Cirris Testing Tips

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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Can you tell how much wire is left on the spool?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Jan 4, 2017 9:01:50 AM

Cirris has several ways of helping you determine how much wire is still on the spool.

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Capacitance and Testing

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Dec 14, 2016 3:04:00 PM

 

Capacitance is the charge held by two conductors separated by a non-conductive barrier. The barrier divides the conductors and causes them to hold opposite charges (like a battery). Your cable may have capacitance you didn’t know about. Two wires separated by insulation can act as the conductors and barrier that create capacitance. As current flows through the wires, the charge is trapped in the unaccounted capacitance of the wires.

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Using Cables to Test Cables

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Oct 31, 2016 6:03:40 PM

Rarely are cables built with connectors that can attach directly to the tester. For this reason, fixturing must be built to provide a way to connect the cable to the tester.

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You Performed a High Voltage Test. Now What?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Oct 12, 2016 5:10:57 PM

Your tester has performed a high voltage test on your cable. The results appear on the screen and unfortunately there was an error. What kind or error is it? Is there a way to repair it?
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Testing Cables with a Twist

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Sep 21, 2016 2:28:50 PM

Do you know how to test a cable that contain a twisted pair? Conventional tests cannot detect all the errors associated with twisted pairs. There are techniques you can use to get a more accurate test.
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How Flux Can Affect Cable Testing

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Sep 14, 2016 11:41:49 AM

Flux is used when soldering connectors to eliminate oxides from the metals. During testing, flux that has not been cleaned off the connector can create errors that cause test failures.

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Can a Bad Crimp Cause a Crash?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Sep 1, 2016 12:54:07 PM

 

Chrysler is recalling over 400,000 vehicles. This may not sound like a big deal compared to other recent automotive recalls, but this one caught our attention at Cirris.

 

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Guided Assembly: Build and Test Simultaneously

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Aug 24, 2016 4:39:38 PM

Every harness manufacturer has a different process for building and testing products. Some have found success with the guided assembly method using Cirris CR testers. Guided assembly eliminates mistakes by testing each connection at the moment of contact. Constant testing means the cable is free of common errors such as miswires.


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What Do All Those Components Do?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Aug 11, 2016 2:57:38 PM

People who design, build, and test cables and harnesses know they are far more complicated than people might think. (Particularly screenwriters who have characters build entire spaceships or robots without a single failure.) Cables and harnesses are full of parts to control voltage, current, and more. It takes a lot of parts to make a cable work properly.


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