Customer Success Story: The Winton CX6 Provides Solution for Increased Demand and Complexity of Semi-rigid Coax Cable Assemblies
East Coast Microwave Sales & Distribution (ECM) is a national distributor and supplier specializing in RF/Microwave connectors, cables and components. Among other industries, they primarily serve the military and aerospace sectors. About 12 years ago, ECM recognized the opportunity to provide their customers with complete semi-rigid coax cable assemblies. Initially, their customer requests were for simple assemblies that could be bent utilizing hand bending fixtures.
Increased demand and complexity
After a few years, more complex requests started coming in from their customers. Some requests included 3D bend requirements which are more challenging to bend by hand. ECM needed the proper tools and technology to manage increased demand and complexity.
Finding the right engineered solution
Alan Mond, ECM President said,
“We did a lot of research to find a CNC semi-rigid coax bending machine that could also give us 3D capabilities. Winton Machine kept coming up as a top pick and about two years ago we purchased their CX6 CNC coax cable bending machine.”
The Winton CX6 was a well suited solution as its microprocessor control ensured they produced consistent quality parts to unique specifications. ECM had limited space so a bench top bender was an ideal solution offering a small manufacturing footprint. After working with the software engineering team at Winton to initially program the CX6, the ECM team was able to complete the more complex requests almost as soon as the machine was delivered and installed.
ECM was able to dramatically improve the turnaround time to fulfill their complex cable assembly orders. Their customers receive high quality cable assemblies with consistent accuracy even on patented designs. The improvement in cycle times allows ECM to be more competitively priced which is another customer benefit.
“The Winton CNC bender has allowed us to become a better supplier of cable assemblies for our customers.”
Winton initially programmed the CX6 to accommodate ECM customers’ standard sizes and bend radii. As different sizes and bend radius specifications were required, ECM relied on Winton software engineers to provide additional programming capabilities and support.
With the Winton CX6, ECM produces small to medium sized batches of 500 to 1,000 units daily. Because of the CNC bender’s reliability, speed and programming flexibility, they can fulfill most customer orders within 24 hours.
Since 1988, East Coast Microwave Sales & Distribution, LLC (ECM) has built a reputation for being quick to respond, technically knowledgeable, competitive and well inventoried with a wide range of products. ECM is a certified Small Business, AS9100 Rev D, AS9120 Rev B, and ISO 9001:2015 certified. Learn more at www.ecmstockroom.com.