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Sourcing interconnects for harsh environments

TTI’s connectors/emech business development manager, Steve Brahosky, explains how bespoke design helps interconnects survive harsh conditions. From the factory floor to oil/ gas exploration, undersea and even space, more applications require rugged connectors when reliable performance is needed in harsh environments. With new and innovative connector solutions coming to market to address these demanding environments it is important to partner with providers who…

Specifying large handheld enclosures

Advances in machine control, robotics and automation are fuelling demand for larger handheld devices. OKW explains how to specify the right housings. Ergonomics are crucial regarding handheld electronics—and even more so when the device is larger than the human hand. The housing must be large enough to accommodate the electronics but comfortable to use for long periods. There’s a fine line…

Compact, robust and reliable

Kyocera AVX has expanded its line of single-piece card-edge connectors with the 9159-600 Series dual-row, inverted through-board card-edge connectors. The series is designed to satisfy demand for a single-piece inverted through-board solution for dual-sided PCBs. The connectors feature staggered contacts enabling double the number of positions (4–12 vs 2–6) in a similarly sized form factor, delivering space savings, cost savings…

New LEMO Product Family Portfolio Simplifies Selection Process

LEMO, a leading manufacturer of high-performance interconnect solutions, is thrilled to announce the launch of its enhanced product family portfolio aimed at simplifying the selection process for customers. With a commitment to offering over 90,000 custom solutions tailored to meet specific requirements, LEMO continuously expands its product offerings to meet evolving market demands. Designed to streamline the presentation of LEMO’s…

High power density and active balancing

Kyocera AVX’ SCM series Supercapacitor modules offer robust solutions for industrial applications requiring peak performance. The series suits high-current or industrial applications, including renewable energy generation, grid-connected storage or buffering of power peaks. Thanks to active balancing, the capacitor modules have a stable voltage level in the individual cells. They operate individually or in combination with batteries or accumulators. Either way they supply…

Practical approach to rugged TFT displays

In this case study, Relec explains how new display solutions blend durability with modern technology to improve patient interactions at first point of contact. Significant change is taking place in the dynamic environment of medical receptions. Traditional reception desks are evolving, thanks to technological advancements. Relec Electronics has introduced a range of rugged TFT displays with PCAP touch panels, designed for surgery…

GenAI workplace trends

In this article, John Denslinger acknowledges that GenAI is still at trial phase, but the trend is clear—every organization, every employee can elevate performance. ‘Knowledge is power’—Sir Francis Bacon, Philosopher and Statesman (1597). Quite certain, Sir Francis never foresaw the degree of human achievement made possible with GenAI. With a few keystroke prompts, GenAI has given ordinary people easy access…

High EMI immunity and voltage isolation

Firecomms has announced its RedLink plastic optical fiber transceivers featuring high EMI immunity and robust RF signal isolation for industrial power electronics applications. The transmitters feature a resonant cavity light emitting diode with an integrated driver IC to send 650nm red wavelength light over plug-terminated plastic optical fiber to a RedLink receiver with integrated pulse width distortion modulation circuitry and…

Record 2023 growth for European EMS market

In this article, IPC Electronics Europe presents purchasing professionals with the key takeaways from in4ma’s Annual Survey of the European EMS Industry 2024. As revealed by an annual survey conducted by in4ma and sponsored by IPC Electronics Europe, the European electronics manufacturing services (EMS) industry experienced a robust 11 percent growth last year. Printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) production by EMS companies achieved…

Accreditations mark safe way forward

Vital Electronics’ QC lead, Joe Kryza, introduces procurement professionals to best practices for navigating the complexities and risks of counterfeit electronic components. In the fast-paced, evolving world of electronics manufacturing, the integrity of electronic components stands as a foundation of product reliability and safety. However, the threat of counterfeit components looms large, posing significant challenges to manufacturers and purchasers alike. Counterfeit components…

Semiconductor supply chain, proceeding with caution

A2 Global Electronics’ CEO, Frank Cavallaro, explains to purchasing professionals how constraints and complications within the semiconductor supply chain will ripple throughout 2024. Infrastructure costs, geopolitical events, natural disasters, natural resource shortages and skills shortages are all contributing to an unsteady supply chain and likely sourcing challenges for select node sizes in coming months. Widespread adoption of AI, plus global…

TFT-LCD power supply ICs now shipping

Mouser Electronics is now shipping Nexperia’s NEX1000xUB power supply ICs. These new, space-saving, programmable, high-efficiency, dual-output LCD bias power supplies are designed for space-constrained applications, extending battery life and video display lifetime for smartphones, tablets, virtual reality (VR) headsets and LCD modules. The ICs combine an LDO regulator, integrated boost converter and negative charge pump with an integrated active output…

Time to explore, time to learn

Electronics Sourcing’s publisher, Mark Leary, starts the ball rolling on this year’s Electronic Component Show, highlighting benefits for engineers and purchasing professionals. For the third consecutive year, the Electronic Component Show (ECS) takes place at the Kassam Stadium, Oxford on Thursday 19 September 2024. Designed for engineers and supply chain professionals, this one-day event provides timely access to over 70 exhibitors…

Connecter range grows with CAT6 IDC option

Cliff Electronics has added a CAT6 insulation displacement connector (IDC) to its feed through connectors. The option provides a panel mounted ethernet (RJ45) eight-wayconnector that users can hardwire internally using the IDC contacts. Applications include ethernet networks, audio and broadcast. With the rear cover removed, connecting wires are pushed into the corresponding numbered and colour-coded slots and then terminated using…

In-stock availability of 0603 RF components

Richardson RFPD has announced the availability of a new family of RF components from TTM Technologies’ radio frequency and specialty components business unit. The 0603 family is comprised of small form factor (1.5 by 0.7mm), high-performance couplers and baluns designed to meet density and performance challenges of next generation 5G transceiver and power amplifier applications. Xinger 90deg 3dB hybrid couplers…

PCBs, supporting a more sustainable future

In this article, NCAB explains how together with its suppliers and customers the organisation wants to create a more sustainable industry with growth and profitability for all. Sustainability is a central part of NCAB Group’s way of thinking and acting. When working with customers, the company highlights the various aspects of PCBs (design, production and delivery) which can have a positive impact on sustainability….

Reliable signals at lower cost

Bulgin has recently launched a patented expanded beam fibre optic connector and cable management system. Bulgin’s associate product manager, Thisen Bird, explained: “We have successfully developed a redeployable synthetic polymer connector system that offers the same robust level of performance as traditional military standard connectors, but at a lower cost. This project shows what can be achieved when a knowledgeable…

SPECTRA DON’T LIE

This month’s counterfeit investigation from Princeps shines a spotlight on an important and effective new detection method that is becoming more and more useful. Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) is a well-established non- destructive technique for characterising materials by analysing their interaction with infrared light. Princeps’ uses FT-IR to analyse polymers used to encapsulate electronic components, either via comparison with a…

WT Microelectronics Completes Acquisition of Future Electronics

Formation of a global world-class electronic components distributor. Dual-headquartered in Taipei and Montreal WT Microelectronics Co., Ltd. (TAIEX: 3036) (“WT Microelectronics”) today announced that it has successfully completed its acquisition of Future Electronics Inc. (“Future Electronics”) for an enterprise value of US$3.8 billion. WT Microelectronics and Future Electronics are now joining forces in creating a global electronic components distribution powerhouse, dual-headquartered in Taipei and…

Ultra-low consumption load switches ready to ship

Littelfuse’s LQ050XX integrated load switch ICs are designed to offer industry’s highest performance with ultra-low power consumption. They are engineered to reduce parasitic leakage currents, improve system efficiency and extend battery life. Applications include wearables, smart homes, IoT devices, virtual reality, smart metering and medical devices. The ICs are available in housing sizes ranging from 0.77 by 0.77 by 0.46mm to…

Interstate Connecting Components (ICC) Features OTTO Controls’ P6 Series Sealed Limit Switches for Military and Aerospace Applications

Ruggedized switches comply with MIL-PRF-8805 sealing. Interstate Connecting Components (ICC), a division of Heilind Mil-Aero, and a premier distributor of military and aerospace interconnects features the P6 Series sealed limit switches from OTTO Controls. The P6 Series sealed limit switches, known for their robustness and reliability, are designed to meet the stringent requirements of MIL-PRF-8805. These switches are engineered for…

Infineon and Amkor deepen partnership and strengthen European supply chain for semiconductor solutions

Infineon Technologies AG (FSE: IFX / OTCQX: IFNNY), a leader in power systems and IoT, is strengthening its outsourced backend manufacturing footprint in Europe and announced a multi-year partnership with Amkor Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq: AMKR), a leading provider of semiconductor packaging and test services. Both companies have agreed on operating a dedicated packaging and test center at Amkor’s manufacturing site…

DISPLAY VISIONS: Display module for PLC

Compact Modbus indicator. DISPLAY VISIONS has developed a particularly compact Modbus display module. The module is equipped with a 4.3 inch, bright and perfectly readable display. This makes it ideal for use on programmable logic controllers (PLCs), offered by many manufacturers like Siemens, Beckhoff, Panasonic, etc. The new display module from DISPLAY VISIONS supports the communication formats Modbus/TCP and Modbus/RTU….

More Options For OKW’s DIATEC Low-Profile Wall-Mount Enclosures

OKW’s stylish DIATEC plastic enclosures for wall-mount and table-top electronics are now available in two standard colours: off-white (RAL 9002) and lava. These highly attractive enclosures are ideal for communications and network equipment, IoT/IIoT, gateways, peripherals, data systems engineering, security and access control, measurement and control, medical/wellness and laboratory technology. DIATEC’s modern, flat design suits both living and working environments….

Delta Impact Accelerates Growth in the PCB Market

Delta Impact is making significant strides in expanding its presence within the PCB market. With a dedicated team focused on advancing the PCB business, Delta Impact is poised to reinforce its position as one of the Top 3 UK-owned PCB suppliers. The decision to establish a dedicated division within Delta Impact emphasises a strategic vision for sustained growth and market…

New Online Store Provides Discounted Surplus PCB Cooling Hardware

Advanced Thermal Solutions, Inc. (ATS) is now making surplus hardware inventory available to order at discount prices at its online Shop. These hardware parts include heat sinks, springs, dowel pins, rubber feet, springs, screws, PEMs, standoffs, and other parts commonly used for cooling hot components on PCBs. eShop surplus parts are available in hundreds to low thousands of pieces with…

Mitigating defence industry supply chain challenges

Ensuring supply capability in the defence sector currently requires challenging measures, especially in times of geopolitical uncertainties, diplomatic tensions and increased demand. At ODU, this means a strategic focus on minimising risk and ensuring delivery capability. Around 80 per cent of manufacturing steps along the production and development process take place in-house. This vertical integration is particularly important for make-or-buy processes in…

Power agreement includes USA

Pulsiv and Astute Electronics have expanded their distribution agreement to include USA, Australia and New Zealand. Astute’s global business development director, Nigel Watts, said: “The expansion of the partnership with Pulsiv to include Australia, New Zealand and the United States demonstrates their confidence in our ability, strategy and continued efforts in promoting their truly disruptive power electronics technology. “Our motivation has…

Scaling up SiC crystal growth to meet escalating demand

Del Williams explains that due to the complexity of growing quality SiC crystals, manufacturers need help obtaining sufficient systems to meet global production targets. There is an imperative to rapidly expand SiC crystal production to serve current and future generations of EVs and advanced electronic devices. Surging demand for SiC MOSFETs in electromobility powertrains, renewable energy, inverters and onboard chargers,…

Where have all the products gone?

The production of electronic components is a capital-intensive venture. Likewise, the industry is also fast-moving, with new product introductions and obsolescence notices a daily, if not hourly, occurrence. Thus, until supply chain AI reaches critical mass, the industry will always be plagued by ‘cycles’ of supply and demand mismatch. In fact, if the cycles are sinusoidal, the amount of time supply…

Powering off-grid hospitals, schools and homes

In this article, In2tec’s development and engineering director, Dr Mark Hudman, explains how EV batteries are getting a second life providing power in remote locations. In2tec and AceOn Group have joined forces to enhance AceOn’s portable power generators and mini-grid systems for use in remote locations without easy access to electricity, such as Nigeria and other locations in Sub-Saharan Africa. With…

E-commerce streamlines hi-rel supply chain support

Spirit Electronics has rolled out a new e-commerce store for rapid component procurement. The feature supports customers in the aerospace/defense, electric vehicle, medical and industrial markets. Spirit’s part and inventory search now features a secure shopping cart and credit card checkout option for direct purchasing. API integration also allows sales of in-stock components directly from Texas Instruments’ online store. TI…

Mesh network module distribution agreement signed

NeoCortec, a manufacturer of ultra-low-power bi-directional wireless mesh network modules, has recently extended its distribution network by signing a new global agreement with DigiKey. DigiKey senior product manager, Pat Sagsveen, said: “NeoCortec’s unique and very interesting NeoMesh product portfolio is filling a gap in our linecard and we are looking forward to promoting their great products with our customers in…

Ultra-high peak power supplies in stock

Mouser Electronics is now shipping Mean Well’s HRPG-1000N3 1000W ultra-high peak power supplies. The series is a high-end enclosed-type industrial power supply designed with a double-sided layout PCB to provide engineers with a complete industrial power supply. They feature a suite of extended peak power control functions for industrial automation, mechanical/ electrical equipment, emergency lighting systems, test/measurement instruments, laser-related machines and more. The series offers stable power in harsh industrial vibration…

Increasing hand terminal options

OKW’s Hand-Terminal industrial electronic enclosures are now available in two versions: closed or open top. These sealed plastic enclosures (IP65 optional) are designed specifically for heavy-duty handheld devices. Applications include machine control, mobile terminals, measurement, programmers and data collection. The ergonomic design offers space for operating elements, displays, pushbuttons and large switches. Optimum weight distribution and a contoured hand grip…

Distributor boosts FPGA offering

WPG Americas has expanded its field-programmable gate array (FPGA) product offering through a new distribution agreement with Efinix, an innovator in programmable logic solutions. WPGA president, Chris Miller, said: “Efinix’s disruptive technology provides a new option for cost-sensitive, high-volume applications where FPGAs have traditionally been too expensive. Efinix’s Quantum fabric architecture results in high-performance, low-power programmable logic that gives our…

Fusion Worldwide Unveils Updated Brand and New Website

For over two decades, Fusion Worldwide has been more than just an open market distributor—we’ve been a beacon of guidance for our customers in the ever-evolving landscape of electronic component distribution. In today’s highly competitive open market sourcing landscape, electronics manufacturers must be ahead in every aspect of their business. This means being out in front of potential supply disruption,…

Galco Expands Portfolio through Strategic Partnership with Balluff

Addition reinforces Galco’s commitment to providing the most advanced products on the market. Galco, a leader in the industrial and electronics automation sector, proudly announces a significant enhancement to its product lineup through a new partnership with Balluff, a global leader in providing high-quality sensor, identification, and network solutions for a wide range of automation requirements. “Forming a new supplier partnership…

Investing in the future of frequency

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Geyer Electronic walks readers through the company’s evolution, latest product launch and customer support investments. Aligning with its birthday year, Geyer Electronic has introduced its KXO-77, a voltage-controlled crystal oscillator nominated in the Electro Mechanic & Passive Components category of Elektronik’s Product of the Year competition. The component features a 3.2 by 2.5mm package…

Industry’s only 240VAC SM resettable fuse

Bel Fuse has announced the industry’s only surface mount, PPTC resettable fuse, line-volt-rated to 240VAC. Designed to protect against electrical overloads and short circuits, Bel 0ZAF resettable fuses provide circuit protection for a variety of applications in the IoT, industrial and medical sectors. These fuses are crucial for safeguarding industrial controls, test/measurement equipment, robotics and safety systems, delivering reliability and…

Instrument enclosures now with sloping front

OKW’s Motec desktop/portable electronic instrument enclosures are now available with a sloping front for more ergonomic viewing and operation. Applications include measurement/control, peripheral devices/ interfaces, switchboxes, modems, laboratory equipment, medical and wellness electronics. The sloping plastic control panel is recessed to accommodate a membrane keypad. The alternative is a flat aluminum front/rear panel. Robust clip-together assembly saves time when fitting…

Seeking Parity and a Seat at the Table for Everyone

A Rochester Electronics Discussion with Jackie Mattox, CEO and Founder of Women in Electronics Rochester Electronics is a proud sponsor of Women in Electronics (WE). WE was founded in 2017 to offer a sense of community and provide development, and unity with colleagues to advance results in gender parity in the electronics industry and related end-user markets. WE is focused…

Buyer’s guide to cost effective cables

It’s easy to accidentally design additional costs into cables. In this article, Nicab offers purchasing professionals five ways to help prevent this. 1 Specification Beyond volts and amps, what should be considered? Must the cable be branded? There are many great brands but is the extra expense justified? A brand can change its design without notice. In one example the…

Design concept to turnkey production

Michael Kennedy, President of XTG Components and SVP of Business Development at TTI, Inc., details how a unified network is the key to exceeding customer expectations. Q: What is it about Exponential Technology Group (XTG) that makes it an attractive supply chain partner for electronics purchasing professionals? A: Along with TTI, Mouser Electronics and Sager Electronics, XTG is part of…

Rochester Electronics and Intelligent Memory Ensure the Availability of Legacy Storage Solutions

A Continuing Source for Mature DRAM and NAND products. Rochester Electronics, LLC and Intelligent Memory have joined forces to ensure the continued availability of mature and legacy DRAM and NAND storage solutions tailored for industrial and embedded applications. Intelligent Memory has been the trusted provider of reliable and high-quality memory products for over three decades, serving and fulfilling the enduring,…

It makes sense to reshore

Alan Anderson Manufacturing’s sales director, Michael Knight, highlights the company’s investments in PCBA capabilities, programming, procurement, logistics and people. A recent Make UK report titled No Weak Links: Building Supply Chain Resilience opens: ‘Unrelenting pressure on company supply chains from increased costs and geo-political uncertainty is creating unacceptable lead times. For many manufacturers this poses a strategic risk to their…

UK partners—first port of call

Solsta explores the benefits of partnering with UK-based distribution and manufacturing partners from technical support to local warehousing and same day delivery. Globalisation brings many obvious benefits, but if the pandemic taught us anything, it was the importance of maintaining partnerships with local suppliers. This is especially true for value-add relationships where close communication and collaboration are essential to the…

Home of coax innovation

Cambridge Electronic Industries explains how its focus on innovation has led to the introduction of world beating products and technologies, all from its UK base. Cambridge Electronic Industries has been designing coaxial connectors in the UK for 40 years. The company is known in the broadcast and machine vision sectors for its flexible service and low-cost product designs. The company pushes…

EV vs H2 : Winning the zero-emissions race

This month John Denslinger explores the competing technologies in the zero- emissions race and argues that only when the advantages are truly clear will consumers pick the winner. For all the attention and seemingly endless funding, one would think the decisive winning technology in America’s race to zero-emitting vehicles is a battery solution. It’s a reasonable assumption considering companies have…

Rise of UK reshoring and nearshoring

Pektron’s group supply chain director, Jayson Hatton, steps readers through five key reasons why returning production to Britain is good for business, society and more. If recent global crises prove anything, it’s the importance of reshoring and nearshoring strategies that bring production back to the UK or closer to European markets. This shift offers potential benefits for businesses and society….

Mitigating Long-term Semiconductor Supply Risks in the Aerospace Market

Ken Greenwood, Product & Technology Solutions Manager, Rochester Electronics EMEA Securing a decades long semiconductor supply in the aerospace market is an incredibly challenging endeavor, due to the industry’s long-term product and service lifecycles, costly requalification processes, and stringent environmental requirements. The sourcing of regular, active semiconductors has been the supply chain’s challenge over the last few years. Fortunately, the…

Light: quality matters

With the UK’s focus on high value manufacturing, MARL’s investment in quality has won it business in Esectors ranging from rail and military to film and stage. Established in Ulverston in 1973, Marl International has been at the forefront of LED technology for over 50-years. Over the decades, the company has progressed as the technology became bright and efficient enough to…

ECST Survey Reveals Electronic Components Industry Sentiment Returns to Positive Territory for First Time in 21 Months

ECIA’s Electronic Component Sales Trend (ECST) February 2024 Survey Results. Driven by strong improvements in the index scores for Passive Components and Electro-Mechanical/Connector Components the overall ECST index moved into positive sales sentiment territory with a score of 100.8. “It has been 21 months since the overall sales sentiment index topped 100,” explained Dale Ford, ECIA’s Chief Analyst. “The index…

Discover the future of embedded supply chains

Purchasing professionals are invited to immerse themselves in the multifaceted world of embedded systems and meet the who’s who of the industry. From 9 to 11 April 2024, it’s ‘see and be seen’ at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre for the embedded systems industry’s largest gathering. In 2023, around 950 exhibitors and more than 26,500 visitors from Germany and abroad came…

Elegant enclosures offered for advanced HMI

  As industrial aesthetic and ergonomic standards increase, buyers are being offered new generations of customizable enclosures which can be ordered in small volumes. Advanced industrial manufacturing and production facilities have always required customized systems to ensure optimum performance and productivity. IIoT makes that even more important because its empowering wealth of data enables greater real-time optimization. So, the electronics controlling modern…

Benefits of buying British

Anglia Components’ CEO, Steve Rawlins, talks trends, environmental issues, ecommerce and the practical benefits of partnering with a UK-based distributor. Q: What are the key market trends for 2024? A: We are in a period of over-supply: a reaction to component shortages of two years ago where many customers sought alternative suppliers. Some customers will opt for the spot market…

Unrestricted battery access

Keystone Electronics has launched a lithium coin cell holder designed to maximize PC board capacity when installing high capacity 2477 lithium coin cells in high- density applications. Its top loading design allows minimal footprint board layouts without restricting battery access. This sturdy holder is supplied in a thru-hole version and is said to be extremely rugged, ideal for retaining larger…

Time to forge UK manufacturing partnerships

Jaltek’s business manager, Steve Blythe, explains how investments in equipment, capabilities and people are supporting growing activity across the business. In 2023, UK based electronics design and manufacturing company Jaltek, saw its highest growth in 25 years, setting the scene for further growth in 2024. Previous trends were to off-shore manufacturing. However, challenging events over recent years, across industries, has meant…

Interconnected precision

PEI-Genesis’ product manager, Isaac Noble, explains the crucial role connectors are playing in shaping the future of medical robots. Electrical connectors play a critical role in medical robots by facilitating the transmission of power, signals and data between components. They ensure seamless communication and coordination, letting the robot perform complex tasks accurately and efficiently. According to the International Federation of…

Thinking differently about electronics manufacturing

Nano Electronics Services’ director, Steve Drew, explains how the company is disrupting the market and changing the way customers think about PCB assembly. Nano Electronic Services is breaking the mould on PCB assembly. As a manufacturing agency, Nano sits between the customer and supply chain and manages the process. The model is analogous to a travel agent. If people want to…

Radiopaque medical wire easier to see

Anomet Products has introduced new radiopaque wire for medical guidewire assemblies that is biocompatible and superior to wires using marker bands because of their visibilityunder fluoroscopy. Radiopaque medical wire can be produced from stainless steel or Nitinol cores with the intensity of radiopacity controlled to optimize visibility under x-ray fluoroscopy. Featuring gold, platinum, tantalum and similar alloys metallurgically bonded to the core with two per cent…

Being different for 50 years

Being different has allowed Charcroft to support high-end and mission-critical sectors with specialist distribution and manufacturing for 50 years, according to Debbie Rowland. Alot has changed in the electronics industry over the last 50 years, but not the way Charcroft goes to market. The company’s approach is significantly different to global giants and most other distributors, with a focus on high-reliability components used…

Back flip connector offers dual contact functionality

Hirose has expanded its back flip FPC/FFC connector offering with a 0.5mm pitch version offering dual contact functionality to simplify flex routing. The space-saving TF07V Series is 2.1mm high, suiting consumer electronics, industrial robotic and medical applications requiring connectivity solutions combining miniaturization and ruggedization. In addition to higher reliability, the top and bottom contact design offers board design flexibility and…

New distribution partner for FIDO2 solutions

IT service provider Net Universe and storage, security and embedded IoT solutions specialist Swissbit have entered a sales partnership. Net Universe is expanding its cybersecurity portfolio and will now offer Swissbit’s iShield Key product series for protecting online accounts with strong, flexible hardware authentication, led by the hardware security token iShield Key Pro. Swissbit’s director sales, embedded IoT solutions Americas, Kai Imgenberg, said: “We are delighted to have…

Battery holder industry at crucial juncture

MPD’s CEO, Daniel B Lynch Sr, explains how the battery holder industry is being influenced by trends shaping its future direction and impacting purchasers. Technology advancements: The industry is moving towards adoption of solid- state batteries, which offer a significant improvement over traditional lithium-ion batteries regarding energy density and safety. Solid- state batteries are expected to be lighter, smaller and…

Supply chain participants brimming with confidence

ECIA’s December Electronic Component Sales Trend (ECST) survey has revealed a significant jump in optimism, representing an extremely healthy start to the year. Following a year of overall index scores languishing between 72.2 and 90.6, respondents to the December Electronic Component Sales Trend (ECST) survey are suddenly and strikingly optimistic in their expectations for January 2024 which shot up by…

A Real ‘Golden Oldie’

Princeps demonstrates that even when something is obviously wrong, the origins of some suspect parts are harder to positively identify than others The parts in question were sourced from a European broker since the component was made obsolete back in the 1980s. The only stock available was this 1986 ‘vintage’. However, on receipt, it became immediately obvious the parts were…

New fast switching MOSFETS

Central Semiconductor announces the introduction of several new 650V Super Junction N-Channel MOSFETs designed for high-voltage, fast-switching applications. The latest additions, available in TO-220FP packaging, include: CDMSJ2204.7-650 (4.7A), CDMSJ2207.3-650 (7.3A), CDMSJ22010-650 (10A), CDMSJ22013.8-650 (13.8A) and CDMSJ22029-650 (29A). The company states the devices feature a unique die structure, which supports high- voltage with comparatively low on-resistance and fast switching speeds. The low switching losses, innately…

OKW’s HAND-TERMINAL Plastic Enclosures Now In Two Versions

OKW’s HAND-TERMINAL industrial electronic enclosures are now available in two versions, offering the choice of a closed or open top. These sealed plastic enclosures (IP 65 optional) are designed specifically for heavy-duty handheld devices. Applications include machine control, mobile terminals, measurement, programmers and data collection. Ergonomic HAND-TERMINAL offers plenty of space for operating elements, displays, pushbuttons and large switches. Optimum…

Bluetooth modules cover legacy and migration

Mouser Electronics is now stocking Laird Connectivity’s Vela IF820 Bluetooth 5.4 dual-mode modules. The products marry the benefits of Infineon Technologies’ low-power, high-performance AIROC CYW20820 silicon, hardware, software and other tools with Laird Connectivity’s robust, value-added application software, services certification and support capabilities. The series offers a range of dual-mode, flexible modules, adapters and development kits that enable a single module to cover legacy Classic Bluetooth and migration to Bluetooth LE…

MIL-QPL parts ready to ship

Foremost Electronics can now offer manufacturers of defence systems a wide range of APEM components, manufactured with MIL-QPL military standards. Read on for some product examples. Night vision compatible 8mm diameter LED indicators are compatible with night vision goggles and compliant to MIL- STD-3009. They are available in black or anodized, front panel and rear epoxy sealed to IP67 and available in…

New generation transistors join line card

Rutronik has added Infineon’s StrongIRFET 2 MOSFETs to its product portfolio. The new generation is designed to offer higher power efficiency, leading to improved overall system performance. Due to a higher current load tolerance, several parallel connected components are no longer necessary, saving PCB space and reducing costs. The transistors are in stock and available in different housing variants such as TO-220; TO-220 FullPAK, D2PAK, D2PAK 7-pin, DPAK and TOLL. Compared to…

Supercapacitors suit automotive applications

Rutronik has expanded its range of automotive Supercapacitors with Kemet’s new automotive grade types FMD0H334ZF, FU0H105ZF and FMU0H334ZF. The company states optimized design and materials enable a long service life up to 1,000 hours at 85°C (FMD, FU) and 105°C (FMU). The components also meet the special requirements of the THB test (85°C/85% rH/1,000h) for the automotive industry. Thanks to…

Supporting bespoke connectivity solutions

TTI Europe has acquired Raffenday, a specialist manufacturer and distributor of low and high-voltage cable assemblies and interconnect component solutions for the automotive and transportation markets. With production and a distribution centre in the UK, plus facilities in Slovakia, Raffenday’s technical resources and value-added services complement TTI’s capabilities. TTI Europe’s VP marketing, Geoff Breed, said: “We are delighted to be…

Opportunities for more ‘Made in Britain’

Contract manufacturer, UK Circuits, is predicting another year of increased opportunities for fellow British-based electronics producers. Recent supply chain issues and rising global costs have seen a significant return of electronics manufacturing to the UK, as British and European companies seek to avoid the challenges of Asian manufacturing. UK Circuits’ MD, Marc Ellis, said: “The repatriation of electronics manufacturing to the…

D-Subs gain expanded value-add

PEI-Genesis has announced the expansion of its value-add capabilities for ITT Cannon D-Sub connectors at its European manufacturing headquarters in Southampton. The facility is now approved to value-add a range of ITT Cannon Commercial D-Sub, including contact styles solder cup, PC tail, crimp and Combo-D series connectors. Applications range from radar systems and avionics to medical equipment and high-speed rail. This expansion…

Bridging the gap between engineering and procurement

Altium has launched a BoM Portal within the Altium 365 platform, engineered to enhance collaboration between engineering and procurement teams and offering a unified approach to managing BoMs in electronics design. Procurement professionals now have visibility into upcoming designs before they are released, letting them catch issues early. Both procurement and engineering teams benefit from a comprehensive dashboard that monitors all…

Slight sales growth in 2023, negative outlook for 2024

In the fourth quarter 2023, weak order intake of the last few quarters clearly hit sales. The turnover of FBDi’s registered distributors fell by 20.1 per cent to 1.08 billion Euros. As a result of continued very weak bookings situation (-56 per cent to 507 million Euros), the book-to-bill ratio ended at 0.47, indicating a difficult market situation for coming quarters. Nevertheless,…

Polymer tantalum chip capacitor portfolio extended

Rutronik has extended its capacitor portfolio with the vPolyTan T51 series polymer-tantalum chip capacitors, ideal for automotive applications. The AEC-Q200 qualified components are designed to offer extremely low ESR, lower voltage derating and safe failure mode, combined with higher volumetric efficiency than comparable conventional tantalum capacitors. Due to ripple current capability up to 2.37A, the capacitors suit decoupling, smoothing and…

Discrete component portfolio expands

TTI is now an authorized distributor of Panjit semiconductors. The introduction of Panjit products to TTI’s portfolio means buyers now have access to a wider selection of semiconductor products, all available from one source, so they can find the parts for their applications. TTI’s SVP product and supplier marketing, Lew LaFornara, said: “We are excited to embark on a global…

Underpinning renewable energy rollout

  TTI Europe’s Director Industry Marketing, Industrial EMEA, Markus Lorenz, explains how the company is supporting the move to renewables with novel components and specialist advice. Europe’s energy generation needs to come from 45 per cent renewable sources by 2030. To meet these targets, the EU expects to need 187GW of energy storage capacity over the same period. This trend…

Panel PCs benefit from Android 13 integration

Fortec Integrated is collaborating with Android specialist emteria to offer x86 panel PCs featuring Android 13. This integration combines the computing power of the x86architecture with the benefits of Android 13, including regular updates, customization and remote management capabilities. The contemporary Android version provides extensive design options, letting users tailor the user interface, boot animations and colour schemes to their…

Buying into AGV innovation

Mouser Electronics is now stocking TE Connectivity’s HDC floating charge connectors for autonomously guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) for a variety of warehouse automation applications. The connectors feature a size-reduced hybrid design and floating system that enables AGV/AMRs to correct mating positions automatically. The floating design provides a 0.5mm tolerance. The hybrid power and signal design comprises two 250V, 80A power pins with a…

Showcasing industrial networking, automation and more

Mouser Electronics is stocking Harting’s latest innovations. For example, the ix industrial Ethernet interfaces suit 10GBit/s Ethernet/Cat 6A, featuring two miniaturized interfaces, including Type A for data interface for industrial Ethernet and Type B for signals and serial BUS systems with 360deg shielding. T1 industrial M12 single-pair Ethernet connectors are designed to deliver an optimized, shielded, high-frequency and robust solution,…

Bringing 1,000 manufacturing jobs to the US

  Orbic Electronics Manufacturing has launched Project Patriot, designed to revitalize and return high-caliber manufacturing of connected devices to the United States. The organization also announced plans to move its manufacturing operation from China to the United States, specifically New York’s Suffolk County. The strategy was driven to create ‘Made in America’ products that focus on bringing over 1,000 new, skilled jobs back…

Preserving legacies: from classic cars to semiconductor aftermarket

Lansdale Semiconductors’ president, R Dale Lillard, explains how an idea for restoring classic cars blossomed into an industrial solution for managing semiconductor obsolescence. I spent my formative years behind my grandfather’s garage, where he specialized in rebuilding engines for 1940s and 1950s cars. My playground was a car junkyard, sparking a passion for working on classic cars that has stayed…

SoM partnership announced

Direct Insight has announced a partnership with German system-on-module (SoM) and single board computer (SBC) maker, MicroSys Electronics in the UK and Ireland market. Direct Insight’s CEO, David Pashley, said: “We are excited to offer our customers the MicroSys miriac MPX module technology, which offers all the advantages of SoM- based designs, such as application-ready core technology, faster time-to-market, high…

Megatrend unravelling?

The process of taking a new electronic product to market can be split into two distinct halves: pre and post design. The former is the domain of the research, design and development teams. The latter rests with purchasing, manufacturing and supply chain. In many application environments, a project’s time spent in design might be measured in weeks and months. However,…

Finger on the pulse

Publishing and communications technology might change over time but the fundamentals of making a magazine remain the same: understand the information wants and needs of your audience; keep asking questions until you find sufficient answers; then broadcast your findings to people who will find them interesting and useful. Clearly it is important to ask the right people the right questions,…

Save time and boost capacity

Astute’s 3PL director, Freddie Roe, encourages companies to look at the advantages of kitting and then think beyond the kit. Read on to discover more. How does kitting help inventory management and assembly? In simple terms, picture an electronics assembly workstation overflowing with a multitude of components. Now envisage the same station with all the components arranged in compartments with…

Tough enclosures, on brand

Foremost Electronics has started supplying nVent Schroff’s new RatiopacPRO Style portfolio of modular, 19in desktop cases. RatiopacPRO cases are designed to provide robust protection for electronic components and can be customised to reflect a brand’s corporate identity. The platform offers thousands of standard configuration options to meet design and protection requirements quickly, easily and cost-effectively. Bespoke enclosures, reflecting users’ visions or…

One-stop sourcing shop

SeSemi Electronics’ procurement specialist, Aimee Cadle, introduces kitting as the one box solution to sourcing, providing a simple, smooth process from quote to production. Kitting has evolved over time, with customer input shaping the nature of service. No two customer requirements are identical, so flexibility is arguably the single most important factor. There is no denying manufacturers are busy planning,…

Galco Product Line Expansion Fuels Momentum

Strategic investment initiatives spell growth and demand for Galco.  Galco Industrial Electronics, Inc., a global distributor of industrial electronics and automation components, celebrated another year of growth focusing on company-wide initiatives.  “Galco experienced massive growth in 2023 while combatting continuous supply chain issues and delays,” said Allison Sabia, president and CEO of Galco. “Our aggressive product line expansion provided solutions…

Coloured handles enhance ease of use

WDS Components has launched a new range of durable, coloured bow handles, ideal for machinery and industrial applications. The handles suit colour-coding and are available in an industry standard size. To ensure long-term reliability, the designs are manufactured from hard wearing polyamide and to enhance machine safety, they are tamper-proof. The bow handles are available with black, yellow, green, blue,…

Building UK PCB manufacturing partnerships

Electronics Sourcing caught up with Daleba Printed Circuits’ business development manager, Tony Hawkins, to discuss the current UK PCB supply chain. To set the scene, how has the PCB supply chain evolved since your arrival in the industry in the late ‘80s? I have always been involved with bare board production and when I started there were over 700 UK companies…

New edition of German Buildings Energy Act demands energy efficient and intelligent buildings

As of January 1st, 2024 the new Buildings Energy Act which regulates the legal requirements in Germany for buildings with regards to energy efficiency, became effective. With the new edition of the law, building automation is getting more importance. One possibility to reduce the costs for installation and maintenance of the required automation systems are wireless solutions.   ZF presents…

Buying into harness expertise

Cambridge Electronic Industries introduces purchasing professionals to its cable assembly services and reveals its new M series, ideal for sensors and actuators. Cambridge Electronic Industries has offered cable assembly services for 40-years. Known predominantly as a connector manufacturer, specialising in 75-ohm coaxial connectors for broadcast and machine vision, the company has recently introduced a range of M series connectors. Cable assemblies…

High contrast from all sides

Conventional LCD displays are very angle dependent. If they are tilted to the side, contrast is reduced and the colours distort. This isn’t the case with the IPS panels from DISPLAY VISIONS GmbH, though. With this new technology, the colours are preserved and the contrasts remain sharp, even when viewed from the side and at an angle. When using mobile…

Small control systems with touch display

The slim PLC control of the DISPLAY VISIONS PLC series already has the touch display integrated. In addition, it can be wirelessly connected to up to 50 satellite displays. This allows processes to be monitored and controlled wherever they are. Normally, the programming of small control systems and the reading out of their parameters is associated with some effort. Not…

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