Hermetic Sealing Technology


Read about news, technical breakthroughs and design best practices related to hermetically sealed wire feedthroughs and hermetic connectors.

New White Paper Explores Applying Lean To The Job Shop

Lean production is one of the most important manufacturing strategies to emerge in the last century. By minimizing waste, which is considered anything that doesn’t provide value in the manufacturing process, lean improves efficiency without sacrificing productivity, enabling you to deliver higher quality products to your customers at lower costs.

 

 

A perceived issue with lean is that it’s typically thought to work best in high-volume, low-mix settings. And while it’s true that lean does have its roots in these kinds of operations, the idea that it can’t be applied to other types of processes is a misconception. With the right strategy and planning, lean can be used in other manufacturing environments, including job shops that have a high-mix of products at relatively lower volumes.

Since 2008, we’ve applied lean to our manufacturing operation. It’s now a pervasive force in improving the efficiency of our factory and provides our customers with several benefits, including:

Speed to market. Using Standardized WOrk Instructions (SWI), we can design and deploy manufacturing cells for individual products within a few days of receiving a customer order. As a result of our faster manufacturing process, our customers get to market more quickly.

Manufacturing at scale. Lean makes it cost-efficient to produce goods at relatively low volumes. As products scale to higher volumes, we can seamlessly scale the size of our manufacturing lines. Moving from product prototype to low-volume production to high-volume production becomes a cost-efficient and friction-free process.

Higher product quality and yields. Thanks to single-piece flow, quality issues that arise on the production line are no longer hidden: once a problem is identified, steps are taken to strengthen the process and prevent the mishap from occurring again. As a result, higher quality products can be manufactured in higher quantities and at faster speeds—while at the same time, reducing rework costs.

To learn more about how we implemented lean in our job shop, download our latest white paper.

 

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Wire Bushings For Hazardous Locations

To design safe electrical systems for hazardous locations, you’ll have to pay close attention to each and every electrical component that you use—including any wire bushings.

It may be easy to overlook these bushings or conduit sealing hubs since they’re typically just one, seemingly minor part of a more complex electrical system. But these components actually play an outsized safety role in hazardous areas. Applications ranging from liquid natural gas (LNG) handling to factories with combustible dust all have a need to prevent leaks around wires that pass through pressure walls, ensuring safety and compliance with agency requirements.

In the past, it was difficult to find feedthroughs and wire or line bushings that you could customize to your needs while meeting UL and other compliance standards for hazardous locations. Now, however, there’s an approach to feedthrough and wire bushing design that makes it far easier to meet all the relevant regulations without sacrificing design freedom. The key to this approach involves the use of epoxies to create hermetic seals around the wires.

Learn more in our latest technical update.

Wire Bushings for Hazardous Locations White Paper

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Fast Fixtures With 3D Printing

One of the key elements of a good lean manufacturing system is the ability to spin up new work cells quickly. In our case, spinning up a new cell requires us to create all kinds of custom fixtures and other tooling.

Given the broad mix of products we make, custom fixtures have become second nature to us. And we have a talented group of in-house toolmakers who can turn out machined fixtures and other workholding devices in a flash.

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Yet, because we live and breathe lean manufacturing here, we're always looking to become even more efficient at tooling production. That's where 3D printing comes in.

Our engineers are now using 3D printing to create custom inserts that function as part of a hybrid fixture—which also includes a machined structural or support component.

The ability to create the inserts as part of CAD design workflow and combine them with interchangeable support components has shaved days off our tooling process.

The biggest beneficiaries of 3D printing have been our customers—because the faster we can tool up, the faster we can start shipping your parts.

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