Technical Conference

Schedule and Speaker Information

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

11:00am – 12:00 pm

Braiding over Electrical Harnesses

This presentation will cover the challenges and advantages of braiding over electrical harnesses. Braiding adds strength and provides protection for electrical harnesses, which is simply not possible by applying a sleeve or similar methods. Depending on where the harness is used, protection and function may require the use of one or more materials best applied through the process of braiding.

John Tomaz, Vice President
Wardwell Braiding

Speaker Bio
John N. Tomaz was born in Portugal and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12, received a BA from Bryant University in Smithfield, RI and serves as Vice President of Wardwell Braiding Co. where he has worked for more than 40 years and leads the company in operational and strategic activities.
Leading the sales and marketing team of an organization with a global market requires a diverse set of personal and professional skills. Over the course of a long career, the desire to connect with and help people led to an appreciation for multi-language skills, cultural awareness, inclusion, and the development of application skills to help customers meet and overcome a myriad of challenges.
This passion to assist others is a driving force in John’s personal and professional life. The application of shielding and protecting electrical harnesses has evolved into a prominent and growing industry with implications for growth and success in automotive, agricultural, aerospace and military arenas. The development and introduction of a comprehensive approach to harness braiding catapulted Wardwell into the position of industry leader playing an outsized role in supporting the national aerospace and military programs. John’s contributions in this filed make him the unofficial expert in and go-to source for shielding solutions.
In keeping with his philosophy of a balanced approach to life, diversity, acceptance and inclusion, John enjoys most action sports (naturally favoring soccer), hiking and an occasional visit to the yoga studio.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Improving Personnel Retention. Training Strategies

Jonathan is a firm believer that training should be seen not only as part of the professional growth of our personnel, but also as an effective tool for personnel retention and as a career path contributor withing the organization. A dynamic and practical way as opposed to having a group of people watching never-ending slides. Personnel involvement and teaching through the “get your hands dirty” approach will make a difference in fostering highly effective and motivated collaborators. In this session Jonathan will give an overview of his experience working with Entrada’s Continuous Improvement program in Mexico, in which a wide range of training courses and certifications for the manufacturing workforce are offered and imparted by him.

Jonathan Nava
Shared Services Director
Entrada Group de Mexico

Speaker Bio

Jonathan Nava, a Zacatecas native who is a Kaizen-trained specialist leading Continuous Improvement (CI) at Entrada Group, a company that offers wire harness manufacturers a Base of Operations in Mexico. He helps to eliminate non-value-added activities within organizations to ensure a productive process flow. Part of his background includes local and international training sessions with Japanese consulting firm Shingijutsu, a firm that was created from the foundations of the Toyota Production System. He then continued in his professional career as the Operations Manager in the automotive industry and has solid knowledge management experience in automation and maintenance activities

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Quality in Wire Processing – Troubleshooting Techniques and Tools

Quality should be a top priority when it comes to processing wires and cables. Whether using the IPC/WHMA-A-620 standard or a different standard, it is imperative to ensure that what is being produced meets the necessary quality requirements. From initial strip quality checks through final testing of a wiring harness or cable assembly, there are several tools and devices available to assist companies in effectively and accurately meeting quality standards. This workshop will demonstrate the methods of performing quality checks throughout the various stages of production and the devices required to do so. In addition, we will explore some basic setup issues seen in wire processing and provide techniques to effectively troubleshoot and resolve problems.

Emilio Solano
Direct Sales Representative

Speaker Bio

Emilio Solano serves as a Direct Sales Representative at Schleuniger, Inc. and has been with the company for 7 years. He is focused on developing and maintaining relationships with potential and current customers in Northern Mexico while continuously providing customers with the highest level of technical support.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Fundamentals of Ultrasonic Metal Welding and its Impact in the Wire Harness Industry

This presentation will cover Ultrasonic Metal Welding Technology, including the principles of the process, as well as advantages and shortcomings of the process. Low and High voltage applications, particularly for the Automotive Industry will be included, such as Wire to Wire and Wire to Terminal/Contacts/Bus Bars joining. A discussion of trends and new developments, particularly with the advent of the electrification of the automobile and the impact in the wire harness industry.

Javier Tenreiro
Vice President
Schunk Sonosystems North America

Speaker Bio

Graduate BS/MS in Engineering from the University of Connecticut

Relevant Work Experience: 29 years working for Schunk Sonosystems North America (previously Stapla Ultrasonics Corp.)

Thursday, September 29, 2022

11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Drossbach specializes in wire and cable protection products. Our Products are designed to protect and organize wire,cable and hose against abrasion, vibration,puncture,UV, and all different types of fluids.
Our products include convoluted tubing(also known as wire conduit or split loom). Many varieties of Textile including expandable sleeving, Acrylic coated, Reflective Sleeves, coated and uncoated fiberglass and many more.
We also offer UL/CSA approved conduit and water tight connectors. We have products for all of the Industrial Markets which include – Mass Transit, Heavy Truck, Agriculture, Construction, Marine and Recreational Vehicle,
Industrial Equipment, Appliances, Wind and Solar, Coil & Winding Industry, Telecommunications, Distribution and Aftermarket.

Noe Murrieta Flores
Territory Manager

Speaker Bio

Business Development Executive and Sales Manager with over 20 years of experience leading sales and marketing. Proven track record of domestic and international (US/LATAM) sales management, including analyzing and expanding market share, building customer relationships in different markets (Electrical, Electronic, Appliance, Industrial, Transportation, Automotive , Aerospace).

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Additive Manufacturing of Elastomer, Ceramic and Metal Multi-functional Structures

3D printing has been historically relegated to fabricating conceptual models and prototypes; however, increasingly, research is now focusing on fabricating functional end-use products. As patents for 3D printing expire, new low-cost desktop systems are being adopted more widely and this trend is leading to a diversity of new products, processes and available materials. However, currently the technology is generally confined to fabricating single material static structures. For additively manufactured products to be economically meaningful, additional functionalities are required to be incorporated in terms of electronic, electromechanical, electromagnetic, thermodynamic, chemical and optical content. By interrupting the 3D printing and employing complementary manufacturing processes, additional functional content can be included in mass-customized structures. This presentation will review work in multi-process 3D printing for creating structures with consumer-anatomy-specific wearable electronics, electromechanical actuation, electromagnetics, propulsion, embedded sensors in soft tooling and including metal and ceramic structures. Other projects to be presented include stereovision process monitoring of powder bed fusion, 3D printed smart molds for sand casting, complex ceramic lattices for electromagnetic lenses, elastomeric lattices for the athletic gear, computation geometry and complexity theory for 3D printing.

Eric MacDonald, Ph.D., P.E.
Murchison Chair and Professor, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, College of Engineering
Joint Faculty Appointment, Oak Ridge National Laboratories
University of Texas El Paso

Speaker Bio

Eric MacDonald, Ph.D. is a professor of mechanical engineering and Murchison Chair at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Dr. MacDonald received his doctoral degree (2002) in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in industry for 12 years at IBM and Motorola and subsequently co-founded a start-up specializing in CAD software and the startup was acquired by a firm in Silicon Valley. Dr. MacDonald held faculty fellowships at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, US Navy Research and was awarded a US State Department Fulbright Fellowship in South America. His research interests include 3D printed multi-functional applications and process monitoring in additive manufacturing with instrumentation and computer vision for improved quality and yield. As a co-founding editor of the Elsevier journal Additive Manufacturing, MacDonald has helped direct the academic journal to have highest impact factor among all manufacturing journals worldwide. He has recently been involved in the commissioning of a second partner journal, Additive Manufacturing Letters, upon which he serves as the Editor-in-Chief.  Recent projects include 3D printing of structures such as nano satellites with structurally-embedded electronics – one of which was launched into Low Earth Orbit in 2013 and a replica of which was on display at the London Museum of Science. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications, dozens of patents, one of which was licensed by Sony and Toshiba from IBM.  He is a member of ASME, ASEE, senior member of IEEE and a registered Professional Engineer in the USA state of Texas.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Ultrasonic Metal Welding: Basic Principles and Guidelines

The presentation introduces the basics of ultrasonic metal welding with two different methods, and their differences. The variables in material, process, and connectors’ designs are introduced in terms of quality followed by the equipment and applications currently used.

Arturo Sanchez Ramos
Sales Manager
Telsonic Solutions, LLC.

Speaker Bio

Arturo Sanchez Ramos started his first job with VW in Puebla , Mexico. In 1993, he started his service manager position with another producer of ultrasonic metal welding equipment. In 2010, He started as sales manager with the new division of Telsonic AG in USA, Telsonic Solutions. He has over 30 years of experience in the field of ultrasonic metal welding in mainly automotive industry.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Manual Press Network System

In the presentation we will see the features of the press network system such as the use of bar code reader, micrometer, caliper, pull tester and camera to release production materials as well as the data base where the production information and applicator counters are saved.

José Carlos Torres García
Service Engineer
Crimping & Stamping Technologies

Speaker Bio

I am a graduate from Instituto Tecnológico de la Laguna from the city of Torreón Coah. in the period 1996 to 2000 in the Electronic  Engineering degree. I worked in AFL harness company now PCK group in the period 2000 to 2005 in the maintenance department in the harness assembly and cable cutting area, and I currently work with Crimping & Stamping Technologies company from 2005 as Service Engineer giving support to our customers as sale, installation, training and service in our different equipment.

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