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Industry Profile – Kinney Industries

Industry Profile – Kinney Industries by Joe Tito by Joe Tito Huntsville Alabama is nicknamed “The Rocket City” and it’s long been the home of many Department of Defense contractors. It’s a great place to be in the Wire Harness Industry, and it’s the home of this issue’s Profile company, Kinney Industries. It was a […]

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2020 EWPT Expo – Inside the Juggling Act

2020 EWPT Expo – Inside the Juggling Act By now, you are all aware that the 2020 EWPT Expo has been canceled. Galant attempts to reschedule the show hit too many road blocks. EPI Shows, along with their partners at the Wisconsin Center we’re forced to cancel. A great deal goes into planning this show. If […]

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Dealing with Scrap in Mexico (Harness Manufacturing Facility)

Dealing with Scrap in Mexico (Harness Manufacturing Facility) Discussion with W. Silver Recycling, Inc. At the recent WHMA Conference, WHN met Joe Foytek, Regional Sales Manager for W. Silver Recycling, Inc. The company handles ferrous and non-ferrous metals in the harness and electronics industry in Mexico. He introduced us to Lane Gaddy, CEO of W. […]

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CABLE JACKET TYPES 101 – Different Wire & Cable Jacket Materials

CABLE JACKET TYPES 101 by Anixter Almost every cable has a jacket and for good reason: jackets help me- chanically protect the insulation and conductor core of the cable.Without a jacket, cables are susceptible to abrasion, heat damage and oxidation damage, as well as weather-related damage. But not every jacket is cre- ated equal; it […]

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EWPT Celebrating 20th Anniversary

EWPT Celebrating 20th Anniversary   Hartland, WI [February 7, 2020]—The Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo [EWPTE] will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary with this year’s show being held Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14 at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee, WI. Billed as the “Nation’s Largest Dedicated Wire Processing Event”, the show projects […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter- Mar/Apr 2020 -Electrical Characteristics and Terms for High-speed Data Systems

Electrical Characteristics and Terms for High-speed Data Systems   High-speed data (greater than 1Mb/sec) in digital systems requires precise cable electrical performance. By having the correct balance of properties, the conductor size, dielectric material and wall thickness, the cable design engineer can produce electronic cables that are tailor-made to transmit high-frequency digital data pulses over […]

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WHMA Wired-In Mar/Apr 2020

IPC Emerging Engineer Program Offered to WHMA Members By: Christine Siebert IPC launched the Emerging Engineer program in 2016 to provide professionals early in their careers an opportunity to learn from the dedicated industry volunteers who participate in standards development. This program has now been extended to WHMA members. Through this sharing, our valued IPC/WHMA leaders […]

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HellermannTyton – A History of Innovation 

HellermannTyton – A History of Innovation Electrical wiring in the early 1930s was encased with rubber and bound by cotton thread. Stripping the wire for termination produced very frayed and untidy results. Inspired by the tiny rubber tubes in bicycle valves, German inventor and entrepreneur Paul Hellermann devised a system to address this problem. His […]

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M & A 101: Lessons Learned From Decades of Deals Mar/Apr 2020

Perception vs. Reality: An Avoidable Obstacle in Consummating a Deal by Loren Smith A gap between perception and reality––on the seller’s side or the buyer’s––is often the biggest barrier to getting a deal done. If the owner of a wire harness company or the prospective buyer has not been exposed to the basic steps in […]

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Zuken Innovation World 2020

Upcoming Zuken Innovation World   In order to stay abreast of industry developments and ever changing customer needs, Zuken has created a series of user group meetings called Zuken Innovation World. The gathering that covers the Americas will be held on April 27 – 30 on Coronado Island in San Diego, and WHN spoke with […]

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Back to Basics Mar/Apr 2020 – Thermal Wire Stripping

BACK TO BASICS SOLDERED WIRE TERMINATION SERIES By:  Ray Cirimele, STI Electronics, Inc.   This is the first of a series that will review soldered wire terminations from beginning to end in detail.  Wire preparation is the first step in the process and wire insulation removal (stripping) is the first step in wire preparation. There […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action Mar/Apr 2020

Gamification: Why it Matters to Manufacturing By Paul Hogendoorn Think about the importance of people in your manufacturing business for a moment. Yes, they are your employees, and yes, they are most likely your biggest input cost and your biggest monthly expense. Yes, they may be your most valuable resource, and yes, your biggest headache […]

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Company Profile: Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable

Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable It’s not often we get to profile a company that is over 100 years old.  Wiring Harness News was privileged to learn more about Consolidated Electronic Wire & Cable in a conversation with Jason Kline, Director of Marketing.  Jason provided some detailed history prior to our chat. Originally founded as […]

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Defect-Free Wire Cutting and Stripping

Defect-Free Wire Cutting and Stripping Wire Cutting and Stripping (C&S) machines have been around for over 100 years.  Until recently, C&S machines did not have the ability to detect whether the insulation stripping blades have touched and have possibly damaged the underlying conductor.  Stripping quality control has been left to the judgement of the machine […]

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New Solutions Automate Wire Harness Production Line Balancing

New Solutions Automate Wire Harness Production Line Balancing Since its invention in the late eighteen hundreds, the automobile has become an integral feature of modern society and culture. Early vehicles, even those with electric propulsion systems, were primarily achievements in mechanical design and engineering. However, as vehicle technology has advanced, electric and electronic (E/E) components […]

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Is it just me . . . or is it really hot in here? Dealing with heat in electrical enclosures

Is it just me . . . or is it really hot in here? Dealing with heat in enclosures Imagine you find yourself locked in a small metal closet with little or no ventilation . . . it wouldn’t take long before you were perspiring profusely and gasping for breath. Well, now imagine that you’re […]

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M & A 101: Lessons Learned From Decades of Deals Jan Feb 2020

A Downside of Debt By Loren Smith _________________________________ Because borrowing money to finance various business activities is such a normal practice, I am often asked about the pros and cons of incurring debt.The best way for me to respond to this question is anecdotally, based on my own years as head of my wire har- […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter- Jan/Feb 2020 – Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Insulated Wire and Cable

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) Insulated Wire and Cable EPDM rubber was developed in the early 1960s as chemical compa- nies and chemists set out to produce unique synthetic elastomers. After its first initial discovery, the DuPont chemical company was the first to re- fine the rubber into the product that we know today.The Ethylene […]

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Join Wiring Harness News at the 2020 WHMA Annual Conference

Join Wiring Harness News at the 2020 WHMA Annual Conference Few investments beat those which enrich us personally and professionally. A few years ago, WHMA embarked on a journey to vastly upgrade the offering at their annual conferences. WHMA conferences of recent years have been unparalleled opportunities to learn, grow, share, and discover new approaches […]

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Wiring Harness News Pilots a Spanish Language Newspaper

Wiring Harness News Pilots a Spanish Language Newspaper Wiring Harness News (WHN) recently partnered with M-Expo and WHMA to produce a Spanish language newspaper. The publication was delivered specifically to harness manufacturers in the all-important Juárez market, as well as distributed at the M-Expo Wire Processing Show held in Juárez last October. The publication featured […]

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