Fibre optic technology makes its presence felt

8 09 2011

The benefits of fibre optic technology are becoming increasingly clear for both the aerospace and military sectors.

Intricate cabling systems which use rugged cables and connect products are being employed by a number of people within both the military and aerospace sectors.

The importance of a strong relationship between the military/defence sector and the UK electronics industry has been emphasised once again recently.

The UK still has the fourth largest defence budget in the world and is also one of the largest exporters of defence equipment.

Positions such as these rely heavily on an electronics manufacturing industry that employs individuals with unique knowledge and skills.

Military circular connectors are a prime example of the type of product which is crucial to an established country.

Light weight and designed to meet the most detailed specifications, they are commonly used on European military aircrafts.

Weight reduction, performance, ruggedisation and micro-miniaturisation are all crucial elements for the military and aerospace industry’s selection process of interconnect solutions.

Fibre optics is emerging as an increasingly popular transmission medium of choice for both sectors, principally due to the intrinsic benefits of security.

Design connectors are ideal for use in flight-control equipment, avionics and mobile tactical field command platforms.

Within the aerospace industry specifically, it is widely anticipate that the new Boeing Dreamliner A380 will employ increased fibre optic technology to support the requirement for more efficient airframes in terms of weight reduction.

This will be while supporting more services such as communication, control and infotainment on the relevant platforms.

All of this is further evidence for the case that the UK electronics manufacturing sector is set to play a vital role within the future of both the aerospace and military sectors for some time to come.

For additional details on military connectors and various other components, visit www.challengercomponents.com

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Defence sector still reliant on UK electronics manufacturing

6 09 2011

Figures have been released that appear to confirm just how important the UK electronics manufacturing industry is to the British military sector.

There has been a great deal of speculation recently regarding plans by the British government to significantly cut the budget of the UK manufacturing sector.

Despite this, it is an indisputable fact that the British defence market still represents approximately 10% of UK manufacturing production.

The importance of the link between both sectors seems to have been acknowledged as previous plans to cut the UK defence budget by 15% over the next four years have now been changed to just 8%.

The UK still has the fourth largest defence budget in the world and is also one of the largest exporters of defence equipment.

Positions such as these rely heavily on an electronics manufacturing industry that employs individuals with unique knowledge and skills.

Military circular connectors are a prime example of the type of product which is crucial to an established country.

Light weight and designed to meet the most detailed specifications, they are commonly used on European military aircrafts.

Military and commercial communications equipment, such as the Cooper Interconnect-WPI are also produced by the UK electronics manufacturing sector.

This type of equipment is vital as it has proven to be extremely reliable in the face of the most intense and pressurised environments, such as those faced by the UK military on a daily basis in areas such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

The defence sector also provides many jobs, considering the amount of secondary companies which are related to the sector as a whole.

This places even more emphasis on the inextricable link between UK electronics and the defence sector. It is a relationship which is mutually beneficial for both sectors, and also for British security as a whole.

For additional details on military circular connectors, visit www.challengercomponents.com

 

 





Modular connectors – Handle with care

3 08 2011

Modular connectors are very popular in the world of electronic manufacturing due to their versatility in comparison to other types of connectors.

They typically come in four different sizes which are 4-, 6-, 8- and 10-position, with a position being a location for a contact.

A modular connector is a term given to a group of electrical connectors. They were initially used in telephone wiring and though they are still used for that purpose they have also been adapted to cover a number of other areas.

They are usually quite small as well as being easy to plug in and out of items. These intricacies give them an advantage over other types of connectors.

Items such as telephone jacks and Ethernet jacks are nearly always modular connectors. This is mainly because they easy to use. A number of the cables which can be found as part of your internet and telephone wiring systems will include modular connectors for example.

An industrial rectangular connector is an example of a modular connector that combines different contacts for application specific design and use.

There have been some issues with the plastic retaining spring clip on modular connectors which can be broken off quite easily. If this happens, it means that there is a real possibility that it can fall out of the wall jack.

The size of modular connectors gives them a unique edge in terms of how easily they can fit in and out of slots. Unfortunately though, it also means that they are more susceptible to problems such as breaking and snapping easily.

For more information on modular connectors and all other types of connectors, visit www.challengercomponents.com. There is a range of leading manufacturers to choose from including Amphenol, 3M and ebmpapst.





Electrical connectors – What types of connectors exist?

2 08 2011

Electrical connectors are used in a wide variety of ways throughout modern society. But there are so many different types, how do you know which is the most effective one for your industry?

We have put together a brief but informative guide regarding the most common types of electrical connectors on the market. Hopefully it will help you to ensure that you get hold of the right one.

Power Connectors: This particular type of connector is designed to protect people from accidental contact with energised conductors. The larger variety of power connectors need to safely contain an arc produced when an energised circuit is disconnected or may require interlocking to prevent opening a live circuit. They will also usually include a safety ground connection in addition to the power conductors.

Hybrid Connectors: Hybrid connectors are modular. This means they tend to be very useful for simplifying assembly, repair and future modifications. They are also very effective in reducing equipment installation time as they help to reduce the amount of individual cable and connector assemblies. Probably the most unique feature of hybrid connectors is the fact that they have housings, this allows for the intermixing of many connector types including power connectors, radio frequency connectors and USB connectors.

Blade connectors: This type of connector uses a flat, conductive blade that is inserted into a blade receptacle. The blade and receptacle will both have wires attached to them; this will be done through either soldering or crimping. Blade connectors allow you to safely join wires using both a ‘Male’ and a ‘Female’ connector.

For details on a host of other types of connectors including military circular and industrial rectangular connectors, visit www.challengercomponents.com. Details can be found on a range of leading suppliers to ensure you find exactly what you need.





Military Connectors & Military Cable Assembly

20 07 2011

Construction machinery, automotive, medical, and aerospace and the military tend to use connectors and cable assembly considerably.

Military cable assembly must be done to certain higher defence standards.

The Military Cable Assembly Market

Cable assemblies represent approximately 0.9% of all overall military spending and as you would expect, military cable assembly as an industry is largely dependent on the overall military spending of particular countries.

A recent report from Bishop and Associates found that on average, over the last five years, governments worldwide on average have consistently spent 2.7% of their gross domestic product on military expenditures.

In 2010, China had the most growth in demand for military cable assembly at 21%, and Japan had the least growth, at 8%.

While growth in China remains strong, the US market also looks likely to grow, largely because it remains the biggest exporter of arms in the world. The U.S is the world’s largest military and aerospace market, but if the wars in the Middle East continue to wind down and economic spending remains tight, budget cuts are likely.

The U.S defence departments plan already to cut 78 billion dollars in defence spending over the next five years, with some European countries following suit.

The Bishop and Associates report found that the sale of advanced military hardware to areas such as the Middle East and Taiwan will however help maintain the cable assembly market for mil/aero products in 2011 and 2012.

Connectors

There are many different types of connectors available for those looking to update their electronic applications. Whether it is a military, circular, industrial, d-type, RF Coaxial, filter, hazardous area, security, automotive, avionic or information technology type of connector, it is possible to supply to your requirements.

Whether experts in the aeronautic industry, military, industrial or telecommunications require military circular connectors, or heat seal connectors, Challenger Components has a wide stock of connectors to suit the requirements of each of their clients.





What to Look For When Choosing Connectors

19 07 2011

The growing market for consumer electrical goods is likely to increase global demand for electrical connectors in the coming years.

However, a new report from Global Industry Analysts suggests that developments in technology and a marked increase in the production of miniaturized microprocessors, as well as the increased use of mobile devices are going to lead to a recovery and growth of the industry in the coming years.

Areas where demand remains likely to remain strong is in the military sector. A recent report from Bishop and Associates found that on average, over the last five years, governments worldwide have consistently spent 2.7% of their gross domestic product on military expenditures.

Demand for cable connectors – which are needed to connect cables together – are expected to rise. As a whole, analysts expect the worldwide market for military/aerospace cable assemblies market to grow by approximately 2% in 2011, to a total value of $12.9 billion.

What to Look For When Choosing a Connector

There are a number of things to consider when choosing the right connectors. Things to bear in mind include the low resistance value of the connector, as well as high insulation value. You may also want the connector to meet specific conditions, too, so that it can, for example, withstand high vibrations.

Reliability is of course a massive consideration to bear in mind, as well as easy identification (very important when working on complex electrical circuits and systems), how easy it can be connected to other devices and of course price.

Another point that is increasingly important to bear in mind are compliance issues. The European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) mean that electrical components need to meet stringent environmental and safety standards. Always bear this in mind when choosing connectors.

Challenger Components has 50 years experience in providing electrical components to a variety of industries.  They use a variety of recognised suppliers such as Amphenol and ebmpapst to provide connectors, industrial fans and blowers, and static control solutions to their customers.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your requirements in more detail.





Areas Set for Electrical Component Growth

19 07 2011

We check out three areas where growth in electrical components and electrical manufacturing is set to grow in the coming years.

EU Fans

Companies will need to update their fans and thermal management solutions before strict new EU rules come into force. The EU has introduced, and continues to make, major changes to the energy efficiency requirements of electrical fans. In fact, new regulations on energy efficiency being introduced by the EU in the next four years could mean that up to 50 percent of existing electrical fans will need to be upgraded. More

Alternative Energy Market

The alternate energy storage market is expected to rise to 423 million dollars in 2016 worldwide, research reveals. A recent report suggests the global market could equal 325 million in 2011 and this could reach 423 million dollars in 2016 as it increases at a five year compound annual growth rate of 5.4 percent. More

Semiconductor Inventory

New research by IHS iSuppli has indicated days of inventory among chip suppliers was up by 1.1 percent from the fourth quarter in 2010 to 80.3 days at the end of quarter one 2011. This figure is also an increase of 9.1 days from the same period last year, representing a two year high, as inventories reached a level not seen since the first quarter of 2009 when figures stood at 82.4. More

Smart Grid

By 2016 research suggests the global alternative electrical power storage market will reach 423 million dollars.

Electrical power is now being commonly generated using smaller alternative sources like wind, solar, tidal and geothermal, as opposed to traditional methods of coal-fired, oil-burning, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric, a new report reveals. More.

Visit: www.challengercomponents.com for more information and to discuss your electronic component requirements in more detail.








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