Wire and Cable Assemblies
The producer of wire harnesses, lead wires, cable assemblies, coax cables, ribbon cable and control panels must be knowledgeable in special processing techniques in the use of sophisticated equipment.
The Komax Alpha 411 wire processing center, for example will cut, hot stamp, strip and terminate both sides of a wire at a rate of 3200 to 3400 pieces/hr. This center handles wires from 26 to 10-gauge anywhere from 60mm to 65m with an accuracy of 0.1mm or <0.2%. An EPA-approved fume extractor is vital to these manufacturing processes. The extractor design incorporates quartz lighting in combination with a fume exhaust lampshade. The fumes are moved through a microprocessor-controlled state-of-the-art filtering system. The filtered air can be heated if desired and then released back into the manufacturing environment.
The Electrol Co. makes exclusive use of Systems 2000 inventory management pull system which affords 26 inventory turns annually. The Systems 2000 software drives the company's manufacturing processes with focus on and sensitivity to zero-defect quality and on-time delivery. Benefits include the elimination of time and costs related to purchase orders, conservation of space needed for excess inventory and reduction of time for taking actual physical inventories.
In addition to manufacturing in UL and CSA-approved facilities, the producer should be capable of meeting MIL-I45208A and MIL-STD-45662 specifications. Consumers of these wire and cable products are medical, OEM, design engineering, industrial control and other related fields.
This technical information has been contributed by
Electrol Company, Inc.
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