August 17, 2020 – Z-AXIS, Inc. has expanded its cable assembly production and wire harness production capabilities with a $40,000 investment in automated production and test equipment at its contract design and manufacturing center near Rochester, NY. The new equipment includes a Panduit CP Series ferule crimp press, a Kingsing KS-W66 Series heavy duty rotary cable stripper, a Gamma Mark III Plus heat shrink label printer, and a CableEye continuity tester.
“Custom cable assemblies and wire harnesses are essential for commercial, industrial and medical electronic equipment,” said Michael Allen, President of Z-AXIS. “With continuous investment in automation we boost capacity and throughput, keep costs down for our customers, and continue to meet high quality standards. Whether it’s cable assemblies, printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) or full box build services, we support leading customers with electronics manufacturing in the USA.”
The Panduit ferule crimp press supplements existing AMP K presses. It automates wire stripping, ferrule placement, and ferrule crimping with an average cycle time of less than 1.5 seconds. The programmable system with vibratory-bowl feeder accommodates loose-piece ferrules from 24 to 12 AWG. Integral wire stripping eliminates the need to use pre-stripped wire, saving a step and preventing the installation of ferrules onto any turned-back strands, which can result when using pre-stripped wire.
The Kingsing rotary cable stripper is optimized for co-axial, tri-axial, and other multi-layered cable stripping in up to nine layers. It supports full stripping, half stripping, middle stripping and twisting. It is easily programmable for cable diameter, stripping length and pull-off length. Precision cable centering and rotary blades delivery highly accurate cutting, removing the insulation close to the conductor for reduced pull-off force. It supports complex cable assembly production with high processing speeds.
The Gamma label printer prints on heat shrink tubing at high speeds, up to 11 inches per second, and cuts the tubing to specifications. The tubing is then applied to cables from 1/16” to 2.5” in diameter. High-resolution printing clearly identifies cables, while the heat shrink tubing can be used to provide strain relief.
The CableEye test system checks basic continuity and detects opens, shorts, mis-wires and intermittent connections in a wire harness or cable assembly. It features 128 test points and handles cables with up to 64 conductors. The test bed accommodates more than 200 standard connector types.
Z-AXIS, Inc. (www.zaxis.net) provides quality design, prototyping and contract manufacturing services for complex electronic products and electromechanical assemblies. Services include electronic design and printed circuit board (PCB) layout, PCBA manufacturing, box builds, and wire and cable assemblies. The company offers fast design turnaround, competitive NRE charges, rapid production and low freight costs from its ISO 9001:2015 certified design and manufacturing facility that is located near Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo, New York. The company also designs, manufactures and sells commercial, industrial and medical power supplies under its Bear Power Supplies brand. Contact Z-AXIS at +1 (315) 548-5000.
New cable assembly production equipment at Z-AXIS includes this heavy-duty rotary cable stripper with high processing speeds.
Z-AXIS’ new semi-automated ferule crimper combines wire stripping, ferrule placement, and ferrule crimping operations with an average cycle time of less than 1.5 seconds.
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