New warehouse doubles distribution capacity

In order to streamline stock holding and logistics and to accommodate rapid business growth, Transonics is relocating its European warehouse operation from London to a new 12,000ft² warehouse located in Leicester. Not only will this organise stock holding, with 100M components in stock across 13,000 product lines, it will house the company’s Lewmax programming operation … Read more

Agility is the key to future CEM success

Despite industry and global economic challenges, confidence remains high in the UK contract electronics manufacturing sector, according to a survey carried out by CEM, Texcel Technology, during October 2011. Over 1,600 companies were questioned about the last 12 months of trading and their views on the coming 12 months. The vast majority had experienced a … Read more

PCB design software gets new spark

RS Components (RS) has unveiled version three of its free PCB design software, DesignSpark PCB. The latest version is available for download at The latest version of DesignSpark PCB provides extra functionality and enables the software to be used with Spice simulation tools from several manufacturers. Version three also includes enhancements such as component … Read more

Agreement boosts enclosure availability

Rapid Electronics has signed a key distribution agreement with CamdenBoss to supply its terminal blocks, DIN rail, plastic and metal enclosures. With the addition of Boss’s ABS and metal enclosures, racks and cabinets, Rapid offers availability from stock of over 350 CamdenBoss products and short lead times for more than 800 additional lines. Product marketing … Read more

Perfect timing

Premier Farnell’s global franchise agreement with Fox Electronics adds over 200 new frequency controller products, available for next day delivery. Customers of Farnell, Newark/element14 and element14 will now have access to Fox Electronics’ full line of crystals, oscillators, TCXOs and VCXOs, as well as Fox’s configurable XpressO crystal oscillator. XpressOs XOs and VCXOs come in … Read more

Filling the gap on thermal management

Mouser Electronics has announced a global distribution agreement with developer and manufacturer of thermal management materials, The Bergquist Company. Under the new agreement, Mouser will distribute Bergquist’s portfolio of thermal management materials, which includes Sil-Pad, thermally conductive insulators and various speciality materials, plus Gap Pad, gap filling materials, phase change materials and Bond-Ply. Bergquist also … Read more

Agreement expands IC offering

Digi-Key customers worldwide now have access to Clare semiconductor products including high-voltage integrated circuits (ICs) and optically isolated solid state relays for the communication, industrial, power and consumer markets. Digi-Key’s vice president of semiconductors, Mark Zack, said: “We are excited to expand our distribution agreement with Clare. With its strong offering in high voltage, analogue … Read more

Apprenticeships plug skills gap

Newbridge-based contract electronics manufacturer, Axiom Manufacturing Services, has launched a new apprenticeship programme offering young people in the area employment opportunities in manufacturing. Alex Lewis, 20, from Tonypandy and Shawn Philips, 22, from Aberdare join the 185 strong team as the company’s first two recruits, following a rigorous selection process. The apprenticeship programme will not … Read more

Bringing home the business

A contract with component distributor, Anglia Components, has helped UK EMS provider, United EMS, to win a high volume electronics manufacturing contract against Chinese competition, bringing it back to the UK. Director and co-owner of United EMS, Tony McFadden, said: “This is a great story for the UK electronics industry. Working in partnership with a … Read more

Tomorrow’s technology, available today

Simply put, Mouser stocks and ships same day, the newest products for purchasers working on the newest designs As an engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, Mouser Electronics aims to provide rapid introduction of the newest products and innovative technologies from more than 450 leading suppliers. The company concentrates its services … Read more

Kontron extends 3U CompactPCI board line

Kontron has released a standard air-cooled version of the Kontron 3U CompactPCI processor board CP3002 based on the latest Intel Corei7 mobile processor technology and Intel Platform Controller Hub QM57. Providing low power consumption, low heat dissipation and integrated graphics, the fanless Kontron CP3002 is aimed at standard application environments with forced airflow. The newest … Read more

Mini-PCIe board eases embedded, portable military designs

The MIL-STD-1553 Mini-PCIe board from Data Device Corp. (DDC) enables a dual redundant MIL-STD-1553 channel to be easily added to any small embedded system, rugged laptop, or rugged tablet computer. The Mini-PCI-e BU-65586H1 board can save users months of design and qualification efforts by providing a quick way to add MIL-STD-1553 to applications that … Read more