Introducing the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool

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Introducing the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool

We are pleased to announce a new addition to our Cable Assembly product line: the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool.

The Multi-Cable Stripping Tool is a unique new product that makes it possible to strip multiple types of coaxial cable, even cable from different manufacturers, with a single tool.  We have purposefully released the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool alongside some additional products, our new RF Compression Connectors, which are designed to be installed on coaxial cables following the cable stripping process, (click here for more information about our RF Compression Connectors).

Introducing the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool Introduction Video

As the name states, our Multi-Cable Stripping Tool is capable of stripping multiple types of cables, including air and foam dielectric cables, as well as cables from different manufacturers.  This is made possible by the different bushings that can be interchanged on the bottom of the tool.  Each bushing is designed to help cables entering the tool perfectly align so that they are stripped correctly.

The Multi-Cable Stripping Tool comes with 3 bushings.  Want to strip a CommScope copper shielded cable?  Use the 620 bushing.  CommScope Aluminum Cable?  Use the 630 bushing.  RFS Copper Shielded Cable?  Use the 650 bushing.  The number on each bushing references a size, (in millimeters), that ensures different types of cables line up correctly once inserted into the stripping tool.

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool assembled

The bushings can be easily interchanged with one another, as there is a simple screw towards the bottom of the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool that, once loosened, will release the bushing.  Once the desired bushing is put in place, you simply tighten the screw once more to secure the bushing into place.

Our Multi-Cable Stripping Tool also features a stopping point, meaning the tool will not continue to strip once it has stripped the necessary amount.  It is possible for the tool to continue to spin, but because of the built-in stopping point, it will not continue to cut/strip the cable.

The tool can be used by hand via the T-Handle, or the T-Handle can be detached, allowing the Multi-Cable Stripping Tool to be directly inserted into a drill.

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool in Pieces
Multi-Cable Stripping Tool on Drill

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool – Key Features Video

The Multi-Cable Stripping Tool comes with the 3 different sized bushings, 2 allen wrenches, 1 dental pick (for finesse cleaning of stripped cables), a cutting tool, and a carrying pouch.

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool - Complete Package

Multi-Cable Stripping Tool

The Multi-Cable Stripping Tool is available now, and you can find out more Information about the tool and accessories here, or by clicking on a button below.  You can also learn more about the recently released RF Compression Connectors, by clicking here.

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Introducing RF Compression Connectors

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Introducing RF Compression Connectors

We are pleased to announce some new additions to our Cable Assembly product line; RF Compression Connectors.  The connectors are made for coaxial cables and are available in 4.3-10 and Type N, (both male and female).  These RF Compression Connectors have been purposefully released alongside another new product, our Multi-Cable Stripping Tool, (which you can learn more about here).

Introducing RF Compression Connectors

See the RF Compression Connectors Being Installed

As the name states, these connectors are installed by means of compression and can be quickly and easily installed in the field, (if necessary).  The connectors are installed in a few, simple steps.  After stripping the cable, take the provided o-ring and slide it into the third “valley,” or corrugation of exposed cable. Then, slide the lower half of the connector over the o-ring and onto the cable.  Attach the other half of the connector, and torque it tight.

RF Compression Connectors

Our RF Compression Connectors have excellent test results, with VSWR less than 1.2 and Return Loss less at -21 dB.  The connectors are available in 4.3-10 and Type N variations, both male and female.

RF Compression Connectors Compatibility

Perhaps the most impressive feature of these new connectors, is their wide compatibility.  Our RF Compression Connectors work with CommScope cables, both aluminum and copper, as well as Radio Frequency System (RFS) cables, in addition to our own.

You can see the compatibility specifics in the table below.

RF Compression Connectors Compatibility

Cable Brand

Part Number

Commscope (Copper Shielded)

HL4RPV-50

Commscope (Aluminum Shielded)

AL4RPV-50

Radio Frequency Systems (Aluminum Shielded)

ICA12-50JPLLW

Radio Frequency Systems (Copper Shielded)

RFSICA12-50JPL

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PLN-CU-50

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PLN-AL-50

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STF50-LSZH-1/2

Commscope

LDF4-50A

Introducing our RF Compression Connectors Video

RF Compression Connectors

Our new, RF Compression Connectors are available now.  You can learn more about them here, or by clicking on a button below.  You can also learn more about our new Multi-Cable Stripping Tool, which makes it possible to strip multiple coaxial cable types with a single tool, by clicking here.

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How to Use Heat Shrink Tape

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How to Use Heat Shrink Tape

Heat shrinkable tape is a fantastic tool that makes it easier than ever to protect something, like wires or a wire harness, with heat shrink tubing.

Heat shrink tape gets around the limitations of heat shrink tubing, which typically would need to have wires or a wire harness run through the tubing before the tubing is shrunk down. If you have wires, a hose, a wire harness, etc. that has already been installed, it would be difficult and in some cases impossible to get heat shrink tubing around or over it.  In these situations, heat shrink tape can easily wrap around what you are trying to protect, and then be shrunk down.

How to Use Heat Shrink Tape

Below we’ve listed step-by-step instructions on how to install our heat shrinkable tape, in addition to a video which also goes through the process in a little more than 2 minutes.

Watch Our Install Video

FIX-105 Heat Shrinkable Tape

Our FIX-105 Tape is a heat shrinkable tape that is available in different widths, lengths, and colors, in addition to having a heavy wall option.

Adhesive Lined Cross-Linked Heat Shrinkable Tape

1 –  Wear Gloves

Wear Gloves

When using any type of heat shrink tubing product you should always wear gloves to protect yourself from the heat coming off of either a heat gun, or in some cases, a blow-torch.

2 –  Cut the Heat Shrink Tape

Wear Gloves

Unroll the tape and cut to your desired length using an everyday pair of scissors.

3 –  Heat One End of the Tape Until it Curls

Use a heat gun to heat one end of the heat shrink tape until that end curls.  This makes it easy for the curled end to be applied to whatever you are wrapping the tape around.

If you prefer, you can also use a zip tie to hold the tape end in place.  You simply want to make sure that the tape will hold its position during the heat shrinking process.

Note: Gamma FIX-105 tape needs to be heated to a temperature of about 200° F in order to shrink, for this reason we do not recommend using a hair dryer, as hair or blow dryers, at their best, only tend to heat up to about 140° F.

4 –  Apply Curled End of Tape

Take the heated/curled end of the heat shrinkable tape and apply it to what you desire to wrap the tape  over.  The heated end should stick, making the next step easier.

5 –  Wrap the Tape with Each Wrap Overlapping Itself

Wrap the tape around the cables/wires, (or whatever it is you are wanting to protect), making sure to overlap the heat shrink tape over itself so that once it shrinks, it adheres to itself.

6 –  Place a Zip Tie Over the End of the Heat Shrink Tape

Wrap the tape around the cables/wires, (or whatever it is you are wanting to protect), making sure to overlap the heat shrink tape over itself so that once it shrinks, it adheres to itself.

7 –  Use a Heat Gun to Shrink the Heat Shrinkable Tape

Use a heat gun to shrink the heat shrinkable tape.  Make sure to move the heat around the heat shrink tape, heating it as evenly as possible.

8 –  Remove the Cable Tie

Once the heat shrink tape has shrunk down small enough or it is completely shrunk down and in place, move the zip tie off of the tape, and completely remove it by cutting it with a pair of scissors.  Make sure you still have gloves on given that the heat shrink tape will be hot if you happen to touch it, and the zip tie will likely be hot as well.

9 –  Installation is Complete

Wear Gloves

Let the tape cool and installation is complete.

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Our FIX-105 Tape is a heat shrinkable tape that is available in different widths, lengths, and colors, in addition to having a heavy wall option.

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How to Use Heat Shrink Tubing

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How to Use Heat Shrink Tubing

You may not be fully aware but heat shrink tubing is a part of your daily life.  Heat shrink tubing is used on products ranging from phone cords to motor homes to airplanes and beyond.  Heat shrink tubing isn’t very difficult to install but can be a little intimidating if you’ve never done it before.  Below are some instructions to get you started with using heat shrink tubing.

We also have a post, “What is Heat Shrink Tubing?” where we answer a number of frequently asked questions for those new to heat shrink tubing.

How to Use Heat Shrink

Watch our video on how to use and/or install heat shrink tubing, or check out the step-by-step instructions below.

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Heat Shrink Tubing

Heat Shrink Tubing comes in a variety of sizes and shrink ratios.  There are heat shrink variations made for some of the most unique circumstances, like gas and diesel resistant heat shrink, UV resistant heat shrink, or even heat shrinkable tape.  You can learn more about our many heat shrink offerings by clicking here, or on the button below.

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How to Install Heat Shrink Tubing

Step-by-Step Instructions

1 – Identify Where You Need to Install the Heat Shrink Tubing

The first thing to do is identify where you want to install your heat shrink tubing.  In this example we are going to install heat shrink over an iPhone charging cable that has seen better days.  The cable has lost a portion of its cable jacket making the wire(s) underneath vulnerable.  Exposed wires like these can result in cables/wires not working, and in some cases exposed electrical wires are very hazardous.  Heat shrink tubing is a great way to cover the cable and resolve these issues.

2 – Choose the Right Heat Shrink Tubing for Your Needs

If you’re new to heat shrink tubing, choosing the right tubing can be a bit tricky.  Heat shrink tubing comes in many different sizes, different shrink ratios, and there are many different types that offer unique characteristics.  The first thing to know is that heat shrink tubing sizes are listed in a before shrinking size.  So measure what it is you need the heat shrink to fit over and make sure you choose a size larger a little larger than that. To make sure our heat shrink tubing would fit over the iPhone cable and the connector at the end of the cable, we chose a 3/8 of an inch heat shrink tubing for this example.

The next thing to know, is the shrink ratio.  Shrink ratio measures the difference between the size of the tubing before and after it shrinks.  For example, we chose to use a 3 to 1, (usually written in ratio form as 3:1), heat shrink tubing on the iPhone cord, which means the tubing starts 3 times larger than what it shrinks down to.    We offer heat shrink tubing in 2:1, 3:1, 4:1, and 6:1 shrink ratios.

The last thing to be aware of when selecting your heat shrink tubing are any additional special qualities or characteristics that you might need.  For example, there are diesel and fluid resistant types of heat shrink out there, as well as heat shrink that is UV resistant.  For the iPhone cord we chose to use an adhesive lined heat shrink tubing that will make sure the heat shrink glues itself in place.

3 – Measure your Heat Shrink Tubing

Make sure to measure your heat shrink tubing so that it comfortably covers the exposed wire, or whatever vulnerability it is you want to cover.  It doesn’t have to be an exact science but you want the tubing to easily extend beyond whatever it is you want to protect.

You can mark where you would like to cut the heat shrink with a pencil to make things easier.

4 – Cut the Heat Shrink Tubing

Once you’ve measured the heat shrink tubing simply cut the tubing. The vast majority of heat shrink tubing can be cut with a normal, everyday pair of scissors.  

5 – Cover the Exposed Wire (Vulnerability) with the Heat Shrink Tubing

Once you’ve cut the heat shrink tubing, take the cut piece and place it on the cable in preparation to shrink it into place.

6 –  Turn on Heat Gun

We highly recommend using a heat gun for installing heat shrink as heat guns reach the necessary temperatures for installing heat shrink in the safest way possible.  However, heat shrink tubing can be installed using a lighter, blow torches, or in some cases even a hair dryer.

7 –  Place Cable with Heat Shrink Tubing Over the Heat

It’s time to start shrinking the heat shrink.  Take the cable with the heat shrink on it and put it over the heat gun, or whatever your heat source may be.  If there is enough heat the heat shrink should start shrinking almost immediately.

8 –  Rotate & Move the Heat Shrink Tubing (or Heat Source)

In this example the heat gun is stationary, so make sure that you keep moving the heat shrink tubing so that it shrinks evenly and completely.  You also want to make sure that you don’t keep the heat in one place on the heat shrink for too long, as it can burn through the heat shrink and potentially damage the cable underneath.

In many installation cases, the heat shrink might be stationary while the heat gun/heat source is what is moving.  Regardless of the methodology, make sure that the heat source does not stay in one place for too long and that the heat gets all around the tubing for an even and complete installation.

9 –  Installation is Complete

You will be able to see that the heat shrink has conformed to what is underneath it, in this case the cable and connection.  Make sure you don’t touch the heat shrink as it will still be hot. Let it cool and you are done.

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Heat Shrink Tubing

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How to Install Cold Shrink Tubing

Installing Cold Shrink Tubing, and specifically Gamma Silicone Cold Shrink Tubing, is a fast and easy process that can typically be done in under a minute.  Once installed, the cold shrink provides watertight, IP68 rated weather protection

Cold Shrink tubing comes in a lot of variations and sizes, but the installation process is essentially the same with each model.  Below are some simple instructions on how to install Gamma Cold Shrink Tubing.

How to Install Cold Shrink Tubing

Not familiar with Cold Shrink Tubing?  Learn more about it here.

You can also download these instructions in a PDF format by clicking here, or watch the video below.

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Cold Shrink Tubing

Our Silicone Cold Shrink Tubing sets the standard for weatherproofing coaxial connectors.  We have 6 different sizes that perfectly match coax connectors so we can guarantee watertight, IP68 rated results.

We also offer Clear Silicone Cold Shrink Tubing, in 2 different sizes.

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How to Install Cold Shrink Tubing, Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Make Sure the Cold Shrink Tubing is Facing the Correct Direction

Rip Cord through Cold Shrink Tubing

Start by making sure the cold shrink tubing is facing the right direction.  The cold shrink tubing has a rip cord that will need to be pulled during installation, you want that rip cord to go from the top to the bottom, all the way through the cold shrink tubing.

2 –  Place the Cold Shrink Over the Cable

Cold Shrink Over Cable
Cold Shrink on Cable before Shrinking

Put the cable you wish to protect through the cold shrink, before you tighten the cable into place.

3 – Fully Tighten Your Connection into Place

You want the connection fully installed and tightened.  As soon as you install the cold shrink it is intended to be a permanent installation that is only removable by cutting it off.

4 – Move the Cold Shrink Up the Cable & Over the Connection

Move the cold shrink up and over the connection to make sure it fully covers the connection.  You want it in the correct position as soon as you pull the rip cord and remove the cold shrink’s plastic inner core.

5 – Slowly Pull the Rip Cord

As soon as you start to pull the rip cord the perforated plastic core will begin to pull away at the top of the cold shrink tubing.  Where the cold shrink first grabs hold is a crucial step in the installation process.  As the plastic core at the top pulls away, you will likely want to slightly adjust the position of the cold shrink so it shrinks down at the right spot.

6 –  Continue to Pull the Rip Cord

As soon as the first bit of cold shrink has shrunk down to the spot of your choosing, simply continue to pull the rip cord until the inner plastic core is fully removed from the rubber cold shrink tubing.

9 –  Installation is Complete

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Congratulations, you’re done!  You now have IP68 rated weather protection over your connection.

Note: If the other side of your cable is already connected as well, you might be wondering how to remove the perforated rip cord from the cable.  Using an ordinary pair of scissors you can cut the rip cord off, or you can pull the rip cord so it unravels itself off of the cable.

Purchase Cold Shrink Tubing

Our Silicone Cold Shrink Tubing sets the standard for weatherproofing coaxial connectors.  We have 6 different sizes that perfectly match coax connectors so we can guarantee watertight, IP68 rated results.

We also offer Clear Silicone Cold Shrink Tubing, in 2 different sizes.

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