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August 15, 2017

When Should You Specify Low-Smoke, Zero Halogen Cables

Low-smoke, zero halogen cables are recommended for poorly-ventilated areas such as aircraft and rapid transit cars.

First introduced in the 1970s, low-smoke, halogen-free cables have given cable and wire makers a way to offer jacketing that is both flame retardant and free of dense smoke and toxic fumes.

Often referred to by the abbreviation LSZH – for “low-smoke, zero halogen” – these cables are recommended for poorly-ventilated areas such as aircraft and rapid transit cars. They have become increasingly necessary to guard against toxic gas emissions during a fire.





August 08, 2017

Using and Identifying Plugs and Connectors in the IEC 60309 System

IEC 60309 plugs most common colors are yellow, blue, and red.

Last month, we wrote about some of the key differences in international power supply and power cord safety standards.

In this blog post, we’re going to look at a different standard, focusing on IEC 60309 plugs.





August 01, 2017

MTBF and the Quality of Your Power Supply

Few things are more important to your power supply than reliability. From individual products to massive production lines, no one wants to deal with a breakdown that’s the result of failure.

In this week’s blog post, we’ll look at the connection between MTBF and power supplies and how improving it can improve quality and power supply reliability.

Power supply repliability is crucial to production lines. A failure can wreak havoc.

Few things are more important to your power supply than reliability. From individual products to massive production lines, no one wants to deal with a breakdown that’s the result of failure.

In this week’s blog post, we’ll look at the connection between MTBF and power supplies and how improving it can improve quality and power supply reliability.





July 25, 2017

How to Choose Power Supplies for Your Product

Power supplies are the core of any electronics product, computers or appliance.

Power supplies form the heart of any electronics product from computers to appliances.

But choosing the right one for your application may be a challenge unless you know what to look for. Choosing the wrong power supply can have a negative impact on the safety, reliability, efficiency and overall performance of your system.

In this blog post, we’ll look at some of the best practices for choosing power supplies for your project.





July 18, 2017

Key Differences in International Power Cord and Supply Safety Standards

Globally, there are many power supply safety standards. Mega Electronics helps you to understand the key differences between them.

Selling power cords and supplies to a global market means adhering to global safety regulations.

The International Power Supply Safety Standards was created by national and international regulatory bodies, with the goal of protecting against fire, shock and injuries.





July 13, 2017

New Multi-Tier C-13 IEC Outlets

Losing data center power can be costly.

“Downtime is death.”

That was our dramatic blog post title from last month. But it’s true. Accidental disconnection from data center power outlets can be costly, as shown by the story of British Airways that we shared.

It’s in that spirit that MEGA Electronics has created its newest product, the space-saving multi-tier C-13 IEC outlets.





July 11, 2017

Tips for Selecting a Hospital Grade NEMA Power Cord

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In this week’s blog post, we’ll be looking at hospital grade NEMA power cords and the regulations that govern them.

Patient safety and power reliability are key concerns in any sort of medical setting, like hospitals, of course, but also places such as doctors’ offices and dental practices.

Hospital grade power cords need to be used whenever a piece of equipment has the potential to come in contact with a patient.





July 06, 2017

Crucial Things to Know Before Importing Electronics into Europe

Electronic devices need to be certified for travel to different countries.

If you want to travel into Europe, you’ll need a passport.

The same is true for your electronics. From appliances and machinery to medical devices, your products won’t get into Europe without first getting certified by one of the national testing agencies.

Organizations such as VDE, KEMA, IMQ, and BSI will spend months examining devices to make sure they adhere to a strict set of safety and quality standards.

Some countries – the UK, Italy, Denmark, and Switzerland – have their own testing agencies, while others have reciprocal arrangements, so that if you have a product that is certified in Germany, that certification would also hold up in France.





June 27, 2017

Downtime is Death: How to Avoid Power Supply-Related Data Center Crashes

If a data center goes down, so do the businesses tat use them.

If a data center goes down, the business it helps power goes down with it. And unfortunately, it’s something that affects nearly every data center, and something that is becoming increasingly costly with each passing year.

Just ask British Airways.

Last month, a power outage forced the airline to cancel roughly 800 flights out of the Heathrow and Gatwick airports during a busy holiday weekend.

While it was just human error – an engineer had essentially pulled the wrong plug – this mistake left thousands of travelers stranded, and cost British Airways nearly $102 million in revenue.





June 20, 2017

Power Supplies and Cords for Medical Equipment: How to Meet IEC Standards

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s important to know the rules and customs of the places you’re visiting.

The same holds true when it comes to power cords and power supplies: Many countries have hospital-grade or medical applications standards for these supplies, and the safety of patients and equipment is at risk when these standards are not met.

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