Wiring Harness News WHN Jul-Aug2018

• Wire Wisdom • WHMA - Wired In • EWPT 2018 Recap • How to Select an M&A Advisor • Building Bridges, Chasing Dreams • Schleuniger’s S.University eLearning Platform • The Power Women of the Wire Harness Industry • Splicing of Multi-conductors and Twisted Wires by Ultrasonic July August 2018 H & L Manufacturing Shifts to High Gear By Joe Tito Wiring Harness News ______________________________ H&L Manufacturing got its start in Caledonia, Michigan in 1967 un- der the ownership of Larry and Lila Alkema. The company initially made products to support the office furni- ture industry. Within a short period of time, they uncovered an opportu- nity to build a wire harness for the automotive industry. Wire harness production eventually eclipsed other manufacturing within the company as they increased both capacity and capabilities. In 2005, the Alkemas sold H&L to Steve and Tanya (Alkema) Sawdy. The couple continued to grow the busi- ness. In 2011, they relocated from the 20,000 sq ft facility in Caledonia to the current 54,000 sq ft facility in Middleville, Michigan. The move allowed them to take on additional new business that would not have fit in that old facility. In 2017, Steve and Tanya decided to bring some added expertise to the business in order to grow. With that, Jeff Gillesse and Russ Richardson bought into H&L as minority owners. The addition of Jeff and Russ brought added strength to H&L, especially in the areas of fi- nance and lean manufacturing. WHN spoke with Russ Richardson and Matt Emery, President of H&L. Russ directed the conversation to the improvements the team has made Forty Years and Four Generations at Cobra Braiding Machinery By Tim Crighton Special for Wiring Harness News ______________________________ Neil Hyde – President of Cobra Braiding Machinery – tells Wiring Harness News about his company’s success and adaptability in 40 years of manufacturing, and supplying mar- ket leading braiding machinery to the wiring harness market. Cobra Braiding Machinery has de- veloped a strong reputation as a lead- ing manufacturer of braiding machin- ery for the wiring harness market and is a global supplier. In fact, 95% of their braiding ma- chines are exported. Orders are shipped to a number of countries worldwide including the United States, Mexico, Europe, Middle East, India, China, Japan and Australia. Cobra is a family run company and the current President is the fourth generation of the Hyde family to be manufacturing braiding machinery. The first generation had a UK license to manufacture a USA braiding ma- chine from Reading, PA. Established in 1981, and operat- ing for nearly 40 years, Cobra has been supplying wire harness braid- ing machines for use in commercial automotive, off-road, emergency, con- struction, mining and agricultural ve- hicles, marine engines and aerospace including Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO). Wiring Harness News caught up with Neil Hyde, President, and quizzed him about his business, his customers and why Cobra has re- mained successful in the wire har- ness market. Wiring Harness News – So Neil, tell our readers a little bit about your company, Cobra Braiding Machinery? H&L Manufacturing Team over the last year by building on the systems already in place. They are forecasting $11-13 M in sales with about 135 employees in 2018. One of the first upgrades was to install air conditioning throughout the fa- cility in order to have a better work environment for the employees. “We invested a lot in the past year, not only in the building and facilities, but also into new capital equipment to have a better, more stable process,” Russ said. Their capital budget for improvements in 2018 is $1.2 M, and they have been working with Ko- max, Artos and other manufacturers to enhance automation and improve process flow. With a complete engi- neering department, they are also designing their own tools and equip- ment to achieve those same goals. One recent improvement was the addition of vision systems to improve quality, and Matt was eager to de- scribe the rationale and details. “We did an analysis of our internal and ex- ternal quality complaints from 2017, and noticed that about 45 percent of those issues could be eliminated by some type of error proofing on the detection side,” he described. These defects were typically due to human error, like someone forgetting to lock down a connector, or put tape in a specified location. “We did an ROI study and we realized that our pay- _____________ Continued on page 15 Latest Developments in Wire and Cable SAE 8A 8D Spring 2018 By Mischael Traskos Lectromec _______________________________ I t is not often that you find more than two people in a room with a passion for aero- space wiring systems. One of the ex- ceptions is the bi-yearly gathering of wiring system component and EWIS experts for the SAE 8A/8D commit- tee. Last month, Chicago, Illinois was the host for this event that covered a wide range of topics from conduc- tors to installation practices. The following is a brief overview of some of the development and top- ics discussed at the meeting. _____________ Continued on page 21 Heat Shrink Tubing Since the release of the heat shrink tubing standard MIL-I-23053 (the ex- act release date is uncertain as earli- est available version is Rev C from 1976), product manufacturers were permitted to self-certify the product base on the results of their own test- ing. This will soon be changing with the transition to the SAE version of the document AS23053. With the heat shrink tubing cov- ered as an SAE document, require- ments now levied on manufacturers required third-party verification of their product’s performance. Other than the verification requirements, the SAE and military documents are the same. No additional re