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Catalog Number 2016.001.023
Description Raychem Thermofit Wire Markers, c. 1957-1999. Marker stripes are made of Polyolefin plastic. Seven evenly spaced strips horizontal stripes are attached to one long vertical strip. The whole piece is made of clear plastic, but the smaller horizontal strips have additional white plastic sleeves. White sleeves cover most of clear plastic and have black writing. 20 marker sets have all seven strips. Three marker sets are incomplete with only three to four strips.
Object Name Label, Identification
Collection 3D - Documentary Objects
Title Raychem Thermofit Wire Markers, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Creator Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "AB 1234567890 / BC 2345678901 / CD 3456789012 / DE 4567890123 / Raychem Thermofit / Marker System / HT-TMS" (black ink printed on white plastic of strips).
Notes Wire makers are sleeves which can be printed on to label wires. After printing the desired label or text onto the sleeve, it is slipped on a wire and a heat gun is used used to shrink it on. [http://www.cablejoints.co.uk/upload/Tyco_Raychem_Heat_Shrink_Cable_Markers_&_Cable_Marking.pdf 1/20/2016]

"Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
[http://blog.heatshrinksleeves.com/2015/09/raychem-history.html 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-3.75 W-2.5 inches
Dimension Details A full set of intact stripes.
Search Terms Menlo Park
Raychem
Science
Technology
Subjects Labels
Plastics
Printing
Science
Wire