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

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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

 





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





Antistatic: Flooring, Mats, Chairs and Shoes

31 10 2011

Anybody working in the electronics manufacturing industry can easily become charged with static electricity, and it is important to control this in order to prevent it from transferring from one application to another which could damage them or cause them to work incorrectly. 

Antistatic flooring is typically used by workers who use electrical applications likely to be affected by discharged electricity. 

The static from the person involved is grounded in the mat due to its specific materials.

 

Chairs, Mats & Shoes

There can be some antistatic mats which not only act as static control; they also allow workers to stand comfortably for long periods of time.  These are termed ant-fatigue mats and can come with or without the static control features.

They are made with durable rubber, and ones created by 3M consist of a matrix of hollow cylinders that function like a spring when compressed.

There are also static-free chairs available on the market, which are designed to eliminate the problems caused by combining conductive materials.  These are manufactured with hooded static-free casters, and static-free fabric.

In addition to antistatic mats and antistatic chairs, there are also antistatic shoes available for workers working with static electricity.

ESD shoes are able to ground the electrostatic discharge from a person as long as they are worn on a semi-conductive floor.  The shoes discharge the static electricity stored in a human body through the floor in a more controlled way.

 

Challenger Components

Challenger Components have been supplying antistatic products to a range of customers and organisations for decades.

They work with established, respected manufacturers such as;

-Amphenol

-ebm-papst

-Nicomatic

For more information on all the antistatic products, as well as connectors, available, visit www.challengercomponents.com





Amphenol upgrade TMPC connector

24 10 2011

Amphenol Industrial has upgraded their Traction Motor Power Connector (TMPC) to include a brand new colour-coded power mountain flange.

The new system includes built-in locking keys which prevent the cable from slipping during use.

The new TMPC also allows for increased amperage, lower T-rise and insertion/removal forces than any other connector available within the UK.

The increased amperage specifically means that more current can pass through a single connection. This subsequently increases the efficiency of the power to the end use application.

The new connector is perfect for traction motor power supply applications as well as power distribution equipment.

The new addition to a swelling connector market features colour-coded mounting bases and also meets the NEC AC/DC requirements without issue.

Max M12 connection system

The news follows quickly on from the release of another new Amphenol product.

The global leader in interconnect systems have recently introduced the Max-M12 connection system. It is particularly deal for use in particularly harsh environments.

Amphenol suggest the new system is ideal for applications that utilise a range of equipment including; Construction machinery and equipment; Navigation; Mining machinery and equipment; Agricultural machinery and equipment

The new system is housed in an HDM 12 EX impact resistant metal shell and available as a 90® right angle connector, or in a straight version.

Amphenol

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.

The release of such products as those mentioned above reaffirms Amphenol’s position as one of the most important names in the world of connectors.

As a market leader within the electronics manufacturing industry, Amphenol have been at the forefront of some of the most innovative designs to recently hit the components/connectors market.

They continue to search for new ways to use connectors within practical and efficient applications, producing innovative ideas in the process.

For details on additional Amphenol products, as well as those available from a number of other leading brands, visit www.challengercomponents.com





Elastomeric Connectors – A profile

20 10 2011

Elastomeric connectors require no force to insert them to their required position. They also differ from regular connectors in that they do not require soldering.

They could be classed as a very specific type of connector, and are particularly good for use within harsh environments.

Due to their flexibility, these unique connectors excel in shock and anti-vibration applications.

Practical examples for the connectors include;

 -Radar systems

-Calculator displays

-Mobile phones

-Flight data recorders

The connectors are composed of alternating layers of conductive and nonconductive silicone rubber.

This type of rubber ages well so the connectors do not need to be replaced often – the rubber also provides chemical stability and electrical reliability.

Silicone rubber also provides good performance for preventing shocks and vibrations from affecting the electrical conduction.

What other areas are elastomeric connectors used in?

Their specific capabilities make them good in devices such as microphones, speakers, vibration motors and interboards. The connectors have increased versatility which is useful in such applications.

To incorporate these connectors into these applications, users are required to provide deflection force and contact pad alignment.

Challenger Components

Challenger Components are specialists in the connector manufacturing industry, with 50 years worth of experience in supplying relevant and quality electronic components to buyers.

Many of the connectors they provide come from renowned manufactures, including Amphenol and 3M Interconnect. These companies have established global reputations for producing quality finished products across the electronics manufacturing industry.

They supply Input and Output Connectors, Backplane Connectors, Board to Board Connectors, Wire to Board Connectors, Wire to Wire Connectors, Storage Interconnects, IC Sockets, and many more.

They also provide cable assemblies and products for static control and cooling solutions.

For more information on the full range of products available, visit www.challengercomponents.com








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