Switchcraft Celebrates 60 Years of Manufacturing
Sep 19, 2006 12:09 PM
Switchcraft, a leading U.S. manufacturer of connectors and cable assemblies, is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Started in 1946 by three former GIs fresh from their radio experience in WWII, Switchcraft was an early leader in the development of high-quality components for the electronics industry. The company that developed the first and only guitar plug, the industry-standard 280 plug, continues to develop and expand its diversified product line today.
Switchcraft offers interconnect solutions in many industries including audio, medical, broadcast, process control, harsh environment, and transportation. Products include a wide variety of connectors, jacks and plugs, molded cable assemblies, jackpanels and patchbays, and switches. To further enhance its role in the harsh environment industry, Switchcraft acquired the Conxall Corporation in 1999. Conxall provides both standard and custom solutions for environmentally sealed connector and cable interconnects. These connectors have become the standard in industries such as process control, GPS and instrumentation.
To keep up with the ever changing demands for product solutions, Switchcraft has made a large commitment in vertically integrating its 250,000-square-foot facility in Chicago. Core sub-components are stamped and formed, molded, plated, and assembled using the latest techniques in automated assembly. This helps keep products cost-effective and ensures that the company maintains the high level of quality first envisioned by its founders.