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Error-Proofing the Process
EcoStrip 9300.

Located in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, at the heart of Toronto's industrial sector, lies Kelvin Technologies, a company with over 100 years of combined experience in electrical heating, controlling and sensing. Specializing in electrical heaters, microprocessor controls, temperature sensors, custom built harnesses and custom designs, Kelvin Technologies has a product to fit each of its customers' needs and takes pride in the level of quality built into each of its products.

Special Thermocouple Cable
While working with a specialized thermocouple cable, the company's technicians had been operating by hand using hand tools. The employees were manually cutting, stripping and hand-crimping the specialized cable. This process was not only time-consuming, it opened the door for the possibility of human error.

To increase productivity and efficiency, the company began to look at other options for processing the cable. The company requested a visit from Schleuniger, Inc., an international manufacturer of wire and cable processing equipment, for an overview of possible solutions and a demonstration of the machines. Being proficient in cable processing, Schleuniger listened to and assessed the needs of Kelvin Technologies.
Unistrip 2600.


After reviewing the problem and possible solutions, Schleuniger recommended three machines that would increase the company's productivity and help to automate what was currently a tedious, time-consuming and inconsistent manual process.

Schleuniger recommended the EcoStrip9300 automatic cut and strip machine, the UniStrip 2600 stripping machine and the UniCrimp 200 crimping machine. Each of these products would allow for Kelvin Technologies to achieve the quality they needed while also providing the time and cost efficiency they were looking for.

Best of all, because of the automated process, Kelvin Technologies now achieves consistent, reliable results each and every time and has eliminated the variations caused by manually processing the cable.

Ergonomics and Efficiency
The EcoStrip 9300, an economic and efficient machine, provides a wide application range, high productivity, simple operation and the high stripping quality Schleuniger is known for. The company's most versatile stripping machine, the UniStrip 2600 provides the ability to process many unique applications and wire and cable types. Its powerful drives, combined with state-of-the-art electronics and a user-friendly display, creates an easy-to-use platform that makes it a perfect addition to Kelvin Technologies' process.

Finally, the UniCrimp 200, the most powerful crimping machine in its class, provides the easy handling and fast cycle speeds required to increase the efficiency and quality of the crimping process. "With the purchase of Schleuniger equipment, our rejection rate dropped as these machines eliminated all the possible errors in wire preparation, thus error-proofing the process," Kelvin Technologies' Manufacturing Analyst, Manmohan Flora stated.
UniCrimp 200.


In addition to error-proofing the process, by purchasing the ES 9300, the UC 200, and the US 2600, Kelvin has saved production time and increased quality as the employees no longer have to measure, cut, strip and crimp the wires by hand. With its ability to perform several steps in one ergonomic program, the company has also gained flexibility for multi-conductor sensor cables with the US 2600. Not only does the machine process specialized thermocouple cable, but because it is fully programmable with up to 1,000 memory locations, the user may program the machine for different operations that make repetitive production a cinch, no matter who is operating the machine.

With these machines now in place, Kelvin has achieved the results it had been looking for: faster and more accurate production — all while ensuring the process remains a simple operation for employees.


Contact: Schleuniger, Inc., 87 Colin Dr., Manchester, NH 03103 877-902-1470 or 603-668-8117 fax: 603-668-8119 E-mail: sales@schleuniger.com Web:
http://www.schleuniger-na.com

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