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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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Does High Voltage Testing Damage Cables?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on May 18, 2018 2:46:22 PM

If high voltage testing damaged cables, people wouldn't do it, right? How much voltage does it take to break down a cable? Is it worth it to test a cable with high voltage?

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Topics: Testing Guidelines

Errors Caused by Bad Insulation

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Apr 27, 2018 9:53:41 AM

Keeping wires isolated means having good insulation. But sometimes the insulation can be the reason for a cable failing. If the insulation is damaged or insufficient, it can cause errors in the cable.

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Topics: Testing Guidelines

Why High Voltage Testing Matters

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Apr 6, 2018 1:00:54 PM

Unlike low voltage testing that simply makes sure your cables function, high voltage testing will make sure your cable is safe.

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Keeping Your Adapters Alive

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Mar 29, 2018 1:41:58 PM

Constantly connecting and disconnecting cables from adapters can take their toll. While Cirris strives for the highest quality in all our products, nothing can live forever—especially adapters that are almost constantly in use. There are a few possibilities you might try to increase the lifespan of your adapters.

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Charge and Overcurrent Errors

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Mar 23, 2018 9:41:56 AM

Hipot testing as a process of applying high voltage to a cable for a certain amount of time and looking for problems. When voltage is ramped up, if the charge can surpass safe levels the test will abort and report an error.

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Topics: Testing Guidelines

Always Verify Your Test Programs

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Mar 1, 2018 5:04:25 PM

Before any test can be performed, you must create a test program. Whether you do this by performing a Learn on the cable or by entering the specs by hand, there is a risk of making a mistake. You could easily enter the wrong value, or the sample cable used for the Learn could contain an error. Therefore, it’s important to verify test programs before using the program to test cables.

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What Does that Error Mean?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Feb 23, 2018 2:52:02 PM

The results from a cable test are specific and detailed, but do you know what they mean? Can you be sure an error is in the cable? Or is it in the fixturing or testing environment? Understanding the results of a test is an important part of testing.

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The Cirris Learning Center

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Feb 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Cirris has built a virtual library of articles related to cable testing. Within the Cirris Learning Center at, you can find articles on everything from getting started with testing to topics pertaining to high voltage.

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Topics: Getting Started, Product Advice, Testing Guidelines, Cirris Products

The Possibilities of Custom Scripting

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Feb 1, 2018 4:26:12 PM

When the standard features of your tester aren’t enough, Custom Scripts can add more capability. Scripting adds another level of control over your testing process. If your testing process has requirements beyond the standard features, contact Cirris to order a custom script.

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Get a Header Strip

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Jan 24, 2018 6:05:10 PM

The Cirris Header Strip is a useful tool for switching out different fixturing cables quickly. The boards connect to Cirris CR and CH2 testers and provide a platform for changing cables with ease.

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