Major Appliance Teardowns: A Review of Electrical Interconnection Results, a technical paper from ETCO Incorporated, discusses a series of teardowns relative to assembly, design, manufacturing, and termination. Highlighting a number of problems in a small group of products and discussing them in-depth, the 10-page paper helps manufacturers improve the overall quality and safety of appliances. Problems such as loose fitting connector tabs and poor crimp quality—which can create a fire hazard—are discussed, along with how to correct them. As noted in the paper, the importance of choosing the proper terminals is often minimized due to their low cost when compared to other components.
Canon Communications LLC . © 2008