Electronic component manufacturing within China set for huge boost

13 12 2011

Average revenue growth is expected to grow by 11.2% per year over the course of the next five years within the electronic components manufacturing industry in China.

IBISWorld, America’s largest publisher of industry research, have made the claim based on future projections. If true, the figures will provide a significant boost to the electronics manufacturing industry throughout the globe.

Total industry revenue is expected to reach $268.82 billion in 2016. This would represent a sustained period of growth for the industry and would be great new for manufacturers of components such as connectors and semiconductors all over the world.

Hybrid Connectors

One of the products which might be set to receive a significant boost is hybrid connectors.

Hybrid connectors are one of the most durable and efficient electrical connectors on the market.

They are modular, which essentially 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. They really are one of the most durable and versatile type of connectors available throughout the entire industry.

Leading connector manufacturers

Challenger Components have over 50 years of experience in connector products and a variety of additional electrical components. They also work alongside a number of leading brand names within the electronics manufacturing industry such as Amphenol, Nicomatic and 3M.

For full details of all the products available from manufacturers such as those named above, as well as numerous other established brand names, contact www.challengercomponents.com

 





Amphenol introduce new HelioLug component

12 12 2011

Amphenol have introduced the new HelioLug, the first grounding lug that meets specific requirements of the solar industry.

A grounding lug is a component for solar modules and solar racking systems, allowing easy termination to the grounding wire.

The HelioLug has a deliberately versatile design and can be used for commercial or utility scale installations, as well as residential installations.

As one of the largest manufacturers of interconnect products in the world, Amphenol recently made a big impact on the the electronics industry by introducing their Helios H4 connector.

The Helios H4 is used mainly to connect solar panels and inverters. It is Ro-HS compliant and uses a simple locking tool for easy unmating in the field.

It is also worth noting that it is a dual-rated connector that meets NEC 2008 without the need for extra locking collars and locking sleeves. This cost-effective interconnect uses Amphenol’s patented RADSOK technology.

The primary features of the Helios H4 include;

-Highest current rating in the industry

-Quick and easy secure snap lock mating

-Low contact resistance which means low power loss

The Helios H4 has recently been described as the only connector which consistently displays a very low contact resistance, achieving a rating of 1.7 for the field-assembled unit and 1.9 for the factory-assembled connector from Photon, the Solar Power magazine.

 

Global leaders in interconnect products

Amphenol are established as one of the global leaders in interconnect systems and have received global recognition for their specific work within the military and aerospace sectors.

Amphenol are renowned for designing, manufacturing and marketing electrical and fibre optic connectors, as well as interconnect systems.

The HelioLug, the new high density BNC solution and the Amphe PPC Connector are all examples of important contributions which the company have made to the electronics manufacturing industry recently.

For details on additional products available from Amphenol, as well as those available from a number of other leading brands including Nicomatic and ebm-papst, visit www.challengercomponents.com





Cable Assembly Outsourcing

6 12 2011

Despite being a very important part of global electronics manufacturing, cable assembly often requires a great deal of time, effort and energy. Primarily due to the associated costs involved and time demands, companies will often look to outsource their cable assembly.

Employing a group of individuals who are trained to carry out intricate cable assembly means that you will have to pay them according to their appropriate level of skill.

That could mean that you need to employ additional staff to do the job, or update the skills set of exiting employees. Either way, your specific staff costs will undoubtedly be reduced by outsourcing all of your cable assembly requirements.

The machinery which is needed to carry out cable assembly can be complex to use and expensive to purchase.

Provided you have a high level of faith in the company you have asked to carry out your cable assembly, it is wise to let them take on the inherent risks of such a process.

This means you will have more time to ask your own staff to focus on other areas that require attention.

Of course, outsourcing your cable assembly is not something that every company will choose to do. Some large companies within the electronics manufacturing industry will have both the manpower and the finances to take care of the issue themselves.

However, the majority of businesses are not this fortunate. They may have little choice but to eliminate as many of their outgoings as possible.

Companies in this situation will view the idea of outsourcing their cable assembly as an indisputable necessity rather than an optional luxury.

Leading connector manufacturers

Challenger Components have over 50 years of experience in connector products and a variety of additional electrical components. They also work alongside a number of leading brand names within the electronics manufacturing industry such as Amphenol, Nicomatic and 3M.

For full details of all the products available from manufacturers such as those named above, contact www.challengercomponents.com

 

 

 





Manufacturing companies think twice about benefits of offshoring

25 11 2011

One of the most common trends to have emerged within the electronics manufacturing industry over the last decade has been the obsession with offshoring.

Companies were keen to make savings wherever they could and the idea of offshoring several aspects of their work initially seemed to have a multitude of obvious benefits.

However, recent events have given a number of these companies cause to have second thoughts. Phil Inness, Chairman of the Electronic Manufacturing Services Association, has assessed why they may now have cause to regret their actions.

“There has been a mass of migration work offshore in the last ten years,”suggested Inness. “Some of this should have gone overseas without question, while some should not have but did. Companies now realise that offshoring isn’t going to be a fix for all evils and there is much cleverer decision making today.

“The may have realised certain savings, but then ended up with obsolete stock or found the work was wrong and had to be put right, with all the time delays involved.

Now, there’s smarter procurement; if someone wants 73 units, they can order 73 units from aUKcompany and have no wastage. If you go offshore, you may have to order 100 units or more to get the price breaks.”

It appears thatUKcompanies failed to recognise the benefits of keeping the work within these shores, only to learn the lesson down the line in financial terms.

Leading electronics manufacturers

Challenger Components have over 50 years of experience in the electronics manufacturing industry and a variety of additional electrical components. They also work alongside a number of leading brand names within the electronics manufacturing industry such as Amphenol, 3M and ebm-papst.

For full details of all the products available from manufacturers such as those named above, contact www.challengercomponents.com

 





3M scoop top industry award

17 11 2011

3M have been names 2011 ‘supplier of the year’ by the American company IMARK. It is the second time in the last three years that the company have earned this prize.

“The IMARK group is the largest organisation of electrical distributors in the United States. This award recognises 3M’s commitment to a quality product portfolio and marketing support through training, communication and field sales engagement,” said Steve Ruane, IMARK Vice President of Marketing and Member services.

The award is based on annual sales growth and overall performance, and the winner is selected from over 1000 members companies that come under the IMARK umbrella.

The news follows hot on the heels of the release of the brand new 3m Crimplok+ Connector.

Principally an FTTX Field mounted connector, it meets both indoor and outdoor performance requirements comfortably.

The new connector has been hailed as one of the most innovative and intuitive additions to the connector market for some time.

3M connectors

3M Interconnect have been providing a comprehensive range of solutions for the electronics market in the UK and Ireland for a number of years.

They cover a vast range of applications including;

-Military/aerospace

-Automotive

-Semiconductor

-Medical device technology

3M connectors can be utilised for a range of applications such as space constrained environments without any compromise of high speed communications.

The company also produces cable assembly products that can be applied to a host of different situations.

3M are just one of the established and respected companies within the electronics manufacturing industry which can be found at www.challengercomponents.com

Other companies include Amphenol, ebm-papst and Nicomatic. Details on all of these companies and the wide range of components, connectors and additional equipment which they provide can be found on the Challenger website.

 





Amphenol create a big impression with the Helios H4

10 11 2011

Amphenol, one of the largest manufacturers of interconnect products in the world, have caused a stir in the electronics industry recently by introducing their Helios H4 connector.

The Helios H4 is used mainly to connect solar panels and inverters. It is Ro-HS compliant and uses a simple locking tool for easy unmating in the field.

It is also worth noting that it is a dual-rated connector that meets NEC 2008 without the need for extra locking collars and locking sleeves. This cost-effective interconnect uses Amphenol’s patented RADSOK technology.

The primary features of the Helios H4 include;

-Highest current rating in the industry

-Quick and easy secure snap lock mating

-Low contact resistance which means low power loss

-Fully inter-mateable with industry standard

-UL, CSA and TUV approved

The Helios H4 has recently been described as the only connector which consistently displays a very low contact resistance, achieving a rating of 1.7 for the field-assembled unit and 1.9 for the factory-assembled connector from Photon, the Solar Power magazine.

 

Amphenol: Leaders in interconnect products

Amphenol are established as one of the global leaders in interconnect systems and have received global recognition for their specific work within the military and aerospace sectors.

Amphenol are renowned for designing, manufacturing and marketing electrical and fibre optic connectors, as well as interconnect systems.

The epower Energy Storage Connector, the new high density BNC solution and the Amphe PPC Connector are all examples of important contributions which the company have made to the electronics manufacturing industry recently.

For details on additional products available from Amphenol, as well as those available from a number of other leading brands including Nicomatic and ebm-papst, visit www.challengercomponents.com





Connector market trends: An investigation

9 11 2011

Judging by recent trends, connectors are getting smaller while also integrating greater levels of functionality. But why exactly is this happening?

Paul Jones, a leading product specialist, has suggested that manufacturers are making a deliberate effort to offer connectors that can handle increased levels of power and data.

“There is increasing demand for computing power,” suggested Jones. He also suggested there is a demand for “smaller interconnects. These are opposing forces and designers are having to explore the effects.”

But what is driving this new trend? Bob Hult, Director of Product Technology for connector market research specialist Bishop & Associates, said; “Product managers at leading connector manufacturers report demand for power connectors with increased current ratings in smaller envelopes, particularly in board-to-board interfaces used in the datacom industry.

“Although each chip may consume less power than its predecessor, systems often incorporate many more chips to provide greater functionality, upping the total current draw.”

Defining the product requirements

There also seems to be a general consensus among manufacturers that engineers and companies need to specify what they need from a connector a lot more.

Decisive estimations over how much power is required, how much power they can handle and what the ultimate aim of the product is can all help manufacturers deliver the correct product.

Customer satisfaction, within the context of the connector manufacturing industry, is related to how well the product meets the needs of the client.

The more a client can help the manufacturer by offering concise and detailed specifications, the more likely they are to get a product which they are happy with.

For further details on a vast range of connector supplied by leading manufacturers such as Amphenol, ebm-papst and interconnect, visit www.challengercomponents.com








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