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Production

Contact Assemblies
Overview
Contact assembly production at ECL typically requires brazing.

There are four main types of brazing that ECL uses on a consistent basis. Other attachment processes are subcontracted when required.

Resistance Brazing

Where the design permits, medium volume contact assembly production allows ECL to use resistance brazing to provide high quality attachments for economical contact assemblies. The design of the components and the application of the electric current creates resistive heating of the contact support and contact at the brazing interface. Fixturing and weld setups are regularly monitored to ensure consistent shipments of high quality contact assemblies.

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Furnace Brazing

If the volume of parts is sufficient and the design of the contact assembly permits this technique, furnace brazing is an excellent method to produce contact assemblies. Radiant heating from the furnace elements provides the necessary energy to melt the brazing alloy. The close proximity of contact and contact support surfaces that is provided by ECL-designed fixtures, when coupled with radiant heating, creates the braze joint. A key advantage of furnace brazing is the elimination of post-brazing deoxidation as the furnace atmosphere is typically reducing in nature.

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Torch Brazing

Where volumes are low or the design of the part is unusually difficult to fixture properly, torch brazing techniques can be applied to produce high quality brazed assemblies. Torch brazing with a rotary table fixturing or with less complex fixturing is available at ECL. A wide range of base metals and contact materials can be joined successfully. Attention to the brazing alloy and brazing flux selected ensures a consistent part quality with a reliable brazed connection.

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Induction Brazing

By using an induction heating system, contact assemblies with unique designs can be created cost effectively. Induction brazing provides local and uniform heating of the base metal to ensure physical properties of the contact supports can be maintained. ECL's engineering staff provides fixture design and heating profiles which create high quality and economical attachments of contacts to their supports.

ECL also has extensive machining capabilities for contact assembly designs that require post-assembly machining.

Contact an ECL representative today to determine exactly how we may be able to assist with you contact assembly needs and to learn more about our capabilities!