|Ask the Experts|
July 30, 2007
Wire stripping insulation prior to tinning
When using spring loaded wire strippers, is it the best practice to strip insulation and leave it on the end of the wire until it is ready for tinning? Thanks for your assistance.
|Expert Panel Responses|
This is a good idea. Leaving the stripped end on the wire protects it from damage as it is moved around your facility.
Regional Sales Manager
OK International Inc.
If the wire being stripped is multi strand - Yes. It will keep the wire structured prior to tinning and stop it fraying.
This is all dependent upon the manufacturing cycle and the time span between the stripping operation and either the tinning or lugging operation. Leaving the insulation on the wire only protects the wire stray splay from being disturbed, which could cause birdcadging and similar types of problems. Leaving it on also creates another operation when the wire is to be either tinned or lugged, so that should be factored in the decision.
Vice President, Technical Director
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