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Four reasons why automating wiring harness production is critical to electrification

Electrification is a critical trend in the quest for a net zero economy. This process is accelerating, encompassing everything from transport to buildings, and industry. Wiring harnesses – the component enabling the transmission of power and data – are critical to this transition. Here Chris Elsworthy, Chief Technology Officer at Q5D, explains why automating the production of wire harnesses is essential to meet the growing industry demand. 1. There’s no electrification without wiring Buzzwords like “electrification”, “e-mobility” and “electric vehicles” [...]

IET Excellence and Innovation Awards recognise Q5D’s ground-breaking wiring robot

Bristol, 17th October 2023 – Q5D has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2023 IET Excellence and Innovation Awards in the ‘AI and Robotics’ category. These prestigious awards recognise ground-breaking innovations and best practices in engineering, science, and technology. This year, the social and environmental impact of the competing technologies was a core consideration for the judges. The IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology), headquartered in London, is a professional engineering body representing more than 154,0000 engineering and technology professionals in 148 [...]

Q5D to show first public demonstration of wiring automation robot for eliminating manual harnesses at the Advanced Engineering show

Bristol, 11th October, 2023 - Q5D will give the first public demonstration of its CY1000, 5-axis additive manufacturing robotic cell on stand Q162 at the Advanced Engineering Show at the NEC from November 1st to 2nd, 2023. The CY1000 automates the addition of electrical wiring and connectors to increasingly complex products. Through the additive manufacturing process, called ‘Electrical Function Integration’, the robot mitigates the need for traditional wire harnesses, which are large, heavy, costly, and often unreliable. It integrates bare [...]

Q5D shortlisted for ‘Start-up of the Year’ in the Elektra Awards for developing a robot that automates the integration of wiring into electrical products

Bristol, 10th October 2023 – Q5D has developed a robot to automate the addition of wiring and printed electronics to products, eliminating the need for wire harnesses. The company’s work has now been recognised by Electronics Weekly’s Elektra Awards judges, where the company has been selected as a ‘Start-up of the Year’ finalist. The wiring in many electrical and electronic products is currently made and installed by hand. Over the last few years, Q5D, has developed a unique additive manufacturing process that [...]

How automation will shape the future of the wire harness industry

The wiring harness industry is experiencing rapid change due to the technological advances of electrification, the Internet of Things (IoT), and Industry 4.0. Increased functionality means a higher demand for power and data connections in modern appliances, products, and vehicles. As a result, the wire harness market is growing rapidly. Transparency Market Research forecasts a wire harness market of $200 billion by 2031. The productivity of wiring harness manufacturing is a critical issue. The challenge caused by electrification Historical wire [...]

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