Gore Upgrades Manufacturing Infrastructure W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Landenberg, PA, USA, has recently upgraded its site manufacturing infrastructure in New Garden, PA, USA, significantly reducing product delivery time to OEMs and end users. GORE® Ethernet Cables, sizes 24 and 26 AWG and GORE Shielded Twisted Pair Cables, sizes 20 AWG to 30 AWG are now available with short lead times and no minimum order quantities. www.gore.com Sonobond Ultrasonics Battery Assembly Expands to China Battery assembly equipment from Sonobond Ultrasonics, West Chester, PA, USA, is now in use in China as manufacturers worldwide advance innovative renewable energy storage technology for consumer, automotive, military and industrial applications. Bolstered by Sonobond’s recent participation in the China International Battery Industry Fair, and supported by the company’s new Wuxi, Jiangsu, China-based sales agent, Wen Zhang, Sonobond’s ultrasonic technology has been embraced by several of the country’s manufacturers. “Increased demand for affordable and efficient battery storage as well as for rechargeable batteries has boosted manufacturers’ awareness of our ultrasonic assembly method,” noted Janet Devine, Sonobond President. “Companies are especially interested in the ability of Sonobond’s equipment to weld multiple anode and cathode foils to tabs, and stranded copper wire to terminals. Our metal spot welders successfully meet those requirements, while being reliable, cost effective and environmentally friendly.” Any manufacturer can take advantage of Sonobond’s free Ultrasonic Welding Viability Test. Using manufacturer-provided materials, Sonobond produces no-cost, no-obligation sample welds to determine the benefits of ultrasonic welding for their specific applications and requirements. If Sonobond’s equipment is incorporated into the customer’s production process, service and technical support are provided before, during and after installation. Relative to ultrasonic welding with Sonobond technology, Sonobond welders achieve durable bonds using the patented Wedge- Reed ultrasonic bonding system that combines high vibratory force and low amplitude coupling. Using shear mode vibration parallel to the welding surface—while the line of force is directly over the parts to be welded—the welders achieve precise, dependable, solidstate and highly conductive welds. No external heat, current, fluxes or fillers are required and no arcs, sparks or fumes are produced. The Wedge-Reed is the only ultrasonic metal assembly system that can weld most oxidized and tinned metals in one pulse. www.sonobondultrasonics.com Convert Harness Used in Driverless Delivery Trial Convert Ltd., one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of cable looms and harnesses, reports that a cable harness it designed and manufactured was used in the UK’s first driverless grocery delivery trials. Composites manufacturer, Shape Machining, approached Convert Ltd. to design and produce a cable harness for a project to build the cargo compartments for a prototype autonomous electric delivery van developed by Oxbotica, a leading driverless automotive software firm, and trialed by Ocado Technology. The real world trials, which took place in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, in the UK, saw a self-driving delivery van, called the CargoPod, delivering grocery orders to more than one hundred Ocado customers. Similar in size to a small milk truck, the CargoPod is equipped with eight cargo compartments that have designed to carry small amounts of shopping products. www.convertltd.co.uk Electri-Flex Expands On-Line Training Program Electri-Flex University recently announced that it has expanded its on-line training to include a new training course featuring its line of specialty flexible electrical conduits. Electri-Flex University is located on the Electri-Flex Company’s website, which is listed below. Electri-Flex University currently offers an interactive All Product Training Presentation that includes nearly 50 varieties of flexible electrical conduits including the features and benefits of each product as well as each product’s ideal applications. The new specialty conduits training provides a further, in-depth analysis of Electri-Flex’ specialty conduits for Electro Magnetic Interference/ Radio Frequency Interference (EMI/RFI) shielding, High and Low temperature applications and Halogen-Free requirements. www.electriflex.com Quarterly Service Anniversary at Kalas Kalas is grateful for the ability to celebrate the loyalty and years of service of its dedicated associates. Each quarter, the company recognizes its service anniversary honorees with a luncheon shared with President Jack Witwer and the executive staff. In September 2017, Kalas had the privilege of acknowledging 17 of the company’s associates with a range of from five to forty years of service. Kalas stated that it wishes to express the company’s sincere thanks to its guests of honor for all of their hard work and dedication to Kalas wire and cable. The company also said it appreciates and values all of you. www.kalaswire.com Turck Creates Team for Harnesses & Cables Turck, Minneapolis, MN, USA, introduces Harness and Cable Assembly Solutions, a specialized engineering team that’s dedicated to designing custom solutions for challenging applications. The new harness team draws on Turck’s industry-leading connectivity expertise in order to solve the most difficult connectivity applications, from offering standard cable and wire assemblies to developing custom over-molded harness solutions. Whether an application is required to withstand extreme environmental conditions, combat continual flexing or meet specific certifications, Turck works diligently to get the job done. This in-house design team partners with customers to efficiently solve their application challenges. With a full-service approach to simplify the design process, Turck is able to transform a napkin sketch into a finalized product, manufacture directly from customer prints or employ an in-house tool shop and testing service to run the project from start to finish. www.turck.com TPC Wire & Cable Acquires Electra Cord TPC Wire & Cable Corp. (TPC), Macedonia, OH, USA, has completed the acquisition of Electra Cord, Inc., Massillon, OH, USA. Electra Cord makes custom-molded cable assemblies, power cords and cord sets for OEMs serving a variety of end markets. President/CEO, Jeff Crane, said, “The acquisition provides unique fabrication and manufacturing capabilities that will help us expand our product and service offering to OEM customers in key regions of the country. We’ve been honored to work with Electra President and Owner, Randy Hutsell, throughout this process.” www.tpcwire.com Marie-Louise Burkle of Autac Recognized as Professional of Year Marie-Louise Burkle of Killingworth, CT, USA, has been recognized as a Professional of the Year for 2017 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for her outstanding contributions and achievements in the field of cord manufacturing. Burkle is the CEO of Autac Inc., which is an international manufacturing firm producing custom manufactured retractile cords, often referred to as curly cords, to meet various applications and specifications. Autac was founded by Robert N. Burkle in 1947. Throughout his 30 years of running this company, his philosophy has been simple—the customer comes first. Marie-Louise Burkle has served with the family business for almost 20 years. She oversees all aspects of manufacturing and is responsible for planning, implementation, marketing decisions and new areas of business. Burkle obtained an A.A.S. in Entrepreneurship from Johnson and Wales University. She is affiliated with the New Haven Manufacturing Association and the Wire Association International. In her spare time she enjoys creating holistic products, teaching yoga, personally training chronically ill individuals and horseback riding. For more information about the products and services available from Autac Inc., visit the compay’s website listed below. www.autacusa.com Fiber Optic Center Promotes William Sorell to Supervisor Fiber Optic Center, Inc., (FOC), New Bedford, MA, USA, an international leading distributor specializing in helping its customers make the best cable assemblies, announces the promotion of William Sorell to Shipping Supervisor. Sorrell joined the Fiber Optic C enter shipping team in 2011 and quickly learned the department and its processes. According to the company, shipping management is a profession that requires excellence from strong working relationships with vendors to shipping and handling charges and budgets to internal teamwork to real-time customer experiences. At Fiber Optic Center, the company’s daily focus includes a shipping system that delivers. “Billy’s aptitude and contributions have been valuable to our corporate goals as he has been living the daily ‘FOC Delivers’ motto for years. He shares our vision of improved shipping efficiency along with bettering the department and shipped package appearance,” commented President and Chief Executive Officer Ben Waite. As Shipping Supervisor, Sorrell will report directly to Tom Waite, FOC VP, and oversee daily operations of the department, SOP revisions, the deployment of a new inventory management tool and continual improvements to the company branding also known as the ‘FOC Customer Experience’ that this department provides. www.focenter.com Southwire Acquires DCN Cables Southwire Company, LLC, headquartered in Carrollton, GA, USA, has acquired DCN Cables, Youngsville, NC, USA, a leader in making power whips for mission critical facilities. “DCN Cables, with its unparalleled service and delivery, is a perfect bolt-on for our already strong assembled electrical products business,” said Brandon Moss, Southwire’s President of Tools and Assembled Products. “Southwire continues to actively engage our end users in order to provide the solutions they require and support Southwire’s commitment to accelerate growth. And DCN fits that strategy.” Through this acquisition, Southwire Company will now provide customers with 24-hour turnaround as well as an expansive, customized inventory of receptacles, color choices and variable cable lengths to fit specific user requirements. The acquisition includes the company’s manufacturing, distribution and corporate support functions and will add nearly 30 employees to the Southwire family as part of the Tools and Assembled Products team. Norman Adkins, Southwire’s President of Construction Systems & Solutions, said, “We look forward to better serving our customers in the data center space through the focus, experience, expertise and eff orts put forth by our new employees in Youngsville.” To learn more, visit: www.southwireblog.com YAZAKI Continues Strategic Partnership with DiIT Automotive products supplier, YAZAKI, has raised to a new level its strategic partnership with DiIT AG, located in Krailling, Germany. DiIT AG is reportedly the market leader in wire harness production. The new Version 12 of the DiIT solution 4Wire CAO-Cutt ing and Assembly Optimization-is replacing the previous system in all 24 plants of the YAZAKI Europe Group. Over the next two years DiIT AG, the leading software vendor of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for wire harness production will equip all 24 plants of the YAZAKI Europe Group with the latest Version 12 of its core product, 4Wire CAO, with the first roll-out already installed in the recently opened plant in Serbia. The Version 12, 4Wire CAO product ensures the optimization of the cutt ing area and component manufacture production areas and increases their efficiency, quality and traceability. The tier-1 wiring harness supplier, YAZAKI, has also implemented an additional solution from the 4Wire product range, namely 4Wire PLS, that in the last step supports customized production as well as JIT and JIS dispatch control. DiIT is also off ering 4Wire PPG which automatically generates the relevant production documentation at the interface between engineering and production. www.diit.de
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