Ring terminals are available for use in a wide variety of applications for different wire and study sizes. They are helpful accessories for the terminal of wires, and they can be very handy tools for an electronics and engineering technicians. The available solutions for ring terminals can be confusing when you go to the market and is important to understand the uncompromisable parts and the major design considerations to evaluate. You would not want to be the person always looking for replacements for your eyelet terminals because you skimped on the quality and design appropriateness when you were buying them in the first place.
Quality of attachment
Your ring terminal should attach securely and use a funneled design so that there is natural wire entry. It is a crafty design meant to make your work very easy. It also reduces accidents that can turn very costly when you are working on a high profile job.
Check the crimping process
The barrel is the crimp section that will be a feature on the terminal, and it deforms when you are crimping. You can choose a terminal with one or two barrels depending on your use. One barrel could be for the wire and the second one will serve as your insulator. The benefit of an extra barrel is the added strength it gives your joint. You could also explore terminals that come with a stop on the end of the wire barrel. They prevent the wire from going through the barrel, and this is very useful since you would not want the wire to affect the function of the contact.
Check the crimp
When you are crimping, your applicator dies will press around the conductor with force to deform the wire and the barrel and cause a cold weld on the two parts that end up as a gastight connection. Eventually, your terminal becomes an extension of the wire. A good crimp will ensure the wire strands protrude a minimum of 0.015 inches when measuring from the termination of the crimp. You expect the crimp ears to capture all wire strands when you are terminating, and there should be no stray wires.
The new terminals
You can opt for new terminals that manufacturers are delivering to the market. They are different than the carrier strip variety because they have a twist lock design. They allow heavy cord manufacturers the required flexibility for them to use terminals in a variety of ways. The twist lock terminals are mostly an invention targetting manufacturers because of the potential to cut costs since the terminal is in loose piece format. It can work with both manual and automated equipment.
Timeless dependable terminals
The UL listed ring terminals are some of the most dependable choices because of the high-quality material and design packaged in an affordable solution. They are available in non-insulated, vinyl insulated and in a pack so that you have a variety to choose. They connect two wires to a single connection point, and the insulation or serration helps to give you a good grip.