News Briefs for June 9, 2015
The awards pile up along with acquisitions, partnerships, and promotions in the news briefs for June 9, 2015.
Molex Incorporated announced the acquisition of ProTek Medical Ltd. by Molex Ireland Holdings B.V. Headquartered in Sligo, Ireland, ProTek Medical Ltd. specializes in supplying custom solutions for medical device manufacturers in the global medical industry. It excels at cleanroom injection molding and assembly, has an extensive metrology lab, and offers the quality and regulatory expertise that is critical to global medical device manufacturers. ProTek Medical Ltd. will continue to operate as a subsidiary of Molex Ireland Holdings, B.V. This acquisition expands the Molex medical footprint to Ireland, which has a large concentration of successful medical device companies.
TTI Inc. received an unprecedented show of recognition from its supplier partners and captured 15 top awards at the annual Electronics Distribution Show in Las Vegas: For the second consecutive year, TTI and its subsidiary, Mouser Electronics, received the Global Partnership Award for distributor excellence from Amphenol Corporation; jointly, the companies also received the North America Distributor of the Year Award; for the fifth year, API Technologies awarded its Distributor of the Year Award, which cites top point-of-sale (POS) market share in overall filtered connectors and low pass filters; long-time supplier partner Bourns honored TTI as Distributor of the Year and recognized the company with a special 30 Year Partnership Recognition award; and Souriau presented TTI with top honors as the Military and Aerospace Distributor of the Year. Beyond the connector industry, TTI was also recognized by Eaton, Littlefuse, TDK-Epcos, KEMET, Vishay, Honeywell Sensing, and Kingbright.
Samtec announced its entrance into the Silicon Photonics Program of the IRT Nanoelec, headed by CEA-Leti. Samtec joins CNRS, STMicroelectronics, Mentor Graphics, and CEA-Leti to develop and industrialize optical communications solutions using silicon photonics technology for addressing data centers and high-performance computing applications. This technology will strengthen Samtec’s expertise in high data rate applications from 28Gb/s to 56Gb/s and beyond, as well as allow further photonics integration for higher density, higher bandwidth, and lower cost per Gb optical interconnects. The IRT Nanoelec Silicon Photonics Program was launched in 2012 to bring together the expertise, tools, and equipment needed for the development of silicon photonics technology and associated solutions for optical communications.
Pasternack Enterprises appointed Bruce Yolken as the company’s quality assurance manager. Yolken joins Pasternack with more than 30 years of quality assurance experience in the aerospace and defense sector. Prior to joining Pasternack, Yolken held multiple management positions with McDonnell Douglas and The Boeing Company, supporting both aircraft and spacecraft programs with duties that ranged from development and test to production activities.
FCI has completed accelerated life testing of its new GCS silver-based plating, which offers an alternative to existing gold/nickel and GXT finishes in electronic connector applications. GCS plating combines long-term wear and reliability benefits traditionally found in gold-plated connectors with the lower resistance and higher current-carrying capacity found with silver plating. GCSTM makes use of a special hard silver-plating layer that provides improved durability and therefore more mating cycles as compared to the traditional soft silver plating widely used today. The gold flash that covers the hard silver layer ensures effective long-term protection against tarnishing and sulfidation, which outperforms traditional silver plating protected only by conventional organic anti-tarnish solutions. GCS can be used with both signal and power connectors.
Micronas GmbH announced Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH is now a worldwide franchise partner. The global franchise covers the entire Micronas Hall-effect sensor and embedded motor controller product ranges. The Micronas products are extremely well-suited for automotive and industrial applications. Rutronik has been a Micronas distribution partner for 15 years. The companies’ next step is to jointly develop new markets in Asia and North America for continued growth.
A Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) one-year study has concluded that optical fiber is a suitable technology for use on rolling stock. During the trial, SBB tested a variety of connectivity components for gigabit networks on trains, including fiber optic cables, connectors, and databus cables from HUBER+SUHNER, including two- and four-core fiber optic cables and QODC connectors, as well as its RADOX RAILCAT Cat7 databus cables. The train was equipped with a test network which included 24 surveillance cameras, a passenger information system including twelve screens and six LED displays, and an intercom system. SBB’s report cites very positive results and confirmed that handling the fiber connections and plug-in connectors was extremely straightforward. In addition, SBB stated that the use of fiber optic technology presented no greater risk than the previously used copper cables.
DesignCon 2016 has opened the call for abstracts for its 2016 event. With an emphasis on education and peer-to-peer sharing among practicing engineers, DesignCon creates a unique atmosphere for learning about state-of-the-art design methodologies and technologies. The DesignCon Technical Program Committee is seeking abstracts for three types of sessions: Technical papers for 40-minute sessions addressing design case studies and application overviews; 75-minute technical panels; and three-hour tutorials. Abstracts must be submitted by June 30.
TPC Wire & Cable Corp. has been sold by private equity group Pfingsten Partners to Audax Group. Headquartered in Macedonia, Ohio, TPC Wire & Cable is a producer of high-performance, high-quality wire, cable, and connectors used in harsh industrial applications. Founded in 1978, TPC’s products serve a broad spectrum of industries including steel, utility, mining, automotive, food and beverage, government, oil and gas, nuclear, transportation, and wood, pulp, and paper markets.
Sager Electronics announced the results of its 2014 Supplier Excellence Program, which focuses on quality, operations, and business systems support, terms, management, and field-level support. With its inaugural Supplier Excellence Awards, Sager recognized Phoenix Contact, Samtec, Omron Electronic Components, and Carling Technologies for their performance in 2014. Phoenix Contact achieved Sager’s top recognition, the Diamond Confidence Award for Overall Top Supplier Performance. Samtec was recognized with the Best Quality Award. Omron and Carling Technologies also received recognition for exceeding the program’s criteria for supplier excellence.
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