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06 November 2019

Convert Ltd secures cable assembly order to power 100 electric quadbikes a year

Convert Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of cable looms and harnesses, has secured an order to design cable assemblies to power 100 electric all terrain quad bikes a year.

Convert will design and manufacture the cable assemblies for Aspire Engineering, specialist in sustainable engineering solutions for the electric vehicle industry, who then convert the quad bikes which are run on petrol/ diesel into a 100 percent electric vehicle for EcoCharger Quads, specialists in all terrain quad bikes.

Convert will manufacture 28 cable assemblies for both two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive quadbikes. The cable assemblies vary in complexity and wire size - from 0.5mm² up to 35mm² - and support two applications, one is the main control system and the other is to support the connection of the batteries to run the bike via the control system motor.

The quadbikes have been sold to end users all around the world – from police in the Cayman Islands to coffee farmers in Costa Rica. They have also been bought by the National Trust and RSPB as they are environmentally beneficial due to zero emissions and animal friendly because of the low noise level.

 

Dave Lord, Convert’s Managing Director, said: “Electric powered vehicles are the future, so it was very exciting to be part of a project which transforms conventionally powered quadbikes to run on electricity.  We used our experience and expertise to ensure the assemblies were easy to manufacture and were to the correct standards.”

Ian Briggs, Aspire Engineering’s Director, said: “Convert’s attention to detail when it comes to the design and manufacture of cable looms and harnesses is second to none. They always provide the best quality within the expected time frame. It’s great to be involved in a project that champions green transport by converting diesel and petrol powered quadbike to electric.”

Jon Hourihan, General Manager at Eco Charger, said: “The EV market is the most dynamic in the automotive, motorcycle and powersports sectors, with small niche brands beginning to gain ground on their larger counterparts. The R&D to get to this stage has been exhaustive and having a business model where you build your quality and reputation into the brand by using world class suppliers is fundamental to our continued success. The business is scalable, and the suppliers with us on our growth plan will share in our success.”

The electric quadbikes are also being manufactured in Australia using Convert’s looms. There are upcoming plans to roll this out in South Africa, Dubai and USA.

For more information on Convert visit: www.convertltd.co.uk

For more information on Aspire Engineering visit: https://aspireengineering.co.uk/

For information on EcoCharger visit: http://ecochargerquads.com/

 

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 3 September 2019

Convert secures order from FFEI to supply cable assemblies for 200 cancer diagnosing slide scanners 

Convert Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of cable looms and harnesses, has secured an order to supply cable assemblies for two hundred slide scanners used to examine samples to help diagnose cancer.

The Kent-based electrical engineering company manufacturer the cable assemblies for FFEI - an award winning manufacturer of digital inkjet and life science technology - which builds the scanners for a multinational healthcare company that’s a market leader in digital pathology scanning.

For each of the 200 machines on order, Convert will build 25 cable assemblies comprising a mixture of discrete, multicore and ribbon cables connected to LEDs, stepper motors and a variety of sensors.

Convert first got involved in the project in early 2017 with the manufacture of the proto-types before moving into small volume production later that year and eventually ramping up production in 2018. 

Dave Lord, Convert’s Managing Director, said: “To be involved in this project from the start was great as we were able to work with FFEI and suggest changes to the designs of the assemblies which made them easier to manufacture.  We had to learn some new assembly techniques and buy some new tooling, so we’re really thrilled with the success of this project!”

Andy Cook, CEO at FFEI, said: “We knew Convert could deliver having worked with them on legacy projects in the past.  Dave and his team provided top-class design and development support for the cable assemblies which combined with our line-scan camera and tracking expertise has resulted in us being able to deliver a fantastic digital pathology scanner which provides market leading scanning performance with speed and image quality that is second to none.”

For more information on Convert, visit: www.convertltd.co.uk

For more information on FFEI, visit:  www.ffei.co.uk

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27 June 2019

Convert Ltd designs rear light cable harness for new electric German sports car

Convert Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of cable looms and harnesses, has designed a rear light cable harness for a German automotive manufacturer’s new all-electric sports car.

The Kent- based electrical engineering company recently completed pre-series development work on the cable harness for the LED lamp unit designed and manufactured by Wipac – a Buckingham-based world class design and manufacturing company specialising in high-tech exterior LED lights for the prestige automotive market.

The next three years could see Convert manufacturing more than 60,000 rear light cable harness for the new model.  This would involve making 2 million crimp connections a year containing cable equivalent to the length of 2,500 football pitches.

 Converts rear light cable harness for new electric German sports cars

Dave Lord, MD of Convert said: “We’re excited to have completed the pre-series development work. We‘ve invested in a new Artos CR11 automatic crimping wire processor especially to support this project. This new piece of kit has doubled our capacity and compliments our existing Komax Gamma 255 fully automatic crimping machine and Artos MTX-5 crimping machine.”

A spokesperson, from Wipac, said: “We’ve worked with Convert for seven years so we knew they could deliver this exciting project.  Dave and his team provided first class design and development support which has resulted in a top-class lighting solution for this new electric sports car.”

Operating predominantly in the automotive, public transport and scientific/medical sectors, Convert manufactures wire cables and harnesses for car head and rear lights, passenger gates at railway stations, transmission and driveline systems and a range of scientific equipment.

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For more information on Convert, visit: www.convertltd.co.uk

For more information on Wipac, visit:  www.wipac.com

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09 December 2019

Convert Ltd celebrates securing IATF automotive quality management standard

Convert Ltd, the UK’s leading manufacturer of cable looms and harnesses, is celebrating after securing the IATF automotive quality management standard certificate IATF 16949:2016 following an independent assessment.

 The new standard - which replaces ISO/TS 16949 - is the global technical specification and quality management standard for the automotive industry. 

Bringing together standards from across Europe and the USA, it outlines everything a company needs to know about achieving best practice when designing, developing, manufacturing, installing or servicing automotive products.

Adhering to this standard is mandatory for all original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and suppliers in the automotive industry worldwide. 

Dave Lord, Managing Director, of the Kent-based electrical engineering company, said: “We’re very proud to have secured this certification - it gives us the opportunity to become a Tier 1 Automotive Supplier and will open up new business opportunities.  Delivering high quality products and exceeding customer satisfaction requirements is a top priority for us.   Achieving the IATF 16949:2016 standard is critical for our on-going business development, delivering quality products and continuous improvement.”  

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6 March 2019

Convert’s cable assemblies used by MIT to power engines on life support vessels

Cable assemblies supplied by Convert Ltd – the UK’s leading manufacturer of cable looms and harnesses – are being used to power engines on life support vessels serving the waters surrounding the UK and Ireland.

Over the past 18 months, Convert has delivered a total of 15 port and starboard cable assemblies to Marine and Industrial Transmissions Ltd (MIT) - the UK’s leading supplier of marine transmissions and driveline systems which includes world-class engine manufacturers amongst its customers.

And with more orders received and more cable assemblies about to go into production, it looks like Kent based Convert’s relationship with MIT is on the crest of a wave!

Dave Lord, Managing Director at Convert Ltd, said: “A number of us at Convert are keen dinghy sailors. Like every person using the water, you never know when you’ll be in a situation where you’ll need the help of a life support vessel, so to be able to work on this project was fantastic.  We worked closely with MIT to reverse engineer the assemblies from samples. It’s fair to say it wasn’t straightforward as each life support vessel consists of two engines - one port and one starboard - but the cable assembly for the port engine is slightly different to that of the starboard.

“This meant each had to be treated as a separate part.  But we enjoy challenges at Convert, so this project was right up our street!”

 

 

Approximately 75 metres of cable was used for the port engine loom making 32 connections in the main loom which itself was over 2 meters long. The starboard engine used around 70 metres of cable with 30 connections. Both had further connections on the fuse board.  In total the length of cabling amounted to 147 metres which is almost equivalent to the length of three Olympic sized swimming pools.

Dave Little, Sales and Application Manager, MIT Ltd, said, “with design and delivery key to this project, Covert was able to supply bespoke cable looms and harnesses manufactured explicitly to our customer's application all while exceeding agreed lead-times.”

 

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About Convert

Convert is an electrical engineering company based in Edenbridge, Kent. It specialises in designing and manufacturing cable looms and harnesses. Operating predominantly in the automotive, public transport and scientific/medical sectors, Convert manufactures wire cables and harnesses for car head and rear lights, passenger gates at railway stations, transmission and driveline systems and a range of scientific equipment.

www.convertltd.co.uk

About MIT

Since 1974, MIT has been designing, supplying and servicing transmissions and driveline systems across the UK/Ireland, becoming a centre of excellence in driveline systems providing customers with full product life cycle support from system design, supply, commissioning, maintenance, repair, spares, and overhaul or replacement.

MIT has bases in southern and northern England, providing comprehensive UK and Ireland coverage along with an established global mobile support service, delivered by a highly trained and dedicated technical engineering team and a significant inventory of world-class brands, including new and refurbished transmissions, driveline systems and spare parts.

MIT is the sole UK/EIRE distributors of Twin Disc, Transfluid, Rubber Design, Arneson, Rolla and Quincy compressors.

MIT is part of Axel Johnson International, a privately owned Swedish industrial group of more than 110 companies in 27 countries, with combined annual sales of EUR 960 million. Axel Johnson International drives business development and growth through a long-term approach to ownership in strategically selected niche markets, primarily technical components and solutions for industrial processes. Axel Johnson International is organised in five business groups: Fluid Handling Solutions, Industrial Solutions, Lifting Solutions, Power Transmission Solutions and Transport Solutions.

www.axinter.com

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