Yasufumi Osada, Hiroyuki Nakano
In developing a wire harness for the completely new model Land Cruiser of Toyota Motor Corp., a major technological revolution is being carried out to overcome the problems with current designs and to automate wire harness manufacture. The aim is to improve ease of assembly to the vehicle, raise productivity, and increase recycling potential in line with anticipated future trends. These harnesses consist of a single type of wire--one color, one size, and went into volume production in January, 1998. An overview is given of the development of the new harnesses.