Mueller Electric Blog

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

Painting Plastics: How to Produce High-Quality Output in a Low Cost Environment

Posted by Tim Ulshafer on Jan 25, 2017 1:03:11 PM

With the vast varieties of paint, materials and application processes, the achievement of an efficient, high-quality and consistent automated painting process can often seem elusive. How can the director of the painting operation optimize output and quality while controlling costs?  Output is useless without quality.  The cost of scrap and rework adds up quickly, and can delay the overall project. For example, if a painted plastic bumper cover has flaws and needs to be reworked or scrapped, then that component will not be available for assembly to the designated automobile, potentially impacting the production line or the customer (and who wants rework stacking up?). This is a disruptive and costly nuisance.

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Topics: Plastic Painting, Painting Plastics, Test & Measurement

Why don't Alligator/Crocodile clips have Voltage Ratings?

Posted by Ron Malone on Dec 14, 2016 12:46:28 PM

The simple answer is they do not have sufficient, if any, insulation for human protection.  Most alligator or crocodile clips are rated for current (amperage) and not voltage.  Even clips equipped with slip-on insulators do not meet agency requirements for a voltage ratings because the insulator can be moved (without tools) which would expose potentially hazardous bare metal. 

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Topics: Test & Measurement

Mini Test lead Adapters for PC Board Test, Repair & Development

Posted by Paul Kestler on Nov 16, 2016 12:46:38 PM

Having the right tool always makes the job easier. This is particularly true when working with circuit boards at the component level. Many engineers and technicians rely upon these useful miniaturized adapters to perform their test, repair and development work. If you're lacking any of these helpful tools, Mueller Electric's kit provides a convenient solution. Eight micro-tool adapters have been grouped into one Micro-Scale Kit, held neatly in a fabric Velcro wallet.

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Topics: Test & Measurement