Interconnect News for January 22, 2016

By News Release | January 22, 2016

For the latest announcements from manufacturers, distributors, event organizers, and others, check interconnect news for January 22, 2016.



Connector Manufacturers

  • Franklin Sullivan, ABB

    Franklin Sullivan, ABB

    ABB announced that Franklin Sullivan has assumed the role of executive vice president for its electrification products division in the US. Sullivan also assumed commercial leadership for the division, which runs the low- and medium-voltage products businesses of ABB for both ABB and Thomas & Betts branded portfolios, across North America.

  • HARTING recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its Japanese subsidiary, HARTING K.
  • CONEC released a printed version of its sensor actor line connectors catalog, which is also available for download.


  • Eric Williams, Avnet

    Eric Williams, Avnet

    Avnet announced that Eric Williams has been appointed to the newly created role of vice president, Internet of Things (IoT), for Avnet Worldwide. In this role, Williams will develop and deploy a global IoT strategy, working across the company to design, develop, and drive edge-to-enterprise IoT offerings.

  • Fiber Optic Center announced Ben Waite as the company’s new president and CEO.

Cable Assembly Announcements

  • Siemon donated more than 3,000 Ethernet patch cords to the FIRST Robotics Competition, a global high-school program that provides students with real-world engineering experience. Founded by the nonprofit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology), the patch cords were included in the 2016 Kit of Parts along with a variety of switches, controllers, motors, circuit breakers, connectors, and other electronic components, and were distributed to participants on January 9, the beginning of their design-and-build season. 

New Products

  • Molex launched its new Brad HarshIO Ethernet modules, which provide reliable solutions for connecting industrial safety controllers to sensors and actuators in harsh-duty environments. Machine-mountable in an IP67-rated housing, the new modules are proven to withstand liquids, dust, shock, high vibration, and high temperatures.
  • Kycon added a vertical-mount USB 3.1 Type-C female port connector to their product line. The new connector enables faster data transfer, and the vertical mounting option minimizes its board footprint.
  • WAGO introduced an alternate 1-to-3 jumper solution for continuous commoning. The new 2002 Series adjacent and alternate endless jumpers allow the jumper contact leg of two adjacent jumpers to be inserted into a single jumper slot, making communing applications easier than ever.

Distributors Now Carry

  • TTI now carries TE Connectivity’s new Nanonics connectors. Qualified to MIL-DTL-32139 specifications, the new two-row Nanonics connector assemblies save space and weight in harsh environment applications. 


  • IPC APEC EXPO 2016 attendees can meet with electronics industry innovators and network with peers at the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 13 – 17. Highlights will include a keynote presentation about how technology can be used to solve problems and improve lives; a presentation about how science fiction is fast becoming a reality on the battlefield; seven BUZZ sessions about buzz-worthy industry topics, a first-timers’ welcome meeting, a show floor reception, a Women in Electronics networking reception, and awards luncheons.
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