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Insul-8 Corporation Strengthens and Coordinates Operations Under the CONDUCTIX Name

Omaha, NE, (PRWEB) October 13, 2005 -- On Jan. 1, 2006 Insul-8 Corporation will become CONDUCTIX. The new name reflects Insul-8’s broad “mobile electrification” product offering, engineering expertise, and leadership in transferring power and data to moving machinery.

CONDUCTIX locations around the world will be closely allied and coordinated to capitalize on the company’s global resources. At the same time, CONDUCTIX will maintain the local management and superior service that its customers have come to expect. Facilities will include former Insul-8 locations in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and Mexico; as well as Delachaux (parent company) locations in France, Benelux, Germany, Italy (COMES Italia), and China (Han Fa). The new organization will strengthen CONDUCTIX’s leadership role in worldwide mobile electrification markets.

Rationale for the Change
Lon Miller, president of CONDUCTIX US, Canada, Mexico, and Australia, explains: “We’ve built our business on the strengths and proud traditions of Insul-8 and its predecessor companies, but our industry has become increasingly global. To convey a clear, strong, and unified brand identity and presence across the globe, we are adopting a single corporate name.”

Miller continued: “The CONDUCTIX name accurately reflects our core business, products, and engineering capability. A customer purchasing a CONDUCTIX product anywhere in the world will receive our cumulative experience, technical knowledge, and world class support. We are certain that customers will appreciate the broad scope that CONDUCTIX represents.”

Strengthened Operations for World Class Manufacturing
Miller went on to say: “CONDUCTIX is committed to being a single-source supplier and a leader in power and data transfer. To that end, we have invested heavily in our people, equipment, quality systems, and facilities. We have completed a 25,000 square foot expansion in our Harlan, IA plant and a 17,000 square foot expansion at our Omaha, NE facility. All plants are ISO9001:2000 certified and operate based on a stringent ‘Zero Defect’ philosophy.”

The Early Days of Insul-8
In 1944, Insul-8 Corporation was founded as a California manufacturer of conductor bar and cable festoon systems. The name “Insul-8” came from its innovative “safety-insulated figure-8” conductor bar. 8-Bar quickly became the standard electrification method for the overhead crane industry. In the late 1950’s, Insul-8 pioneered the use of aluminum/stainless steel conductor rail for transit systems and mill applications. In 1948, in Omaha NE, a separate company – Industrial Electric Reels (IER) - was founded as a branch of Industrial Electric Works. IER was a pioneer in the development of spring and motor driven cable and hose reels, and electrical slip rings used to power rotating machinery.

In 1975, the two companies became part of the Delachaux Group. In 1991, the original Insul-8 company relocated to Harlan, IA. Both Insul-8 and IER became a single company operating under the Insul-8 Corporation name in 1996.

About The Delachaux Group
The Delachaux Group, founded in 1902 and headquartered near Paris, France, is a leading supplier of mobile electrification products worldwide. Delachaux is also a world leader in railroad rail welding, rail component manufacturing, magnets and magnetic separating machinery, cable making machinery, and chromium production.

Insul-8 Today
Insul-8 - soon to be CONDUCTIX - has earned an international reputation for technical innovation and product application expertise. CONDUCTIX/Insul-8 products feature superior quality, long service life, and ease of maintenance. The company is also known for its rapid delivery, state-of-the-art manufacturing, and the best customer service in the industry. CONDUCTIX/Insul-8’s ability to customize existing products and develop one-of-a-kind products for demanding industrial applications sets it apart from its competitors.

CONDUCTIX/Insul-8 has more than 12,500 miles of conductor bar and collectors installed around the world. The majority of overhead cranes in North America run on Insul-8 bar and festoon. Every major port on the US West Coast powers its container cranes with Insul-8 bar. Insul-8 conductor rails power mass transit and people mover systems such as the Disney monorail, Newark and DFW airports, Vancouver Sky Train, Las Vegas Monorail, and urban people movers in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok. CONDUCTIX/Insul-8 cable reels and slip rings are used in numerous industrial applications. The company pioneered the used of magnetic coupler technology in cable reel applications. In recent years CONDUCTIX/Insul-8 introduced a line of push button pendants and radio remote controls.

In 2006, CONDUCTIX will introduce a line of cable carriers worldwide, allowing the firm to offer every mode of mobile electrification currently available. The company will also introduce “Smart Drive” cable reels utilizing advanced programmable variable frequency drives.

CONDUCTIX “Mobile Electrification” Markets
The reorganized CONDUCTIX will focus on increasing its share of core mobile electrification markets worldwide. These markets include: overhead cranes, conveyors, automated storage/retrieval systems, bulk material handling systems, mining/construction equipment, transit systems, converting/packaging machines, and agricultural equipment. Products are also sold for factory automation, amusement rides, car wash systems, theater lighting/sound, water treatment plants, and a myriad of other applications. CONDUCTIX products are sold directly to OEMs, and to users through electrical and industrial catalogs and distributors.

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