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





A-Z of electrical components – Fans

18 10 2011

The principal aim of an axial fan is to provide a sustainable cooling solution. Due to the versatility of the product though, this can translate to a ceiling fan within a household as well as a large piece of machinery in a busy industrial factory.

Different customers require axial fans for different functions.  Those who wish a fan to be used in the home for example, may require the fan to produce minimal noise.

For those working within a factory this may not be an issue of any real consequence.

ebm-papst is a well known axial fan manufacturer, renowned for producing high quality, energy efficient products.

Ceiling fans, table fans, compact fans, computer cooling fans, motor vehicle cooling fans can all be axial fans, depending on the manufacturer.

Fans in vehicles such as cars usually prevent the car from overheating by discarding hot air produced by the combustion in the engine. 

The same thing applies to computers, where a fan is encompassed into the design of the product to prevent it from overheating.

How do they work?

The blades within axial fans force the air to a shaft in a parallel direction. The air is then blown along the axis of the fan to produce a continuous flow of air. 

The cooling intensity of the fan depends on how quickly the blades move, or are set to move.

Some axial fans are used in air conditioning applications, both for consumer purposes, and within the electronics manufacturing industry.

Axial fans come in a variety of sizes to accommodate all these different settings. However, standard diameters for axial fans range from 300-400 mm and 1800-2000 mm.

For additional details on axial fans, as well as number of other products available from ebm-papst and other manufacturers, visit www.challengercomponents.com





Nicomatic introduce brand new product

17 10 2011

Nicomatic, one of the leaders in the development, design and manufacture of electronic connectors, has unveiled the new CrimpFlex connector system.

Specifically, the system offers a range of industry compatible board and flat cable connectors which allow for a variety of cable-to-board interconnections.

The new design is characterised by tangible mechanical strength and superior contact resistance. This effect is achieved by the piercing of the conductor at 6 different points.

Four of these are for electrical continuity and two are for mechanical strength.

Nicomatic

Nicomatic can produce everything from low volume high technology products to the mass production of precision components for the consumer markets.

They are just one of the leading electronic manufacturers that Challenger Components Ltd works alongside.

With over 30 years of industrial experience, Nicomatic pride themselves on having an innovative spirit and a high degree of specialist knowledge.

The company have a dedicated product portfolio in connectors and man-machine interface switching technology.

ebm-papst

Another leading electronics manufacturer which Challenger Components Ltd work with is ebm-papst.

ebm-papst is one of the most respected market leaders in the production of fans and motors for the electronics manufacturing industry.

From compact electronic cooling fans to energy efficient applications for a variety of industry purposes, ebm-papst has been an established name in the manufacturing of advanced air movement products for some time.

The company have established their reputation primarily through the competent manufacture and supply of items such as axial fans, centrifugal fans and hot air blowers.

Axial fans have the advantage of having a low installation depth, a low noise level and outstanding efficiency in general.

They are an extremely versatile product and can therefore be used across a wide variety of purposes.

The company also supply a fantastic range of centrifugal fans, with both backward and forward curved blades.

For additional details on Nicomatic, ebm-papst and a number of the other leading electronics manufacturers, visit www.challengercomponents.com





A-Z of electrical components: E – ebm-papst

28 09 2011

ebm-papst is one of the most respected market leaders in the production of fans and motors for the electronics manufacturing industry.

From compact electronic cooling fans to energy efficient applications for a variety of industry purposes, ebm-papst has been an established name in the manufacturing of advanced air movement products for some time.

The company have established their reputation primarily through the competent manufacture and supply of items such as axial fans, centrifugal fans and hot air blowers.

Axial fans have the advantage of having a low installation depth, a low noise level and outstanding efficiency in general.

They are an extremely versatile product and can therefore be used across a wide variety of purposes.

The company also supply a fantastic range of centrifugal fans, with both backward and forward curved blades.

The company have always been committed to investment within areas such as development and research.

This attitude has meant that their energy saving products can be used within areas including telecommunications and building services.

The importance of fan installation within the electronics manufacturing industry cannot be overstated.

The increased airflow, low energy consumption and noise reduction mean that they are an invaluable tool when working with highly technical equipment.

Challenger Components have been an approved distributor for ebm-papst for a number of years, supplying their range of products to a variety of different industries.

Details on all such products are readily available on the challenger website, along with a more detailed idea of the type of industries which the products can be used within.

For additional details on ebm-papst, as well as further information on a host of additional leading brand names and manufacturers, contact www.challengercomponents.com





What is EC Technology?

23 09 2011

Find out more about EC technology, ebm-papst products and forthcoming EU regulations that will have a major impact on thermal management and electrical components in the near future.

Did you know that EC motors for fans consume on average about 30% less electricity than conventional AC motors? EC stands for Electronically Commutated which means it’s a fan with a permanent magnet motor (PMM).

EC motors have been around for many years and are more efficient than AC motors because they use permanent magnets rather than induce a secondary magnetic field in the rotor.

EU Regulations on Energy Efficient Fans

Launched as part of the European Union’s plans to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent by 2020, the Energy-related Products Directive (ErP) will have a significant impact on businesses that rely on many types of fans, especially industries such as refrigeration, IT manufacturing and air conditioning units.

The ErP Directive comes into force in two stages – in 2013 and 2015 – with stringent requirements for fans and their efficiency in the power range of 125 watts to 500 kilowatts.

There will be minimum efficiency requirements, which could see as many as 30 percent of all currently available fans failing to satisfy the new regulations. By 2015, when the second round of energy efficiency measures come into force, as many as 50 percent of the fans in operation today could no longer meet efficiency standards.

Fans and Blowers are commonly used in electrical power production, metal manufacturing, mining, food processing and any industrial setting which requires controlled conditions.

They can also be used as a low cost replacement for air conditioning, particularly where a commercial or industrial building requires a specific set temperature.

Blowers are usually used to exhaust foul air and replace it with fresh air while fans simply fan highly pressurised areas. There are number of different fans and blowers that are used for specific jobs. These include: axial fans; mixed flow or diagonal fans; radial fans and cross flow blowers.

Ebm-Papst EC Technology

One of the leaders in the production of energy efficient fans that meet the ErP Directive is Ebm-Papst. Ebm-Papst has developed GreenTech EC technology, which already exceed the 2015 ErP efficiency targets.

Their range of RadiCal EC fan systems are 50 per cent quieter than previous models and use 50 per cent less energy, too.

Challenger Components Ltd is the approved distributors for ebm-papst UK who have many years of experience in Thermal Management and Cooling Solutions, as well as fan and blower applications.

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








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