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Military Equipment Designers Focus on Big Picture

Design tool providers are working to make it simpler to see how design, manufacturing, and maintenance all impact designs. By Terry Costlow, Contributing Editor The US military has made digital technologies a mainstay of its efforts to address defense in the 21st century. As the role of electronics grows, many equipment suppliers and designers areRead More

Military Connector Miniaturization

Leveraging Pin Density to Reduce Size and Weight Wim Vanheertum, Product Manager, Miniaturization & Military Applications, Fischer Connectors The push to make military equipment lighter and smaller is so visible that the writers of the award-winning, nerd-friendly sitcom The Big Bang Theory named a September 2016 episode “The Military Miniaturization.” The story continued several weeksRead More

Connectors Help UAV Markets Soar

The growing number of commercial drones creates demand for connectors that enable quick swapping of batteries and storage. By Terry Costlow, Contributing Editor The takeoff of the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market in areas beyond defense deployments is opening a solid growth market for connector suppliers that can provide compact, lightweight products to commercial andRead More

LED & Lighting Connector Product Roundup

This week’s product roundup highlights some of the latest and greatest LED and lighting connector solutions available. Amphenol Pcd’s Luminus Series connectors are lightweight, cost effective, easy to use, and available in multiple configurations to suit a broad range of application specifications. Featuring AS39029 (MIL-C-39029) contacts with quarter-turn, bayonet-style or push-and-snap blind-mate connections, an IP67-ratedRead More

High-Tech Energy Systems Bring Agriculture Indoors

LED lighting, along with innovative cooling and irrigation systems, are inspiring the greatest agricultural transformation since the advent of the tractor. Chances are good that the tomato on your salad or the basil on your pizza didn’t grow outside under the sun. Instead, it may have come from an indoor growing facility, nurtured by theRead More

The Shape of Things to Come

Making the choice between circular and rectangular connectors for the energy industry. Presented by HARTING, Inc. of North America Will Stewart, Industry Segment Manager, Energy Sometimes tradition, rather than functionality, dictates the type of connectors designers specify for an application. That’s the case with circular connectors in the energy industry. Despite their historical employment in thisRead More

Terminal Block Product Roundup

Check out this week’s product roundup for information about some of the latest and greatest terminal block solutions available. Terminal Block Product Roundup TTI offers the SPTAF 1 connector family from Phoenix Contact, which features low-profile housings, quick and easy push-in spring-wire terminations, an 8A and 300V UL rating, and a choice of three user-friendlyRead More

Commercial Spaces Get PoE Connected

Power over Ethernet brings a wealth of efficiencies to smart building initiatives. by Giovanni Frezza, Group Product Manager, Molex Power over Ethernet (PoE) lighting and automation systems help make highly innovative building concepts possible. These distributed networks deliver electrical power and transmit communications signals over standard low-voltage category cabling to various endpoints, including LED lighting,Read More

Stretchable Electronics are the New Machine-Body Interface

A new class of connectors is poised to enable stretchable electronic devices that will revolutionize patient care. Sensors have long played a leading role in medicine. They’re employed in every area of patient care, aid in the gathering of data for research, star in applications like patient monitoring, and help medical professionals gather critical dataRead More

One Waterproof Connector Does Not Fit All

A host of variables define a waterproof connector. Here’s how one company helps its customers get exactly what they need. Roy Phillips, Managing Director, Intelliconnect When a customer asks a supplier for a waterproof connector, their exact requirements are often unclear. In fact, many customers find the specific factors involved in waterproofing tech a mystery.Read More

IDC Roundup

Check out this week’s product roundup for information about some of the industry’s latest and greatest insulation displacement connector (IDC) solutions.   IDC Roundup Rated for 15A and 600V, AVX’s new STRIPT™ 9177-500 Series single IDC contacts quickly, easily, reliably, and cost-effectively deliver UL-certified, impregnable, cold-welded, and gas-tight wire-to-board connections for large gauge, discrete, solidRead More

New Standards Coming for RF Connectors

A host of new requirements and standards are aimed at improving compatibility, performance, and durability in complex designs.   RF Connector and Cable Changes New and updated standards and specifications for RF connectors and cabling are in process. These changes are designed to help interconnect suppliers standardize and better serve their customers in a rapidlyRead More

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