Wiring was very simple in the past, simply get the correct wire and attach the right connector. Now times have changed, and with this change, we've seen simple wiring applications become incredibly tricky and require increasingly more complex designs. This blog we'll be breaking down the 5 most common mistakes made with wire harnessing and how to catch these mistakes.
The first and most common mistake made with wire harnessing is simply knowing when to use a wire harness. In many industries, projects can get complicated very quickly, and wire harnessing is a fast, effective way to keep applications organized and increasingly efficient. Being unaware of wire harnesses capabilities can hurt your organizations' effectiveness and production.
Sycor Technology has a long history helping large and small organizations figure out what the most cost-effective and efficient wire harness would be. The Sycor team also offers in-house assemblies that serve a wide range of industries. Creating, modifying and correcting wire harnessing designs since 1981, our team is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable harnessing manufacturers in North America and meet your harnessing needs no matter how difficult.
2. The wrong type of harness
Over the years our team has dealt with a variety of harnessing requests that range from extremely detailed to overly simplistic, and one trend that's consistent within these requests is customers ordering the incorrect type of harness. Understanding exactly what your harness requires is extremely important, because even if you completely understand the application, very often old or similar application harnesses won't work.
This issue occurs more than you'd expect, but over the years, our team has come up with a full proof system that ensures our customer's harnesses are configured accurately with the correct parts. After customers have ordered their harness, sent in their harnessing design and specs, our team creates a single prototype. After creation, the prototype is sent to the customers' desired location for what is called 'First Article Inspection' (FAI). This allows our customers to test everything they need, and if there's an issue, our sales team can work with the customer to figure out where the issue is and if a new wire harness drawing (design) is required. This process ensures customers' orders are correct 100% of the time and can potentially save time and resources.
3. Incorrect cable length
When designing a wire harness for construction, there's a wide range of considerations to take into account, and one that's often overlooked is the length of the cable. This often happens when engineers and electrical personnel underestimate the length required. When there isn't enough wire, and your connectors are unable to reach their desired destination, your harness becomes subsequently useless. Our in house wire harness manufacturers have come across this issue quite frequently, but thanks to our FAI, we were able to catch the issue in the prototype and save customers a great deal of stress, time and money.
4. The wrong type of connector
Our team is arguably one of the most experienced wire harness manufacturers in North America and has a long history working with knowledgeable and unknowledgeable customers. When dealing with a complicated harness, customers will often overlook the simple parts and focus on the more complicated ones. One of these 'simple parts' that we often discover issues with during our customers' FAI is the 'connector types.' The correct connector references a male or female connector, the piece plugging in or being plugged in. When the incorrect connector is used the harness is rendered useless as there's no way to connect it to its intended application. This issue is difficult to predict as human error is the only cause.
5. Damaged Wire
The last major issue that our wire harnessing team comes across is 'damaged wire.' This issue, unlike the others, is unavoidable because 99% of the time it occurs during either shipping or the creation of the product. Thankfully this can be fixed quite easily by contacting the wire manufacturer and explaining the problem, which Sycor would take care of. The major downside to this issue is the delay it causes in the manufacturing process and delivery.
That concludes the 5 most common wire harnessing mistakes! Our team takes pride in providing exponential products to our customers and are happy to receive feedback on all our harnessing products. For any further help developing a new wire harnessing product or sub-assembly that requires internal cabling or wire harnesses, put our resources and extensive cabling experience to work for you.
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