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Reviewing the AMPER-2015

SM Contact presented significant upgrade for ACS 2000 splice machine at AMPER-2015

22/04/2015 SM Contact and its Czech agent SPL System took part at the AMPER Trade Fair 2015. The biggest exhibition of electrotechnics, electronics, automation, communication, lighting, and security technologies in the Central Europe was held from 24th to 27th of March in Brno, Czech Republic. Within this platform for the newest trends in electrotechnics and electronics, SM Contact has demonstrated upgraded and sought-after crimping machines, as well as laboratory and testing equipment, a new line of company’s products.

Mr. Christophe Roshardt, SM Contact Corporation General Manager emphasized that the company’s participation at the AMPER has been mainly inspired by the fact of the recent acquisition of ELPAC (a division of MEGATRON Elektronik GmbH & Co. KG, its activities around cable connection technologies): “First of all we aimed to introduce new tooling for the ELPAC ACS 2000. We managed to develop it in the shortest time, because were motivated by customers asking for improvement of their splice machines. Besides we start offering quality control equipment, which we have also been inherited from ELPAC and plan to progress.”

Upgraded ACS 2000 splice machine generated a lot of interest at the booth. New developed tooling is 100%-suitable for these ELPAC machines acquired earlier by customers. Now ACS 2000 features motorized feeding system for precise control of the splice ribbon length and component video monitoring for accurate component positioning. These advantages enable outstanding quality of produced connections. The upgrade has already been CE-certified. All this work required significant efforts in applying of reverse engineering methods, engineering, re-producing and assembling. It took a record time of only three weeks for SM Contact Engineering specialists to manage this task. Finally, a completely new creation was presented for the first time at the trade fair.

SM Crimp 2000, the traditional highlight at the SM Contact stand, attracted visitors with its crimp force control monitor Starlite and built-in camera for the component position monitoring. These options are essential in production with high quality of every product unit. Thus, this equipment can be effectively introduced into industries such as automotive and railway, customer products manufacturing and medical industry, for which SM Contact also offers nanosplice connection (thickness < 0,08 mm).

Quality control systems were presented as a universal and convenient method of connection properties’ evaluation. Mobile micrograph laboratory SK 4000 enables easy, quick and reliable assessment of the quality of a crimp or welded connection. This portable and fully equipped suitcase integrates in one device all required work steps, including cutting, grinding, etching and imaging. Pull force tester EPT 1000 was another debut of this kind. The brand-new motorized tester with variable pull speeds measures pull forces in crimp connections and peeling forces in welding joints. It can be used for practically all required cable-processing tests (standard IEC 60352-2).

Reviewing the exhibition, Mr. Benoit Pouzet, SM Contact Sales Manager expressed his satisfaction about high industrial activity in Czechia and neighboring countries, recalling three big exhibition halls full of participants and visitors at the AMPER: “We were surrounded by such giants as Siemens, ABB, Phoenix Contact. Apparently, due to the specificity of Brno as a major regional industrial center, the majority of visitors belonged to automotive industry. Also, there were building subcontractors, IT-companies, electrical equipment manufacturers. In my opinion, our stand was very interesting and attracted about 250 guests, because we showed something concrete. People wanted to touch and to see our machines operating, asked to tell more about the splice technology. Some of them came directly with samples of the connection, which they needed to optimize, produce cheaper or change with us.”

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