Antistatic Bags

15 03 2011

Find out what an antistatic bag is, where antistatic bags are used, and why antistatic bags are important, and the best suppliers of antistatic bags in the UK.

Antistatic Bags

These items are used to ship components as they act as a buffer should the device they are carrying become damaged and leak dangerous toxins or fumes such as electrostatic discharge.

They are usually used to ship or carry electronic components which are more prone to damage than other types of equipment.

The bags are made of plastic and are silver in colour if made of metallised film, or pink or black of made from polyethylene.

If you use a polyethylene antistatic bag it may also come with extra padding such as in the form of bubble wrap or foam.

How do Antistatic Bags Work?

The antistatic bags protect mostly against electronic discharge which may be dangerous to the immediate surroundings.

The way antistatic bags work is by their design where they are made up of layers of protection.  They are therefore, sometimes made up of a variety of different materials, such as rigid black polyethylene box line with pink poly foam.

You could also get one that protects a device with a pink polyethylene bubble-wrap bag.

The antistatic bags are slightly conductive; this means they prevent localised charges from affecting the device – so in this sense they protect the device from exterior destruction.

Pink or green bags have only low-charging material.  This means that while the bag will not be able to create harmful charges, it will not protect the electronic device from electronic fields – so the bags should only be opened in a workstation which is static free.

Antistatic Bag Suppliers UK

Challenger Components sells a variety of quality antistatic bags from the well know manufacturer 3M.

Visit: for more information, and to discuss your requirements in more detail.


Electrical Components Q&A

25 02 2011

Electronic components and the electrical industry in general can easily leave you with more questions than answers when it comes to working out what particular parts do.

Find answers to some of your electrical component questions below.

What are electronic components?

A good starter question. Electrical components can refer to any part of an electronic system used to affect the flow of electricity. Electronic components are made to be connected together to create an electronic circuit of which a printed circuit board organises them.

Printed circuit boards support the electrical components using conductive pathways, and are used by most commercially-produced electronic devices.

What is Static Auditing?

Static auditing is an assessment of a production facility’s overall electrical performance – it aims to identify any faults in the system which could jeopardise the electrical current, or performance of the machines they are connected to.

It is important to identify these faults as soon as they occur or to prevent them from happening, so they do not cause further damage to the system, as this can put a strain on other electrical currents and make the whole mechanism less economical.

Read more on Static Auditing: ESD Protection

What are Cross Flow Blowers? 

These cross flow blowers are a specific type of blower which produces a high flow rate of air at low pressure.

They are more commonly used for large-surface air flow requirements where a blade roller causes the air to move through it twice in the radial direction.

The fan is long compared to its diameter to make the flow of air two-dimensional away from the ends.

They are used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, as they are compact in shape, operate quietly and provide a high pressure.  The length can be adjusted to meet the flow rate requirements.

Read more on Cross Flow Blowers

What are Electronic Components?

14 02 2011

There are a wide variety of electrical components required to make up systems dependant on electricity to function.

Find out more about the basic structure, the way electronic components are organised, and where to buy electronic components online.

What are electronic components?

This can refer to any part of an electronic system used to affect the flow of electricity – the electrons – in a desired manner to produce the desired outcome.

Electronic components are made to be connected together to create an electronic circuit of which a printed circuit board organises this.

Printed circuit boards support the electrical components using conductive pathways, and are used by most commercially-produced electronic devices.

Electronic Connectors

Electronic connectors are a type of electronic component, and their function is to join electrical circuits together.

Often the machines or devices that require connectors will be dependent on the electrical current to operate, so they have to not just be specific to the device in which they are used, but reliably connect the circuits for smooth operation.

They also have to be highly durable depending on the industry in which they are being used.

Industry, military, scientific and telecommunications sectors tend to require robust electronic connectors to withstand the high pressures, and environmental conditions they may be introduced to.

Types of Electrical Connectors

Heat Seal

Industrial Circular

Industrial Rectangular

Military Audio

Military Circular

PCB Connectors

RF Coaxial

Smart Card

Electronic Component Suppliers UK

Challenger Components Ltd is one of the leading distributors in the UK of electronic components, specialising in connectors, cooling solutions and static control products.

They can supply shielded cable, coaxial cable, multi-core cabling and more from 3M Interconnect and other leading global suppliers.

Challenger Components have over 50 years of combined expertise in all areas of cabling and can offer technical support at all stages of product design-in. for more information.

Flexible Printed Circuit Board Market to Expand

28 01 2011

The predicted growth of the global flexible printed circuit boards market is set to exceed $16 billion in the next four years, a new study reveals.

With rapid changes in technology in the industrial packaging, medical, telecommunications, and automotive sectors, the demand for flexible printed circuit boards is expected to grow in the coming years.

A printed circuit board is used to support electoral connections and components by conductive pathways, and are good reliable mechanisms for fast high-volume production.

According to a recent Global Strategic Business Report by Global Industry Analysts, flexible printed circuits serve a wide range of demanding applications due to their thickness, light weight, and the ability to take any form.

They are also reliable and functional for use in applications which are required to work in harsh environments.

The largest and fastest growing market worldwide that requires flexible printed circuits is the Asia-Pacific with Japan the second largest overall market.

The largest end-use market for flexible printed circuit boards is in the communications industry, with demand being spurred by growing demand for mobile phones.

Demand has also grown for the increasing number of flexible circuits per mobile phone unit.

Manufacturers of Printed Circuit Boards

The report identified the main manufacturers producing electrical connection products, including flexible printed circuit boards.

Electrical Connection Suppliers UK

If you require cabling or connector parts, Challenger Components has 50 years experience in electrical connections and can meet your cabling and connector requirements.

They stock a wide range of connectors from IC Sockets, Test and Burn In Sockets, Wire to Wire Connectors, and Memory Card Headers, to name a few, and use recognised manufactured brands such as 3M.

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

Data Centre Cabling Set for High Growth

27 01 2011

Data centre cabling is set to be one of the highest growth areas in the electrical industry according to new figures, outperforming total structured cabling systems.

Recent market analysis by research group FTM Consulting has revealed that the data centre structured systems market is expected to grow from $1.6 billion in 2010 to $3.8 billion by 2015, at a rate of 18.9 percent per annum.

This is compared to the total structured cabling system’s market predicted growth of 13.1 percent over the same period.

Interestingly, the copper cabling segment will outperform the fibre cabling segment during the next five years, too. This is because there are now more small data centre sites requiring copper cabling, than larger sites which use fibre cabling.

The analysis indicates that by 2015 there will be 2.6 billion servers at large sites being cabled, compared to the small sites with 5.8 billion servers.

Prior the TIA 942 data centre cabling standard, many sites’ cabling was disorganised, but as these sites grow to add more storage, there will be a growing need to replace this structured cabling system to manage expansion.

Data centres in the future will also require higher speeds as currently 10 Mbps Ethernet is the highest speed being implemented, while both 40 and 100 Gbps will start to be deployed in the coming years.  These will require multiple parallel fibres per port.

Cable Manufacturers UK

With the current and predicted expansion of data centre cabling market, it is important for large and small companies to use the most appropriate and best cabling products.

Challenger Components Ltd has over 50 years experience in cable manufacturing and stock most cabling products including cable assembly, individual cable and wire, and wire to wire connectors.  They use products by 3M Interconnect, Amphenol, Cooper International, and ebmpapst amongst others.

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

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