Research and Development

Research and Development: Creating Products with Innovative Features and Enhanced Performance

The Future Frontier

What will the next one hundred years be like? As the frontier expands, space shrinks. As we reach into smaller and smaller places, the need for smaller and lighter technologies grows. At Minnesota Wire we are exploring the frontier now. Our goal is to lead the exploration into new technologies, to maintain signal integrity under the severest of conditions, to use materials never before thought possible, to successfully use wire where no wire has gone before. Wire—the future frontier!

At Minnesota Wire we are developing materials and systems that create products with innovative features and enhanced performance. Our goal is to improve the signal integrity, and the mechanical stability and longevity of the traditional interconnect infrastructure.

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Carbon Nanotube

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Research and Development

Minnovate is Minnesota Wire’s Research & Development division—a leader in non-metallic wire, medical wire and cable, stretchy wire, noise reduction, and interconnect capabilities. We obtain funding through the execution of high technology R&D grants to develop materials and systems that create products of novel properties and enhanced interconnect performance proficiencies.

Minnovate’s purpose is to improve the signal integrity and mechanical properties of the traditional interconnect performance infrastructure and continually move it forward. You will see many of our advances today in places such as military wire, medical wire, and industrial wire.

Our vision of interconnect performance is exhibited in the commercial areas of wire and cable development where we are currently pursuing R&D programs. These efforts have led us to the invention of the world’s first stretchy wire and our ultralight series of non-metallic conductors. These new technologies will have a profound effect on the continued development of aerospace, commercial, industrial, medical, and military wires and cables.

New Technologies

Interconnect Performance Solutions using “Stretchy” Wire (iSTRETCH® Series of Products)

Prognostic Health Management (PHM) Medical Wires for in-situ monitoring and prognosis of faults using two technologies: Spread-spectrum time domain reflectometry (SSTDR), and CNT (carbon nanotubes) sacrificial shields

Non-Metallic Wire using carbon nanotubes (CNT) (iStealth® Series of Products)

Fatigue Resistant Wire using unique polymers, elastomeric wire and/or CNT

Embedded Wire for airborne applications

Line Replaceable Units (LRU) that house circuitry inside molds

Arc suppression incorporated into industrial wires that greatly decreases noise from primaries and enhances the life of relays and circuitry

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Graphene Sheet

Contact Minnesota Wire for more information on our research and development services.

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MN WIRE CEO PAUL WAGNER SPEAKING AT THE IPC E-TEXTILES 2020 VIRTUAL SUMMIT.

IPC E-Textiles 2020 Virtual Summit, October 1-2, will consist of three educational workshops and virtual demonstrations by the University of Minnesota Wearable Technology Lab.

MN WIRE CEO PAUL WAGNER SPEAKING AT THE IPC E-TEXTILES 2020 VIRTUAL SUMMIT.

IPC E-Textiles 2020 Virtual Summit, October 1-2, will consist of three educational workshops and virtual demonstrations by the University of Minnesota Wearable Technology Lab.

iSTRETCH in Defense

5 Conductor, 26 Gauge with PV Jacket coil Assembly

Minnesota Wire has begun manufacturing 8,568 specialty coil assemblies utilizing our patented iSTRETCH wire for a defense contractor. Each of the assemblies contains a sixteen-foot, six-lead cable. The sale represents the largest single sale of iSTRETCH in the company's history!

A Revolution in Possibilities

As Seen at CES 2019

MEMS STRETCH

Think—boundless. Wrap a flex circuit around Minnesota Wire’s patented iSTRETCH, attach mCube’s MEMS-based motion sensors and experience a complete revolution.

FOCUS ON INNOVATION

iSTRETCH and The Greenland Ice Sheet

An ambitious research program involving the Greenland ice sheet will utilize Minnesota Wire’s iSTRETCH cable. The project endeavors to understand how climate is affecting the flow of the Greenland ice sheet, the second largest ice mass on the planet and the primary cause of global sea-level rise.

MN WIRE RECEIVES MINNESOTA FAMILY BUSINESS AWARD.

MN Wire is proud to announce we have received the Minnesota Family Business Award from the Twin Cities Business Magazine!

MN WIRE FEATURED IN NATIONAL DEFENSE MAGAZINE.

MN Wire has been featured in the May 2020 edition of the National Defense Magazine.

LEE EISENBRAUN: A PASSION FOR LEARNING, COMMITMENT, AND A CAN-DO ATTITUDE.

Lee Eisenbraun began working at Minnesota Wire in 2008 as a Process Technician. Lee’s natural talent and intelligence were immediately apparent, and he was promoted to Process Technician II.

R&D Funding Through the U.S. Government

 If you have an innovative concept but are leery of costly R&D, the federal government may be able to help.

Critical Steps for Developing a Successful Medical Device Interconnect Cable

Don't miss this article written by our very own Steve Pape. Steve is Minnesota Wire's Design Engineering Manager. The article first appeared in the Medical Design Briefs, January, 2016 issue. The article is loaded with solid information.

SOLIDshot

SOLIDshot is a new wearable basketball shot improvement system that utilizes Minnesota Wire's iSTRETCH. SOLIDshot tracks and records a player's arm movement. A digital readout displays information that highlights changes the shooter needs to make—improving the form and consistency of a player's shots.

Select the link and check out the video—high scores for technology!

VETERAN'S DAY MESSAGE

Each year Minnesota Wire honors local veterans. This year we created a special video, click the link below to watch it.