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Bonding and ground straps are terms that people often make the mistake of using interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. While their jobs are similar in nature there are very important differences. Also, their functionality is almost opposite to each other.

Bonding

In this particular example, bonding means attaching two pieces of metal from a machine to connect them permanently. Joining these pieces creates an electrical path between the two pieces. Therefore, the two metal pieces (and in turn their machinery) will have the same electrical potential. Another example of bonding would also eliminate electrical buildup between two machines.

The main reason for bonding within electrical equipment is to ensure the safety of workers. If a person connects two pieces of machinery there is a potential for electrical shock. However, if there is bonding between the two pieces there should be a protection to anyone interacting with the machines.  The bonding of electronics also works with the grounding of those electronics.

Ground Straps

To continue on with the above example, you will have to ground the metal components or equipment after bonding. You accomplish this by attaching a ground strap to components while also attaching the ground strap after the bonding process. With this method, once the ground strap is attached to ground and all the other metal components are bonded together they would all be at the same ground potential.

Even when there is bonding between two machines there should also be a ground to a neutral point like the earth or another piece of material that has already been through the grounding process. Ground straps are a tool used for this. As stated in our blog on the uses of ground straps, ground straps are important because they protect people and electrical devices from electrostatic discharge (ESD).

If a short circuit occurs a ground strap will redirect the electrical charge to a ground as opposed to allowing it to travel through a person who is interacting with the machine. As well as protecting people, a ground strap can also protect any other machine from the shorted-out circuit. A ground strap will provide a safe route for the electricity to travel rather than going into another machine and causing a chain reaction of shortages.

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Groundhog Day! A wonderful time of year. Ski and snowboarding season is still at full throttle. Yet, the whispers of spring are just around the corner.

Not to mention, a reminder of one of our favorite movies of all time, Groundhog Day. A classic film with Bill Murray that came out 25 years ago in 1993. Where did that time go? If you are not familiar with this timeless treasure, do yourself a favor and watch it soon. Being Groundhog Day, no time better than the present.

Groundhog Day: A Shocking Experience 

Well, Groundhog Day is also a perfect time to kick off our series on staying grounded with ground cords and ground straps. In other words, keeping safe. Always remember safety first.Groundhog

A toaster in the tub? Of course, not a good idea. Water and electricity are typically not friendly to each other (understatement of the day). As a matter of fact, any electrical device in the tub will be a shocking experience. Not in a pleasant way though.

Electrical currents love to travel, fast. The human body does not serve well as a carrier of electric currents. Wires, on the other hand, they LOVE electrical currents flowing through them. Think of all of the many benefits that electrical currents offer.

Electrical currents keep our homes warm, rooms lit with proper lighting, refrigerators running, microwaves heating and…well….you get the idea. The device that you are reading this with has wires inside that are tidily tucked away out of harm’s way.

No plans for the weekend? No problem. Make a nice cup of hot chocolate. Grab milk out of the fridge, mix with cocoa and heat up on the stove. Throw a bag of popcorn in the microwave. Settle in for a Winter night with Bill Murray and Groundhog Day on your TV or tablet. It is a great day to appreciate ALL of the electricity flowing safely through your home keeping you warm, nourished and entertained.

Lastly, just remember, spring is just around the corner. The Groundhog says so.

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Braided Ground Straps

You’re Grounded! Typically not a welcomed expression. Especially during those tough teenage years. Well, when discussing Braided Ground Straps, “You’re Grounded” means safety and dependability. 

Electrical currents power the world. Can you imagine life without electricity? Wow! How on earth did our poor ancestors survive without it?

However, electrical currents deliver a powerful force. Unfortunately, without the proper safety and precaution, dangerous and unwanted results can occur.

Grounding an electrical current prevents shocks as well as further damage (even fatalities – ouch!). Braided Ground Straps serve as an incredible safety resource. Check out last weeks blog post for further discussion.

Buy Braided Ground Straps Direct & Save

Now, you can now purchase Braided Ground Straps direct from the manufacturer. Falconer Electronics assembles high-quality Braided Ground Straps for various industries.

Do you like saving money? We hear you yelling at the computer, “Absolutely!”

Since you love saving money, take advantage of the tremendous savings by purchasing directly from the manufacturer.

Any Size for Any Job

Available in a variety of sizes. The common width that our customers pursue includes 1/4″ as well as 1/2″. Each Braided Ground Strap is topped off with an uninsulated ring terminal.

Braided Ground Straps are heavy duty and corrosion resistant. The tinned copper braided wire offers durability, flexibility and maximum conductivity.

A solder dipped ring terminal terminates each end. Also, terminals are infused with RoHS solder to improve performance and tensile strength.

Stock lengths include 4, 8, 12, 16 and 20 inches.

Custom Sizes & Terminals Available

Need a custom size or another terminal configuration? We are happy to help!

Please call or email to discuss your project needs….OR…..You are also welcome to utilize our FREE WIRE HARNESS ESTIMATOR.

This is another new tool to make life easy for our customers. Simply enter the requirements for your Braided Ground Strap and you will receive an estimate immediately via email.

In addition to the Wire Harness Estimator, feel free to Submit a Drawing. Especially since we love exploring new projects.

American Made with Over 100 Years Experience 

Lastly, production of all Braided Ground Straps takes place at our facility in Falconer NY. Our dynamic Wire Harness & Cable Assembly team delivers well over 100 years of experience to your project.

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 Braided Ground Straps

What are Ground Straps?

The purpose of ground straps are to protect people and electrical devices. Ground straps protect from electrostatic discharge (ESD). These straps reroute electric currents to a safe ground. As a result, they will protect any person who interacts with that particular electrical device. Due to providing a ground for electricity to travel in the situation of a short circuit, ground straps have the potential of saving lives.

Why Do You Need Ground Straps?

Why is grounding important? Consequently, in the instance of a short circuit within an electronic device, the electricity needs to go somewhere. Therefore, if a person is working with or on the specific device the electricity will potentially go through that person. This will result in injury or even death. Furthermore, a ground strap provides a designated path for the electrical energy. This path leads to the safety of the ground. It is better for it to go into the ground instead of traveling through any person in proximity to the electricity. Also, these straps can prevent electrical damage. As a result, any other devices can be affected. Therefore, this occurs if they are attached to the shorted-out device. As long as the electricity has a safe route to take away from devices or people there shouldn’t be any damage or injury.

Different Types of Ground Straps

Types:

  • Braided
  • Mesh or grid
  • Sheet or strip
  • Along with, Solid Wire

Material Types:

  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Tinned copper
  • Stainless steel
  • Also, Nickel-plated materials
  • Finally, Silver-plated materials
Some Uses of Ground Straps

Braided Ground Straps fit multiple tasks. These tasks include bonding, straps, grounding or connecting moving parts. Furthermore, we have listed a number of grounding applications below:

  • Automotive and Heavy Duty Truck
  • Electrical Panel Doors and Enclosures
  • Engines and Motors
  • Also, Generators
  • Machinery and Equipment
  • Power Supplies
  • Furthermore, Solar Panels
  • Transformers

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