Birford Cable & Harness of Wolverhampton has been working with electrical enclosures company Spelsberg and claims it is part of their success. Birford works closely with customers in a number of industries including, mobility, heating and cooking, LED lighting, point of sale displays, electronic lockers, PCB manufacture and traffic lights and electronic road signs, supplying them with cable systems, wiring harnesses.
Birford’s Managing Director Chris Wase explained the philosophy behind his company: “Wiring can be a time consuming element in any electrical project and therefore represents a ‘hidden cost’. There is also an element of risk if it is not done by fully trained and qualified people.
“As experts in our field we can guarantee quality and compliance with all relevant safety standards. Also our skills level and automated procedures means we can get work completed quickly and efficiently without taking excess time. Thus we can remove both time and risk from projects for customers whose expertise lies elsewhere.”
With much of its work bespoke to individual clients, it also commits to a range of special projects and applications which may involve anything from basic soldering operations, via the fitting of microswitches to full product assembly and test. Another regular requirement is the reworking of mains cords and cabling for products bought in from counties in the Far East so that they meet European standards.
Many of Birford’s jobs require the use of one or more enclosures, and Wase has a straightforward sourcing strategy for these: “We use Spelsberg UK, every time, as we have done for 15 years or more.”
Spelsberg manufactures electrical enclosures, distribution boxes and related electrical equipment, and produces over 100 million injection-moulded parts every year. These are used in every field imaginable, from horticulture to harbours, from the chemical industry to amusement parks and all are designed to meet the needs of their particular application over a long service life.
The UK operation is ISO 9001 certified and offers standard products, customised and bespoke CNC machined solutions and high levels of customer service.
Spelsberg delivers 30,000-50,000 units a year to Birford, indicating the depth of the relationship between the two companies. Spelsberg’s extremely wide portfolio of products, coupled with its ability to quickly produce specials, one-offs and new designs means it is able to meet the multitudinous needs of Birford and its clients.
“Spelsberg enclosures are first rate, but the company is set apart by its levels of customer service,” said Wase. “For example, its CNC capabilities are a big plus for us, as they let Spelsberg produce bespoke products for us with no more fuss than their standard units. It also provides us with a fast prototyping service, which is very useful because our customer often want to produce short run or even one off designs.
“This sort of service and support has been instrumental in the growth that has made Birford one of the foremost cable and wiring assembly companies in the UK.”