Diligence is Required Throughout the Crimping Process

by Edward Jacques, ETCO Incorporated

As part of its continuous review of wiring and circuit connection methods in the appliance industry, Bradenton, FL, USA-based ETCO’s Research & Development team performs tear-down evaluations of major appliance manufacturer’s product offerings. One such tear down was on an electric range. The appliance was a mid-range model of the glass top type range/ovens and fell within the middle of all available models as far as price and features. The unit was visually examined on the exterior and energized to confirm all feature functions. Cycling all heating elements, stove top and oven for 100 hours the unit did perform as expected. It was during the inspection of the appliance’s main wire harness where the unexpected was discovered.

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