News Briefs for April 7, 2015
A call for papers, personnel changes and promotions, new business agreements, and expansion into China are all part of the news briefs for April 7, 2015.
The IWCS Conference has announced a call for papers for the International Cable Connectivity Symposium. Past article topics have included cable, fiber, and conductor design; new cable materials; processing and manufacturing developments; network demands; assembly and installation techniques; cable components; connectivity; market studies; testing; and standards. Proposals are due April 10.
Melni Connectors’ unique electrical connector technology will be featured on ABC’s “Shark Tank” on April 17. Company reps are sworn to secrecy on the details until the show airs, but look for a feature on the company, technology, and the “Shark Tank” experience in an upcoming issue of Connector+Cable Assembly Supplier.
TE has appointed Terrence Curtin, formerly head of its Industrial Solutions unit, to the newly created position of president. He’ll report to CEO Tom Lynch. Curtin’s new job puts him in charge of all of TE’s connectivity/sensor operations, as well as its M&A activity. Before running the Industrial Solutions unit, he served as TE’s CFO. Kevin Rock, the head of TE’s Aerospace, Defense, and Oil & Gas business, will assume control of Industrial Solutions.
PEI-Genesis will open a new 54,000-square-foot production facility in China, which will be fully operational May 1. The expansion into China is part of the company’s long-term strategic plan to move into new geographic areas. The facility, in Zhuhai, will use the same proprietary automation, process flow, and software used in the company’s two facilities in the US and UK, filling a critical need in the Chinese market for high-mix, low-volume configured connectors. The company’s initial focus will be on the rail mass transit, commercial air, oil and gas, solar, and industrial markets. The sales team and all operational staff are already in place, preparing the factory to service customers in China.
Mouser Electronics entered into a global distribution agreement and partnership with CUI Inc., which has developed and distributed electromechanical components for more than 25 years. The company, a subsidiary of CUI Global, offers a comprehensive product offering consisting of power, motion control, and component-based products that address many design challenges across a wide range of industries and applications. CUI’s power products include its Novum Advanced Power line, AC/DC power supplies, and DC/DC converters. Board-level components now available through Mouser include buzzers, connectors, encoders, microphones, speakers, and thermal management solutions.
Sealtron and BTC Electronic Components are celebrating 20 years of partnership. BTC is a stocking distributor of Sealtron’s qualified hermetic connectors and holds inventory of MIL-DTL-38999, MIL-DTL-26482, MIL-DTL-83723, EN2997, and many other commercial lines.
TE Connectivity announced an expanded distributor relationship with Wesco Aircraft Holdings. Wesco Aircraft’s previous agreement included the aerospace, defense, and marine (AD&M) high-performance relay products and DEUTSCH products. Now, it has been expanded to include the AD&M mil/aero connectors and Raychem harness protection products (engineered polymer solutions, EPS).
In 2014, HUBER+SUHNER achieved a 4% increase in net sales and a significant increase of more than 12% in order intake. The rise in net income was quite impressive, soaring to an increase of more than 80% on the previous year. With the acquisition of Cube Optics in Mainz, HUBER+SUHNER also expanded its fiber optic offerings.
Additionally, HUBER+SUHNER has announced three changes to the company’s operational management team this year. On May 1, Drew Nixon will take over the leadership of global sales from Paul Harris, while Patricia Stolz will succeed Urs Alder as the new head of human resources on July 1. The IT department will be integrated into corporate operations under the leadership of Dr. Ulrich Schaumann on April 1.
AVX Corporation introduced its first applications-based catalog, the new High Temperature Solutions catalog, which provides engineers with detailed information about the various passive component solutions that AVX specifically designs, manufactures, and qualifies for exceptional performance in high-temperature applications up to 250°C, including downhole oil exploration, military, and aerospace. It contains at-a-glance product line previews and full product datasheets for high-performance, high-temperature components. It also includes application notes intended to help engineers implement AVX products.
Avnet Electronics Marketing is making the X-fest technical workshops available to a broader audience with the launch of the 2014 X-fest On Demand website. The site offers viewers free, unlimited access to video recordings of all 12 instructional courses offered throughout the X-fest series. The post-event site also includes descriptions of the exhibits and product demonstrations featured at the live X-fest events. The X-fest program featured twelve technical courses based on the Xilinx 7 series, Zynq-7000 All Programmable SoC, and UltraScale device families. Now, on demand, viewers can watch presentations from any of the three educational tracks: Zynq Applications, FPGA/SoC Design Techniques, and Zynq System Design.
America II Electronics has entered into a global franchise distribution agreement with Cliff Electronic Components, which designs, develops, and manufactures components and connectors used in the audio, engineering, instrumentation, medical, lighting, and vending industries. Under terms of the agreement, America II will have global distribution rights to Cliff’s complete line of components including connectors, switches, fans and blowers, power modules, circuit protection, audio jacks, cords and cables, motors, and speakers.
ProLabs, an independent provider of network infrastructure and connectivity products, announced two strategic new hires to expand its product range and grow its business in the carrier market. Christian Rookes has been named director of product management, and Joe Tordy will serve as vice president of US carrier sales, effective immediately. Rookes is responsible for driving ProLabs’ product innovation by upgrading and integrating advanced technology within ProLabs’ wide range of transceiver, cable, and converter products. Tordy is responsible for boosting ProLabs’ prominence in the telecom carrier market by expanding and managing the carrier and multiple-system operators (MSOs) business in the Americas. Within the past year, ProLabs has doubled its executive team. The company’s growth reflects the predicted global growth within the optical components market.
Esterline Connection Technologies is pleased to introduce the newly expanded UTS Series catalog featuring product line extensions. This comprehensive 208-page catalog features SOURIAU´s versatile UTS series, which is ideal for a diverse field of applications such as energy, off-road, building automation, instrumentation, lighting, and rail.
Wieland Electric has updated the housing design of its proven revos BASIC Series rectangular connectors with enhanced corrosion resistance, extending performance benefits to a variety of harsh environment applications. In addition, integral insulation in the housing means they accept all revos BASIC inserts, which reduces the number of variants and makes it easier to specify and stock the connectors.
Contech Research and connNtext associates announced the spring Connector Fundamental and Power Seminars, to be held May 11 and 12 (Fundamental) and May 13 and 14 (Power). The seminars, presented by Tom Peel, president of Contech Research, and Dr. Bob Mroczkowski, Sc.D, of connNext Associates, cover a wide range of connector- and contact-related topics such as design, materials, testing, and more. These seminars, which are a unique source of information for new and experienced engineers alike, are held at the Colonel Blackinton Inn in Attleboro, Mass, US. For more information, contact Tom Peel ([email protected]) or Dr. Bob Mroczkowski ([email protected]).