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Basics of Laser Wire Stripping 

Basics of Laser Wire Stripping  by Dr. Paul Taylor The following is an adaptation of the presentation titled Laser Wire Stripping Masterclass that was given by Dr. Paul Taylor, Founder of Laser Wire Solutions, at the EWPT Expo 2018. The class covered the history, applications and safety protocols for lasers used to strip wire. Special […]

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Mentor Takes the Stage at Siemens PLM World Connection

Mentor Takes the Stage at Siemens PLM World Connection This past summer, Siemens Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) hosted a massive user forum in Phoenix. The Siemens PLM umbrella of software solutions includes products like Teamcenter, NX, Solid Edge and of course, Mentor Graphic’s Capital and VeSys. Mentor fills an important gap in the Siemens PLM […]

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

  (Melissa Feinman) This edition of the ‘Power Women’ series features Marissa Feinman, a Mechanical Engineer with TE Connectivity.  Like the females featured in past editions, Marissa’s story is unique as her path was illuminated by a scholastic program in secondary school.  She is a graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and works in the […]

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M & A 101: Lessons learned from decades of deals Sep/Oct 2018

Pros and Cons of a Private Equity Buyer by Loren Smith Harness company owners often ask me whether they should sell to a private equity buyer. Although there is no easy answer to this common dilemma, I can offer some perspectives based on my many years dealing with private equity firms. Background Private equity firms […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action Sep/Oct 2018

Myth-busting the IIoT and Industry 4.0 by Paul Hogendoorn The emergence of Industry 4.0 and the IIoT, or the Industrial Internet of Things, is causing equal levels of excitement and concern. Most manufacturers I visit have heard about its potential and are aware of the building hype, but don’t know how it will affect them […]

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Wire Labeling: Making the Case for Print Automation

Wire Labeling: Making the Case for Print Automation By Todd Fries, HellermannTyton As simple as it ought to be, wire harness labeling seems to be fraught with opportunities for problems. See if this sounds familiar: you label a batch of wire harnesses and later discover they were the wrong labels. Or, the operator responsible for […]

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Most Overlooked Sales Tool in the Wire Harness Industry

Most Overlooked Sales Tool in the Wire Harness Industry By Christine Siebert As we know, in the Wire Harness Industry, face to face meetings are the best sales tool we have to reaching a potential opportunity, but this is not always feasible.  We want to be able to “show or demonstrate” our products and provide […]

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IPC APEX EXPO 2019 Educational Programs Offer Future-focused Courses, Sessions and Research

IPC APEX EXPO 2019 Educational Programs Offer Future-focused Courses, Sessions and Research BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — Changing technologies that are driving the electronics industry will take center stage throughout the IPC APEX EXPO 2019 technical conference and professional development sessions, which will take place January 26-31 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. […]

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Dr. Cortney Baker, to Keynote Women in Electronics Reception at IPC APEX EXPO 2019

Dr. Cortney Baker, to Keynote Women in ElectronicsReception at IPC APEX EXPO 2019 November 28, 2018 — Dr. Cortney Baker, nationally recognized authority on women in leadership, will speak at the IPC APEX EXPO Women in Electronics reception on Wednesday, January 30, 2019, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Her keynote, “Closing the Gender Gap and Conquering the Mythical […]

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Optimizing the Supply Chain

Optimizing the Supply Chain By David Panco Competition is getting tougher in the wire harness industry. Costs are rising, and companies are looking to find cost saving opportunities that can positively affect the bottom line. Finding those costs to reduce and eliminate are getting harder and harder to find.  There is one area that every company […]

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M & A 101: Lessons learned from decades of deals Jan/Feb 2019

Why pay an M&A fee? Why should I pay you a fee to sell my company?  This question is commonly asked by owners of wire harness companies who are weighing retaining an M&A firm like mine to help them sell their company versus navigating the process on their own. If you are guessing my response––that […]

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Successful Schleuniger Oktoberfest Celebration!

Successful Schleuniger Oktoberfest Celebration! On September 21, 2018, Schleuniger, Inc., a leading international manufacturer of high-precision wire processing machines, hosted an Oktoberfest themed open house at its headquarters in Manchester, NH.  Gem Gravure, Panduit and Telsonic Ultrasonics also exhibited at the event. Guests were greeted by enthusiastic Schleuniger employees dressed in Oktoberfest themed attire and […]

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M & A 101: Lessons learned from decades of deals Nov/Dec 2018

Profile of an Entrepreneur by Loren Smith During the years I owned a wire harness manufacturing business, I was often asked what would prompt someone to leave the security of a large corporation and risk acquiring a marginally profitable business in the middle of nowhere. At the time, I could answer only for myself. But […]

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CURTI Wire Processing Equipment Opens US Office

CURTI Wire Processing Equipment Opens US Office CURTI, a manufacturer of wire processing equipment, has announced the opening of a corporate sales office in West Chicago, Illinois. CURTI produces high speed wire and cable processing transfer lines for high volume cut, strip and crimp applications, as well as smaller stand-alone equipment to cut and strip […]

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WHMA Wired-in Nov/Dec 2018

WHMA WIRE- IN Nov/Dec 2018By: Jim Manke Plans are well under way for the 2019 WHMA Annual Wire Harness Conference, February 19th– 22ndin Dallas, TX at the Fairmont Hotel. For more than 25 years, this conference has become one of the few investments that give their attendees an opportunity to learn, grow, share and discover […]

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Recent Trade Event Showcases Opportunities – The Battery Show

Recent Trade Event Showcases Opportunities The Battery Showrecently held in Novi, MI, showcased many opportunities for the industry in the expanding EV market, and WHN was there as an exhibitor. The shows total attendance was 5,591. There were also 2,919 total exhibitors, including many suppliers to the wire processing industry, as well as harness producers […]

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The Case of the Rusty Sensor

The Case of the Rusty Sensor By Charles Fisher, VP of Sales RESCO Electronics The Problem Several years back, I was contacted by one of our customers that needed a temperature sensor for a deionized (DI) water tank.  Although we have helped this customer engineer several different sensors over the years, RESCO had not been […]

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Expanded Applications for Flat Cables

Expanded Applications for Flat Cables: Innovative designs justify replacement of round cable replacement. Flat cable has been around for about 60 years. Cicoil invented the ribbon cable for IBM computers in 1956 (Figure 1). Over the decades, it has been a favorite in high-end computing, military and aerospace, robotics and motion control devices. Its advantages […]

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Profile: Automatic Coax & Cable

Profile:  Automatic Coax & Cable by Joe Tito Humble beginnings. That’s a recurring theme in the Wire Harness News Company Profiles.  This installment is certainly no different as we highlight Automatic Coax & Cable in Sanford, FL. I met with Gary Martinet on a recent hot September day. Gary, along with his wife Glenda, own […]

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Case Study: Schleuniger provides support and flexibility to Goodman Manufacturing’s wire harness assembly process.

Case Study: Schleuniger provides support and flexibility to Goodman Manufacturing’s wire harness assembly process. Goodman Manufacturing Company LP., located in Waller, Texas, is a leading manufacturer of HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) products. It is a subsidiary of Daikin Industries Ltd., a global Fortune 1000 company. In 2016, the company broke ground on a […]

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