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20 SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2020 Wiring Harness News INDUSTRIAL INFO-TAINMENT Improving Outcomes for Our Clients in Electronic Harness/Interconnect Manufacturing By Arik Vrobel El-Com Systems ______________________________ Introduction The electronics OEM industry can hugely benefit from the option of having a comprehensive solution to improve the effectiveness and accuracy of interconnect design. This is even more important for high-reliability industries where interconnections tend to be highly complex, highly sensitive (in terms of performance) and face rapid change due to evolving application parameters/constraints all within a very high-risk, late-cycle project timeline environment which these industries often face. Arik Vrobel, El-Com Systems A Growing Problem The Interconnect industry is ripe with challenges and hurdles partially because of the significant variability in component design, requirements, processes, applications, manufacturing practices, differences in design software capability and large variability of suppliers, their documentation and their qualifications. What compounds the challenges of the interconnect industry is that customers/OEMs, whose focus is on their main product development efforts, are often not deeply skilled in or adequately focused on the technical design details of these late-in-the-cycle interconnect systems. Thus, they may over-design, under-design, or more often improperly design these critical components Why are Critical Interconnects Designed Late in the Product Design Cycle? Interconnects (more precisely: harnesses, cables with connectors that are interconnecting between sub-systems or components) are technical components of a system and are usually designed last in the overall product design cycle. Typically, major systems’ mechanical, and electrical designs of core products “have to be well developed before their interconnections are fully defined”. Interconnections today are growing in sophistication but still are consistently an afterthought in the