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Sarah Landeen

Sarah is a copywriter for Cirris Systems. When she isn't writing she is running from boredom, painting amusement, and dreaming of her next nap.

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The Cirris Connector Generator

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Jul 20, 2017 5:11:56 PM

Cirris easy-wire Software is filled with useful features that are often overlooked. When these features are used in testing, they can provide many benefits including saving time and simplifying test creation.

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Upgrading Cirris easy-wire Software from Very Old to Current

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Jul 14, 2017 2:40:11 PM

As Cirris produces new versions of our testing software, easy-wire, we want to ensure an easy transition from previous versions to the current release. To help with this, the upgrade process was designed so new versions of the software are installed according to a certain method. Not following this process can cause problems and interrupt your cable testing.

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Topics: Cirris Products

What are Metal Whiskers?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Jun 29, 2017 6:28:49 PM

Often failures in testing are attributed to human error. For example, someone connects the wrong wire to the wrong pin. These types of errors can be easy to prevent or repair. But sometimes an error is caused by something you don’t understand and have no control over. Metal Whiskers is this type of error.

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Topics: Product Advice

The Future of Wireless

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Jun 22, 2017 10:49:53 AM

Who remembers the paperless movement? As digital technology started to grow, entire offices tried to eliminate paper entirely. Anything that might have been printed would instead be viewed digitally on a screen. While the intention was good, the result didn’t accomplish the goal. Rather than saving paper, paper consumption increased.

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Test Fail? Who Do You Blame?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Jun 14, 2017 3:49:15 PM

When a test fails and the reason isn't clear, it can be tempting to jumpt to conclusions. Is something in the tester broken? Is the software malfunctioning? The tester can be the first thing to blame because you have little or no contol over the state of the maching.

In order to find the cause of the failure, you need to consider the problem might be located somewhere other than the tester.

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Topics: Product Advice

Is Humidity Causing an Error?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on May 31, 2017 3:55:50 PM

Has your cable ever failed and the tester reports and IR or HV leakage error? Maybe you found the cause of this error, but maybe you are still speculating.

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Topics: Testing Guidelines

Two Guys Walks into a Barcode Scanner…

Posted by Sarah Landeen on May 25, 2017 3:11:58 PM

How many tpying mitsakes do you make? How much time is lost entering data by hand? How much space does a keyboard take up? All these problems could be eliminated by one simple tool: The barcode scanner.

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Topics: Testing Guidelines

Cirris Plays Nice with Others

Posted by Sarah Landeen on May 17, 2017 3:41:29 PM

If you were in Milwaukee on May 10th and 11th, you may have stopped by the Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo. Cirris representatives enjoyed visiting with everyone who took the time to visit our booth. Whether picking up a brochure for one of our testers, seeking answers about testing, or grabbing a free give-away item, we hope you found what you were looking for from Cirris.

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Copper Cable vs. Copper-Clad Cable

Posted by Sarah Landeen on May 11, 2017 4:36:39 PM

Have you ever been jewelry shopping? Maybe you were shopping for a ring. The salesman takes several rings out from under the counter and begins describing the quality of each ring. Some of them are very expensive and made of 24K gold. Others are less expensive because they are only gold plated. Quality and price seem to be polarizing factors when jewelry shopping. You can either pay more and get a better ring, or save your money but the ring isn’t as nice of quality.

The same principle appears elsewhere in the world, including in the wire processing industry. Solid copper wire is expensive, but pay less and you might end up with copper-clad aluminum.

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Topics: Testing Guidelines

Fixturing Maintenance

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Apr 28, 2017 2:58:55 PM

In most cases, the cables you test won’t attach directly to your tester. Depending on the tester you are using, you may have to build fixturing.

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Topics: Testing Guidelines, Getting Started, Product Advice

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