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Wire Processing Assembly
By some estimates, approximately 40 years’ worth of mineable copper resources remains worldwide. At the same time, global consumption is growing, driven particularly by infrastructure-related demand for wiring in emerging markets.
Multi-axis robot arms perform a wide variety of processes in automotive assembly plants, including painting, welding and fastening.
When watching an operator test an automotive wire harness, one is reminded of old-time photos and TV skits about telephone switchboard operators of the 1950s and 1960s.
Metal blades are typically used to strip insulation from wire or cable. However, there is an alternative—lasers.
Wires are rarely connected directly to an electrical or electronic assembly.
Crimp quality detection systems are a great tool, if they’re used correctly.
Blades might not get much attention, but they’re crucial for quality wire stripping and cutting. The challenge is selecting the right blade for each wire.
DETROIT—The global market for automotive wiring harnesses is expected increase at a compound annual growth rate of of 11 percent from 2012 to 2016.
According to many experts, 3D printing promises to revolutionize the way numerous products are designed and mass-produced.