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Local Inventor Almost Ready To Start Manufacturing Electrical Connector


By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Right now, it takes 15 minutes to connect two pieces of electrical wire with a metal tube called a crimp.

The tube is squeezed onto the two wires and wrapped with electrical tape.

Mark Melni's revolutionary new connector can reduce that same job to only 30 seconds.

And he's seen plenty of support already.

“The local businessmen, as far as investors, has been amazing. So we're ready to hit it, and hopefully next year we're actually going to be in production with our first offering, which is a four-aught connector,” he explains.

Melni's proposed Twin Falls manufacturing facility would use robotics and lasers extensively to produce the high-tech Melni Connector.

This would be just the first of a line of similar products.

“There are a lot of successful established manufacturers in the area. And they're doing some things to help stay innovative, creative, and efficient, as far as applications of lean production, those kinds of things,” says Bryan Matsuoka, director of the Idaho Small Business Development Center.

Melni points out he got 2,000 e-mails after his invention was mentioned on a Russian "popular science" website.

He explains America was the number one exporter back in the 1950s.

And Melni hopes his electrical connector will be an international sensation.

“I would love to see our first sales go export, and have something that's being built in America going out, and coming back to us,” he explains.

It's a dream that's one step closer to reality.

If you'd like to find out more about this new invention, call 404-2003.

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