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Company Profile: Convenience Electronics Inc.(CEI)

CEI Industry Profile Convenience Electronics Inc. (CEI) is a Madison, WI based company with over 30 years’ experience providing customers with high quality, cost competitive, custom electronic cable solutions.  Their customers range from original equipment manufacturers, to contract manufacturers, and startups. CEI operates in the medical, test/instrumentation, industrial, and consumer markets. Their products include wire harnesses […]

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M & A 101: Lessons Learned From Decades of Deals Nov/Dec 2019

The Value of a CIM by Loren Smith  Often, wire harness owners who retain me to sell their company will ask if developing a CIM (confidential information memorandum) is really worthwhile. I respond that although creating a CIM can seem a rigorous, time-consuming undertaking for the seller, I consider it just about mandatory. The CIM […]

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The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry Nov/Dec 2019

This edition of The Power Women of the Wiring Harness Industry features Natalie Wheeler, a Product Engineer at TE Connectivity.   Natalie’s path into engineering was slightly unconventional. There were no clear engineering influences in her childhood in Minnesota. As a young woman, she attended many STEM events that sparked her interest in Math and […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action Nov/Dec 2019

Redefining Success By Paul Hogendoorn As far as achieving success in manufacturing is concerned, it is often said that “what gets measured gets improved” and, “you can’t hit a target you don’t set”. Both are true statements, and both are indeed critical to achieving success. However, what is worth a closer re-examination is what is […]

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Company Profile:  Flux Connectivity

Company Profile:  Flux Connectivity Recently, I stumbled across the website of Flux Connectivity, a wire and cable harness manufacturer in Canada. Flux produces wire and cable assemblies, and has full over-molding capabilities for both. They also produce Ethernet cable assemblies and junction boxes along with a couple of other specialty products (FluxForce™Cable for harsh environments […]

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The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry Sept/Oct 2019

The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry This edition of The Power Women series features Melissa Goecks, a Validation & Reliability Laboratory Supervisor & mechanical engineer, from the Milwaukee area. Melissa is currently employed by HellermannTyton, a solution provider specializing in the management and identification of wires, cable, and components. Early Years While many engineers […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter Sept/Oct 2019 -Thermocouple and RTD Wire

THERMOCOUPLE AND RTD WIRE A thermocouple is composed of two wires made from dissimilar metals. These two wires are joined to form a temperature measurement junction. Each wire is made of a specific metal or metal alloy. For example, the positive (+) conductor of a type K thermocouple is made of a chromium/ nickel alloy […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action Sept/Oct 2019

Hitting the Trifecta Just in case you don’t know the term, “hitting the Trifecta” is the expression used to describe the ultimate winning bet on a horse race. It means picking the top 3 finishers of the race, in the correct order. Since the odds against doing so are extremely low, the winning payouts are […]

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M & A 101: Lessons Learned From Decades of Deals Sept/Oct 2019

ABCs of an LOI A recent exchange with a prospective buyer of a harness company we were representing surprised me. After we had provided her the usual amount of initial information, she requested additional information that included a number of items normally disclosed only after both the buyer and seller sign an LOI (letter of […]

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WHMA Wired-In Sept/Oct 2019

Wired In By Christine Siebert As I have discussed in previous articles, the Wiring Harness Manufacturing’s Association, along with the affiliation with IPC, are finding ways to new ways to bring education to our members and non-members. Our mission is to LEAD, EDUCATE, and CONNECT. WHMA strives to connect our members on industry topics, through […]

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Back to Basics: Proper Selection & Use of Wire Ties

Proper Selection & Use of Wire Ties By Maria Haynes, Lead Product Marketing Specialist, Phoenix Contact USA All tangled up? Do you need a way of cleaning up your cabinet or securing cables for transport? Wire ties keep your cabinet organized, but there’s more to consider than you might think! There are so many decisions […]

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M-EXPO Opportunity for Suppliers/Equipment Manufacturers

Opportunity for Suppliers/Equipment Manufacturers Are you looking for the right opportunity to grow your business? Do you want to get in on the ground floor of the hottest new EXPO? Then come on down, right over the Southern US border to Cd. Juárez, México, in the State of Chihuahua, aka “the Wiring Harness Capital of […]

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Transitioning from In House Production to a Contract Manufacturer:  Opportunities and Challenges

Transitioning from In House Production to a Contract Manufacturer:  Opportunities and Challenges By Tracie Ball and Tom Brazier of RESCO Electronics In today’s challenging manufacturing environment, OEM’s are always looking for opportunities to reduce costs. Recently the RESCO team worked on a new project with a large medical OEM to transition production of a critical […]

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Wire Stripping Technology: A Better Blade

Wire Stripping Technology: A Better Blade Mechtrix Corporation, a manufacturer of tooling for the wire processing industry, has recently developed and patented a new wire stripping blade design they call the Cyclonic-V®. It has a unique geometry and an enhanced slicing action that is especially suited for some of the more exotic insulation materials. Bil […]

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Streamlining Inbound Marketing: Falconer Electronics Develops In-house Quote Tool

Streamlining Inbound Marketing: Falconer Electronics Develops In-house Quote Tool Falconer Electronics has been a successful manufacturer of custom Wire Harnesses and Ground Straps since 1985. Yet, like many companies in the contract manufacturing arena, attracting new customers who fit their core competency became a challenge. As Roger Hall, Founder and President of Falconer Electronics explained, […]

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Indepth Look at Zuken’s New Harness Builder for E3.series 2018

Indepth Look at Zuken’s New Harness Builder for E3.series 2018 Accurately Quote Harnesses Zuken is introducing its new release of Harness Builder for E3.series. This E3.series module is designed to be used by harness manufacturers for the accurate generation of quotations and estimates plus the full creation of nailboard/pegboard documentation. Harness Builder for E3.series 2018 […]

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How Reason Codes Help Reduce Machine Downtime

How Reason Codes Help Reduce Machine Downtime By Paul Hogendorn The worst enemy of any manufacturer is machine downtime. How to control and mitigate downtime is a constant battle for manufacturers trying to increase efficiency and maintain peak production. At FreePoint, through machine monitoring and production tracking technologies, we work with manufacturers to minimize downtime […]

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IPC to Offer Schleuniger’s Online Training Courses

IPC to Offer Schleuniger’s Unique Wire Processing Expertise Through Online Training Courses Global electronics industry association IPC has partnered with the Swiss-based technology group Schleuniger to offer IPC members online wire processing training from Schleuniger’s S.University. Making these renowned training courses available through the IPC EDGE online portal will allow companies the flexibility to train […]

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The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry July/Aug 2019

The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry by Melissa Femia Savita Deshpande is the Engineering and Quality Manager at Amphenol-CTI in Ontario, Canada.  As she worked in the wire harness industry for many years, she has a strong overall knowledge of wire harnessing.  Savita moved to Canada from India, where much of her family […]

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WHMA Wired-In July/Aug 2019

Wired In  By Christine Siebert  Learn How You Can Contribute to the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Standard That Your Company, Customers and Suppliers Depend On  Do you design wire harnesses? Do you build wire harnesses? Do you purchase wire harnesses? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this article is for you! If you work […]

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