In-House Quality Testing
In-House Physical and Electrical Testing Labs
Minnesota Wire takes immense pride in the superior quality of our products and the technical testing that is involved in producing them. Our quality assurance team verifies that your manufacturing requirements are met and that every cable assembly is of the highest working order before it ships.
Electrical Lab (EMC Chamber)
Minnesota Wire’s EMC Test Laboratory provides full pre-compliance electromagnetic compatibility and shielding effectiveness testing. These tests are performed on prototypes, finished electrical sub-components, and full assemblies.
The EMC chamber provides us with the research to develop assemblies that will not fail from interference in the field.
Advantages and Uses
Pre-Compliance EMC laboratory
1 meter EMI chamber, antenna, turntable, spectrum analyzer, amps, frequency sources
10KHz to 3 GHz frequency range
20 V/meter power level
Software for data acquisition, process scripting, automated sweeps and instrumentation interface control, automated test troubleshooting
Connectors, cables, interconnects, packaging, and systems
ESD (Electrostatic Discharge)
Line Frequency, Droop (Brown-Out)
Radiated/Conducted Emissions and Susceptibility
MIL-STD 461/2 SYSTEMS
MIL-STD 464 INTERCONNECTS
MIL-STD 202 INTERCONNECTS
IEC 60601-1-2 MEDICAL
CSPR DATA COMM
Carbon Nanotube Lab
At Minnesota Wire our research and development efforts are helping drive the industry into the future. Our research with CNTs (carbon nanotubes) is helping us create wires and cables that are substantially lighter and more resistant to heat and interference than conventional metallic conductors.
Minnovate, our research and development division, boasts a rare piece of equipment called the RESS reactor (Rapid Expansion of Supercritical Solutions). The RESS enables us to test conductive CNTs on virtually any surface. (The RESS reactor utilizes supercritical carbon dioxide as the solvent to allow for the dispersion of carbon nanotube powder into an appropriate polymer medium for spray applications.)
Minnovate is leading the market in design and manufacturing versatility.
Our RESS reactor enables us to test conductive carbon nanotubes on virtually any surface.
Mechanical Test Lab
Minnesota Wire’s Mechanical Test Lab is utilized for static and dynamic pull testing, cable flex testing, and water ingress measurement. We execute rigorous tests to guarantee the product will meet your specifications and perform to your requirements.
Signal Integrity Lab
Our design engineers will work with you to ensure that every signal reaches its destination in the time required, without distortion or interference from other signals, and without creating any disturbance of its own.
Our 50 years of experience means that our wires and cables have been tested in the field in every imaginable situation. We are proud to say that Minnesota Wire’s interconnect products have continually delivered under the harshest of conditions.
Hi-Pot Test Equipment
In-House Testing Laboratories: Capabilities and Advantages
Wire and Cable Testing Capabilities
Flex Life Testing
High-Speed Thermal Mass Flow Leak Testing
MIL-C-17G (Cable Test)
OPG Smartscope 250 Non-Contact Optical Comparator
Tensile and Compression Testing (Pull Test)
Certified and Compliant
Design Control Experience
Quality System Requirements (QSR) for the Medical Device Industry
Minnesota Wire has performed and participated in numerous risk analysis and risk management efforts.
We have CE marked medical devices in the market under our name brand as well as under our customers’ brands.
Process Control Experience
Process mapping for transfer of knowledge from our St. Paul, Minnesota facility to our Eau Claire, Wisconsin facility
Capability studies for analysis of the process using statistical techniques
Working with customers to define design performance and control criteria
Using Test and Measure to define processing limits
Process Improvement Advantages
At Minnesota Wire we are continuously learning new and improved ways to serve our customers’ cable assembly needs. Some of the ways in which we constantly strive to improve:
Using lessons learned during the verification and validation phases to develop a robust process during the transfer to full production
On-site creative tooling and modeling shop for jig and fixture processing and maintenance
Workforce experienced in hands-on cost reduction procedures that maintain quality control