Cirris Testing Tips

Will Your Cirris Tester Detect a Broken Strand?

Posted by Sarah Landeen on Sep 27, 2017 1:55:50 PM

Customers have asked over the years if a Cirris tester can detect broken strands in cables. Cirris decided to do an experiment to see if a resistance test could detect the broken strands of a wire.

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Topics: Product Advice, Testing Guidelines

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

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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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: Getting Started, Product Advice, Testing Guidelines

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

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: Product Advice, Testing Guidelines

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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Topics: Testing Guidelines

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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Topics: Cirris Products, Testing Guidelines

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