Cutting and Stripping Services for Hook up Wire

Order Pre-cut, Stripped and Tin Dipped Hook Up Wire Online

Photo of hook up wires being pre-cut and stripped.

We offer many types of hook up wire with the option of cutting and stripping services.  We are proud to be the first wire manufacturer to offer cutting, stripping, striping and tin dipping online. The quality of our work is guaranteed through our strict ISO 9001 quality process and customer service. Our wire cutting machines capture the exact length of the wire along with the strip length on each end. We typically either semi-strip the insulation on each end or tin dip each end in solder to avoid strands from fraying during transit to the customer.

Pre-Cut and Stripped Hook up Wire

As customers are buying hook up wire they have the option of picking a few colors. Once they have 100’ of a color chosen they can add a spiral stripe, twist two wires together, cut the wire to an exact length and strip the ends of the insulation off each side. Each additional service adds labor and adds to the overall price since each of our services are made to order. Once the order is placed online and we enter it into our system, we find the wire and process the order. We set the machine to cut the wire to 6” with a semi-strip on both ends of 0.25”. We test the first 10 pieces for accurate length in comparison to the specification sheet provided by the customer, and sign the quality inspection report. Once it’s approved by a manager, the wire is set to run about 500 pieces at a time.

Semi-Strip Compared to Full Strip and Tin

Photo of hook up wire being pre-cut and semi-stripped

All copper hook up wire is being attached to something electronically to transmit current, so we ask the customer how much insulation to strip off the end in order for them to be able to solder, crimp or attach the wire to their application. The semi-strip slightly detaches the insulation but keeps it on the wire to avoid fraying during transit. The copper strands can easily fray when they bounce around so it’s important to keep the “slug” or piece of insulation attached to the wire.

A second option for those that are attaching the hook up wire to their application via solder, is the full strip and tin. In this case, we cut the wire on the machine by telling it to full strip the insulation 0.25” on both ends and complete a second process of dipping the copper strands into 99%-lead-free tin, or solder. Not only does this process stop the strands from fraying it also helps adhere to the solder during the application. Tinned wires will slightly melt when new solder is applied whereby melding the two much quicker and easier. You can review the individual prices for each product and service during the checkout process of our website.

Photo of pre-cut and stripped hook up wire being tin dipped

Costs of Cutting and Stripping Hook up Wire

There is an initial cost of buying a wire cutting machine along with the wire straightener, blades and accessories, but that investment lasts over 20 years depending on the speed at which technology increases. Otherwise, once we have the product at the machine, there is an initial set up time to test a few pieces, measure their accuracy and set the machine to complete the job. For jobs that only require semi-strip wires the machine will complete the process in one setting and the assembler needs to bag, label and box the wires. If the customer requires the wires to be full-strip and tin then the wires move to the tin dipping process once they are cut. Upon a final inspection approval from the manager the parts can then be bagged, labeled and boxed for shipment

Cutting and Stripping Electronic Cables

Photo of pre-cut and stripped electronic cables

Depending on the overall length of the cable it can be cut on a machine or using a hank wheel. The hank wheel coils the cable into circles and secures it with a plastic zip tie or bread tie. Then the outer jacket needs to be removed a certain amount and the conductors need to have their insulation stripped. Sometimes a foil or braid shield needs to be removed as well, creating a bit more work. Sometimes the individual conductors will be tin dipped after stripping the insulation off each end. Sometimes we use heat shrink tubing to cover the area between the cut outer jacket and conductors for cleanliness or a bit of added protection.