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August 28, 2009
Custom Inline Fuseholders
 
 


One of the best parts about being a smaller entrepreneurial company is that we don’t have to follow the "rules" that hamper the big companies.

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No where is that more evident than electronic and automotive inline fuseholders.  Inline fuseholders are one of those products that begs for customization that the big companies just can’t do (or do very well). 

Every application is different and virtually every installation requires a certain amount of additional work to properly install the fuse and/or fuseholder.

There are several different types of modifications of the standard product that we can provide including:

  • Different wire types, gauges and colors (Note: the wire gauge needs to be within the rating of the fuseholder itself)
  • Different body color
  • Custom wire lengths (we’ve actually built a fuseholder with 120 inches of wire on one side and 10 inches on the other.
  • Special terminations and connectors on the sire ends.
  • Pre-installed fuses

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Fortunately for us, our competitors are just unwilling to provide customer products unless there are "significant" quantities involved (and even then...it really takes an act of Congress to actually get it done).

The real benefit to our customers comes from the ease of installation.  A few years ago, I visited a factory building on-board computers for semi trucks.  I noticed that they were taking a fuseholder, adding a butt-splice connector to each end and then adding additional wire to the fuseholder so it could be used in the harness assembly.  I explained the to the customer that we could easily provide the fuseholder with extended wire leads allowing them to wire them into the system.  Needless to say, they were very happy with the result and remain an OptiFuse customer to this day.

The ideas are limitless as to how you can save money for you or your customers using custom manufactured fuseholders. 

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But you might ask..."is the added cost or minimum quantity substantially higher than what I can buy as "off-the-shelf" parts?"

The answer is a resounding "NO!"...

A custom fuseholder is extremely cost-effective as compared with the added installation costs.  Depending on the modification, we can create a customer product for as little as 500 pieces.

Now a custom fuseholder may not be appropriate for every installation or product.  However, it’s nice to know that there are options with OptiFuse that you might not have with the other big guys...

Thank you once again for your continued support of OptiFuse trying to give you options and new ideas...



Jim Kalb
President
OptiFuse
jimk@optifuse.com

 
 
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