Connecticut is home to 5,000 manufacturers who employ nearly 170,000 people and generate more than 12.7 percent of the state’s GDP.

Staffed by a productive and highly skilled workforce, Connecticut manufacturers are a significant driver of innovation and exports, and account for more investments in research and development than any other sector. As the Connecticut Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), CONNSTEP has developed the Made in CT Program to showcase the diversity of products and services of the Connecticut manufacturing industry – and to celebrate the companies who continue to make it in Connecticut.

Bead IndustriesFeatured Manufacturer

Company: Bead Electronics
Website: www.beadelectronics.com
Contact: Jill Mayer
Email: jmayer@beadindustries.com
Phone: 203-301-0270

About Bead Electronics:

Bead Electronics manufactures precision end-to-end, solid-wire, and tubular contact pins for the telecom, automotive, connector and lighting industries. Our custom components deliver the performance of machined pins at the price of stamped, and they can be tooled in a fraction of the time at a modest cost.

The bead-formed manufacturing process, called swaging, yields superior value when compared to competitors. That’s because it’s a high-speed, virtually scrapless cold-forming process capable of producing small, metal electronic components that are dimensionally consistent and inexpensive.

Our swaging process helped revolutionize the electronics industry with the production of inexpensive, high-quality contact pins for radio vacuum tubes in the 1920’s. It produced the first parabolically tipped wire wrap pin in the 1960’s that helped the telecom industry reduce its gold plating specification by 50%. Today, it produces a patented hybrid SMT/through hole interconnect pin that improves reliability, saves solder and gives users a competitive advantage.

The Bead-formed manufacturing process, called swaging, is a high-speed, virtually scrapless cold-forming process capable of producing small metal parts that are dimensionally consistent and inexpensive.

  • custom pin assemblies
  • custom contact pins
  • insertion tooling
  • end-to-end contact pins
  • tubular contact pins
  • solid wire contact pins

CONNSTEP solved a huge problem for us and helped us bring our delivery rate to 100%. As a direct result of that, we have been awarded with an increase in business which, ultimately, will also benefit (our supplier) Har-Conn.”

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