The History of Wire Harnesses
In the 1920’s, wire harnesses became more prominent. Especially in the automotive industry.
Engineers found that binding the many wires and cables into a wire harness allowed the wires and cables to be better secured.
This securing was against the adverse effects of :
- In addition to moisture
Also, the 1920’s saw a boom in electrical household goods.
All of these goods included many small components.
They also had connections by complex individual wiring systems.
Some of these household items included:
- Washing machines
- As well as vacuum cleaners
Manufacturing these products for mass production was often timely as well as costly.
Therefore, manufacturers offered a more timely and cost effective build.
This introduced preassembled wire harnesses.
Wire Harnesses are an assembly of cables or wires that have been bonded. These assemblies distribute electrical signals in the most efficient way possible.
Certain items used to bond Cables and Wire Harnesses include:
- As well as cable or wire ties
- Cable lacing
- Also, sleeves
- Electrical tape
- This is along with a weave of extruded string
- Or a combination there of these items
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Wire Harness Assembly
Engineers design Wire Harnesses according to specific electrical requirements.
A diagram or drawing is then provided for the assembly.
Typically the manufacturing of wire harnesses is produced by hand.
This is due to the involvement of many different processes, such as:
- Routing wires through sleeves.
- Taping with fabric tape, in particular on branch outs from wire strands.
- Crimping terminals onto wires, particularly for so-called multiple crimps (more than one wire into one terminal).
- Also, inserting one sleeve into another.
- Fastening strands with tape, clamps or cable ties.
Wire Harnesses play a critical role with any electrical device.
As a wire harness manufacturer since 1985, we can attest first hand it takes tremendous skill and experience to perform these tasks at high levels.
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