Cables, Connectors, Enclosures http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8226/more en When Flexible Cable Doesn’t Flex for Long http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/when-flexible-cable-doesn-t-flex-long <div class="field-deck"> It’s easy to get confused by terms thrown around for cables meant to last a long time on moving, automated machinery. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov first penned stories about positronic robots in the 1940s, it’s doubtful he could have foreseen that one of the weak points real robots would have is relatively mundane: the cabling used to connect their moving parts. 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However, not all hermetic connectors are the same.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/sealing-leaks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/sealing-leaks#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:47:00 +0000 36421 at http://machinedesign.com The difference between wire feedthroughs and bulkhead connectors http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/difference-between-wire-feedthroughs-and-bulkhead-connectors <div class="field-byline"> Ed Douglas, Douglas Electrical Components </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bulkhead connectors are widely used to route power and data into isolated environments, but they’re not always the best choice.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/difference-between-wire-feedthroughs-and-bulkhead-connectors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/difference-between-wire-feedthroughs-and-bulkhead-connectors#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:37:00 +0000 36411 at http://machinedesign.com When Wire Feedthroughs Make More Sense Than Bulkhead Connectors http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/when-wire-feedthroughs-make-more-sense-bulkhead-connectors <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Douglas Electrical Components </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Engineers who work with pressure and vacuum chambers usually reach for off-the-shelf sealed bulkhead connectors when</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/when-wire-feedthroughs-make-more-sense-bulkhead-connectors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/when-wire-feedthroughs-make-more-sense-bulkhead-connectors#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures White Papers Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:20:00 +0000 36191 at http://machinedesign.com The Basics of Quick Disconnectors http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/basics-quick-disconnectors <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Beswick Engineering </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Quick-disconnect fittings (often abbreviated as QDCs or QDs) provide fast and easy connection and disconnection of fluid lines. 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Consider these reverse engineering guidelines. http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/replacing-failed-metal-bellows-consider-these-reverse-engineering-guide <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Servometer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Servometer's time saving reverse engineering guidelines have made finding replacement metal bellows components</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/replacing-failed-metal-bellows-consider-these-reverse-engineering-guide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/replacing-failed-metal-bellows-consider-these-reverse-engineering-guide#comments Cables, Connectors, Enclosures White Papers Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:39:00 +0000 35511 at http://machinedesign.com Modular connector makes stage equipment simpler http://machinedesign.com/cables-connectors-enclosures/modular-connector-makes-stage-equipment-simpler <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/03/july-2013-114.gif" style="width: 350px; height: 262px; margin: 5px; float: right;" title="Visible on this hoist controller is the Han-Yellock connector that handles power and signal connections. 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