April 2023 Connector Industry News
Upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry.
April 2023 Connector Industry News
April 2023 Connector Industry News > Award News
Carlisle Interconnect Technologies (CarlisleIT) received the Supplier of the Year award at the 2023 Airbus electrical standard parts annual supplier event held in Toulouse, France. CarlisleIT received recognition jointly from Airbus for its robust commercial performance, high level of collaboration, strong project follow-up on new product introduction, operational performance, and willingness to go the extra mile. CarlisleIT was chosen as this year’s recipient out of 35 electrical standard parts suppliers. “It is an honor to receive the Supplier of the Year from Airbus, a well-respected, global leader in the aerospace industry,” said John Moritz, CarlisleIT vice president and general manager. “As an Airbus supplier, we realize the importance of reliably supplying the highest quality electrical components to help them deliver their mission. This award is a testament to our employees’ global commitment to innovation and manufacturing excellence, and I am proud to accept it on their behalf.”
The Manufacturing Institute (MI) — the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers — recognized Samantha Ortiz, lead product marketing specialist at Phoenix Contact USA, as a 2023 Women MAKE Awards Emerging Leader. The annual national awards program honors women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite. The Women MAKE Awards are part of the MI’s Women MAKE America initiative, the nation’s marquee program to close the gender gap in manufacturing. “I’m honored to receive this recognition from the Manufacturing Institute. This is very important to me because I want to encourage other women who are interested in engineering, math, and science to join this field,” Ortiz said. On April 20, the MI will recognize 130 recipients of the Women MAKE Awards in Washington, D.C.
Hirose Electric USA is proud to be Certified by Great Place to Work. The prestigious award is based on what current employees say about their experience working at Hirose USA. This year, 89% of employees said it’s a great place to work, 57 points higher than the average U.S. company. Great Place to Work is the global authority on workplace culture, employee experience, and the leadership behaviors proven to deliver market-leading revenue, employee retention, and increased innovation. This year, the company kicked off a campaign to understand an employee’s experience on an individual level. The Hirose USA HR department, with the support of the executive management team, conducted one-on-one interviews with every employee. The feedback was very positive and will become part of the culture moving forward. Hirose’s new 18,000 square foot Americas corporate headquarters in Downers Grove, Illinois, has a tech-savvy aesthetic that includes a room designated for a golf simulator and an area for employee relaxation that features gaming technology and VR headsets. These additions have helped foster a workplace that boosts morale, relieves stress, encourages creativity, and increases productivity and teamwork.
April 2023 Connector Industry News > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News
I-PEX and Teramount Ltd. are collaborating to advance silicon photonics optical detachable connectivity for data centers and for other high-speed datacom and telecom applications. The ever-growing demand for high bandwidth, low power, and low latency in networking and advanced computing applications has led to growing adoption of silicon photonics, and for a continuous need to connect more and more optical fibers to silicon chips. That connectivity needs to be reliable, reworkable, serviceable, and cost-effective, which creates a huge challenge. The collaboration between I-PEX and Teramount will provide a breakthrough solution of detachable fiber to chip connectivity based on Teramount’s self-aligning optics technology and I-PEX’s ultra-precision plug and holder systems. Teramount’s Detachable Photonic Plug for its silicon photonics applications enables a new era of serviceable and reliable fiber connectivity solutions, said Hesham Taha, chief executive officer.
Indium Corporation has joined the American Semiconductor Innovation Coalition (ASIC). ASIC recently expanded its membership to include representatives from all stages of the chip fabrication supply chain, including packaging (interconnection and protection of the semiconductor chip). Indium Corporation will be joining fellow technology innovators focused on advancing U.S. leadership in the research and development of semiconductor technology. ASIC is a coalition of more than 170 organizations developing a proposal to utilize CHIPS and Science Act funding to serve as the main technical driver for the National Semiconductor Technology Center (NSTC) and the National Advanced Packaging Manufacturing Program (NAPMP). ASIC supports the research, development, prototyping, and manufacturing transfer goals of the NSTC and NAPMP and is developing strategies to ensure they are met. Indium Corporation has a nearly 90-year history of materials innovation in electronics assembly, thermal interface materials, high-purity and ultrahigh purity metals, metal salts, and oxides used in a wide variety of electronics applications. It also has strong current and expanding capabilities in materials sustainability. Together with ASIC, Indium Corporation seeks to support U.S advancements in both wafer fabrication and packaging. Indium Corporation will have access to high-volume wafer fabs through NSTC and packaging prototyping lines through the Centers of Excellence under development by NAPMP. Through co-development of materials and their associated cutting-edge usages in advanced applications, Indium Corporation will be able to fine-tune the company’s technology to volume production, alongside its current high-volume electronics materials.
April 2023 Connector Industry News > Facility News
SCHURTER Inc.’s PCAP touchscreen line is ready for production at the company’s new California facility. In addition to HMI Solutions, Power Entry Modules offer low leakage filters, ground line chokes, cord retaining solutions, and IP-rated units such as the new 6080 series, which is IP54 rated under load. Metal Line switches feature mechanical, capacitive, and touchless technologies, which are robust and resistant to spills and cleaning. SMD fuses are designed to withstand pulse currents, high inrush, and temperature variations. Unique and innovative designs continue to be added to SCHURTER’s product portfolio of safe, cost-effective solutions for use in the highest-grade medical equipment where high reliability, ISO 13485 and IEC/UL 60601-1 certifications, and product life cycle longevity are staple requirements.
April 2023 Connector Industry News > Distribution News
Newark has strengthened its distribution agreement with ams OSRAM, significantly expanding its global portfolio of LEDs, infrared emitters, photodiodes, and sensors. Design engineers will benefit from ams OSRAM’s broad portfolio of complete optical solutions with the addition of new proximity, temperature and vital sign monitoring sensors, and a comprehensive range of LEDs, photodiodes, and infrared emitters. The extended range from ams OSRAM reinforces Newark’s position as a single source offering cutting-edge optical solutions for the automotive, consumer, industrial, and healthcare markets. The enhanced range of solutions from ams OSRAM now available for fast delivery from Newark include the AS621X Series of Temperature Sensors, TMD3725 Light, Color and Proximity Sensor, TMD27553M Ambient Light/Proximity Photo Sensor, and AS7056 Biosignal Analogue Frontend (AFE) Sensor.
April 2023 Connector Industry News > Technical Resources
Digi-Key Electronics launched new features to its myLists tool, further streamlining collaboration between engineers and procurement professionals. myLists is a modern parts list management tool that consolidates bills of materials (BOMs), price and availability lists, and quotes. The latest features allow users to easily share their BOMs to external team members or to share publicly. With customizable permissions, list owners can allow edit access or “view only” so that everyone can get the information they need, without risking loss of list integrity. The list is updated in real time so collaborators can rest assured they’re working from the most current information, which reduces communication gaps and errors around regarding the BOM. Furthermore, with revision management, assembly controls and approved alternates, teams can more accurately project the availability and cost of components so projects stay on schedule. This update streamlines the process between engineering and purchasing teams.