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Wednesday, May 10th, 2017
|8:30am||Optimization and Efficiencies in Electrical Cabinet Building
Presented by: Patrick Boyer, Applications Specialist Project Manager of Komax Wire
Today the manufacturing of control panels is traditionally a labor-intensive process with few options for process automation. Constant changeovers and other manual tasks set costs skyrocketing making it difficult to offer attractive prices. This impairs competitiveness, especially with small batch sizes. Additionally, elaborate monitoring is essential to maintain acceptable quality assurance. This seminar will dive into a variety of hardware and software tools, processes, and optimization solutions to enhance profitable and quality cabinet building.
Patrick Boyer currently works as an Applications Specialist Project Manager and is a 21-year veteran of Komax Wire, a global leader in wire processing equipment and solutions. Patrick started within the applications department of Komax Wire – North America and quickly accelerated his career to his current position. He has written “The Future of Wire Harness Production”, a specialized article highlighting the future trends of wire harness manufacturing. In addition, Patrick plays a pivotal role in providing solutions to manufacturers across all industries to help innovate their manufacturing processes.
VW-1 High Temperature Wire for Appliance Applications
Presented by: Gary Wasch, OEM Market Manager of Radix Wire
VW-1 is a vertical flame rating that applies to many components used inside of appliances to reduce fire hazards. This presentation will provide background on how the requirement evolved to its current state, timing, wires types, materials and constructions available. A brief discussion of wire processing considerations, handling and design constraints will be included. In addition, a UL representative from the Wire and Cable division will review what the standard is attempting to convey and how it makes appliances safer. He will also cover the testing methods and how to identify VW-1 rated wire.
Gary Wasch manages sales of high temperature wire products as the OEM Market Manager at Radix Wire. Gary has worked at Radix Wire for over 10 years focusing the largest portion of his time on the major appliance market and suppliers of components into those markets. He works to provide cost effective application solutions and well as managing efficient supply chains to fit the needs of each customer. Gary has worked in manufacturing for over 25 years developing knowledge of electrical controls, automation, process improvement equipment and materials used a wide range of industries. He is active in the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). He earned a B.S. Industrial Engineering Technology from Kent State University and an MBA from Ashland University.
|12:30pm||Manufacturing Execution Systems…Your Competitive Advantage!
Presented by: Bernd Jost, Managing Director of DiIT AG
There are many factors that influence production output, efficiency and quality in your wire processing operation. Do you know how to track, report on and most importantly improve these critical parameters? A manufacturing execution system (MES) could help do just that. This presentation will cover all aspects of an MES, from an overview of what an MES is and the benefits of considering a system for your organization, to how to prepare for an MES installation. The presentation will provide attendees with the knowledge they need to better evaluate and analyze the manufacturing efficiency of their own organization and the steps needed to maximize their current investment and gain a competitive advantage.
Bernd Jost is Managing Director at DiIT AG, the leading software solution provider of Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) within the wire harness industry. After 30 years of experience in the IT industry, Bernd formally took over the role of Managing Director at DiIT in January 2017. Bernd oversees all aspects of DiIT’s software systems, including working with Schleuniger on S.WOP Software for Wire Processing Optimization. Prior to joining DiIT, Bernd worked with debis, a Daimler company, where he managed businesses working with automotive IT applications and Atos, a leading French based IT Systems-Integrator where he was responsible for discrete manufacturing and logistics in the EMEA market. Bernd has a degree in computer science and business economics from Stuttgart University.
|2:30pm||How do You Inspect Your Crimps?
Presented by: Terry Curtis, Sales Associate of Crimping & Stamping Technologies
A Quality Crimp. It all starts here. This seminar will explore the process of setting up a crimp press for production. Our focus is on the crimp validation process to verify the crimp is acceptable for production. The tools used to validate crimp quality and emerging trends in crimp validation will be covered. We will illustrate a few misconceptions in the application of crimp quality inspection tools. Finally drawing an association with in process crimp verification.
Terry Curtis is the President of WireProcess Specialties. Terry has spent over three decades helping companies with their wire processing requirements. He is passionate over helping companies improve their production efficiency and reduce their processing costs. WireProcess Specialties supplies processing solutions for wire harness assembly including wire stripping, terminals and crimp tooling. Also, crimp testing and specialty processing such as ultrasonic welding, laser marking and heat shrink tube processing. Training and consulting services are other ways WireProcess serve their customers.
Thursday, May 11th, 2017
|8:30am||Using the IIoT to Improve Plant Floor Equipment and Productivity|
Presented by: Paul Hogendoorn, President of FreePoint Technologies
Your equipment doesn’t have to be new, sophisticated or expensive, to connect to a data collection system. With the emergence of the IIoT, it is now easier than ever to measure the productivity of any machine on the plant floor, and easy to connect workers with the results. “What gets measured gets improved”. Learn how measuring all your machines empirically and in real-time puts everyone on the same page and increases productivity.
Paul Hogendoorn has worked in the manufacturing industry for over 30 years and has visited hundreds of manufacturing plants. He is a contributing columnist for a number of industry publications, including Manufacturing AUTOMATION and Wire Harness News. He was a founding member of the London Region Manufacturing Council, and continues to be an advocate for the manufacturing industry in North America. He is a serial entrepreneur and currently president of FreePoint Technologies.
|10:30am||Theory and Best Practices for Automating Wire Twisting and Taping
Presented by: Patrick Moroney, Product Marketing Manager of Komax Wire
Twisting of two individual wires to create one unshielded twisted pair (UTP) is a cost-effective and optimum-weight solution for data cables with respect to electromagnetic compatibility. Even with the most careful twisting during production, there is a risk that the wire ends unwind during transport or assembly reducing the positive characteristics of a twisted pair. This seminar will examine best practices in wire twisting, wire taping, and combining wire twisting with taping.
Pat Moroney recently joined the Komax Wire team in 2016 as Product Marketing Manager. With over 20 years of technical product marketing experience, Pat has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.
|12:30pm||Advanced Crimp Theory for Small Wire Applications
Presented by: Matt Houser, Development Engineering Manager of TE Connectivity
Industry trends toward miniaturization are driving connector designs ever smaller. Small wire terminations present unique challenges for crimp tooling designers and end users. This seminar will focus on factors that affect the quality of small wire terminations and special considerations needed to overcome small wire termination challenges. Included in this presentation will be considerations for termination tools ranging from hand tools to lead making equipment.
Matt Houser is the Development Engineering Manager at TE Connectivity’s Application Tooling Division. He spent the first years of his career as a hand tool Product Engineer before moving into Development Engineering. More recently, Matt and his team have devoted their time to analyzing and improving small wire terminations. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Penn State University, an MBA from Lebanon Valley College, and is a certified Six Sigma black belt.