One of the biggest challenges in the wire processing industry is lack of consistent definitions. One person may hear the word “Hipot” and think about high voltage testing while another person may think of a specific high voltage test. Fixturing is another word that can mean different things to different people. Here’s what Cirris means when we say “Fixturing.”
When you run into a problem you cannot solve, tech support has the answers to help you resume testing as soon as possible. The first step is contacting Tech Support.
Whether new to the wire assembly industry or new to Cirris products, a little training can help you start testing cables sooner and with more confidence.
You’ve heard of Low Voltage tests, but you may not understand what that means. What is the difference between low voltage tests and continuity tests? What tests do low voltage testers perform? Why would you want a low voltage tester when you can use a digital multi-meter?
When shopping for an automated electrical tester, some buyers may feel overwhelmed by the amount of features, specifications, and options available. Finding the most suitable tester for your cable shop isn’t as difficult a task as you might expect. Here are a few factors that will help you choose the right tester.
The truth behind cable testing that most manufacturers despise is that it’s necessary. It’s a job that has to be done, like washing dishes or cleaning toilets. Nobody asks for a new electrical wire tester for their birthday. There is nothing glorious or desirable about testing. Without it, there is a high risk of low quality and diminished safety. With it, there is time spent and equipment to buy. Is there any way of looking at testing that doesn’t make it sound like a lose-lose situation?
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Electrical testing is as essential to cable and wire harness assembly as eating is to staying alive. If you don’t eat you’ll die, and if a company doesn’t check the quality of electrical assemblies it won’t last long either. Just like different people have different diets, how do you know which test method works best for your company?
Hand beeping is an important practice. Everyone in the cable/harness manufacturing business needs to have a digital multimeter and use it often. A hand tester checks the continuity of a wire. By probing both ends of a wire, you can know for sure that energy is flowing from one end to the other. Cables that contain dozens of wires can take even more time to test with a hand tester. Each wire must be tested against every other wire to check for opens, shorts and miswires. When only a single cable is built, this is a good option for testing.
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Any businesses that build cables and harnesses and are not testing or are using hand testers should consider upgrading to an automated cable tester. Instead of testing each wire individually against every other wire, an automated tester can perform the same work in seconds. Automated testers also find more defects, which can save your company money.
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