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Don’t get steered in the wrong direction

The advantages of in-house machine tooling at Norstan

Imagine if your automobile had rope steering, like an old-fashioned go kart. You could steer it, but not very accurately. Chances are, you’d be running into things and endangering other drivers. That’s what it’s like when you’re trying to work with an electrical contact supplier that has limited product knowledge. You’ll get to your destination…

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Materials and design for electrical contact longevity

Electrical contact design for longevity

Proper design and selection of materials can have a big impact on the longevity of your electrical contacts. Designing long-life contacts involves a number of important considerations and trade-offs, as well as iterative testing and sampling, to achieve an optimal performance for your electrical contacts. Keep these factors in mind when performance and reliability are…

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Switch designers: don’t leave electrical contact selection to chance

Electrical contact selection

When it comes to electrical contact selection for your switches, are you content to roll the dice? If so, you may be gambling with the reliability of your customers’ equipment. No one can afford to do that. There are many factors you need to consider when sourcing electrical contacts for switches. Many of them require…

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6 key factors you need to consider when selecting an electrical contact supplier

How to select an electrical contact supplier

When it comes to electricity, a strong connection makes everything go. Current flows unimpeded, like a superhighway of electrons, and your machine works efficiently. It’s no different when you’re selecting an electrical contact supplier. A partner with the right capabilities and qualities can energize your project and can result in a successful switch design. But…

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Common Failure Scenarios For Electrical Contacts

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Often, when a product or component fails, it’s because it wasn’t adequately designed for the environment or the application in which it was used. Think of the O-rings on the boosters of the Challenger Space Shuttle, which were never designed to survive a launch in cold weather. Or the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, which…

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