ETCO Incorporated Publishes Case Study on Development of Fuse Clip Terminal Product

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Leading manufacturer of custom precision stampings in the on and off highway, trailer and vehicular lighting industry publishes case study on usage of Fuse Clip Terminals.

ETCO Incorporated announced the publishing today of a case study that addresses the effects of vibrations in vehicles in the on and off highway, trailer and vehicular lighting industry. While the effects have been well known for some time, the solution from the perspective of connectors within these vehicles has been a less studied and covered topic. To that end ETCO published a fuse clip terminal study that looks at how its engineers solved the problem of vibration

ETCO engineers sought to solve a problem specific to connectors that accepted wire ranges of 18-14AWG and 22-18 AWG. The primary issue involved connections becoming loose, electrical arcing and danger of overheating and fires within trailers and heavy duty wiring harness connections. An ETCO customer came to the company to obtain help in engineering a solution that would address the problem within this heavy duty application. ETCO’s engineers developed the solution within months. The solution, covered in the case study involved creating a stainless steel insert that provided better conductivity, a tighter, more secure fit for the connectors. This eliminated the loose connection issues and allowed ETCO’s customer to roll out the connectors to major truck manufacturers eventually selling in excess of 20 million connectors. Jack Young, Fargo Manager states, “ETCO has been an excellent partner in serving our engineering and manufacturing needs for components and wiring harness connectors. The company engineer’s attention to detail and ability to quickly solve a major issue is the reason why we come to them every time. High quality solutions and cost savings means we’re able to provide the same level of service to our customers while passing the cost-savings on to them.”

The Fuse Clip Terminal case study is available for download by visiting It gives visitors a view on ETCO’s engineering processes and provides information on the Fuse Clip Terminal product as well as similar connector products.


Founded in 1947, ETCO is a privately owned company. The Company manufactures precision stampings and rubber and plastic molded products used principally by major automotive and appliance manufacturers. ETCO also has major customers in a variety of other industries in the USA and over 30 countries throughout the world. ETCO has factories and a research complex in Bradenton, Florida and a factory and engineering center in Warwick, Rhode Island.

For more information on ETCO, visit the Company website online at

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