News Briefs for September 16, 2014

By News Release | September 15, 2014

In each issue, we highlight important OEM, supplier, and distributor news. Read on for the news briefs for September 16, 2014.

Siemon LightStackSiemon, a fiber optic infrastructure specialist, has created a new video to illustrate the advantages of its LightStack ultra high-density fiber plug-and-play system for high performance data centers. The video illustrates how fiber counts of up to 144 LC, or 864 fibers via a 12-fiber MTP interface, can be accommodated in a single rack unit (1U). The complete system is outlined, including the innovative patent-pending enclosure; high-performance, low-loss, plug-and-play modules; pass-through adapter plates; trunking cables; and best-in-class cable management features. While density is maximized in this demonstration, ease of use is also highlighted, with unmatched access to connectivity at the front and rear of fully installed enclosures.

Binder-USA has formed a strategic partnership with Northwire Inc., to enhance the potential for both companies to better service their key markets with customized cable connection solutions. Being able to support Northwire cable and services with Binder cable connectors and vice versa will provide more opportunities and a comprehensive range of cable and connectors to customers.

The Offshore WIND Installation and Maintenance Conference (OWIM) takes place in Amsterdam on October 29. The fifth OWIM Conference addresses the multiple challenges associated with solid future industry growth. This year’s conference theme – “In search of solid foundations” – refers to the current sense of caution in the wind industry. With speakers including Andy Barwise (Gardline), Bert van der Velden (Boskalis Offshore), Wybran Jansen (Vattenfall), and David Hodkinson (Technip), and presentations by DNV GL, Ecofys, the European Commission, Mecal, and other prominent offshore wind supply chain organizations, the conference promises valuable content. Previous conferences have brought together hundreds of offshore wind professionals.

HUBER+SUHNER Astrolab has been recognized by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) for its achievements in quality and performance. Stephen Toma and Wanda Contreras from HUBER+SUHNER Astrolab were presented with the Four Star Supplier Excellence Award 2014 at Raytheon’s annual supplier conference. Award candidates are judged on multiple criteria, including overall quality, on-time delivery, and continuous improvement. HUBER+SUHNER Astrolab was one of 87 companies, selected from more than 2,000 suppliers, to be recognized.

Molex announced that the Molex Dongguan, China facility is now registered with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a compliant manufacturer of Class I medical devices. Part of an ongoing process improvement plan by the Molex printed circuit products group, US FDA registration confirms the Dongguan, China site’s adherence with FDA inspections, tracking, and traceability criteria. Molex Dongguan and other Molex manufacturing facilities maintain certification in ISO 9001 quality management and ISO 14001 environmental management.

SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou 2015 has added a hall devoted to connectivity systems, expanding the fair to more than 40,000 square feet. To be held March 11 – 15, 2015, at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou, the show adds the new Connectivity System zone to the existing Electrical Systems, Robotics and Machine Vision, and Sensor and Management zones. The expansion of the show aims to meet the developing demands of the industrial automation industry and to further assist manufacturing professionals with their sourcing.

Bishop & Associates conducts a monthly survey on current connector prices and lead times to establish a base line to help forecast price and lead time trends. Click here for the connector price and lead time report for July 2014.

Bishop & Associates completed its annual customer survey rating 46 connector manufacturers. Click here to find out which companies were selected by customers as the best suppliers for quality products.

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