Mueller Electric

Mueller Electric Mueller Electric Company offers test leads, test accessories and custom cable manufacturing.

Mueller was founded in 1908 by Ralph S. Mueller, the inventor of the alligator clip. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Company has held numerous patents on early alligator and electrical test clip designs. For over 95 years, Mueller has been the world's only manufacturer of a complete line of electrical test clips and insulator boots. In the 1980s Mueller added a full line of test leads and electronic test and measurement accessories to complement its line of electrical test clips. The Company also developed custom test leads for leading manufacturers of electronic test tools, test and measurement equipment, and electrical testers, such as for Agilent, Tektronix and Fluke meters and multimeters. It rounded out its test lead and patch cord line to include a full solution of test lead kits, grabber test clips, test probes, spade terminals, banana plugs, banana jacks, coaxial cable assemblies and BNC connectors. As a supplier to leading electronic test and measurement equipment manufacturers, Mueller's test leads are designed for compatibility with electronic test tools and electrical testers produced by the leading meter manufacturers, including Tektronix, Agilent and Fluke. Mueller's products for test equipment connection are a safe and reliable replacement test lead for meters by leading electrical and electronic test and measurement equipment manufacturers. In 2003, the acquisition of J.S. Popper, Inc. added a line of insulation-piercing test clips and test leads for telecom test applications. The J.S. Popper insulation-piercing test clip is Bell standard, and called out in the designs of leading manufacturers of telecom test equipment such as Harris, Fluke and Tektronix. Mueller purchased Crane Connectors in 2004, adding a broad line of board to board connectors, pin headers and sockets. Crane Connectors cross to full pc board connector brands such as Samtec, while offering flexibility and custom manufacturing capability. Today, Mueller markets its three core product lines of board to board connectors, electric test clips and test leads/accessories through leading authorized distributors. The Company also sells direct to qualifying manufacturers. Mueller strives to live up to its distinguished heritage as a pioneer and leader; Mueller clips were on Admiral Byrd's arctic expeditions and its pin headers are circling the globe today in the International Space Station.

We had a great time at Focus discussing automotive painting!
05/15/2019

We had a great time at Focus discussing automotive painting!

An introduction to Static Electricity in Industry
12/18/2018
An Introduction to Static Electricity in Industry

An introduction to Static Electricity in Industry

Static electricity is all around us in everyday life and generally refers to an imbalance between positive and negative charges in objects.

11/13/2018
Electronica

Mueller Electric is at Electronica's 2018 event being held this week in Munich, Germany. Stop by the Digi-Key Electronics locations in Hall C booth 500 and Hall B booths 164, 165 & 170 to learn more.

Everyone wants a safe work environment. One of the workplace hazards are explosions and fires due to static discharge, b...
10/15/2018
How to Make Sure Your Environment Is Properly Grounded

Everyone wants a safe work environment. One of the workplace hazards are explosions and fires due to static discharge, but these can be mitigated by grounding equipment. Proper grounding is the only way to ensure true static protection if you are in any environment where the potential for static discharge exists.

One of the workplace hazards are explosions and fires due to static discharge, but these can be mitigated by grounding equipment. Proper grounding is the only way to ensure true static protection.

This is a custom transformer shorting jumper we created for the power industry.  This customizable cable has 3 or more l...
10/02/2018

This is a custom transformer shorting jumper we created for the power industry. This customizable cable has 3 or more large clips and is quick disconnect capable.

Plant safety goes well beyond the need for appropriate attire and traffic flow logistics throughout the plant. Electrost...
09/21/2018
Plant Safety in Grounding & Bonding

Plant safety goes well beyond the need for appropriate attire and traffic flow logistics throughout the plant. Electrostatic discharge, the invisible threat, will need to be addressed as well. Appropriately placed grounding / bonding cables and assemblies along with consistent resistance testing will provide a safe work environment for everyone.

Part of factory safety is addressing electrostatic discharge, the invisible threat. Appropriately placed grounding / bonding cables and assemblies along with consistent resistance testing will provide a safe work environment for everyone.

Business Challenge: The case of retrofitting a new device onto a legacy harness.A major engineering firm approached Muel...
09/11/2018
Case Study: Retrofitting A Wire Harness

Business Challenge: The case of retrofitting a new device onto a legacy harness.

A major engineering firm approached Mueller Electric to help engineer a solution to their customer’s problem of installing new fleet intercoms into their current vehicles. The vehicles already had a wire harness accessible through the dashboard which was installed during the initial assembly process at the factory. This harness accommodated the docking station for the original intercoms which have now become obsolete. Since intercoms are a necessity for the fleet, new intercoms were purchased but they were not compatible with the original harness. One option would have been to replace the original harness in the vehicle, but this would have been very expensive and time consuming.

A major engineering firm approached Mueller Electric to help engineer a solution to their customer’s problem of installing new fleet intercoms into their current vehicles. The vehicles already had a wire harness accessible through the dashboard which was installed during the initial assembly proce...

Could your paint line need better grounding? Here's some information to help you decide if this is worth exploring.
08/27/2018
Questions to Determine If Your Paint Line Needs Better Grounding

Could your paint line need better grounding? Here's some information to help you decide if this is worth exploring.

The grounding process is not glamorous or fun, but it can make or break your success in producing a great paint job. I would always recommend that you check the resistance between the substrate and your most solid connection to your paint line conveyor. My guess is you will find a reading well above...

Fresh out of assembly in our Akron, OH headquarters, here's a custom cable we produced for a car wash customer.
08/24/2018

Fresh out of assembly in our Akron, OH headquarters, here's a custom cable we produced for a car wash customer.

Not many companies can say they have been around 110 years!
07/27/2018
Alligator Clip Inventor, Mueller Electric, Celebrates its 110th Anniversary

Not many companies can say they have been around 110 years!

This year marks Akron-based Mueller Electric Company's 110th Anniversary and the firm is celebrating its long history in Northeast Ohio along with its impact on innovation and industry around the world. Since Mueller was established in 1908, the company has transformed from being the inventor of the...

07/16/2018

What projects are you using alligator clips for this week?

Custom assemblies are usually unique in their design and are quite involved when it comes to design and assembly. To eff...
06/19/2018
Selecting a Supplier to Build your Custom Cable Assembly

Custom assemblies are usually unique in their design and are quite involved when it comes to design and assembly. To effectively source a supplier to build your unique custom cable assembly you should consider many factors on the way to your final decision.

Custom assemblies are usually unique in their design and are quite involved when it comes to design and assembly. To effectively source a supplier to build your unique custom cable assembly you should consider many factors on the way to your final decision.

You may just be using some clips/straps for grounding, but making sure it's making the proper connection is important.
06/06/2018
Keeping Your Grounding Equipment In Good Working Order

You may just be using some clips/straps for grounding, but making sure it's making the proper connection is important.

Remember that bonding and grounding serves an important safety purpose, and regularly checking up on the grounding and bonding straps can prevent sparks and explosions.

Some fluids that are flammable and combustible (like fuel and other chemicals) can be a static electricity hazard depend...
05/31/2018
Static Electricity and Flammable Fluids

Some fluids that are flammable and combustible (like fuel and other chemicals) can be a static electricity hazard depending on how conductive they are.

Why it's important to bond and ground containers and pipes that contain flammable fluids like fuel.

"Raaaawwwrrrrrr" - Chewbacca
05/04/2018

"Raaaawwwrrrrrr" - Chewbacca

We make a lot more than just Alligator Clips! One of our specialties is creating and manufacturing custom cable assembli...
05/01/2018
Custom Assemblies

We make a lot more than just Alligator Clips! One of our specialties is creating and manufacturing custom cable assemblies. Have a look at our capabilities and let us quote you. We can save you money.

Take a look at our custom cable assembly capabilities.

04/27/2018
UNILAD

UNILAD

A guy connected his alexa to a talking fish and the results are hilarious! "Billy bass, tell me a joke..." 😂😂😂

An architectural piece of Mueller history is being restored and renovated.
04/12/2018
Cleveland Restoration Society

An architectural piece of Mueller history is being restored and renovated.

Celebration of Preservation Award winners Sustainable Community Associates (for the Wagner Building in Tremont) have recently converted the Mueller Electric Company into Mueller Lofts.Read about the fascinating history of Mueller Electric and the sensitive conversion of this 1992 factory building into 51 apartments with high ceilings, original wood beams and large windows.

Things to consider when selecting the right clip for the right job.
04/11/2018
How to Select the Right Electrical Clip

Things to consider when selecting the right clip for the right job.

An overview of how to choose the right clip for the right project. Alligator (or crocodile) clips can range from small to large, be made of a wide range of materials, come in various jaw types, handle wide ranges of electrical current and can be certified for safety by being UL-listed. With such a w...

Mueller Electric's cover photo
04/02/2018

Mueller Electric's cover photo

Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Listed Items https://hubs.ly/H0bn8p_0
03/20/2018
Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Listed Items

Underwriter Laboratories (UL) Listed Items https://hubs.ly/H0bn8p_0

Underwriter Laboratories has set the standards for product safety and has a through certification process. Mueller Electric is proud to provide UL Listed items and this blog post will provide some insight into what it means for something to be UL listed.

Different metals are useful for different applications, although sometimes it’s also a matter of aesthetics. https://h...
03/05/2018
Guide To Finishes

Different metals are useful for different applications, although sometimes it’s also a matter of aesthetics. https://hubs.ly/H0b9_Sg0

Sometimes it’s necessary to use different metals for electronic parts that will not corrode or to plate them with different metals that will provide protection against corrosion. Different metals are useful for different applications, although sometimes it’s also a matter of aesthetics.

Everything you ever wanted to know about banana plugs but were afraid to ask!
02/28/2018
The Complete Guide to Banana Connectors

Everything you ever wanted to know about banana plugs but were afraid to ask!

A full overview of banana connectors including plugs, jacks, and binding posts.

"We are in a rush delivery world. If I want something, I want it right now, and distributors want to provide products fa...
02/26/2018
Mueller Electric fortifies sales with UK partners

"We are in a rush delivery world. If I want something, I want it right now, and distributors want to provide products fast. That was our challenge."

Driven by escalating oversea sales, 100-year-old Akron manufacturer Mueller Electric grew by 20% in 2017 and is 'just scratching the surface' when it comes to global market opportunities.

So you’re considering if you need a custom grounding solution for your automated paint/powder line, but you still have...
02/19/2018
Top Considerations for a Custom Paint Line Grounding Assembly

So you’re considering if you need a custom grounding solution for your automated paint/powder line, but you still have questions and concerns. https://hubs.ly/H0b1rll0

So you’re considering if you need a custom grounding solution for your automated paint/powder line, but you still have questions and concerns. You’ve probably evaluated all your alternatives and realized it may be time to update your grounding process. But there are still some questions and thin...

Mueller Electric's cover photo
02/13/2018

Mueller Electric's cover photo

There's a number of problems encountered with electrostatic painting, that can often be solved by updating the grounding...
02/12/2018
Signs It's Time To Update Your Grounding Process

There's a number of problems encountered with electrostatic painting, that can often be solved by updating the grounding process.

There's a number of problems encountered with electrostatic painting, that can often be solved by updating the grounding process.

A handy chart for learning the basic difference between PVC, Silicone, and Rubber Wire insulation.
02/02/2018
PVC vs Silicone vs Rubber Wire Insulation

A handy chart for learning the basic difference between PVC, Silicone, and Rubber Wire insulation.

While there are many different types of wire insulation, this article focuses on 3 basic kinds of insulation: PVC, Rubber, and Silicone.

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to have Mueller Inventory housed in the UK" said Cliff Prosek, General Mana...
01/30/2018
Mueller Electric Announces Exciting New Partnerships To Bring Mueller Products To The UK

"I'm extremely excited about the opportunity to have Mueller Inventory housed in the UK" said Cliff Prosek, General Manager. "During several of my visits to the UK there was a resounding theme from each of the distributors that I met with. 'You need to have local stock for next day delivery'. Once we partnered up with our sister company Marsh Bellofram Europe (MBE), I feel that we accomplished this."

AKRON, Ohio, Jan. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Mueller Electric, the market leading global manufacturer of alligator (crocodile) clips, test leads and grounding accessories and electrical components has announced several partnerships with distributors to bring Mueller Electric products to the Uni...

01/26/2018

Why don't many alligator clips have voltage ratings? The simple answer is they do not have sufficient, if any, insulation for human protection. Most alligator or crocodile clips are rated for current (amperage) and not voltage. Even clips equipped with slip-on insulators do not meet agency requirements for a voltage ratings because the insulator can be moved (without tools) which would expose potentially hazardous bare metal.

01/22/2018
Telecom Clip Demonstration

A demonstration of how a telecom clip works. Showing piercing a wire with bed-of-nails and the spike.

A complete guide to different kinds of clips and some early clip history.
01/19/2018
The complete guide to clips

A complete guide to different kinds of clips and some early clip history.

A full overview of clips and families of clips. The history of clips from the invention of the center spring alligator clip to more advanced clips.

Here is a Mueller Electric ad from January 1934 featuring a letter from a farmer who found a new use for electrical clip...
01/18/2018

Here is a Mueller Electric ad from January 1934 featuring a letter from a farmer who found a new use for electrical clips. The drawing is by Hal Donahey, a famous cartoonist at the time.

"Farmer Schumacher of Menominee Falls, Wisconsin writes us: - "In regard of your letter that come to me about them clips. Thay are fine and we here on the farm dont wont to be with out them all so the neighbors that got some, but now Ill tell you how we here used them. Put your clips on a little rope about 5 ft long that is longer if the barn is higher. Have a ring on end of rope. Then put a wire from one end of barn to other. Slide your ring of wire as you go along milking from cow to cow. it is better if you have two or more clips then the cow near you can't hurt you eather. We here take clips off after milking is done. But I guess you just as well let them on. Hoping you can unstand what I mean how we here use the clips."

"Is your cow contented? Does she point you out in a crowd with pride? If not, why not use a Universal Clip to hold her tail while milking, so that when the other girls are around she won't have to lower her head and blush guiltily whenever cow-tail holding devices are under discussion."

"Who's afraid of the big bad cow
With a clip aholdin' her tail?"

We set up an experiment to show how our BU-46M (marine) clips hold up against other BU-46 series clips in a marine envir...
01/09/2018

We set up an experiment to show how our BU-46M (marine) clips hold up against other BU-46 series clips in a marine environment. We are 5 days in. Each clip is kept in a separate sealed bag with air and salt water. The photo on the left is the starting appearance while the photo on the right is after 5 days. There is already some corrosion of the steel rivets and springs in the non-marine clips.

Mueller Electric's cover photo
12/18/2017

Mueller Electric's cover photo

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2850 Gilchrist Rd; Bldg 5A
Akron, OH
44305

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Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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