November 2021 Connector Industry News

By AJ Born | November 02, 2021

Coverage of upcoming industry events, awards, partnerships, promotions, new facilities, distribution channels, and more from across the connector industry.

November 2021 Connector Industry News

November 2021 Connector Industry News > Award News

The North Bay Business Journal (NBBJ) has announced this year’s winners of its annual Best Places to Work award and SCHURTER is once again listed among the ranks of notable North Bay companies. This is the 14th year that the Sonoma County-based SCHURTER Inc. has made the list, with its first Best Places to Work award in 2007. The company is especially proud of this honor because the recognition comes from its employees. The award recognizes organizations that are rising above others in quality, professionalism, respect, and camaraderie as reported by company employees.

Sager Electronics has been named OTTO’s 2020 Distributor of the Year. This is the third consecutive year that Sager achieved this recognition from OTTO. “We are thrilled to recognize Sager Electronics as Distributor of the Year, receiving our Platinum designation as OTTO’s top distribution partner in North America,” remarked John O’Sullivan, distribution sales manager for OTTO. “In what was an extremely challenging year for many in the industry, the Sager team continued to nurture existing customers and grow sales for OTTO’s portfolio of products.”

HARTING award HeilindHeilind Electronics has been honored with HARTING’s 2020 North American Broadline Distributor of the Year award. The HARTING portfolio of products is an important component in Heilind’s full suite of interconnect, electromechanical, and sensor solutions, serving to meet the interconnect needs of customers large and small. HARTING products are used in a variety of industries, including mechanical and plant engineering, broadcast and entertainment, data centers, factory automation, power generation and distribution, industrial electronics, and telecommunications.

Weidmüller’s RockStar HDC won BRONZE in this year’s LEAP awards in the category of Industrial Automation. The LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program) presented by WTWH Media, celebrates the most innovative and forward-thinking products serving the design engineering space. This is the second LEAP award won by Weidmuller in the past two years. The new RockStar ModuPlug terminal block modules with PUSH IN connection technology re-invents control cabinet wiring. The innovative terminal solution in the connector frees up space in the cabinet and reduces the time needed for installation. Using the individual modules, all the necessary functions for power, signal, data, and pneumatics transmission are combined in a single interface. The modules reduce the amount of space required and cut costs compared to fixed-pole inserts and other modular plug-in connector systems.

Hirose Electric has honored Mouser Electronics with its Distributor of the Year Award for 2020 in recognition of overall sales and growth, as well as for customer service and satisfaction. Adrian Ort, Hirose distribution manager, presented the award to Krystal Jackson, vice president of supplier management at Mouser at a virtual event. “The COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges for our industry in 2020. However, even with these obstacles, Mouser achieved impressive growth with Hirose in 2020,” said Mark Kojak, vice president of sales and marketing for Hirose Electric USA.

November 2021 Connector Industry News > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News

NewarkNewark acquires Dialog Semiconductor has increased its semiconductor portfolio following the acquisition of Dialog Semiconductor Plc (Dialog) by Renesas Electronics Corporation (Renesas). Renesas is a major supplier to Newark and the integration of the Dialog product range will enable customers to access more advanced embedded solutions for IoT, IIoT, infrastructure, and automotive applications. The combined portfolio showcases Renesas and Dialog’s complementary products for embedded processing, analog, power, and connectivity. Newark customers will have access to more than 35 winning combinations of compelling product packages featuring Renesas and Dialog products, which work together to deliver comprehensive solutions. With these engineering-vetted designs, engineers can leverage an elevated platform for their design ideas, accelerating the product development cycle and lowering overall risk when bringing new designs to market.

TPC Wire Trexon brandTPC Wire & Cable announced the formation of the Trexon brand, which encompasses the brand portfolio of TPC, Pittsburgh Wire and Cable, and MilRail in its Industrial Products division, and EZ Form Cable, CiCoil, Hydro Group, Integrated Cable Systems (ICS), and The First Electronics Corporation (FEC) in its Engineered Products division. Industrial Products are manufactured to provide top performance in the most demanding environments, and Engineered Products are designed into exacting and mission-critical applications. Trexon, a leading provider of unique connectivity solutions built to withstand the toughest environments and the most exacting applications, is headquartered in Macedonia, Ohio. The existing TPC leadership will take the helm at Trexon, with Jeff Crane as president and CEO, Todd Spaulding managing the Industrial Products business, and Nildeep Patel leading the Engineered Products business. 

New York Electronics acquired Omni Pro ElectronicsNew Yorker Electronics Co. Inc. announced the acquisition of Omni Pro Electronics Inc., a leading electronic component distributor, located in Addison, Texas. Omni Pro maintains a deep inventory of industrial control and board-level components used in a broad array of industrial, commercial, and aerospace/defense applications.

November 2021 Connector Industry News > Events

TE CEO Terrence CurtinTerrence Curtin, chief executive officer at TE Connectivity Ltd. will present in a virtual fireside chat at Baird’s 2021 Global Industrial Conference on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 9:05 a.m. EST.  The event will be streamed live and will also be available for replay on the investor portion of TE’s website. Curtin will discuss TE Connectivity’s financial results for fiscal 2021 and how the company has been able to outperform the market due to the strength and diversity of its portfolio. He will also talk about TE’s strong position in long-term technology trends including electric vehicles, data and cloud, factory automation and renewable investments, and how the company is driving content growth and share gains despite broader global supply challenges.

November 2021 Connector Industry News > New Technical Resources

Newark has introduced new configuration-based solutions featuring high-quality data acquisition software and hardware from NI, coupled with market-leading sensors from Omega. The competitively priced solutions reduce the need to research system compatibility, saving customers time and money in temperature monitoring, reliability testing, and product-lifecycle evaluation. Newark is the only global distributor offering these specific solutions. Newark’s team of test and measurement experts have paired commonly used hardware and software combinations featuring NI and Omega products to guarantee system compatibility and ease the product selection process. By using the recommended testing set ups, engineers can simulate real-life environments to ensure product specifications, such as a longer life and higher reliability, are achieved. Newark also offers bespoke customization services and technical support from its team of in-house experts to meet the individual needs of customers and provide faster access to information for troubleshooting. For additional assistance, Newark has developed a panel of experts to help customers find the right test and measurement tools for their design projects. These product experts specialize in analyzers, connectors, DC loads and bench top power supplies, engineering software, oscilloscopes, and signal generators to help customers overcome technical challenges.

ECIAECIA’s latest podcast features highlights from a recent presentation by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) guests Michael O’Brien, AVP Advocacy, and Christopher Netram, VP Tax and Domestic Policy. The informative session focused on the impact of proposed tax increases on U.S. manufacturers and provided tax policy perspective as well as engagement opportunities for ECIA member companies. 

November 2021 Connector Industry News > Associations, Standards, & Certifications News 

TE Connectivity (TE) announced the 369 shielded connector is now an industry standard under the ARINC 800 Part Two classification, one of the most demanding avionics industry specifications. The 369 shielded connector is the latest extension of TE’s widely used and highly regarded 369 connector series, a small form factor connector known for being a lightweight and reliable solution suited for aerospace and other harsh environment applications. TE’s 369 shielded connector is composed of a lightweight composite base material and RoHS-compliant nickel metal plating, as well as an integrated backshell that enables termination of cable shields, drain wires, and harness overbraid. The shielding effectiveness is more than 60 dB at low frequencies (<150Mhz) and greater than 40 dB at high frequencies (<1GHz). When part of a cable harness, the connectors are also designed to withstand an indirect lightning strike of 3.6k A. The connector also features a coupling button lock-out feature to allow for one-handed coupling and uncoupling, an especially important feature when used in awkward access or blind-mate areas.

Jarnot Bruce Assent ComplianceThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced five new substance restrictions under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), creating significant obligations for companies that do business in the U.S. ECIA has joined forces with Assent Compliance to update members on exactly what these new regulations mean for the electronic components industry. Join the webinar on Nov. 4 at 1 PM ET to learn about these new requirements, the deadlines for compliance, and upcoming changes to the act. Topics to be covered include: the five commonly used substances in scope of TSCA Section 6 restrictions (including PIP 3:1), supply chain risks posed by the new rules, and the EPA update and new timeline for compliance. Assent’s TSCA expert Dr. Bruce Jarnot will present the information and answer questions.

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