What pre- and post-processing accessories are available for my new cut and strip machine?
Keep in mind that typical entry level cut and strip machines cannot be integrated with a full range of pre- and post-processing accessories. Determine what additional operations you’ll need and whether the manufacturer of the cut and strip machine offers fully integrated accessories for those operations. Typical operations include hotstamp or inkjet marking, coiling and stacking to name a few.
Another of the most basic accessories is a prefeeder. They are available in many different sizes and styles. The most basic models feed wire and cable directly by pulling it through motorized belts or rollers. The more advanced automatic wire prefeeder drives the cable reel directly, which is gentler on the wire or cable being fed. The most advanced models also feature a motorized reel lift and full enclosure for maximum safety. Make sure to specify a prefeeder that matches or exceeds the maximum acceleration and feed rates of your new cut and strip machine.
In the world of wire processing equipment, terminal crimping machines are like offensive linemen on a football team. They’re the unsung heroes that perform in the trenches out of the limelight. Applicators don’t get the same buzz and attention as laser wire marking or stripping machines, just like linemen are often overlooked in favor of quarterbacks or running backs.
Crimping presses haven’t changed much in recent years. But the tooling—that’s another story. Today, there are terminal crimping applicators equipped with RFID chips that store and relay setup and maintenance information. There are flexible applicators with multiple feed options. There are applicators with built-in cameras to aid setup. There’s even an applicator made from composite material.
Applicators are used to ensure quality and consistency in wire processing applications. They eliminate many problems that can arise from manual placement since terminals are automatically fed into position. Machine termination also ensures a complete cycle. In addition, crimp quality monitoring systems can be employed to ensure consistency and identify quality issues.
Harness shops usually crimp from hand or lose piece to applicator when they have high capacity. Although all crimping tools are designed to provide repeatable results, the crimper will produce the best throughput when used on a benchtop crimping machine. If used on fully automatic terminal crimping machines, this will be more true.