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Why you should ONLY use heat shrink terminals.. Part 2

In a previous blog, I touched on how big of a problem corrosion is.  The next reason why you should only use sealed, heat shrink connectors is to help protect against wire pull-out.  Wire pull-out is often found in areas of high vibration or where long periods of strain or pulling on your wires may occur.  Connectors that are exposed to weathering and UV rays can also be susceptible to wire pull-out over time.

Electrical Failure can also occur when constant strain and/or vibration causes a wire within your electrical system to come loose.

Electrical Failure can also occur when constant strain and/or vibration causes a wire within your electrical system to come loose.

By using a heat shrink connector, you add extra tensile strength to your crimp and/or solder termination that a standard, unsealed vinyl or nylon connector does not have.

Troubleshooting electrical failure is EXPENSIVE.  Help prevent costly downtime to your electrical systems by using sealed, heat shrink terminals from NSPA today.

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Why you should ONLY use heat shrink terminals… Part 1

The biggest reason is to help prevent wire corrosion.  Why is this so important?  Well, because corrosion is a BIG problem.  Did you know that in 2002 the U.S. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released  the results of their two year study on corrosion and the finding were nothing less than startling.

† From their study… “Results of the study show that the total annual estimated direct cost of corrosion in the U.S. is a staggering $276 billion—approximately 3.1% of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). It reveals that, although corrosion management has improved over the past several decades, the U.S. must find more and better ways to encourage, support, and implement optimal corrosion control practices.”

The direct cost of corrosion in the transportation industry was estimated at $29.7 billion dollars per year.  The breakdown was as follows:

  • Motor vehicles – $23.4 billion – 79%
  • Ships – $2.7 billion – 9%
  • Aircraft – $2.2 billion – 7%
  • HAZMAT transportation – $0.9 billion – 3%
  • Railroad cars – $0.5 billion – 2%
Ugly corrosion can have a devastating effect on your electrical system.

Ugly corrosion can have a devastating effect on your electrical system.

Using a sealed, heat shrink connector is your best defense against the expensive damage corrosion can cause to your electrical system.  Please visit http://www.nspa.com to learn more about our Sealed Electrical System and Heat Shrink Connectors.

† You can find the whole study here.  http://www.nace.org/uploadedFiles/Publications/ccsupp.pdf