Interconnect News for October 13, 2015

By News Release | October 13, 2015

For the latest connector industry happenings, check out the news briefs for October 13, 2015.

Ros Kruger, TTITTI named Ros Kruger as its director of supplier marketing Europe – sensors and power. The new position reflects the importance of these technology sectors and the growth TTI is experiencing, both with current and new franchises, in these areas. The company has wide stocking portfolios of products from leading names in the power supply arena such as Mean Well, Artesyn, and Murata Power Solutions, and in sensors with Honeywell, TE Sensor Solutions, and Amphenol Advanced Sensors.

ODU announced the successful expansion of its contact technology portfolio. Its four single contact types – ODU SPRINGTAC, ODU LAMTAC, ODU TURNTAC, and ODU STAMPTAC – are ideal connector solutions for a wide range of applications. Each of them lays the foundation for secure connections: ODU SPRINGTAC offers remarkable durability with more than 100,000 mating cycles; ODU LAMTAC ensures high contact reliability and optimum conductive properties; the slotted ODU TURNTAC is extremely robust and features four contact surfaces between pin and socket; and ODU STAMPTAC is designed for use in IEC charging plugs.

Northwire is celebrating Agency Compliance Engineer Harold Gjerning’s 40th anniversary with the cable manufacturer. Initially working under Northwire founder Ormund Kravik, Gjerning started as a cable operator and was quickly promoted to extruder operator. He continued to impress with his efficiency and skill in training others, and became a quality assurance technician and then an agency compliance engineer. Gjerning was integral to Northwire’s initial contracts through development of a quality manual, written procedures, and explanation of tests, gaining credibility for the company. This led to Gjerning managing and supporting the Underwriters Laboratory inspectors who reviewed Northwire cable products. In 2010, Gjerning won the cable supplier’s Ormund A. Kravik Award, which recognizes work ethic, commitment to quality, innovation, and an entrepreneurial spirit. Professionally, his certifications include Certified Quality Technician from the American Society of Quality and Certified Testing Technician from the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

Molex expanded its printed electronics portfolio with the recent acquisition of Minnesota-based Soligie Inc. Custom Soligie solutions provide a robust and economical alternative to a rigid printed circuit board or copper flex circuits in sensor applications for medical, industrial, consumer, defense, and other industries. Soligie sensor solutions are ideal for measuring temperature, shock, and humidity; physiological monitoring; environmental and biochemical sensors; and virtually any sensor product requiring a thin, flexible electronic form factor. Soligie designs start with a low cost substrate onto which functional components are added using conductive silver ink to form the circuitry. Suitable for integrating sensors, batteries, RFID, thin displays, LEDs, and other passive devices, the Soligie manufacturing process yields small, flexible all-in-one sensor solutions at a lower overall cost than conventional circuitry.

HARTING Roadshow TruckHARTING has developed a Roadshow Truck that will travel across North America showcasing leading connectivity solutions. The truck showcases small-form industrial connectors, cable assemblies, board-level connectors, backplane assemblies, industrial Ethernet switches, and HARTING’s industrial RFID solution. Its goal is to further educate and inform engineers on how to choose a connector solution. The Roadshow Truck is an expansion of the educational initiatives HARTING launched last year through its free web-based portal, The HARTING Roadshow Truck started its year-long tour on September 18 at Boyce Technologies in New York City. The tour will continue throughout the US and Canada. If you are interested in a visit, click here to check out the schedule.

BIRNS announced that its quality management system (QMS) recently had its successful ISO 9001:2008 recertification audit carried out by DNV-GL, an international certification body and classification society created as a result of a merger between Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd. ISO 9001:2008 is a globally recognized standard for QMS implementation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). During the audit, BIRNS’ QMS was thoroughly reviewed across all applicable company departments and all standard elements to ensure proper implementation, procedure compliance, and proof of continuous process improvements, as required by the standard. BIRNS first received ISO certification in 2009 and has maintained it ever since, identifying ways to improve its processes and concomitant productivity each year.

CDM Electronics announced the availability of Clements National Company’s Cadillac brand of 27-point jumper assemblies, receptacles, and accessories for freight and rail passenger trainline communication and control. The parts inventoried include the CRA Series receptacles with male contacts and the CPA Series jumper assemblies with female contacts, as well as replacement cover kits and socket and pin contact kits. Engineered for hostile and rugged environments, the 30A, 600V series is offered in an array of configurations for trainline car control/communication and multiple unit locomotive control.

ATL Technology, a vertically integrated electromechanical contract manufacturer, hired Mike Anderson as its regional director of US medical sales. Prior to joining ATL, Anderson served as the director of sales and marketing for Biomerics LLC and successfully established a robust sales and marketing strategy that resulted in significant topline growth for the company.

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) announced that its board of directors has approved Jaxon Lang, vice president for broadband network solutions at CommScope, and Susan Schramm, vice president of sales and channel effectiveness at Viavi Solutions, as new board members. The organization also announced the addition of seven diverse new members.

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