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Tackling the Microplastic Problem with Science and Sport
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Tackling the Microplastic Problem with Science and Sport
With the help of Harwin’s technology, incorporated into microplastic sampling systems, GB Row Challenge athletes and University of Portsmouth scientists are creating a comprehensive map of microplastic concentrations. Microplastics have become prevalent in the environment, particularly in oceans and waterways. These microscopic strands of plastic can contain carcinogens…
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Tackling the Microplastic Problem with Science and Sport
Tackling the Microplastic Problem with Science and Sport
With the help of Harwin’s technology, incorporated into microplastic sampling systems, GB Row Challenge athletes and University of Portsmouth scientists are creating a comprehensive map of microplastic concentrations. Microplastics have become prevalent in the environment, particularly in oceans and waterways. These microscopic strands of plastic can contain carcinogens…
The Key to Enriched Medical & Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
The Key to Enriched Medical & Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is fueling a transformative revolution in operations, competitiveness, and innovation in medical device and pharmaceutical manufacturing. The medical industry is rapidly embracing IIoT, driven by the diagnostic and treatment advantages advanced robotics, vision sensors, and industrial data communications devices offer patients and…
Intelligent LEDs Help Farmers Grow Superfoods
Intelligent LEDs Help Farmers Grow Superfoods
Indoor farming technologies centered around intelligent LEDs help grow new "superfood" crops that serve pharmaceutical and nutritional industries New indoor farming technologies that can create perfect growing conditions are taking the element of chance out of crop production. As climate change makes traditional farming less predictable, indoor vertical…
Autoclavable & Sterilizable Product Roundup  
Autoclavable & Sterilizable Product Roundup  
This week’s Product Roundup highlights autoclavable and sterilizable connectors from leading connector manufacturers and suppliers. Autoclavable & Sterilizable Connectors Fischer Connectors Fischer Core Series offers sterilizable connectivity solutions including brass, stainless steel, and plastic 405 models, which are autoclavable and compatible with other sterilization methods such as Cidex,…
June 2024 Connector Industry News
June 2024 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. June 2024 Connector Industry News June 2024 Connector Industry News > Event News DigiKey is the key sponsor of the EW Project Challenge 2024 by ElectronicWings,…
What are Push-Pull Circular Connectors?
What are Push-Pull Circular Connectors?
What are Push-pull Connectors? Meet the Connector: Push-pull Connectors Push-pull connectors are circular connectors that have a spring-action cylindrical sleeve surrounding — or within — the integral connector housing that self-latches during mating. The connection is released through a squeeze-and-pull, rotate-and-pull, or other specific unlocking action that prevents…
Selecting Test Probe Tips to Test Printed Circuit Boards
Selecting Test Probe Tips to Test Printed Circuit Boards
Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) are an essential part of the many electronic products we rely on every day. Both in-circuit and functional testing after manufacturing are critical steps to ensuring PCB dependability. Test probes play an important part in this process by providing the flexibility to make the…
Where in the World is Amphenol LTW's Luc Kan?
Where in the World is Amphenol LTW's Luc Kan?
Amphenol LTW’s GM Luc Kan travels for work half of the year. Learn what keeps this connector entrepreneur and road warrior excited about technology — and how he stays serene while always in motion. Under the guidance of General Manager Luc Kan, Amphenol LTW has enjoyed a meteoric…
Sealing Success: Overmolding for More Secure Connections 
Sealing Success: Overmolding for More Secure Connections 
Overmolding is the hard-working protection solution for electronic components in the field.  Innovative technologies ensure connections in medical, industrial, and other harsh environment applications. Overmolding is the process of encasing electronic components with a covering to create a single, integrated part. The process is done mainly for environmental protection,…
TE Connectivity’s Sustainability Efforts Pay Off
TE Connectivity’s Sustainability Efforts Pay Off
The company reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 72% in just three years and improved its environmental impact by implementing efficient operational strategies across the supply chain. New technologies are part of the solution. TE Connectivity’s products are part of sustainability solutions around the world, connecting solar energy…
What is a VGA Connector?
What is a VGA Connector?
What is a VGA Connector? Meet the Connector: VGA Connectors A VGA (Video Graphics Array) connector is a standard interface used to connect a desktop computer, medical monitor, signage display, projector screen, or other video-generating device to a monitor or display screen. The VGA interface is now considered…
Medical Cable Assemblies Product Roundup
Medical Cable Assemblies Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights medical cable assemblies from leading connector manufacturers and suppliers. Medical Cable Assemblies Avnet supplies circular MT optical cable assemblies from Molex. Today’s medical and industrial equipment generates vast amounts of data and requires optical communications to move that data at high speeds. These…
Disposable Medical Devices Increase Safety for Patients
Disposable Medical Devices Increase Safety for Patients
Disposable and limited reuse medical devices pack technology into a cost-effective format that can be a viable alternative to reusable devices, particularly when it comes to preventing contamination. Cost, functionality, and environmental impact factor into the choice of device as well. Patient safety is a top priority for…
Six Common Connector Types Used in Medical Devices
Six Common Connector Types Used in Medical Devices
Common connector types used in medical technologies are also specified for data centers, communications equipment, industrial systems, MIL-aero designs, and other high-reliability, high-performance markets. Every component choice matters in the high-stakes design of medical devices and equipment. The electronic connectors specified for medical technologies aren’t always specific to…
First Mate Last Break Connectors Boost Safety and Reliability
First Mate Last Break Connectors Boost Safety and Reliability
A surgical device manufacturer needed a connector with a mixed configuration of power and data contacts to pair with a 12-foot silicone overmolded cable assembly, making autoclave sterilization difficult. FMLB connectors met the challenge. To choose the best connector for a medical device, a designer must move through…
What are Lead Wires?
What are Lead Wires?
Meet the Connector: Lead Wires Lead wires are two small lengths of wire extending from the pole of an electrical component, such as a resistor, capacitor, or semiconductor device, used to connect the component to a circuit or another component. They may also be called hook-up wires, appliance…
Circular Medical Interconnects Product Roundup
Circular Medical Interconnects Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights circular medical connectors from leading connector manufacturers and suppliers. Circular Medical connectors PEI Genesis supplies LEMO S Series circular connectors, the original push-pull connectors. The S Series circular connector offers high performance and rugged design, and is ideal for use in medical applications,…
Feb 2024 New Connectivity Products
Feb 2024 New Connectivity Products
New-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. Feb 2024 New Connectivity Products  Feb 2024 New Connectivity Products > Interconnects, etc. KYOCERA AVX released the 9159-7X0 Series double-ended linear card-edge connectors with spring contacts. This addition is the first in the portfolio to feature the company’s robust beryllium…
Smart Patches Offer Next-Level Wireless Health Monitoring
Smart Patches Offer Next-Level Wireless Health Monitoring
A new generation of wearable sensors are making cardiatrics, diabetes management, biometric monitoring, and medication delivery more comfortable and effective. Wireless health monitoring has been transformed by the possibilities afforded by miniaturized electronics. The first mass market of wearable medical devices took the form of fitness trackers and…
Heavy-Duty Connectors Protect the Flow of Power and Data in Robots in Harsh Environments
Heavy-Duty Connectors Protect the Flow of Power and Data in Robots in Harsh Environments
As robots become ubiquitous and the tasks they take on grow more complex, one constant remains: they must be able to endure harsh environment conditions without interruption or performance impacts. The definition of “harsh” varies significantly across the many operating environments that require automated processes. Some robots may…
The Basics of Electrical Connector Manufacturing
The Basics of Electrical Connector Manufacturing
Understanding how connectors are manufactured can help designers and engineers make the right choices for their product designs. Electrical connectors play a huge role in the ability of electronic devices to perform complex functions in a wide variety of applications. Connectors are continually adapting to accommodate technological advances,…
What are ZIF and LIF Connectors?
What are ZIF and LIF Connectors?
Meet the Connector: ZIF and LIF Connectors Zero insertion force and low insertion force connectors protect the IC from damage during mating and unmating. ZIF (Zero Insertion Force) and LIF (Low Insertion Force) connectors are used in electronic devices such as computer hardware, medical devices, robotics, and many…
Waterproof Product Roundup  
Waterproof Product Roundup  
This week’s Product Roundup highlights waterproof connectors from leading connector manufacturers and suppliers. Waterproof connectors Flexx-Sil cable jacketing from Cicoil, a Trexon Company, produces waterproof flat cables and flat cable assembly products. It features inherent water-repelling characteristics and produces superior water-resistant cables. Cicoil waterproof cables are impervious to…
Implantable Medical Devices Depend on High Quality Connectors
Implantable Medical Devices Depend on High Quality Connectors
The cables and connectors used in medical devices are based on common design rules and similar products are used in other markets. However, they are tailored to the unique demands of medical applications and are heavily scrutinized throughout production. Understandably, safety and reliability are at the forefront of…
Cutting the Cord: Wireless Charging Technology for Medical Devices
Cutting the Cord: Wireless Charging Technology for Medical Devices
Developing new wireless medical technologies involves more than great design. Learn about the Qi standard, charging strategies, and other steps in the process between concept and completed product. Advanced wireless charging technologies are transforming the market for portable medical devices, with new equipment for health monitoring, therapeutics, diagnostics,…
What are Single-Pin DC Connectors?
What are Single-Pin DC Connectors?
Meet the Connector: Single-Pin DC Connectors This common barrel-type plug is widely used in portable devices ranging from consumer radios to basic medical devices. But it’s not as simple as it looks. The term single-pin DC connector (also called single-pole connector) typically refers to a circular or barrel-shaped…
Push-Pull Connectors Product Roundup  
Push-Pull Connectors Product Roundup  
This week’s Product Roundup highlights push-pull connectors from leading suppliers. Push-pull connectors Avnet supplies the ix Industrial IP6X Rectangular Push-Pull connector and cable from Amphenol Communications Solutions. The ix provides Cat6A Ethernet connectivity using the IEC 61076-3-124 mating interface and full sealing to IP65, IP66, and IP67 specifications.…
August 2023 New Connectivity Products 
August 2023 New Connectivity Products 
New-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. August 2023 New Connectivity Products August 2023 New Connectivity Products > Interconnects, etc. Smiths Interconnect launched Kepler contact technology for IC testing. Whether for testing high performance computing, wearables, or other automotive chips, Kepler is the only solution that provides two-axis of…
Smaller Medical Devices Create Space for Micro Connectors
Smaller Medical Devices Create Space for Micro Connectors
As personal medical devices follow the path of consumer electronics, product miniaturization has made it easy for patients to integrate these technologies into their lives. Medical machines for hospital settings are also scaling down and becoming available to more facilities. Micro and miniaturized interconnects play a key role…
Standards, Materials, and Testing for Four Types of Resistance
Standards, Materials, and Testing for Four Types of Resistance
Heavy-duty and safety-critical applications and their interconnect systems must be designed to resist mechanical stress and environmental conditions without degrading power, signal, or data transmission. Four tests help ensure high reliability. Ruggedization methods and processes apply to the entire design, engineering, and manufacturing cycle in the creation of…
What is an XLR Connector?
What is an XLR Connector?
Meet the Connector: XLR Connector XLR connectors are a type of electrical connector commonly used in professional audio and video (AV) applications, with limited application in medical video technologies and industrial AV equipment. The name "XLR" stands for "eXternal Line Return.” The XLR is sometimes referred to simply…
ZIF/LIF Product Roundup  
ZIF/LIF Product Roundup  
This week’s Product Roundup highlights ZIF/LIF from leading suppliers. ZIF/LIF The 6824 Series from KYOCERA AVX of FPC/FFC connectors was developed for the internal connection of mobile equipment such as digital cameras, tablet PCs, smartphones, and game consoles. Despite their low-profile and space-saving features, FPC or PCB layouts…
Best Practices and Solutions for Minimizing EMI
Best Practices and Solutions for Minimizing EMI
Mitigating the impact of electromagnetic interference begins at the board level when designing electronic systems for use in complex medical, aerospace, and other environments where multiple technologies operate. Managing electromagnetic interference (EMI) is critical in busy settings where multiple and diverse types of electronic equipment are operating in…
Artificial Intelligence Brings Precision and Insights to Computer-Assisted Surgery
Artificial Intelligence Brings Precision and Insights to Computer-Assisted Surgery
New developments in artificial intelligence are making computer-assisted surgery more precise, less invasive, and more successful than ever. Artificial Intelligence in Computer-Assisted Surgery Computer-assisted surgery, also called image-guided surgery (IGS), has been a key player in the operating room for more than two decades. IGS provides surgeons with…
Miniaturized High-Reliability Interconnects Fuel Medical Device Advancements
Miniaturized High-Reliability Interconnects Fuel Medical Device Advancements
Smaller medical devices need miniaturized interconnects to achieve greater functionality and portability in medical diagnostic, monitoring, and surgical equipment. Patients want home-based monitoring, fewer clinic visits, lower costs, and shorter hospital stays. Physicians want more precise data and mobile care for difficult to reach or underserved regions. These…
Disposable Interconnects Product Roundup
Disposable Interconnects Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights disposable interconnects from leading suppliers. Disposable Interconnects HyperGrip from Smiths Interconnect is a circular plastic, user-configurable, color-coded connector with push/pull latching design allowing for one-hand disconnect. HyperGrip is designed to meet medical industry requirements such as finger-proofing to IEC60601, flammability rated to UL94 V0, and is…
Sensors Provide a Clear Vision for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Sensors Provide a Clear Vision for Minimally Invasive Surgery
Sensor-guided technologies help surgeons  push the barriers of surgical innovation. Thanks to sensor-guided medical technologies such as robot-assisted surgery, endoscopic diagnostics, and electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy, surgeons are able to perform precise medical procedures with minimally invasive surgery (MIS), accelerating patient recovery and improving outcomes. Robotic arms combined with…
How to Choose a Medical Connector
How to Choose a Medical Connector
Connectivity solutions for medical equipment must be safe, dependable, durable, easy to operate, and meet critical regulatory requirements. Medical connectors are used to transmit data, power, and control signals to a system or piece of equipment that provides patient care in a hospital, clinic, or home health setting.…
EU MDR: Update to Medical Device Regulations in Europe
EU MDR: Update to Medical Device Regulations in Europe
New regulations impact the more than 500,000 types of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices in Europe. What do these regulations mean for device manufacturers? European Union Medical Devices Regulation (2017/745/ EU) (MDR) represents a major update to the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC) (MDD) and…
RF Connectors for Medical Applications Product Roundup
RF Connectors for Medical Applications Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights RF connectors for medical applications from leading suppliers. RF Connectors for Medical Applications EZ Form Cable, a Trexon Company, provides SMA connectors for the medical industry, specifically MRI systems and RF tumor ablation. EZ Form Cable SMA connectors are “virtually” non-magnetic, well beyond…
What are EMI/EMP connectors?
What are EMI/EMP connectors?
Meet the Connector: EMI/EMP Connectors EMI/EMP connectors, also called filter connectors, help protect electric and electronic systems from emitting or receiving disruptive “noise,” including radio frequency interference (RFI), electromagnetic interference (EMI), electromagnetic pulses (EMP), voltage spikes, and other radiated emissions that can distort or interrupt a signal. EMI,…
Antimicrobial Interconnects Resist Germs, Infection
Antimicrobial Interconnects Resist Germs, Infection
Whether implanted in the body or used against skin, patients depend on electronic devices to resist bacteria. A new generation of biocompatible materials makes high-tech medicine safer than ever. Cardiac pacemakers, stents, knee and hip implants, insulin pumps, cochlear implants, and other electronic medical devices have increased the…
Medical Trends Drive Innovation and New Technologies
Medical Trends Drive Innovation and New Technologies
The pandemic has altered the healthcare ecosystem and stimulated innovations in the medical sector. As a result, doctors and patients have new connected tools to promote health outside of the clinical setting. Medical Trends The COVID19 pandemic has provided us with new insights into the healthcare ecosystem and…
New Market Research Report Projects Bright Future for Connector Industry
New Market Research Report Projects Bright Future for Connector Industry
New Bishop & Associates report examines how the connector industry has fared in the pandemic era and looks ahead at the next five years. After what we thought would be one of the most interesting years ever, 2022 is shaping up to be even more astonishing than 2021.…
Sterilizable and Autoclavable Connectors for Medical Applications Product Roundup
Sterilizable and Autoclavable Connectors for Medical Applications Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights sterilizable and autoclavable medical connectors from leading suppliers. Sterilizable and Autoclavable Connectors for Medical Applications Viking THORKOM circular connectors from CDM Electronics are available in various shell sizes, high density contact arrangements, and mounting styles. They feature quick connect and disconnect with either…
What are IEC Connectors?
What are IEC Connectors?
Meet the Connector: IEC Connectors IEC connectors or plugs are a broad category of power connectors for various uses that follow the International Electrotechnical Commission standards. IEC connectors are not a specific type of connector. Instead, they are a broad category of different types of electronic and electrical power…
Industrial Laser Processing Fuels Today’s Modern Electronic Devices
Industrial Laser Processing Fuels Today’s Modern Electronic Devices
Automated manufacturing processes are integrating industrial lasers for precision processing, inspecting, and testing of materials. Fiber optic connectors help make these systems possible.  [caption id="attachment_37247" align="aligncenter" width="600"] (Image courtesy of Teradyne)[/caption] Fiber optic technology is enabling a new generation of high power, ultrafast industrial lasers. These precision beams…
How PAEK Compares to Glass-to-Metal Sealed Connectors
How PAEK Compares to Glass-to-Metal Sealed Connectors
While the traditional method of glass-to-metal seal (GTMS) connectors serves as an effective hermetic barrier and electrical insulator for a broad spectrum of medical, automotive, aerospace, military, and low-pressure geophysical applications, advanced thermoplastics developed over the past three decades have proven to be a superior solution for the…
What are Hermetic Connectors?
What are Hermetic Connectors?
Meet the Connector: Hermetic Connectors Hermetic connectors are completely sealed against ingress of air or liquid using a glass, ceramic, or composite sealing device or material. Hermetic sealing offers the highest level of protection available against air, gases, chemicals, moisture, debris, and other contaminants. It is an essential…
Effective Alternative to Silicone-Jacketed Cables and Cable Assemblies
Effective Alternative to Silicone-Jacketed Cables and Cable Assemblies
A mainstay of medical device design, silicone jacketing protects cables from the hazards that medical technologies face in clinical care settings. It’s not a perfect material, though. New alternatives address silicone’s common shortfalls. Silicone is a widely used cable-jacketing material for medical device components. Commonly used in medical…
Wireless, Wearable, and Implantable Medical Technologies Saved My Life
Wireless, Wearable, and Implantable Medical Technologies Saved My Life
Wearable consumer-grade technology provided valuable diagnostic information, which led to a successful therapeutic treatment that saved my life. In mid-February, one of my doctors detected an irregular heartbeat during a routine office visit and suggested I see a cardiologist. The cardiologist requested approval from my medical insurance provider…
Push Pull Connectors for Medical Applications Product Roundup
Push Pull Connectors for Medical Applications Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights push-pull connectors for medical applications from leading suppliers. Push Pull Connectors for Medical Applications Souriau JMX Series Plastic Push-Pull Coupling Connectors, supplied by Allied Electronics & Automation, offer reliable mating with a push-pull locking mechanism with an audible and tactile indicator that only…
Instrumentation and Test & Measurement Systems Demand Higher-Performance Connectors
Instrumentation and Test & Measurement Systems Demand Higher-Performance Connectors
Specialized test connectors and equipment help new products meet ruggedness, outgassing, and other performance and compliance requirements.  Instrumentation connector technology is evolving to serve higher speeds and bandwidths, RF technologies (including microwave and mmWave), and the analog-to-digital transformation. Test & Measurement and instrumentation processes have become essential to…
Investigative and Therapeutic Technology Trends
Investigative and Therapeutic Technology Trends
Advances in miniaturized interconnects and optical cabling have launched a design revolution in the medical device field, from high-precision laser surgical tools to small and portable connected healthcare devices. Today’s modern medical therapeutic instruments are enabled by faster speeds, expanded bandwidths, fiber optics, RF microwave and mmWave, and…
Medical Connectors Need High Precision Medical Contacts for High Performance and Safety
Medical Connectors Need High Precision Medical Contacts for High Performance and Safety
High-performance medical contacts are a critical element in a connector assembly and contribute to the overall performance, safety, and functionality of medical equipment. By Lemco Précision SA Medical Contacts Used in Connectors It’s becoming more challenging to produce medical devices that balance innovation, cost, regulatory compliance, and user-friendliness.…
Connectors for Medical Diagnostics Applications Product Roundup
Connectors for Medical Diagnostics Applications Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights connectors used for medical diagnostic equipment from leading suppliers. Connectors for Medical Diagnostics Applications MINIDOCK Series Connectors from I-PEX are optimized for use in rugged docking applications and ruggedized applications with low-insertion-force cable plug terminations, like the cable plug mating end in ultrasound…
Designing Interconnects for Portable and In-Home Medical Equipment
Designing Interconnects for Portable and In-Home Medical Equipment
Secure, medical-grade connectors help portable medical devices endure shock, vibration, and rough handling without detriment to performance. As portable medical equipment for both hospital and home use becomes more prevalent, the need to design healthcare devices that can meet the demanding requirements of a high-impact, high-vibration environment continues…
Miniaturized and User-Friendly Connectors Empower Advanced Medical Wearables
Miniaturized and User-Friendly Connectors Empower Advanced Medical Wearables
New medical wearable device innovations count on miniaturized connectors that can perform reliability under the stresses of use and cleaning processes. [caption id="attachment_35129" align="aligncenter" width="600"] An elderly woman with hearing aid[/caption] Miniaturized Connectors In today’s fast-growing medical wearable markets, designers must create safe devices that provide effective performance…
Silicone Alternative Offers New Option for Medical Cable Jacketing
Silicone Alternative Offers New Option for Medical Cable Jacketing
Innovative component solutions that integrate cutting-edge technology with next-generation materials give medical devices designers new choices. By Northwire (A LEMO Group Company) Silicone is a popular cable jacketing material for components used in applications where reliable high performance is imperative. Commonly used in medical tools, hospital equipment, and…
I Need a Wire Harness Assembly
I Need a Wire Harness Assembly
I Need a Wire Harness Assembly Sometimes the last thing considered in a complex system is the wiring harness. However, as with many sub-assemblies that make up a system, wiring harnesses have many variables that may affect the quote and the quoting process if these variables are not…
Smaller DesignCon 2021 Still Worthwhile
Smaller DesignCon 2021 Still Worthwhile
The rescheduled, relocated DesignCon was heavily impacted by the ongoing pandemic. However, high-speed innovation appears to be unstoppable. Bob Hult shares his observations on the 26th annual event and new connector products introduced. DesignCon 2021 was unlike any of the previous 25 years’ events. The continuing prevalence of…
Five Connectivity Considerations for Ultrasound Imaging Applications
Five Connectivity Considerations for Ultrasound Imaging Applications
To ensure optimal ultrasound performance over long equipment lifetimes in rigorous operating environments, design engineers should consider five primary characteristics when specifying medical connectors. Sonography, better known as ultrasound imaging, is one of the most utilized and beneficial medical diagnostic imaging techniques. Ultrasound imaging technology has been used…
Four Key Device Trends Driving the Medical Connector Market
Four Key Device Trends Driving the Medical Connector Market
Trends driving collaboration between medical device and connector manufacturers include increased demand for safety and regulatory compliance, disposable solutions, high-resolution imaging capabilities, and durability. The quality and reliability of electronic equipment for the medical industry is vital, as human life and safety depend on it. This formidable responsibility…
Multi-Functional Connectors Meet the Needs of Therapeutic Equipment
Multi-Functional Connectors Meet the Needs of Therapeutic Equipment
Therapeutic devices are getting smaller, smarter, serve more purposes, and are exposed to harsh cleaning and disinfection protocols. Connectors with multiple advanced features are required to meet the challenging demands of these important medical devices. Therapeutic equipment includes a broad array of devices used to treat patients and…
Top 12 Technology Trends: The Evolution of High-Performance Backplane Technology
Top 12 Technology Trends: The Evolution of High-Performance Backplane Technology
Backplanes using copper conductors have come a long way over the past 50 years and will likely remain the most common form of system architecture well into the future. [caption id="attachment_33307" align="aligncenter" width="599"] SBC-Backplane image courtesy of Rackmount-guy per CC-BY-SA 3.0.[/caption] This is the 10th installment in the Technology…
Connectors in Ventilators
Connectors in Ventilators
By Mic Cardone, Director of Systems Integration, Tom Chudyk, Sales Director, Fred Morgenstern, Product Director, Janet Tufo, Marketing Director, Neutrik USA, in conversation with Connector Supplier Demand for ventilators skyrocketed in the early months of the pandemic, inspiring a wave of innovative new equipment designs. However, the success…
Consumers Adopt Wearable Tech for Greater Health
Consumers Adopt Wearable Tech for Greater Health
From multifunctional fitness trackers and smartwatches to tiny medical devices that deliver medicine or vital information, consumers have embraced wearable technologies. Consumers have embraced the concept of wearable devices and the industry is responding in a big way. From step counters to heart monitors, consumers have shown a…
When is a Custom Connector the Best Option?
When is a Custom Connector the Best Option?
With millions of connector products ready for order from trusted suppliers and distributors, designers should be able to find a suitable solution for their project. But sometimes, they can’t. That’s when customization comes in. A quick search of any major distributor’s inventory turns up millions of connector products.…
Top 12 Technology Trends: The Evolution of Proprietary to Open Source Connectors
Top 12 Technology Trends: The Evolution of Proprietary to Open Source Connectors
Sometimes a custom connector design will remain a limited-use product. Other times, it may become a popular proprietary connector. In some instances, the evolution continues and the connector experiences widespread use as a commercial or open-source product. This is the eighth installment in the Technology Trends series by…
Top Trends in the Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Market
Top Trends in the Diagnostic Imaging Equipment Market
Imaging equipment is evolving rapidly based on technological advancements, miniaturization, and portability. Connectivity solutions are scaling down in size and up in capability to enable these advanced designs. Diagnostic imaging equipment enables physicians to obtain digital images of structures inside the body in a non-invasive procedure. These images…
Cable Connectors for Ultrasound Probe Assemblies
Cable Connectors for Ultrasound Probe Assemblies
Ultrasound equipment requires components that can deliver reliable connectivity under extremely demanding conditions, including rough use environments, harsh sterilization techniques, and repeated mating cycles. [caption id="attachment_27718" align="aligncenter" width="600"] San Antonio Military Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine Air Force Capt. (Dr.) Erin Hanlin and Dr. Jeremiah Johnson practice…
EMI/RFI Shielded Connectors Product Roundup
EMI/RFI Shielded Connectors Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights EMI/RFI shielded connectors from leading suppliers. EMI/RFI Shielded Connectors LEMO’s K Series connectors feature a modular design and myriad precision-manufactured component parts that can be configured into thousands of unique connector products optimized for a wide range of outdoor and harsh-environment applications in…
Striking the Right Balance Between Regulatory Compliance and Fluctuating Medical Market Trends
Striking the Right Balance Between Regulatory Compliance and Fluctuating Medical Market Trends
Connectors that have demonstrated reliable performance in the tough medical market help designers achieve first-pass regulatory approvals. These selections can be invaluable when it comes to successfully balancing stringent regulatory compliance with fluctuating market trends. Design engineers, sales reps, and connector manufacturers all understand the complexity of medical…
April 2021 New Connectivity Products
April 2021 New Connectivity Products
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. April 2021 New Connectivity Products April 2021 New Connectivity Products > Interconnects, etc. Hirose’s new BK13C Series hybrid FPC-to-board connectors combine a space-saving, low-profile package with high…
Robotics Help Medical Providers Improve Care
Robotics Help Medical Providers Improve Care
A new generation of robotic medical equipment is helping medical providers deliver automated care protocols, sterilize facilities, and conduct surgical procedures, as well as reduce risk and improve patient outcomes. Surgical suites and intensive care units are some of the most high-risk work environments within hospitals. It is…
Waterproof Pogo-Pin Connectors for Portable and Wearable Medical Applications
Waterproof Pogo-Pin Connectors for Portable and Wearable Medical Applications
Small portable and wearable medical technologies give patients and healthcare providers a safer, more flexible tool for collecting vital biometric data and delivering care. These devices handle the harsh operating conditions of the home and clinic with the help of pogo-pin connectors. As the medical world turns to…
Medical Interconnect Solutions Will Spur Innovation Across Markets
Medical Interconnect Solutions Will Spur Innovation Across Markets
The COVID-19 pandemic pushed medical interconnect providers to create new strategies, capabilities, and products in 2020. In 2021, we predict that those lessons will transfer to new medical devices and care processes, and influence capabilities for other markets as well. Connector companies are adept at aligning their capabilities…
New High-Speed Information and Communication Technologies Will Affect Our Lives and Businesses in 2021
New High-Speed Information and Communication Technologies Will Affect Our Lives and Businesses in 2021
In the year ahead, we’ll see AI, IoT and IIoT technologies, cloud computing, 5G communications, blockchain, UAVs, and robotics impact nearly every market. These transformative technologies are becoming more pervasive and more proficient. As we move into 2021, multiple breakthrough technologies are being implemented that will affect our…
Five Technology Trends Driving New Connector Designs
Five Technology Trends Driving New Connector Designs
The connector world is constantly evolving to support dynamic market trends. Emerging high-speed connectivity products are currently responding to a number of technology trends and, once released to market, will serve, inspire, and enable a multitude of next-gen, high-speed applications for many years to come. As businesses and…
The Internet of Medical Things is Transforming Healthcare and Creating Opportunity
The Internet of Medical Things is Transforming Healthcare and Creating Opportunity
Advanced sensor and interconnect solutions are driving innovation in the wearable, wireless, and connected healthcare device market. The implementation of 5G will further enhance the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) and make medical technologies even more powerful. Prior to the internet, the medical industry relied on chart paper,…
Choosing the Right Board-to-Board Connectors for Your Device
Choosing the Right Board-to-Board Connectors for Your Device
Consider robustness, flexibility, and processing requirements in your design to be confident that you are choosing the right board-to-board connectors for your application. A primary concern for device designers is how to get signal and power to the device in a way that doesn’t interfere with functional goals,…
Connector Industry Meets Pressing Demand for Advanced Medical Connectivity Products
Connector Industry Meets Pressing Demand for Advanced Medical Connectivity Products
In a year of changing market conditions and unprecedented global demand for lifesaving medical technologies, the electronics industry has stepped forward to meet new challenges. The world is facing challenging times stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, including healthcare uncertainties, record high unemployment, and social unrest. These turbulent market…
Power Connectors for Medical Equipment Prioritize Safety
Power Connectors for Medical Equipment Prioritize Safety
The first point of connection is the first opportunity to establish rigorous safety standards for medical technologies used in home healthcare and clinical settings. The base electrical standard for medical equipment, IEC/UL 60601-1, guides the design of safe and effective power supplies. As medical equipment becomes more powerful,…
Beyond Standards: IPC Helps the Electronics Industry Navigate Challenges
Beyond Standards: IPC Helps the Electronics Industry Navigate Challenges
IPC is known as the premier standards organization in the electronics manufacturing industry. But as the industry faces tariffs, COVID, and other complex challenges, it’s also become a problem-solving enterprise. When John Mitchell became the president and CEO of IPC in 2012, the organization’s focus was on standards…
Industry in Transition: The Pandemic Inspires Changes Across Technologies and Supply Chains
Industry in Transition: The Pandemic Inspires Changes Across Technologies and Supply Chains
Distributors have a bird’s-eye view of the complex supply chains that serve the global electronics industry. When the COVID-19 crisis began in China, distributors were among the first to identify the vast impact the pandemic would have on the many markets that depend on the region’s manufacturing capabilities.…
Four Key Technology Trends Affecting Medical Device and Connector Manufacturers
Four Key Technology Trends Affecting Medical Device and Connector Manufacturers
Medical device manufacturers depend on innovative connectivity products to keep ahead of changes to the regulatory environment, as well as ongoing demand for low-cost, disposable solutions, reusable medical devices, and high-resolution imaging products.  While the quality and reliability of electronic equipment is vital for every industry, it is…
Three Key Design Considerations for Wearable Medical Devices
Three Key Design Considerations for Wearable Medical Devices
Wearable medical devices are providing life-changing solutions for patient care and represent a major medical market trend. These medical technologies depend on specialized components and systems that are lightweight, low-profile, flexible, and comfortable. Market demand for wearable medical devices is continuing to grow across multiple medical market segments.…
Four Key Areas Where Wearable Technologies are Pushing Innovation
Four Key Areas Where Wearable Technologies are Pushing Innovation
Miniature interconnects combined with sensors and antennas give designers powerful new means of integrating Internet of Things into flexible new forms.  Tiny wearable technologies are becoming huge. The incredible miniaturization of electronic components, combined with the powerful Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities brought to these systems by miniature sensors and antennas, has resulted in a new wave of wearable technologies. Flexible,…
The Global Connector Industry Helps Fight COVID-19
The Global Connector Industry Helps Fight COVID-19
From parts for ventilators to initiatives to spur innovation, the connector industry is fighting the pandemic in an international effort that extends across every part of the supply chain. The connector industry is uniquely positioned to directly aid in the fight against COVID-19. Connectivity products are essential to…
COVID-19 Pandemic Drives Demand for Disposable Wire and Cable Products
COVID-19 Pandemic Drives Demand for Disposable Wire and Cable Products
Disposable, single-patient-use electrocardiograph cables and leadwires help keep patients safe by eliminating cross-contamination, which is always a critical concern in medicine but now more than ever. Since reusable electrocardiograph (ECG) leadwires come into direct contact with a patient, they can be a source of harmful cross-contamination. Disposable ECG…
Self-Aligning Magnetic Connectors Provide Optimal Power and Data Solutions for Medical Applications
Self-Aligning Magnetic Connectors Provide Optimal Power and Data Solutions for Medical Applications
Magnetic connectors designed to self-align, self-locate, handle a high number of mating cycles, and safely unmate can provide optimal solutions for power and data transmission. Technological advancements in healthcare have led to an increased demand for electronic devices for inpatient and outpatient medical care. These devices are used…
COVID-19: A Black Swan Event for the Connector Industry
COVID-19: A Black Swan Event for the Connector Industry
The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting supply chains, cooling demand, and affecting businesses in virtually all market segments. How will this impact the connector industry? History may have some clues. A black swan event is defined as an extremely rare, unpredictable, and unexpected occurrence that has significant negative impact…
Endoscopes Evolve to Meet Increased Safety Demands
Endoscopes Evolve to Meet Increased Safety Demands
Concerns about cross-contamination have placed scrutiny on minimally invasive medical devices. Electronic components that can withstand enhanced sterilization techniques are essential for reusable equipment. Disposable endoscopes are another possible solution. [caption id="attachment_28506" align="aligncenter" width="600"] (Image by Georg Graf von Westphalen per CC BY 3.0)[/caption] Endoscopy is a minimally invasive…
Non-Magnetic RF Connectors are Critical Enablers for Advanced MRI Technologies
Non-Magnetic RF Connectors are Critical Enablers for Advanced MRI Technologies
Emerging MRI technologies rely on a new generation of non-magnetic RF connectors that offer advanced performance in smaller and lighter configurations. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques provide several benefits over other medical imaging techniques and are increasingly employed in application areas outside of their well-established neurological roots. Encouraging…
Connector Suppliers See Significant Impact From COVID-19
Connector Suppliers See Significant Impact From COVID-19
The coronavirus has disrupted supply chains, industry events, and product releases, and compelled components suppliers to find new ways to serve customers. The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has disrupted every aspect of life in China’s Hubei province and its capitol Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. Hubei…
Strategic Acquisitions Continued in the Connector Industry in 2019
Strategic Acquisitions Continued in the Connector Industry in 2019
Connector-adjacent technologies were the key focus of many 2019 acquisitions as companies expanded to a whole-ecosystem approach. Once again, Amphenol led the industry in acquisitions, completing more acquisitions than any other company in the connector, cable, or cable assembly field in 2019. Amphenol has acquired more than 60…
Getting Connected with Stretchable Circuitry
Getting Connected with Stretchable Circuitry
The next frontier for medical device design is stretchable, wearable products that can adhere to patients or equipment and endure movement and manipulation. Dr. John Rogers, a professor of engineering at the University of Illinois, is one of many researchers advancing the charge to develop stretchable electronics. Rogers…
Global Harmonization of the Appliance Coupler Standard
Global Harmonization of the Appliance Coupler Standard
As the electronics industry continues to take steps towards global harmonization, the US and Canada will adopt the IEC 60320 standard for device plugs with minor deviations. This has significant implications for home healthcare products, portable medical technologies, household appliances, and consumer electronics. By SCHURTER Inc. Global standards…
Medical Devices and Instruments Put the Squeeze on Connectors
Medical Devices and Instruments Put the Squeeze on Connectors
Rapidly evolving medical technologies are increasing demand for small, lightweight, high-density connectors that can handle high signal speeds, endure frequent mating cycles and sterilization, and play well with sensors. Connectors for electronics in medical devices, equipment, and instruments cover a very broad range of uses. They, and their…
High-Tech Medical Connectivity Products Create Smart Solutions
High-Tech Medical Connectivity Products Create Smart Solutions
Robots, Big Data, and other high-tech medical technologies will help lower error rates and set new quality standards as the next generation of medical devices integrates smaller, modular electronics into highly connected medical environments. The medical technology sector is a booming industry marked by rapid change. Miniature dosing…
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