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28 MAY / JUNE 2022 Wiring Harness News INDUSTRIAL INFO-TAINMENT

NEED REPLACEMENT PARTS FOR YOUR WARDWELL BRAIDERS ? WE GOT ’ EM .

Since 1911 , Wardwell has designed , engineered and built braiding and winding machines in Central Falls , Rhode Island . Today , we are a global leader in machine technology , supported by our Wilms partner companies .
The best built machine must be provided with high-level training so your team can get the most out of it . Plus , we all know things eventually wear and need replacement .
Finally , although our machines are built to last ( and they do ), technology is constantly evolving and a retrofit might be a smart move to keep your machines at peak performance .
We offer harness braiders from 16 Carrier through 72 Carrier in both vertical and horizontal configuration .
Contact Wardwell at 401-724-8800 or sales @ wardwell . com for help today .
Wardwell Braiding Co . 1211 High Street Central Falls Rhode Island , 02863

A New Model for Data Exchange

By Mike Wurzman
RSJ Technical Consulting _______________________

Like Let ’ s face facts : We have a costly industrywide compliance data collection problem , and it ’ s only getting worse . As contract manufacturers , we are asked to collect and report this compliance information for all the materials and parts we use . For a PCB , this can mean hundreds to thousands of parts from companies worldwide .

NEED TRAINING FOR NEW EMPLOYEES ? WE ’ LL DO IT .

NEED REPAIR OR RETROFIT WORK DONE ONSITE FOR YOUR OLD MACHINES ? WE ’ LL BE THERE .

Yet we only have access to distributors , and they rarely have the full material data we need to do our job correctly . This has given rise to an entire multi-billion-dollar data collection industry , with associated costs springing up that we are expected to absorb . With the new legislation passed in the EU , we will be required to provide full sustainability data as well as the current RoHS and REACH data for every part and material . As a result , the data collection problem will continue to grow , with crippling costs that will become unsustainable with today ’ s business model . To avoid this reality , we as an industry have to drive change in the data collection process .
A little background on what is changing : The EU has passed its EU Green Deal , a set of policies aimed to create a sustainable future . They have also passed the Circular Economy Action Plan ( CEAP ) and the Chemical Strategy for Sustainability ( CSS ) to start making supply chain and design requirements actionable . Individual legislations
are to be re-written to harmonize and drive the move to sustainable products . The battery directive is the first piece of legislation being rewritten to require a greatly expanded data set , wherein the suppliers will be required to provide not only the chemical substance content but also the greenhouse gas and other sustainability data . Once rolled out , it will be expanded to RoHS , REACH , ELV , and others . The legislation has also mandated that in the future we will be required to provide Life Cycle Assessment ( LCA ) data to support our design and supplier choices . Right now the LCA companies make the majority of their money by reformatting the data and entering it into their software . I assert that we cannot afford these costs going forward .
In addition to increased costs , we are facing additional liabilities from data collection as well . The data for REACH , RoHS , and other legislations are being used to determine and report compliance . If the data we collect and provide is bad , we will likely be on the hook for product recalls , or otherwise held responsible for a prod-