August 2021 Connector Industry News II

By AJ Born | August 31, 2021

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry.

August 2021 Connector Industry News II

August 2021 Connector Industry News II > Event News

IWCS conference 2021Registration is open for the IWCS 2021 Virtual Cable & Connectivity Industry Forum. Register before September 17 for discounted pricing. This virtual event features all elements of IWCS’s traditional in-person event, allowing attendees, presenters, and exhibitors to experience the highest level of education, thought leadership, and networking. This year celebrates the 70th anniversary of IWCS leadership, innovation, and professional development. Visit for registration details. Peer-reviewed papers presented during the Technical Symposium and recordings from the IWCS Webinar series remain publicly archived for ongoing research and education. 

EICACliff Waldman and Dale Ford will present economic forecast data at the in-person 2021 ECIA Executive Conference, Charting the Course Forward, at Loew’s Chicago O’Hare, October 24-26. Cliff Waldman, CEO of New World Economics, will shed light on “The World After Covid,” using the latest data from key industrialized and emerging market economies to chart the state of the global economy. ECIA Chief Analyst Dale Ford will provide expert analysis of the electronics market and report on how the industry and supply chain have been reshaped by recent events. Dale’s research shows the major forces and trends that must be managed for sustainable success and outlines the key technologies shaping future electronics products. The conference theme captures the industry’s main challenge: to imagine and prepare for post-pandemic business conditions where continued volatility and supply chain disruption are bound to be the new normal. The program reflects the enormous task companies face as they map their strategic plan for 2022. The scarcity of skilled labor, component shortages, inflation, and continued global geopolitical uncertainty will require leaders to take full advantage of the most current forecast data and innovative thinking. More information about the 2021 Executive Conference is available at

August 2021 Connector Industry News II > Award News

Schurter DG12 Power-Entry Module product of the year finalist 2021SCHURTER components for high-grade medical equipment come into use wherever certifications and compliances for perfectly safe solutions are in demand. Such demand was seen in 2020, as the pandemic manifested an unprecedented surge in the production of life-saving equipment. SCHURTER’s DG12 Power Entry Module series was named a Product of the Year Finalist by Medical Design Briefs’ editors for outstanding technical merit and practical value. The series was previously recognized as Product of the Month in the April 2020 issue of Medical Design Briefs, “A new power entry module from SCHURTER, Santa Rosa, CA, integrates an IEC inlet, circuit breaker, and mains filter, with optional IP protection. The DG12/DG11 features a recessed 2-pole ON/OFF rocker switch circuit breaker with 1- or 2-pole overcurrent protection. Various colors and markings for both illuminated and non-illuminated switches are available. Current ratings range from 0.05 to 15 A. The filter series is available in standard or medical versions for Protection Class I and II. Applications include medical devices according to IEC 60601-1. The series is compatible with V-Lock cord retention connection cables.” Watch the product video here.

August 2021 Connector Industry News II > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News

PEI-Genesis has extended its partnership with global connector manufacturer Positronic across Europe and Africa. The expansion comes after considerable demand from customers in these regions. Africa and Europe can benefit from PEI-Genesis’s value-add service of Positronic connectors, which involves custom configuring the vast range of standard Positronic D-Subminiature connectors from component stock. This means greater choice with shorter lead times. Positronic, an Amphenol company, is known for the reliability of its connectors and offers customers a range of power and signal connectors for several critical sectors, including industrial and military. As part of the new franchise agreement, PEI-Genesis will assemble components at its South Bend facility in Indiana.

HARTING is partnering with Volkswagen as a sponsor for a special challenge – driving across the United States in a VW ID.4 Compact SUV. On its trek, the car will visit all 48 of the contiguous United States. HARTING and Volkswagen have a strong partnership, celebrated when HARTING won the Volkswagen Group Award 2020 in the “E-mobility” category. The companies have teamed with long-distance driving expert Rainer Zietlow for the new challenge. This drive will mark Zietlow’s 17th long-distance project with Volkswagen. “The VW ID.4 is designed to bring electric vehicles to the mainstream,” he said. “It is more than suited for a long-distance drive with space for plenty of gear and the technology that compact SUV buyers want.” The ID.4 boasts a range of 250 miles per charge and is fitted with DC fast charging that allows a recharge up to 80% capacity in 38 minutes.”  By participating in this challenge, HARTING underlines its commitment to sustainability and reducing CO2 emissions. The company develops robust, reliable, and user friendly EV charging cables and plugs to support the shift to electric vehicles, which are becoming more important for combating climate change.

C&K to acquire EIS electronics 2021C&K has entered into an agreement to acquire E.I.S. Electronics, industry specialists in the design and manufacture of electrical wiring interconnection systems (EWIS) for avionics, defense, and aerospace applications. In conjunction with this transaction, C&K announced the creation of a new division, C&K Aerospace, combining E.I.S Electronics EWIS capabilities with C&K’s avionics switch and ESCC-, NASA-, and MIL-certified space connector business. C&K Aerospace will be headquartered in Dole, France, with operations in Europe and Asia. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter following regulatory approvals.

TPC Wire and CableTPC Wire & Cable (TPC), a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity, completed its acquisition of the First Electronics Corporation (FEC), a leading supplier of manufactured custom cable assemblies for military and defense applications. Founded in 1955 and based in Boston, FEC has grown to be the leading supplier of electrical wiring harnesses, specializing in the production of overmolded, extra-flexible, multi-conductor, EMI-shielded cable assemblies and harnesses, and electro-mechanical assemblies custom-built for military applications. TPC recently formed its Engineered Products Division to expand its coverage of high-reliability end markets such as space, aerospace & defense, semiconductor, subsea, renewables, and medical devices. The partnership with FEC enhances TPC’s solutions offering to these end-markets by expanding its portfolio of specialized wire and cable solutions for high-reliability, mission-critical applications.

August 2021 Connector Industry News II > New Technical Resources, an Avnet community, has released a new eBook providing an insightful overview of IoT Security trends, relevant algorithms, and cryptography for security use, along with a rundown of the latest in communication, edge device, gateway server, and cloud level security. This eBook provides an overview of both the threats and security options for IoT now and in the future, as well as an inside look at IoT security trends in 2021, including the strategic adaptions and changes that organizations have made due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they will continue to affect the future of IoT security moving forward. Newark, recently hosted a webinar on IoT trends based on information from its third annual global IoT survey.

Newark has launched a new global podcast series, The Innovation Experts, on its Technical Resources Hub. Exploring the latest innovations in the world of electronics, the first series investigates how test & measurement equipment is key to enabling technological innovation. The series features interviews with experts from the world’s leading test & measurement equipment suppliers including Tektronix, Keysight, Rohde & Schwarz, Pico Technology, Hioki, and Fluke, to understand how they are helping customers drive innovation across a wide variety of real-world applications. The podcasts provide valuable insights for buyers and design, development, and systems engineers, as well as amateur test enthusiasts interested in the latest trends, challenges, products, tools, and applications.

ECIA’s latest The Channel Channel Podcast is available, featuring ECIA President David Loftus’ interview with ECIA Foundation President Jim Kaplan. The two discuss PACE E-learning, an exciting new ECIA Foundation initiative that will launch this fall to address the need for industry training programs. The PACE E-learning initiative is Kaplan’s brainchild. “Getting new employees trained in the basics of the electronic components industry is something most companies do not do convincingly,” he said. “And often new employees are embarrassed to admit that they don’t know what terms like ‘design registration’ or ‘ship and debit’ mean. Now ECIA members will have a set of reliable and updated training modules they can access, free of additional fees, to get new employees up and running.” Information about ECIA Foundation is available at ECIA Foundation (

August 2021 Connector Industry News II > Facility News

Omnetics Connector Corporation announced that its manufacturing will be moving to a new state-of-the-art facility. The new location, 8840 Evergreen Boulevard in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a few miles north of the company’s current location, and will more than double the space from 55,000 sq. ft. to 124,000 sq. ft. Move-in is tentatively scheduled for February 2022. “The larger facility will help us expand our capacity and capabilities to better serve your growing needs,” stated Gary Jacobs, president and COO. “The products manufactured in our new facility will maintain the same high level of quality as you would expect from Omnetics. There will be no change to form, fit, or function of our products.” 

August 2021 Connector Industry News II > Distribution News 

Newark announced four new distribution partnerships. The company is now stocking INTERCONTEC circular connectors from TE Connectivity. The innovative INTERCONTEC plug-and-play connector concept simplifies modular machine design by offering a wide range of variants including power, signal, and data in one connector, providing a customized solution for specific applications. Applications include drive systems, robotics, automation, packaging, aerospace, food, and textile industries. The product range includes Speedtec 940Power 6-pin ConnectorsSpeedtec 623 Signal Connectors, and Speedtec 723 Hybrid (Power & Signal) 10-pin M23 Connectors. Newark has also partnered with Korenix Technology as its distribution partner in North America. Newark will stock Korenix Technology’s line of IIoT and networking products including JetNet 3008, JetNet 5010G, and JetNet 4706F-S. Newark announced a new global distribution agreement with Connective Peripherals that will enhance its range of connectivity products for customers and expands Newark’s existing portfolio of products for field and lab-based engineers in applications where it is necessary to connect to instruments or systems via serial ports to carry out field-based configuration, upgrades, and maintenance. The product range includes the ES-U-1001 family of full-speed USB to RS232 adaptors. Lastly, Newark has added Delta Electronics as a new supplier. Delta’s standard power supplies offer LED Power Suppliers, AC/DC Power Suppliers, including DIN Rail, enclosed, open frame, and external plug-in adapters. Newark customers can deploy Delta’s energy efficient standard power supply for industrial, medical, test & measurement, machine automation, building automation, LED lighting, and renewable energy applications. 

August 2021 Connector Industry News II > Associations, Standards, & Certifications News

HARTING China site silver level certification from IRISThe quality management at HARTING Technology Group’s Zhuhai, China, site has been awarded the silver level certification of the International Railway Industry Standard (IRIS). Out of approximately 2,200 participating companies worldwide only 2% achieve this result. IRIS is a global system for the evaluation of rail sector companies developed by the Brussels-based Association of the European Railway Industry (UNIFE) through the International Rail Quality Board (IRQB) in close cooperation with the leading rail operators, system integrators, and manufacturers. UNIFE has developed and issued internationally applicable requirements for the quality management systems of railway companies. Suppliers of equipment components as well as the relevant engineering service providers can also obtain certificates. IRIS is based on the requirements of ISO 9001 and comprises additional railway-specific requirements. The IRIS silver level was introduced last year. This was the first opportunity for HARTING Zhuhai to receive this award.

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