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What is a Patch Panel?

Patch Panel Description

Patch panels are metal plates with an array of cut-outs designed to accept connection jacks. In most cases patch panels are fabricated to accept a single type of connection jack such as Cat6 ethernet jacks. In addition to being sold individually, patch panels are also available in kits that include jack modules, labels, and other related components. Patch panels are also commonly referred to as patch bays, patch fields, and jack fields.

Patch Panel Applications

Patch Panel Applications

Patch panels are installed on enclosures or racks to provide an easy way to organize connections. Patch panels are widely used in data center applications such as server enclosures as well as in music and television equipment. These applications require multiple connections from different sources into a single device making patch panels an ideal solution.

Patch Panel Configurations

Patch panels are available in many different variations. Key design variations include:

  • Jack module type
  • Patch panel material type
  • Unshielded patch panels vs. shielded patch panels
  • Flat patch panels vs. angled patch panels
  • Standard patch panels vs. high-density patch panels
  • Port labeling

Patch Panel Manufacturers

  • Assmann WSW Components
  • Belden
  • Leviton
  • Molex
  • Panduit

Learn More About Patch Panels

One of the leading patch panel manufacturers, Panduit, has compiled a comprehensive patch panel selection guide to help users learn about different patch panel configurations and select the ideal patch panel for their application. To view Panduit’s patch panel selection guide click here.

What is Heat Shrink Tubing?

Heat Shrink Tubing Description

Heat shrink tubing (heatshrink) is plastic tubing used to protect cables and wires from harsh environments. When heat is applied to the tubing, it shrinks in diameter and length causing the tubing to tightly wrap around the inserted wire(s).

Heat Shrink Tubing Animation

Heat Shrink Uses

While the primary function of heat shrink tubing is to protect wires from harmful elements like oil and dust there are several other functions and benefits. Heat shrink tubing is also utilizied to insulate wires, bundle wires together, color-code wires for organization, relieve strain and stress on cables and neatly terminate the ends of braided sleeving.

Heat Shrink Sizing

Heat shrink tubing is available in many sizing options. Depending on the manufacturer, the shrink rate may be stated as a ratio or percentage. For example heat shrink tubing with a shrink ratio of 3 to 1 will shrink to one third of the original diameter. The expanded (original) diameter of the heat shrink should be 20-30% larger than thickest portion of of the application.

Heat Shrink Tubing Manufacturers

Heat shrink tubing was first invented in the late 1950’s by Raychem Corporation founder, Paul Cook. Today there are countless options available from many different manufacturers. Leading manufacturers include:

  • 3M
  • HellermannTyton
  • Alpha Wire
  • Panduit
  • Dunbar
  • Essentra (formerly Richco)
  • Thomas & Betts
  • Molex
  • TE Connectivity (Raychem)
  • Qualtek

Learn More About Heat Shrink

Selecting heat shrink tubing can be an overwhelming process but there are many resources available help guide users to the right solution. These resourses include Alpha Wire’s heat shrink tubing brochure and Panduit’s heat shrink selection guide . bisco industries’ team of product specialist are also standing by to assist you with any quesitons you may have. Email us here or call 1-800-323-1232.

Product Spotlight: Molex Unveils Impel Plus Backplane Connectors

Molex recently unveiled their new Impel Plus line of backplane connectors at the DesignCon Expo in Santa Clara, CA. The Impel Plus backplane connectors are engineered to upgrade Molex’s standard line of Impel backplane connectors, improving data speeds from 40 Gbps to 56 Gbps. The upgrade in connection speed will allow OEMs to avoid possible data slowdowns and prepare for future network upgrades.

Both Impel and Impel Plus connectors provide reliable data connections for optimal signal transmission. These backplane connectors are commonly utilized in applications such as network servers, medical devices, and aerospace electronics. Detailed product information and technical specs are available from Molex online.

bisco – Authorized Molex Distributor

bisco is an authorized Molex distributor and carries the full line of Molex connectors, cable assemblies, and wireless antennas. OEMs looking to purchase Impel and Impel Plus backplane connectors can visit biscoind.com to view online pricing and to request special quotes. Bisco offers competitive pricing, stock, and supply chain services to make procurement easy and cost effective. Visit biscoind.com today!

bisco now on Amazon!

bisco has recently started listing stock on Amazon.com! Hoffman Enclosures is the first of several brands that will be offered on Amazon. In the coming weeks, bisco is targeting to add products from manufacturers such as Southco, Panduit, and Molex.

bisco’s Amazon’s listings allow users to conveniently locate product images and specifications along with estimated shipping dates for each part. This new initiative is part of bisco’s continuous effort to provide convenient and trusted ways for customers to shop online. One advantage of buying from bisco on Amazon is the added layer of customer support. In addition to Amazon’s customer service team you will have the complete support of bisco’s customer service team. Simply call into bisco’s customer service number or email the customer service team directly.

If you’re looking for an item not listed on Amazon visit biscoind.com to search bisco’s complete product offering.

What is a Terminal Block?

Terminal blocks function as convenient connection points for electrical wires while avoiding the need for wires to be spliced together. At the most basic level a terminal block is a strip of molded plastic fitted with metal plates and screws. Each connection point (terminal) features a metal plate and two parallel screws which conduct electricity and secure the wires in place. Connections are formed when the wires (typically outfitted with terminal lugs) are clamped between the screws and the conductor plate. Terminal blocks are also available in more complex configurations which provide features like spring clamp terminals and din rail mounting. Related products include euroblocks (European style terminal blocks) and power blocks.

Common Terminal Block Configurations

  • Din Rail Mounted Terminal Blocks
  • Double Row Terminal Blocks
  • Single Row Terminal Blocks
  • Feed Thru Stud Terminal Blocks
  • Barrier Terminal Blocks

Leading Terminal Block Manufacturers

 

For more information about terminal blocks check out resources from manufacturers like ABB and Marathon. Have a question? Contact bisco’s customer support team anytime.

Molex: One Company – A World of Innovation

Molex is a global manufacturer of electronic components providing innovative solutions to end users in the consumer electronics, military/aerospace, telecommunications, and industrial automation industries. Molex boasts 45 manufacturing facilities around the world with capabilities to produce everything from miniature connectors to large cable assemblies. Molex offers a wide variety of standard electronic components as well as the ability to manufacturer custom solutions to meet the most challenging applications.

Molex Catalog Products Include:

bisco industries is a premier distributor of Molex products. bisco provides personal service to our clients through our 48 local offices and 6 strategic distribution centers. We also offer complete product data, pricing, and availability info at biscoind.com. To find the Molex product you need simply search the Molex part number or browse the Molex catalog at biscoind.com.

Molex Expands Offering of Military Grade Electronic Products

In a recent press release Molex announced an expanded product line of military grade electronic components to support manufacturers in the aerospace and defense industries. Molex’s growing selection of products for aerospace and defense is bolstered by its recent acquisition of Minnesota based manufacturer, Soligie. According to Molex regional sales manager, Jeff Brecker,

Military applications are some of the toughest faced by electronic products and it is vital that the installation and replacement of sensors, encoders, switches and other I/O devices are accomplished easily and reliably. As a leader in connectivity, Molex understands the necessity to offer a range of technical, manufacturing and electrical solutions unmatched in the industry. We can meet virtually any connector need with an off-the-shelf or custom product quickly and cost-effectively.

Molex expanded line of military grade products includes:

·         Ruggedized MT Optical Backplane Connectors

·         SMPM RF Connectors

·         SMP RF Connectors

·         Optical Assemblies & Adapters

Molex + bisco

Established in 1938, Molex is a global manufacturer of connectors, sockets/edge cards and cable assemblies. Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions helping design engineers create reliable, cost effective solutions for harsh military environments. bisco industries is proud to be a preferred distributor of Molex products. To find complete Molex product data and price and availability visit biscoind.com.

Wireless Antenna Solutions from Molex

Need cost-effective wireless antenna solutions while ensuring quick time-to-market? Molex designs, develops and manufactures custom antennas and antenna assemblies for wireless applications. Molex supports a wide range of communication technologies including cellular, UMTS, WiFi, WIMAX, Bluetooth, GPS, and others.

Molex uses the state-of-the-art technology, and a combination of its latest patented technologies, lean manufacturing techniques, custom automation and vertical integration to deliver products of the highest quality, reliability and performance. Molex internal antenna products are used widely mobile phones and other products. Other antenna technologies include:

  • Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) Technology
  • Standard Antennas
  • MediSpec™ MID/LDS Capabilities
  • Flex PCB Antenna Technology
  • MobliquA™ Antenna Technology
  • RF/Microwave Products
  • 3-D Custom Circuitry with MID/LDS Technology
  • Wireless Power Coils

biscoind.com now has complete product data on Molex antennas and many other Molex products. Visit biscoind.com to find the exact antenna for your application!

Molex Sealed Connector System For Automotive Applications

Molex delivers complete interconnect solutions for a number of markets including: data communications, telecommunications, consumer electronics, industrial, automotive, commercial vehicle, aerospace and defense, medical, and lighting. Their newly developed MXP120 sealed connector system for automotive applications is the ideal system for powertrain and body electronics as well as safety applications. The connectors come in two colors distinguishing the type of application it is being used for. Connectors and receptacles with yellow outer housings are designed for safety applications while the connectors and receptacles with black other housings have been designed for non-safety powertrain and body electronics applications. Automotive and commercial vehicle manufacturers can use MXP120 devices to replace 1.50mm terminal connections in space-constrained applications.

MXP120 Sealed Connectors and Receptacles Benefits Include:

  • A single-wire-seal (SWS) connection system with a strong perimeter seal that is IPX8 rated to endure high-pressure spray environments (IPX9K) under certain conditions.
  • Compatibility with AK and USCAR interfaces.
  • A design that uses the worldwide AK cavity definition, ensuring global acceptance and marketability.
  • Meets power requirements up to 13.0A.

biscoind.com now has complete product data on the MXP120 line and all other Molex connectors. Visit biscoind.com to find the exact MXP120 configuration for your application!

Connecting the Devices You Use Everyday

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a topic that’s making headlines lately and for good reason. The IoT refers to connectivity between devices allowing them to communicate with each and with users.  Devices like cameras, cars, washing machines, thermostats, and many, many more will be impacted by this trend. The interconnectedness of these devices is set to provide both data and control that was previously unknown.

Making the Internet of Things Possible

Behind the Internet of Things are antennas. Antennas are utilized to transmit and receive signals for a wide range of technologies including cellular, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Previously unwanted or unnecessary technology, antennas, must now be considered when designing electronic devices and systems.  Molex is one of the top manufacturers of antennas in the market today, serving OEMs in the medical, telecommunications, industrial, consumer electronics, and automotive sectors.

Molex Standard Antenna Offering

2.4/5GHZ Standalone Antennas

2.4 GHZ SMD On-Ground Antennas

Cellular 6-Band Standalone Antennas

868, 915MHZ ISM Antennas

Your Source for Standard & Custom Molex Antennas

In addition to standard antennas Molex also offers customized solutions to meet your needs. bisco industries is proud to be a distributor of Molex antennas. To view Molex’s antenna specifications or to request a custom quote visit biscoind.com.

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