The Testing Series: How Cords Are Tested

The Top 6 tests that every cord should go through before it finds a mate.

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When we first brought electric power into our homes it was a gamble; fires were frequent and electrical connections were often unsafe. Nowadays, the cord and the plug (receptacle) are an afterthought.

Whether it's accidentally plugging in a coffee pot over a hot oven burner or pulling a hospital patient away from the wall, cords are expected to remain safe and operational despite our many abuses. 

The Testing Series from IEN covers how one American manufacturer is making sure that we stay safe and our products remain powered. 

The series includes exclusive footage from Interpower’s state-of-the-art facilities in Iowa, as the tests were being performed. 

The information comes from interviews with Ron Barrett, Product Development Manager at Interpower, and Van Taylor, Advanced Extrusion Technician. 

Here are the Top 6 tests that every cord should go through before it finds a mate:

  1. Vertical Flame Test
  2. Hospital Grade Drop Test
  3. Tensile & Elongation (Stretch) Test
  4. Wall Thickness
  5. Tumble Barrel Test
  6. Flex Test

For more information, visit https://www.interpower.com/ic/.

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