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Crimp Quality Improvement

Feature article in Wire Harness News: An Introduction & Overview of diagnosing Crimp Applicator Issues, Inspection Equipment and Preventive Maintenance

Crimp quality is a key aspect within the wire harness industry. Poorly crimped connections can lead to a variety of issues, such as an electrical short, an open circuit, or a weak connection. Poor quality crimps can cause corrosion, intermittent or poor performance of the connection, and even complete failure of the connection. There are several specifications of a terminated wire that must pass through a quality check. These are just the basic elements of a terminated wire that must be measured and must fall within a certain tolerance. Each crimped terminal will, to an extent, vary between samples but minimizing it maintains high quality and process reliability. This is especially critical for wire harnesses which carry power and data between larger assemblies.

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