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Foil Shielding vs. Braided Shielding in Cable Assemblies

Posted by Tony Czyz on Mon , September 18, 2017

Electromagnetic and radio-frequency interference (EMI/RFI) is a top concern for cable assemblies involved in the transmission of data. The slightest disturbance could decrease signal quality, cause data loss, or completely disrupt the signal, resulting in equipment failure.

Shielding is a layer of insulation (containing electrical energy) that is wrapped around an electrical cable to prevent the cable from emitting or absorbing EMI/RFI. iCONN Systems specializes in various types of shielding, but the most commonly used methods include “foil shielding” and “braided shielding.” Here is a direct comparison of foil shielding vs. braided shielding to help you decide which is best for your product. Keep in mind, when you partner with iCONN, we will help guide you on every detail of your cable assembly construction to ensure the right fit for your application.

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5 Benefits of Overmolding for Electrical Assemblies

Posted by Rick Regole on Tue , September 5, 2017

At iCONN, we strive to help development teams increase the value of their products. It’s one of the many reasons we specialize in overmolding and overmolded electrical connectors and assemblies. Overmolding is a controlled process that involves injecting plastic resin into a mold to encapsulate critical electrical connections. We recommend this process for critical connections to our customers because we know that the benefits are well worth the investment. Here’s are five benefits of overmolding for electrical assemblies:

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iCONN Partnership: Holly Myers of Wallace Electronic Sales

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , August 21, 2017

Today, we’re unveiling the first in a two-part series to introduce you to iCONN Systems’ esteemed partnerships. Each affiliation we make adds value to our services, which ultimately benefits our clients.

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4 Benefits of Overmolding for Outdoor Applications

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , August 7, 2017

If your development team is working on a product for outdoor applications, overmolding should be considered a priority for aesthetics and performance. Overmolding is a thermoplastic resin that encapsulates critical electrical connections to ensure the utmost protection and durability. Failure to properly protect these connections — especially when exposed to outdoor elements — increases the likelihood of a high maintenance costs and product failure.

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Why Choose a Manufacturer with In-House Certification Capabilities?

Posted by Tony Czyz on Mon , July 24, 2017

Has this ever happened to you? Your product development team is on the cusp of launch. Everything is on schedule, but timing is tight. Luckily, all that’s left is final certification. You send your product to a testing facility, cross your fingers and hope it meets quality standards. But unfortunately, they identify an issue.

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What is the Future of 3D Printing Technologies?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , July 10, 2017

Most people see 3D printing as a new technology. But it actually came to life in the early 1980s. The first 3D-printed object? A tiny cup. Much has changed since then. Today, engineers are successfully printing 3D cars, five-story office buildings, firearms and even human tissue. Inarguably, 3D printing’s impact on the world as we know it is astounding.

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Workplace Safety Tips You Didn’t Know You Should Be Practicing

Posted by Jacqueline Jeffery on Mon , June 26, 2017

Keeping employees safe isn’t just about protecting the lives of the people you depend on, it’s also about preventative health measures. According to the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index, serious non-fatal workplace injuries amount to nearly $60 billion in direct U.S. workers' compensation costs. And in 2015, 4,836 workers lost their lives due to workplace injury — or about 13 people per day! You might think that your facility has safety figured out, but there’s always more that can be done to reduce these shocking statistics. Here are four workplace safety tips you didn’t know you should be practicing.

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Is PVC Right For Your Application?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , June 19, 2017

Engineers and developers know that getting even the smallest details correct is vital to a product’s success. After all, a system is only as good as its weakest link. For this reason, custom designed cable assemblies make a lot of sense. If a cable assembly fails, so does the product. Cable jackets help protect cable assemblies from destructive elements. One of the most common materials for these assemblies is polyvinyl chloride, also known as PVC.

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Is Thermoplastic Polyurethane Right For Your Application?

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , June 12, 2017

Your cable assembly and connector design are paramount to your product’s success. Exposure to water, fire, chemicals, frequent connecting and disconnecting and extreme temperatures can destroy a cable assembly if it’s not properly shielded using the right materials. If a cable assembly fails, so will the product.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Injection Molding Process

Posted by Rick Regole on Mon , June 5, 2017

Injection molding is a complex and difficult process that doesn’t always result in a product that matches the developer’s original vision. There are limitless variables at play, and product designers don’t always prioritize injection molding guidelines, which will complicate the molding process and increase the risk of inconsistencies and flaws.

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