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This past year has been extremely exciting for our company. Falconer Electronics recently joined the eCommerce party going on at Amazon.  

Why did we join the party? 

Due to popular demand from our eCommerce store, we decided to take the plunge and place our Ground Straps on Amazon. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW GROUND STRAPS ON AMAZON 

However, to take a step back, let’s take a look at the path we took leading up to adding our Ground Straps on Amazon. 

In particular, demonstrating how a custom manufacturer converts a proprietary process into a proprietary product. 

Proprietary Process into a Proprietary Product 

Ground Strap Names

As a custom Ground Strap and Wire Harness Manufacturer since 1985, launching a proprietary product line stepped outside our typical course of business. 

We found out first hand, when an “old school” manufacturer tackles change by embracing new technology, dynamic results follow. 

In this case, converting our proprietary process of manufacturing ground straps into a proprietary product line, created a new focus for our company. 

Especially since offering our Ground Straps on the Falconer Electronics website opened new doors that we had no idea existed. 

First, we took a product that we manufacturer thousands upon thousands for OEM’s (original equipment manufacturers). 

It just made perfect sense to turn this proprietary process into a proprietary product. 

Everything was in place. 

For example, we had the tools, equipment and resources.

Additionally, our team possesses the experience, skills and knowledge. 

Furthermore, solid relationships with vendors certainly helps with pricing and product availability. 

Most importantly, all systems exist to continue scaling production on our Braided Ground Straps. 

As a result, Amazon seemed like the next logical step. 

Ground Straps on Amazon

Ground Straps on Amazon

Amazon.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word Amazon? 

Twenty years ago, you might have said a mighty river. A rain forest. Possibly, a natural wonder of the world. 

Today, your first thoughts when you hear the word Amazon most likely include convenience, an endless selection, free shipping and of course, a smiling box at your door step. 

With that in mind, the gargantuan success of Amazon.com might also make it a natural wonder of the world. Just by the sheer size of the company and the enormously high level of success. 

Consider this: According to Statista, Amazon surpasses 2 billion clicks per month. Yes, BILLION! 

That is insane!

Amazon serves as an incredible American entrepreneurial success story from its humble beginnings when it launched as one of the first eCommerce bookstores to the behemoth it is today. 

With $.51 of every eCommerce dollar going to Amazon, it made perfect sense (and cents) for us to create a presence on Amazon. 

We launched our Amazon store with 24 different types of Braided Ground Straps. 

The variety includes a mixture of 1/4″ and 1/2″ connectors: 

4″, 8″, 12″, 20″ 

  • Tinned Copper
  • 10 Gauge AWG
  • 53 Amps
  • Flat Width 1/2″

4″, 8″, 12″ 20″ 

  • Tinned Copper
  • 14 Gauge AWG
  • 32 Amps
  • Flat Width 1/4″

Benefits of Ground Straps from Falconer Electronics include: 

  • Made in USA 
  • Tinned copper 
  • Solder dipped ends 
  • Heavy Duty 
  • Manufacturing Ground Straps Since 1985 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW GROUND STRAPS ON AMAZON 

Amazon

Wrapping It Up 

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Ever deal with the Dreaded RFQ process? 

The RFQ (request for quote) process takes years off one’s life. At least, it sure seem like it. 

For example, let’s say you are working on a new product design. 

On paper, you have everything perfected. 

You go through the checklist: Designs are complete. Drawings finished. All parts identified. Bill of materials created.

So now you just need prices. 

Time to submit a request for quote.

You turn to trusted Google hoping to find a vendor eager to partner with you on this exciting project. 

You submit your RFQ to several potential suppliers and then……..Crickets. 

As a result, you now find yourself playing the Dreaded RFQ waiting game. 

Dreaded RFQ

Ahh…..the dreaded RFQ. 

To sum up, the dreaded RFQ process can be described as cumbersome and stressful. 

Speaking with professionals in purchasing, they will tell you one of the biggest sources of frustration lies with waiting for a response to a request for quote.  

Waiting for the dreaded RFQ wastes time and resources as well as hurts profits. 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful for those of you in new product development if you could receive a quote immediately?

It’s not that the vendor doesn’t want to get an accurate quote in your hands as quickly as possible. 

Especially with small manufacturers. They simply lack the necessary resources to do so, such as technology, staff and most importantly time. 

The Instant Ground Strap QuoteBuilder 

One U.S. manufacturer dedicated to eliminating the dreaded RFQ process took a big step towards accomplishing that exact goal. 

Who says an “old-school” manufacturer can’t create their own cutting edge software program? Well, Falconer Electronics, the industry leader in custom Ground Straps did just that. 

Serving as a Ground Strap and Wire Harness Manufacturer since 1985, Falconer Electronics produces thousands upon thousands of ground straps. 

To make life much easier for their customers, the company decided to create their own proprietary software: The Instant Ground Strap QuoteBuilder

The software allows you to customize your own ground strap. Literally within seconds. 

Then receive your quote sent directly to your email inbox instantly. 

In addition, you can immediately place an order for your newly created custom Ground Strap within the Falconer Electronics eCommerce store. 

Click video below to learn more: 

Roger Hall, founder and President of Falconer Electronics shares the powerful results with this new program, “The Instant Ground Strap QuoteBuilder consistently opens new doors. It allows our company to engage with customers 24/7 while eliminating the constraint of waiting for the RFQ.” 

Eliminating the Dreaded RFQ process allows Falconer Electronics to connect with companies that otherwise would have never become customers.

Hall explains “Since launching our Ground Strap QuoteBuilder, a wide range of customers have utilized this helpful tool including numerous Fortune 500 companies, OEM’s, mid-tier manufacturers, job shops and much more.”

“These opportunities simply passed us by prior to creating this program. As an American manufacturer, the Instant Ground Strap QuoteBuilder delivers a healthy competitive advantage for Falconer Electronics.”

 

 

 

 

Ground Strap Names
Who knew there were so many different ground strap names?
This can be confusing. 
Over the past few years, we started noticing that customers use a variety of names for ground straps
In particular, various industries or even different parts of the country use a wide array of ground strap names. 
Ground Strap Names

Products (and People) with Different Names 

It is fascinating how the same items can have such a wide range of names. 
Every industry has their own product names based on Slang – Industry Nicknames – Aliases – AKA – Also Known As.  
 
Another example with different terms, depending on where you call home, you might say “You guys” or “Y’all”. If you hail from Pittsburgh, you most likely say “Yinz”. 
 
Before we get into our list of ground strap names, below includes a few fun examples of different product names that we thought fit this exercise:
  • Soda vs Pop 
  • Shoes vs Sneakers 
  • Sofa vs Couch 
  • Artificial Flowers vs Fake Flowers 
  • Alcohol vs Liquor 
  • Subs vs Hoagie vs Hero (Hope you’re reading this AFTER lunch)

Also, there is a list of eponyms examples:
  • Xerox = Photocopy 
  • Kleenex = Tissue 
  • Google it = Web search 
  • Jello = Gelatin 
  • Q-Tip = Cotton Swab
  • Zamboni = Ice Resurface Machine  
  • Polaroid = Instant pic (The original selfie) 

In addition, several famous individuals fit this conversation as well: 
  • James Bond vs 007
  • How about Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde?
  • Would Super Man & Clark Kent fit in here as well? 

Lastly, a number of celebrities also go by a different name: 

  • Katheryn Hudson = Katy Perry 
  • John Roger Stephens = John Legend 
  • Onika Tanya Maraj = Nicki Minaj 
  •  Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta = Lady Gaga 
  • Peter Gene Hernandez = Bruno Mars

There are tons of examples that could be mentioned here. What are some of your favorites? 
 
 

Ground Strap Names Ground Strap Names

Back to the subject at hand. 
Since ground straps are not front of mind for 99.99999% of the population, the fact that a wide variety of ground strap names makes perfect sense. 
Especially since there are so many different uses. 
 
Below includes a list of ground strap names that our team came up with from speaking with various customers (in no particular order): 

Do you have any to add? 

Wrapping It Up 

Thank you for reading our post. Hope this clears things up. Clear as mud, right? 

Need a price on a Custom Ground Strap? Check out our Ground Strap QuoteBuilder where you receive a price immediately. 

Looking for an Estimate on your Wire Harness Assembly? Check out our Wire Harness Estimator

Wishing you an ELECTRIC Day!! 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Made to order ground straps

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.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR INSTANT GROUND STRAP QUOTEBUILDER 

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.

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT OUR SELECTION OF IN STOCK GROUND STRAP SELECTION 

Different Types of Ground Straps

Types:

  • Braided
  • Mesh or grid
  • Sheet or strip
  • Solid Wire

Material Types:

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

A Braided Ground Strap fits 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
  • Generators
  • Machinery and Equipment
  • Power Supplies
  • Solar Panels
  • Transformers

To learn about wire harnesses check out our page! Also, check out our wire estimator. You can design your own custom wire harnesses.

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