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 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 »