Thermal Wire Strippers are the future of hand-held wire strippers used in the electronic and electrical industry.  Patco Inc. is the manufacturer of the largest variety of thermal wire strippers in the world.


Q. We are concerned about large amounts of toxic fumes generated by thermal wire stripping.  Can this be avoided?

A. Yes. Temperature of PVC strippers is preset to melt the insulation.  It does not burn the insulation.  Temperature on other models of cable stripping tools should be set according to the job and insulation type. Even an excessively hot element will evaporate such a negligible amount of insulation that the use of these wire strippers does not require any special ventilation.

Q. Is it safe to use thermal wire strippers to strip wires attached to PC boards containing ESD hardware?

A. Yes. ESD tests performed by an independent company showed that PATCO thermal strippers generated typically 10 times less voltage than mechanical coaxial cable strippers.  As much as 1000 volts was generated by mechanical strippers on certain types of wires.  Highest reading on the same type of wire, using thermal strippers, was 26 volts.  Mechanical stripper pinch the insulation.  High pressure, transferred from the blades to this pinched area, creates considerable drag, thus generating high levels of static charge.  Thermal stripping elements do not exert any pressure on the insulation.  After the slug is thermally separated, it is merely pushed off the conductor.

Q. Can Kapton be stripped thermally?

A.  Kapton insulation is applied in a very thin layer and does not provide enough gripping area to effectively pull off the slug with the stripping element.  This applies to both thermal and mechanical strippers. The following procedure should be used when stripping Kapton insulation.  Use the thermal stripper only to melt the ring around the insulation.  Bend the wire in the scored area.  You will feel a crack and see the exposed shield or conductor.  Bend wire in opposite direction to separate the slug completely.  Pull off the insulation with your hand.  Use bare fingers or high friction material such as neoprene to prevent slippage.  Stubborn insulation can be removed by sliding oversized neoprene sleeves over the wire and the separated slug for a maximum grip force.




PATCO is a manufacturer for state of the art wire stripping products, included in our line of products are the wire strippers, wire cutter, coaxial cable stripper, wire stripper cutter as well as the thermal wire stripper. We carry a cable stripping tool for any need. PATCO's wire stripping and cable stripper is easy to use and guaranteed for a one year period from the date of shipment.

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