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Purchasing ‘super-cycle’

Future Electronics’ corporate VP, Karim Yasmine reflects on the factors that drove the industry to record levels and what to expect in the next phase of the market’s ‘super-cycle’. As opposed to prior market allocations, this round has lasted for four to five quarters, with strong indications it will remain until July 2022. 2021 was driven by a perfect storm…

$100 million component inventory

PEI-Genesis UK’s senior VP and MD Europe, Jonathan Parry, suggests it will take some considerable time for the global value chain to re-establish demand/supply equilibrium. The demand/supply imbalance applies to all markets and all countries. Whether you are looking for a new car, additional labour or shipping containers from the Far East, all are in short supply, driving prices higher…

Stabilising critical pricing

Charcroft’s Debbie Rowland emphasises that talking matters. Talking to customers can allow new solutions to be developed, including stabilising critical pricing for up to eight years. Industry is moving so fast customers need real help steering their way through lead-times and allocations. Past shortages were resolved quickly as facilities ramped capacity. This time shortages are not a quick flash, lasting…

Power cuts amplify supply issues

In this article, Midas Displays’ sales manager, Mark Lovick, explains some of the reasons why lead times/prices are increasing and when to expect some stability. It is clear to Midas Displays that the electronics supply chain will continue to suffer from increased prices/lead times, due to rising demand and supply shortages, throughout 2022. Regarding ICs, there is currently extremely high…

Customer confidence is high

  G English Electronics’ MD, David English, explores the causes of current supply chain problems, while remaining upbeat regarding customer confidence and innovation. The pandemic has shocked the global supply chain and impacted UK electronics manufacturing. Gelec can see that disruption will likely continue into 2022 and expects its impact may be felt into 2023. Historically, this industry has experienced…

Lessons learned

Fusion Worldwide’s President, Tobey Gonnerman, offers lessons for future-proofing the supply chain. COVID-19 challenged the global supply chain but has offered a few lessons we can take note of to future-proof our manufacturing, packaging and distribution processes moving forward. These lessons include globalization, strategic partnerships and diversifying your AVL. While consolidating all manufacturing to one geographic location may have worked…

ODU toolmaking is put to the test

For the first time, ODU GmbH & Co. KG took part in the 2021 German industry competition “Excellence in Production” and was one of the top finalists  – something to be proud of. For 18 years, the WZL machine tool laboratory at RWTH Aachen University and the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology have presented the best tool and mould manufacturers…

Manufacturers explore alternative components at unprecedented rate

NewPower explains a critical skill in today’s market is finding alternative parts, often last minute, when normal distribution channels fail. The global component shortage has made it almost impossible for manufacturers to find the components they need on a timeline to meet their production demands. Sophisticated manufacturers have augmented many pre-pandemic policies and are now deploying more aggressive tactics to…

Streamline supply chains where possible

  Rebound Electronics’ COO, Stefan Mason, emphasises that supply chain visibility is more important than ever The past two years have been marred by the unprecedented disruption caused by a perfect storm of component shortages, trade wars and coronavirus pandemic. This disruption has significantly decreased availability and increased lead times for many products, which can be damaging to manufacturing businesses….

Long-term changes ahead

  Sourceability’s founder and CEO, Jens Gamperl, predicts a rapid rise of AI, automation and machine learning to provide a more integrated and transparent supply chain As our supply chain becomes increasingly unstable, I’m foreseeing a rise in digital solutions and AI. We have already seen surging interest in digital solutions, like Sourcengine.com, due to procurement teams scrambling to find alternative…

2022: output catches demand

  Jauch’s managing director, Nicholas Ribton, encourages buyers to take advantage of UK-based buffer/pipeline inventory when available  I believe the first six-months of 2022 will be similar to what we have experienced in 2021 as the industry looks for a stable supply chain. At Jauch and in the wider industry, order books are full throughout 2022 as a minimum. If…

Solutions to overcome the compliance and regulatory issues of software development for medical devices

Medical devices are becoming increasingly complex with rapid advancements of their software and Artificial Intelligence (AI) acting as a smarter ‘brain’ behind their hardware. The advancements of medical device software and a new clause from the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) has seen the industry face increased regulatory scrutiny and caused unique challenges such as, different regulatory demands across countries, ever-changing…

Wifi 6E Speeds up Your Internet Experience

Wifi 6 is the next-generation wireless standard for internet connectivity. Launched last 2019, it was a considerable upgrade from Wifi 5 with little to no effect no matter the device being used. This is good news to all internet users whether you are in the office or at the comforts of your home. Wifi 6 and Wifi 6E are significant…

Investing in inventory and new products

  Mouser Electronics’ senior VP of products, Jeff Newell, states that inventory and selection are key in times of shortages and allocation Look for supply chain instability to persist short term. However, there are reasons for optimism and confidence looking forward to 2022 and beyond. The industry outlook shows robust demand for components, particularly in the data, communication and transportation…

Mitigating supply chain risks

  Astute Group’s sales and marketing director, Mark Shanley, advises buyers to seek support and guidance from a forward-thinking, trusted partner 2021 has challenged the electronics industry like never before with no end in sight. Lead times will continue to increase over the next two quarters as shortages begin to impact telecoms, which avoided the initial impact due to their…

Confidence and trust

Digi-Key Electronics’ president, Dave Doherty, reveals his predictions for the electronics supply chain in 2022 If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that the market can be more unpredictable than anyone ever thought. Using the past as a predictor of the future, the 35-years I’ve spent in the electronic component distribution industry have taught me that this…

The canny prosper in a booming market

  Forward thinking is key to navigating a difficult supply chain and exploiting strong demand says Anglia Components’ CEO, Steve Rawlins The market is booming and customers are seeing strong demand. Yet, this demand is difficult to fulfil because of an exceptionally difficult supply chain—a situation that is unprecedented in my experience. There is inventory in the supply chain, but…

Unsnarling America’s supply lines

In this article, John Denslinger investigates the scope of work required to unsnarl America’s supply lines, covering causal, flow and macro-economic factors. After years of stellar operational performance applying lean manufacturing and efficient JIT techniques, America’s supply lines have broken down. This isn’t to say lean and JIT are the cause, but rather highlight the need to stretch the scope…

RJ45 patch cables for industrial applications

The Phoenix Contact portfolio now includes the new RJ45 patch cables for industrial applications. The RJ45 INDUSTRIAL patch cable series enables data speeds of up to 10 Gbps in accordance with CAT5 and CAT6A and is particularly suitable for Industrial Ethernet and PROFINET environments. The connectors with a uniform look and feel feature high-quality overmolding and a protected locking clip…

10 MILLION MATING CYCLES WITH GAME-CHANGING QUICK-CHANGE HEAD

Save time and money! In areas with a high degree of automation and short cycle times, speed is of the essence. With maximum failure protection and numerous transmission variants, the ODU-MAC® Silver-Line is specifially designed for automatic docking. Now, with the addition of a quick-change head, this connector range also becomes a potential game-changer. With the ODU-MAC® quick-change head, you…

Component cost and demand in the 2020s

TTI SVP business development, president Exponential Technology Group, Michael Knight states that how things have worked in the past are not how things will work going forward. Q: How have component prices moved over the last ten years and are you seeing price increases driven by extending lead-times and shortages? A: Generally, prices have deflated over the past decade. The…

Emergency-Stop Switch Configurator to help engineers and designers

EAO offers a new Emergency-Stop Switch Configurator to help engineers and designers intuitively configure and purchase modular products that meet their individual requirements. EAO’s globally-certified emergency stop switches can be constructed from a wide range of components and configured in a variety of ways to ensure they meet the specific requirements of various industries and applications. However, this flexibility can…

Semiconductor shortages in automotive will ease in 2022

Chipmakers are adding production capacity and demand is expected to weaken which will lead to improved supply conditions for semiconductor purchasers. Electronics purchasers in the auto industry can expect shortages of microcontrollers, MOSFETs and a range of other chips used in automotive systems to continue until the second half of next year and maybe longer. While integrated device manufacturers (IDMs)…

Distributors expand warehouse facilities, enhance web capabilities

Electronics distributors are enlarging distribution facilities or building new ones to attract new customers and better serve existing ones. Many electronics distributors are adding warehouse space, investing in automation equipment and enhancing their website capabilities to make it easier for buyers and engineers to find and purchase components. While there are allocations or long lead times for a wide range…

Force that binds innovation together

In this article, Electronics Sourcing’s editor, Jon Barrett, explores the concept of innovation and discovers a new UK-based service designed to underpin the process. As a product designer I have had the great fortune of playing a role in many engineering projects which could be described as innovative. For example, I once worked for a robotics company which specialised in…

Streamline supply chain administration

Mouser Electronics’ Mark Patrick, explains how the company’s order automation capabilities help buyers manage their supply chain process. Commerce today is increasingly conducted electronically. Connecting business-to-business buyer and supplier enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications can significantly streamline financial, procurement and supply chain processes. ERP systems represent the organisational hub of any modern purchasing company. Connecting trading partners electronically removes the…

Swindon manufacturer announces net zero ambitions

As the COP26 climate conference reaches its midway point, a Swindon manufacturing firm has unveiled its own ambitions to reduce its carbon emissions and reach net zero. For the past 42 years, IEW – Industrial Electronic Wiring Ltd – has been producing bespoke power cables, PCB’s and box builds for complex technology led machines, from its base in Swindon. But…

Shortages: a good problem to have

ECIA president and CEO, David Loftus, reminds buyers that the current shortage problems, which will subside, are less damaging than the pandemic’s original dire predictions Supply chain professionals’ searing memory of 2021 will be their efforts dealing with shortages. The frantic exercise to secure components and overcome shipping bottlenecks has been the everyday, often 18-hours per day, headache for millions…

Supply chain perfect storm

Lansdale Semiconductor’s president, R Dale Lillard, reminds readers that in today’s uncertain world, JIT manufacturing will need re-tooling to provide sufficient redundancy Since the 1980s manufacturers have enjoyed years of just-in-time manufacturing using outside suppliers. This let them reduce inventories and shorten cycle times for improved quality. They also discontinued vertical integration of their supply chain leaving them vulnerable to…

Keeping production lines moving

Avnet’s VP of Operations and Supply Chain, Richard Diaz, explains how the company is leveraging 100-years’ experience to help customers navigate risk Q.Lead times and component availability are key concerns for ESNA’s readers. What is Avnet’s strategy for managing lead times and ensuring OEMs and EMS keep their production lines running? Some of Avnet’s strengths in this area are our…

Electronic Component show, date announced

Important date for readers’ diaries. In six months, the Electronic Component Show takes place on 19 May 2022 at the Kassam Stadium, home to Oxford United Football Club The event offers Electronics Sourcing’s readers an ideal opportunity to meet over 80 component suppliers and service providers for electronic design, purchasing and production requirements. In addition to the exhibition area, a…

Car sector in crisis

Company Debt director, Simon Renshaw, reflects on how semiconductor shortages are impacting the automotive industry and causing a ripple across associated sectors   A global microchip shortage is having a huge impact on the motor manufacturing sector, with many leading brands experiencing production delays. For example, in the UK, new car registrations for July were the lowest since 1998, down…

Connector products

Fast, secure connections  Cliff Electronics is offering a range of single-pole spring terminals designed to provide simple, fast and reliable connections. Applications include professional and consumer audio systems, test/measurement instruments, power supplies, industrial equipment and pyrotechnic installations.  Terminal spindles and mounting hardware are manufactured from solid brass and nickel-plated. Plastic parts are moulded from glass reinforced nylon or polypropylene and…

Why manufacturers need to rethink supply chain practices

Tanaka Precious Metals’ vice president, William Crockett, argues that manufacturers need to pivot their supply chain management in the face of chip shortages We’re 18 months into the Covid-19 pandemic and almost no part of the semiconductor supply chain has returned to any semblance of ‘normal’. In fact, the supply chain remains in crisis mode—and it’s hurting manufacturers desperate to…

Finding the right CEM partner

In this article Esprit Electronics helps OEMs understand the benefits of a CEM partnership and appreciate the differences between UK based CEMs Whether an OEM is looking to out-source for the first time, change partners or dual-source, it is essential to get the decision right following careful consideration. Read on to discover the four key  benefits of working with a…

Sourcing enclosures that perform without compromise

BEC Group’s sales and new business manager, Holly Cummins, encourages readers to investigate the benefits of bespoke plastic injection moulded enclosures The first port of call for electronics enclosures is usually standard project boxes. Although these provide a quick, low-cost solution they always involve a compromise: shape, size, colour, IP ratings, specifications of flame retardancy, hole pitching for fixings, the…

ODU Connectors Expands their Product Finder portal with sample offer

The ODU Product Finder portal provides a simple-to-use down-select guide to ODU connectors. Design engineers, quality managers, project managers, procurement staff and all enablers are able to benefit from the ability to get specific technical information including CAD-files, 3-D STP images and to request a quote. Now, a ‘free sample‘ option has been added, so as to speed-up the decision-making…

How do OEMs choose the right CEM?

In this article Peter Shawyer guides OEMS through the process of matching their organisations to their ideal CEM partner Over two hundred CEMs operate in the UK, delivering more than £2.3 billion of electronic products. The terms CEM (contract electronics manufacturer) and EMS (electronic manufacturing services) are interchangeable and used to describe organisations that provide outsourced manufacturing services to OEMs…

How do OEMs choose the right CEM?

In this article Peter Shawyer guides OEMS through the process of matching their organisations to their ideal CEM partner Over two hundred CEMs operate in the UK, delivering more than £2.3 billion of electronic products. The terms CEM (contract electronics manufacturer) and EMS (electronic manufacturing services) are interchangeable and used to describe organisations that provide outsourced manufacturing services to OEMs…

Lean systems improve purchasing processes

Incap Electronics UK’s technical director, Dave Elms, shares how the company is enhancing its material in-feed, storage and kitting processes The rapidly changing business environment over the last 18-months has encouraged companies to constantly review their processes, aiming for a lean journey that improves the overall material receiving, storing and kitting operations, resulting in a more efficient, flexible and agile…

Unite around a collaborative supply chain

FermionX’ supply chain manager, Dan Haines, highlights how opportunistic the distribution marketplace has become and then offers solutions Component prices have risen dramatically over the last 12-months. Increasing demand and lack of availability has led many distributors to increase prices accordingly, knowing many manufacturers have no choice but to pay.  But how honest are these distributors being? A new trend…

Seven steps to specifying metal enclosures

  Manufacturers can specify fully customised aluminium enclosures in very small batches. Read on to discover how Step 1: What is the enclosure for? Consult a specialist enclosure manufacturer early in the design process to discuss the application and explore options which saves time, budget and stress. The following summarises the main options. Nineteen inch racks and enclosures comprise standardised…

Force that binds innovation together

.      In this article, Electronics Sourcing’s editor, Jon Barrett, explores the concept of innovation and discovers a new UK-based service designed to underpin the process As a product designer I have had the great fortune of playing a role in many engineering projects which could be described as innovative. For example, I once worked for a robotics company which…

Why manufacturers need to rethink supply chain practices

Tanaka Precious Metals’ vice president, William Crockett, argues that manufacturers need to pivot their supply chain management in the face of chip shortages. We’re 18 months into the Covid-19 pandemic and almost no part of the semiconductor supply chain has returned to any semblance of ‘normal’. In fact, the supply chain remains in crisis mode—and it’s hurting manufacturers desperate to…

NAND flash memory market soars as demand rises

NAND flash revenue will break an all-time record this year. Despite an expected 1 per cent decline in average selling prices, the global NAND flash memory market will post strong sales growth and NAND revenue will grow 22 per cent to $67.1 billion in 2021 as unit shipments increase 23 per cent, according to researcher IC Insights. In 2020, unit…

Crystal and oscillator supply disrupted too

In this article, Dove Electronic Components explains how the crystal and oscillator market has been impacted by issues ranging from the pandemic to factory fires. Dove Electronic Components has never seen anything like this market in its 38-years. As a pioneer of distribution-based sales of frequency control products, the company has seen a lot in its four decades in business….

Toshiba release new 40V/2.0A constant current stepper motor driver IC

Latest device operates without an external sense resistor and is integrated in the newly launched Stepper 17 Click board™ from Mikroe. Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH (“Toshiba”) has extended its lineup of stepping motor driver ICs with a new product that is capable of constant current motor control without the need for an external current sense resistor. The new TB67S539FTG is…

Central Semiconductor’s Zero Temperature Coefficient (ZTC) CDCLD Series Current Limiting Diodes

 Hauppauge, NY USA – October 12, 2021 – Central Semiconductor Corp., a leading manufacturer of innovative discrete semiconductor solutions, introduces its new line of Zero Temperature Coefficient (ZTC) current limiting diodes (CLDs) packaged in the DPAK case. The new CDCLD series of devices is designed to meet designers’ requirements to maintain a constant current over a wide voltage range, with…

Breathing life into obsolete medical device designs

Rochester Electronics’ technical sales manager EMEA, Ken Greenwood, provides a step-by-step guide to managing obsolescence in medical environments. Biomedical devices are categorized in terms of risk to the patient. Class I devices with low/moderate risk to health; Class II intermediate risk equipment such as Ultra/CT scanners; and Class III/IV devices critical to sustaining life such as dialysis equipment and pacemakers….

Semiconductor distributors see strong demand, higher sales

Integrated circuit and discrete semiconductor revenue growth for distributors may top 25 per cent in 2021. Distributors that specialize in semiconductors or derive a large percentage of their revenue from sales of integrated circuits and discretes are posting strong revenue growth in 2021 and some may post record chip revenue. Demand for semiconductors is robust across a wide range of…

Genset housing hardware from EMKA

EMKA engineers have developed a package of proven enclosure hardware with style and quality to compliment all sizes of electrical generators for basement or rooftop installation. Genset packages are often installed in harsh outdoor environments but are required to be reliable and resistant to these arduous conditions for extended lifetimes – EMKA locks, handles, hinges, gasket and accessories support this…

Smith Opens Office in Berlin

Smith, a global distributor of electronic components and semiconductors, today announces the opening of its sales office in Berlin, Germany. This new office will closely support local customers in the burgeoning German tech market and expand Smith’s European footprint. The Berlin office is the second of the distributor’s locations in Germany, following the 2017 opening of Smith’s Munich office. The…

Exhibiting again at the Engineering Design Show with new medical products

Medical equipment manufacturers are increasingly turning to ODU, to provide specific solutions to their ever-tightening technical requirements. For instance, the ODU MINI-SNAP® portfolio now includes inserts that are specifically designed to comply with the levels of user and patient protection prescribed in the IEC Standard IEC 60601-1 (2 MOOP / 2 MOPP) – making them the first choice for anyone…

Exploring the post-pandemic connector market

PEI-Genesis’ European director of product and purchasing, Shaun Findley, discusses why, despite pandemic disruption, the interconnects industry is seeing rising demand Electrical connector orders were up 71.5 per cent in April 2021 compared to a 19.4 per cent decrease in 2020, according to recent data from Bishop & Associates. The same study showed that sales were up 43.4 per cent…

Unlocking the value of a PCB VAR

Fineline’s MD, Clive Wall, steps readers through the process of choosing a PCB VAR 2021 began with a challenging PCB supply chain: increasing costs and lead-times; material/capacity concerns; and freight disruptions. In turbulent times, customers can benefit from working with a value added reseller (VAR). These businesses enhance products through their services and customers have access to their supply chain…

Get to know your PCB manufacturer

Cambridge Circuit Company’s MD, Mark Sanford, offers buyers a guide to PCB sourcing How have PCBs advanced over recent years and what innovations are expected in coming years?  When the Cambridge Circuit Company started manufacturing PCBs in 1986, the PCBs produced were very basic compared to today’s modern products which have far greater capabilities. Back then, production was predominantly single…

Easing fuseholder assembly

Schurter proposes an alternative to mixing SMT and THT components on a printed circuit board Small surface mount devices (SMD) result from the progressive miniaturisation of electronic components and, unlike through-hole parts, surface mount devices are soldered directly to the PCB’s surface. However, surface mounting components is not always suitable. For example, transformers may be too heavy and fuses may…

EMC Products

EMC filter suits machinery and robotics Schaffner has introduced the FN3271 filter which is designed to offer a compact, lightweight solution requiring minimum mounting space. With enhanced performance the filter suits EMC challenges where impedance at the connection to the noise source is high (>100ohm). Industrial applications include variable speed electrical power drive systems, motor drives and systems containing frequency…

Splice and go

In this article, Antistat explains how tape splicing prevents manufacturing interruptions when reel counts don’t match production requirements  Tape splicing lets users join two reels of components together, reducing the need to stop and reload machine feeders. Antistat’s splice tools, shims, tape extenders and connectors are designed to provide seamless reel-to-reel splicing. Tools suit paper and plastic component tapes. The…

50-years of technically driven component distribution

As Solid State Supplies celebrates its 50th Anniversary, founder Gordon Comben and former director Bill Marsh take a trip down memory lane, while MD John Macmichael discusses the future How did it all start?  Gordon: I was rushed off my feet as director of European operations at International Rectifier. It was a good company but I wanted to work for…

ECS 2022: dates and venue announced

MMG Publishing encourages readers to spend a day at the inaugural Electronic Component Show where they can meet upwards of 100 electronics suppliers Following the postponement of the inaugural Electronic Component Show in 2020, MMG Publishing is pleased to announce that ECS 2022 will take place on Thursday 19 May 2022 at the Kassam Stadium, home of Oxford United football…

Simplify safe signal transmission in sensor-actuator applications

Field-wireable M8 signal cable connectors from binder support efficient and reliable installations in sensor and actuator applications. Featuring snap-in quick locking and now offered with 3 to 6 pins, they prove themselves in industrial applications that require reliable signal transmission and are subject to installation space constraints. binder, a leading manufacturer of industrial circular connectors, is adding further straight overmoulded…

Additive manufacturing: a sourcing solution

This month John Denslinger looks at the growing influence of 3D printed components in the manufacturing supply chain. Across the industrial spectrum, sourcing 3D printed components is on an upward trend. Once relegated to single-use jigs, fixtures and the occasional prototype builds, it’s now a viable sourcing option for end-use functionality. From the beginning, the pandemic created troublesome gaps in…

Central Semiconductor’s New CAK3 & CAK6 Series 5G Transient Voltage Suppressors

Central Semiconductor Corp., a leading manufacturer of innovative discrete semiconductor solutions, introduces its CAK3-012C & CAK6-042C series of 5G bi-directional transient voltage suppressors (TVS). These TVS devices are designed to meet designers’ requirements for protection of voltage sensitive components from high energy transients that are most directly associated with lightning strikes and inductive load switching. Manufactured with glass passivated chips…

Gresham Power Electronics Expands its Portfolio to Meet Increasing Market Demand for Bespoke Power Solutions

GRESHAM Power Electronics announces plans to expand its business operations, offering ultra-reliable, bespoke power solutions for marine and land defence, commercial rail and other critical applications.     As militaries around the globe race to provide next generation capabilities in weapons control, situational awareness, electronic warfare and countermeasures to operate in increasingly complex threat environments, Gresham Power looks to meet increasing…

Achieving supply chain resilience with connected tracking

Molex’ chief supply chain officer, Don Hnatyshin, explores the potential of smart labels in developing resilient, flexible and transparent supply chains. Same-day deliveries and step-by-step parcel tracking are today’s norm and with it comes expectations for greater responsiveness and proactive communication within a supply chain. The electronics supply chain is no exception. Customers expect a business-to-consumer experience in a business-to-business…

Roger Tall appointed as Director by Charcroft Electronics

Charcroft Electronics Ltd. – a specialist distributor and manufacturer of electronic components – has appointed Roger Tall as Director, after seven years with Charcroft as Business Development Manager, Product Specialist and Sales Manager. “Roger Tall has helped to steer our customers through the unusual times that the industry has experienced recently,” explains Paul Newman, Managing Director. “The significant technical expertise…

Bipartisan infrastructure bill and record silicon shipments

IPC president and CEO, John Mitchell, has issued the following statement on the expected passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the US Senate: “Electronics manufacturers welcome the prospect of historic infrastructure investments in America’s roads, ports, electric grids, and digital networks. Our members’ supply chains depend on modern, resilient infrastructure and in today’s high-tech world America’s infrastructure depends on…

Planning for and minimizing EOL costs

Rochester Electronics’ technical sales manager EMEA, Ken Greenwood, steps readers through the process of planning for component end-of-life The electronic component product lifecycle—or time between market introduction and end-of-life (EOL)—is getting shorter. For manufactured products with lifecycles extending far beyond the active availability of devices, long-term component availability is vital. Manufacturers need to ensure a reliable source is in place,…

Electronic connector segment: mid-year check

ECCO’s president, Bernard Gizzi, looks at factors and trends impacting the interconnect product segment and offers tips for staying ahead of the market During 2020 most of us would not have predicted the wild swings in the electronic components industry that were to come, with the connector segment—usually a trailing indicator—languishing in slow bookings and unknown forecasts. How times have…

Fifty years of business, one enduring legacy

Mike Morton, CEO of TTI, Inc., reflects on the company’s 50th anniversary and how hard work grew a small business into a global industry stalwart Over a span of 50 years, Paul Andrews built TTI on hard work, strong partnerships and a simple axiom: Do what you say you’ll do. We were heartbroken when Paul passed away unexpectedly in February,…

Better Together: Co-Located Trade Shows for the manufacturing and engineering sector

Nineteen Group, and Rapid News Group are pleased to announce a 3-year partnership to collocate their UK manufacturing and engineering events. The new collaboration will see Automechanika Birmingham, Design Engineering Expo, Engineering Expo, Manufacturing Expo, Med-Tech Innovation Expo, and TCT 3Sixty come together at the NEC Birmingham. The launch edition will take place for the first time from 8-9 June…

Passive products

High current power inductors suit automotive circuits  TDK’s new HPL505032F1 power inductors enable level 5 ADAS applications for cameras by offering high-current and low-inductance for power circuits in central and graphic processing units, such as advanced driver-assistance systems.  The products achieve their efficiency by adopting a low-resistance frame for the highly permeable and low-loss ferrite made of high BS material…

Beat shortages with a diversified supplier base

NewPower Worldwide explains how manufacturers are overcoming component shortages by partnering with distributors who have access to multiple supply routes There’s no denying the global electronics industry is facing all-out shortages. Supply chains have always been relatively volatile and susceptible to bottlenecks but the pandemic has created new challenges resulting in unexpectedly high demand coinciding with shortages. Product availability has…

Littelfuse CPC1596 Optically Isolated Load-Biased Gate Driver Eliminates the Need for External Power Supply

Littelfuse, Inc. an industrial technology manufacturing company empowering a sustainable, connected, and safer world, today announced the first high-voltage optically-isolated MOSFET gate driver on the market that requires no external power supply, yet can provide fast load turn-on speeds in the order of tens of microseconds. The CPC1596 570V Optically Isolated Load-Biased Gate Driver is ideal for use in a…

Connectors Sales Rose 30.7%, Semi Sales Up 24.7% in May

Ron Bishop of Bishop & Associates, contributor to TTI, Inc.’s MarketEYE Resource Center, details regional and global sales of connectors versus semiconductors and details potential challenges to the market The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) reported May sales of $43.6 billion, up 24.7 percent from the prior year, and up 4.2 percent sequentially.  Regionally for May, the SIA reported that sales…

Confident sourcing of genuine components

Electronics Sourcing invited Victor Meijers of TrustedParts.com to update readers on its latest features and functions designed to help purchasing professionals source genuine parts Q. Why is it so important to TrustedParts.com that buyers get genuine parts from only authorized sources? A. When inventory aggregation sites first emerged, no distinction was made between authorized distributors and non-authorized sources. This opened…

Interconnect: where next?

CarlisleIT’s director of product management, Jeff Behlendorf, discusses major developments impacting the interconnect sector What trends are driving the interconnect sector?    We see a focus across all markets on increased connection density and reduced weight. This can be smaller packages for connectors overall or ways to get more signals and power into a smaller space. To add to this…

Plan, plan, plan.

Following 18-months of turbulence, FermionX’ commercial director, Will Patrick, is confident UK manufacturing industry will bounce back, more agile and flexible than ever. There’s no denying, it’s been a tough 18-months. As an industry, we have navigated our way through Brexit, a global pandemic and are now experiencing unprecedented component shortages. Like many British businesses, FermionX’ had to adapt quickly….

Solving global supply chain challenges

Incap Electronics UK’s managing director, Jamie Maughan, is confident that open communication is key to maintaining customer relations during unpredictable times.  The pandemic and challenges in component availability have impacted the global EMS supply chain. In this article, Incap Electronics UK shares guidance on how to tackle these challenges. Incap Electronics UK’s managing director, Jamie Maughan, recognizes that while 2020…

Customising capacitors in the UK

Charcroft’s Debbie Rowland explains how UK design and manufacture of custom capacitors and assemblies simplifies procurement for audio, rail and industrial Customisation is a valuable engineering option to meet high component specifications or to fit a new/legacy footprint. For buyers, customisation carried out in the UK can make sourcing faster and simplify procurement paperwork. One of the problems with sourcing…

RACM1200-V Series

The RECOM RACM1200-V series is setting a new benchmark for compactness in the class of AC power supplies for reliable fan-less operation supporting long term system availability. A special baseplate cooled design supports heat transfer to allow up to 1000W continuous output power. Up to 1200 Watt output power is available for up to 10 seconds and in boost mode…

Standardization helps shorten lead times

Electronics Sourcing asked EAO’s VP sales, HMI Components, Joe Torzillo, for an overview of the switch supply chain and innovative product developments. Q) How is the switches supply chain holding up regarding deliveries, lead-times, raw materials and suppliers? Increasing standardization makes it easier to manage the supply chains today. This leads to better raw material management and availability and, as…

Welcome to the virtual factory

Nano Electronic Services’ virtual factory concept is designed to save customers time, money and aggravation ‘Time is money’ is an aphorism that originated in a 1748 Benjamin Franklin essay Advice to a Young Tradesman and it remains valid today. In many engineering companies, people wear multiple hats and perform a number of repeat tasks. By removing some of this repetition, it allows…

British manufacturing: a roller coaster ride

Texcel explains how its investment in people, relationships, software and machinery is helping it navigate today’s everchanging market  UK manufacturers are on a roller coaster ride right now, with numerous ups and downs. The good news is the outlook for British manufacturing is extremely good with record increases in output in 2021. The challenges are predominantly supply chain related, due…

Best of British Products

Miniature encoder ideal for computer accessories TT Electronics has added three new product families and three series expansions to its variable resistor portfolio. Additions include one new encoder series and two new single turn potentiometer families, along with the broadening of three existing potentiometer families. These new products are ideal for rugged industrial applications such as welding equipment and machine…

Effective ways to combat ESD

Farnell product manager, James Plant, explains how to create an ESD-safe environment where sensitive devices are protected from damage Anyone using, handling, storing or transporting electronic components will know that potential damage from electrostatic discharge can be a major problem. What makes the issue particularly difficult is that damage can escape detection during quality control inspections and components appear to…

Tackling component obsolescence

In this article, Vanilla Electronics introduces its process for managing component obsolescence Society is living through a time of rapid change and development, where products are superseded as quickly as they are released, sometimes without any direct or close alternative. While this is inconvenient for everyday consumer products, it can be detrimental to manufacturers producing products with long lifecycles who…

How DFM overcomes procurement challenges

Mouser Electronics’ Mark Patrick explains how DFM can address procurement challenges generated by the conventional design process A design for manufacture (DFM) strategy aims to deliver a product that is easy to make. To achieve success, communication between engineering, purchasing and production teams is vital. Documenting the design and manufacturing guidelines also helps reduce BoM cost and overcomes potential challenges…

Meet suppliers, be inspired

In a post-pandemic, post-Brexit world, UK manufacturing’s importance is being underpinned by a new event designed to showcase engineering excellence Manufacturing & Engineering Week (M&E Week) takes place 6 to 10 June 2022 at the NEC. The exhibition is designed to provide a dynamic, interactive series of virtual and live events over five days showcasing end-to-end manufacturing and engineering solutions….

EAO Extends Switch Range into Industry 4.0 Arena

New Series 84 IO-Link Touch touch-operated devices are capacitive rugged,  bright and configurable Burgess Hill, August 16th 2021 The trend towards digitisation of Human Machine Interfaces in the industrial sector is leading OEMs to adopt radically new approaches to machinery design and manufacture. At the same time, digitisation is creating an even more intensive working environment for operators of the…

8Gbps, 1/2 Lane PCIe 3.0/SATA3 Combo ReDrivers from Diodes Incorporated Support PC Industry’s Modern Standby Mode

Diodes Incorporated (Nasdaq: DIOD) has introduced the PI3EQX12902E/PI3EQX12904E to further strengthen its ReDriver™ product offering. These ReDrivers meet the Modern Standby mode requirements as outlined by Microsoft Corporation, and deliver elevated linearity and ultra-low jitter characteristics now expected in laptop, notebook, industrial PC, and embedded system designs. Operating from a 3.3V rail and in standby mode, the 1-lane PI3EQX12902E consumes…

10th time at DSEI for ODU Connectors

Once again, ODU are looking forward to exhibiting at DSEI, so as to show-off   their latest developments in military connector technology. ODU’s first major UK opportunity came back in 2002 with the Bowman C41 Tactical Comms System and they have since supplied their Advanced Military Connector Series, the ODU-AMC®, to support programmes such as Thales Squadnet Radio, Racal Acoustics Magna…

Type-C Edge mount PCB plug for increased design flexibility

GCT’s new edge mount USB Type-C Plug provides design engineers with greater options for docking solutions and plug-in external dongle devices. The USB4155 is mid-mounted to make the best use of the PCB thickness within the profile of the connector. The slim 2.9mm profile offers features on the external metal case that provide excellent EMI / RFI protection and engage…

HMIs change vehicle interaction

On behalf of Mouser Electronics, Robert Huntley explains how automotive HMIs have become part of the brand experience. When sleek and stylish touchscreens entered the automotive domain, automotive manufacturers must have smiled. The interface permits an almost infinite number of ways of presenting, configuring and controlling vehicle data and functions. What started with entertainment and navigation features in the infotainment…

Semiconductor midyear outlook: Chip revenue will rise nearly 20% in 2021

Strong revenue growth and robust demand is compelling chipmakers to add production capacity which should ease tight supply conditions later this year. The worldwide semiconductor market will increase 19.7 per cent to $527 billion in 2021 because of strong demand from multiple customer segments, limited supply and rising prices for some chips. Memory IC revenue, including NAND flash and DRAM,…

Distributors say IoT will drive sales growth opportunities

Growing use of IoT, especially in industrial applications, will result in greater component demand over the next five years. Most electronics distributors can’t pinpoint how much Internet of Things (IoT) applications are impacting component sales but most believe IoT will become a more important driver as more consumer and commercial devices and factory automation equipment become IoT capable. Much of…

Shrink your way to EMI/RFI solutions

In this article, ECCO introduces shielded conductive heat-shrink tubing as a quick, cost effective solution to electromagnetic interference or radio frequency interference problems. The proliferation of electronic circuits can be witnessed virtually everywhere from our homes to the industrialized Internet of Things found in factories, transportation, food processing equipment and medical devices. Conductive surfaces, like the wires or metallic enclosures…

How to avoid ESD damage

Newark senior product manager, Mario Noush, explains how to protect components from ESD damage during manufacturing, testing, shipping and handling. Using, handling, storing and transporting electronic components introduces the risk of electrostatic discharge damage which can escape detection during quality control inspections. Components appear to work normally, only to fail later. The solution is to adopt a range of ESD…

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