March 2022 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.
March 2022 Connector Industry News
March 2022 Connector Industry News > Event News
In its attempt to break the world sailing speed record, the SP80 team has chosen Fischer Connectors to supply the crucial data transmission solutions interconnecting the sensors with which the boat and its pilot will be equipped. The data collected by the multiple sensors and loggers monitoring the boat’s structure and the pilot’s performance will be transferred through the connectors, associated cables, and electronic solutions supplied by Fischer. During the design phase, sensors are used to improve and control the robustness of the carbon, titan, stainless steel, and other high-performance materials of the boat’s structure. During the speed run, data are collected from electronic modules and control sensors directly integrated into the boat, monitoring sensor communications between the pilot and the technical crew on shore, and from sensors worn on the pilot’s body, collecting biometric and security parameters. The boat’s final design will be revealed to the public in spring 2022. The launching of the boat will take place at the end of 2022, while the first tests are scheduled in the South of France for the spring or autumn of 2023. The carbon-fiber SP80 boat looks like a Formula 1 car combined with a fighter jet. It is designed to glide on the water and features a super-ventilating triangular hydrofoil and is towed by a huge kite wing. The technical challenge is to sail at a speed of 80 knots (148.16 km/h), powered only by the wind. This is 14.55 knots faster than the record of 65.45 knots (121.21 km/h) set in 2012.
March 2022 Connector Industry News > Award News
HARTING was recognized as Company of the Year 2022 in the electronic components category by Focus Money Magazine, Deutschland Test, and the Institute for Management and Economic Research (IMWF). According to the latest analysis by the DDW Die Deutsche Wirtschaft information network, the family business ranks third among the 10,000 most important GermanCDM medium-sized companies. The current ranking covers German-owned companies posting annual sales of up to one billion euros. The publishers of the meta-study had previously awarded the Innovation Prize to HARTING in 2021. Among other things, the current Company of the Year award assessed the price-performance ratio, customer trust (recommendation, reliability), service quality as well as sustainability in economic, ecological, and social terms. HARTING convinced the jury in every dimension and took the highest marks in each case.
March 2022 Connector Industry News > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News
Newark has partnered with Würth Elektronik to support electric mobility (e-mobility) developers in their projects. Despite the rapid growth of the EV market, developers still face a range of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) problems when designing e-mobility applications. The companies have joined forces to provide a wide range of electronic components, expert knowledge, and added-value services to help EV product developers overcome design challenges and achieve their goals. Würth Elektronik’s innovative products are designed to simplify the handling of the high currents found in charging and electric motor control. The company’s advanced EMC solutions offer support for fast charging and increase product life, reducing electrical waste and helping to future-proof the EV market. Newark is now stocking a broad range of products from Würth Elektronik as part of the e-mobility campaign, including REDCUBE Terminals, WE-AGDT Series, and WE-MPSB Series.
Sweden-based CellMax Technologies AB, a member of the Rosenberger Group, appointed Reine Eriksson CEO, as of February 1, 2022. Eriksson’s long industry experience and track record building global business towards the telecom sector will help CellMax to meet the significantly increased demands for high performing antennas. He has held several executive positions in public and most recently a privately held company where he built a global business area for a software as a service (SaaS) company. CellMax develops and produces high-gain, high-efficiency antennas that offer increased network performance, lower total cost of ownership, higher subscriber satisfaction, and higher revenues.
March 2022 Connector Industry News > New Technical Resources
Newark launched a comprehensive online hub for power management technology and solutions. Customers can access the hub for new featured products and applications and learn more about power management through engaging videos, articles, and training modules. Additionally, customers will find a wide range of power management solutions from market-leading manufacturers such as ABB, Eaton, and Molex. Power management allows for improved control of energy expenditures, increased safety, and environmental effect mitigation. It provides a highly integrated, high-performance architecture for a broad range of application categories, such as storage computing, networking, telecommunications, automotive, and consumer electronics. Newark’s expanded power management offering now includes tens of thousands of products, such as DRB series three phase power suppliers from TDK Lambda, LCW Series 15W-320W AC-DC power supplies from XP Power, SDN-D Rail Power Supplies from SolaHD.
Smiths Interconnect announced two upcoming webinars. On March 17, “Ferrite Isolators and Circulators for SSPA Applications,” presented by Alan McNeill, product line manager, ferrite & waveguides, and Harold Aikins, global product line director, RF, will share some of the challenges, the design process, and the development path from the perspective of the isolator supplier. On March 28, “Rugged Circular Connectors for Sensors in Braking Systems and High Shock, Vibration Applications,” presented by Joydip Sanyal, product line manager, circular & rectangular metal connectors, and Riadh Gazdallah, global key account manager, will cover Smiths Interconnect’s specialized connectors with Hyperboloid contact technology and the benefits of their specific compact and ruggedized design.
March 2022 Connector Industry News > Distribution News
Newark announced Astrodyne TDI as its distribution partner in North America. Astrodyne TDI provides durable and dependable EMI filters for a variety of applications including industrial, professional-grade appliances, medical, aerospace, semiconductor, and military. Through this partnership, Newark will stock Astrodyne TDI’s full suite of standard EMI filters, including single-phase, three-phase, IEC inlet, and power modules for an extensive variety of applications that require plug and play EMI/EMC filter integration. Some of the popular products now available from Newark include Astrodyne TDI RP100 series, Astrodyne TDI 084 series, and Astrodyne TDI RP305 series.
CDM Electronics announced the availability of Times Microwave Systems’ new LMR Tool Kit. The hard case tool kit provides all tools required to perfectly cut, prep, and crimp LMR-195, LMR-200, and LMR-240 coaxial cable as well as install a wide assortment of Times Microwave’s connectors, including the LMR X-Series non-solder EZ connectors. The tool kit, along with full lines of Times Microwave Systems’ LMR coaxial cables and connectors, are available from CDM Electronics. Offered to promote installation efficiency, accuracy, and robust connectivity in a broad range of remote and on-site telecommunications applications, the LMR tool kit is intended for installers of small-cell wireless backhaul 5G telecom towers where communications equipment and antennas are mounted. It is suitable for integration of in-building Wi-Fi and SCADA networks and for use by in-house technicians at broadcast facilities in which a tower, antennas, or antenna arrays for FM/TV/HDTV broadcasting transmission are essential. Other applications include RF test labs in addition to jumper-cable production facilities.
March 2022 Connector Industry News > Associations, Standards, & Certifications News
Hirose Electric announced that the ix Industrial connector series has been specified as a new standard interface connector for Ethernet applications by PROFINET (Process Field Network) per the most recent PROFINET Cabling and Interconnection Technology Guideline. Published in June 2021, Version 5.0 of the PROFINET Guideline offers updated standards for PROFINET-compliant cabling use in industrial environments. The ix Industrial interface is a vital component in the SPC (Specific Passive Components) section for Ethernet transmission. Using the ix Industrial connector, manufacturers of PROFINET-compliant devices can create smaller, more compact devices to save valuable installation space in the control cabinet. The ix Industrial series reduces functional space by up to 75% and footprint by two-thirds compared to RJ45 solutions. Supporting CAT5e (1 Gb/s) and CAT6A (10 Gb/s) cabling, the ix Industrial Series I/O connector features an optimized EMI/ESD shielding design for safe and secure data transmission up to 10 Gb/s.
Molex announced that its Squba sealed wire-to-wire connectors have earned the coveted IP68 rating for meeting the stringent international standard of waterproofing and resistance to dust, dirt, sand, and other contaminants. In achieving this milestone, Molex addresses ever-increasing demand for compact connectors ideally suited for a variety of consumer device, commercial vehicle, industrial automation, connected home, and other space-constrained applications exposed to harsh environmental conditions. This designation demonstrates that Squba connectors are fully resistant to particulate ingress as well as the effects of being immersed in up to 1.5 meters (nearly five feet) of water for up to 30 minutes.
SCHURTER’s EC12 series Power Entry Module (PEM) has received the CQC approval mark, which is mandatory for PEMs with EMC filters used in China. The widely accepted IEC Power Entry Module, with integrated C20 appliance inlet and 2-pole On/Off switch, is ENEC approved up to 16 A at 250 VAC and cURus approved up to 20 A at 125/250 VAC. The CQC Mark Certification is otherwise a voluntary product certification sanctioned by the China Certification & Inspection Group (CCIC) to manage the process for manufacturers interested in pursuing the China Compulsory Certification (CCC). The voluntary product certification service (called CQC mark certification) carried out by CQC certification indicates that the product meets the relevant quality, safety, environmental protection, performance, and other standards by imposing the CQC mark.