Mueller Electric Blog

Mueller at Electronica

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Nov 13, 2018 1:49:34 PM

Mueller Electric is at Electronica's 2018 event being held this week in Munich, Germany. Stop by the Digi-Key locations in Hall C booth 500 and Hall B booths 164, 165 & 170 to learn more.

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How to Make Sure Your Environment Is Properly Grounded

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Oct 11, 2018 2:02:31 PM

Everyone wants a safe work environment. One of the workplace hazards are explosions and fires due to static discharge, but these can be mitigated by grounding equipment. Proper grounding is the only way to ensure true static protection if you are in any environment where the potential for static discharge exists.

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

Plant Safety in Grounding & Bonding

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Sep 21, 2018 1:29:55 PM

When you think of plant safety it is common to think about the things you can see or do. This can be rules and regulations on how to navigate throughout the plant as well as wearing the appropriate safety attire such as hard hats, safety glasses, ear plugs, in addition to fire suits or Kevlar gloves to name a few. So, if the plant has all these things, isn’t it safe? Well, maybe, or maybe not? What about the things you can’t see such as static electricity? Have you considered the need for grounding and bonding?

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Topics: Grounding, Grounding Metal, Static Electricity Grounding, Grounding Wires, Grounding Clamp, Static Electricity, Static Electricity Industrial, Static Control, engineering, custom cables

Case Study: Retrofitting A Wire Harness

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Sep 11, 2018 9:02:48 AM

Business Challenge: The case of retrofitting a new device onto a legacy harness.

A major engineering firm approached Mueller Electric to help engineer a solution to their customer’s problem of installing new fleet intercoms into their current vehicles. The vehicles already had a wire harness accessible through the dashboard which was installed during the initial assembly process at the factory. This harness accommodated the docking station for the original intercoms which have now become obsolete. Since intercoms are a necessity for the fleet, new intercoms were purchased but they were not compatible with the original harness. One option would have been to replace the original harness in the vehicle, but this would have been very expensive and time consuming.

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Topics: custom cables

Questions to Determine If Your Paint Line Needs Better Grounding

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Aug 27, 2018 10:30:38 AM

Have you noticed lately that your paint line isn’t producing the quality it once did?

Are your substrates weighing less as a finished product?

Are your thickness measurements showing less versus more?

Have you noticed more overspray in your paint booth?

Are your robots wearing more paint than your substrates?

 If you answered yes to any or all of these questions you certainly have something going wrong in your paint process, not to mention your increased costs of paint as well as your amount of scrap and rework.

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Topics: Painting metal

Alligator Clip Inventor, Mueller Electric, Celebrates its 110th Anniversary

Posted by Mona Weiss on Jul 26, 2018 2:25:19 PM

Akron Ohio, July 20th 2018:  

This year marks Akron-based Mueller Electric Company's 110th Anniversary and the firm is celebrating its long history in Northeast Ohio along with its impact on innovation and industry around the world. 

Acknowledging the importance of the company, the City of Akron's Mayor Daniel Horrigan today issued a proclamation permanently designating July 20th, 2018 as "Mueller Electric Company Day."  

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

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