Cirris Testing Tips

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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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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Topics: Cirris Products

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

Good Cable—No, Bad Cable—No, Wait, Good Cable

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Apr 20, 2017 11:43:44 AM

Many of the products that use the cables and harnesses don’t sit still. They are moved around, plugged in, unplugged, shaken, and the cables and harnesses are put through a ride. Are the pins going to hold? Are the wires going stay intact? Is there a way to know beforehand?

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Topics: Testing Guidelines

Learning from Failures

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Apr 6, 2017 11:03:01 AM

An article in the Learning Center at cirris.com talks about how to improve quality by focusing on “First Pass Yield.” This means finding out what percentage of cables in your facility pass when tested. This also includes learning how many cables failed and were scrapped or required rework. While it’s easier to focus on the success of good, well-built cables, studying failures can help yield a higher percentage of good cables.

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Need a Laugh?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Mar 29, 2017 4:56:52 PM

A favorite holiday at Cirris Systems is April Fools’ Day. We take advantage of this holiday to create something that will raise spirits. Our archive of April Fools’ jokes stretches back years and are all available on our website.

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Topics: Cirris Products

How to Stay Safe while Testing

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Mar 22, 2017 5:27:19 PM

Safety is the top priority for cable and harness shops. Practices are put in place to protect workers from all sorts of hazards. Whether being injured from improper use of tools or materials to being safe around electricity, cable and harness shops want to make sure no one is hurt in any way.

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Topics: Testing Guidelines, Product Advice

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