When measuring current in a conductor, there can often be times in which one may not want to make physical contact with the conductor or may not desire to disconnect components. In such instances, an electrical device known as a current clamp meter or current probe meter may be used. Combining a basic digital multimeter with a current sensor, the clamp meter utilizes a hinged jaw to allow a technician toquickly conduct a reading for wires, cables, or other various conductor types.


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A drive shaft, also known as a prop or propeller shaft, is a component of a vehicle's drive train which is responsible for transferring torque from the transmission to the wheels. Supplying motion to the differential and creating movement of the vehicle, drive shafts are commonly found in various types of vehicles ranging from motorcycles to locomotives, marine vessels, cars, and other similar vehicles. In motor vehicles, as drive shafts are often used to connect components separated by distance which are needed for the transfer of torque, they routinely come in the form of front-wheel drive, four-wheel drive, and front-engine rear-wheel drive configured cars. To better understand the need for drive shafts and their diverse applications among various vehicle types, we will discuss the premise of these components alongside the primary components necessary to successfully get a vehicle moving.


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A breakout box is a specific type of electrical test equipment device, commonly used for integration testing, maintenance endeavors, and various troubleshooting processes. As a device that can test at the system, subsystem, and component level alike, breakout boxes can simplify the means in which the testing of signals is conducted. In this blog, we will discuss the breakout box more in detail, allowing you to better understand the applications and uses that they serve.


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Electrical connectors are devices that serve to join together conductors to establish circuits. To serve the vast array of electronics featuring different operating characteristics and requirements, a plethora of connector types have been developed over the years.


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Whether there is an electrical circuit present in a home, commercial building, or an aircraft, it is very important to implement organizational tools and equipment to ensure that circuits and other electrical components are well managed. An electrical junction box is the solution for such needs, and they come in the form of enclosures that may be used to house various electrical connections. Beyond serving organizational needs, a junction box may also be used to protect electrical connections from weather and may guard individuals from shock.


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A jack screw, sometimes called a screw jack, is a type of jack utilized by turning a leadscrew. Jack screws are used to do many things, including lift moderately heavy weights such as vehicles, raise and lower the horizontal stabilizer of aircraft, and as adjustable supports for heavy loads such as the foundations of houses. In this blog, we will discuss jack screws in detail.


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A circuit breaker is a switch installed in a breaker box to protect your home’s electrical components from overheating or catching fire. During an electrical short or overload, the circuit breaker helps neutralize the problem by interrupting the flow of electricity to the device.


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Film capacitors, also known as film caps, are electrical capacitors that feature an insulating plastic film as a dielectric, sometimes combined with paper as a carrier of the electrodes. Depending on the desired dielectric strength, the dielectric films are drawn in a special process to an extremely thin thickness and are then provided with electrodes. Film capacitor electrodes can be metallized aluminum or zinc applied directly to the film’s surface, or a separate metallic foil. Two conductive layers are wound into a cylindrical winding, typically flattened to reduce mounting space requirements on a printed circuit board, or layered to form a capacitor body.


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The cockpit, or flight deck, is the area in an aircraft from which the pilot controls the aircraft. It contains the flight instruments on an instrument panel, as well as the controls that allow the pilot to fly the aircraft. While every cockpit features dozens of instruments, there are a few that are more important than others. These instruments are the airspeed indicator, altitude indicator, altimeter, vertical speed indicator, heading indicator, and turn coordinator. Together, these instruments are known as the ‘six pack’ and make up the most basic instruments found in virtually all aircraft cockpits. The six pack was first established by the Royal Air Force in 1937, but has since been adopted worldwide. This blog will explain each of the six pack instruments and their functions.


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A spring is a device used to store energy. When exposed to a load, energy transfers from the load to the spring. However, not all types of springs use this method of mechanical operation. Some springs, known as gas springs, use compressed gas. Springs of this type feature a gas-filled cylinder that moves a rod up and down in response to a load. Gas springs are definable as hydro-pneumatic, energy storage elements. Nitrogen gas or oil are used to provide compressible and motion control (damping) mediums. Gas springs are highly versatile and can be configured to suit a wide range of applications. This blog will cover what gas springs are, how they work, and how they differ from traditional mechanical springs.


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When operating on electronic devices and assemblies, a number of tools are commonly used to conduct jobs efficiently and safely. Without the right tools, parts can be damaged, workers can be harmed, and in some instances, areas may not even be able to be reached. Over the years, more tools have come about, allowing for electricians to have many options at their disposal. In this blog, we will discuss some of the main tools that serve electricians across various applications, allowing you to know what is best for your “must have” kit.


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A turboprop engine is a type of turbine engine used to drive an aircraft propeller. The basic components of a turboprop engine are the intake, compressor, combustor, turbine, and propelling nozzle. Air is funneled in through the intake and compressed by the compressor. From here, fuel is added to the compressed air in the combustor, where the fuel-air mixture ignites. The hot gases resulting from this combustion then expand through the turbine. Thrust is obtained by the combustion gases pushing towards a vectored surface in front of the expanding gas. The remaining gas is transmitted through the reduction gearing to the propeller. Here, in the propeller nozzle, further expansion of these gases occurs, where they exhaust to atmospheric pressure.


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