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Digi-Key serves as a remarkable resource for our company as well as our customers. Simply put, they rock!

When you encounter tight customer deadlines and narrow windows to complete a project, vendor reliability is critical.

Relying on trustworthy suppliers to deliver consistent quality product on-time makes life much smoother. We find that Digi-Key answers the call each and every time.

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Humble Beginnings

Dr. Ronald Stordahl founded Digi-Key as a PhD student in the late 1960’s. Dr. Stordahl even posses his own  Wikipedia page. That’s impressive! Furthermore, Dr. Stordahl turned a passion and hobby into an incredibly successful entrepreneurial venture.

According to Forbes.com:

While obtaining his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Stordahl started selling a digital electronic keyer kit for sending radiotelegraph code for ham radio operators. This device was called the I.C. Keyer that incorporated the logic of digital I.S.’s and it was used to send out Morse code for ham radios.  After college, Dr. Stordahl went back to his hometown, Thief River Falls.  The keyer kit ended up being discontinued, so he started selling electronic components in 1972.

Digi-Key by the Numbers 

Today, Digi-Key continues to thrive as one of the fastest growing distributors of electronics parts and components.

We recently discussed in a blog post regarding the explosive growth with B2B Ecommerce. Digi-key certainly plays their part in this growth. For example, Digi-key handles over 3.5 million internet orders annually. WOW! That is also impressive.

According to the Digi-Key website, they are the “top rated and most visited website in the electronic distribution industry”:

  • Over $2.3 Billion in annual revenue (BILLION – WOW!)
  • 3700 employees
  • 1.3 million stock items
  • 99% of all orders shipped same day
  • 15,000 orders shipped daily
  • 474,000 customers served

New Product Development 

With continuing our blog series on New Product Development, having reliable vendors on your side lends a tremendous competitive advantage.

Small quantities help engineers and product designers when suffering through the prototype stage. In addition, Digi-Key offers many products in single units. Therefore this makes life much easier during the prototype and testing phase of product development. Yet, quantity discounts offered allows prices to drop down substantially.

Furthermore, we have had numerous situations with clients on-site working on new prototypes. Once they discover they need a new part, they jump on Digi-Key for immediate shipment of product. Another scenario falls when a customer discovers that a part they had originally purchased is not a good fit or simply does not work. Therefore, knowing a replacement part ordered today, arrives tomorrow, once again saves the day.

Digi-Key ships orders accurately and on the same day as ordered. This lends tremendous peace of mind. Especially under tight deadlines and high customer demands.

Our purchasing department also finds Digi-Key knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Their customer service team fully understands the stress that their customers face. Most importantly their dependability and reliability simply removes one of the many obstacles manufacturers deal with daily.

For PCB production, we count on Digi-Key for capacitors, integrated circuits, diodes, resistors and transistors.

Also, we purchase components, connectors and terminals from Digi-Key to produce our  Wire Harness Assemblies.

Most importantly, they provide parts for our  Wire Harness Estimator and Ground Strap Express.

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Edis

Are you deeply passionate about electronics? Do you love history as well? If so, you need to check out the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University (click here).

The Edison Papers at Rutgers University serves as an extremely ambitious project dedicated to the man credited with 1093 patents during his lifetime from 1847 to 1931.

Thomas Edison changed history with his relentless drive to make the world a better place with his amazing inventions and new product development.

However, Thomas Edison played many roles in his illustrious life. The list includes not only inventor and entrepreneur but also a loving husband and father. Above all, Thomas Edison represents massive success.

Furthermore, the incredible legacy of Thomas Edison continues on today with great thanks to the dynamic team at Rutgers University.Edison Papers

Rutgers University Professor Thomas Jeffrey, Senior Editor Emeritus Edison Papers 

This post continues our blog series on the Thomas and Mina Edison family. Hence, during our research on Thomas Edison, we discovered a local connection with the Edison family and Chautauqua Institution.

First, we began our research by contacting Chautauqua Institution. Chautauqua Institution Archivist Jonathan Schmitz then connected our team with Dr. Thomas Jeffrey, Professor at Rutgers University and Senior Editor Emeritus of the Edison Papers.

Consequently, Dr. Thomas Jeffrey recently blessed our company with the opportunity to interview him in person. Click here to hear sections of that interview

In addition, our conversation with both Jonathan Schmitz and Dr. Thomas Jeffrey led to a deep interest to continue exploring the Edison Papers.

As a result, it was exciting to see all of the pieces on the Edison Papers website from the Oliver Archives Center at Chautauqua Institution. Especially since Jonathan Schmitz allowed us to go through many of the same documents.

Click the link below to learn how the Edison Papers team made the Edison-Miller connection to Chautauqua Institution:

Miller Family Papers to add Chautauqua chapter to Edison project

Creating The Edison Effect Through Course Development

Below includes a video with Dr. Paul Israel, Director and also General Editor of the Edison Papers:

Below includes a link to another video with an interview with Dr. Paul Israel on PBS:

https://www.pbs.org/video/history-detectives-extended-interview-historian-paul-israel/

The Mission of the Edison Papers Project

Due to the deep dedication and commitment from the team at Rutgers University, their website is loaded with a wealth of information. In particular check out the  Digital Edition of the Edison Papers.

Therefore, it certainly seems like any piece of information imaginable regarding Thomas Edison resides on the Edison Papers website.

For example, according to the Rutgers University website the mission of the project states:

One of the most challenging, versatile, and collaborative projects ever anchored by humanities scholarship, the Thomas A. Edison Papers is a unique resource for understanding the unbounded themes, variations, and processes of invention and innovation because it combines the major research capabilities of Rutgers University with a team of diversely interested specialists.

A major goal of the Edison Papers is to produce a selective fifteen-volume book edition of transcribed and annotated documents. The book volumes provide not only an overview of Edison’s life and career but also significant resources for understanding the development of electrical and other technology, as well as the emergence of new technology industries.

The Edison Papers was established under a Board of Oversight which consists of Rutgers, the State University of New Jerseythe National Park Servicethe New Jersey Historical Commission, and the Smithsonian Institution.

Finally, let’s take a tour of the Edison Papers and explore the tremendous amount of information the team at Rutgers organized:

Edison Personal Artifacts 

The Edison Papers offers literally thousands of documents organized by the categories below:

Thomas Edison Business Related Documents 

Additionally, you can browse through thousands of documents on Thomas Edison’s business dealings:

Thomas Edison Inventions 

Above all, for aspiring inventors, you can also browse by inventions of Thomas Edison:

In conclusion, if you are looking for a blueprint on building game changing inventions and seeking entrepreneurial success, dedicate some time browsing the Edison Papers. You will learn tons.

Most importantly, please take a moment to thank the team at Rutgers University for all of the hard work over the years. Job well done Scarlet Knights!

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Several months ago we decided to blog about the greatest inventor and entrepreneur in electronics, Thomas Edison. At that time, little did we know where this path would lead us. As a result, we were blessed to interview Professor Thomas Jeffrey, Senior Editor Emeritus of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University.

Professor Thomas Jeffrey was extremely gracious and open to granting an interview on Thomas Edison. A subject that he has researched extensively for almost 40 years. For more information, click here to check out a recent blog that includes a quick bio and introduces Professor Thomas Jeffrey.Professor Thomas Jeffrey

Thomas Edison Connection to Chautauqua Institution

As we started our blog series on the Edison Family, we discovered a local connection with Thomas Edison and his amazing wife Mina Miller Edison to Chautauqua Institution. While connecting with the Chautauqua Institution Archives, our research led us to the Edison Papers at Rutgers University.

Click the link below to learn how the Edison Papers team made the Edison-Miller connection to Chautauqua Institution:

Miller Family Papers to add Chautauqua chapter to Edison Project

Mina Miller Edison’s father, Lewis Miller, co-founded Chautauqua Institution during the summer of 1874. Fast forward 144 years later, Chautauqua Institution continues to thrive delivering an amazing lineup every summer season. Chautauqua Institution welcomes over 100,000 visitors each summer who explore spirituality, philosophy, cultural vitality and the arts. In addition, click here to learn more.

As a college senior as well as working as a social media intern, learning about the incredible life of Mina Miller Edison led to a great deal of inspiration and an eagerness to explore deeper.

As a result, we learned Mina strongly valued education. Therefore after graduating from Akron High School, Mina continued her education at the Miss Abby H. Johnson’s Home & Day School for Young Ladies in Boston.

My Interview with Professor Thomas Jeffrey

This interview was made possible thanks to Jonathan Schmitz, archivist of Chautauqua Institution. Jonathan provided this outstanding connection to Professor Thomas Jeffrey due to our interest to learn more about Mina Miller Edison..

Ready for this exciting interview with Professor Thomas Jeffrey. Here we go:

Question 1: Did Mina have a good relationship with her family?

Answer: Yes, she wrote a lot to her sister Grace as she grew up. She also wrote to her mother and father as well. They had a strong relationship which helped Mina grow into an amazing woman.

As a result of the Edison papers, you can see these interactions at these links at Rutgers University:

Also here is a clip from my interview talking about her family life:

Question 2: Do you think Mina’s Father’s success helped her want to achieve as well?

Answer: Yes. She wanted to be more than just a housewife, she wanted to be a businesswoman as well.

Also here is a clip from my interview talking about this question:

Question 3: Do you think Mina being such a big part of Edison’s business made her kids want to achieve like their mother?

Answer: Yes, This is especially true when it came to seeing a difference between Mina’s stepchildren and her own children.

Also here is a clip from my interview on this question:

Question 4: Did Mina want one of her children to take over Thomas Edison’s business?

Answer: Yes, she wanted Charles to take over the business. She wanted the business to stay in the family.

Also here is a clip from my interview on this topic:

Question 5: How did Mina feel about Thomas spending time in his lab?

Answer: She didn’t like him spending to much time in his lab. She wanted him present to be part of their family.

Finally, Here is a clip from my interview about a time where Mina had to go get Thomas from his lab.

 

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Thank you for reading this post. Our blog series on the Edison Family continues with our next post on the Edison Papers at Rutgers University.

Another upcoming post on the Edison Family includes our exciting interview with Ted Arnn, the great-nephew to Thomas and Mina Edison.

Also to learn more about Falconer Electronics, you can check out information on our American Made Ground Straps and Wire Harnesses.

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Many small manufacturers in the U.S. struggle to determine if the product that they assemble, manufacture or produce truly qualifies for the labels “Made in USA” or “American Made”.

Made in USA, American Made

Complying with American Made Standards

The world is shrinking fast. Competition is fierce. In addition, the internet has escalated a true global economy. Every country fights rigorously for consumers to purchase their products.

Consumers commonly make buying decisions based on labels. An important label includes country of origin. For example, U.S. manufacturers proudly label their products with “American Made” or “Made in the USA”. “American Made” represents quality products and lends a strong selling point for the product.

Unfortunately, there is confusion behind the definition of “American Made”. As a result, manufacturers in the U.S. are eager to comply with the “American Made” or “Made in USA” standards. Especially, as long as the standard is consistent and well defined.

Yet, some companies are too eager to capitalize on the “American Made” logo that actually do not qualify. Therefore, an “American Made” standard helps prevent those companies from just throwing a sticker on any product. Specifically, those that do so while disregarding its true origin.

What Does “All or Virtually All” Mean?

A Google search for “Complying with Made in the USA” produces 854,000 results. Furthermore, the #1 ranking is a link to the Federal Trade Commission website. The article is titled: Complying with the Made in USA Standard. The page offers a link to a pdf that dates back to 1998. However, it is still relevant today. This pdf states:

Traditionally, the Commission has required that a product advertised as Made in USA be “all or virtually all” made in the U.S.

“All or virtually all” means that all significant parts and processing that go into the product must be of U.S origin. That is, the product should contain no — or at least negligible — foreign content.-Federal Trade Commission pdf

So what does “or at least negligible” actually mean?

Manufacturers may think that they are truly making American products with all domestic suppliers. However, certain parts or raw material may be imports from a foreign country. All unbeknownst to the manufacturer.

Even if you purchase raw materials, parts, and components from a domestic distributor, those products may have originated in another country.

Manufacturers have to be aware of all aspects of their products. However, this can be a difficult undertaking. When you purchase components from a vendor they will not always provide you with the origin of those pieces. This is especially true if there is a larger component that has hardware or other parts that form the component as a whole. This is the situation that California manufacturer Maglite found themselves in.

Manufacturer Responsibility

As an example, Maglite, a California lighting manufacturer made national news. They lost a lawsuit over false “Made in USA” claims. Maglite is committed to American manufacturing and an amazing American entrepreneurial success story (click for video from ABC News). However, the lawsuit boiled down to a microchip and a rubber seal. Both of which had origins overseas. Therefore, costing the owner thousands of dollars in legal defense. Meanwhile, they still lost their case.

Check out this clip from CNBC (click here).

Unfortunately, in this case, the responsibility fell on the manufacturer. Like many manufacturers, they felt they were playing by the rules but fell short according to the court of California. Also, ignorance is not a reliable excuse or defense. There are companies that find themselves in trouble even when intentions are honest and genuine.

The Best Intentions

Manufacturers may have the best intentions of purchasing domestic goods. However, these products are not always available. Specific countries, geographical regions, climates, and many other factors affect the production of certain products in those areas. You may have a product that you assemble in the U.S. Production of that same product could occur with raw components originating from various countries.

In many cases, it is just not cost-effective to produce certain products in the U.S. Basic economics says that supply and demand control a market. Price is typically a key ingredient. What if the production of a product isn’t at a price that a customer is willing to pay? It is going to be extremely challenging to create a product that will sell. It will also be hard to sustain a profitable company due to the lack of interest in your product. Well at this point you are thinking, thank you Captain Obvious.

How Can You Protect Your Business?

One of the main ways to protect your business from lawsuits like that Maglite experienced is to be aware of your sourced parts. Also, before claiming your product is “Made in America” be aware of the laws in your state.

Why would the state you’re in make a difference? Different states have different definitions of “American Made”. Unfortunately for Maglite, California has one of the strictest definitions in the country (click here). Other states, however, acknowledge that there needs to be some leeway when it comes to hardware.

In Maglite’s case the components they got in trouble for were not available in the United States at the time. Maglite had done searches for that product and came up empty handed. That is another issue that manufacturers need to be aware of. When a component is not available in the U.S. what do you do? Also, how can you still receive the “Made in America” Stamp?

What if You Can’t Find Your Components in The U.S.?

Unfortunately, there are not many options. Depending on the component you may be able to employ a local business to manufacture the part for you. If your business is lucky enough to have ties to another manufacturer that would be willing to help, you are then all set. There is also the possibility of you manufacturing the piece yourself. The plus side to this is you would know exactly where the piece came from.

However, what if this isn’t an option? This is a very real possibility. There may not be an option of creating your own part. Whether due to time constraints or available resources. In this situation, you will need to find another way.

What if the only option is to import that specific part like Maglite had to? This is when you need to be aware of your state’s specific laws on the matter. If you are lucky enough to be in a state that has wiggle room depending on the component you may be able to import what you need without penalty.

However, if you are in a state with strict laws (like Maglite) you may have no choice then leaving off the “Made in America” label.

According to an article in the Daily Bulletin, Maglite hopes for a federal bill on the “Made in America” standard. A federal bill would certainly level the playing field as well as clarify the definition.

How Do You Still Represent Your American Workforce?

Do not lose all hope in that situation! There are other labels that you can use that will still encourage customers to buy your product. Some of these labels include:

  • “Assembled in America”
  • “Contains –% American Product”
  • “Final Product Assembled in the USA”
  •  also “USA Factory Assembled”

Each of these labels still encourage loyal customers and patriotic sales. Customers will see one of these labels and know that they are purchasing a product from an American Factory. Furthermore, with these labels and others like them, you can represent your American workforce and still be in compliance with the law.

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Businesses plunging into ecommerce in the 1990’s certainly faced many challenges. One of the greatest challenges? Finding new customers. Think about this for a moment……….Google did not exist back then. Let alone Google AdWords to help with your search marketing efforts.

What!?!?

That’s right! No Google. Well, not as we know it today anway. Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded the idea and concept for Google in 1995. Click here for a cool article on the founders from Wired magazine. An amazing American Entrepreneurial success. Massive success! It is hard to imagine going an entire day without using Google.

Google AdWords

We frequently assist small business owners with New Product Development. In particular with Ground Straps and Wire Harness Assemblies. However, developing the product is only half the battle. Marketing your product and business aggressively is critical. Entrepreneurs and small business owners must take full advantage of every resource possible.  Especially in these competitive times. This post continues our blog series on B2B Marketing.

Google AdWords

Can you imagine life now without Google? Nearly unfathomable. Try telling a high school or college student to do research without access to Google. Heavy odds they would be lost.

To take it one step further, try telling an ecommerce company today that they cannot use AdWords. They would not have pleasant words for you (major understatement).

Well, that was ecommerce in the 1990’s. Google changed the world and is now a verb (“Google it”). An essential function that millions of companies rely on daily.

AdWords allows potential customers to find your website quickly and easily.

When you conduct a search, the top words with an “AD” button next to the URL (or company website) designate an  AdWords listing.

Google AdWords runs as an auction. It does not cost a company a single penny to be listed in that position. You only bid to be there. A charge only occurs once an individual clicks on your ad. This is called “Pay-Per-Click” or PPC. You only pay when someone clicks on your ad.

Resources for AdWords 

Confused? No problem. Plenty of outstanding resources exist that provide valuable information on how to execute PPC strategies.

Check out these several excellent websites below for additional help to tackle PPC:

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On this day, 153 years ago, July 6, 1865, an amazing woman was born: Mina Miller Edison. Mina was a positive force which she demonstrated with her many incredible achievements. Especially as the wife of Thomas Edison, a wonderful mother and her involvement in numerous community projects.

Mina Miller Edison

Mina Miller Edison & Chautauqua Institution

Our team excitedly decided to create a blog series on Thomas Edison. Being an electronics manufacturer (Wire Harness Manufacturing and Ground Straps) for over 30 years plus being history buffs, a blog series on Thomas Edison sounded educational and fun. 

While conducting research on Thomas Edison, we discovered that Thomas Edison and his wife Mina Miller Edison also share deep roots in our local community, Chautauqua County.

Mina was not only the wife of Thomas Edison she is also the daughter of Lewis Miller. Mina’s father Lewis Miller was a hugely successful inventor and industrialist as well as the founder of Chautauqua Institution.

Mina Miller and her family spent their summers at Chautauqua Institution (check out our blog from earlier this week to learn about Chautauqua Institution). Mina’s father was one of the founders in 1874. Therefore Mina was extremely proud of her father. Especially his legacy in founding the historic Chautauqua Institution.

Furthermore, Mina was extremely passionate and active with her community involvement. This list includes the Audubon Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Chautauqua Bird Tree and Garden Club, the West Orange Community League and much more.

The Edison Family 

She accomplished all this as well as filling the role of loving and supportive wife to Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors and most successful entrepreneurs in American history.

Mina also raised 6 children with Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison lost his first wife, Mary Stilwell Edison at a young age with who he had three children. She passed away in 1884. When Mina married Thomas Edison in 1886, she also became the stepmother to Edison’s three children at the early age of twenty. 

Mina and Thomas Edison also had three children together. All who all went on to build successful careers and each had a profound positive impact on society (check our blog next week for more details on the Edison children). 

Chautauqua Institution Archives


Once we decided to blog on Mina Miller Edison, we reached out to Chautauqua Institution. They graciously connected our team with the Chautauqua Institution Archives.

The Chautauqua Institution Archives, the Oliver Archives Center, contains thousands of letters from Mina corresponding with friends, colleagues and family members. The Chautauqua Institution archivist, Jonathan Schmitz is extremely knowledgeable on the Edison Family. 

It was truly fascinating leafing through dozens of letters. However, this is certainly a far cry from the digital age of texting, emailing, tweeting, snapchatting and instant messaging. For example, the archive hosts thousands of corresponding letters between Mina and her children. Mina kept everything. There was even a receipt from a weekend stay at the Chautauqua Institution legendary hotel, Hotel Athenaeum.

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Thank you for reading our post on Mina Miller Edison. This blog continues our series on the Thomas Edison Family. Check out our previous blogs on Thomas Edison below:

Over the next few weeks, our blog series on the Edison Family will dig deeper into the life of Mina Miller Edison.

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The Thomas Edison Family name is well known. Everyone that has ever learned about electricity knows of Thomas Edison. However, how much does anyone really know about the entire Edison family? The facts below can bring the entire Edison family into the spotlight.

Thomas Edison Facts

Facts about Thomas Edison

  • Throughout his life, Thomas only spent 3 months in public school
  • His mother took him out of public school and homeschooled him
  • Also, at the young age of 11, Thomas was already a business entrepreneur
  • His nickname was Al when he worked on the train system
  • He also had a science lab on a train
  • Due to an accident with his lab on a train, Thomas Edison lost his hearing
  • Thomas saved a young boy from being run over by a train
  • Due to the rescue, Thomas become a telegraphist
  • Thomas Edison had a tattoo
  • After teaching Mina Miller Morse Code he proposed marriage. That is also how she answered him with “Yes”
  • Thomas had 6 children: 1 daughter and 2 sons from both of his wives

Mina Miller Edison’s Family Facts

Mina Miller Edison's Family

  • Mina Miller’s father was a co-founder of Chautauqua Institute
  • All of the Miller children grew up visiting their Summer home in the institute
  • Education was very important to the Miller family
  • Therefore, after graduating high school Mina attended Miss Abby H. Johnson’s Home & Day School for Young Ladies in Boston
  • Mina owned the home at Glenmont along with calling herself the “home executive”
  • She also ran the household and staff
  • Furthermore, Mina Miller Edison was the daughter, wife, and mother of inventors
  • Mina Miller was less than 10 years older than Thomas Edison’s eldest child Marion

The Edison Children

  • Thomas Edison’s oldest daughter Marion was married to a German soldier during WWI
  • William, Thomas’s third child with his first wife, also fought in WWI for The United States
  • Edison’s two oldest children had nicknames for terms used in Morse Code: Dot and Dash
  • The three eldest Edison children assumed they could get what they wanted by dropping their famous father’s name
  • Also, Thomas Edison Jr. changed his name from Edison to Willard upon his father’s request.
  • Both of the eldest Edison boys (Thomas and William) turned to farming as professions
  • Madeleine Edison, Mina’s first child (Thomas’s fourth) was the only Edison child to have children of their own
  • The Edison family continued to vacation at Chautauqua Institute throughout their lives

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Want to know more about Thomas Edison? Read our blog on Thomas Edison’s Life!

You can also learn more about his inventions. Check out our blog on his Successes and Failures.

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More Helpful Information on Thomas & Mina Edison

National Park Service

The Chautauqua Daily

Thomas A. Edison Papers from Rutgers University

Edison and Ford Winter Estates

The Edison Museum

Thomas Edison Muckers

t.e. voting machine

Thomas Edison’s Successful Inventions

In the Beginning

Thomas Edison had many inventions. However, in 1868, at the age of 22, Thomas Edison invented an “electrical vote recorder“. This was Edison’s first patent. This recorder was a very simple concept. It was for Congress to record their votes. The recorder was also an electrical system containing a dial for each legislator. Each of these dials would have a “yes” and “no” option. Also, after the votes were made the clerk would record the results. Furthermore, the system would add the votes of both choices to obtain final results.

Edison’s Laboratory

Edison was the first inventor to see invention as far more than simply embodying an idea in a working artifact. His vision encompassed what the twentieth century would call innovation—invention, research, development, and commercialization. In the process, he helped to create a new institution for invention—the industrial research laboratory, which might be considered Edison’s greatest invention. 

Thomas A. Edison Papers

In 1876 Thomas Edison moved his family and resources out of Newark and into Menlo Park New Jersey. There he established a research facility. This facility was the first of its kind. It included top of the line equipment and resources. Therefore, creating new opportunities for other inventors to establish their own labs. Furthermore, Edison’s Menlo Park Lab is thought of as one of his greatest inventions. Along with opening the door for other inventors to create labs, it also gave Edison the perfect place to continue his own work.

Thomas Edison’s Favorite Creation

In 1877 Thomas Edison spent his time inventing his favorite invention. It was the first phonograph. The phonograph was the first stage in recordable music. However, it’s original purpose was to record voices. Edison utilized the vibration of speech. The vibrations created markings on tin foil with a needle. Later he would use the same type marking on cylinders and discs to record music. Edison’s favorite creation was the first step in the recordable music we know today.

Out of the Darkness into the Light

One of the most well-known inventions by Thomas Edison is his incandescent light bulb. However, Edison was not the first inventor to work with electrical lighting. Some inventors were very successful with their lighting inventions. Many of these other inventors were focusing on industrial lighting. Therefore, the real challenge for Edison was to create electrical lighting for home use.

Due to this need, Edison began his search for safe reliable lighting that could be used in homes. Incandescent lighting was the perfect solution. However, it took Edison a year and a half to invent the bulb. Edison had to ensure that it was not only economical but safe to use in a home. The biggest sign of success was with a lamp. It included a filament that was made by carbonizing a thread. This thread allowed the bulb to stay on for thirteen and half hours. Therefore, his work with light bulbs started the electrical system that we know today.

In December 1879 Edison showed how functional his incandescent bulbs were. He established a lighting system and installed it in Menlo Park. Therefore, establishing the first step in the creation of the electric industry. In September 1879 the first commercial power station began its operations. This station provided power and electrical lighting to one square mile. The beginning of The Age of Electricity was its result.

Thomas Edison Inventions: Electric Vote Recorder

Thomas Edison’s Electric Vote Recorder

Thomas Edison Inventions: Incandescent Light Bulb

Thomas Edison’s Incandescent Light Bulb

The Failed Inventions of Thomas Edison

When asked about his failures in an interview Thomas Edison stated:

“I have not failed 10,000 times—I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”

Failure is Not the End

Thomas Edison did not like to refer to his inventions as successes or failures. In the field of inventing, it is possible to get bogged down by creations that don’t turn out the way you want. However, Edison was not one to focus on what went wrong. He would rather focus on what he could learn or improve. His first patent for the Vote Recorder is a specific example of this.

 Electrical Vote Recorder

Thomas Edison was very young when he invented the Vote Recorder. Due to this, Edison thought it was a sure thing. He believed his recorder would make life easier. Therefore, he took his invention to Congress. Due to its efficiency, however, Congress feared voters would not take the time to think through their votes. Therefore, it was promptly denied. Due to Congress’s denial of his first patented invention, Edison could have easily walked away from the profession. However, he didn’t see Congress’s dismissal as an ending to his career or passion.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” – Thomas Edison

Talking Dolls

The phonograph was Thomas Edison’s favorite invention. He took the time to perfect it. He wanted it to not only record voices but music as well. Edison thought that he could take this technology and implement it into toys. He developed a housing for the machine. It was small enough to be placed inside doll bodies. Edison even had children record the voices for the dolls. This was so they would be more relatable. However, the quality was not great. It was even considered frightening. Due to crackling and hissing families thought that the dolls sounded like monsters. Therefore, his idea for the talking doll did not take off at the time. However, like the talking dolls of today, Edison opened the door for other modern technology.

Electronic Pens

Modern offices all have copiers. However, during Edison’s time, there was no easy way to make multiples of the same work. The only way was to handwrite them. Handwritten copies had disadvantages. Along with misspellings, there was also a concern that the writing would be illegible. Therefore, Edison thought of a better solution. He believed an electric pen could change how offices, schools, and churches conducted business.

Edison combined a small motor and battery with a needle. The motor would then power the needle to move up and down. This movement caused the needle to poke holes through a stencil. Ink could then be rolled over the markings. It was then possible to make multiple copies of one written work.

The mechanics of the pen worked. However, it was heavy to work with. It was also loud for a business or academic environment. Therefore, Edison made improvements. He improved the sound and weight, but it wasn’t enough. The pen required a battery. The battery required maintenance. Therefore, specific chemicals had to be poured into the machine. A process that was very messy.

Tattoo Guns

Edison’s electric pen was not the best match for businesses, schools, and churches. However, it did introduce new possibilities to a different industry. The tattoo industry. He did not hold the patent for the early tattoo gun. However, Edison’s electric pen holds the credit for having a strong influence on the design.

Thomas Edison had a tattoo. It was five dots arranged how the number five is represented on a dice. However, no one is sure where Edison received his tattoo. Many people wonder if he tattooed himself using his own electric pen.

 

 

Edison inventions: The Electric Pen

Thomas Edison’s Electric Pen

The Original Tattoo Gun

The Original Tattoo Gun

Concrete, it’s Not Just for Sidewalks

After developing a lightbulb for home use Edison was determined to continue to make life better for others. Edison came up with a way to pre-build pieces of homes out of cement. Therefore, keeping the cost low for struggling families. The idea was to pour the pieces for the houses. Then those pieces could be quickly assembled for those in need of housing. Due to their material, these homes would also be fireproof. However, there was resistance among the communities. The houses were eyesores. Furthermore, his target audience did not like the fact that everyone would know their financial situation.

In addition to creating cost-effective housing, Edison had the belief that he could develop cost-effective furniture. Therefore, Edison’s idea for concrete homes became an idea to create concrete furniture. The belief was that newlyweds wouldn’t want to spend too much on furniture that wouldn’t last. The hopes were that they would flock to buy his cost-effective alternative that would last a lifetime. However, concrete was too expensive to be an alternative for other material. Also, people didn’t like the look of the furniture.

Yankee Stadium

Even though Edison’s idea for concrete homes and furniture didn’t take off it wasn’t a complete failure. Edison’s concrete company held the contract to build Yankee Stadium. Therefore, even though his concrete homes did not work out there was value to his idea of building concrete structures. In addition to Yankee Stadium, the few concrete homes he did sell, still stand today.

The Edison Spirit Phone

Another interest of Thomas Edison’s was the spirit world. He spoke about an invention that was a combination of technology from the telephone and the telegraph. The concept of this new invention was to cross the line between the living and the dead. It was also Edison’s hope that it would make it possible for people to have conversations with the dead.

However, there was never any proof that the invention was real. Even after Edison’s death, no record of a spirit phone was found. Therefore, it has become a belief that there was never any intentions of creating such a device. The only evidence of such a phone was Edison’s mention of it in an interview. This is now seen as being a joke that he pulled.

Even without evidence, there are still people who believe that Edison had such a creation. It is some of those same people, who believe that he kept it to himself. They also believe he never shared his plans with any of his coworkers or fellow inventors. Whether it was real or just a grand joke Edison definitely peaked interest with the possibility of this invention. This is Due to people often being intrigued by the thought of communicating with their passed loved ones.

The Iron Ore Separator

Thomas Edison had multiple inventions. Many of which that can be thought of as failures. However, there is none like his Iron Ore Separator. Edison spent money, time, and resources on developing technology for his separator. The end goal was to be able to separate the iron ore from lower grade ores that were unusable. Edison worked for ten years on his separator project. He invested all of the money he had earned from his work with General Electric. In the end, all of the money he had invested had been for nothing. Edison ended his project when iron ore prices dropped. Also, iron ore became an obsolete substance. If not for his sustainable success of the phonograph Edison would’ve been left with nothing after the separator incident.

Successes and Failures in Inventing

Thomas Edison is seen as one of the greatest inventors that ever lived. He had multiple successes and failures. However, his failures never stopped him. His life was about his inventions. He was continuously seeking answers and solutions. Edison was an inventor until his death. He stuck with his passion for inventing. Even when his inventions didn’t turn out how he thought they would. Also, there were times he was able to change his idea to suit what the situation needed at the time.

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Our team at Falconer Electronics works with many entrepreneurs creating brand new electrical products that make our lives better. Perfecting a new product on the first try is extremely challenging if not impossible. It takes a great deal of patience and determination. Also, plenty of trial and error. Thomas Edison represents that tenacious entrepreneurial drive to reach success.

Therefore, we decided to dig deep into the life of Thomas Edison to show his massive accomplishments with New Product Development. Being in the electrical manufacturing sector, we dedicate a huge thank you to Mr. Edison’s relentless pursuit to light up the world. 

ChildhoodThomas Edison at 10 years old

Nancy Edison gave birth to Thomas Alva Edison on February 11th, 1847 in Milan, Ohio and he was the youngest of seven kids. Edison only spent seven years in Ohio before moving to Port Huron, Michigan. In Port Huron, Thomas spent only three months attending school. This being the only formal schooling he had before homeschooling by his mother, a formal school teacher. While developing a great interest in experimenting he used pocket change to purchase inexpensive chemicals. Edison’s mind wanted to see the properties of the chemicals and compare them to the textbooks.

 

Growing Businessman?

Thomas Edison at 12 in train car working on printing press

When Edison was eleven he sold his family garden produce in the market. By the age of twelve, he sold newspapers on the trains of Grand Trunk Railroad between Port Huron and Detroit. As his business grew, he hired boys as assistants on the trains. Also, he opened two small stores in Port Huron. He gained the nickname Al and all the trainmen called him that. Thomas transferred some of his chemicals to the baggage car of the train, along with a small hand printing press from Detroit. He had the first railway chemical laboratory and railway printing press. As a result, his paper “The Weekly Herald” had grown to 800 copies.    

       In 1862, at the young age of fifteen, Edison worked regularly an eighteen-hour workday. One afternoon, the baggage car ran over a rough piece of track. With Edison’s laboratory inside it jolted a stick of phosphorus to the floor. This started a fire in the car that took all the efforts of Edison and the train crew to subdue. When the train finally came to a halt, all his laboratory equipment and his printing press were thrown out on the platform. This accident led to be the cause of Edison’s hearing loss that came in the years following. He found that his deafness became an asset, and kept his sunny, kind and serene personality.

Opportunities

Thomas Edison at 16 as a telegrapherIn August 1862 another incident occurred. A boxcar was being shunted, at considerable speed, to a side track. The station agent’s little son had been playing on this sidetrack. Edison on the platform saw the incoming danger. He jumped on the track and reached the child just in time to haul him clear. One front wheel of the car struck his heel and threw him with the child to the side of the track. Their faces and hands were cut, but no serious injury. On the following day, the station agent offered to teach Edison the Morse telegraphy, with a view to helping him secure a position as railway telegraphist. He accepted, and in a few months, taking lessons three times a week, he became proficient at the keys. For the following six years, Edison had a career of telegraphist.

As a result, Edison became part of the service of the Western Union Telegraph Company. This was through a number of cities in the middle west, and the south. He was a noted rapid and accurate operator, frequently overseeing to press work on night duty. He spent all his available leisure time in experiment and study.

Edison’s Entry into Inventing

     In October 1868, when Edison was 21 years old, he applied for his first American patent to a vote recorder. This deviceVote recorder Edison's first invention enabled the affirmative and negative votes of a seated voting assembly to be swiftly recorded and automatically totaled at the chairman’s desk. Edison was successful in demonstrating the invention at Washington. Unfortunately, there was no demand for a mechanism of this kind. Edison went back to his little workshop in Boston and gave up the career of a telegraphist changing entirely to the invention.. 

      In 1869, Edison traveled to New York. One morning in New York, Edison was standing near a transmitter. It became suddenly deranged by an internal accident, causing all the indicators in the connected brokers’ offices to go bad. He knew the nature of the derangement and volunteered to correct it. He was able to restore normal operation quickly. This led to his being made manager of the system which he improved and was part of developing new inventions. 

      A few days after Black Friday, September 24th, 1869 when gold went to a high premium, he entered into the first recorded American firm of Consulting Electrical Engineers. After the successful sale of some of his inventions to the Western Union Telegraph Company, Edison opened machine shops at Newark, New Jersey. Also for invention and manufacture. He kept 50 workmen busy, and a night force as well. He was foreman, which meant living on the premises. Here he was part of developing a number of telegraph inventions. The quadruplex for sending and receiving four messages simultaneously over a single wire. Also the high-speed automatic telegraph. As a result, he took out nearly 120 American patents, almost all in electric telegraphy.

Adulthood

In 1871, Edison married Mary G. Stillwell and had three children, Marion E., Thomas A., and William L. Edison. In 1876, Edison moved his laboratory from Newark to Menlo Park, New Jersey where he could concentrate on inventing. This was theThomas Edison as an adult year of the Centennial Exhibition at Philadelphia,  where the new Bell telephone was first shown to the public. Edison produced a carbon-button transmitter. This virtually converted the telephone from an experiment to a commercially available apparatus. It was in his experimenting with the carbon transmitter that Edison coined the now well-known call word “Hello.” In 1877, Edison started developing the first stages of his phonograph or talking machine.

In 1878 he took up the problem of “subdivision of the electric light”. He found that a commercial incandescent lighting system would require its lamps to be connected “in parallel” not “in series.” After a number of failures, he made a successful lamp. It had a filament of a carbonized cotton thread, mounted in a highly evacuated glass globe, and sealed-in platinum-wire leads. In October 1879, his lamp glowed for 45 hours before breaking.

Edison decided to open a central incandescent lamp station in the center of the downtown business district with underground conductors. Due to Edison being his own chief engineer, the Pearl Street Station turned on its current to the lamps in the district of New York. The new incandescent lamps won popularity through their steadiness, coolness, freedom from combustion products, and reduced fire hazard. He saw the successful introduction of the incandescent lamp into factories. Also, homes would immediately admit the use of the electric motor for operating machinery and household power devices. One of these discoveries in 1883 was the “‘Edison effect”, a discharge that occurred in the lamps, when being overused.

The Final YearsThomas Edison and his family

Edison moved his laboratory from Menlo Park to New York City, after his wife’s death in August 1884. In 1886, he married Miss Mina Miller of Akron, Ohio. They made their home at West Orange, New Jersey. They had three children Madeleine, Charles, and Theodore.

Edison built a laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey. He started work there in October 1887. He perfected the phonograph and made a long series of other inventions. This included the alkaline storage battery, the moving-picture camera, synthetic rubber, the telescribe, the magnetic ore separator, various improvements in manufacturing concrete and other chemical products, as well as many war inventions for the United States Government. At the time of his death on October 18, 1931, He had received 1,093 U.S. patents, a total still untouched by any other inventor.

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Fortune.com recently announced that LinkedIn has now grown to 500 million users in over 200 countries. Estimates also show that 227 million LinkedIn users are active on a monthly basis.

As the largest professional social network, are you taking full advantage of the incredible benefits available?

Small manufacturers have been slow to embrace social media including LinkedIn.

This is truly an unprecedented business opportunity.

It is hard to imagine life prior to LinkedIn and we can’t wait to see the new tools available.

LinkedIn

We are continuing our blog series on B2B Marketing. Connecting, networking, engaging and creating a healthy sales channel for your business is critical.

Small U. S. Manufacturers are commonly not known for being sales savvy. Many business owners launch a company for various reasons. In many cases, the owner of a small manufacturer is a technician, craftsperson or widget expert. They find themselves tired of working for someone else or felt they could simply do a better job than their past employer.

Solving someone’s problem evolved into a revenue source that eventually became a business. Especially at a custom manufacturer or job shop. These businesses may find themselves with 30-60% of sales with one customer. Therefore, they are extremely vulnerable.

Are You LinkedIn? 

LinkedIn offers the opportunity to expand your network quickly and effectively. This is also a place where you can network and engage in conversations within your industry. You can join groups and reveal your experience and expertise as a problem solver. Particularly to a potential customer who could use your services.

There is an excellent saying that “People pay for what they don’t know”. It can also be said, people pay for what they simply do not want to do.

In the case of a small manufacturer, a customer may be willing to pay for your knowledge and services that you provide. Especially, the resources that you built and accumulated to provide machinery, tools, and expert staff.

It’s time to stop being the best-kept secret. Step out of your comfort zone and start spreading the news that you are open for business. Demonstrate and broadcast that you are a product expert and eager to solve customer problems efficiently and effectively.

Have you read blog posts or watched YouTube videos on LinkedIn best practices?

For example, check out Dennis Brown who is one of the nation’s top experts on executing LinkedIn strategies for small businesses.

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B2B Ecommerce

B2B Ecommerce is an explosive growth market showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This is exciting on two fronts. Not only for the tremendous growth opportunities for B2B companies but also the sheer size of the market. Forrester predicts a compounded annual growth rate of 7.4 % while reaching $1.2 trillion by 2021.

However, ecommerce and social media are significant forces that have had a huge impact on small U.S. manufacturers in recent years. Most major buying decisions start with a search on the Internet and this is now hitting manufacturers hard. For example, Forrester also predicts B2B Ecommerce buyers conducting research on products will dramatically increase as well.  From 38% to 55% over the next three years. There are incredible opportunities for small U.S. manufacturers to exploit in this exploding global market. Yet, many small manufacturers struggle with executing search strategies while also maintaining a healthy web presence..B2B ecommerce

Problem or Opportunity

It can be extremely expensive, challenging and frustrating for a small manufacturer to create a robust company website.  As well as properly attack keyword search results and social media marketing strategies.

Social media allows a company to engage and respond immediately to customers on a much more personal level. This has been a significant problem for small U.S. manufacturers who continue to struggle with social media marketing strategies.  A company only has one chance to make a great first impression. It usually starts with their website and social media platforms.

American manufacturing is absolutely essential to the U.S. economy. Manufacturing in the U.S. as a stand-alone entity would be considered the 9th largest economy in the world. In addition, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, there are over 200,000 U.S. manufacturers with 20 employees or less (National Association of Manufacturers, 2016).

Digital Immigrants Struggle with Technology 

A large number of owners of small manufacturers fall into the generation of either baby boomers or Generation X. These individuals are digital immigrants (born before 1980) who severely struggle with embracing technology. This includes ecommerce and social media marketing strategies.

Social media has completely changed the landscape for business-to-business communication across the supply chain. Especially through distribution channels.  Many small businesses are discovering that ignoring social media is extremely dangerous for a business of any size.

B2B Ecommerce at Falconer Electronics 

Falconer Electronics recently launched a brand new B2B Ecommerce store. This has been an extremely exciting process for our company. Being a traditional manufacturer for over 30+ years, this was certainly a challenging task. Embracing new technology is critical for small businesses to remain competitive and profitable.

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Thank you for reading our blog on B2B Ecommerce. As we continue our series on B2B Marketing, executing marketing strategies is critical. In addition, here are a couple helpful posts on social media platforms and blogging for your business.

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Inbound marketing

Inbound Marketing with protocol 80

Falconer Electronics had the privilege of working with protocol 80 this past year. This program was made possible through a partnered effort with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Jamestown Community College. The program provided the guidance to kick-start a new Inbound Marketing initiative. The entire staff at protocol 80 far exceeded our expectations. Owners Josh Curcio and Donny Kemick along with their team are true experts in Inbound Marketing strategies.

Inbound marketingBeing a custom manufacturer since 1985, our company was built on personal relationships while making connections through word of mouth. Keys to our long-term success includes solving customer problems with high satisfaction levels.

Over 0ur 30+ year history, the world has changed drastically with technology and modern methods of communication. In particular, Inbound Marketing and social media. As with many manufacturers, our company was slow to adjust.

Our staff was eager and excited to jump into this project with protocol 80. Their team specializes in B2B Inbound Marketing. In particular, their expertise targets working with small manufacturers who struggle with digital marketing and social media engagement.

The team at protocol 80 also provided the necessary guidance to understand the entire customer purchasing process. Starting with creating a customer persona, walking through the buyer’s journey, mapping the sales process and maintaining customer engagement.

They educated our staff on identifying social media platforms that best suited our target market. This is extremely important for a company with digital immigrants targeting many digital immigrants. The protocol 80 team were helpful in communicating our company message as well as finding potential clients to engage.

New E-commerce Store 

Thanks to the new found tools and marketing ammunition that protocol 80 provided, it was decided to aggressively expand and diversify. This past year we launched a brand new e-commerce store which includes a proprietary product line of magnetic work lights, ground straps, LED flashing lights and commercial power strips.

Now businesses and consumers alike have the opportunity to purchase directly from the manufacturer. New customers include a Fortune 500 company (actually top 300) that is brightening their day with brand new magnetic spotlights. LED lights shipped to Puerto Rico after the horrible hurricane. Trouble lights shipped to John in Syracuse who loves to tinker in his garage. An industrial supplier now offering our Power Strips to government agencies. Also, we recently received an RFQ for tens of thousands of Ground Straps for a major manufacturer in the U.S.

Wire Harness Estimator 

Another big leap of faith for our company was launching the brand new Falconer Electronics Wire Harness Estimator. This program offers customers the ability to receive an estimate within minutes. This process used to take hours or even days.

This fantastic tool makes it simple and easy for new customers to gather pricing information. For example, a major solar company needed pricing and wire harnesses quickly. The Wire Harness Estimator allowed them to gather pricing fast and easy for their project. They are now a valued customer.

Blogging

Lastly, under the guidance from protocol 80, our company started blogging this past year. Being extremely tentative, we started slowly by blogging once a month. Then up to once a week. Now our goal is 6-8 blogs per month.

Our staff is thoroughly enjoying the process and we are having fun creating valuable content to connect with new customers. As a result, traffic to our website has increased dramatically (400% since November). Therefore, the increase in traffic brought numerous new leads and new sales started rolling in over the past few months.

A Big Thanks to protocol 80 

We truly feel this newfound strategy delivers an unlimited opportunity for Falconer Electronics. Therefore, we owe a huge debt of gratitude to Josh Curcio, Ashley Wilson-Rew and the rest of the protocol 80 team. They provided the tools, knowledge, and resources to modernize our company.

Bottom line, we find p80 priceless. Especially facing increasingly intense global competition.

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Safety and Certifications Importance

As we continue our series on New Product Development, the next stage includes obtaining certifications for product safety. Safety and Certifications are an important aspect of any business. Not only to the customers but also to the company itself. Certification of electrical products is crucial to the safety of products. As a result, product certification is a stamp of superior quality. Regulation of electrical products is to ensure not only safety but also environmental obligations as well.

The Three Agencies

In electronics manufacturing, there are three main safety and certification agencies. A close relationship with these independent certification agencies ensures that products and projects comply with rigorous testing requirements. These agencies work with companies to help make products safely. They provide the proper testing procedures in order to qualify for the needed compliance. 

Electronic Safety Certification Agencies 

 CSA marks on products help consumers to know that that specific product has been tested and is meeting all standards and requirements. There are many different types of products that these marks are found on. Some of these include electrical products, gas-fired, plumbing, and personal protection equipment. However, these are not the only products that CSA marks can be found on. There is encouragement to consumers to always check products for certification markings from CSA, UL, or ETL.ETL Listings through Intertek  CSA Certification

UL (Underwriters Laboratory)

  • Began in 1894
  • The standard for testing electrical products
  • The standard for inspecting electrical products
  • Also educates and guides businesses in required safety requirements
  • Global certification possibilities

ETL (Electrical Testing Laboratories)

  • Established in 1896 by Thomas Edison
  • Provider of testing and assurance services
  • Highly regarded for their knowledge and expertise
  • Therefore, ensuring minimization of health, safety, and security risks by reducing cost
  • Also globally accredited and recognized

CSA ( Canadian Standards Association)

  • Established in 1919
  • Official certifications for all electronic products in Canada
  • Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) for the US
  • Additionally, CSA has authorization in energy efficiency testing
  • Global certification possibilities

UL (Underwriters Laboratories)

UL Certification Lab

In 1894 William Henry Merrill founded Underwriters Laboratories or UL. Since then, Underwriters Laboratories has become the best known and recognized independent testing lab in the world. Businesses recognize UL for their education and guidance on safety requirements. Therefore, they perform testing on a range of products. Their testing procedures assess the quality and safety of the individual product. Also, their procedures are viewed as the standard for the testing and inspecting of electrical products. UL’s experience and rigorous standards are why Falconer Electronics Inc places trust their certification process.

According to their website, “UL certifies, validates, tests, verifies, inspects, audits advises and educates.” They do all of these through the testing services they provide. UL does all of these for companies looking to ensure their products comply with regulations and safety just like FEI and other manufacturers like us.

Products within the United States are not the only ones certified by UL. UL also studies international certification standards and practices. Companies worldwide recognize UL’s certifications. Due to this recognition, there is the same level of safety for products in the U.S.A. as those going outside of the states. UL has made a strong effort to standardize safety requirements, protocol, and certifications around the world.

2016 UL Accomplishments

In 2016 UL was recognized in over 100 countries. There were also over 20 billion products baring a UL mark. The numbers do not end there, however. In addition to their work in the United States UL also has over 1 billion consumers in Asia, Europe, and North America. UL reaches each of these consumers with their safety messages.

UL has had involvement with approximately 96000 product evaluations. There are over 11000 employees at UL. These employees work out of 170 facilities spread across 40 countries. Each employee plays a part in providing services to their large number of customers.  The publication of over 1500 current safety standards is a large part of the UL family’s accomplishments.

Along with the numerous products and services that UL evaluates they have to be adaptable to the ever-changing world of technology. New technology has led to new advancements in safety. In this changing time, UL has had to adjust certain standards while also developing new ones for newly developed products. These adjustments and new standards will help to ensure that the testing UL is performing is of the highest quality and continues to be relevant to current times.

UL is a Testing Lab Not an Approval Lab

Finally, there is an important distinction that UL is adamant about clarifying. Something UL wants well expressed is that they are a testing lab, not an approval lab. Also, they are not a government agency that has the right to approve any product for a consumer. Due to the view that their process is of the highest level, the government takes their certification into account during the approval processes.

 ETL Certification Benefits 

ETL Certifications

Intertek offers many benefits through its ETL certifications. Much like UL, ETL certifications do not just certify products. They also provide “Total Quality Assurance” to the industries that they work with. Through ETL, Intertek certifies products based on energy efficiency, their performance, and also for the safety of the product.

Thomas Edison is the most notable contributor to ETL. In 1896 his company, The Edison Electric Illumination Company were vital in the legacy of high standards that ETL continues to deliver today, well over a century later. Due to these high standards, companies that are obtaining an ETL listing for the first time may find the process daunting. However,  the Intertek team prides themselves on the amount of assistance they are able to offer to companies throughout the certification process. ETL doesn’t just certify a product and wash its hands of that company. They also do follow-ups and continue involvement in changes within that certified product.

World Wide Representation 

Intertek is a global industry. With their global coverage, Intertek has recognition in countries such as Argentina, China, Germany, Italy, and Mexico as well as the United States and Canada. Throughout 100 countries Intertek has 1,000 locations. Each of these locations is there for the convenience of the businesses that need Intertek’s involvement with their products.

Due to their large number of locations, there is also a need for a large number of employees. Within their 1,000 locations, Intertek employs over 40,000 workers. This large number of employees helps to ensure the best work possible for all of the companies that need Intertek’s help in the certification of their products.

Benefits of ETL Certification

There are many benefits to working with Intertek to get a certification. Intertek offers a step by step process to achieve their certifications.

The Steps
  • The assurance that you receive:

Intertek aims to help companies identify any risks that they have before certifying a product. They help evaluate operations, supply chains, and management systems.

  • Testing:

This step helps to see where a product stands in all the standards they uphold. Therefore, if a product does not perform in quality, safety, sustainability, and performance it will have to go through redesigning.

  • Inspection:

This step is very important to the certification process as it not only affects the final product but each individual aspect that creates the final product. All of the individual pieces and products that go into a final product will go through inspection during this step.

  • Certification of the product:

During this step, a product goes through its final confirmation to ensure that it is meeting all standards.

 

Thomas Edison Founder of ETL Certification

Thomas Edison Founder of ETL through Intertek

 

 

CSA Certification

CSA Certification

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) was founded by Sir John Kennedy in 1919. Sir Kennedy was chairman of the Civil Engineers’ Canadian Advisory Committee. Due to this, CSA had the original name of The Canadian Engineering Standards Association. CSA did not change their name until the 1940s. As CSA’s recognition grew as they became the official agency for any piece of electrical equipment that is for sale or already in use in Canada. CSA became globally recognized in the 1950s. Furthermore, CSA has become accredited by U.S. OSHA as a “Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory”. Since the U.S. OSHA accreditation CSA has gained global recognition for the services they provide.

CSA Certification Goals   

There are many benefits to acquiring a CSA certification. Much like the other two types of certifications, CSA helps to ensure product quality and safety. CSA works with businesses to achieve their certification by helping them reach the following goals:

  • Developing a Strategic Alliance
  • Utilization of Technical Experts
  • Globally Recognized Certifications
  • Fast and Reliable Delivery of Services
  • Customized Support Throughout the Certification Process
  • Product Protection Supported by the CSA Certification

CSA Types of Certification

The Canadian Standards Association has five different types of certification available. Model certification, witnessed manufacturer’s testing for certification, supervised manufacturer’s testing certification, category program for certification, and finally the field certification program. Below are the descriptions of each type as stated by the CSA website:

Certification Types
  • Model Certification

Your product samples are tested at our facilities for safety and performance. If the product meets the applicable standard, a certificate of compliance is issued, and the CSA mark can be displayed.

  • Witnessed Manufacturer’s Testing for Certification: 

Product testing is performed at your facility under the observation of a CSA Group technical expert who documents the results. If our requirements are met, a certificate of compliance is issued along with CSA mark approval.

  • Supervised Manufacturer’s Testing for Certification (SMTC):

Product testing and certification reports are provided to CSA Group experts by the manufacturer. Through data validation and spot-checks, results are confirmed prior to issuing a certificate of compliance. Before qualifying for SMTC, your testing facility and proposed testing process need to be audited.

  • Category Program for Certification (CPC):

This option allows you to conduct your own testing in a product category, once you’ve received a certificate of qualification. Product testing and validation is performed at your facility, then evaluated by CSA Group experts, who issue a certificate of standards compliance to market-ready products.

  • Field Certification Program: 

Our field certification service is intended as a means of “one-time” certification of product to Canadian or U.S. requirements, for a specific number of units and is not meant to be an alternative to regular certification. This service may also be used where a CSA certified product has been shipped without the CSA mark or has been field modified and needs to be labeled. Tests are carried out by CSA Group to the applicable standard and a certificate of compliance is issued for products that meet the requirements (depending on your location, certain regional requirements may also apply). Gas-fired products will receive the CSA Star label and/or CSA Flame label. Electrical and plumbing products will receive the applicable CSA label.

Why is CSA Certification Important?

CSA has the experience of creating standards and certifications for products of all sizes. To date, the CSA mark is on billions of products all around the world. Also, this number is always increasing as CSA is certifying new products constantly.

CSA has recognition from numerous organizations. Some of which include OSHA and the American National Standards Institute. Therefore, CSA certifications give businesses the peace of mind that their products are of the highest quality and will perform their duties safely.

CSA marks on products help consumers to know that that specific product has gone through testing and is meeting all standards and requirements. There are many different types of products that these marks are found on. Some of these include electrical products, gas-fired, plumbing, and personal protection equipment. However, these are not the only products that CSA marks can be found on. There is also an encouragement to consumers to always check products for certification markings from CSA, UL, or ETL.

Certifications are Crucial

Certification of electrical products is crucial. As a result of a product being certified, it is guaranteed to be of superior quality. Therefore, the regulation of electrical products is to ensure safety and environmental obligations. Additionally, there are three main safety certification agencies that are recognized in electronic manufacturing. Each agency has their own specific purpose.

A close relationship with these independent certification agencies ensures that products and projects comply with rigorous testing requirements. Most noteworthy is an in-depth knowledge of how these different agencies work and what they are looking to achieve during the testing process. These agencies work with companies to make products less likely to need adjustment throughout the testing procedures in order to qualify for the needed compliance.

More Information

Want to learn more about these certifications? You can visit each of their websites below!

Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

Intertek (ETL)

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

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Prototype

Prototype! A well working Prototype!

To continue our series on New Product Development by building “Building a Better Mousetrap”, let’s explore creating a prototype.

When starting out with a brand new product, perfecting a working model is crucial. Yet, establishing a fully functioning prototype does not necessarily guarantee success. Building a sustainable business model is equally as important.

All Products are in the Prototype Stage

Here is an interesting thought to consider: Every product that exists is in the prototype stage. Just some prototypes have already hit the market. Even stayed on the market for an extended period of time. That is until a “Better Mousetrap” came along.

What are you talking about, you ask?

Here is an example to consider. Kodak film was in working prototype stage….for decades. Actually over a century. A massive success. Then digital photography came along and replaced it. The prototype of print film finally succumbed to a new technology, digital photography.

The brutal irony is Kodak invented digital photography in 1973.  By a 24 year old Kodak engineer named Steve Sasson. Kodak didn’t take the new innovation of digital photography serious though.

How could they? Digital photography would slaughter the golden calf. Destroy the cash cow. Or any other bovine reference you prefer. Millions upon millions of annual Kodak profits would be jeopardized had they embraced digital photography.

Fast forward, Kodak no longer rules the photography market. Especially shocking considering Kodak served on the Dow Jones Index over 70 years from 1930-2004. As a matter of fact, anyone under the age of 20 (out side of Rochester NY) has probably never even heard of Kodak.

How About Crackberry?

Another example of a prototype that hit the market with great success, then disappeared was Blackberry. Blackberry initially dominated the market with cutting edge smart phones. It was even compared to one of the highest addictive drugs on the planet being called the “Crackberry”. Customers could not put it down. Until Apple came along with a better prototype. A “better mousetrap”. The iPhone.

There are millions of examples of products that never make it to market. Kodak and Blackberry demonstrate sad examples of working products that once dominated an industry can disappear in a blink of the eye. Product development is a tough business.

Minimal Viable Product = Working Prototype

So what does that mean to an inspiring inventor? An overly confident entrepreneur who has an exciting new product? How can you ensure success?

Start with making sure your product works. Works extremely well. Create a solid working prototype.

As we discussed previously, establish an all-star team to guide you to success. Starting with finding a quality electrical engineer.

A prototype proves your idea and concept. It solidifies the viability of your product. Eric Reis in his blockbuster book, “The Lean Startup” discusses bringing the MVP to market. A Minimal Viable Product.

Before spending tens of thousands of dollars on a patent, make sure that your product works. More importantly, that consumers (outside of immediate friends and family) are willing to part with their hard earned money to pay you for this exciting new product.

Below is an outstanding video from Google on prototyping:

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Wire Harness Manufacturing

Wire Harness Manufacturing is our foundation. It’s in our blood. Dating all the way back to 1985. The Team at Falconer Electronics Inc. (FEI) takes tremendous pride in manufacturing amazing products for our customers. In addition, as a Custom Wire Harness Manufacturer, assembling and delivering superior products is our mission. Actually, we are wire harness geeks so we call it our Crusade.

Steps for Wire Harness Manufacturing Success

  1. Superior Quality
  2. Maintaining Impeccable Customer Scorecards
  3. Fast Turnaround Times
  4. Competitive Prices
  5. Highly Skilled and Seasoned Staff
  6. FREE Estimates (click here)
  7. High Productivity
  8. Agility and Flexibility
  9. Company Culture Dedicated to Customer Satisfaction
  10. Lastly, a Commitment to Safety

The Secret to Success

Our wire harness assemblies can be found all over the country. Especially in the following places:

  • As you walk around Walmart or Lowe’s, you will walk past our wire harnesses. They can be found in the commercial power strips and electrical retail fixture displays.
  • If you drove past a semi-truck today (or if one went flying past you). Our wires may have been waving to you.
  • Our wires are in some dentist offices (not during a root canal – we refuse to contribute to that type of pain).
  • If you rode on a train today. Our wires may also have been riding along with you.
  • Another example includes our proprietary line of magnetic work lights and trouble lights
  • ATM Machines
  • Heating Systems
  • Handicap Accessible Transport Vehicles
  • Furthermore, Electrical Signage at retail cash registers
  • Along with Much More…

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Helpful Guide of Wire Harness Manufacturing Terms, Tools and Tips 

Are you new to the Wire Harness process? Our team created a helpful guide below.

The Wire Harness Manufacturing Guide includes:

  • Wire Harness Terms
  • Tools
  • Tips of the Trade

Additionally, the list below includes a number of Wire Harness Manufacturing Terms and definitions.

Wire Harness Manufacturing IPC/WHMA-A-620 Standard 

All of the Wire Harness Manufacturing Terms below are from the IPC/WHMA-A-620. This serves as an industry standard. Therefore, providing criteria for commonly used wire harness assemblies.  Consequently, the standard sets a “collection of visual Quality Acceptability Requirements for Cable, Wire and Harness Assemblies.”

To learn more about the IPC/WHMA-A-620, click here.

Wire Harness Manufacturing Terms and Definitions

American Wire Gage (AWG)

A standard system for designating wire diameter. Primarily used in the U.S.

Bellmouth

The raised portion at the front and/or back of the wire barrel crimp that provides a gradual entrance and exit for the wire strands without causing damage.

Birdcaging

Wire Strands that have separated from the normal lay of the wire.

Braid

Woven bare metallic or tinned copper wire used as shielding for wires and cables and as ground wire for batteries or heavy industrial equipment. Also, a woven fibrous protective outer covering over a conductor or cable.

Cable

A group of individually insulated conductors in the twisted or parallel configuration under a common sheath.

Cable Assembly

A cable with plugs or connectors attached.

Conductor

An uninsulated wire or the conductor of an insulated wire suitable for carrying electrical current.

Conduit

A tube in which insulated wires and cables are passed.

Connector

A device used to physically and electrically join two or more conductors.

Contact

The conducting part of a connector that acts with another such part to complete or break a circuit.

Continuity

A continuous path for the flow of current in an electrical circuit.

Crimp

Final configuration of a terminal barrel formed by the compression of terminal barrel and wire.

Crimp Height

The measurement of the overall wire barrel height after crimping the terminal.

Current

Total current is the combination of resistive and capacitive currents. Resistive current is present in both AC and DC DWV tests. Additionally, the capacitive current is present only with fluctuations in applied voltage (Ex: AC testing).

Dielectric

Any insulating medium that intervenes between two conductors.

Double Crimp

The process of two or more mechanical crimping operations on the same location in a single terminal.

Ferrule

A short tube. Used to make solderless connections to shielded or coaxial cable. Also, a terminal crimped onto the stranded wire to allow insertion into terminal blocks.

Grommet

A rubber seal used on the cable side of multiple contact connector to seal the connector against moisture, dirt or air.

Harness

A group of wire and cables, usually made with breakouts. Furthermore, with a rubber or plastic sheath tie them together. A harness also provides interconnection of an electric circuit.

Insulation

A material that offers high electrical resistance making it suitable for covering components, terminals, and wires. This material also helps to prevent the possible future contact of adjacent conductors and a resulting short circuit.

Insulation Crimp

Area of a terminal, splice or contact formed around the insulation of the wire.

Jacket

An outer covering, usually nonmetallic, mainly used for protection against the environment.

Lanyard

A device attached to certain connectors that permit uncoupling and separation of connector halves by a pull on a wire or cable.

Multiple-Conductor Cable

A combination of two or more conductors cabled together and insulated from one another and from sheath or armor where used.

Polarization

A mechanical arrangement of inserts and/or shell configuration that prohibits the mating of mismatched plugs and receptacles.

RF Connector

Connector used for connecting or terminating coaxial cable.

Ribbon Cable

A flat cable of individually insulated conductors lying parallel and held together by means of adhesive film laminate.

Strain Relief 

A technique or item which reduces the transmission of mechanical stresses to the conductor termination.

Stress Relief

A predetermined amount of slack to relieve tension in component or lead wires.

Terminal 

A device designed to terminate a conductor that is to be affixed to a post, stud, chassis, another conductor, etc., to establish an electrical connection. Some types of terminals include ring, tongue, spade, flag, hook, blade, quick-connect, offset and flagged.

Tubing

A tube of extruded non-supported plastic or metallic material.

Wire

Slender rod or filament of drawn metal.

Wire Diameter

The overall conductor plus insulation thickness.

Types of Wire Terminals 

The definition of a terminal is:

A device designed to terminate a conductor that is to be affixed to a post, stud, chassis, another tongue, etc., to establish an electrical connection.

Wire Terminals come in many different shapes and sizes. This is due to the size of the wire and screw. Also, there are several types of terminals.

Wire Harness Manufacturing Terminals Include:

  • Ring
  • Spade
  • Hook
  • Quick-disconnect
  • Bullet
  • Butt terminals
  • Flagged

Wire terminals are available in insulated and non-insulated. The insulation provides a protective cover. Therefore, serving as a non-conductor. Furthermore, the type of project that is being done will determine if you need insulated or non-insulated terminals.

The insulation spares the wire from water and moisture as well. Also, it protects against extreme heat or cold. Wire insulation is typically available in vinyl, nylon and heat shrink.  Non-insulated terminals provide much more economic value with its low cost. Also, they are commonly used when extra protection is unnecessary.

When purchasing various Types of Wire Terminals, make sure that your purchase meets industry standards as well as project requirements.

Wire Terminals

Ring Terminals

Types of Wire Insulation

A ring terminal is a round-ended terminal that easily allows a screw or stud to be attached. Ring terminals also called ring connectors, come in various sizes. It is crucial that the ring terminal is compatible with the wire gauge and stud size. Ring Terminals are either crimped or soldered to the wire. Available in insulated or non-insulated.

 

Spade Terminals

Spade Terminals are also called spade connectors or fork terminals due to the shape of the terminal. A spade terminal is available in various sizes depending on the gauge of the wire and stud size. Additionally, the open-ended spade terminal is convenient to use allowing easy attachment or removal from the screw. Especially for wire harness projects that are tight on space for installation. They are also available in insulated or non-insulated.

 

Hook Terminals

Similar to the Spade Terminal, Hook Terminals are convenient to use with an open end (imagine a tiny version of Captain Hook). These terminals are produced as insulated or non-insulated. Hook Terminals offer a simplistic yet durable connection for a variety of projects.

 

 

Quick-Disconnect Terminals

A quick-disconnect terminal provides convenient and reliable usage while also offering an easy connect and disconnect between two wires. They are commonly found in auto, industrial and consumer products. Products can be insulated or non-insulated. Quick-Disconnect Terminals additionally deliver a stable and durable connection.

 

Bullet Terminals

Types of Wire Terminals

Bullet Terminals (also called bullet terminals) make an easy, reliable and secure connection. It is simple to disconnect as well. Bullet terminals also connect with the male and open-ended round female connectors creating a high-quality connection. Therefore, the connection with bullet terminals helps prevent corrosion and other potentially harmful materials from entering a wire harness.

 

Butt Terminals

A Butt Terminal connects or terminates single or multiple wires. Butt Terminals help prevent abrasion and cutting. Additionally, this extra protection helps keep out moisture, corrosion, and other negative elements. Butt Terminals serve as a simple solution to extend wires due to the ability to mate and connect wires. Simply install each wire on the open end of the connector, then crimp both ends of the terminal to secure the connection.

 

Flagged Terminals 

Flag Terminals also called flag connectors to offer a convenient and secure connection. Flag terminals work well in tight spaces as well as when a quick-disconnect is too large. Provides a quick and easy connection and disconnect. Also available in insulated and non-insulated.

 

Wire Insulation

Wires can be found… seems like… everywhere. Any electrical product that demands a current flowing will typically require a wire (or cable). Even when you hear something is “wireless”. In this instance wires power the device sending a signal. Electricity traveling through wires bring each of us tremendous joy and pleasure.

Examples of electronics containing wires:

  • Computers
  • Internet routers
  • Also, music players (MP3 and iPods)
  • Communication devices (Cell Phones)
  • Vehicles
  • Appliances

Actually, can you imagine surviving a single day without electricity? Well, in the early stages, electricity did not travel so safely through wires. Thankfully electricity travels safe and sound through wires protected with wire insulation.

Wire Insulation

The explosive growth of electrical products well over a century ago drastically increased the use of wires carrying electricity. Unfortunately, uncovered or exposed wires were responsible for dangerous situations.

Furthermore, exposed wires led to electrical shocks or fire. However, the addition of a non-conductive cover was a brilliant move to protect and strengthen wires. The application of Wire Insulation protects wires greatly reducing potential hazards and threats.

You can take a look at wire insulation in the 19th century.

Check out this cool video on porcelain insulators. Thanks to Thomas Edison Tech Center.

 Wire Insulation Evolution

Due to increasing demand, electrical products require a solution to protect wires. The solution is affordable and efficient. Also, with the early growth in popularity, wire harness assembly has become necessary. It is much more efficient in harnessing loose wires. This is opposed to a “free for all”. Especially for electrical consumer goods and the auto industry. Both of which have exploded since the early 20th century.

Insulation serves as a non-conductor. The Insulation also separates and protects wires within a wire harness assembly. Especially since it is a nasty world out there with many detrimental elements that can cause harm to non-insulted wires.

To save the day, an insulated jacket protects each wire from the elements keeping the wire cozy and safe. Like insulated terminals, wire insulation also protects from moisture and extreme temperatures.

Thankfully wire insulation today is much more efficient. It is also, effective and affordable.  For example, thermoplastic high heat-resistant nylon coated wire (THHN wire) is low in cost. It is also lightweight. Due to these factors, it is an extremely popular wire insulation option.

Now that you know all about terminals and wires you need to know how they come together to create a wire harness.

Crimping Tools

We have over 30 years of wire harness manufacturing experience. Also, we here at Falconer Electronics have accumulated an impressive arsenal of crimping tools. When crimping wires and cables for our customers we have to utilize the proper tools. These allow our team to execute jobs with accuracy and efficiency. As well as, in a safe manner.

Many projects require crimping wires by hand. When producing wire assemblies for prototypes and small volume runs, handheld crimping tools sure come in…well… handy.

It is extremely important to look over the entire assembly when selecting the proper tool. For example, a basic pliers-style crimp tool can fit various wires, connectors, and terminals. Also, matching the right size tool is imperative when terminating wires.

A great brand is Molex. They are a global leader in the manufacturing of high-quality electrical tools. They are also a leader in components and other equipment. Falconer Electronics hax relied on Molex for many years. We trust their products.

The team at Molex declares they solve challenges “through our collaborative process, we take a multi-dimensional approach that brings together engineers, product designers, and manufacturers to ensure the design cycle is smooth and seamless.”

Below is one of the “Bad Boys” from Molex that our team loves to use when tackling tough projects:

Pneumatic Crimping Tool

Not interested in crimping wires by hand? Or do you have a large amount to crimp? No problem. Pneumatic crimping tools are extremely beneficial and efficient. Additionally, a pneumatic tool allows you to work hands-free due to air power. These tools are also fast and accurate. All qualities that will drastically increase your production.

We recently welcomed a new addition to our team. The Pneumatic Crimping Press pictured below. The “Plug’n Play” Pneumatic Press looks fierce, doesn’t it? It is ready and raring to CRIMP!! Especially ideal for wires requiring interchangeable crimping dies:

Tips for Successful Wire Harness Manufacturing 

  • The crimp does not break the insulation.
  • Also, the crimp fully wraps around and supports insulation (also cannot expose an opening greater than 45 degrees).
  • Insulation does not have puncturing to the point where tabs penetrate the wires.
  • Crimp tabs are in contact with the top of the insulation.
  • Insulation is flush with the crimped wire.
  • Additionally, identifying damaged insulation that reveals wires.
  • The wire, connector, assembly process, as well as insulation, are all compatible.

Wire Harness Manufacturing: Crimping Wires Do’s & Don’ts

The IPC/WHMA-A-620  standard provides the necessary guidance on crimping wires. Consequently, this standard shows what is acceptable along with what is considered defective. Here are a few examples of Do’s and Don’ts:

Do’s

  • Insulation crimp tabs fully wrap and support insulation
  • Additionally, the insulation fully enters and extends past the insulation crimp tabs
  • Wires must be in solid working condition – also cannot have scrapes, nicks, severing or other damages
  • The connector retains the wires
  • Center the crimp indent
  • Insulation crimp must provide a minimum side report of 180 degrees

Don’ts

  • Wires should not have deformities- Flattening untwisting, buckling, or kinking
  • Insulation should not show any signs of pinching, pulling, fraying, discoloration, or charring
  • Also, the insulation crimp needs to fully support and wrap insulation without causing any damage or breaking the insulation
  • No broken insulation- This can expose wires causing safety issues and potential hazards
  • Wire not secured by crimp
  • Contact has visible cracks and fractures
  • Also, no Birdcaging – Wire Separation

These are just a handful of the requirements.

To learn more about the Wire Harness Manufacturer’s Association and A-620 Standards, please click here.

Wire Harness Manufacturing Quality Control  

Wire Harness Quality Control is paramount at Falconer Electronics. We perform testing on cables and wire harness assemblies for every order. Therefore, quality control strongly impacts the bottom line with the wire harness assembly process. Also, our well-guided wire harness quality control and a solid test system prevents unnecessary errors, stress and lost profits.

High accuracy during the assembly process is the key to maintaining competitive pricing and reliability. We take every step to ensure accuracy at the time of assembling and producing the wires. Instituting a strict wire harness quality control system during production brings significant benefits to our customers.

Wire Harness Manufacturing Testing Check List

Safety First! Wire Harness Testing requires extreme caution. This is due to it involving live wires. Unfortunately, electric shock and burns can turn a great day into a really bad day quickly. It is mandatory to use personal protective equipment on the job such as safety glasses when testing a wire assembly.

When performing Wire Harness Testing, our quality control department strictly follows the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Standard. Most importantly, this standard is a collection of visual Quality Acceptability Requirements for Cable as well as Wire and Harness Assemblies.

Wire Harness Manufacturing Checklist for Testing Wires:

  1. Accurate Labeling
  2. Check for Damaged Insulation or Defective Wires
  3. Continuity
  4. Correct Wire Gauge
  5. Also, Check for Proper Crimps
  6. Free of Moisture and Corrosion
  7. Optimum Wire Placement Within Connectors
  8. Pull Test
  9. Test for Broken Wires
  10. Finally, Test for Shorts

Deming Values for Continual Improvement

Going old school, we are big fans of 20th-century management guru Dr. Deming. Dr. W. Edwards Deming created 14 points for management with a quest for continual improvement. Especially since Dr. Deming is credited with being the master of quality improvement. Particularly with his work in Japan during the 1950’s.

The Deming Institute continues the incredible legacy of Dr. Deming.

Furthermore, one of the core values at the Deming Institute states:

We are dedicated to the Deming philosophy and the belief that working together, with humility, we can make a difference in the quality of life for everyone.

This is a truly inspiring message!

According to Dr. Deming, implementing the 14 points is a philosophical way of conducting business with an unwavering quest for continual improvement. In addition, new tactics and behaviors become habits. Furthermore, those habits eventually form into the core beliefs and culture of a company.

In particular, two interesting points from Dr. Deming’s 14 points that help drive our wire harness quality control:

1. Create constancy of purpose toward improvement of product and service, with the aim to become competitive and to stay in business, and as a result to provide jobs.

5. Improve constantly and forever the system of production and service, to improve quality and productivity, and thus constantly decrease costs.

Consequences when continual improvement and quality are NOT the top priority:

  • High defect rates
  • Underutilized equipment
  • Poor productivity
  • Poor inventory management
  • Safety concerns
  • Finally, low morale with employees

Dr. W. Edwards Deming

Wrapping it Up 

In conclusion, at Falconer Electronics, Wire Harness Manufacturing runs through our veins. Consequently, having built literally millions of Wire Harnesses over the past 30 years, many of our employees say they could build a wire harness in their sleep. (Is that why they started bringing their pillows to work?)

On a serious note, Wire Harness Manufacturing drives our business. Furthermore, delivering consistent and high-quality Wire Harness Assemblies contributes greatly to our successful long-term customer relationships dating back to 1985.

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Wire Harness Manufacturer

Welcome to today’s discussion on outsourcing. In particular, outsourcing your wire harness assemblies for a critical project. Finding yourself in the beginning stages of searching for a new Wire Harness Manufacturer to partner with presents several  challenges. Let’s go on a buyer’s journey to help assist you with the selection process. 

Reasons to Outsource to a Wire Harness Manufacturer

First, outsourcing to a Wire Harness Manufacturer gets you in the game immediately without adding significant overhead and fixed costs.

Establishing the wire harness assembly process as a variable expense lends tremendous value and flexibility to your growth and profitability. This allows you to eliminate the financial risks of taking on the exorbitant investment required to build your own wire harness department.

In order to create your own wire harness assembly department, you would need a designated area in your facility. That is if you actually have the space to conduct these tasks.

Your next step requires purchasing all of the proper equipment, machinery, and crimping tools. This investment adds up quickly. Even into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Having a properly trained staff in place is another major investment of time and resources. For example, crimping wires safely and accurately requires extensive experience and a specialized skill.Wire Harness Manufacturer

Top 10 Tips for Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer

So if this sounds unrealistic and overwhelming, you need to consider what steps are necessary to find a Wire Harness Manufacturer that will serve as a trusted partner.

You now might be asking yourself:

  • Where do I begin my search?
  • What type of questions should I ask when interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer?
  • How can I determine that this Wire Harness Manufacturer is a solid fit with our company culture
  • and goals?
  • Is this a trustworthy candidate?

Well, we have you covered. Below is a 10 step process to consider when outsourcing to a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

#1

Is it Time to Outsource to a Wire Harness Manufacturer? 

“Should we begin outsourcing our Wire Harness Assemblies to a Wire Harness Manufacturer?”

This is a common question our new customers typically ask themselves before reaching out to us.

Many times in life, if the question crosses your mind, then odds are it is time to act.

For example, is it time to discard those old ratty sneakers that offend everyone around you? Most likely, it is time to let go.

Do you eat the leftover seafood from Monday night…on Saturday? Probably not a good idea.

If you have been asking yourself if it is time to outsource to a Wire Harness Manufacturer, odds are the time has arrived. At the very least, it certainly doesn’t hurt to investigate further.

Start by identifying what event occurred or how this question arrived. Understanding when, how and why your internal Wire Harness Assembly Process became a burden is an important step.

What hold ups, hang ups, drag downs, hiccups, throw ups, headaches, heartaches, belly aches, or pain in the “you know what” occurred? Think about the moment where you said to yourself, “there must be a better way”.

#2

Reasons to Start Looking  

Serving as a Wire Harness Manufacturer for over 30 years, we have found several scenarios where a customer approaches us for the first time. Typically the customer contacts us with excitement (or out of frustration) when they are Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

Let’s role play. Below are a few scenarios where a new customer finds themselves seeking a new Wire Harness Manufacturer…….

Scenario #1) New Product Design and Prototypes

Congratulations! You have just completed a brand new electrical product design. You and your team (or maybe you are a team of one) just exhausted weeks and even months designing your new product that is going to be a home run! Now what? You need a completed prototype. Also, an estimate to see if your new design can be produced at a competitive price.

For example (and a shameless plug), you can go to the Falconer Electronics Wire Harness Estimator for an estimate on your prototype. You will find the Wire Harness Estimator easy to use and works extremely fast. A quick estimate allows you to determine the potential cost and competitiveness of your new product. New customers love it.

Another concern with creating a prototype on your own includes the prohibitive costs. Purchasing the necessary quantities to begin the process can be cumbersome and not cost effective. A Wire Harness Manufacturer has the tools, equipment, staff, and infrastructure in place to create a prototype quickly and affordable.

Scenario #2) Jumping Into Electronics 

You are in the purchasing department of a company expanding into electrical products for the first time. Management has challenged you to seek out and find a Wire Harness Manufacturer that best demonstrates the ability to tackle this project.

Let’s say a mid-sized manufacturer is expanding into electrical wiring.  Two examples that fit this example. We recently began working with two separate companies:

1) One that specializes in handicap accessible transportation

2) An ATM manufacturer

They each produced a new proprietary product line requiring wire harnesses and printed circuit boards. It was a significant savings for each company to outsource the wire harness assembly process and printed circuit boards rather than to attempt to conquer the project themselves.

Scenario #3) Vendor Divorce 

Unfortunately, you and your current Wire Harness Manufacturer are no longer compatible. Who changed? It is like a marriage deteriorating quickly where “living like this” is no longer an option. Either quality has deteriorated, deadlines are no longer met, or prices continue to increase.

Whatever the case may be, it is time for a change.  Losing a customer is deeply disappointing and discouraging. Our team works relentlessly to maintain long-lasting and monogamous marriages with our customers. We also enjoy catching new customers on the rebound.

Scenario #4) In-House No Longer Working Out 

Your company no longer finds it efficient or profitable to produce wire harness assemblies in-house. The task falls into your lap to find a highly qualified Wire Harness Manufacturer. Selecting a company that you trust is essential!

This recently happened to a large customer. They found it much more cost-effective and profitable to outsource their entire line of wire harness assemblies by partnering with our staff. Our team went on full throttle to make this a smooth transition.

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#3

Perform an Internal SWOT 

The next step, start with a SWOT on your internal Wire Harness Assembly process. What are the company strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats? Especially if you are just starting up.  This step is critical to help determine financial risks.

Do the same procedure and create a SWOT if you were to outsource to a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

The next question becomes, “Who can solve this problem so we can focus on our core business”?

A key to building a successful business is partnering with experts in a given field. Successful companies exist by solving a problem. Solving a problem requires developing an area of expertise. A proficiency that stands above the competition.

Partnering with Seasoned Professionals 

You need to partner with a Wire Harness Manufacturer that thrives and works relentlessly to gain a competitive advantage. Also, one that creates economies of scale for you. Most importantly, a solution so valuable that it just doesn’t make sense to perform these tasks on your own anymore.

As a business owner or manager, you hire professionals to strengthen your business and protect your assets. This list includes hiring an accountant, attorney, or insurance broker who have invested the time and energy to educate themselves respectively on business law, tax codes or proper insurance policies. Especially since you rely heavily on these individuals to help you make critical business decisions. Surrounding yourself with highly trained and qualified professionals has the potential to pay huge dividends.

Outsourcing certain tasks within the manufacturing process offer similar benefits. Partnering up with a Wire Harness Manufacturer that maintains an all-star team creates a winning formula. This allows you to maximize profits while minimizing risks.

#4

Where to Search for a New Wire Harness Manufacturer?

Once you determine that partnering with a New Wire Harness Manufacturer would be extremely beneficial for your company, now the fun begins.

Unless you already have a candidate in mind, most likely you will kick-start the search process by relying on connections within your network. A great place to start includes the list below:

  1. Vendors
  2. Suppliers
  3. Customers
  4. Chamber of Commerce
  5. Trade Associations
  6. Other local connections and business organizations

If you lack successful connections going this route, no fear. Call on your dear friend Google. Conducting a few Google searches will provide an array of companies that serve as a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

Is geography a critical factor? Not necessarily. Let’s say you were looking for a supplier of wooden pallets. You definitely need somebody extremely close. Otherwise, shipping costs would be brutal and cost prohibitive.

With a Wire Harness Assembly, shipping costs are typically not prohibitive and detrimental. Partnering with the right company in another part of the country can still be an effective and profitable relationship.

For example, we have customers throughout the entire U.S. We consistently ship to the west coast and Mexico as well. Shipping costs are particularly a non-factor compared to the quality of workmanship and consistently hitting tight deadlines.

Once you have discovered a worthy prospect, begin conducting company research and due diligence to see if this Wire Harness Manufacturer is a good fit for you.

Wire Harness Manufacturer

#5 

Due Diligence When Searching for a New Wire Harness Manufacturer

What can you determine from their online presence? 

Check Out the Company Website:

  1. First, explore the company website. Does the website represent the company as a partner that you can trust?
  2. Does the company reveal itself having the staff, tools, resources, and ability to tackle your project?
  3. Do they serve your industry?
  4. Do they have the experience and expertise to take on your project?
  5. Are company capabilities listed?

Check out their Social Media:

  1. Is the company active on social media with communicating their culture?
  2. Does it fit with yours?
  3. Does the company provide helpful tips?
  4. Communicate the company mission? Does the mission fit with yours?
  5. Can you easily submit a drawing of your wire harness assembly?
  6. When you contact them, do you receive a quick response?

Below includes a few additional questions to consider asking the Wire Harness Manufacturer:

  1. Types of customers they serve?
  2. What industry does the company target?
  3. Do they understand your needs?
  4. Do they have the flexibility to speed up during your busier times?
  5. Can they adjust to varying seasonal demands?
  6. Do you feel a chemistry and kindred spirit with this company?

Questions Regarding Vendor Relationships:

  1. Do they have outstanding vendor relationships?
  2. Do they have purchasing power?
  3. Are they willing to negotiate and fight for the lowest cost on products for you?
  4. Do they have strong cash flow and pay their bills on time so there are no delays in purchasing your product?

We will dig much deeper into questions to consider for your Wire Harness Manufacturer search, with #6 and & #7.

#6

Asking Challenging Questions Captures Valuable and Critical Information 

At this stage, you have narrowed the field down. To either a single or hopefully only a few Wire Harness Manufacturer candidates. Now is the time to begin the interview process. Asking tough interview questions will help lead you to the valued partner that you desire.

This partnership will take your business to the next level. At least, that is the goal.

 

Being overly prepared and asking the right questions can save you a great deal of grief down the road. Hastily jumping into a new relationship with a custom manufacturer that turns sour can be devastating and difficult to recover. Depending on the severity. The divorce can get nasty and costly.

Having a list of tough questions prepared brings tremendous value to the process.

50 Questions When Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer

To help discover if you are compatible with a Wire Harness Manufacturer that you are interviewing, below are a list of helpful questions to consider:

Round I: 

  1. What industries do you serve?
  2. Please describe your ideal customer?
  3. What has been your greatest victory in your business career or at your company?
  4. Biggest letdown or setback and how did you resolve?
  5. Could you share exciting changes taking place in your business?
  6. What are you absolutely best at?
  7. What are your weaknesses?
  8. How long have you been in business?
  9. Who are your key employees?
  10. Also, can you describe the experience of staff?
  11. Do I have access to the floor supervisor?
  12. Who is my main point of contact?
  13. Do I have a contact on weekends?
  14. Who do I contact for an emergency?
  15. Are you properly insured? (Check with your insurance company to confirm requirements)
  16. Can you supply 3 customer references?
  17. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure form?
  18. What is your lead time for orders?
  19. Therefore, are you able to tackle rush orders?
  20. Should the customer supply parts or do you prefer to supply parts?
  21. Do you have aggressive discount programs with vendors?
  22. Furthermore, do you take advantage of early payment discounts with your vendors?
  23. Also, what are your payment terms?
  24. Do you accept credit card for payment?
  25. Are discounts available for early payment?
Round II:
  1. What type of equipment and tools do you use?
  2. What is your shipping policy?
  3. Could we compare discounts with UPS/FedEx to see who has the best rates?
  4. Who is responsible for damaged goods during shipping?
  5. Do you accept blanket orders?
  6. Will you inventory our raw parts or finished goods when necessary?
  7. Are you willing to purchase new tools or equipment to complete projects?
  8. Can we work with you on projections?
  9. What software do you use for inventory management and scheduling?
  10. Furthermore, is your company tech savvy?
  11. Do one or two customers represent more than 50% of your annual sales?
  12. Have you ever been sued or in a lawsuit?
  13. In addition, have you ever gone bankrupt?
  14. How do we handle damaged goods or parts not working?
  15. Can you describe your testing process and quality control?
  16. What is the company mission or vision statement?
  17. Do you have a succession plan or exit strategy in place?
  18. What makes your company stand above the competition?
  19. Also, are there facets of your business that demonstrate your commitment to your customer’s profitability?
  20. Any industry standards or certificates achieved?
  21. Do you also have a safety protocol in place?
  22. What is your capacity level?
  23. Have you experienced layoffs recently?
  24. Furthermore, are you profitable?
  25. Please explain the reason a recent customer stopped buying from you?

Asking thorough questions goes a long way with any relationship. This list is just a suggestive list of helpful questions to consider when Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

#7

Discreet Questions Can Save You Down the Road 

Outsourcing manufacturing operations can deliver tremendous benefits to your business. Unfortunately, there are many risks attached as well. Furthermore, let’s continue our discussion by addressing Discreet Questions to Determine Character Compatibility and Financial Viability. Asking tough questions will help narrow down your selection process.

So you have entered the interview process to select a new custom manufacturer to partner with. Therefore, now you are digging deeper into the due diligence process to see who is exactly the best fit.

Financial stability is certainly one of your absolute top concerns. If you are both small businesses, discovering actual financial figures or intimate information may be difficult to obtain. Even though this is information is critical. Especially if the project or product represents a significant portion of your sales.

So what steps or strategies can you take to discover the financial viability of this new prospect?

Important Questions to Ask Yourself 

Here are a few questions to ask yourself through this process:

  • Does the company represent itself well?
  • Do you have similar goals and a common business philosophy?
  • Also, is this a team of people with integrity that you can trust impeccably?
  • Is this a partner that is committed to your profitability and success?
  • Or are you another opportunity for the owner to support a lavish lifestyle?

Determine Character Compatibility and Financial Viability 

Here are a number of discreet questions to consider to help determine the financial viability of the company as well as the character level of ownership:

Check Spending Habits:
  1. Strike up a conversation on hobbies. Do they have expensive hobbies? Golf at Pebble Beach, mountain climbing the Himalayas, scuba diving in Thailand, flying a helicopter, bragging about their yacht… you get the point.
  2. Find out the type of car they drive. “My spouse is looking for a new car. What type of car do you drive or recommend?”
  3. If you live near the prospect, casually ask what neighborhood they live in. Sorry to get overly “stalkerish”, but finding out their neighborhood will let you know their lifestyle. Also, Google Earth may assist.
Ask for References: 
  1. Ask for bank reference
  2. ……business references
  3. ……also, character references
  4. …… as well as customer references

Do Some Research on Google and Social Media: 

  1. Google the owner to discover any past felonies, convictions or other bad news.
  2. Additionally, you may want to check their Facebook page & see what they do in their personal time.
  3. Also, check any other social media – Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Pinterest.
  4. Look for Videos on YouTube.
  5. Furthermore, check mutual connections on LinkedIn.

Going the extra mile with your due diligence process will save you a tremendous amount of grief and frustration down the road.

#8

It is Now Time to Plan a Visit and Take a Tour

So you continue plunging through the due diligence process to select a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

You have performed dozens of Google searches of “Wire Harness Manufacturer” to narrow down the field.

You have evaluated plenty of websites and social media pages until they all start to blend together.

Hopefully, several companies are standing out from the crowd.

Emails have been exchanged and phone calls have been made to break the ice.

You have also been asking plenty of tough questions and pleased with a majority of responses.

Also, there may be one or two candidates that really seem like they are head and shoulders above the rest.

You are feeling good.

Finally, it is time to plan a visit and tour each facility.

A physical visit to top candidates in person is vital to your decision. You might even want to consider a surprise visit (“Hey, I was in the neighborhood” – even if 500 miles away).

Here is an excellent article from the Harvard Business Review regarding plant tours (Even though this was written 20 years ago).

Eyes Wide Open and the Attitude of a Harsh Critic

It is extremely important to go on the tour with eyes wide open and the attitude of a harsh critic.

(Actually, this was just a great excuse to get Judge Judy into one of our blogs).

What to Look for When Touring a Wire Harness Manufacturer

Below is a list to consider when Touring a Wire Harness Manufacturer:

  1. Do you find the building and property presentable or unkempt? (Unmowed grass, disheveled parking lot, garbage, broken windows, etc…)
  2. Additionally, is the office presentable or unkempt? (Top of the line everything or dated to the 1960’s)
  3. Are you warmly greeted?
  4. Additionally, are the management, staff, and employees pleasant and welcoming?
  5. Also, do employees look happy and hustling?
  6. Are tools and equipment organized and well maintained?
  7. Furthermore, are the warehouse and inventory efficiently organized?
  8. Is the shipping dock clear of clutter?
  9. Also, are you impressed or underwhelmed with the team and operation?
  10. Are there any red flags that make you uneasy?
  11. Additionally, do employees have cell phones out?
  12. Check the kitchen area – is it clean and organized or dirty?
  13. In addition to the kitchen area, are the restrooms clean?
  14. Are there any key employees that do not come out to meet you?
  15. When evaluating the quantity and quality of staff, does the company seem to be top heavy?
  16. What are the years of service of the management team?
  17. Be prepared with tough questions regarding your product and process to determine if they are indeed experts in their field (see #6).
  18. Is the Wire Harness Manufacturer management team short and brief with you? Is this a good sign that they are focused and busy or are they rude and distracted?
  19. On the other hand, if they meet with you for a long period are they too lackadaisical or not busy?
  20. Furthermore, do they seem eager to earn your business or desperate?
Bonus Round 
  1. Look for matching or mismatched priorities: expensive office furniture, overstaffed, excessive non-business essentials (foosball table, video games, keg parties, etc).
  2. Get a gauge on morale at the company.
  3. Does the owner wear an expensive wardrobe or jewelry?
  4. Finally, ask the owner for an opportunity to have a mutual meeting with their accountant to view audited financials. In addition, if necessary, offer to have the meeting at your expense. Could offer great ROI.

Outsourcing your production to a custom manufacturer is similar to finding quality daycare for your child. Therefore, you need to find a company that you Trust, Trust, Trust!

As the saying goes, if something is not a “HELL YEAH” then it is simply a “No”.

#9

Supply Parts or Not to Supply Parts?

That is the Question 

(OK, that was our pathetic attempt to sound like Shakespeare).

Anyway, a common question with new customers: “What if we would like to supply our own parts?” With many custom manufacturers, this is the equivalent of bringing your own food to a restaurant and asking them to prepare you a meal.

Supplying your own products to a custom manufacturer offers several positives and negatives. Consequently, it works best to communicate clearly with the manufacturer on the pros and cons of either option.

The question is do you really save money?  Also, one-size fits all does not apply here. Furthermore, there are many variables to consider which option makes the most sense (or more importantly, makes the most CENTS).

Pros and Cons 

Let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons of supplying your own parts and components: 

Positives 

Several benefits fall in your favor by taking the initiative to order and supply your own parts when outsourcing:

  1. You control the ordering process and supply chain. 
  2. Ordering your own parts allows you to also have full disclosure of pricing on the cost of goods.
  3. First-hand knowledge of availability or stock-outs of your product.
  4. Furthermore, you have better control over delivery times. 
  5. Negotiating your own discounts with the vendor. 
Negatives 

Ordering or supplying your own parts may be welcomed by the Wire Harness Manufacturer. On the other hand, this approach could be disruptive to the manufacturer. Furthermore, there are a few negatives to consider:

  1. The time you spend ordering parts.
  2. As well as the time you spend coordinating deliveries.
  3. Lost opportunity of volume discounts available to the manufacturer due to their purchasing power.
  4. Product knowledge and expertise that the manufacturer possesses.
  5. Also, the variety of shipments arriving at the manufacturer on different days throws off their production schedule for your product.
  6. The receiving department at the manufacturer must be informed of delivery. This communication is crucial for the manufacturer in order to properly schedule the production of your products.
  7. The manufacturer must implement a means to monetize the receipt of your goods that you have delivered. It is in neither parties interest to not account for labor, handling, and the overhead expense of receiving and storing goods. So, are you really saving money?
Where is Your Time Best Spent? 

Wire Harness Manufacturer

An important question to ask yourself: Is your time better spent focusing on other areas of the business? Furthermore, did you partner with a company that you trust enough to delegate the purchases?

In addition, you partnered or hired the custom manufacturer due to their proficiency, expertise, and ability to deliver a quality product on time. Is it worth your time, hassle and energy to locate new vendors and product? Especially in areas that are either new to you or where you are lacking purchasing power and strong vendor relationships.

#10

Conclusion

 New Wire Harness Manufacturer  

Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer does not need to be a stressful process. Outsourcing Your Wire Harness Assembly can generate significant profits for your business.

Especially partnering with an experienced company with a seasoned staff. This decision lends a tremendous competitive advantage for your company. Also, selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer that completes projects with the highest quality, effective pricing, and on-time delivery dramatically boosts to your bottom line. Therefore, teaming up with a company dedicated to your success is critical.

Wire Harness Manufacturer Checklist 

To recap, here is a checklist of company traits to pursue when finalizing your search for a new Wire Harness Manufacturer:

  1. Superior Quality
  2. Maintaining an Impeccable Customer Scorecard
  3. Also, fast Turnaround Times
  4. Competitive Prices
  5. Seasoned Staff
  6. Company Experience
  7. Short Lead Times
  8. Agile and Flexible
  9. Company Culture Dedicated to Customer Satisfaction
  10. Lastly, a Deep Commitment to Safety

Wire Harness Manufacturer

Ok. Hopefully, you are now happy as can be with your new Wire Harness Manufacturer.

Furthermore, as with any outsourcing partner, work diligently to maintain healthy and constant communication. Also, be clear about goals and expectations. This will also help guarantee a long, happy and prosperous marriage.

Thank you for taking the time to read our Tips for Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

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Metal Power Strip

What do the College Football Playoffs and the Heavy Duty Metal Power Strip product line at Falconer Electronics have in common? Lots! But we will get to that in a minute…..

For all college football fans, the College Football Selection Committee faces tremendous pressure and several big decisions this weekend. Who will make the final four for the College Football Playoffs? Many deserving teams with only four spots available.

How does your team or alma mater look? After the conference championship games, the picture becomes much clearer, hopefully! Some teams will definitely be left out. Their fans and alumni will be upset.

Oh well. Debate and what-ifs are part of the history and culture of college football.

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Legendary Coach Lou Holtz

Heavy Duty Metal Power Strip Selection

While we wait to see what happens this weekend in college football, Falconer Electronics recently launched our top four Metal Power Strip selection that we consider champions. Dependable for any tough project.

What do they have in common with the top college football programs? Plenty! Rugged. Durable. Built to last. Let’s see what else….

American Made 

College football is a wonderful American tradition. We take great pride creating products based on American traditions and values as well. The team at Falconer Electronics assembles each Metal Power Strip at our facility in New York.

Practice and Work Hard 

Each team that makes the playoffs worked incredibly hard to earn a spot. Teams start preparing for the following season, the day after their last game of the previous season. Each player makes a year-round commitment to excellence and success. Our team brings the same commitment. We practice hard year round to deliver the best products in our field.

Set High Standards 

The coaches of the four playoff teams set extremely high standards for their players. Coaches including Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, and Dabo Sweeney demand the best. Their track records support this claim. Especially with these coaches respectively winning the last three national championships.

At Falconer Electronics, we demand the same high standards. Each Metal Power Strip is produced to rigorous UL standards. This provides you the confidence that your electrical products are powered by a durable and reliable product.

Metal Power Strip Lineup

Below includes our exciting lineup. Each Metal Power Strip is now available at our e-commerce store:

4 Outlet Commercial Power Strip – 6′ Cord 

F0216-012-H02-03-GRY

4 Outlet Commercial Power Strip

8 Outlet Commercial Power Strip – 6′ Cord

F0216-012-V04-03-GRY

8 Outlet Commercial Power Strip

 10 Outlet Commercial Power Strip – 6′ Cord

F0216-024-H04-03-GRY:

10 Outlet Commercial Power Strip

20 Outlet Commercial Power Strip – 6′ Cord

F0216-024-V10-03-GRY

20 Outlet Commercial Power Strip

Certifications: cETLusUL1363 Relocatable Power Tap

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AWG

American Wire Gauge or AWG is the standard way of measuring wire gauges in the United States. However, in other countries, they use a different standard of measuring, SWG or British Imperial Standard Wire Gauge, for example. The availability of two different standards has led to a difference in how wire gauges are measured and what standard sizes of wire are used.

AWG

AWG is the standard for measuring wire in the United States. This standard is defined by the diameter of the electrical wire that is being measured. Therefore, it is the physical size is what matters most. Also, the larger the physical size of the wire the smaller the wire gauge according to the AWG measurements.

SWG

SWG was the legal standard for measuring wire in the United Kingdom as of 1884. All of the SWG measurements are in metric sizes. In most cases of use of the SWG measuring standard the sizes will be rounded up which does affect the accuracy.

Similarities

In a lot of ways, AWG and SWG standards are similar. Most noteworthy, both standards are based on the physical size of the wire being measured. Also, both share common wire numbers that express those physical sizes. Finally, metal measuring plates are used to determine the size of the wire.

Differences

The most obvious difference is the standard of measurements. AWG is recorded in what is referred to as the imperial system of measurement. This system of measurements is in inches. Therefore, the American standard is different from the SWG system which uses the metric system of measuring. When looking at the charts below there are slight differences in the calculations between the two systems. Especially relevant is the difference that can be seen between the 12 and 24 gauges. These are very common sizes of wire and the chart shows very drastic difference amongst the size measurements.

 

Reference charts:

AWG

wonkeedonkeetools.co

 

Wire Number
Imperial Standard
Wire Gauge
American
Wire Gauge
gauge ins. dia. ins. dia.
0000000 (7/0) 0.5000
000000 (6/0) 0.4640 0.580000
00000 (5/0) 0.4320 0.516500
0000 (4/0) 0.4000 0.460000
000 (3/0) 0.3720 0.409642
00 (2/0) 0.3480 0.364796
0 (1/0) 0.3240 0.324861
1 0.3000 0.289297
2 0.2760 0.257627
3 0.2520 0.229423
4 0.2320 0.2043
5 0.2120 0.1819
6 0.1920 0.1620
7 0.1760 0.1443
8 0.1600 0.1285
9 0.1440 0.1144
10 0.1280 0.1019
11 0.1160 0.0907
12 0.1040 0.0808
13 0.0920 0.0720
14 0.0800 0.0641
15 0.0720 0.0571
16 0.0640 0.0508
17 0.0560 0.0453
18 0.0480 0.0403
19 0.0400 0.0359
20 0.0360 0.0320
21 0.0320 0.0285
22 0.0280 0.0253
23 0.0240 0.0226
24 0.0220 0.0201
25 0.0200 0.0179
26 0.0180 0.0159
27 0.0164 0.0142
28 0.0148 0.0126
29 0.0136 0.0113
30 0.0124 0.0100
31 0.0116 0.0089
32 0.0108 0.0080
33 0.0100 0.0071
34 0.0092 0.0063
35 0.0084 0.0056
36 0.0076 0.0050
37 0.0068 0.0045
38 0.0060 0.0040
39 0.0052 0.0035
40 0.0048 0.0031
41 0.0044 0.0028
42 0.0040 0.0025
43 0.0036 0.0022
44 0.0032 0.0020
45 0.0028 0.0018
46 0.0024 0.0016
47 0.0020 0.0014
48 0.0016 0.0012
49 0.0012 0.0011
50 0.0010 0.0010
51 0.00088
52 0.00078
53 0.00070
54 0.00062
55 0.00055
56 0.00049

simetric.co

 

To learn more about American Wire Gauge measurements check out our blog WHY DO WIRE GAUGE SIZES SEEM TO WORK BACKWARDS?

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Wire Harness Estimate

Need a price on a Wire Harness Assembly, like RIGHT NOW?! Traditionally, receiving Wire Harness Estimates could take hours or even days. Well, thanks to some hard work and innovation that problem is now solved. Therefore, you can now receive a Wire Harness Estimate within minutes (or even seconds depending on how fast you type). Furthermore, you should stop by and check out the brand new Falconer Electronics Wire Harness Estimator.

Wire Harness Estimate in 6 Simple Steps 

The Wire Harness Estimator offers you a simple 6 step process. Therefore, with each step, you can easily enter product information. Once complete, you hit submit. Also, within seconds your Wire Harness Estimate will be waiting for you. We send it straight to your email box.

Wire Harness Estimate

  1. Select your wire
  2. Enter the number of wires
  3. Select your terminals
  4. Choose add-ons – such as sleeving, heat shrink, labels, or wire ties
  5. Don’t see an item you need –
  6. you can type in a request
  7. Finally, submit

At any time you are also free to submit a drawing.

Are you creating a prototype?

Do you need to test a new product?

Also, do you need a Wire Harness Estimate quick? No problem. You can breeze through the Wire Harness Estimator completely free of charge and no obligations.

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Custom Wire Harness Assembly 

What type of industries do we serve? Our wire harnesses can be found in the healthcare industry, auto and truck lighting, heating systems, locomotive products and much more.  

Commercial Power Strips

Commercial Power Strips manufactured by Falconer Electronics can be found working relentlessly at numerous major brick and mortar retail stores at product displays. Also, we produce our own wire harnesses for all of our power strips.

Portable Work Lights 

We even produce wire harnesses for our own proprietary product line. We have portable work lights. This line includes magnetic trouble lights as well as magnetic spotlights.

MLC-50-C3 Trouble Light

 

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Supplies Components

Supply or not supply? That is the question for today.

When outsourcing to a custom manufacturer, a common question occurs, “Who Supplies Components When Outsourcing Production?” Do you supply your own parts and materials or is it more cost-effective for the custom manufacturer to purchase materials? We will address this topic from the perspective of a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

This is our continued series on Outsourcing Wire Harness Manufacturing. Below includes links to previous topics on this discussion:

Outsource Your Wire Harness Assembly Process – Part 1

Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer – Part 2

How to Find a New Wire Harness Manufacturer – Part 3 

Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer – Part 4

Discreet Questions to Determine Character Compatibility and Financial Viability – Part 5

Touring a Wire Harness Manufacturer – Part 6

What if I want to supply my own products such as wire, connectors and other components to save money? 

Supplying your own products to a custom manufacturer offers several positives and negatives. It works best to communicate clearly with the manufacturer on the pros and cons of either option.

The question is do you really save money?  One-size fits all does not apply here. There are many variables to consider which option makes the most sense (or more importantly – make the most CENTS).

Pros and Cons 

Let’s take a look at the Pros and Cons of supplying your own parts and components: 

Positives 

Several benefits fall in your favor by taking the initiative to order and supply your own parts when outsourcing:

  1. You control the ordering process and supply chain. 
  2. Ordering your own parts allows you to have full disclosure of pricing on the cost of goods.
  3. First-hand knowledge of availability or stock-outs on your product.
  4. Better control over delivery times. 
  5. Negotiate your own discounts with the vendor. 

Negatives 

Ordering or supplying your own parts may be welcomed by the manufacturer. On the other hand, this approach could be disruptive to the manufacturer. Here are a few negatives to consider:

  1. The time you spend ordering parts.
  2. The time you spend coordinating deliveries.
  3. Lost opportunity of volume discounts available to the manufacturer due to their purchasing power.
  4. Product knowledge and expertise that the manufacturer possesses.
  5. The variety of shipments arriving at manufacturer at different times throws off their production schedule for your product.
  6. The receiving department at the manufacturer must be informed of delivery. This communication is crucial for the manufacturer in order to properly schedule production of your products.
  7. The manufacturer must implement a means to monetize the receipt of your goods that you order. It is in neither parties interest to not account for labor, handling, and the overhead expense of receiving and storing goods.

Supplies Components

An important question to ask yourself: Is your time better spent focusing on other areas of the business? Did you partner with a company that you trust enough to delegate the purchases to the custom manufacturer?

You partnered or hired the custom manufacturer due to their proficiency, expertise, and ability to deliver a quality product on time. Is it worth your time, hassle and energy to locate new vendors and product in areas that are either new to you or where you are lacking purchasing power and strong vendor relationships?

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Part 6! We almost feel like the Harry Potter Series (my daughter would be proud of that analogy). Each week we have been addressing the due diligence and selection process when deciding to outsource wire harness manufacturing. Today we will explore taking a tour of a custom manufacturer. In particular, Touring a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

Below includes previous topics on this discussion:

Outsource Your Wire Harness Assembly Process – Part 1

Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer – Part 2

How to Find a New Wire Harness Manufacturer – Part 3 

Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer – Part 4

Discreet Questions to Determine Character Compatibility and Financial Viability – Part 5

It is Now Time to Plan a Visit and Take a Tour

So you continue plunging through the due diligence process to select a custom manufacturer.

You have performed dozens of Google searches to narrow down the field.

You have evaluated plenty of websites and social media pages until they all start to blend together.

Hopefully, several companies are standing out from the crowd.

Emails have been exchanged and phone calls have been made to break the ice.

There may be one or two that really seem like head and shoulders above the rest.

You are feeling good.

It is now time to plan a visit and tour each facility.

A physical visit to top candidates in person is vital with your decision. You might even want to consider a surprise visit (“Hey, I was in the neighborhood” – even if 500 miles away).

Here is an excellent article from the Harvard Business Review regarding plant tours (Even though this was written 20 years ago): https://hbr.org/1997/05/why-and-how-to-take-a-plant-tour

Eyes Wide Open and the Attitude of a Harsh Critic

It is extremely important to go into the tour with eyes wide open and the attitude of a harsh critic.

(Actually, this was just a great excuse to get Judge Judy into one of our blogs).

What to Look for When Touring a Wire Harness Manufacturer

Below is a list to consider when Touring a Wire Harness Manufacturer:

  1. Do you find the building and property presentable or unkempt? (Unmowed grass, disheveled parking lot, garbage, broken windows, etc…)
  2. Office presentable or unkempt? (Top of the line everything or dated to the 1960’s)
  3. Are you warmly greeted?
  4. Management, staff, and employees pleasant and welcoming?
  5. Do employees look happy and hustling?
  6. Are tools and equipment organized and well maintained?
  7. Are the warehouse and inventory efficiently organized?
  8. Is the Shipping dock clear of clutter?
  9. Are you impressed or underwhelmed with the team and operation?
  10. Are there any red flags that make you uneasy?
  11. Do employees have cell phones out?
  12. Check kitchen area – is it clean or organized and dirty?
  13. Are restrooms clean?
  14. Are there any key employees that do not come out to meet you?
  15. Evaluating the quantity and quality of staff, does the company seem to be top heavy?
  16. What are the years of service of the management team?
  17. Be prepared with tough questions regarding your product and process to determine if they are indeed experts in their field.
  18. Is the management team short and brief with you? Is this a good sign that they are focused and busy or are they rude and distracted?
  19. On the other hand, if they meet with you for a long period are they too lackadaisical or not busy?
  20. Do they seem eager to earn your business or desperate?

Outsourcing your product production to a custom manufacturer is similar to finding quality daycare for your child. You need to find a company that you Trust, Trust, Trust!

There is a saying that if something is not a “HELL YAH” then it is simply a “No”.

Check back next week for Part 7 of our series on Outsourcing.

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Our New Wire Harness Estimator

Falconer Electronics, Inc recently announced a new tool, The Wire Harness Estimator, to assist with determining the cost of a Wire Harness Assembly. You can check out our estimator here.

The Wire Harness Estimator allows you to quickly and easily enter the components that make up your wire harness and within seconds you will receive an email with the estimate.

Below you will find helpful definitions as a guide to use the Wire Harness Estimator.

Wire Types And Their Uses

Stranded: When a wire needs to be flexible in a product.

Flexible Ground Braid: Grounding connection between two terminals while still having the ability to move or vibrate.

Ribbon Cable – Gray: Usually used to make connections between electrical devices such as computers, DVD players, or hard drives.

THHN – Solid: For a fixed application like traveling through a straight formed conduit.

THHN – Stranded: For an application where there is a need for flexible wire. As when placing wire around corners or in power boxes.

Wire Gauges And How They Are Defined

Wire Gauges We Offer:

22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6

Figure 1.1

Physical Size of Wire:

The physical size of a wire is defined by the number of operations that it takes to get it to that physical size. This process means that a 22 gauge wire is much smaller in size than a 6 gauge wire. This process is “Wire Drawing” and it looks like Figure 1.2. Therefore, “Wire Drawing” is what gives us all of the different gauges in Figure 1.1. 

The smaller the wire gauge the less current that is traveling through the wire itself. Also meaning the smaller gauged wires have less amperage they can handle.

Wire Drawing

Figure 1.2 (Kingway)

Wire Colors And Their Uses

Black: Hot/ Positive

White: Common/ Negative

Green: Ground

Red: Secondary Line: Hot/Positive

Blue, Yellow, Brown: Available for customer’s personal choice to connect one point to another.

Terminal Types And Their Purposes

Ring Terminal: To connect two points through a wire and is attached with a screw. Figure 2.1

Fork Terminal: Much like that Ring Terminal it connects two points through a wire and is attached with a screw. However, it is also useful if you need to remove the terminal from a device because of its open-ended design. Figure 2.2

Quick Connect / Disconnect Terminal: Terminals that attach to another terminal by sliding into place. There are female and male connecting terminals. Figure 2.3 and Figure 2.4 

Ferrule Terminal: Fastening, joining, sealing, or reinforcing wires to each other. Also has many different applications due to the many different types there are. Figure 2.5

Ring Terminal option on the wire harness estimator            Fork Terminal option on the wire harness estimator                       Quick Connect / Disconnect Terminal option for wire harness estimator      Quick Connect / Disconnect Terminal option for wire harness estimator    Ferrule Terminal option for the wire harness estimator

Figure 2.1              Figure 2.2         Figure 2.3        Figure 2.4     Figure 2.5

Terminal Insulation Type And Their Purposes

 Insulated

  • Partially Insulated- Usually on ring or fork terminals. Used mostly to prevent crossing/ shorting of the wires by preventing contact with other wires.
  • Fully Insulated- Mostly on Quick Connect/ Disconnect terminals. The purpose of fully insulated terminals is to prevent contact between terminals. Therefore, the wires would not be in contact with each other in small spaces.

Uninsulated-

Terminals that need to be crimped in place or soldered in place. Are also, usually finished with heat shrink tubing.

Terminal Stud Sizes And Why It’s Important To Know What Size You Need 

Terminal Stud Sizes We Offer:

2,4,6,8,10, 1/4″

Terminal sizes

 Figure 3.1 

Why is the terminal stud size important:

If your assembly requires attachment of wires by screws or other hardware you need to be sure that you have a proper size to fit the hardware you are using.

Therefore, if you are using a 1/4″ screw in your assembly but you have a #2 terminal stud it will be impossible to attach your wire to your assembly. As you can see in Figure 3.1 the sizes are very different.

The other important thing to remember when looking at terminal stud size is they have to be able to fit your screw or hardware. This means that a 1/4″ terminal stud will actually be slightly larger than a 1/4″.

Wire Harness Add-Ons And Their Uses

Spiral Wrap: Bundles wires together while still providing flexibility

Wire Ties: Bundling wires into separate groups, separating wires from other wires in the harness, also, holding a wire into a specific direction

Shrink Tubing: Protecting and insulating wire from outside elements

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Asking Challenging Questions Gains Valuable Information 

When considering outsourcing services to a custom manufacturer of any industry, asking challenging questions is critical for selecting the best fit possible. Having a list of tough questions prepared brings tremendous value to the process. Since we are a Wire Harness Manufacturer, we will specifically address Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

At this stage, you have narrowed the field down to either a single or hopefully a few candidates. Now is time to begin the interview process. Asking tough interview questions will help lead you to the valued partner that you desire. This partnership will take your business to the next level. At least, that is the goal.

For example, do you find the company accessible and responsive? To vastly increase our response time with customers, we recently launched the Falconer Electronics Wire Harness Estimator. This new tool allows customers the ability to gather an estimate immediately. Click here for more details.

Outsourcing Your Wire Harness Assembly Process 

We are continuing our series on going through the entire due diligence process of selecting a custom manufacturer to outsource products. This week we suggest a list of questions to ask when Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

So far in previous weeks, topics have included:

Outsource Your Wire Harness Assembly Process – Part 1

Selecting a Wire Harness Manufacturer – Part 2

How to Find a New Wire Harness Manufacturer – Part 3 

Being overly prepared and asking the right questions can save you a great deal of grief and frustration down the road. Hastily jumping into a new relationship with a custom manufacturer that turns sour can be devastating and difficult to recover depending on the severity.

50 Questions When Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer

To help discover if you are compatible with a custom manufacturer that you are interviewing, below are a list of helpful questions to consider:

  1. What industries do you serve?
  2. Please describe your ideal customer?
  3. Greatest victory in your business career or at your company?
  4. Biggest let down or setback and how did you resolve?
  5. Could you share exciting changes taking place at your business?
  6. What are you absolutely best at?
  7. What are your greatest weaknesses?
  8. How long have you been in business?
  9. Who are your key employees?
  10. Describe the experience of staff?
  11. Do I have access with the floor supervisor?
  12. Who is my main point of contact?
  13. What are your business hours?
  14. Do I have a contact on weekends?
  15. Who do I contact for an emergency?
  16. Are you properly insured? (Check with your insurance company to confirm requirements)
  17. Can you supply 3 customer references?
  18. Are you willing to sign a non-disclosure form?
  19. What is your lead time on orders?
  20. Are you able to tackle rush orders?
  21. Should the customer supply parts or do you prefer to supply parts?
  22. Do you have aggressive discount programs with vendors?
  23. Do you take advantage of early payment discounts with your vendors?
  24. What are your payment terms?
  25. Do accept credit card for payment?
  26. Are discounts available for early payment?
  27. What is your shipping policy?
  28. Could we compare discounts with UPS/FedEx to see who has best rates?
  29. Who is responsible for damaged goods during shipping?
  30. Do you accept blanket orders?
  31. Will you inventory our raw parts or finished goods when necessary?
  32. Are you willing to purchase new tools or equipment to complete projects?
  33. Can we work with you on projections?
  34. What software do you use for inventory management and scheduling?
  35. Do one or two customers represent more than 50% of your annual sales?
  36. Have you ever been sued or in a lawsuit?
  37. Have you ever gone bankrupt?
  38. How do we handle damaged goods or parts not working?
  39. Can you describe your testing process and quality control?
  40. What is the company mission or vision statement?
  41. Is your company tech savvy?
  42. Do you have a succession plan or exit strategy in place?
  43. What makes your company stand above the competition?
  44. Facets of your business that demonstrate your commitment to your customer’s profitability?
  45. Any industry standards or certificates achieved?
  46. Do you have a safety protocol?
  47. What is your capacity level?
  48. Have you experienced layoffs recently?
  49. Are you profitable?
  50. Please explain the reason a recent customer stopped buying from you?

Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer

 

Asking excellent questions goes a long way with any relationship. This list is just a suggestive list of helpful questions to consider when Interviewing a Wire Harness Manufacturer.

 

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Wire Harness Estimate

Introducing the FEI Wire Harness Estimator

Falconer Electronics, Inc (FEI) proudly announces launching the brand new FEI Wire Harness Estimator. Our team is extremely excited to share this new tool with customers: https://falconerelectronics.com/custom-wire-harness-estimator/

Especially those who are eager to capture an estimate or ballpark price on their Wire Harness Assembly quickly and easily. Below offers a step by step process when using the FEI Wire Harness Estimator. 

Steps to Complete the FEI Wire Harness Estimator

 

Step 1 – Select Wire Type 

FEI Wire Harness Estimator

SELECT YOUR UNCUT WIRE (or wires): 

You may select multiple wires – Click “Add to Estimate” after each selection 

Options include:

Wire Stranded

  • Available Colors – Black, White, Green, Red, Blue, Yellow, Brown
  • Available Gauges – 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22  

Flexible Ground Braid 

  • Uninsulated  
  • 1/4″ and 1/2″ 

Ribbon Cable – Gray 

  • Available Color – Gray or Color-coded 
  • Conductor – 10, 14, 16, 20, 26, 40 

THHN – Solid 

  • Available Color – Black, White, Green, Red, Gray, Orange 
  • Available Gauge – 12 Gauge Only 

THHN – Strand 

  • Available Colors – Black, White, Green 
  • Available Gauge – 12 Gauge Only 

Select Length – The TOTAL length of wire required for a single assembly – This also applies for multiple wires. Select the length of each wire. 

Click “ADD TO ESTIMATE” 

The Estimator allows you to Add multiple wires.

Review your selection – if ready to proceed – click “NEXT STEP”

 

STEP 2 – Select the Number of Individual Wires 

 

Wire Harness Estimator

This section will include the TOTAL number of Individual Wires in your wire harness assembly

Click “NEXT STEP”

 

STEP 3 – Select Your Terminal 

Wire Harness Estimator

This section allows you the opportunity to select a specific manufacturer part number. Enter the manufacturer part number in the space provided and hit SEARCH. The product will populate into the estimate. 

If your specific part number is not available, you may select from the list of “house” parts below: 

  • Ring Terminal
  • Fork Terminal
  • Quick Connect/Disconnect Terminals
  • Ferrules Terminal

Select Quantity (for a Single Wire Harness) 

Click “ADD TO ESTIMATE” 

You may add multiple terminals and hit “ADD TO ESTIMATE” each time

Click “NEXT STEP” 

 

STEP 4 – Select Add-ons 

 

Wire Harness Estimator

 

  • Spiral Wrap
  • Expandable Sleeving 
  • Wire Ties 
  • Heat Shrink
  • Wire Labels 
  • Wire Label Flags 

Enter Length in inches 

Click “ADD TO ESTIMATE” 

You may add multiple Add-ons in this section. Please hit “ADD TO ESTIMATE” after each selection. 

Click “NEXT STEP” 

 

STEP 5 – Component Request 

 

Wire Harness Estimator

This section allows you the opportunity to add any additional components or helpful notes to help determine your estimate. 

Any items added to the “Components Request” section will NOT be added to the initial estimate. You will receive a separate email including the additional components to your wire harness assembly estimate. 

 

STEP 6 – Review and Submit 

Wire Harness Estimator

 

The Summary page allows you the opportunity to review your entries and make sure that everything looks accurate. 

Once you are satisfied with your selection simply enter your name and email address. You may also enter a project number to help keep track of each wire harness assembly estimate. 

Enter the correct number for the captcha and hit SUBMIT. 

You will receive your estimate within seconds in your email box. 

 

Questions

Please call 716-665-4176 at any step of the process with questions from 7-3:30 EST or email [email protected] 

We are excited to offer this new program and welcome your constructive feedback. 

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Wire Harness Estimator

Determining the cost of a new Wire Harness Assembly just became a whole lot easier thanks to some hard work and innovation. Falconer Electronics, Inc., (FEI) a wire harness manufacturer since 1985, proudly announces the new online FEI Wire Harness Estimator (https://falconerelectronics.com/custom-wire-harness-estimator/). 

Introducing the FEI Wire Harness Estimator

What is a Wire Harness Estimator? 

The brand new online FEI Wire Harness Estimator allows buyers, product designers, and engineers the ability to enter the specs of a wire harness assembly quickly and easily.  This straightforward approach eliminates the need to wait days or weeks for pricing out your wire harness. 

Fast & Easy to Use 

The Wire Harness Estimator delivers an estimated cost of your wire harness assembly within seconds of submission directly to your email. Utilize the simplistic step by step process as you select each item required in your assembly.

You can select your wire type, wire gauge, wire color, wire length, the number of individual wires, and wire terminals. 

Looking for additional connectors or other items not on the list? No problem! All you need to do is enter the manufacturer part number and the estimator adds that item to the estimate. 

Lastly, you can finalize your estimate with any add ons such as a spiral wrap, expandable sleeving, wire ties, and heat shrink. Wire labels and label flags can also be added. 

No Commitments – No Obligation 

The only requirement is entering your name and email address. You will instantly receive an email with the estimate. 

No commitments – no obligation. 

The estimate does NOT represent a formal quote. This is an outstanding opportunity to provide a short cut for you to capture an estimate or a ball park price for your new wire harness assembly. 

For detailed pricing on quantity breaks or a formal quote, you are welcome to submit a drawing and a request for proposal. A team member from Falconer Electronics will contact you with an actual quote fitting your timeline and quantity needed. 

You can call 716-665-4176 or email [email protected] with any questions to walk through the process. 

No minimums required and we welcome customers of all sizes. 

Thank you so much for reading this post. We invite your constructive feedback on how the Wire Harness Estimator can help your business. 

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Is it Time to Outsource Your Wire Harness Assembly Process? 

“Should we begin outsourcing our Wire Harness Assembly Process?”

This a common question our new customers typically ask themselves before reaching out to us.

Many times in life, if the question crosses your mind, then odds are it is time to act.

For example, is it time to discard those old ratty sneakers that offend everyone around you? Most likely it is time to let go.

Do you eat the leftover seafood from Monday night – on Saturday? Probably not a good idea.

You question if you are too old or if it is still cool to wear your KC and the Sunshine Band t-shirt – Duran Duran – New Kids on the Block – or whatever generation you are from. Then it might be time to hang it up.  Actually, that is a bad example. It is never time to grow up. Anyway…..

Wire Harness Assembly Process

If you have been asking yourself if it is time to outsource your Wire Harness Assembly Process, odds are the time has arrived. At the very least, it certainly doesn’t hurt to investigate further.

Start by identifying what event occurred or how this question arrived. Understanding when, how and why this became an internal burden is an important step.

What hold ups, hang ups, pull downs, drag downs, hiccups, throw ups, headaches, heartaches, belly aches, or pain in the “you know what” has occurred. Think about the moment where you thought to yourself, “there must be a better way”.

Start With Performing an Internal SWOT 

Start with a SWOT on your internal Wire Harness Assembly process. What are the company strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats? Especially if you keep this process in-house.

Do the same procedure and create a SWOT if you were to outsource your Wire Harness Assembly Process.

The next question becomes, “Who can solve this problem so we can focus on our core business”?

A key to building a successful business is partnering with experts in a given field. Successful companies exist by solving a problem. Solving a problem requires developing an area of expertise. A proficiency that stands above the competition.

Partnering with Seasoned Professionals 

You need to partner with a company that thrives and works relentlessly to gain a competitive advantage. Also, one that creates economies of scale for you. Most importantly, a solution so tremendous that it just doesn’t make sense to perform these tasks on your own anymore.

Can you change the oil in your car in less than 30 minutes? Is your time worth more than the price to have a quick stop oil change shop (Ex: JiffyLube) perform the task?

As a business owner or manager, you hire professionals to strengthen your business and protect your assets. This list includes hiring an accountant, attorney, or insurance broker who have invested the time and energy to educate themselves on business law, tax codes or proper insurance policies. You rely heavily on these individuals to help you make critical business decisions. Surrounding yourself with highly trained and qualified professionals has the potential to pay huge dividends.

Outsourcing certain tasks within the manufacturing process offer similar benefits. Teaming up with an all-star team creates a winning formula allowing you to maximize profits while minimizing risks.

This post kicks off an eight part series on Outsourcing Your Wire Harness Assembly Process. We will weigh in on the due diligence and selection process as well as many other strategies and helpful tips.

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Falconer Electronics, Inc (FEI) proudly announces the purchase of Standard Portable, a manufacturer of magnetic lighting solutions. Manufacturing quality products at Standard Portable dates back to the 1960’s.

The team at Falconer Electronics is extremely excited to take on this new product line. Customers can expect the same consistent quality and low pricing that Standard Portable built its decades-long reputation on.

Falconer Electronics began operations in 1985 as a custom electronics manufacturer serving an amazing list of customers. Customers over the years include Walmart, Lowe’s, AT&T, Sony, the Pentagon and much more. Adding the line of industrial work lights aligns perfectly for operations at Falconer Electronics. Acquiring the company opens the door for future growth and expansion.

Falconer Electronics Combines Forces with Standard Portable

Standard Portable partnered with Falconer Electronics in 2016 to outsource production of all lighting products and wire harness assemblies. Over the past year, both companies sealed a solid relationship and decided consolidation best serves customers in regards to pricing and efficiency.

Standard Portable work lights and magnetic products are currently available at major industrial distributors such as McMaster-Carr, MSC Industrial, and Graybar.

Falconer Electronics New Product Line 

The combined product line of Falconer Electronics and Standard Portable includes:

Standard Portable

The specialty at Standard Portable is its signature product line of heavy duty industrial magnets. Each magnet is produced with a sturdy and durable coating offering extra protection for long lasting use. Magnets range from a 20 to 45 lb pull delivering enough force for any project. Magnets apply to any metal or steel surface. With the magnetic work lights, the durable magnet provides the opportunity to direct lighting where necessary. This also allows the user to tackle projects hands-free. Production for all products takes place at our facility located in Falconer NY.

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Custom-Commercial-Power-Strips

Custom Electronics Manufacturer in the U.S. Since 1985

Falconer Electronics, Inc (FEI) has proudly served its community as a U.S. Custom Electronics Manufacturer since 1985. Our customers love the convenience and flexibility of working with a domestic manufacturer.

There are tremendous benefits gained when working with a domestic manufacturer. Especially since partnering with a U.S. Custom Electronics Manufacturer drastically reduces costs and lead time.

The three areas that FEI specializes in include:

  1. Wire Harness Assembly
  2. Commercial Outlet Strips
  3. Printed Circuit Boards

Benefits of Partnering with a Custom Electronics Manufacturer in the U.S.

Outsourcing your Wire Harnesses, Commercial Outlet Strips or Printed Circuit Boards to a U.S. Custom Electronics Manufacturer provides a list of competitive advantages for your company:

  • Time zone challenges do not exist – We get up super early and start our day at 6:00 am est.
  • Quick and easy communication where language barriers do not exist (except for our goofy accents).
  • Shipping charges are much cheaper.
  • QUICK turnaround time – we work fast!
  • Over 30 years of experience.
  • We lobby all of our tools, resources, and expertise to provide an outstanding customer experience.
  • “Made in the USA” is a symbol of pride and high quality. Hard working Americans at work producing incredible products.
  • Fast and convenient shipping options
  • Inventory management and control
  • Our purchasing power lowers your costs
  • Long-term relationship with vendors
  • Keeping our overhead costs as low as possible to pass savings on to our customers.  We are frugal! We consider ourselves part of your team and work relentlessly to keep prices down and dirty.
  • Accessibility – many of our customers visit our facility and we consider it a privilege to go on tour to visit our customers as well.
  • Supply chain efficiencies

Custom-Commercial-Power-Strips

Our experience, expertise, tools, knowledge, and resources become an extension of your business allowing you to do what you do best – Make your outstanding products and produce profits. One of the keys to the long-term success at FEI is our deep commitment to driving profits for our customers. The greater the ROI each customer enjoys from our products the better.

 

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Striving for Perfection with Wire Harness Testing 

At Falconer Electronics, Wire Harness Manufacturing and Assembly runs through our veins. Having built literally millions upon millions of Wire Harnesses over the past 30 years, many of our employees say they could build a wire harness in their sleep. (Is that why they started bringing their pillows to work?) On a serious note, Wire Harness Testing is a core process with every order. Consistent and accurate Wire Harness Testing contributes greatly to our long-term and successful customer relationships. 

Wire Harness Testing Check List

Safety First! Wire Harness Testing requires extreme caution since live wires are involved. Unfortunately, electric shock and burns can turn a great day into a real bad day quickly. Mandatory personal protective equipment on the job includes gloves and safety glasses when testing a wire assembly.  

When performing Wire Harness Testing, our quality control department strictly follows the IPC/WHMA-A-620 Standard. This standard is a collection of visual Quality Acceptability Requirements for Cable, Wire and Harness Assemblies. 

Below includes a check list for testing wires in a wire harness assembly: 

  1. Accurate Labeling
     
  2. Check for Damaged Insulation or Defective Wires 
     
  3. Continuity
     
  4. Correct Wire Gauge
     
  5. Crimping
     
  6. Free of Moisture and Corrosion
     
  7. Optimum Wire Placement Within Connectors
     
  8. Pull Test
     
  9. Test for Broken Wires
     
  10. Test for Shorts

Wire Harness Testing

To learn more about the Wire Harness Manufacturing process, click on these links: Crimping Wires and Crimping Tools.

Thank you for taking the time to read our blog post on Wire Harness Testing. To learn more about the wire harness assembly process, please continue reading our weekly “Wire Harness Wednesday” blog series. 

 

Also, click on the following links to learn more on printed circuit boardssoldering circuit boards and soldering safety tips.  

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Humble Beginnings at Falconer Electronics

We are not able to say that our humble beginnings started in my garage in 1985. Truth be told….I had to launch Falconer Electronics, Inc (FEI) in my neighbor’s garage (main reason being he had a garage).

The beginning stages of producing product in a borrowed garage laid the foundation to always deliver incredible value. From working on the earliest LED heavy duty automotive lamps to producing multi outlet/audio video panels for major retail store fixtures, FEI takes great pride in producing high-quality electrical products and serving our customers needs.

Hard work, determination, a deep commitment to producing superior products and dedication to customer satisfaction have been the keys to the long-term success at FEI. Serving customers of any size is a true honor and privilege.

Falconer Electronics Team

The backbone of success at FEI was built by putting together an All-Star team. The incredible staff at Falconer Electronics conducts amazing accomplishments on a daily basis. A majority of our seasoned staff have been employed here for 10 to 20 years. Several employees have exceeded the 25 year mark (with a few others hitting that mark soon).

A HUGE THANK YOU TO THE OUTSTANDING FEI TEAM!! 

Commercial Multi-Outlet Strips

Over a three decade span, FEI has acquired an impressive customer base. This list consists of numerous prominent businesses including several Fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Best Buy, Walmart, Sony and Lowe’s. Our assemblies can also be found in use at the Pentagon. These are just a few of our current customers that have trusted Falconer Electronics, Inc with producing superior custom commercial power strips.

Falconer Electronics, Inc has tackled numerous projects with challenging demands. Projects have included powering every TV set on display at Walmart throughout all of North America, South America, Alaska, and Hawaii.

This past year FEI had the privilege of providing a custom outlet strip for Lowe’s for their Christmas Tree display over the Holiday season. This was a challenging project with an extremely tight deadline that required a quick design turnaround and a new ETL listing.

Wire Harness Manufacturer

Producing high-quality wire harnesses is also a core competency and strength at Falconer Electronics as we enter our fourth decade. Testing and Quality Control of every product are an absolute top priority. Customers consistently rank our services at near perfect levels.

Printed Circuit Boards

FEI brings over 30 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of Printed Circuit Board Assembly. This ranges from subsystems to complete systems assemblies. FEI provides the expertise that a diverse client base needs. Once a PCB assembly or subsystems are completed, quality-control mandates strict oversight. Also, the staff at FEI provides diligent testing to your specifications ensuring a quality product. As a result, our customer ratings consistently rate at near perfect levels. Most of all, customers value that FEI takes great pride in doing the job right the first time and every time.

Long-Term Commitment

Our team of seasoned and expert staff, at Falconer Electronics, has been on a crusade to deliver the highest quality electrical products for over 30 years. With outstanding vendor relationships and manufacturing awesome products in the U.S. keeps our customers coming back. Many customers have partnered with us for decades.

Additional valuable components to the long-term success at Falconer Electronics include: Equipment – Tools – Resources – Supply Chain – Logistics – Financial Viability – Determination – Product Knowledge.

UL Standards

Falconer Electronics, Inc has years of experience with UL, ETL, and CSA – This is invaluable when obtaining a listing for electrical products and custom commercial power strips. Especially when customers need product turned around quickly. 

FEI produces multi-outlet strips as well as power distribution to the following UL Standards:

  • UL 111 Multioutlet Assemblies
  • UL 183 Standard for Manufactured Wiring Systems
  • UL 1363  Standard for Relocatable Power Taps
  • UL 48 Standard for Electric Signs
  • UL 5  Standard for Surface Metal Raceways and Fittings

Quality

We test 100% to the applicable standard each and every item we produce ensuring the highest quality every time.

Future

Falconer Electronics, Inc is powering into its fourth decade with producing the highest quality custom commercial power strips, custom wire harnesses, printed circuit boards and electro-mechanical assemblies. It will continue to be our privilege here at Falconer Electronics, Inc to serve our customers and community. 

Roger Hall, President and Founder

 

Falconer Electronics

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Falconer Electronics Produces LED Lighting

LED Lighting continues enjoying dramatic growth over recent years. Actually, it has been our privilege to participate in this trend for over 20 years. In fact, Falconer Electronics produces LED lighting products for many different industries. This includes our own proprietary product line, as well as numerous custom LED lighting products for customers. Current projects include commercial vehicle lighting, health care transportation, horticulture LED lights, MSHA approved LED mine lights and LED warning lights.

LED Lighting with Pick and Place Machine

Falconer Electronics utilizes the Novastar Pick and Place machine for assembling printed circuit boards with LED lights. Placing LED lights with surface mount technology offers many benefits.

A Pick and Place Machine delivers a dynamic environment where printed circuit boards are produced with high accuracy and reliability. Due to the machine’s ability to control the height and nozzle timing to ensure proper placement.

A pick and place machine also offers incredible speed and efficiency. The pick and place machine can place 3000 components per hour. This machine is especially ideal for our customers looking for prototypes and low volume runs.  A technologically advanced pick and place machine provides a nice competitive advantage when tackling printed circuit boards requiring LED lights.

LED Lighting for Horticulture 

Falconer Electronics produces LED Lights for the indoor horticulture market. This is an extremely exciting industry. Especially with the huge potential in the horticulture market. There are early signs of strong value with indoor lighting for horticulture use. LED lighting delivers a consistent light source that can definitely be scarce in the harsh winters of the Great Lakes Region where we are located. Solar energy cannot provide the consistency that LED lighting offers. 

Steve French, President of  Volt Vision, LED lighting design and electronics consulting firm designed the LED horticulture lights. French sees tremendous growth opportunities in this market and shares his bullish views, “Indoor LED lighting can drastically reduce overhead and operating costs for the grower since LED’s run at about 1/3 of the energy compared to alternative light sources”.

MSHA Approved Mine Lights 

MSHA approved mine lights are also manufactured with LED’s. Falconer Electronics produces LED Lighting that the mining industry finds rugged, durable and efficient. Benefits include:

  • Lightweight
  • Environmentally safe
  • Non-incendiary
  • Made in USA
  • 40 LED’s
  • 1 Year Product Warranty

Amber LED Mine Light

LED Safety Lights 

Due to the popularity of the MSHA approved LED Lights, our team created a line of safety lights that work in the similar fashion. However, customers were looking for a roadside flare alternative. Also produced with same ruggedness and durability, these lights deliver a strong option to traditional roadside flares. These heavy duty LED Warning Lights offer tremendous benefits as opposed to using a lighted flare.

Falconer Electronics Produces LED Lighting

LED Safety Light

Follow next week as we continue our “Wire Harness Wednesday” blog series on the topic of Wire Insulation. The next three weeks we will discuss how Wire Insulation evolved during the 19th, 20th and 21 century.

To learn more about LED Lighting – click on the following blog posts: LED 101, The History of LEDs, Environmental Benefits Using LED Lighting, and  next week’s LED post will address Lighting with LEDs vs. Incandescent

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Falconer Electronics Inc. is seeing a strong upward trend in onshoring custom manufacturing. As a United States based contract manufacturer for over 30 years the company knows what works and what doesn’t. However, there are numerous challenges and threats to outsourcing manufacturing operations. Therefore, these threats increase when you outsource to foreign countries. Also, there are many hidden costs associated with outsourcing. These determining factors include the heavy cost of monitoring operations as well as quality control. There is also a lack of intellectual property protection. Along with an extended supply chain. Consequently, these are all reasons a company would be better off onshoring custom manufacturing of their products instead of offshoring them.

Benefits of Onshoring Custom Manufacturing

These positive trends with manufacturing operations returning to the US hold great promise. Especially for US manufacturers. The outsourcing of production abroad to foreign countries have negative trends. Therefore, terms such as onshoring, reshoring, and redesign manufacturing are generating a new buzz. Onshoring drastically improves lead times. It also cuts inventory levels. For us, at Falconer Electronics Inc. it is crucial to be located close to our vendors as supply chains shrink.

Like Falconer Electronics other companies in the US are finally realizing the many benefits to manufacturing products stateside. However, this is after decades of losing US manufacturing jobs. The majority of which went to lower cost countries such as China. Wage gaps are also shrinking between China and the United States. Right now the US offers a superior infrastructure. Also, the US is superior in terms of automation, education, information technology, and transportation.

Perks of Onshoring

Cutting Back on Concerns

The products and services an onshoring custom manufacturing business offer effect every aspect of the company. Everything from their strategy, supply chain, staffing, and operations are affected. Control over the protection of intellectual property is another one of the many concerns. Also, there is a huge vulnerability by relying on foreign suppliers. Meanwhile, there is also the threat of stolen proprietary information and processes. Therefore, causing devastation to a company. However, a company has more control to all of these aspects when they choose onshoring compared to offshoring.

No Heavy Cost of Monitoring Operations and Intellectual Property

You still want to be sure that the work is getting done correctly and on time. Especially when you are not in the same area as your operations. Also, you want to ensure your intellectual property is safe. How do you do this when offshoring? You will have to ensure you know what is being done there. This can mean hiring someone that you trust to run the offshored facility. It may also mean you will have to run the facility yourself.

Therefore, you would have to spend the extra amount to get a manager into that facility. Or at even greater cost moving your entire life to the new area. Whereas if you had your operations in the same place you are located you could save either of those costs.

Quality Control in Manufacturing

Quality control is another serious issue. Separating manufacturing and product development can be extremely detrimental. Managerial focus when operations are halfway around the world is a significant disadvantage. At Falconer Electronics, we pride ourselves on producing top quality printed circuit boards (PCB). We also take pride in our wire harness assembly.

Reliable Skills and Knowledge

We have had many clients experience unacceptable products from foreign suppliers. Therefore, failing to meet our customer’s standards. Falconer Electronics has a history and in-depth knowledge of Circuit Boards. We also have a long history with electronic assemblies from subsystems to complete systems assemblies. Our customers have been able to rely on us. Furthermore, we have a history of repairing products that have been imported. By repairing these products, we are able to show our superior knowledge and skills. Even when working on pre-existing products. We have found that our customers greatly cherish the reliability and high quality work our team provides.

Onshoring Custom Manufacturing: Circuit Boards