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New Benefits with Automated Soldering Innovations

By Apollo Seiko Soldering has long been considered a method of choice in the joining of electronic components to wire leads. When properly executed it produces a dependable connection that is vibration resistant and able to survive corrosive environments.  Automation has advanced this process even further by eliminating the inconsistencies of hand-assembly.   A soldering robot […]

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WHMA Wired-In Jan/Feb 2020

Wired In By: Christine Siebert A New Incredible Benefit for WHMA Members! And a recap of the additional great benefits included in membership A little background on the WHMA organization first. The Wiring Harness Manufacturer’s Association® (WHMA) was established in 1993 to serve and dedicate their resources to the global cable and wire harness industry. […]

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IPC APEX EXPO 2020 – Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence in Electronics

IPC APEX EXPO 2020 – Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence in Electronics This year marks the 20th anniversary of IPC APEX EXPO and IPC is thrilled to celebrate this event milestone with exhibitors and attendees. APEX EXPO continues to be the best place to network with peers, re-connect with fellow committee members, participate in professional […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action Jan/Feb 2020

Zero to One: Getting difficult projects started By Paul Hogendoorn The hardest thing to do is often just to get started. Stepping into the unknown, or perhaps looking forward into a big, indeterminate and not fully defined project, is easy to avoid doing. As Shawn Casemore, the outgoing president on the EMC rhetorically asked and […]

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The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry Jan/Feb 2020

This edition of The Power Women of the Wiring Harness Industry features Diana Zielonka.   Diana Zielonka is a ‘Power Woman’ in the wire harness industry.  She is currently employed at Fiat Chrysler’s Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Michigan but her path started many miles South in Honduras. Although Diana’s father worked as an electronics technician […]

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Company Profile: Electrex, Inc.

Industry Profile:  Electrex.                                                               In many ways, Electrex is not unlike other cable and harness assembly manufacturers. Their products, processes, quality standards and even their […]

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REACH is Getting Some Teeth

REACH is Getting Some Teeth Michael Wurzman & Heidi M. Wittenborn, RSJ Technical REACH is starting to get some teeth, but that doesn’t mean it has to take a bite out of your bottom line! Until now many companies worldwide including many in the EU have adopted a strategy of ignoring REACH entirely as enforcement […]

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Back to Basics Jan/Feb 2020 – Choosing a Conductor for Your Cable – A practical guide

Choosing a Conductor for Your Cable – A practical guide  By Multi/Cable  INTRODUCTION: At the core of your standard or custom cable is a conductor, the metallic wire which allows for the flow of electric current. The success of your application depends on the conductor’s ability to effectively carry the electrical load – without breaking, corroding, […]

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Top 10 Concerns for Signal Connections

Top 10 Concerns for Signal Connections   By Andrew Bogaczyk, Joel Boone, and Loreen Katz, of Phoenix Contact Introduction Where do you find signals in industrial/semi-industrial settings? Everywhere. Generally, devices such as sensors, actuators, switches, valves and cameras need signal connections for control and monitoring. As more and more devices are added to the plant […]

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35 Years of Excellence at Cirris System

35 Years of Excellence at Cirris System We all love reading the bootstrap stories about manufacturers in the wire harness industry. It’s important to remember, however, that many suppliers to our industry share the same humble beginnings. That’s why it was such a pleasure to sit down with Joe Klekas, U.S. Sales Manager, Sarah Landeen, […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter Nov/Dec 2019 – Diesel Locomotive Cable (DLC)

Diesel Locomotive Cable (DLO) What Is Diesel Locomotive Cable? Diesel locomotive cable (DLO) is a flexible cable with a dual-extruded product consisting of ethylene propylene rubber (EPR) insulation and a thermoset chlorinated polyethylene rubber (TS-CPE) jacket. DLO comes with tinned copper Class I stranded conductors. The voltage rating for DLO cable is 2000 volts. DLO […]

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Profile Update: Semahtronix

Profile Update:  Semahtronix WHN profiled Semahtronix late in 2017. At that time, they were just a few months under new ownership with some exciting plans ahead. After a recent conversation with Travis Atkinson, Business Development – Engineer and Alex Stubenfoll, Director of Marketing and Sales, it turns out 2018 really was an exciting year, but […]

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Case Study – Schleuniger Helps Premier Cable Ensure Quality

Case Study Schleuniger Helps Premier Cable Solutions Ensure Commitment to Quality! Premier Cable Solutions, LLC located in Shullsburg, WI, specializes in the manufacture of custom cable assemblies, wire harnesses, control boxes and console assemblies for a wide range of industries. As co-founder of Antenna Plus, LLC, Bill Liimatainen drew on over twenty years of experience […]

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Back to Basics: History of Connectors and Termination Tooling

History of Connectors and Termination Tooling Since the beginning of flight and early propulsion systems, electrical conductors have been used to transmit a signal throughout the aircraft. As air travel evolved, so did the requirements for wire harnesses and connectors used in these systems. Today, Electrical Wiring Interconnect Systems (EWIS) are very complex incorporating both […]

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WHMA Wired-In Nov/Dec 2019

WIRED IN – 2020 WHMA Annual Wire Annual Conference By: Christine Siebert As the weather gets colder, holidays are getting closer and they will come and go, what do we have to look forward to? The 2020 WHMA Annual Wire Harness Conference, of course!! As always, WHMA/IPC does not disappoint on location. This year our […]

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Battery Show 2019 Recap – WHN Was There!


Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo 2019 Recap  – WHN Was There! The Battery Show and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo 2019 took place September 10 through 12 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan, where leaders in the automotive and advanced battery space including engineers, technologists, and innovators convened to […]

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Guidelines for Wire and Fuel Compatibility in Harnesses

Guidelines for Wire and Fuel Compatibility in Harnesses by Michael Traskos Whether by design or by accident, some wires in an aircraft will be exposed to jet fuel. Because of this, it is necessary to be prepared and select wires/cable types that will not suffer adverse effects of the exposure. Considering the impact of fuel […]

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Wire Harness Data Migration Success

Wire Harness Data Migration Success By David Selliman Here’s the deal-breaker regarding retiring CATIA V4 UNIX workstations. With the need to retire the UNIX workstations comes the need to convert CATIA V4 to CATIA V5 with wire harness data.  Up to this point, no company on the market had a solution.  Moreover, the need to […]

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New Injection Molding Equipment Hits Market

New Injection Molding Equipment Hits Market Sept. 2019 – QSI Automation is proud to introduce Atlas, a new line of vertical clamp injection molding machinery designed specifically for insert molding and wire harness applications. The first in the Atlas line is the PMG-30. This machine features a C-frame design with 30 tons of vertical clamp […]

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Launching Your Company into Over-Molding

Launching Your Company into Over-Molding by Joe Tito The ability to over-mold cable assemblies is a capability many cable and harness manufacturers wish they had. It’s sort of a glass ceiling that more than a few companies find themselves under. Many have said they would like to grow and/or enter some other profitable markets within […]

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