Interconnect News for November 17, 2015

By News Release | November 17, 2015

For the latest announcements from the connector industry, check out the interconnect news for November 17, 2015.

Mouser Electronics announced that Hayne Shumate, Mouser’s vice president of Internet business, has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Electronic Components Industry Association. The ECIA, the leading non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the needs and interests of the authorized electronic components supply chain, presents the award annually for “significant contributions to the leadership and activities of the electronic components industry and the association.” It specifically cited Shumate for his work on the site. He served as a member of the steering committee and has been instrumental in its success, to which he devoted many hours testing and developing improvements.

ODU launched its ODU Advanced Monitoring Connector Solutions for High Definition in the European, US, and Japanese markets in response to an increased demand for utilization of embedded vision in robotics as well as non-industrial applications. The solutions include the ODU AMC High-Density and ODU MINI-SNAP connectors among many others. These connectors are designed for various applications but meet some of the key requirements for vision systems including robust design, light weight, watertight protection, high-speed data transmission, ease of use, and compact size.

Weidmuller is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its North American operations, which include corporate headquarters in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Weidmuller’s North American headquarters, located in Richmond, Va., commemorated its anniversary year with a 20,000-square-foot expansion of its facility. The added space includes offices for the customer/technical support organization, product management, and the value-added services group. It also features a new Customer Innovation Center – a training facility with high-tech multi-media displays. Weidmuller’s Canada location has grown in the past 40 years from a two-person operation to the market leader in industrial connectivity in Canada with more than 45 on-site employees and 25 field representatives. This year, its growth continued with a 30% expansion in warehouse and assembly workstation space.

Amphenol RF introduced new and improved SMA and N-Type coaxial connectors that are optimized for low-loss cables. The cables and newly optimized connectors are matched to 50Ω impedance, allowing for maximum and reliable signal transfer. The redesigned SMA and N-Type connectors provide consistent electrical performance at high frequencies and feature improved grounding for more stable RF performance. They are ideal for applications that require high reliability and low signal loss. Common applications include telecommunication networks, antennas, wireless systems, and broadband communications.

Radiall was recognized by the Airbus executive committee for providing innovative solutions to the aerospace industry. The Supplier Innovation Award from Airbus acknowledges Radiall’s efforts to accurately understand and proactively respond to the time, cost, and weight challenges the aircraft manufacturer encountered on new aircraft designs. The longstanding relationship between the two companies allowed Radiall the opportunity to make its Quick Install Connector, a revolutionary and lightweight alternative to the existing EN3545, a reality. Meeting EWIS reliability and safety standards, the connector is easy to install and designed to reduce installation time by more than 80%.

Andreas Conrad assumed the position of senior vice president operations at the HARTING Technology Group on November 1, 2015, succeeding Torsten Ratzmann. Conrad’s previous position was managing director at Schaeffler Technologies GmbH & Co. KG (Herzogenaurach) with responsibility for production and logistics at the Wuppertal site. He was also responsible for the manufacturing plants in Romania, China, India, and the US as head of production. Ratzmann, after eight years as managing director and most recently senior vice president production and logistics, will leave the HARTING Technology Group by December 31 to take over as chief executive officer of a company in the automotive supplier and consumer goods sector.

Astute Electronics has received certification to AS 6081, the SAE Aerospace Standard that addresses counterfeit mitigation and is designed to provide a very high level of protection for companies in the aerospace and defense industries. Astute is the first British and first European company to gain certification and only the fourth company in the world to achieve this. Astute is also the first company worldwide to have more than one location certified (UK and US). AS 6081 standardizes practices and methods to mitigate the risks of purchasing and supplying fraudulent/counterfeit electronic parts. Astute takes testing much further than simple visual inspection and functional tests; the company uses scanning electron microscopy equipment to check to see if the part has the right marking and materials and also compares parts against a library of known good parts. If a component shows up with a different material construction, it can be identified immediately as a fake.


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