Reduce Time Needed to Validate: How Quality Tooling for Wire Systems Help You Achieve HDV Production Volume Faster

OEM Design Engineers know better than anyone how long it can take to thoroughly validate a new component or product to drive business value. When quality lacks in a product and it fails testing, nothing is more frustrating than needing to find a replacement – one that is not only responsible to both the cost and innovation – but that is able to pass all the testing without holding up the larger development and production timelines.

The heavy-duty vehicle industry is especially prone to quality challenges. Building machinery for some of the most variable and complex environments often involves custom design, assembly and maintenance. Heavy-duty vehicles must be durable to withstand dirt, debris, high heat, extreme cold, friction, corrosion and rigidity. Exposure to these elements or even slight damage to small wire components can strain an entire system. It is for this reason that durable and dependable wire harness systems for heavy-duty vehicles, while often overlooked, can make a huge impact in not only ensuring on-time production, but a product’s success in the industry.

So, what type of wire harness solutions can you incorporate to ensure a smooth pathway to production?

  1. Heavy Duty Cable Ties promoting design flexibility through added tensile strength, heavy duty cable ties can withstand internal and external temperatures and exceed industry standards for use in high vibration areas. Additional improvements in reliability and productivity can also be found by increasing bundle diameter variations.
  2. Automatic Cable Tie Tool – automatic cable tie installation systems can maximize bundling productivity six times faster than manual cable tie methods. Our PAT 4.0 Automatic Cable Tie Installation System can attach 84 cable ties per minute, which is 25 percent faster than other automatic cable tie systems, helping to reduce user fatigue and improve tool maneuverability.
  3. Harness Board System components – incorporating grid tiles and repositionable accessories can greatly improve the productivity of wire harness assembly builds. Panduit’s Quick-Build™ Harness Board System components such as grid tiles, mounting pegs, mounting platforms and grid tile connectors can help reduce layout and board build material costs as much as 65 percent, while delivering more than 50 percent in storage space savings by reducing the number of required bulky plywood boards.

One OEM that successfully implemented wire system solutions to maintain its continued excellence in the road transportation market is Iveco, the world’s leader in industrial special vehicles like firefighting, off-road missions, the military, and civil defense. The company needed to update its wire assembly during a system redesign of its Eurocargo truck in order to comply with the Euro 6 standard, which designated the acceptable limits for exhaust emissions of newly registered road vehicles sold in Europe.

Iveco worked with Panduit to install a complete fastening solution including cable tie mounts, plastic and stainless steel cable ties, accessories, and installation tools. Specifically, Iveco anchored two cables alongside the engine muffler on approximately 13,000 trucks – equaling about four cable tie mounts per vehicle. The solution to anchor those cables can withstand high temperatures up to 392°F, is weather resistant and has passed select chemical resistance tests. Iveco then improved its assembly line efficiency by using the PAT 4.0 system for installation, giving workers the ability to be more agile and install the fastening solution more quickly. With more than 50 years of experience in wire harness, heavy duty cable management and control panel solutions, Panduit has supported heavy-duty vehicle OEMs worldwide through its global manufacturing, warehousing and diverse technical and sales support capabilities. To learn how you can design wire assembly and bundling to be more productive for your heavy duty vehicle application, read our new eBook.

Importance of Lockout/Tagout

Lockout/Tagout is a process to control energy hazards for preventing accidental start-up or release of stored energy during set-up, maintenance and servicing of equipment. OSHA outlines this safety method in standard 29 CFR 1910.147 (“Control of Hazardous Energy”). Lockout/Tagout is a widely accepted practice for companies in the United States.   OSHA advises US companies, “Workers servicing or maintaining machines or equipment may be seriously injured or killed if hazardous energy is not properly controlled. Injuries resulting from the failure to control hazardous energy during maintenance activities can be serious or fatal! Injuries may include electrocution, burns, crushing, cutting, lacerating, amputating, or fracturing body parts, and others….Craft workers, electricians, machine operators, and laborers are among the 3 million workers who service equipment routinely and face the greatest risk of injury. Workers injured on the job from exposure to hazardous energy lose an average of 24 workdays for recuperation.” Here are 3 examples of accidents due to a lack of Lockout/Tagout practices:

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Flex Cable Connections – Are You Up to Code?

Fred Dorman, Global Solutions Manager, Business and Channel Development

Fred Dorman, Global Solutions Manager, Business and Channel Development

It can be surprising how many control panels, motor control centers and power distribution terminal blocks are wired incorrectly and in violation of UL508A.

Typically, electricians choose to work with flex stranded conductor cable because it is easier to route, bend and pull into place when power connections are needed than rigid conductor cable Continue reading

Welcome to Panduit’s Market Solutions Blog

I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself; I am Chad Reynolds, and I have almost 20 years’ experience in various global Marketing and Product Management positions serving the Industrial and Commercial markets.

This blog will be geared towards what is currently going on in the industry and how it impacts you and your business. Market Solutions topics will range across four specific areas: Construction (both industrial and commercial), MRO, OEM, and Energy (oil & gas, wind and solar). From time to time I will invite guest bloggers to provide their expertise on specific topics. I will also encourage you the reader to offer suggestions on themes you are interested in as well as provide your feedback and insight on specific blog posts.

Panduit Market Solutions include Construction, OEM, MRO, and Energy components.I welcome you back on Dec. 5, as I am inviting Jeff Mehrer Director of Global Construction to talk to us about the 2014 Construction Outlook and What That Means to You. Continue reading