Industry Tips & Articles

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  • Waterproof? Dust Tight? Check the IP Code for Connectors - If you have ever wondered whether a connector is “waterproof” or “dust tight,” the International Protection Marking (IP) code gives you the details you need. What do we mean when we say Whitney Blake’s Tuff-Seal connectors are rated IP68? The code tells you that they are dust tight and can operate immersed in over 1 Read More...
  • SVO, SJOW, SOW: Understanding the UL Codes - All of Whitney Blake’s cords and cables come with an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) letter code that helps to identify their potential uses and capabilities—important information if you are wondering if a cable or cord is appropriate for your application. The letters reflect the way the cord or cable is constructed, including the working voltage, type Read More...
  • High Temperature Cables: FT1 and Beyond - Cables that are resistant to high heat, like Whitney Blake’s Fire-Tuff, are used in many industries, including foundries, laboratories, steel or plastic processing industries, sauna construction, HVAC and refrigeration engineering, oil and gas industry, aerospace, military, and fire protection. Standards for flame resistance are set by several different agencies, including the National Fire Protection Agency Read More...
  • Continuity Testing and Whitney Blake’s Leadership - Whitney Blake remains at the forefront of cable, cord, and harness design and testing because of our research and innovation engineering mindset and our relationship with testing industry leaders. For example, we not only employ Cirris Signature 1000R and 1100R+ testers for continuity testing, we also build custom testing systems specifically to our customer’s requirements. Read More...
  • Cable Assemblies: Meeting Stringent Requirements for Medical Devices - Whether for diagnostic, monitoring, therapeutic, or surgical purposes, machines have transformed many areas of medical care. As a result, the need is growing for high-quality cable assemblies used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computer-assisted surgical devices, and other medical machines. These medical-grade cable assemblies must meet stringent criteria. For example, they must: Stand up to Read More...
  • 5 Differences between Thermoplastic and Thermoset - How do you know if you need a thermoplastic or thermoset jacket on your cable or cord? Thermosplastic—also known as PVC/urethane-based jackets—and thermoset jackets—also known as neoprene or rubber based—offer different characteristics that may be important for your application. The prefix “thermo” highlights the difference in the way each material responds to heat. You can Read More...

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