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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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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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