This shrouded plug doesn’t fit

In the world of shrouded banana plugs and sockets, E-Z-Hook has a simple solution when your old meter doesn’t accept the newer shrouded banana plug leads that most companies manufacture as “standard” today. You don’t need to update your perfectly good meter, just invest in our part number 9371 which offers a standard banana plug with shrouded socket. Use its standard plug to gain access to your meter and then plug your shrouded test lead into the rear of the plug. Now you can use both standard and shrouded plugs.

Recently a Power Company approached us with certain requirements for two different test lead options. Their field technicians had various Fluke meters, some accepting shrouded plug and some that did not. They were not in a position to standardize meters, but wanted a specialized banana plug test lead that could work with a shrouded meter, yet allowed for another plug (shrouded or non-shrouded) to be plugged in or stacked in the back. The test lead needed to have this stacking shrouded banana plug connector to an alligator clip. In addition they needed color coding on the leads for easy identification. With the E-Z-Hook kilo color options we were able to provide leads in one solid color (connector and wire) as well as leads that had connectors in one color and the wire in another color. Ultimately we made test leads in 6 different color combinations, all 16 feet long, and all with a shrouded banana plug connector to alligator clip. Customer satisfied!

So what was the solution for the field technicians with old meters that wouldn’t accept a shrouded plug test lead? Easy. We were able to provide a similar customized test lead option by combining our 9371 standard plug which has a stacking shrouded socket, to a 9306 shrouded banana plug. This option then gave those technicians with an older style meter to use any of the company designed shrouded test leads. The shrouded banana plug could stack in the back of our 9371 or into the 9306 on the other side. These lead options created a better level of uniformity and the Power Company was not required to replace and unify older meters for their large technician base.

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FIELD TESTING SOLUTIONS FOR POWER, UPS AND COOLING SYSTEMS

60140-Detail63340-RBE-Z-Hook is often best known for manufacturing “little things”  for test and electronic applications. These products are often used in a lab environment or designed to be connected or integrated as part of another manufactures test device or system. What many companies don’t know is that E-Z-Hook designs and manufacturers many products and kits for companies field employees and test engineers.

E-Z-Hook services a lot of industrial companies. We have created solutions for field employees that have taken us in different product directions then our “standard” lines. Our long-handled probe line is an industrial test solution used by field technicians predominately servicing AC POWER, UPS or COOLING SYSTEMS. Often these systems being tested are behind gated infrastructure, or it’s simply not safe for the technicians to be to close, let alone touch something directly. The long-handled probe has a hard straight tube which extends to 30″ for extra reach. This length (or distance) is important when testing, but a little long to carry around in your standard toolkit. Not a problem. The long probe was designed in two pieces, which can be easily and quickly screwed together on site. If purchased as a set they even come with a simple soft zipper nylon carry bag for immediate storage.

Long-handled probes are available with three standard wire length leads 36″, 48″, or 60″(measured from back of hard tubing to connector). While our most popular connectors are shrouded and standard banana plugs, these probe test leads can be customized with virtually any connector type. Interchangeable probe tips are also available pending the application need.

So next time you wonder how someone can test something behind a cage, or that says “warning- do not touch”- now you know. Just a reminder, these are for commercial use by trained field technicians.

 

DEFENSE AND SECURITY APPLICATIONS

These handy little devices represent the XB product line created for the defense and security industries. Originally a “modification” to our 82-2 harness board product, these wire piercing devices are fully insulated on the exterior and offer a screw down clamp to ensure a secure and solid connection upon engagement with the wire. Once the XB is hooked on you can rest assured that it isn’t coming off until you decide to physically unclamp the device. The V-grove above the nailbed allows for various sized wire dimensions and ensures they can easily be directed over the wire bed for optimal connection. We understand there is often no room for technician error in the field- and this product was made with that requirement in mind.

The XB parts are available in red, yellow and black with factory installed leads. The most preferred lead is an 18 gauge PVC wire to a shrouded banana plug, but contact us for various connector options. This product is also available as a lead set or kit for specific industry requirements.

Power Company Test Leads

A large multi-state Mid-West power company approached E-Z-Hook to see if we could manufacture custom leads using the copper blade version of our macro-hook test connectors, model XH and XHL. The leads would ultimately be used by plant technicians testing power and required a secure right angle bend on the hooks.

Included in the requirement was the ability to close the power circuit after checking that the hook connection was properly connected. We designed in a “key” concept they requested. It was built into the jumper, allowing the user to close the circuit after the connection was verified as good. Additionally we designed jumpers with a similar fused “key” for further security which was required in some test environments. In the end, E-Z-Hook created four variations of leads, some containing a 3 AMP, 250 Volt fuse.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

IMG_2342IMG_2338E-Z-Hook has a long history of working with clients who need assistance developing a custom product to fulfill their needs. From the outside the solutions was simple – a box. It was the inside components, which included fuses and switches, that made the little box more complicated.

Working closely with the client E-Z-Hook developed 3 separate prototypes that could work with the clients test jumper applications. The final solution addressed the clients’ needs for a Test Jumper Junction Box. The finished product used both standard and custom components. The design included a toggle switch or momentary switch that allowed fuse capabilities to be switched on or off with the various test applications.
In the end, the solution was “in the box”, a small plastic box. The device allowed the customer to supply their technicians with a simply solution which allowed them to easily amplify their testing capabilities.  A single custom solution provided a complete kit.

 

New 82-1 Harness Board Connector Makes Wire Testing E-Z!

In response to many customer inquiries, E-Z-Hook has developed a new product allowing for quick release of wires after testing.  This new design, our 82-1 series, is based off our popular 82-2 product line.

The 82-2 product has a bed of piercing nails allowing for testing of wire connections without requiring any wire stripping.  The clamp or lever holds the wire against the bed of nails, forcing the needles into the wire so that contact can be made through the insulation.

In many customer applications, the wire being used was already pre-striped. While pre-striped wire can be used with the 82-2, we recognized that the same “insulation piercing” needle bed wasn’t a requirement for positive connectivity. In talking with clients using pre-stripped wire an important feature was easy wire removal after testing. The 82-2 piercing design requires the clamp to be opened or released to free the wire and disengage from the nails. For pre-striped wire ends the nails aren’t needed to create a connection. The individual wires tended to get caught or stuck in the bed of nails, which lengthened the time requirements for the testing process.

“Voila,” the flat pad 82-1 product! We listened to our customer feedback and recognized we could provide a better solution specific to environments using pre-stripped wire. We designed a “flat metal pad” harness connector. This flat metal pad provides contact with the striped wire once the clamp is closed. Unlike the bed of needles, the wire removal from the connection is as easy as simply pulling on the wires. The clamp or lever does not need to be lifted to free the wire. When multiple  wire connections are being tested this new design saves valuable time.

The new harness board connector, 82-1, will be available at the beginning of January, 2016.  Picture coming soon!

New Product 8209- Panel Mount with Shrouded Banana Plug

Recently a customer requested a Panel Mounted Shrouded Banana Socket. We referred them to our on-line catalog and directed them to part number 8207

The same customer required a similarly Panel Mounted but with a Shrouded Banana Plug. We quickly drew up plans for a mounting of the very same type and dimensions as the shrouded socket so that the parts could be interchangeable. Engineering drawings of the proposed product as well as a physical sample of the product were provided to the customer. All of this was done for the customer within the same day!

The new part number we created is 8209. See drawing8209

Come to E-Z-Hook for your requirements and see what we can do for you.

No is not an option

E-Z-Hook just doesn’t like saying no.

Come to us with your special requests. Your unique test and measurement assembly requirements.

We love the challenge of providing you with exactly what you need , building your custom test assembly from the thousands of combinations we can provide.

Give us a call and see what we can do for you, because we just can’t say no to your challenging test equipment requirements.

Check out our What’s New section of our website to see examples of what we love to do…..customized solutions.

 

Custom is trending!

Test & Measurement accessory users like their testing equipment customized to fit their specific applications. Thankfully, E-Z-Hook is more than willing to work with our clients to meet their demands.  Give us a call and let us know what you are looking for in your electronic test accessory so we can work with you to fulfill your request. See how we have helped others meet their needs here.