ETCO Incorporated today announced that its newest composite applicator is receiving positive reviews in the field from wiring harness houses and engineers specializing in wire termination applications. Released from testing and made available for sale approximately 6 months ago, early customers are reporting better performance during repeated usage versus traditional older metal-based applicators.
The company made theÂ EDGE-C applicatorÂ available to customers interested in performing side by side tests for wire termination late in 2013. This was to compare the benefits of the composite based applicator to metal applicators. Immediately, engineers noticed an increase in lubricity for the composite applicator when compared to metal applicators. This allowed engineers to operate the EDGE-C for longer periods of time before having to perform lubrication maintenance on the parts. The applicator also exhibited less wear on its parts than with metal based applicators over the initial 6 month period of testing. For wiring harness manufacturers this meant increased savings on maintenance and replacement parts, plus reduced downtime during assembly periods.
The EDGE-C has also proven to be a boon for quality and safety managers at manufacturers as well. During repeated use over an 8 hour period, engineers remarked that the actual applicator generated minimal heat when compared to older metal-based applicators. This proved to be important specifically from a safety perspective. Workers can perform maintenance on the applicator with little risk of injury from burns when handling the composite frame.
EDGE-C Applicator engineer Cris Gravel states, â€œThis product has exceeded our expectations in nearly every category.â€ He continues, â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to seeing some of the positives from even longer term usage in the field.â€
TheÂ EDGE-C Composite Wire Termination ApplicatorÂ is now available in limited quantities for sale to manufacturers. With an industry leading support and parts replacement warranty, the patent-pending ETCO EDGE-C Applicator is the first composite based wire terminating applicator of its kind.
TheÂ EDGE-C applicatorÂ will be available for viewing at the Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14th and 15th at ETCO booth# 1221.
For more information visitÂ http://edge.etco.comÂ or contact an ETCO representative at 800-689-ETCO (3826).
Founded in 1947, ETCO is a privately owned company. The Company manufactures precision stampings and rubber and plastic molded products used principally by major automotive and appliance manufacturers. ETCO also has major customers in a variety of other industries in the USA and over 30 countries throughout the world. ETCO has factories and a research complex in Bradenton, Florida and a factory and engineering center in Warwick, Rhode Island.
For more information on ETCO, visit the Company website online atÂ http://www.etco.com