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All About Swaging

Posted by Jill Mayer on Feb 20, 2015 5:19:00 PM

With so many metal forming methods to choose from when designing your product or application, the choice can be overwhelming. Some methods have been around for decades (we’ve been swaging for nearly 100 years) and new ones are currently being developed. The most common metal forming techniques in use today include:

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Topics: PCB contact pins, contact pins, bead electronics, hollow contact pins, swaging

Changing Contact Pin Suppliers Doesn't Have to Be Painful

Posted by Jill Mayer on Jul 31, 2014 2:38:00 PM

In this modern day, it's all too easy to get lost in the virtual sea of analysis and comparisons, searching for the right supplier that fits your needs. And with mountains of data and information at the ready, it takes time. Eventually though, you find a supplier, complete the Production Part Approval Process (PPAP), and start production only to discover a myriad of quality or delivery issues. By then, you've worked so hard to put the supplier in play, the thought of starting all over again leaves you feeling disgruntled. Sound familiar?

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Topics: electronic pins, PCB contact pins, contact pins, custom contact pins, bead electronics, solid wire contact pins, end to end contact pins

How to Ensure Quality of Tubular Contact Pins, Post-Plating

Posted by Jill Mayer on Jun 20, 2014 4:25:00 PM

Bead Electronics has several vision inspection cameras throughout the factory that we use to inspect our solid wire and tubular contact pins as they are produced. But occasionally, certain parts can get bent or deformed during the plating process, which is outsourced to a reputable plating company post-production. How can we be sure they've maintained their quality and reliability after they've been plated, when it's our job to ensure customer satisfaction? Since we couldn’t find anything on the market, we built one ourselves.

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Topics: electronic pins, PCB contact pins, contact pins, custom contact pins, custom connectors, bead electronics, hollow contact pins, solid wire contact pins

How Will Disruptive Technologies Impact Custom Contact Pins?

Posted by Jill Mayer on Jun 12, 2014 3:47:00 PM

Recently, I attended a presentation on Disruptive Technologies given by Martin Huddart of ASSA ABLOY at the New Haven Manufacturers Association (NHMA) Annual Meeting. In a nutshell, if manufacturers don't continuously improve their processes and products, they could be left behind when technology inevitably shifts the landscape.

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Topics: electronic pins, PCB contact pins, contact pins, custom contact pins, bead electronics, hollow contact pins, solid wire contact pins, swaging, end to end contact pins

Your Top 5 Automated Insertion Machine Problems Solved

Posted by Jill Mayer on Oct 28, 2013 3:35:00 PM

If your Automated Insertion Machines are constantly breaking down, your equipment may not be the problem. Plus, it's more expensive to repair or replace your equipment than it is to evaluate your continuous-reeled pin supplier.

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Topics: electronic pins, PCB contact pins, contact pins, custom connectors, bead electronics, swaging, end to end contact pins