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Wire Stripping Basics

There are two basic levels of wiring stripping – precision and non-precision. The first type, precision wire stripping is employed where extreme reliability and critical tolerances must be achieved. Aircraft, computers, aerospace, missiles, radar guidance systems and communications systems are examples of applications where precision wire stripping is required. In many cases, the military standard is called for and meeting that standard is rigidly enforced and calls for the highest quality precision wire stripping. 

The second, non-precision stripping, is used in the manufacturing of lighting fixtures, electrical appliances, automotive harnesses, etc. This requires wire strips that assure product reliability and are obtained at a relatively low cost. 

For each type of wiring stripping and production requirement, the best tool and/or method to get the job done right must be determined, and IDEAL Electrical is there to assist with free wire analysis. 

Wire Dimensions

Wire dimensions affect stripping requirements. A variety of factors determine just how precisely a wire can be stripped, including gauge, insulation type and concentricity. A common misconception is that two wires with the same gauge will have identical measurements. Wire conductor diameters can differ just as insulation thicknesses vary. Both factors are important when selecting the proper blades, wire stripper and stripping method of specific applications. The type of wire to be stripped and the type of stripping required, non-precision or precision, will help determine the stripping tool and/or method to be employed for optimum results. 


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