May 2021 Connector Industry News

By AJ Born | May 11, 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.

May 2021 Connector Industry News

May 2021 Connector Industry News > Event News 

Smiths RF webinarSmiths Interconnect is presenting a new webinar, “Understanding Which RF Filter Technology Works Best for Your Next Module Design,” at 11 a.m. EDT on May 25. This webinar will examine the different RF filter technologies, including conventional, emerging planar chip, and thin- and thick-film technologies; evaluate key parameters for choosing an RF filter, including frequency band, rejection criteria, insertion loss, package size, and mounting style; and address current and future RF filter trends.


Smiths Space Optical Links webinarSmiths Interconnect is also presenting “Optical Interconnects: Addressing the Unique Challenges in Space Applications” at 11 a.m. EDT on June 3. This webinar will explain why ruggedized and SWaP-optimized optical communications in space are critical to further extending global high-speed connectivity networks to remote territories and open oceans using LEO and GEO satellites.

ECIA will present its Global Industry Practices Committee (GIPC) update webinar at 4 p.m. EDT on May 24. Topics will include GIPC’s design registration study, product change notification technology advancements, paperless manufacturers COC, environmental compliance, and EPA PIP 3.1, CA Prop 65. CEO David Loftus and Chief Analyst Dale Ford will also present. For more information, please contact Don Elario.  Click here to register.


TE Light It Up virtual conferenceTE Connectivity is hosting LIGHT IT UP 2.1, a virtual lighting conference, on May 18-20. This virtual event will feature lighting experts, guest speakers, and educational events. Register now for biweekly emails that will offer early access to virtual sample kits, product videos, and other content tailored to lighting applications. Registration is already open for several LIGHT IT UP 2.1 webinars, including “TE and Zhaga: What’s Next in Street Lighting Standards” at 9 a.m. EDT on May 18, “Tackling Humidity With New Developments in Nector Technology,” at 1 p.m. EDT on May 18, “Advancing Innovation in Street Lighting Control Nodes” at 9 a.m. EDT on May 19, “The Growing Importance of Two-Node Architecture in Street Lighting” at 1 p.m. EDT on May 19, and “A Look Inside Material Selection, Testing, and Beyond Certification in Lighting,” at 9 a.m. EDT on May 20.

In part two of its All About Power webinar series, Keysight Technologies will discuss various types of power sources at 1 p.m. EDT on May 26. Topics will include two-quadrant power supplies, source measurement units, regenerative power supplies, and a review of DC electronic load operation and applications. A Keysight expert will offer tips on interpreting specification sheets and determining the right power solution for the given task. Click here to register or receive a recording of the event.

May 2021 Connector Industry News > Award News 

TTI receives Littlefuse Distributor of the Year AwardTTI Inc. is Littelfuse’s Distributor of the Year
For the second consecutive year, TTI Inc. has been recognized as Distributor of the Year by Littelfuse, an industry leader in circuit protection products. “We are proud to recognize TTI for its outstanding collaboration as a valuable distribution partner,” said Deepak Nayar, Littelfuse senior vice president and general manager, Electronics Business. “TTI delivers outstanding results for Littelfuse and our customers, and their dedication to exceptional service helps drive the Littelfuse commitment to customer-focused innovation.” Don Akery, president, TTI Americas, said, “Winning the Littelfuse distribution of the year award, particularly for the second year in a row, is very gratifying. TTI and Littelfuse are well aligned in our product and vertical market perspective, so to win this award is an affirmation of our strategy and recognition of our companies’ mutual hard work.”


IPC award to Karen McConnellIPC Presents Karen McConnell with its Highest Honor, the Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award
Karen McConnell, Northrop Grumman, was presented with the IPC Raymond E. Pritchard Hall of Fame Award at IPC APEX EXPO on March 9. The Hall of Fame, IPC’s most prestigious award, is given to individuals who have provided exceptional service and advancement to IPC and the electronics industry. McConnell is a senior staff CAD CAM engineer in the engineering environment development and support department at Northrop Grumman Enterprise Services sector in Linthicum, Maryland. Her primary responsibility is developing a common shared EDM library and supporting the electrical and PCB design tool initiatives across Northrop Grumman Mission Systems. An active IPC volunteer and leader for IPC and the electronics industry for more than 30 years, McConnell supports numerous IPC standards development committees, including the Land Pattern Committee, Design for Excellence (DFX) Subcommittee, Generic Requirements for Digital Twin Task Group, CFX Subcommittee, Terms and Definition Committee, and Electronics Documentation Committee. She is chairperson of IPC’s Technical Activities Executive Committee (TAEC), Technical Activities Executive Committee Global Committee, and the IPC Design Community Leadership team. A recipient of the IPC President’s Award in 2013, McConnell is a strong advocate for new engineers, serving as one of the first mentors in IPC’s Emerging Engineer program.

May 2021 Connector Industry News > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News

Harwin Sponsors GB Bobsleigh Team Competing at 2022 Winter Olympics
Harwin is an official sponsor of Great Britain’s bobsleigh team, which is currently preparing to compete in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The team is raising funds to purchase a new sled that can showcase the latest innovations in aerodynamics and material science and reach speeds of over 90mph on the winding 1.2-mile-long track at Xiaohaituo, just outside of Beijing. As competing sleds must be a maximum of 630kg, including the four-man crew, it needs to be lightweight yet strong enough to deal with G forces that can reach almost double the G force that astronauts are subjected to during rocket launches. “Harwin’s philosophy has always been about finding pioneering ways to set new benchmarks and striving to accomplish more. The technology that we develop has to perform under the most challenging of circumstance and cope with the most extreme conditions, and we definitely recognize these traits in what the GB bobsleigh team are currently doing,” says Ben Green, head of marketing communications at Harwin. “All of us here at Harwin wish them every success.” IMAGE

Lectrix announced a new partnership with Bulgin, a leading manufacturer of environmentally sealed connectors and components. “The Bulgin partnership with Lectrix shows their channel partners, employees, and investors that Bulgin is forward-thinking about growth and about creating more opportunity for Bulgin and its stakeholders in the U.S. market,” said Lectrix CEO Graham Kilshaw. “Providing fast, reliable sealed solutions for the harshest of applications across multiple industries is what Bulgin does best. Bulgin was looking to connect specific marketing efforts with ROI and we are excited now to be able to deliver with Lectrix,” said Bulgin President German Casillas. “Working with Lectrix allows us to get in front of our technical customers with targeted information and marketing that we can measure.”

May 2021 Connector Industry News > New Technical Resources 

World Industrial Market for Connectors 2021-2026Bishop & Associates has released a new research report, World Industrial Market for Connectors 2021, which explores the technology and products that are driving the growth of the industrial connector market. This report examines the trends affecting the industrial market and how these will change the industrial market and connectors used in this market and its segments. Forecasts by industrial segment, product type and region are provided, along with five-year compound average growth rate projections.

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