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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a 40mm stroke and a 30mm stroke?
The difference is in the length of the press ram stroke. The standard strokes are 30mm and 40mm

What is a ferrule terminal?
A ferrule is a closed barrel terminal, insulated or not insulated, designed for containing the wire strands after the wire has been stripped and crimped.

What is a Mylar tape terminal?
A Mylar tape terminal refers to the way the terminal is attached to the carrier strip. Instead of being a progressive stamping die, the terminals are attached with a heavy duty Mylar tape strip.

What is an adjustable wire stop?
The wire stop helps gauge the wire position to ensure the proper wire brush length after the terminal has been crimped. The wire stop can also be used as an ejector pin to help take the terminated wire out of the machinery.

What is an adjustable terminal support?
The adjustable terminal support ensures that when the applicators ram crimps the terminal, the terminal does not get bent down or up. This ensures the terminal quality and geometrical standards after the crimping process.

What determines the type of applicator that would be needed for a specific terminal?
There are many factors when determining what type of applicator is best suited for a certain terminal and wire combination

  • Wire Size (AWG or mm2)
  • Thickness of the terminal material (in. or mm2)
  • Distance between the terminals on the carrier strip (pitch)
  • Type of terminal (loose piece, ferrule, multiple wire...)
  • How the terminal is situated on the carrier strip (double carrier strip, end/side feed?)

What makes Mecal applicators work in other presses?
There are three areas that are required for a Mecal applicator to work in another press

  • 135.80 mm shut height for press
  • Tri-prong clamped base plate
  • T-shaped coupling to the ram on the press

What is a pull test value?
The pull test value is the amount of force required for the wire to be pulled out of the terminal after it has been crimped.

Mecal News

IMPORTANT INFORMATION Regarding Quotes & Delivery:

This year has started much differently than last. We have been blessed with a much stronger economy that seems to be throughout the Wire Harness Industry. Our customer's good fortune and faith in our services has created a challenge for Mecal by Starn. We made our debut 10 years ago with the intention of being the fastest delivery of Applicators and tooling in the US market. We have held true to that goal as we have grown over the years.

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2018 Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo

We will be located in Booth #1826 on Wednesday, May 9 from 9am – 4pm and Thursday, May 10 from 9am – 3pm. Come and check out our display of Mecal Applicators and Presses. 

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The Evolution Starts Here!

No matter how large or small you are, you will ALWAYS get the same quality and service you deserve.  Mecal by Starn now offers a few more options that allow you to choose which applicator best fits your expectations and budget.  Whether you are just starting out in cable assembly or a full production wire harness facility, we have the product for you!

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