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Wire Wisdom – Anixter March/April 2019 – Armored Cables

Armored Cables: MC-HL, ITC-HL, MC and TECK90   Galvanized Interlocked Armor (GIA), Aluminum Interlocked Armor (AIA) and TECK90 cable systems offer engineers and specifiers a cable system with built-in environmental protection for all types of electrical circuits. They are used whenever mechanical protection is needed: instrumentation, control, communication or power distribution applications can all use armored […]

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WHN Has a New Website

WHN New Website Both Print and new Online versions This year, Wiring Harness News celebrates 25 years as the “Voice of the Industry” for wire and cable harness manufacturers. We have marked the occasion by revamping our website. At the heart of the new design is the Online version of Wiring Harness News. It’s a […]

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WHMA Wired-In March/April 2019

WHMA Wired-In March/April 2019 By Christine Siebert WHMA has been extremely busy these last six months with adding on many new Manufacturer/ Supplier members, planning and executing WHMA’s 26thAnnual Wire Harness Conference in Dallas, TX and formalizing an already vital partnership with IPC. As most companies know, great partnerships can be hard to find and […]

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M & A 101: Lessons Learned From Decades of Deals March/April 2019

Buyer Beware: Hidden Talent by Loren Smith  I have heard more than one business owner or CEO give a seemingly surprising answer to the question “What keeps you up at night?” Sure, losing a key customer or getting embroiled in a lawsuit are mighty logical answers, but heads of companies fully understand why some execs […]

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The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry March/April 2019

The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry by Melissa Femia In the March/April 2017 issue, The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry debuted as an article series in WHN.  The intent of the series is to highlight the careers of successful women who work/worked within the wire harness industry, and to share their […]

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How wire harness manufacturers can achieve success amid a changing Nylon 6/6 market

How wire harness manufacturers can achieve success amid a changing Nylon 6/6 market by Robert Rensa – Panduit Created as an alternative to silk in the 1930s, the practical applications for Nylon 6/6 weren’t as vast then as they are now. In fact, prior to becoming one of the most in-demand substances on the planet, […]

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Capital Formboard Manager:Technology for Greater Wire Harness Manufacturing Efficiency

Capital Formboard Manager:Technology for Greater Wire Harness Manufacturing Efficiency   By: Frank Hemmersbach To optimize production lines, wire harness manufacturers sometimes build different but very similar harnesses on the same “merged” formboard, a method allowing for efficient use of both factory space and production line resources. This article first explains the existing challenges with this […]

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New WHMA Supplier Member Puts a Spin on Logistics

New WHMA Supplier Member Puts a Spin on Logistics By Joe Tito We attend a lot of trade shows, and I inevitably run into folks who are in the business of logistics. The term itself puts me off a little, but I suppose it’s a lot shorter than saying ‘movement of goods in and out […]

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Company Profile:  Extrema Cables

Company Profile:  Extrema Cables We highlight businesses large and small in our profiles. Most have been in business for many years, but some, like Extrema Cables in Charlottesville Virginia, are in their early years. I spoke recently with Frank Churillo, Founder and President of Extrema Cables about how things are going for this young but […]

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Why Don’t OEMs Involve You in Their Design?

Why Don’t OEMs Involve You in Their Design? (Explained from the perspective of an OEM product development engineer) by Ted Young, CABLE-I-E LLC Well, it is a matter of timing. As you probably know, an original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM) development team is tasked with transforming a new product’s requirements into a detailed product design with […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action March /April 2019

Measuring to Improve: finding metrics that lead to success By Paul Hogendoorn Measuring the right things is just as important as measuring things right. Measuring the wrong things can get in your way and impair your ability to grow, distracting you by putting your focus on the wrong things. Success and growth come from doing […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter Sep/Oct 2018 – 5 KV SHIELDED CABLES VS. NON-SHIELDED

5 KV SHIELDED CABLES VS. NON-SHIELDED by Anixter Non-shielded 5 kV cables have been used for many years because they are lower in cost, require less space, and have smaller and lower- cost terminations compared to shielded cables. However, cable users sometimes experience problems with non-shielded installations that can be solved by using shielded 5 […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter Nov/Dec 2018 – The Story of Teflon

The Story of PTFE Teflon® (Fluoropolymer) by Anixter  The story of Teflon® began April 6, 1938, at DuPont’s Jackson Laboratory in New Jersey. DuPont chemist, Dr. Roy J. Plunkett, was working with gases related to Freon® refrigerants, another DuPont product. Upon checking a frozen, compressed sample of tetrafluoroethylene, he and his associates discovered that the […]

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Wire Wisdom – Anixter Jan/Feb 2019 -Thermoplastic vs. Thermoset Wire and Cable Materials

Wire Wisdom by Anixter Thermoplastic vs. Thermoset Wire and Cable Materials One of the most beneficial ways of distinguishing the characteristics of a wire or cable is to determine if the insulation or jacket material used is a thermoset or a thermoplastic. The two materials have significantly different properties that influence their performance in a […]

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WHMA Wired-In Sep/Oct 2018

WHMA Wired-In Sep/Oct 2018 by Christine Siebert The Wiring Harness Manufacturers Association (WHMA) has enjoyed a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Wiring Harness News (WHN). In fact, over ten years ago, the WHMA Board of Directors declared WHN as the “Official” publication of the association. WHN has graciously granted WHMA a regular column “Wired […]

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Case Study: Tornik Finds Success Adding MES

Case Study:  Tornik Finds Success Adding MES An Interview with Tornik, LLC President, Ray Swanson Tornik LLC, a Contract Manufacturer of cable, harness and electromechanical assemblies based out of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, is thriving. When faced with the same hurdles as their competition, the Tornik team was able to find success across a wide range […]

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Testing Appliance Cables & Connectors

Testing Appliance Cables & Connectors Overview: Driven by the desire for higher capacity appliances within the same external design envelope, and by the more complex functions, electrical design is being steered towards more and more compact solutions – solutions that include combining signal and power lines within a single connector, and reducing the pitch of […]

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The Battery Show Continues to Charge Ahead with Top-Tier Content and Programming for Its 2018 Edition

The Battery Show Continues to Charge Ahead with Top-Tier Content and Programming for Its 2018 Edition See Wiring Harness News at Booth 1758 The Battery Show, North America’s largest advanced battery technology event, today announced its Advanced Battery Technologies conference, which will run alongside its 2018 event. Major focuses of this conference include addressing the […]

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EWIS: EMI and DO-160

EWIS: EMI and DO-160 By Michael Traskos Designing a circuit diagram for a system comprised of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) is usually a straightforward process: identify the inputs and outputs of the system and connect them with wires and cables. Taking that simple high-level circuit diagram and implementing the physical design into an application can […]

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Vision, Culture and Vision Systems

Vision, Culture and Vision Systems By Matt Emery, President H&L Manufacturing   Being a Quality Manager can be a thankless job.  When Amy’s phone rings it’s rarely a customer calling to tell her to “keep up the good work”.  More than likely it’s a call informing her of an issue that will result in containment […]

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