Month: June 2017

Why You Should Always Work with an ISO Certified Company

Why You Should Always Work with an ISO Certified Company

Are you working with an ISO Certified company?
TMC – The Mate Company has been ISO Certified for six straight years

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification is valuable not only to a company’s customer, but it is also a valuable internal assessment process that allows a company to examine its business practices. Being an ISO certified company is the result of an improvement in every function of the company resulting in benefits for its customers.

To obtain ISO certification a company must demonstrate that it can adhere to ISO voluntary standards. The company must operate efficiently and safely to deliver the highest quality products and services that will meet or exceed customer expectations.

TMC – The Mate Company has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification for six straight years. During this time, we have made continuous improvements in our processes that benefit both our customers and us.

How the ISO 9001:2008 Certification Benefits Our Customers

Meeting the ISO 9001:2008 standards has required that we evaluate all of our processes using detailed metrics. This evaluation has ensured that our quality control and our business practices are managed to meet the highest quality possible.

ISO certification requires that we use business metrics to ensure that we meet these objectives. These metrics are tied to our quality objectives and our organizational strategy as well as our vision and mission statements.

How ISO Quality Management Benefits Our Customers

Customer focus is a high priority as evidenced by the following practices:

  • Understanding the needs of customers
  • Organizational objectives are aligned with customer expectations
  • Customer requirements and expectations are met or exceeded.
  • Customer satisfaction is measured on a defined consistent schedule.
  • Customer relationships are managed.
  • Understand and support supply chain management criteria.

ISO certification means that our manufacturing processes have eliminated product discrepancy and that we have achieved our on-time delivery goal.

Our ISO Quality Management Process is Supported by Our Internal Operational Process

Quality does not just happen. It must be created. ISO 9001:2008 specifies operational processes that are required for producing high quality products. These processes are the result of organizational strategies that enable us to achieve the highest level of quality. Our ISO 9001:2008 certification means that we have demonstrated our ability to create and follow quality management procedures. Our process ensures that our products adhere to strict requirements. We also have processes that ensure continuous improvement of every function of our company.

The End Result is the Highest Quality Parts Available 

Being compliant with ISO 9001:2008 results in every process and every function being dedicated to achieving the highest level of quality for our customers. Every employee has an important role in making sure that all operations run efficiently with the goal of bringing our customers the best and most affordable products and service.

We are constantly reviewing our processes and working for continuous improvements in every aspect of our business. This is what being an ISO certified company drives us to do. The end result is a better product at the best price possible with minimal product return. Our quality assurance gives our customers a strong peace of mind.

If a company has the opportunity to buy from an ISO Certified company, why would they look anywhere else for the same product? Buying from a quality company will mean more success and fewer problems. A company that buys from us will realize a stronger bottom line and more satisfied customers. TMC – The Mate Company will deliver on all of its ISO 9001:2008 commitments.

ISO Certificate for TMC
ISO Certificate for TMC
The Importance of Shielded Cables

The Importance of Shielded Cables

Importance of using shielded cables
Twisted-pair cable with symbols. Foil shielded cable.

Shielded Cables

Shielded cables are electrical cables that contain insulating conductors encased in a standard conductive layer. The shield can be made from strands of braided copper (or a similar metal), a spiral copper tape, or some other conducting polymer. The importance of shielded cables cannot be stressed enough.

Shielded cables are usually thicker and more rigid than unshielded cables. They also require greater care when working with them. Shielded cables are most often found in industrial settings and installations where other nearby equipment is likely to generate electromagnetic interference (EMI).

Unshielded, twisted cables do not have internal shielding to reduce EMI. Instead, they are designed to cancel out EMI by employing a twisted pair of wires. These cables are lightweight and thin, making them best suited for indoor use in an office setting for a LAN or similar network cable systems. They are also less expensive than industrial cables. However, they are not always a good fit for industrial settings where larger amounts of power are needed or where heavy equipment will be in regular use.

What Is Shielded Cable Used For?

Shielded cables are used to protect the data being transferred through the cable from degradation by EMI exposure, which is common in data centers, industrial settings, offices, and other settings where computer technology, electrical equipment, or electronic equipment is in heavy use.

EMI is generated by an external source that affects an electrical circuit through an electrostatic coupling, conduction, or electromagnetic induction. EMI disturbance can reduce the performance of a circuit or even cease its functioning altogether. Wherever a data path exists, these effects can vary from increased error rates to a complete loss of data. Both natural and artificial (manmade) sources can generate the variable electrical currents and voltages that cause EMI. Vehicle ignitions and mobile phones are prime examples of artificial sources of EMI. Natural sources of EMI include electrical storms and the sun. EMI commonly disrupts AM radios, televisions, and mobile phones.

The shielding in shielded cable reduces the volume and intensity of the electrical noise, lowering its effect on signals and transmission while also reducing electromagnetic radiation.

Foil and Braided Shielding

Foil and braided shielded cable are the two most common types of shielded cable for industrial purposes. Foil shielding incorporates a thin sheet of either copper or aluminum. This “foil” is usually bonded to a polyester carrier to enhance the strength of the cable. Also known as “tape” shielding, this type of shielded cable provides 100% protection for the conductor wire they are wrapped around. No EMI from the environment can penetrate. However, because the foil within the cable is extremely delicate, these cables are very difficult to work with, particularly when using a connector. More often than not, a drain wire will be used rather than trying to ground the cable shield entirely.

The second method used to shield cables is braiding. Braided shielded cables employ a mesh of woven copper wires. Braided shields provide less coverage than foil shields, but are much more durable. The braid creates a low-resistance path to grounding and is much less difficult to terminate when applying the connector. Braided shielding generally will provide between 70% to 95% protection from EMI, depending on how tightly the braid is woven. Braided shields are more effective than foil shields due to the fact the copper has a higher rate of conductivity than aluminum and because they are less prone to internal damage. Braided shield cables are heavier and more expensive than tape shields, as they are more durable and offer better performance.

Depending on the work environment, one type of cable may be preferable to the others. Certain workplaces require foil shielded cable only, while others may require braided mesh shielded cable. Other workplaces demand a mix of cable types. Coil spiral cables should be used where cables will be flexed and moved frequently. In areas where a cable may not be moved often but will be exposed to pressure or impact, braided cables are often the best. In environments where the cable can be expected to go undisturbed by workers, machines, or other factors, foil shielding may be appropriate.

In all cases, shielded cables must be properly grounded to ensure the safety of workers and equipment.

The New TMC Cables Tech Resources Section

The New TMC Cables Tech Resources Section

Welcome to the new TMC Cables Tech Resources page! TMC – The Mate Company is very excited to start writing about industry related topics and ideas. Our aim is to focus on providing customers with important information regarding topics such as: cables, data storage, industry news, etc. We hope to help educate potential customers regarding topics that might not be spoken of too often. Think of us as your new “go to” for all things cable related! Remember to check the TMC Cables Tech Resources section to catch up on industry trends, trade events and any sales we might be offering. If you wish to reach out to us, you may do so several different ways. By phone: 888-999-9984, by email: or by fax: 415-454-5130.

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