Large Gauge Locomotive Cable

Large Gauge Locomotive Cable

In 20 years of business there have been countless experiences that excited me, and anyone who’s worked with me has heard me say “we sell solutions”. I feel strongly about that because we do. Many businesses sell cable assemblies and wire harnesses but our aim is to create additional value in providing those cable assemblies.  Often times the additional value our customers come to us for is looking for ways to manufacture an assembly more cost effectively or help improve a failing product to increase the integrity of the assembly in it’s specific application.  These days the number one value we hear of course is “lead time reduction”.  With supply chain issues running amok across all industries we have bolstered capacity across the board to ensure that our lead times are equal to pre-pandemic levels.  When it comes to cable assemblies there are always three immediate applications that excite me:

  • Molded assemblies. Anytime we get to mold something new there is a fun creative journey involved.
  • Large complex wire harnesses. When an assembly starts to reach 200+ points of inspection, harness boards, and hours of assembly time you really take a moment to appreciate both the engineering involved as well as the skillset of the technicians actually creating the final assembly
  • Large gauge wire assemblies.  Everything about it is big. Big spools, big connectors, BIG crimpers!

One specific application where we are seeing growth due to time constraints is in the very large gauge power cable.  Take for example something like AWC’s DLO-4/0 wire.  Tinned copper, 405A rating, 551 strands, and a whopping OD of nearly a full inch.  Pair that with the Panduit Pan-Lug LCA4/0-38-X 4/0 Lug and you have a whopper of an assembly most of our customers are not equipped to properly crimp.   Luckily, we are.  One such tool is the CT-3001/CCP Li+ Cut / Crimp / Punch tool.   It simply blows my mind that a tool weighing in at only 7.1lbs is equipped with a staggering 6.7 ton crimp capacity..

 

2022 Company Updates

Custom Cable Manufacturers Auburn, WA

As the world returns to some level of post-pandemic normalcy, I’d like to reflect upon the past two years of accomplishments at TCA.  2022 marks our 20 year anniversary as a company and yet we continue to maintain that “start-up” level of excitement and energy around the office. All of the sudden opportunities to gather in group settings, meet with customers face to face, travel, and attend trade shows again are popping up daily and what was old is new again.  The pandemic no doubt created new challenges and hurdles for every individual, company, school, and organization in the world, but I’m extremely grateful for how blessed we have been throughout the experience. In the past two years, TCA has:

  • Expanded real estate by 50%. Taking on new warehousing space for inventory management, production process development, and administrative offices.
  • Expanded our domestic molding capabilities by 50% with additional molding equipment and new dies.
  • Vastly expanded wire cut, crimp, strip, and tin capacity by utilizing Schleunigers automated crimp centers.
  • Began the journey of ISO certification, and achieved that certification the same year.
  • Launched our new website
  • Expanded our sales office into the southwest
  • Grew our staff by nearly double, with over 80 folks in our family here at TCA now.
  • Implemented a fantastic digital work instruction system with many custom modifications thanks to our partners at Scout Systems.
  • Implemented a new MRP system to further improve our efficiencies in inventory management, purchasing, and production work flow.

I am sure I am forgetting a lot, but I’m even more excited about the future.  We are once again looking at visiting trade shows, travelling to customer sites, spending more time together as co-workers at company BBQ’s, celebrating birthdays, and planning our first annual golf tournament.

So thank you to all of our amazing customers and suppliers that have worked together through these past 2 years to create such a fantastic foundation for the future.

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