Electricity

What is a Continuous Duty Solenoid?

A solenoid is a cylindrical device that contains tight metal coiling with the intent of converting electrical energy over to mechanical power. There are different types of solenoids, like starter solenoids, that have different uses and capacities. What is a continuous duty solenoid? Solenoids are rated for how long they can be powered on. A… Read more »

How to Ground Yourself Electrically

Working with electricity requires precision and safety measures to be observed with diligence. Grounding is a great way to ensure safety for yourself and to protect your equipment. But what does grounded mean in electricity? Electrical grounding is the process of creating a backup route for current to flow to the ground should a fault… Read more »

What is EPDM Cable?

With many of the cables we use for electrical projects, you’ll find that many will have a thick rubber coating to protect the wires themselves and provide efficient insulation. To ensure your cables continue to hold up over time, ethylene propylene diene monomer or EPDM cables can provide an extra layer of protection and keep… Read more »

How Does Electroless Plating Work?

In order to protect all the important components of your electrical equipment and systems, you want to ensure that you have plenty of materials that work in tandem with one another and can effectively conduct energy and heat. One of the many ways you can retrofit your most important electrical parts and equipment is with… Read more »

What is a Fuse Used For?

If you’ve experienced a power outage of some sort then you may have likely blown a fuse. While blowing a fuse leads to the inconvenience of losing power to your essential electrical systems, fuses play an important function in keeping circuits protected from an everflow of heat and energy which can cause much more dangerous… Read more »

Learn How Electrical Cable is Made

Electrical wiring and cables are essential to powering many of our everyday appliances, devices, and so much more. But, what are cable wires made of? Since electrical wires help your current flow efficiently, they need to be made of highly conductive material and insulated properly. Learn more about how electrical cable is made and then… Read more »

What is the Difference Between Volts and Amps?

Having the right volts and amps set up will ensure the right power is being delivered to your electrical circuit. But what is the difference between volts and amps? While volts are used to measure the force of the electrical charge, amps are used to measure the electrical current flow throughout your circuit. Learn more… Read more »

What is a Volt?

Volts, or voltage, is an important component of any lighting or electrical project. But what is a volt and why is it important? A volt is used to determine the electrical capacity of a circuit to maintain a steady current flow of power throughout your electrical project, but that’s just the start of why volts… Read more »

Why Do Metals Conduct Electricity?

Having the right material in place as an electrical conductor will ensure a steady current through your circuits. You may have heard that certain metals are great conductors, by why do metals conduct electricity? And, are there certain metals that conduct electricity better than others? Find out which metals are right for your next at-home… Read more »

What is Megger Testing?

When working with high voltage cables that need quality insulation, you want to ensure that you have the best materials in place. One of the best ways you can do this is with the help of a Megger Test. What is Megger Testing, you might ask? It’s a device that measures the electrical resistance and… Read more »

What is an Electrical Contact?

With many people using appliances, electronic equipment, or motors at home, it’s important to understand how electrical contacts work in order to ensure seamless connection and your devices work properly. So, what is an electrical contact? Electrical contacts are low-voltage switches that complete or disrupt a circuit that is affecting your electrical current flow. Learn… Read more »

What is the Difference Between Overload and Short Circuit Current?

If you notice that your lights go out or your appliances aren’t working at their best when plugged in, then you may have an overload current or short circuit on your hands. However, while they are two separate issues, the result is often the same: loss of power. Learn more about the difference between overload… Read more »

What is Current Overload?

When it comes to managing your electrical projects, you’ll always want to maintain the right electrical current to avoid sending too much power and electricity to your current. Similar to a river or a stream, a steady current offers smooth passage, while a higher current is where you can run into some dangerous problems. That’s… Read more »

What is Polycarbonate?

While it’s crucial to understand how electrical processes work and how different components and tools must be handled correctly, it’s also important to understand what these materials are. On many of our electrical products at Gateway Cable Company, you’ll see dust caps and other parts made of a certain material called polycarbonate. What is polycarbonate… Read more »

Electrical Cable Types

Just as there are many different types of connectors, the family of electrical cable types is equally as wide. Are you looking for the right cable for transferring signals and frequencies, or for use while in the field? Refer to our list of electrical cable types and applications below to see which cable is the… Read more »