Providing Expertise in Overmolded Assemblies
By Joe Tito
Wiring Harness News
ISC Engineering specializes in custom molded cable assemblies and the technology that surrounds them. With quick turnaround times, they are geared for low volume, high mix assemblies in the audio, automotive, industrial, medical and military industries. What is unusual about ISC is that they are also heavily involved in transferring this technology to OEMs and other cable assembly suppliers.
Given this unique business model, one can see why it was fascinating to have a conversation with its founder and President, Steve Burk. The management team at ISC wanted to use their experiences to expand the utilization of molded cable assembly technology within the industry so Steve co-founded the company in 1999 after having successfully owned and operated Inland Empire Interconnects where they were a world assembly company that wants to do their own molding, we will assist them in vertical integration by recommending the machines, designing and building the molds, and training them in how to injection mold the parts.”
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ISC will provide information on molding equipment, compounds, tooling and all other levels of expertise to get a cable assembly over molding capability up and running. They bring a different level of service to the market where customers can have ISC design a custom molding solution. The companies can terminate the assemblies themselves, and then send to ISC for molding, until such time as it makes sense for them to either bring production in-house, or find a high volume supplier.
ISC’s management team is unique with over 100 years of industry experience including extensive experience in wire harness assembly and custom overmolded cable assembly. Ryan Jenner, Chief Technology Officer, was an outsource customer of ISC’s and was very interested in overmolding technology and joined ISC to lead their technical efforts. Recently ISC became IPC QML and continues to expand its technical reach with the addition of alternative methods such as thermoset overmolding and low pressure molding techniques.
ISC management team stays current with technology as it carves out a Blue Chip customer base. A good example of this occurred about four years ago when Tesla came to ISC seeking help in building the first charging cables for the S Series. “We had the knowledge and overmolding technology, and they didn’t,” Steve mentioned, “and we ended up supporting their requirements building the early years requirements until they