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What is a Hook-Up Wire?

What is a hook-up wire? It’s a special type of wire that’s used primarily in low-current, low-voltage applications. If you need wiring for an enclosed piece of electronic equipment, there’s a good chance you need a hook-up wire. Hook-up wires vary in terms of conductors, jacket and insulation material, and voltage, so it’s important to… Read more »

What is MIL-PRF?

Standardization is a process used by the U.S. Department of Defense to ensure products are reliable, uniform, interoperable, and cost-efficient. U.S. defense standards, also known as military standards, help make standardization possible. There are different types of standards and specifications, such as MIL-PRF. Read on to learn more about MIL-PRF and how it plays a… Read more »

What is an In-Line Fuse?

Fuses are protective devices used for electrical and electronic components. What differentiates an in-line fuse from other types of fuses is an in-line fuse is secured inside a cable as opposed to a ceramic or glass cartridge. If you’re shopping for an in-line fuse, learn more about their functions and how they work, then contact… Read more »

What are NATO Electrical Connectors?

NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) connectors adhere to military or technical procedures defined under a STANdardization AGreement (STANAG). Like U.S. defense standards (also known as MIL-SPEC), NATO standards outline the processes, terms, and conditions for the manufacturing of equipment like power connectors for military use. The difference is, however, that these standards exist so the… Read more »

What is HASS Testing?

Highly Accelerated Stress Screen (HASS) is a screening method used to monitor the quality and uniformity of manufacturing by finding production flaws and defects in products. HASS is performed on a component after HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Testing), as testing is based on the results of the previous HALT. The stresses used during HASS testing… Read more »

What is HALT Testing?

Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) is an effective and reasonably priced method of testing the strength and condition of an electrical component, such as cables or receptacles. HALT testing subjects a product to gradually higher stress levels to determine its weaknesses and design flaws. This process is completed during the design of a product over… Read more »

How to Test Cables with a Multimeter

What is a multimeter? It’s a multifunctional device that measures electronics and electrical components and can perform a variety of tests without requiring that users buy another unit. Essentially, it’s an amalgam of an AC/DC voltmeter, ammeter, and ohmmeter, so it can be used to measure voltage, current measured in amperes, and resistance. Wondering how… Read more »

What Does ISO 9001:2015 Mean?

When it comes to quality management systems, ISO 9001 is the standard by which organizations in all industries are measured worldwide. If a company is ISO 9001-certified, such as Gateway Cable Company, it means they provide high-quality products and services to its customers on a consistent basis. Where does the “2015” factor in, you might… Read more »

What is MIL-SPEC?

The U.S. Department of Defense (as well as some non-defense government organizations) uses defense standards to ensure specially built or significantly modified commercial products are dependable, uniform, and compatible with other systems. What is MIL-SPEC? It’s short for “military specification” and refers to documents that outline these very strict technical requirements. When you see a… Read more »

What Does “Corrosion Resistant” Mean?

Corrosion is the gradual decay of a material caused by oxidation, chemical reactions, and other influencers. Corrosion resistance is one of the many benefits to working with electrical components like MIL-SPEC connectors and NATO connectors/plugs. When you work with wires, cables, and other types of electrical equipment, it’s important to understand corrosion and how to… Read more »

How Does an Inductor Work?

Simply put, an inductor is a coil of wire wrapped around a core, which could be air or a magnet. As current moves through the inductor, a magnetic field starts to form, which the inductor uses to store energy. Inductors, along with capacitors and resistors, are essential electronic components. They’re used in a variety of… Read more »

How to Tell Positive and Negative on a Capacitor

There are different types of capacitors, but only one type is polarized: the electrolytic capacitor. Compared to non-polarized capacitors, electrolytic capacitors are more expensive and have to be installed in a specific direction to function properly, but they have higher capacitance — or the ability to hold more charge. Read on to find out how to… Read more »

How to Calculate Capacitance

To learn how to calculate capacitance, you must first know the answer to the question, “What is capacitance?” Capacitance is the measure of a capacitor’s ability to store charge. This ability is measured in units called farads, named after Michael Faraday. However, many of the devices used in electronic circuits hold capacitors with capacitance that… Read more »

What is Electrostatic Discharge?

Electrostatic discharge (also known as ESD) is a sudden burst of electricity created between two electrically charged components. ESD is caused by either static electricity or electrostatic induction, and occurs either when oppositely charged objects come together or experience a dielectric break. While ESD can create sparks, it oftentimes takes place without visual or audible… Read more »

What is a Twisted Pair Cable?

A twisted pair cable is created by taking two different insulated wires and twisting them together, allowing them to run parallel to each other in a pattern. This type of cable can be either a shielded twisted pair cable (STP) or unshielded twisted pair cable (UTP), and while they each exhibit a unique design, both… Read more »