Young Inventors and Future Engineers

alarmhat Recently a young inventor and aspiring engineer shared their ALARM HAT created for a school invention project. She thanked us for the miniature alligator test leads that helped her project be a success at her class inventors fair. E-Z-Hook markets our products to all kinds of industries and it is always fun to hear about uses that we never expect. With the help of our 284M miniature alligator test leads this young inventor was able to connect to a snap circuit panel they had created and control the noise to the ALARM HAT from a few feet away. They even promoted the various colored leads and lengths  as design options and customization alternatives for this cool device. Better yet, they got an A on the project! Way to go!

Did you know this alarm hat is apparently perfect for annoying siblings? It’s so easy, just put the hat on them and turn it on to ring or buzz.

Thanks for sharing! Keep inventing!

Test Leads and Kits for the Automotive Market

Blog3_16In 1980 E-Z-Hook entered the automotive sector with our XJL insulation macro-hook connected to a lead with a standard alligator connector on the other side. This product 619XJL was offered in a black and red set of 18″, 36″ , and 60″ standard lead lengths. Today, 36 years later, this product can still be found in most automotive jobber trucks (think Matco, Snap-On, MacTool, etc). We have sold thousands of this product, which single handedly helped us enter the automotive after market for repair and testing.

Today the 619XJL remains a staple, and one of our most popular automotive leads. Variations of this test lead set include a straight banana plug connector or a shrouded right angle connector. All of these products work with most standard Digital Multi-Meters. For environments that require a higher heat resistance and more durability than our standard PVC wire provides, we do offer all test leads with silicone wire if requested.

In the early 90’s we introduced our XEL piercing hook into the automotive market. This narrower hook has an angled front to navigate through wire bundles, as well as a v-shaped design for grabbing and centering the wire or cable prior to piercing. It was introduced as an alternative lead set combination to the XJL options. In addition we designed it to be available without a factory installed lead. This XEL version offers a shrouded banana socket on either handle side, allowing easy flexibility to use with any standard banana plug lead. Much like our XJL versions, the XEL has become a popular staple in most auto repair and test mechanics tool boxes.

So, what next? As we spoke to distributors and automotive jobbers we realized that the automotive repair and test aftermarket really lacked in the “accessory” area. For most equipment companies the test leads and components were an after thought – and often not well designed or manufactured products. Automotive technicians would purchase fabulous multi-meters but the test cables supplied with these were often junk, couldn’t carry a proper signal, and needed replacement within a year. At E-Z-Hook these test leads, test cables, and connectors are our specialty. That is what we focus our manufacturing quality on so we could easily compete with great replacement products and test kits.

That is exactly what we have continued to do in these past 10+ years. Today in addition to our standard XJL and XEL test lead sets we offer various banana plug lead sets and individual leads specifically designed for automotive use. One of my personal favorites is our 9183-144BLK banana plug jumper test lead. Why do I like it – because while learning about our products for this industry I asked why in the world would we make something so long? 144 inches? 12 Feet? I was reminded that this length (the approximate length of a car) would allow a technician to be on one side and connect to something on the other. Made sense to me, and obviously to a lot of automotive test and repair technicians. Due to it’s popularity in the field we now bundle this test jumper in with many of our automotive kits. It can be purchased individually or is part of our popular 3519 and 3520 test lead sets. In addition to leads we offer various kits including our insulation piercing hooks as well as alligator clips, back probe needles and other connectors. All kits include various lead options and are offered with either our XJL or XEL piercing macro-hooks or the 8064 needle back probes which we just introduces to the market in late 2015.

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Backprobe Connectors

8064_RBThe 8064 back probe is now available in red, black and yellow. These nifty little needle probes are the perfect electronic accessory when a quick test connection needs to be made. The one side has a banana socket and accepts most standard banana plugs. This part can easily be connect to most standard banana plug test leads.

Versatile for multiple industry applications we find these particularly popular in the automotive testing and repair fields. Pick up a set to add to your toolkit today!

Photo shows the 8064R/B set.

E-Z-Flex connector kits service industries from aerospace to telecommunication

flexible test connectors, pins and sockets

The E-Z-Flex connector kits are available in two standard configurations.  Each kit contains sixteen connectors, both offering 4 unique sized pins and sockets in flexible insulated shields.

E-Z-Hook’s original flexible connector kit p/n 9099-0316 was designed for both the automotive and aerospace fields. Since it’s inception it has found popularity across multiple industries where electronic connections are required. This kit offers all connectors with a standard banana socket on one side, and eight varying sizes of gold plated pins and socket connectors on the other end. The pin and socket dimensions included in the kit are .030″ (.762mm), .040″ (1.016mm), .062″ (1.575mm), and .094″ (2.388). The flexible insulation is a molded plastic, provided in both red and black.

A few years ago E-Z-Hook was approached by a large US based generator company servicing the telecommunication, industrial, and commercial industries. They liked the versatility of the e-z-flex components, however they required a .080″ pin socket instead of a banana socket in our E-Z-Flex connector line. We created some customized  pin and socket dimensions specifically for their use.  This customer driven project made us recognize a simple need that many of our customers across industries required. With those requirements in mind E-Z-Hook created our 9099-0491 kit product line. This E-Z-Flex kit 9099-0491 was introduced in late 2015 and provides all E-Z-Flex connectors with .080″ pin sockets on the one side. When your connection component has a pin plug this versatile kit provides the solution.

All parts in both kits are also available individually for purchase.

flexible test connectors, pins and sockets

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.

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.

 

Can’t find it? Let us customize it for you!

Using a standard product from our catalog, our alligator to banana plug patch cord we were able to accommodate a client’s need to run 115 volts with 11 amps and 220 volts with 7.0 amps through a patch cord by providing a larger gauge wire (14AWG)  in place of the standard 18 AWG.

Having various wire gauges in house we can quickly respond to our client’s needs and provide a customized product, made just for them.

At E-Z-Hook, you can have it your way.