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While copper wiring has long served various applications for the transportation of power and data signals, such technology has since been superseded with the debut of modern fiber optic cables. As compared to copper wiring, fiber optic cables offer bolstered transmission speeds, thinner designs, and lighter weights. As such, they are highly advantageous for any signal transfer need ranging from home use to corporate data networking. In this blog, we will discuss the best way to choose fiber optic cables, ensuring that you only procure exactly what you need for your operations. Read more >>

Posted on January 20, 2023 Michael Rodriguez Electronics

A rheostat is a type of variable resistor that is used to control current and vary the resistance in a circuit with no interruptions. They are built similarly to potentiometers, but rheostats use two connections, regardless of whether there are more than two terminals present or not, unlike a potentiometer. The first connection is at the end of the resistive element and the second connection is attached to the wiper which is a sliding contact. Rheostats always carry a substantial current; therefore, they are built to be wirewound resistors which consist of resistive wires wrapped around an insulating ceramic center and a wiper that slides over the windings. Read more >>

Posted on November 21, 2022 Michael Rodriguez Electronics

Transformers are integral components of an electrical circuit, ubiquitous among home and office power delivery systems. Tasked with increasing or decreasing the voltage of electric energy from one circuit to another, transformers allow small household items, such as cell phones, to charge without being damaged by inappropriate voltage. With a wide range of transformer designs existing in the electronics environment, it is critical to be familiar with the most common types and their associated applications. In this blog, we will discuss the basic operating principle of transformers, while also covering the various ways these elements may be classified. Read more >>

Posted on November 15, 2022 Michael Rodriguez Electronics

An optocoupler, or optoisolator, is a device which can be used as an interface between two circuits that operate at different voltage levels. When an optocoupler is used to connect two circuits, the only contact between the input and output is a beam of light. As a result of this capability, optocouplers have many benefits, particularly for connecting two circuits without the passage of electricity. In this article we will discuss the various advantages and disadvantages of optocouplers and how they may best be applied to an electrical system. Read more >>

Posted on September 2, 2022 Michael Rodriguez Electronics

Pressure transducers convert pressure into an electrical output signal that is either digital or analog. This signal can be used by other devices, such as controllers, alarms, and other similar closed-loop systems. They find use in a wide range of residential and commercial applications like HVAC, pumps, vehicles, and aircraft, where a pressure measurement is necessitated. Read more >>

Posted on March 30, 2022 Michael Rodriguez Electronics

Piezo and magnetic buzzers are used extensively to produce sound in a variety of consumer devices. These two components account for the tone produced by nearly every automobile alarm, washing machine, sound-making toy, and other such products. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about piezo and magnetic buzzers, including their differences, applications, and function. Read more >>

Posted on February 25, 2022 Michael Rodriguez Electronics

The term “TRIAC” stands for “triode for alternating current,” and as the name suggests, it is utilized as a control element in AC circuits. These semiconductor devices feature three terminals, each of which perform varying functions. However, they operate by utilizing only one terminal called the gate to trigger the flow of electrical current in the other two terminals, which are called the main terminals or anodes. Read more >>

Posted on February 11, 2022 Michael Rodriguez Electronics

DIN rails are rail mounting systems that permit the secure attachment and assembly of electrical and industrial control products, allowing for various circuit breakers, terminal clocks, and electronic enclosures to be organized with ease. With global standardization of size and manufacturing, DIN rails can be used across multiple industries to secure all compatible products. Whether one is organizing electronic components within an aircraft or for a business, it can be highly beneficial to be aware of the various types of DIN rails that one may use, ensuring that the correct types are procured for a given assembly of components and devices. Read more >>

Posted on November 16, 2021 Michael Rodriguez Electronics

Switches are electrical components that are common to countless assemblies, serving to disconnect or connect the conducting path within an electrical circuit. Consisting of contacts that are managed by a knob or actuator, switches may come in many different configurations to facilitate varying operations. Tactile and touch switches are two common variations, both of which allow for a process to be carried out when the switch is touched or pressed. In this blog, we will discuss the difference between each switch type and their use, allowing you to better understand their functionality and importance.
 
A touch switch is one of the most simplistic types of tactile sensors, allowing for operations to be carried out with a simple touch. Generally, these buttons may be found on systems such as lamps, wall switches, and various computer terminals. Additionally, touchscreens are also composed of touch switches. Read more >>

Posted on September 17, 2021 Michael Rodriguez Electronics

FireWire cables are a specialized type of data transfer wiring option, providing transfer speeds that far surpass other components. Often found in applications ranging from simple computer processes to the operation of military aircraft, FireWire cables remove requirements for multiple cables as they are very versatile and highly performing. In this blog, we will discuss the general functionality and roles that such wires play, allowing you to see if they are a good fit for your particular needs.

When searching for data transfer components that are unmatched by the competition, FireWire cables are a perfect option. While presenting a higher price point as compared to standard USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 cables, FireWire cables are beneficial for their increased performance and may transfer both power and data at the same time. With such capabilities, one may reduce the amount of wires present within an assembly, ensuring easier management and the mitigation of various hazards. FireWire cable options also help match transfer speeds with power supply capabilities, benefiting applications related to audiovisual devices and television sets. Read more >>

Posted on August 13, 2021 Michael Rodriguez Electronics


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