The quality requirements placed on wire processing are becoming higher all the time because of miniaturisation and new technologies. To satisfy one of the current automobile crimping standard for solder-free electric connections, Komax had to develop fully automatic conductor detection ACD. This function detects the slightest contact between blade and conductor strand during stripping, setup and production. Based on a capacitive measurement principle, the ACD is integrated in the blade holder and can be operated with standard-stripping blades. Its standard work range covers the spectrum of cross sections from 0.13 to 6 mm², any conductor length and stripping with full strip or partial strip. There are setup parameters to set the desired monitoring limit. Faulty conductor ends are detected and discarded automatically.