Wiring Harness News WHN May-Jun 2014

Wiring Harness News NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 1 INDUSTRIAL INFO-TAINMENT s • Lamcor Group i : e Th su res • 2014 WHMA Conference Is tu • Manufacturing IT – stuck in a rut? a • Wire Wisdom - Welding Cable e F • Corporate Culture: Myth or Must? • Four Most Common Medical Cable Jackets MAY JUNE 2014 Lamcor Group By Fred Noer __________________________________ F or Eryn and Jamie Shepherd, owners of Lamcor Group, the past is a constant presence in their business. And, the past always will help them guide the future of the com- pany. Such perspectives are due to the fact Eryn Shepherd, 42, whose maiden name is Melugin, is the third generation of her family to be involved in the wiring har- ness industry. She and her husband Jamie, 40, are carrying on the tradition through their firm in Fullerton, Calif., that manufactures harnesses, cable assemblies, cord sets and fuse holders. The original Lamcor (without Group in the name) was incorporated in Octo- ber 1952 by Eryn’s grandfather Bud Mel- ugin after he worked for McMillan Elec- tric Supply, Anaconda Wire & Cable and Electric Cord & Supply. Lamcor was located in Anaheim, Calif., part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area that includes Fullerton. “What I like best about our company is that we are carrying on my grandfa- ther’s legacy,” Eryn said. “I am most proud of the heritage we got from my grandfather.” Melugin, who served as president of Lamcor, operated the firm with the assis- tance of his wife Jessie, who was the vice president and office manager. Their sons Dennis (Eryn Shepherd’s father) and Doug grew up in the business and 2014 WHMA Conference By Joe Tito Wiring Harness News __________________________________ I 've been to many WHMA Annual Conferences throughout the years, and the seminars have always been informative and entertain- ing. But I noticed something different last year in Las Vegas, and especially this year at the conference in Orlando, Flori- da. The board has really hit its stride in selecting timely topics, and dynamite presenters, that make for an unparal- leled experience for wire harness pro- ducers. I’m a short attention span guy. If you can keep me from drifting through five presentations that last anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours, you have really achieved something. And WHMA did. It’s always worth mentioning the invaluable networking that goes on behind the scenes at WHMA events; but you could have attended any one of these seminars, and walked away with a valuable idea that would have justified WHMA membership, AND the trip to Orlando. They were that good folks! You can’t get the flavor and essence of these presentations by just looking at the slides, but you can still glean plenty of of information from them. I con- vinced WHMA to make them available. I’ll cover each briefly, along with addi- tional resources offered by the presen- ters. But you can see all of the presenta- tions at: http://whma.org/2014Presen- tations/2014Presentations.html. I know it’s a long link, but it’s well worth the effort. If nothing else, I hope this will convince you to attend the WHMA annu- al conference next year in Las Vegas. ________________Continued on page 60 Dennis Melugin and his daughter Eryn Shepherd. eventually took over ownership of Lam- cor as equal partners, with Dennis as president and Doug as VP. Bud Melugin died at age 85 in 1995. He is the Bud in the Bud and Gus Award presented annually by the Wiring Har- ness Manufacturers Association (WHMA) to someone who has given exemplary service to the organization. Gus refers to Gus Knaack, another indus- try pioneer who was the father of Fred Knaack. He and Dennis Melugin helped found WHMA and developed the award to honor their fathers and recognize out- standing contributors of service to the association. Dennis and Doug Melugin operated Lamcor until late in the summer of 2005, when Doug, 68, died due to illness and Dennis, then 66, decided to retire. A decision was made to close the compa- ny and put the property up for sale. It was located in the prestigious Platinum Triangle that includes Angel Stadium, Honda Center and The Grove of Ana- heim. The Shepherds were working at Lam- cor at the time. Eryn was full time in the purchasing department, having returned to the staff in 1999. Her previous stints were as a production worker and as an administrative assistant. A former mall restaurant manager, Jamie began full time in the Lamcor shipping department in 1996. Unable to buy the original Lamcor due to legal restrictions, the Shepherds did purchase its inventory and equip- ment and opened Lamcor Group on Nov. 1, 2005. “We wanted to keep the family tradition alive,” said Jamie, noting he and Eryn had the support of Dennis. “Lamcor had long-term employees, so why put all those good people out of work? ________________Continued on page 16 Four Most Common Medical Cable Jackets By David Galambos DG Interconnect __________________________________ N ot sure which cable jacket to use for your application? Here are the pros and cons of the four most common jackets for medical cables. When selecting a cable for a cable assembly there are many options in jack- et material. Jacket material can depend on where the cable will be used, how it will be used, sterilization methods, and expected life, among other factors. Cables that are being used in the med- ical field need to meet certain specifica- tions and standards, especially if they are going to be used in a sterile environ- ment. the Spaulding Classification explains sterilization classes, and ANSI/AAMIEC53:2013ECG trunk cables and patient lead wires (previews- AAMI_EC53_1311__pre) is a preview of the first few pages of the standard) dis- cusses the minimum standards for clean- ing and disinfection of ECG trunk cables and patient lead wires. The four most common jackets for cables in the medical industry are TPE/TPR, Polyurethane, PVC, and Sili- cone. Polyurethane Polyurethane is a desirable cable jack- ________________Continued on page 48