November 2022 Connector Industry News I
Upcoming industry events, as well as recent partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, and distribution news from across the connector industry.
November 2022 Connector Industry News I
November 2022 Connector Industry News I > Partnership, Personnel, & Acquisitions News
Trexon has acquired Intelliconnect, a supplier of RF connectors, adapters, and cable assemblies founded in 2003 and based in Chelmsford, U.K. Intelliconnect has grown rapidly since its inception, becoming a market leader in design-led RF components. Mark Twaalfhoven, president and CEO of Trexon, said, “[Intelliconnect’s] innovation enables the development of critical technologies that support key megatrend drivers such as AI and the application for quantum computing.”
HARTING and TTI Inc. announced that TTI Inc. will be an authorized distributor of HARTING’s broad portfolio of industrial connectivity solutions in the Americas. TTI Inc. is an authorized specialty distributor of interconnect, passive, and electromechanical components, and the distributor of choice for electronics manufacturers worldwide. TTI Inc. and its subsidiaries, including Mouser Electronics, Sager Electronics, and Exponential Technology Group, employ over 8,000 people at more than 136 locations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Allied Electronics & Automation, a trading brand of RS Group plc, is rebranding as “RS” in Q1 2023. The name change is part of an overall rebranding strategy to establish a better connection across RS Group’s products and services. Aligning under the RS Group allows the company to operate as a single global integrated solutions partner, to the benefit of its customers and suppliers, said RS Group plc CEO Lindsley Ruth. RS Group plc stocks more than 700,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provides a wide range of product and service solutions to over 1.2 million industrial customers. RS Group plc supports customers across the product life cycle, via innovation and technical support at the design phase, improving time to market and productivity at the build phase, or reducing purchasing costs and optimizing inventory in the maintenance phase.
UL Solutions acquired Cimteq Limited, a design support and manufacturing software provider for the global wire and cable manufacturing industry based in the U.K. “Emerging technologies within smart cities, Industry 4.0, mobility, and communications industries all rely on wire and cable to serve as the delivery backbone for new service offerings,” said Jennifer Scanlon, president and CEO, UL Solutions Inc. This acquisition strengthens UL Solutions’ software capabilities to better serve small and large wire and cable customers across the product life cycle. Cimteq’s innovative enterprise-level software enables manufacturers to be more efficient through improved productivity and streamlined product development and manufacturing processes. Cimteq’s technology also helps simplify the complex management of cable design data, from the initial concept to delivering a full bill-of-materials directly to enterprise resource planning systems. With Cimteq software, UL Solutions is now able to provide wire and cable manufacturers with tools to effectively plan, manage, and control every aspect of the development and manufacturing process by using the latest Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology to optimize cable manufacturing operations.
HEICO Corporation subsidiary 3D PLUS, part of HEICO’s Electronic Technologies Group, acquired TRAD SAS, based in Labege, France. TRAD is a leader in the highly specialized field of radiation engineering, which includes test and simulation of radiation effects on electronic components and materials, developing and providing software for radiation testing and effects modeling, and sourcing/screening radiation tolerant and radiation hardened components for its customers. TRAD’s services and products are used primarily in the space, nuclear, and medical fields.
November 2022 Connector Industry News I > Technical Resources
Molex announced the results of a global survey identifying market drivers impacting the development of diagnostic wearables that enable patients, caregivers, and consumers to monitor and analyze health data. Design engineering stakeholders who responded to the survey cited high expectations for consumer use and innovation in wearables for sport and fitness, wellness, and medical-monitoring applications. Also identified were regulatory, technology, and adoption barriers that must be cleared to fuel advancements of increasingly connected, smaller, and more powerful health, fitness, and medical-monitoring wearables. Over the next five years, design engineers have high expectations for consumer adoption of devices supporting obesity control (61%), posture sensing and correction (59%), breath-based disease detection (51%), reproductive health monitoring (50%), and infectious disease monitoring (49%).
November 2022 Connector Industry News I > Facility News
Molex is expanding its existing manufacturing operations in Hanoi to include a new 16,000 square meter facility. The company expects the expansion will support over 200 new jobs in advanced high-tech manufacturing. Molex opened its first facility in the country in 2007. The expansion will help support the growing demand for its products in many different applications, including smartphones, TVs, home appliances, test equipment, and medical devices. The fully integrated connector manufacturing facility will feature advanced robotics, high-speed injection molding, stamping, plating, and automated assembly processes along with tooling fabrication and reliability lab testing capabilities. As part of Molex’s environmental stewardship initiatives, the expanded facility will feature an on-site solar installation that supports the site’s energy needs and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
November 2022 Connector Industry News I > Distribution News
Avnet announced a distribution agreement with AnDAPT, a programmable power management semiconductor company. Avnet will offer AnDAPT’s programmable power management ICs (PMIC) globally. AnDAPT offers highly integrated and programmable PMIC products specializing in powering FPGAs and SoCs. These off-the-shelf products offer ease-of-use, flexibility, high performance, and simplified inventory since only one silicon chip is used to program different power products. FPGAs and SoCs can often require anywhere from four to twenty (or more) different DC power levels. AnDAPT’s portfolio is uniquely positioned to address diverse power requirements using one PMIC. These proven hardware solutions meet disparate FPGA power requirements by providing power rails with specific voltage levels, sequencing, and performance required by designers to power their complex designs. Several AnDAPT PMICs have been approved by AMD-Xilinx and are seeing accelerated worldwide adoption.
New Yorker Electronics will be distributing the full line of Adam-Tech Rocker Switch offerings in medium, miniature, and subminiature sizes in round or rectangular types. These rocker switch types are offered with various termination options, circuits, functions, and actuators. Used primarily in telecommunications, medical, and industrial equipment, the Adam-Tech Specialized Sealed Rocker versions are also available in IP67. Standard and LED lighted actuators are available in multiple colors, shapes, and actuator markings. Termination options consist of solder, PCB vertical, PCB R/A, screw lugs, and 4.80 mm and 6.35 mm QC. Circuit options include SPST, SPDT, DPST, and DPDT. Optional switch functions include ON-ON, ON-OFF, OFF-(ON), ON-OFF-ON, and (ON)-OFF-ON. Adam Tech Interconnects manufactures world-class connectors and cable assemblies, waterproof solutions, and advanced automotive solutions and all are tested for electric capabilities and pressures. As a franchise distributor for Adam Tech Interconnects, New Yorker Electronics supplies its full lines of supply pins, connectors, plugs, and assemblies.