The latest news from Combined Test Solutions

Update on RUSH

As we first posted about in August, CTS are making a global difference with International Needs; by supporting RUSH Academy, a school for poor and vulnerable children in Western Kenya. CTS are providing education as a route out of poverty. Through our ongoing monthly support, RUSH Academy are able to pay for a teacher, 40…

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Metal Whiskers; how to avoid them

Metal Whiskers can cause severe damage to electronic and electrical devices and leave complete systems useless. They have been known to create failures in nuclear reactors, pacemakers, missiles and satellites and they may be threatening your devices. What are these tiny things that can cause so much destruction? Metal whiskers are tiny hair-like growths that…

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What is the Test Process?

Many companies have an established process that they follow to ensure that all cables are tested correctly. Some parts of the test process are vital for safety reasons. How many of these things do you include in your test process? 1. Guided Assembly Instead of testing after the cable is finished, some test systems allow…

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Counterfeit Cables

Substandard and counterfeit cables, labelled with fake official standards and accreditations, is a growing problem in the UK. What are Counterfeit Cables? Manufacturers are purchasing wires and components they believe are legitimate only to realise later that the materials do not meet industry requirements. Sometimes the counterfeit parts have been passed off under a respected…

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Testing Tips – Back Up Your Tester

With technology being so prevalent in our world today, there are very few people who haven’t lost data in some form or another. Whether dropping your phone in the toilet or losing information when a computer crashes, everyone has experienced the heartbreak of losing digital files. This article is your friendly reminder to back up…

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Practical resistance specifications

The IPC\WHMA-A-620 Rev A standard states that in the absence of agreement on test requirements between manufacturer and user the continuity spec for class 3 assemblies should be 2 ohms, or 1 ohm plus the actual resistance. We agree that this is a reasonable method for determining continuity test specs. However, when more stringent continuity…

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Ergonomics and Cable Testing

Safety in the workplace means more than just identifying and eliminating hazards. Maintaining good employee health is important to company morale and production. An employee bent over testing cables for hours or leaning across a table to thread a wire through a harness could experience chronic pain not easily alleviated. Addressing problems that cause employees…

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Moving Tests Upstream

By adding automated testing earlier throughout the build process, cable and harness manufacturers can find errors sooner; this saves time, money, and provides a competitive advantage. Rising expectations in the cable/harness industry demand that manufacturers build more complex assemblies in less time. Accomplishing this feat means manufacturers must re-evaluate their processes. How can shops produce…

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Testing Tips – Correct Resistance Settings

Do you know the correct resistance settings when building a new test program? While the default settings may work in most situations, you may find tests failing because of a wrong setting—not because of a bad cable. One of the most common settings in a situation like this is the resistance setting. The resistance values…

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Can you calibrate your own tester?

To get accurate results, your automated testing equipment must be calibrated. An uncalibrated machine can skew results and damage your company. With this in mind, how do you know if your tester is calibrated correctly? Start by purchasing a Cirris Performance Check Kit from Combined Test Solutions. This kit will tell you if your tester…

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IEE Code of Practice & Cirris HiPot Testers

IEE Code of Practice Plain extension cables above 25 metres fall outside the scope of the IEE’s code of practice which is one reason why many Portable Appliance Testers (PAT) testers do not cater for long cables. The Code requires that the earth bond wire is within 0.1 ohm of its theoretical value and that it…

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Testing Cables with High Voltage

Many people are familiar with a continuity test. A continuity test checks for “good connections,” meaning current will flow from one point to its destination point. If current flows easily enough then the points are connected. Many people are less familiar with a hipot test. “Hipot” is short for high potential (high voltage). A hipot…

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Introducing the new 4200 Series cable harness testers

The all-new Cirris 4200 Series continues the Cirris legacy of easy-to-use cable testers. Updated technology, a new software interface, and innovative features make the 4200 Series a capable tester in the benchtop cable testing market. These cable testers can be readily integrated into your test process.  Available in two configurations, the high voltage 4250 cable…

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New Cable Test Demonstration & Training Room

Combined Test Solutions has recently opened the doors to its new demo and training area. Stocked with equipment for live demonstrations, the demo room will also aid in the continuous training of our engineers and customers on the latest cable testing technology & how to improve efficiency and reduce errors. The new demo room in…

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Do You Use Smart-Lights™?

One of the most useful tools for quick test setup is Cirris Smart-Lights™. About as small as your thumb,  Smart-Lights™ can store information for fixturing cables, show error location, and save you time and money. Fixturing cables can become a hassle. Their job is to connect the device-under-test (DUT) to the tester. Each fixturing cable…

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Cirris High Voltage Test System, utilising Easy Wire” software enables Zero Defect Guided Harness Assembly

Combined Test Solutions has successfully completed a program with a major aircraft manufacturer to enable guided harness assembly integrated with real-time testing in their aircraft harness building operation. The D.U.T “Device under Test”- an aircraft control stick harness, comprised three connectors and approximately 100 wires.  Average start-to-finish assembly and final-test time for this harness was…

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Automatic high voltage testers for rail wire harness test

Many of the world’s leading manufacturers of railway transportation and railcars use cable testers and high voltage testers from Combined Test Solutions for rail wire harness test applications and validate their wiring interconnect and cab module systems. Old test methods are being reviewed due to increased usage and predicted future service density now demands a…

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CTS Installs New Test System at Christie Lites UK

Combined Test Solutions, leading UK provider of cable harness test equipment, high voltage test equipment and functional test equipment has supplied a customised electrical cable test solution to Christie Lites, one of the world’s foremost theatre and stage lighting companies. Legislation requires that all cables must be tested regularly to ensure equipment and operator safety.…

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Don’t Compromise on Quality and Expertise

If you’re not comfortable with the possibility of choosing a test equipment supplier who doesn’t deliver consistently or lacks the technical expertise and depth of support you need, we’d encourage you to contact us for your testing requirements. Now that we have high capability partners and products to compliment the well-established Cirris cable harness testers,…

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Why choose Cirris and Combined Test Solutions?

Cirris Solutions, are essentially the UK arm of Cirris Systems Corp. in the USA and are renowned as the leading UK providers of cable and harness test solutions. Our recent name change to Combined Test Solutions changes nothing when it comes to providing excellence in cable testing. We are still the ONLY OFFICIAL distributor of…

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Outsource Your Testing!

Combined Test Solutions Ltd (CTS) new Sub-contract Test Facility June 2017 Whatever the reason a cable or harness is being tested, be it for correct assembly, wiring, insulation or dielectric withstand, an additional array of skills are required to ensure the test objectives are satisfied. Designing a test as well as the test equipment is…

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Cirris UK Joins Forces with Adaptronic & ATE Solutions to Deliver Unique One Stop Shop for ‘Best in Test’ Solutions

Cirris Solutions, leading UK provider of cable harness testing solutions has announced a change of company name after joining forces with two other major test players to deliver the full spectrum of test equipment to UK customers. The alliance combines high voltage testing from Germany based Adaptronic and functional test from ATE Solutions Ltd, based…

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Hungry For Success

Electrical testing is as essential to cable and wire harness assembly as eating is to staying alive. If you don’t eat you’ll die, and if a company doesn’t check the quality of electrical assemblies it won’t last long either. Just like different people have different diets, how do you know which test method works best…

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High Voltage or Low Voltage? Which Tester Should You Buy?

Whether you are new to automated testing or looking to upgrade your test process, buying the right tester is one of the important decisions you must make. If you’ve started looking at cable testers, you may notice two distinct categories: low voltage and high voltage. The following information may help you decide whether low voltage…

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How to Stay Safe while Testing

Safety is the top priority for cable and harness manufacturers. Practices are put in place to protect workers from all sorts of hazards. Whether being injured from improper use of tools or materials to being safe around electricity, cable and harness producers want to make sure no one is hurt in any way. The following…

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The Real Cost of Inadequate Testing

In determining best practise and defining the proper test process, one generally considers the trade-off between cost and quality. The initial purchase price, (often the ongoing support costs are neglected), of test equipment is one of the primary factors considered in determining the cost of a test system, but what is often neglected is an…

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Testing in Autosport Engineering

Cirris, located in England, Germany and America, has gained an enviable reputation for producing high quality cable/harness and automotive test equipment, and supporting it well. As a successful company (over 10,000 customers world-wide, and over 45,000 installed testers), Cirris supplies stand alone as well as turnkey test solutions. The Formula 1 and motor racing industry,…

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Newly launched! Cirris Solutions Website

Cirris Solutions launch new website and invites you to take a look. www.cirris.co.uk  The new Cirris Solutions website has been designed to give an in-depth insight into our cable testers, harness testers and our custom test solutions including interfaces. Created with the user experience firmly in mind, the site uses the latest technology so it’s compatible with today’s browsers…

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