Maximum choice, minimum lead-times

Assembling distributor, PEI-Genesis, has reached a significant milestone by achieving a worldwide annual output of over eight million assembled connectors, all shipped in less than 48-hours During the last 12 months the international franchised distributor assembled a total of 8,354,671 connectors from 226,068 works orders covering 52,792 different part numbers. Impressively, over 50 per cent of the eight million connectors were built for customer orders of five pieces or less and 65 per cent were for customer orders of 10 pieces or less. All were assembled and shipped in less than 48 hours.

European marketing manager, Doug Mercer, commented: These figures underline the fact that our 48-hour connector assembly service is attractive to a broad range of customers. Because we have no minimum order quantities, customers know that they can get the exact connector they need, in the shortest possible timescale, without having to purchase unnecessary extra stock.

Primarily serving the industrial, railway, aerospace and defence sectors, PEI-Genesis works in partnership with a number of connector manufacturers, including Amphenol, ITT Interconnect Solutions (Cannon and VEAM), Polamco and Glenair.

Mercer continued: The total volume of connectors is all the more impressive when you realise that the vast majority of the eight million are not single-pole RF connectors, but complex multi-pin circular connectors in a variety of configurations.

PEI-Genesis is able to offer a 48-hour assembly service for such products because it carries a $53 million inventory of connector piece-parts and uses in-house developed machines to automate assembly processes wherever possible.

While the lions share of production still takes place in the USA to serve PEIs customer base there, the fastest growth is being seen in Europe. In the last 12 months, the European assembly facility reached a total output of 664,797 connectors, arising from 28,906 works orders covering 9,849 different part numbers.

To support this continued expansion, last year PEI-Genesis relocated its European assembly facility to new premises adjacent to Southampton airport. Providing a total floor space of 65,000ft, the new premises are more than three times larger than the companys previous building and provide over eight times the stocking capacity. The company has also taken the opportunity to double its assembly capability in terms of equipment and machines.

The new premises have enabled PEI-Genesis to offer additional product lines and new value-added services. One of the most recent products to be added is ITTs range of D-subminiature connectors, which are available in an array of different types and styles.

These RoHS compliant connectors can be specified in standard configurations ranging from nine to 104 ways or with a combination of power and signal contacts to meet specific requirements.

Manufactured to a standard which is said to ensure optimum performance and reliability, the connectors are available with turned or stamped-and-formed contacts in crimped, solder bucket, insulation displacement, wire-wrap and press-fit styles.

In addition to general-purpose commercial products, the ITT D-subminiature range includes filtered versions for applications requiring EMI/RFI protection, corrosion-resistant stainless-steel versions designed to withstand harsh environments and high-spec hermetically sealed MIL-DTL-24308 connectors for use in military and aerospace systems.