NAI, Troy, Mich., announces an expansion of their design and manufacturing capabilities to produce ruggedized industrial cable assemblies, box and panel builds. This expansion supports industrial technology companies in industries such as industrial controls, communications, test, measurement, instrumentation and machinery, to name a few. The Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, facilitates the innovation and growth of these companies, as this macro trend reshapes manufacturing with a focus on automation, connectivity and sensing.
NAI has made multi-million dollar investments in additional equipment for their plants to broaden their capabilities in manufacturing ruggedized custom cable and electro-mechanical assemblies that withstand harsh environments. The company is a design engineering firm with expertise in manufacturing copper and fiber optic cable assemblies, hybrids, box builds, and panel builds in a variety of endless constructions and configurations for custom industrial interconnect solutions. NAI’s focus on design engineering and problem-solving offers customers a unique business model in the connectivity industry and is ideally suited for industrial projects of high complexity.
Part of this expansion investment has been the development of NAI’s Industrial Center of Excellence (ICoE), which provides design and pre-production testing services, in advance of and independent of, the production process. The ICoE is dedicated to industrial connectivity projects to ensure the best design is achieved for each application. DFM principles are followed, so the design can be efficiently manufactured as conceived. Most importantly, the ICoE includes dedicated quoting engineers, application engineers and first article design engineers, supported with CAD equipment, 3D printers and testing equipment. The company’s application engineers often work on-site at a customer’s manufacturing facility to support their project to its ultimate success.
For industrial applications, NAI produces highly ruggedized assemblies with a suitable design and use of materials to protect assemblies that need to operate in harsh environments. Many are IP-67 rated for dust and moisture resistance, such as the conditions often encountered on a factory floor or in a processing plant. Internal molding capability allows NAI to create molded and over-molded parts for connectors, ferrules, boots, strain reliefs, and many other components needed for rugged industrial interconnects.
NAI has manufactured many industrial assemblies and harnesses over the last 25+ years. As a result, they possess the experience, know-how and equipment to design and manufacture the right interconnect solution for any demanding application.
Some examples of recent NAI assembly projects include:
- Harnesses used for an inverter in a heavily loaded motor for mining operations
- Assemblies for semiconductor and wafer processing equipment
- Assemblies for industrial robotics
- Interconnectivity for material handling systems
- Assemblies for rail communication systems
NAI has produced thousands of industrial-grade interconnect products. They are specialists in the design and manufacture of rugged and complex interconnect products for:
- Oil and gas field machinery and equipment
- Semiconductor machinery and equipment
- Mining machinery and equipment
- Machine tool builders
- Conveyors and conveying equipment
- Analytical laboratory instrumentation
- Industrial controls and communications
- Test, measurement and instrumentation
- Navigation, aeronautical and nautical systems and instruments
- Electrical components and equipment
- Off-highway equipment, including construction and farm equipment
- Boat builders
- Other communications equipment