter Laboratories has set the standards for product safety and has a through certification process. Mueller Electric is proud to provide UL Listed items and this blog post will provide some insight into what it means for something to be UL listed.

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Topics: Test & Measurement, engineering, alligator clip, wires

Guide To Finishes

Posted by Mona Weiss on Mar 5, 2018 10:15:39 AM

Raw uncoated steel can easily oxidize and corrode/rust over time when exposed to various environmental conditions and/or corrosive applications.  Sometimes it’s necessary to use different metals for electronic parts that will not corrode or to plate them with different metals that will provide protection against corrosion. Different metals are useful for different applications, although sometimes it’s also a matter of aesthetics.  

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Topics: alligator clip

How Well Do Marine Clips Hold Up In Saltwater?

Posted by Mona Weiss on Mar 1, 2018 11:58:49 AM

When selecting a clip for an application, there are often environmental considerations that may affect the clips over time. One of the toughest environments is a marine environment where there is a lot of moisture and salt which corrodes many types of metal. 

I performed an experiment with our 46 series clips to see how well the marine clip actually withstands a salty marine environment. 

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Topics: Marine Clips