Understanding Insulation Materials

By George Allman on 10 October, 2018

Insulation materials provide wiring harnesses with a layer of necessary protection in a variety of ways, depending on the specific requirements the product must meet. Insulation helps protect the product mechanically, electrically, or environmentally, meeting particular needs according to the product’s application. Additionally, a variety of materials used in wiring harness insulation ensure the various functions of cable harnesses are carried out in the best way possible using the best materials for the job.

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Topics: Cable Assemblies, Quality Control, Quality, Materials Performance, Wire Harnesses, Design, Design Challenges

Molding and Insulation for Performance

By George Allman on 03 October, 2018

 

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Topics: Cable Assemblies, Quality Control, Quality, Materials Performance, Wire Harnesses, Design, Design Challenges, Box Builds

Wire Braiding: Machine Versus  Premade Options

By George Allman on 25 September, 2018

 

Braided coverings and shieldings are an excellent way to make wiring configurations neat and uniform. Braiding gives wires more flexibility and a longer lifespan and can also offer a layer of electric protection or abrasion resistance. Although there are two different types of wire braiding widely used in the industry,  machine braiding and premade (or slide-on) braiding, machine braiding offers more versatility, cost savings, and consistency, and should be something a contract manufacturing partner should be able to do in-house.

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Topics: Cable Assemblies, Quality Control, Quality, Materials Performance, Wire Harnesses, Design, Design Challenges

Evolution of 3D Printing at Liberty Electronics

By Liberty Electronics on 18 September, 2018

This November, Liberty Electronics will celebrate five years since producing its first in-house 3D printed part in 2013. The company added two additional 3D printers to its roster in 2016, another this month, and is looking ahead at the possibility of adding metal-capable machines in the future. The implementation of additive manufacturing has proven to be incredibly successful for the company and has continued to set Liberty apart as a versatile innovator in the industry.

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Topics: Operational Efficiency, Innovation, Company Culture, Quality, Design, Design Challenges

Safety in Numbers: How Process Metrics and Certification Drive Quality

By Liberty Electronics on 11 September, 2018

Recently, the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) in the nation’s capital was forced to decommission nearly 75% of its new 7000-series rail cars due to crimping defects. The rail cars had crimping defects that went undetected until WMATA’s quality inspectors discovered them. The WMATA’s Quality Assurance, Internal Compliance and Oversight office (QICO), estimates that the rail cars will take over a year to be repaired. Going forward, QICO is requiring that in-process quality checks and high standards of engineering design be more explicitly outlined in WMATA’s manufacturing contracts.(1)

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Topics: Operational Efficiency, Risk Mitigation, Cable Assemblies, Quality Control, Quality, Materials Performance, Wire Harnesses, Design, Design Challenges, Rail

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