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EA Elektro-Automatik Offers Bidirectional DC Power Supplies and Regenerative DC Loads for Testing Fuel Cells

In response to demand for growing hydrogen fuel cell development and test, EA Elektro-Automatik, the global leader in DC power test equipment, offers a series of powerful bidirectional DC power supplies and regenerative DC loads ideal for fuel cell stack testing. Fuel cell performance requires adherence to a variety of specifications, so test engineers must conduct a series of characterization,…

Electronics Open Day

ELECTRONICS OPEN DAY! When? 1st September 2021, 9am registration Where? ART Ltd, Essex, CM8 3YQ Following the move to our new purpose-built facility to Witham, Essex back in 2019 we have many customers providing positive feedback on the high specification equipment and consumables used during our training courses. With this in mind, the team at Advanced Rework Technology have decided…

ERNI launches distribution collaboration with Arrow Electronics

ERNI Electronics announces collaboration with Arrow Electronics to better serve established industries and activate new customers in the EMEA market. ERNI, a leading international manufacturer of electrical connectors, has signed a distribution agreement with global technology solutions provider Arrow Electronics.  Arrow will offer ERNI’s full range of rugged electronic connectors to a wide range of industries, including IoT, automotive, transportation,…

Advanced Military Connector range, the AMC® Series T

A new addition to the Advanced Military Connector range, the AMC® Series T offers three locking variants in one connector. The ‘T’ stands for Three-in-One or ‘Triple’ as three locking variants of plug can fit the same receptacle: Push-pull Break-away Screw locking The built-in trapezoidal thread with serration ensures additional safety. Now OEM’s have a free choice of appropriate locking mechanism…

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…

Time for idea exchange

With the electronic components industry facing an uncertain business climate and supply-chain challenges, manufacturers, distributors and sales representatives are encouraged to attend the EDS Summit which returns 30 August to 2 September 2021. With a legacy dating back decades, the EDS Leadership Summit is a premier annual event for the electronic components industry. It is unique in the conference and…

Excelitas Technologies Introduces Enhanced Low-Capacitance InGaAs PIN Photodiodes

Excelitas Technologies Corp., a global technology leader delivering innovative, customized photonic solutions, today announced its enhanced product family of low-capacitance InGaAs PIN Photodiodes (C30619GH-LC, C30641GH-LC, C30642GH-LC, C30665GH-LC) for commercial and military LiDAR, laser range finding, laser warning and laser spot tracking applications. Providing high quantum efficiency from 800 nm to 1700 nm, Excelitas’ low-capacitance InGaAs PIN Photodiodes feature a special…

Business booms for high-service distributors

An increase in design engineering activity and tight supply of chips and other components is resulting in skyrocketing sales for high-service distributors. High-service electronics distributors have weathered the coronavirus pandemic with some reporting a 50 per cent increase in sales during the first five months of 2021. Most high-service distributors focus on design and sell small quantities of parts to…

As lead times lengthen, counterfeit and fraud risks grow

TTI’s VP total quality, Kevin Sink, examines ways that counterfeiters and other criminal elements are taking advantage of uncertainty to prey on manufacturers. Right now we are seeing the ideal growing conditions for fraud and counterfeiting in the electronic components supply chain. Logistical issues; the disruption of supply chains by the Covid-19 pandemic; concerns about raw materials availability: and increased…

Mitigate obsolescence across embedded computing

Aitech USA’s general manager, Pratish Shah, explains how military COTS products increased the likelihood of supply continuity and reliability. In military, defense and aerospace industries, where programs can take years and millions of dollars to develop, test and qualify, obsolescence is a valid concern. Embedded systems aren’t like the latest cell phones, easily discarded when the next upgrade comes along….

THE IEC 60601-1 Compliant ODU MINI-SNAP®

Saves time, shortens approval procedures, simplifies risk management. The ODU MINI-SNAP® portfolio 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 looking for a circular connector with a metal housing for medical applications….

Unmasking workplace and company culture

John Denslinger wonders what post pandemic workplaces will look like given all the data squarely points to hybrid. A careful look at a CDC demographic shows 62 per cent of the US adult population received at least one vaccine dose as of May 2021 and 50 per cent are now fully vaccinated. CDC guidance suggests vaccinated Americans can forego masks…

Jaltek selects Aegis’ FactoryLogix IIoT-based manufacturing operations platform

Electronics manufacturing company Jaltek, have chosen Aegis Software’s digital Manufacturing Execution System (MES) platform FactoryLogix (FLx) to support all aspects of production at their facility in Luton. With Aegis’ v7 MES software already an integral part of Jaltek’s manufacturing technology, FactoryLogix was the natural progression for the business to Industry 4.0. The upgrade to Jaltek’s digital factory aligned with enterprise…

Investing for the future

FermionX’ commercial director, Will Patrick, explains the positive, post pandemic changes the company is making to processes, operations and the teams’ well-being. Q) How is FermionX improving its customer service? We’ve become more agile and proactive in our response to set-backs and issues, especially when it comes to supply chain and obsolescence management. This isn’t going to change. Our new…

Fineline Global Brings in New Quality Management Expertise

Fineline is delighted to announce that Andreas Heinze-Kunter has joined the global Quality team. Andreas is a highly experienced quality management professional who brings a wealth of expertise from the automotive industry, which is now available to our global customer base. “Quality starts with the first customer conversation. Our vision is to exceed customer expectations at every point of the…

Time for idea exchange

With the electronic components industry facing an uncertain business climate and supply-chain challenges, manufacturers, distributors and sales representatives are encouraged to attend the EDS Summit which returns 30 August to 2 September 2021 With a legacy dating back decades, the EDS Leadership Summit is a premier annual event for the electronic components industry. It is unique in the conference and…

WHATS NEW – Enclosures

Rising demand for touchscreen enclosures OKW reports increasing demand for its touchscreen enclosures: wall-mounted Smart-Panel, low-profile handheld Slim-Case, square-plan control center Protec and multifunctional Interface-Terminal. Smart-Panel houses edge-to-edge touchscreens for building services, electrical installations, smart home and security systems. These enclosures can be fitted to standard flush-mount cavity wall boxes. With no visible fixing screws, they blend seamlessly into modern…

WHATS NEW – Thermal products

Reduce the pressure of thermal management Chomerics has launched Therm-a-Gap Gel 75, a 7.5W/m-K single component dispensable thermal interface material designed for high performance applications. It is a single component gel which reduces stress and pressure due to its low compression force, while representing the highest thermal conductivity dispensable available from Parker Chomerics. The company states its flow rate is…

Global copper demand drives up PCB

Fineline VAR’s MD, Clive Wall, reveals the driving forces behind recent fluctuations in PCB pricing and supply It is no secret the PCB market is turbulent with prices changing almost daily. Driven by a copper shortage it is impacting the PCB supply chain in new ways and there is no end in sight.  The markets drainingcopper reserves include electric vehicles,…

It’s not just semiconductors that are in short supply

Lead times are stretching and prices are rising for passives, connectors and power supplies. It’s no secret that electronics purchasers are being challenged by allocations, shortages and long lead times for a variety of semiconductors including microcontrollers, diodes, graphics RAM chips and power semiconductors, among others. However, while chip shortages seem to be garnering most of the attention, supply is…

Past, present and future

Electronics Sourcing invited CamdenBoss’ MD, Katy Davies, to walk readers through the company’s current activities and future plans. Q) How has the last 12 months been for CamdenBoss? It has been a rollercoaster for everyone. The business faced a host of challenges including keeping people safe in the workplace, managing the job retention scheme, interrupted supply chains and constantly analysing…

It’s not just about inventory and timely delivery anymore

Buyers need distributors to provide more technical advice, market intelligence and cost-reducing value-added and supply chain services. In the not-so- distant past the expectations that many electronics purchasers had of distributors were that distributors had the parts buyers needed in stock and would be able deliver them in a timely fashion. But times have changed and buyers now expect much…

America – Essential component battleground

John Denslinger investigates EV batteries and how their associated manufacturing and distribution supply chains represent new electronics industry frontier. I n April’s editorial I discussed the ‘small but big impact’ semiconductors were having on the supply chain citing the auto industry’s predicament in particular. Later that week, arguably the largest component, the EV battery, captured US headlines as LG Chem…

New flash-drive added to ODU AMC® military connector range

This new Flash Drive adds an additional layer of physical security to defence systems, or any other devices that operate independently in a harsh environment. Unauthorised access via a standard USB device is prevented by the special ODU interface using a proven, miniature push-pull, high-density, military-grade connector. These connectors have an ultra-rugged design, robust mechanical and visual keying, and now…

Components Bureau – Your Power Technology Partner

Part of the €88M Fortec Group, Components Bureau are a power supply distributor offering an unrivalled range of AC-DC power supplies and DC-DC converters from world leading brands including MORNSUN, Advanced Energy, CINCON, COSEL, AUTRONIC and others. They have their own in-house power experts and stock located at their UK Headquarters and Frankfurt Configuration Centre, giving them the ability to offer…

Exploring global CEM activity

Manufacturing Market Insider’s latest research highlights how the global CEM sector is responding to increasing demand across different regions and industry sectors.   Manufacturing Market Insider has released its annual MMI Top 50 list of the world’s largest CEM providers. In 2020, Top 50 sales accounted for $384 billion in revenue, an increase of $17 billion from 2019. MMI mainly…

Understanding EMC markets

Kemtron’s chairman, David Wall, walks readers through the past, present and future of the EMC sector Q. How has the EMC, RFI and EMI sector evolved over recent years and what is the impact for purchasers?  The last 10-years has seen little change in traditional EMI shielding products such as knitted wire mesh gasket strip and conductive fabric over foam….

Annual stock takes become continuous monitoring

Nordson’s head of sales, component counting, Björn Kronshage, introduces the benefits of x-ray based component counting technology   Q. How has component counting technology advanced and what are the benefits at goods-in? The evolution of component counting technology is driven by changing quantities, sizes and packaging types. Large DIP devices in tubes and PTH resistors are relatively easy to count….

Trends and challenges in fleet electrification

Director of sales engineering for the TTI Transportation Business Unit, Brian Dickerson and transportation sales engineer, Gabe Osorio, explore the electrification of mid-class’ trucks    Readers may be familiar with the unique and amazing things happening in fleet electrification, from companies building new EVs to those converting diesel trucks and busses to BEV powertrains. The real inflection point, however, is…

Single source of truth

NiceLabel’s VP marketing, Ken Moir, explains how automated, centralized labeling delivers a ‘single source of truth’ in manufacturing and supply chain environments A global study of IT directors in manufacturing organizations has revealed that, on average, US manufacturers incur losses of around $1,174,000 per year due to production line shutdowns caused by label printing problems. The global average is $1.31M….

Second sourcing power supplies

Fidus steps readers through reasons why they may choose to seek alternative parts Securing multiple sources for power supplies is a good idea given the challenges of late. In the competitive market of standard pin outs and form factors there are often a number of alternative parts that could be exchanged like-for-like and pin-for-pin, particularly regarding DC/DC converters. Brands often…

Navigating supply chain shortages

Digi-Key’s director of regional supply chain solutions, Margaret Cunha, explains how the company is helping buyers weather the supply shortage storm  While the term borders on overuse ‘unprecedented’ certainly describes the current supply chain shortages of electronic components. Supply chains were beginning to tighten before Covid 19 and the effects of the global pandemic slowed or shuttered production of essential…

Semiconductor shortages: not the end of the line

Rochester Electronics introduces buyers to an array of services specifically designed to mitigate the semiconductor shortages the industry is currently experiencing  Current semiconductor shortages are widespread. Few manufacturers and product families have been spared extended lead-times and even allocation. Though the automotive market leads the charge to secure supplies in a lean supply chain, all other market sectors are affected,…

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…

Managing aggressive EoL

Rebound Electronics’ CEO, Simon Thake, offers purchasing professionals advice on mitigating risks when faced with aggressive component end-of-life issues Q. What advice would you offer purchasing professionals faced with obsolescence, extended lead times and rising product costs?   One solution to obsolescence is to work with an experienced and proactive distributor. They will help source hard-to-find components or, if they…

Crossing the MLCC supply void

Johanson Technology’s vice president, Scott Horton, explains how domestic MLCC manufacturers are ramping capacity to fulfill orders for large format, high Q ceramic capacitors. Industrial, medical and military demand for high quality, high-voltage, multi-layer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs) has been hit hard by the insatiable requirement for smaller, lower voltage—and in some way—lower performance MLCCs fueled by 5G networks, smart phones…

Astute Electronics extends portfolio with ISMOsys acquisition

Astute Electronics have successfully acquired ISMOsys; a Pan-European representative company, well established since 1995. “ISMOsys and Astute have both achieved a truly integrated approach within the electronics industry, offering design-led distribution and representation services which bring the customer closer to the manufacturer’s full range of products and capabilities’’ [Geoff Hill]. The new President of ISMOsys, Roberto Blanco, said: “ISMOsys is…

New IPS Graphic Displays

The TFT Graphic Displays with IPS technology from DISPLAY VISIONS have stable contrast and all-round viewing angles that are usually only provided by OLED displays. They also are so bright that what they’re displaying can be seen clearly, even in bright surroundings. Brilliant colours, extraordinary luminosity and extremely wide viewing angles: these are the key benefits of DISPLAY VISIONS’s range…

HQTS interviews Ecodesk CEO Damien Smith about The impact of the Right to Repair initiative on the Electronics Supply Chain

Our recent webinar on the Right to Repair Scheme references the need for a government legislation that is intended to allow consumers the ability to repair and modify their own electronic devices. Currently, many manufacturers of these products require consumers to only use their services, for example; protecting this requirement with tamper-proof outer coverings. The Right to Repair scheme not…

Providing leading-edge semiconductor manufacturing services

Following the successful completion of an HBT (Heterojunction Bipolar Transistor) environmental and reliability (QCI) testing​ program in 2020, Rochester Electronics has been selected by the Microelectronic Packaging organization within the Microsystems Engineering, Science and Applications (MESA) division at Sandia National Labs (SNL) as one of its key external testing suppliers. This organization within Sandia Labs is responsible for qualification testing…

PCB sourcing: a checklist

In this article we ask DK-Daleba’s business development manager, Tony Hawkins, for a buyers’ guide to PCB sourcing. What are the trends impacting PCB sourcing? Two, four and six-layer FR4 boards represent the majority of PCBs and are likely to remain so. To handle thermal issues, aluminium clad IMS boards are an established product and designers are recognising the benefits…

Seismic waves of supply chain disruption

4-Star Electronics’ director of operations, Scott McKee, suggests a strong relationship with a reputable independent distributor is a prudent choice. Events of the past year, combined with already high demand for components, have caused severe shortages in the electronics manufacturing supply chain. Poor weather, natural disasters, political unrest and the pandemic have thrown formidable challenges at the manufacturing industry and…

Popular high pin-count connectivity

EDAC introduces its 516 series connectors, designed to offer reliable interconnect in demanding conditions. Even in the modern age of microelectronics, rack and panel connectors still offer a popular solution, providing engineers with a flexible and reliable method of achieving high pin-count connectivity. EDAC’s 516 series connectors offer an enviable track record of high performance in harsh environments. With applications…

Quiet fans making noise in industry

In this article, Gelec helps buyers purchase fans which are technically up to the job, without overspending. A common requirement for fans is low noise, especially for applications located near people such as in offices or homes. Selecting the correct fan bearing is key to minimising noise levels. The low cost choice is usually a sleeve bearing, which initially should…

Smart Touch Displays in a compact format

With the uniTFTs series, DISPLAY VISIONS offers a range of small touch displays that give every switch or control unit the operating convenience of a tablet. With integrated graphics controller, extensive graphics functions and numerous interfaces, the displays are ready to run without additional peripherals. Only three fingers wide is the smallest variant from DISPLAY VISIONSs new uniTFTs series. Nevertheless,…

Launches ODU CONNECTS – a new connector portal

ODU have introduced a new microsite at https://odu-connects.com/ This new portal is designed to operate as a knowledge hub, providing technical expertise direct to ODU customers. Design engineers, quality managers, project managers, procurement staff and all enablers will be able to benefit from the ability to get advice at any time, any place, from ODU’s in-house experts. The Covid-imposed restrictions…

New Littelfuse 400PV Photovoltaic Fuses provide Rugged Circuit Protection for Next-Gen Integrated Solar Shingles

First PV fuse on the market that protects PV roof shingles from reverse overcurrent that can cause heat and fire   CHICAGO, May 4, 2021 — Littelfuse, Inc. (NASDAQ: LFUS) an industrial technology manufacturing company empowering a sustainable, connected, and safer world, today announced the 400PV Fuse series, a 2410 size, surface mount design (SMD) circuit protection component that offers low resistance for photovoltaic…

Why You Should Become a Certified Interconnect Designer CID

The technological landscape is constantly changing, all around the world. To not only remain competitive but at-all relevant, companies and individuals alike must continually train and keep up with this ever-changing industry around them. This continued professional development, while rather easy to obtain in most other sectors, is considered quite difficult and almost niche within the world of PCB design….

Taking enclosure cooling seriously

Rittal explores four excuses some companies make to avoid investing in the thermal management of their electronic equipment. It is suggested that one of the UK’s largest automotive manufacturers could lose up to £480,000 per hour if it experiences downtime on its paint plant. Not every manufacturer’s overheads are as substantial as the above example, but that doesn’t take away…

Distributors expect 5G will boost business for years

Fifth-generation wireless technology’s speed and low latency will enable new applications and increase component demand. Industrial, defense and aerospace and communications have always been important customer segments for electronics distributors, but technologies such as 5G, alternative energy, and artificial intelligence will likely have a significant impact on distribution over the next five years. Those technologies will result in many new…

New Disposable receptacle for ODU MEDI-SNAP® Push-Pull connectors – a reliable and economical disposable solution

ODU adds to its medical portfolio with a one-piece disposable clip-in panel receptacle. Suitable for a variety of applications such as catheters, electrosurgical devices, endoscopes or ablation devices, it offers up to 34 PCB or Flex contacts in a space-saving design and can be combined with all ODU MEDI-SNAP® Push-Pull connectors in size 2. Moulded in disinfectable PSU, this connector…

New Lextar Wide-Angle IR LEDs for camera applications

Beck Elektronik extends its product portfolio with the new wide-angle infrared LEDs of the PR35V- series from Lextar. They offer an asymmetric viewing angle of 130° x 80° by using a secondary optic which helps to achieve better illumination making it the perfect solution for surveillance and vision systems. Besides the bright and uniform illumination another benefit is that just…

Staying in flight

Rochester explains how aerospace and defence buyers can be confident that critical components will remain available for long-life products and systems. Aerospace and defence systems have lives that far exceed those of the components which go to make them. Long-term product availability is vital in these sectors and companies need to ensure a reliable long-term source of components is available….

Touch Controller Update: DATA MODUL Presents mXT2952TD Controller Board

Munich, 23rd of April 2021 Introducing the mXT2952TD touch controller board, the latest innovation from DATA MODUL. Designed for PCAP touch applications in the medium diagonal segment, this controller board offers features that optimize its use in a variety of environments. The new controller board supports the latest generation of microchip touch ICs and features a new type of signal…

ProTek Devices Intros Industry-First Smaller Profile Circuit Protection TVS Components

The New High-Powered Surface Mount Transient Voltage Suppression Components Guard Against EFT, EMF, and Lightning in Motors and Relays Using the Industry’s Smallest Profile Package. ProTek Devices has introduced a series of high-powered surface mount TVS components for circuit protection from the electromagnetic field, lightning, and other electrical fast transients in high power applications. These new devices for motors and…

New Coaxial Packaged Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCO) Cover Broad Frequency Bands

Comprehensive Portfolio of Models are Ideal for Prototype and Proof of Concept Applications Pasternack, an Infinite Electronics brand and a leading provider of RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave products, has just launched a new series of Voltage Controlled Oscillators (VCO) designed to address a wide range of Electronic Warfare, ECM, VSAT, SATCOM, radar, and test & measurement applications. Pasternack’s 15 new…

Best features in the smallest space

With innovative improvements in its internal design, the latest model of WE-HCF-SMT high-current inductors from Würth Elektronik sets new standards in its class. WE-HCF in the 2010 design offers significantly better characteristics than previously available inductors in this size: inductance values up to 2 μH and saturation currents up to 25% higher than comparable products in the market. The magnetically…

Panasonic Industry extends its series of Passive Pyroelectric Infrared (PaPIRs) motion sensors

Modern product and application engineering is supposed to wrap next-gen functionality in elegant and unobtrusive designs. This applies to a whole range of electronic devices – from various smart home or IoT applications to displays of whatsoever size and purpose. In this context, Panasonic Industry offers with its latest “Flat Square Type” now an interesting evolution of its successful PaPIRs…

Digital DC/DC converter delivers 1300 W in half-brick package for RF Power Amplifier applications

Flex Power Modules announces the BMR685, the first digital DC/DC converter for Radio Frequency (RF) Power Amplifiers in the half-brick form factor that can provide continuous output power of up to 1300 W. With telecoms infrastructure shifting to 5G, the RFPA is becoming increasingly power-hungry, and RF Power Amplifier designers are moving from LDMOS to Gallium Nitride (GaN) Transistors. Overall,…

High bright TFT’s offering wide operating temperature range

Display Technology Ltd has recently added 2 new wide temperature range AUO TFTs to their high bright range. The new G215HVN01.3 (21.5”) offers an operating temperature of -20 to 80°C and the G156HAN04.0 (15.6”) offers an operating temperature of -30 to 85°C making them suitable for outdoor applications.   Both TFT’s offer a brightness of 1000 cd/m2 with a viewing angle…

IoT, 5G and alternate energy will help drive the North American EMS market

EMS providers say while the pandemic slowed production of equipment last year, demand is recovering and single-digit growth for many contract manufacturers is possible. Electronic manufacturing services providers say they are optimistic that they will grow business over the next five years because of rising demand from companies making products for alternative and clean energy, industrial applications, 5G and Internet…

Jumpstart your organization’s digital transformation

Digi-Key’s director of regional supply chain solutions, Margaret Cunha, encourages purchasers to begin their digital transformation and reap the benefits. The challenges of 2020 have accelerated a digital revolution for purchasing and procurement professionals. The transformation has been so profound that Digi-Key has created a range of digital solutions to help procurement professionals work smarter, not harder, along with providing…

Strong demand, limited capacity will boost PMIC tags

Expect a seller’s market for power management integrated circuits for the rest of the year because of strong demand and limited production capacity. A double-digit increase in unit demand, tight supply and higher prices will result in the worldwide power management integrated circuit (PMIC) growing 19 per cent this year. PMIC unit demand will rise 13 per cent while prices…

Streamlining the online buying process

Mouser’s vice president of Americas’ service & sales, Coby Kleinjan, introduces Price and Availability Assistant, a tool designed to optimize component purchasing. Whether a buyer is purchasing one component or filling a bill-of-materials featuring hundreds of parts, Mouser Electronics offers a portfolio of tools designed to support customers throughout the purchasing process. Mouser’s Price and Availability Assistant is designed to…

Trends in mil circular connectors

TTI’s director mil/aero connectors, Kenny Vigil and business development manager, Steve Brahosky, explore trends impacting military-grade circular connector design and selection. Military-spec D38999 circular connectors are used in defense and aerospace applications for reliable, standards-grade performance to military specifications. These rugged connectors deliver high grade protection from the elements, maintain mission-critical signal integrity and protect sensitive electronics from environmental hazards….

Plan now to avoid production losses in 2021

In this article Rutronik’s vice president North America, Sean Sisson explores the market forces shaping supply and demand through 2021 and beyond. For 2021, three industry sectors which will become growth drivers are 5G, automotive (especially in e-mobility) and servers. Requirements for performance, capacity and service life are increasing at the same rate as IIoT, cloud computing, edge and artificial…

Why does 2021 have CEOs concerned?

NewPower Worldwide’s CEO, Carleton Dufoe, provides an expert view on current market problems and insights on how to mitigate risk. The pandemic has challenged every known business process in our industry and has issued a universal challenge to supply chains globally: evolve or suffer the consequences. CEOs from almost every major distributor emphasize the importance of being agile to navigate…

Central Semiconductor’s New CMDFSHC3-100 & CMDFSHC5-100 Low Profile Schottky Rectifiers

Central Semiconductor Corp., a leading manufacturer of innovative discrete semiconductor solutions, introduces its latest 100V low profile Schottky rectifiers: the 3ACMDFSHC3-100 and the 5ACMDFSHC5-100.These energy efficient devices are packaged in the low profile SMC DFN surface mount case, and utilize highly reliable passivated silicon die. The space-saving SMC DFN package is 1.25mm in height, 53% lower than the comparable SMC,…

Distributors see increased opportunities from automotive

Some distributors say their sales to the automotive supply chain are rising because of semiconductor shortages, rising electronic content in cars and the trend towards electric vehicles. Automotive represents a small percentage of electronics distributors’ overall sales, but distributors say there has been a sharp increase in demand by automakers and their key systems suppliers and contract manufacturers fueled by…

May contain a flexible power alternative: Containerised UPS solutions

Upcycling has been a way of life for generations. From clothes and art to furniture, cars and high cube containers. More commonly known as shipping or storage containers, these industrial steel boxes have been upcycled into garden buildings, offices and some of the most impressive architectural structures in the world. The versatility and structural robustness of these steel frames makes…

Small but big impact

John Denslinger investigates why supply constraints of the tiniest components can have significant consequences for even the biggest industries. A WSJ article published in mid-February spoke to the impact of electronic components on the automotive supply chain. What prompted me to read the piece was the title: ‘How car makers collided with a global chip shortage’. Curiosity set in. Could…

Equivalents keep the supply chain moving in uncertain markets

Anglia’s CEO, Steve Rawlins, argues that to give an EMS the best chance of sourcing quality components, customers need to be pragmatic about generic devices. Successive cycles of chip passive shortages have accelerated the trend for customers to specify ‘generic’ parts on the bill-of-materials rather than a specific brand. Outside some really safety critical markets like aerospace and medical, most…

Keeping pace with high power terminal block demand

In this article, Hitaltech explains that electric vehicle charging is driving a surge in demand for high power terminal blocks. High current requires high power terminal blocks and connectors. One field of high current application that has been growing faster than any other over the past few years is electric vehicle charging. Now the government has determined that no new…

Digitised purchasing: it’s a game changer

Farnell’s regional sales director of UK, Ireland and Benelux, Mathew Thorpe, explains how a crisis became an opportunity for greater productivity and growth. While the world was reeling from the Coronavirus pandemic, Daletech Electronics, a mid-sized UK-based electronics subcontract manufacturer, saw the crisis as a catalyst for an extensive review of its operations. The company assessed its business model and…

Importance of a strong inventory

Mouser’s senior vice president of products, Jeff Newell, explains how by ordering months in advance of expected demand, the company stays ahead of lead time extensions. In the face of semiconductor shortages and other supply chain disruptions in the automotive and manufacturing sectors, Mouser’s longstanding strategy to invest in and maintain strong inventory is helping meet the component needs of…

Should OEMs outsource their box build?

From BoM management to continuous investment in people, equipment and systems, CEMs offer a compelling box build solution. Box build ranges from a single PCB in an enclosure to complex integrated systems. If OEMs require the manufacture and assembly of a complete unit, there are things to consider when approaching a CEM. Question one is how much of the build is…

New 9000 Series Buccaneer Circular Power Connectors from Bulgin

Bulgin has extended its popular connector portfolio with the introduction of the 9000 Series Buccaneer circular power connectors. The 9000 Series comprises a range of high amperage flex body, flex in-line and flange mount connectors which are rated to IP68, making them ideal for high current applications where easy connection and protection from high levels of dust and moisture are…

Radical rethink of manufacturing supply chains

A survey by BDO suggests two thirds of UK manufacturers are planning dual or multi-sourcing for key components to avoid Covid supply disruptions. In a survey of 206 manufacturing businesses conducted by Make UK and BDO in November 2020, almost nine in 10 manufacturers said they had reviewed their supply chains in response to the pandemic. In total, 59 per…

News from the Pioneers of the Enclosure Thermostat

The Re-Design of the Original Enclosure Thermostat is now available: The Small Compact Thermostats KTO 111 and KTS 111. Our small thermostats for enclosures and control cabinets are in high demand. That is why they are “copied” in large numbers, and sometimes even look nearly identical. However, their interior is lacking our expertise! As developer of the Original enclosure thermostats…

From Flourishing to Floundering: Automakers to Face Further Issues in 2021

In the first half of 2020, the automotive industry took a hard hit from COVID-19 with demand nosediving, production shutdowns and allocation shifts focusing on telecommunications and industrial automation. As a result, sales went down a whopping 34%. By the end of the year, demand for automobiles began to mend as sales improved by 19%. Though this is lower than…

Passives in a post-pandemic revenge economy

In this article, Dennis M Zogbi offers a near-term, post-pandemic market outlook as of January 2021. The global passive electronic component industry, including capacitors, linear and non-linear resistors and discrete inductors of all types, will account for approximately USD$33 billion in global revenues for FY 2021. The overall market outlook for February through December 2021 remains robust due to high…

ODU MINI-SNAP® for SPE / Automotive Ethernet

The ODU MINI-SNAP® SPE enables Ethernet connection via a single twisted-pair of copper cables, with voltage supply of terminal devices via PoDL [Power over Data Line]. The simpler design of this new generation of connectors gives both weight and space reductions for designers and developers. SPE standards: 1000BASE-T1 (IEEE 802.3bp) 1000BASE-T1 (IEEE 802.3bw) 10BASE-T1 (IEEE 802.3cq) Maximum bridgeable distances of…

Jaltek installs most fully featured Takaya Flying Probe Test machine in the UK

Jaltek has invested in a TAKAYA APT-1400F Flying Probe Test machine from Accelonix Ltd. The new machine will sit alongside Jaltek’s existing Flying Probe further enhancing technical capacity and throughput.   The TAKAYA APT-1400F is reported to be the fastest Flying Probe test system on the market, setting new standards for speed and test coverage with no compromise to quality…

Tight supply and less price erosion is expected for 32-bit MCUs

Growing demand from key customer segments and the transition from 16-bit and 8-bit MCUs to 32-bit microcontrollers will result in robust sales growth for 32-bit controllers. Semiconductor buyers can expect constrained supply of 32-bit microcontrollers at least through the first half of 2020 because of strong demand from automotive, medical and industrial equipment OEMs and their contract manufacturers. Lead times…

Current challenges purchasing power supplies

Sager asked its power sales engineers and sales team to list the five key topics their customers face when purchasing power supplies. Purchasing electronic components is a challenging job but purchasing power supplies has its own set of demands. Power supplies are complex devices comprising hundreds of components. They are a critical part of all electronic equipment and provide regulated…

5G: just in time for work from home

John Denslinger shows how 5G is turning the ‘work from home’ phenomenon from an emergency solution to a sustainable and infinitely more productive alternative. Covid is once again rewriting ‘business as usual’. The virus single-handedly triggered the great workforce reformation of 2020 where the central office vanished and a dispersed ‘work from home’ (WfH) alternative took its place. Temporary? Hardly!…

Goobay Plus connection cables

TME offers a premium series from the well-known German manufacturer Goobay. It is called Goobay Plus, and it aims to meet the expectations of not only consumers and professionals, but also the so-called “prosumers”, i.e. users expecting home multimedia systems of the highest quality. Goobay Plus cables feature metal housing and gold-plated connectors with minimized resistance and corrosion-resistant contacts. The…

Small, specialized distributors deal with disruptions caused by the pandemic

Long lead times, transportation delays, and finding new customers are some of the issues that small, specialized distributors face. Last year was a challenging time for most distributors, including small, specialized distributors which have smaller line cards and fewer customers and resources than larger broad line distributors. But such distributors have risen to the challenge and have managed to be…

Modular and mobile: trends in housing selection

TTI supplier marketing manager, John Sandy, examines trends and market needs driving selection of protective housings and enclosures. GPS navigation and monitoring systems on agricultural vehicles have to survive dirt, dust, summer sun and pouring rain. Electronics controlling photovoltaic panels must survive the same solar rays that produce the energy. Connected systems on semitrailers and OTR trucks that allow for…

Safeguarding your enclosure supply chains

OKW explains the best way to protect enclosure supply chains from unpredictable disruption is to shorten and simplify them. The pandemic induced disruption has shown just how fragile domestic and global supply chains can be. Even a small, localized outbreak can close a key supplier’s factory and delay shipments. One employee tests positive, others are sent home and production stops…

What will matter most in 2021? Resiliency

With 2020 in the rear-view mirror and optimism rising, Avnet Americas’ president, Tony Roybal looks at the latest market trends, potential bumps in the road and other market intelligence. After a year of doing business during the pandemic, our industry’s typical seasonal and cyclical trends have shifted in ways we’ve never seen before. An uncertain operating environment is now the…

Custom cable assemblies: selecting the right partner

When choosing a cable assembly partner, GTK suggests picking a company which offers a holistic approach to product quality and cost reduction. Custom cable assemblies are becoming more prevalent in industrial electronics as end users expect the same experience as they have with consumer devices. From an OEM’s standpoint, they offer an additional branding opportunity and can provide significant design…

IoT: resolving the unknowns

In this article, John Denslinger sees the expansion of existing IoT applications, plus the introduction of new connected technologies, as a fundamental driving force over coming years. Forecasting several years out is often futile. Results are rarely accurate and frequently altered by disruptive technologies unknown at the time. Somehow, that doesn’t stop us from planning the future for many new…

Constrained supply challenges buyers

Buyers qualify new suppliers, share long-range forecasts and look to distributors for help in sourcing parts that are in short supply – by James Carbone. By most accounts, supply of semiconductors and other components will be constrained through the first half of 2021 and buyers at OEMs and electronics manufacturing services providers are employing strategies and tactics to make sure…

Contact sourcing considerations

In this article, PEI-Genesis unpicks the growing problem of EV connector standardization and compatibility. For most electrical devices, users don’t have to worry about compatibility, because standardized connectors and a nationwide standard mains voltage keep everything simple. For EVs, a reliable grid solves the issues with frequency and voltage, but the connector conundrum remains. Furthermore, the problem is complicated by…

Vishay Intertechnology High Temperature NTC Thermistor With PEEK-Insulated, NiFe Leads Delivers Fast, High Accuracy Measurement in Automotive Applications

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) has introduced a new AEC-Q200 qualified NTC thermistor with PEEK-insulated, nickel-iron (NiFe) leads and a low thermal gradient. Designed to withstand high temperatures up to +185 °C, the Vishay BCcomponents NTCLE350E4 delivers fast, high accuracy temperature measurement and sensing in a wide range of automotive applications. The NiFe alloy of the NTCLE350E4’s conductor wire features…

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