News Briefs for September 8, 2015
Read the latest interconnect news for September 8, 2015.
Molex announced it operates a fully ISO 146441-1:1999 Class 8-certified clean room, satisfying strict particulate contamination levels specified by ISO-compliant requirements. Located in Thailand, the facility has less than 100,000 particulates (³0.5mm) per cubic foot of air and manufactures a variety of ISO 13485-compliant medical cables and surgical cables used in operating theatres, hospitals, laboratories, and clinics. The microorganism-controlled environment keeps room pressure, temperature, humidity, and contamination levels within the limits required in the standard. Each clean room is equipped with high-efficiency particulate air filters to prevent the spread of airborne and viral organisms, as well as a positive pressure design that keeps unfiltered air out of the room while air-showers remove particulates from workers and products before they enter. The audit clean room maintenance process includes a microorganism count to ensure compliance of cleanliness and bio-burden levels.
Mouser’s Empowering Innovation Together Spotlight video on robotics has been recognized with a Bronze Telly Award for outstanding achievement. Mouser’s video was selected out of nearly 12,000 entries from all 50 United States and five continents. Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier awards program honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs; video and film productions; and web commercials, videos, and films. Click here to view the video.
General Cable launched its new, redesigned global corporate and North America company websites. Key features include a sleeker design, an engaging user experience with more intuitive navigation, and improved search functionality. The new global corporate home page will direct users to the appropriate regional site based on the selected country. If the United States or Canada is selected, the new North America site will then offer fast access to information about General Cable’s markets, products and solutions, career opportunities, and valuable resources in its information center. The North America site is being launched in English, Spanish, and French.
Alpha Wire recently updated the Xtra-Guard 1 High-Performance PVC cable family to include additional UL approvals and a wider operating temperature range. The UL SUN RES and 60C OIL RES/UL OIL RES 1 approvals now allow Xtra-Guard 1 cables (in all ten jacket colors) to be used in an even more diverse range of applications than before. In addition to the expanded ratings, Alpha Wire has also achieved a lower temperature range that now spans from -35°C to +105°C (SR-PVC) and -30°C to +105°C (PVC). Since materials have not changed, Xtra-Guard 1 still maintains its RoHS- and REACH-compliant status.
IPC announced the addition of Russell Wynne, senior director of IT/Software, and Ayana Nickerson, senior director of training and certification programs, to its staff at IPC headquarters in Bannockburn, Ill. Wynne joins IPC with more than 20 years of experience managing information technology teams. He will be responsible for the leadership and execution of global IT platforms and application development at IPC. Nickerson joins IPC with more than a decade of credentialing experience. She will be responsible for overseeing global operations of IPC online training and certification programs. She will also be responsible for general management of IPC’s online training and certification groups.
PFC Flexible Circuits Limited, a flexible circuit manufacturer and flex assembly provider, has received two awards from National Instruments of Austin, Tex. It received an award in the Quality category, in which PFC scored 100% for the last 12 months. In addition, PFC won an Overall Performance Award, which is based on on-time delivery, lead time, innovation, customer service, and savings and quality. PFC has supplied flex circuit assemblies to National Instruments for more than six years.
The Electronics Representatives Association named Walter E. Tobin as the organization’s new chief executive officer and executive vice president. Tobin is an electronics industry veteran with more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, and executive/corporate management positions. For the last nine years, he was the corporate vice president of Future Electronics, and prior management positions included 12 years at Pioneer-Standard (acquired in 2003 by Arrow Electronics) and 15 years at Arrow Electronics. Tobin succeeds Thomas J. Shanahan, who was ERA’s CEO for 11 years.
ATL Technology, an electromechanical contract manufacturer with specialties in single-use solutions and turnkey OEM products, named David Gens CFO of the company. ATL Technology is headquartered in Springville, Utah, and owns factories in the US, China, and Costa Rica. The company focuses on the medical, automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. Gens brings 25 years of experience with high-growth companies to this position. Prior to joining ATL Technology, he served as senior financial officer in three of Seattle’s fastest growing companies, including RPI, Zango (now Blinkx), and Global Seafoods. As a mergers and acquisitions veteran, he has led more than 20 transactions throughout his career.