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Saeed Mogadam Announces Retirement

Saeed Mogadam Announces Retirement If you have attended the Wire Processing Expo or WHMA events over the years, you are no doubt familiar with Saeed Mogadam. Saeed is President of TELSONIC Solutions, LLC, and recently announced his retirement. A true gentleman, he is not one to talk about himself. But with some convincing, we managed […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter July/Aug 2019 -Solid vs. Foamed Cable Insulation

Solid vs. Foamed Cable Insulation by Anixter Communication cables use a variety of insulation materials to achieve precise electrical characteristics. Without this precise control, the successful transmission of communication signals would be impossible, rendering modern communication equipment useless. What is insulation? Cable insulation can be identified as the part of a cable that is typically […]

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Company Profile: TMA Cables

Company Profile: TMA Cables If you like a good turn-around story, you’ll like this issue’s profile. TMA cables is in Albuquerque, New Mexico and provides contract manufacturing services for cables, wiring harnesses, coaxial assemblies, coil winding and box builds. They also do PCB assemblies including thru-hole technology, and have in-house engineering and design capabilities to […]

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Wire-to-Wire Success Once Again at the Electrical Wire Processing Technology Show

Wire-to-Wire Success Once Again at the Electrical Wire Processing Technology Show Hartland, WI [MAY 2019]—Attendance hit an all-time high this year at the 19thAnnual Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo held May 8 & 9 in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Center. Billed as the “Nation’s Largest Dedicated Wire Processing Event”, the show’s 3005 attendees represented a […]

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M & A 101: Lessons Learned From Decades of Deals July/Aug 2019

A Component Nightmare  By Loren Smith Ask me to describe the most frustrating, frenzied day in all my years owning and operating a wire harness company, and I will have an immediate response: the day every single plant manager of a multinational manufacturer of construction equipment was calling me and venting. That’s because the absence […]

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Could Grease Be the Answer to Reducing Electrical Connection Failures?

Could Grease Be the Answer to Reducing Electrical Connection Failures? By Brian Kinkade, Nye Lubricants According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, musculoskeletal disorders caused by repetitive motion account for 31 percent of all workplace injuries. These injuries not only cause serious health problems, but also cost employers billions of dollars in workers compensation. If […]

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Mexico – The New China

Mexico – The New China Mike Bowen is a busy man. And there’s good reason. With his company, Ammex, he has been very busy helping manufacturers who wish to open shop in Mexico. But it’s not like it was back in the 1980’s and 90’s when a lot of companies were moving production out of […]

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Intelligent Vs. Non-intelligent Part Numbers

Intelligent Vs. Non-intelligent Part Numbers: Which are better in manufacturing?   By Adam Amos, Flux Connectivity   In the world of manufacturing, there are different methods by which parts are managed. And, in the cable and harness production industry, there is an ongoing debate about which of those methods are best. There are two, in […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action July/Aug 2019

Trump, Trudeau, and the USMCA By Paul Hogendorn Hardly a day goes by without a political headline, and unfortunately, most of those headlines have little to do with anything that really makes a difference to manufacturers, but the significant policies they put in place really do. It is worth examining these policies objectively, independent of […]

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A Day in the Life of a Standards Trainer

A Day in the Life of a Standards Trainer Discussion with Frank Honyotski of STI   WHN ran into Frank Honyotski, Lead Master Instructor for STI Electronics, Inc. at a recent trade event. Among other things, STI is a leading training center for the IPC/WHMA A-620 specification. Frank had some great insights on training and […]

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Panduit® Invests in Consultative Application Engineering Program to Support Heavy-Duty Equipment OEM Customers

Panduit® Invests in Consultative Application Engineering Program to Support Heavy-Duty Equipment OEM Customers Company provides customized wire and cable management solutions for OEMs Panduit, a leading global provider of electrical and network infrastructure solutions, has invested in further expanding its Consultative Application Engineering program. The program, which provides industry best practice recommendations, application specific observations […]

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Electrically Checking Crimps

Improving Cable Quality & Reliability Electrically Checking Crimps with Multiconductor Testers Overview Crimped connections may be defective mechanically and/or electrically. Multiconductor testers are powerful tools used for qualifying electrical integrity. Delivering empirical data, they can provide full measurement data for every pin-to-pin connection. Here we discuss the best practical way to test for electrically bad […]

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Back to Basics: Heat-Shrink Products and Applications

Heat-Shrink Products and Their Application Demands By: TE Connectivity Heat-shrink tubing has been a staple in the electronics industry for more than 50 years. It is used for sealing, protecting, insulating, strain-relieving, and identifying wires and cables. By cross linking polymers, you achieve a material that allows you to do things you cannot do with […]

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The Battery Show – September 10-12, 2019 Suburban Collection Showplace Novi, MI

Powering Innovation The basic components of the battery haven’t changed since 1748, but its technology, materials, and applications sure have. While first widely used to power electrical telegraph networks, today’s battery applications in automobiles, consumer electronics, medical devices, and stationary storage don’t just power our daily lives — they transform how we travel, interact, and […]

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A Look into The Future of Vehicle Wiring Design

May - June 2019

A Look into The Future of Vehicle Wiring Design Vehicle OEMs Are Starting to Focus on Equipment Wiring Vehicle OEMs with new growth products (think Tesla) along with startup aerospace OEMs (think Blue Origin), are creating products that naturally have a higher electrical system content. As such, they are starting to focus on improving their […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter May/June 2019 -Red Plague in Silver-Plated Conductors

May - June 2019

Red Plague in Silver-Plated Conductors The phenomenon of red plague becomes news in the wire and cable industry about every ten to fifteen years. It typically appears with a manufac- turer new to making high-tempera- ture silver-plated wire or silver-plated braid. Red plague occurs when the silver plating becomes damaged and is subject to moisture […]

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WHMA Wired-In May/June 2019

May - June 2019

Wired In By Christine Siebert IPC and WHMA Standards Support the Automotive and Wire Harness Industries One of the most valuable, educational and packed presentations at this year’s WHMA Annual Wire Harness Conference, “IPC and WHMA Standards Supporting the Automotive and Wire Harness Industries” was presented by Constantino Gonzalez, Chairman of the IPC Acceptability Standards […]

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The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry May/June 2019

May - June 2019

Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry by Melissa Femia This edition of WHN features a wiring harness design release engineer from Aptiv who is currently on assignment at General Motors. Nancy Lai is the Engineering Supervisor of the High Voltage, Electrification, Autonomous Group.  She has been with Delphi/Aptiv for approximately 8 years since graduating from […]

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M & A 101: Lessons Learned From Decades of Deals May/June 2019

May - June 2019

Expertise Matters   by Loren Smith Some time ago, I received an email from the owner/founder of a $10M West Coast wire harness company indicating he had reached retirement age and was exploring resources to help him find a buyer for his company. This inquiry set in motion a series of events that illuminate important […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action May/June 2019

May - June 2019

Principle. Process. Practice. By Paul Hogendoorn I spent this past weekend volunteering as a timer at a swim meet hosted by my granddaughter’s club. There were 800 swimmers and 1,500 race heats. At eight lanes per heat, it meant about 12,000 individual races had to be timed, each lane manned by three qualified timers and […]

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