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M-EXPO Wire Processing Event is Big Success in Mexico

M-EXPO Wire Processing Event is Big Success in Mexico Right over the Southern US border in Juárez, Mexico, in the State of Chihuahua, aka “the Wiring Harness Capital of the World!”, THE2ndAnnual M-EXPO’s Wire Processing Technology’sEvent was being held and was a huge SUCCESS!If you want to do business in Mexico “Maquiladora” region, this is […]

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The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry Jan/Feb 2019

The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry Jan/Feb 2019   Rebecca Schenk Rebecca Schenk is a Power Woman at Allison Transmission, Inc. in Indianapolis, Indiana currently working in Product Engineering.  She has worked at Allison Transmission for about 20 years in various positions including Product/Project Engineering, Test Engineering, and Application Engineering. In Product Engineering, she […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action Jan/Feb 2019

Smart, Hungry, and Humble. By Paul Hogendoorn It is easy for me to identify the “true all-stars” on the teams I worked with over the years. They were the performers that not only got things done, but that products, divisions, and even companies were built upon. Some were diamonds in the rough, discovered along the […]

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WHMA Wired-In Jan Feb 2019

WHMA Wired-In Jan Feb 2019 By Christine Siebert As many Wire and Cable Harness Manufacturers know, no matter which market segment you are currently in, each company faces many of the same challenges. They need to provide their customers and OEM’s high-quality, low-cost wire harnesses to meet today’s demand while also maximizing efficiency. This a very […]

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Update from Reshoring Initiative

Update from Reshoring Initiative The efforts of the Reshoring Initiative are of particular interest to the wire harness industry. Our industry presents some comparatively low lying fruit for the reshoring efforts of US manufacturing. The Reshoring Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States by helping companies assess […]

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Redemption over Replacement

Redemption over Replacement By Wes Garner I  like trucks.  All kinds of trucks.  In a world gone soft, there is something satisfying about a two-ton tool that gets the dirtiest job done without complaint.  Several years ago, I needed a new vehicle and decided to search for a four-wheel drive friend.  The only problem was […]

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ENHANCING FIRE SAFETY WITH AN ADVANCED ZERO-HALOGEN POLYMER COMPOSITION FOR HEAT-SHRINK TUBING

ENHANCING FIRE SAFETY WITH AN ADVANCED ZERO-HALOGEN POLYMER COMPOSITION FOR HEAT-SHRINK TUBING By: Sreeni Kurup, Principal Polymer Engineer, TE Connectivity, Swindon, UK The development of an improved high-temperature, halogen-free polymer composition for wire and cable harness sleeving is critical for fire safety Halogenated polymers have traditionally been used to make heat-shrink tubing that provides electrical […]

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When in Need, Make It Yourself!

When in Need, Make It Yourself! Harness manufacturers invent their own specialized tooling By Joe Tito Doing the interviews for Industry Profile is the best part of my job. There are always so many fascinating details, and it’s difficult figuring out what to include and what to leave out. One thing that has struck me […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action Nov/Dec 2018

READ THIS ARTICLE IN THE DIGITAL EDITION The Amazing Race By Paul Hogendoorn Regular readers of this column probably wonder if I am still working, or if I’m retired, given that so many of the columns I’ve written highlight many recent recreational pursuits or adventures, many of them with my granddaughter. The truth is that […]

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Not Your Father’s Flat Cable

READ THIS ARTICLE IN THE FULL EDITION 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. […]

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How Private Label Cables Can Benefit Your Business

Private labeling involves the manufacturing of a product or item by one company for another, after which the second company sells the product under its name or brand. Many large corporations rely on private labeling if they don’t have an in-house manufacturer for a certain part or product. As a result, they can ensure that […]

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RESCO Electronics

If you’ve been reading our Industry Profiles, the history of Baltimore based RESCO Electronics may sound a bit familiar. Their story was recently told by David Copenhaver, President of RESCO. The company was founded in 1932 by John Bagliani, Sr. as Radio Electric Service Company of Baltimore. Radio Electric’s original business was selling vacuum tubes […]

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Latest Developments in Wire and Cable SAE 8A 8D Spring 2018

Latest Developments in Wire and Cable SAE 8A 8D Spring 2018 By Mischael Traskos Lectromec ______________________________ It is not often that you find more than two people in a room with a passion for aero- space wiring systems. One of the ex- ceptions is the bi-yearly gathering of wiring system component and EWIS experts for […]

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

A Fuller Answer: How to Select an M&A Adviser  by Loren Smith After my presentation at the recent WHMA conference in Scottsdale, I was asked about the process of choosing an M&A adviser but was able to respond only briefly. Given my M&A work and my own experience running and subsequently selling my wire harness […]

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Leadership: Putting Insights Into Action July/Aug 2018

Building bridges, chasing dreams By Paul Hogendoorn The Sydney Harbour Bridge was completed in 1932. It was designed and built by the British firm Dorman Long and Co Ltd., taking 8 years to build, and using more than 6 million rivets. It is the sixth longest spanning-arch bridge in the world and the tallest steel […]

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Company Profile: H & L Manufacturing

H&L Manufacturing got its start in Caledonia, Michigan in 1967 under the ownership of Larry and Lila Alkema. The company initially made products to support the office furniture industry. Within a short period of time, they uncovered an opportunity to build a wire harness for the automotive industry. Wire harness production eventually eclipsed other manufacturing […]

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Forty Years and Four Generations at Cobra Braiding Machinery

Forty Years and Four Generations at Cobra Braiding Machinery by Tim Crighton for WHN Neil Hyde – President of Cobra Braiding Machinery – tells Wiring Harness News about his company’s success and adaptability in 40 years of manufacturing, and supplying market leading braiding machinery to the wiring harness market. Cobra Braiding Machinery has developed a […]

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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN WIRE AND CABLE – SAE 8A 8D SPRING 2018

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN WIRE AND CABLE – SAE 8A 8D SPRING 2018 By Michael Traskos – Lectromec It is not often that you find more than two people in a room with a passion for aerospace wiring systems. One of the exceptions is the bi-yearly gathering of wiring system component and EWIS experts for the […]

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