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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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Insulation Compression Failures

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Sep 21, 2017 3:27:42 PM

Not all testing failures are due to bent pins or misplaced wires. Sometimes a wire failure is caused by something as trivial as the zip tie holding the wires in a bundle. These failures are called insulation compression failures and are serious errors that can be avoided.

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Topics: Product Advice

How to Automate Cirris Testers: Digital I/O

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Sep 14, 2017 6:07:35 PM

Doesn’t everyone want testing to be faster and safer? One way to accomplish this goal is by implementing digital I/O. This gives you the ability to run the tester using controls such as switches, buttons, and other devices. Adding automated devices to your test system can not only speed up the testing process but will make testing safer.

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Topics: Cirris Products

From Pricing to Testing: Live Webinar Announcement

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Aug 31, 2017 6:30:43 PM

When a new request comes in for a cable, pricing, time, inventory, and other factors must be considered before the request can be answered.

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Topics: Cirris Products

How to Make Fixturing Last Through Thousands of Tests

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Aug 25, 2017 2:42:49 PM

You are careful to select the right materials for a cable or harness. You build the cable with precision, double checking work to make sure each wire and pin is placed correctly. You follow the instructions and document the work to ensure no mistakes are made.

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Topics: Getting Started

3 MORE Reasons You Should Invest in High Voltage Testing

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Aug 16, 2017 12:42:54 PM

Two years ago, Cirris posted a blog article describing 3 reasons to investing high voltage testing. Here are 3 more reasons to consider when purchasing a new cable tester.

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Topics: Testing Guidelines, Getting Started

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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Topics: Cirris Products

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

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