Electronic Connectors – A brief guide

22 12 2011

There are numerous types of electronic connectors available on the UK market, all of which perform different functions for different environments.

Elastomeric Connectors

Elastomeric connectors, for example, 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.

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.

Hybrid and Blade Connectors

Hybrid connectors and blade connectors are two of the most important electrical connectors available within the electronics manufacturing industry.

Both of these connectors have a range of important uses within the industry. Below, we have compiled a brief but informative profile on two of the most versatile and reliable connector types available on the current market.

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.

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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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

 





European Semiconductor growth continues

7 12 2011

WSTS (World Semiconductor Trade Statistics) have reported ‘remarkably positive’ European growth rates towards the end of 2011 for a number of the main semiconductor product categories.

European semiconductor sales have increased by 3.2% compared to the same period in 2010, on a year-to-date scale.

Specifically, September saw an increase in the sales of sensors and actuators by 3.6%. MOS memory also grew notably by 3.8% in total.

On a global scale, semiconductor sales in September stood at $25.76 billion. This represents an increase of 2.7% from August.

These results come just months after excessive inventory actually played a big part in serving as a real boost for the global semiconductor industry in the first quarter of this year.

The level of inventory helped to alleviate the damage done by the Japanese earthquake which hit the country, and the electronics industry, so hard in February of this year.

The shortage of basic components such as semiconductors was not nearly as bad as it could have been.

The statistics show that the days of inventory (DOI) among chip suppliers stood at an estimated 80.3 days at the end of the first quarter in 2011. This was up by 1.1% from the 79.4 days in the final quarter of 2010, and it was also an increase of 9.1 days from the same period in 2010.

In total, this represented a 2 year high and just goes to show that excessive inventory is not always a negative thing necessarily.

For additional information on products including semiconductors, centrifugal fans, axial compact fans and a host of other electronic components, visit www.challengercomponents.com

Challenger Components also work with a number of established brands such as Nicomatic, ebm-papst and 3M interconnect. All of these companies have proud reputations for producing a range of high quality goods to the electronics sector.





The way we use Industrial cables

28 11 2011

Industrial cables are generally fabricated in various instruments for power and control and can be used in variety of industries. They are particularly popular in both the aerospace and military sectors.

Nowadays, the cable manufacturers can customise the cable quality to the customer’s specific needs and they are generally designed in such a way that they can withstand the low, medium and high voltage fluctuations.

One of the most prominent examples of an industrial cable is a Factory Automation cable, mainly used in robots for signalling and power purposes. As this equipment is operated with continuously, the cables used should be highly durable and insulation material used for designing these cables should withstand high mechanical strength as irradiation cross-linking is performed and is qualified only after it tolerates 10 million repetitive movements.

Another example is a Military cable which is used for transferring signals to military equipment such as tanks, aircraft and naval vessels. The cables designed should be non-toxic and fire proof as they are used in radars and communication devices.

Challenger Components

Challenger Components have over 50 years of experience in industrial cables, 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. Names such as these are trusted and respected globally to provide the most innovative and reliable solutions to a range of electronic issues.

They are particularly renowned in both the military and aerospace sectors, where the use of connectors is pivotal to a variety of equipment and a whole host of different situations.

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

 





Why use military connectors?

25 11 2011

Do you need reliable and efficient electronic connectors that can withstand any type of harsh environment? Military connectors are connectors which are specifically designed for military use. These connectors are used in a variety of ways by trained professionals within the military sector.

Connectors used by the military are described in two types of formats which include the MIL-C-26482 and the MIL-DTL-26482 formats. Of the two, the latter is the most current type. These two types of connectors offer complete protection against fluid and dust. Many circular pins come with these types of connectors. Industrial Ethernet also utilizes the same kind of technology.

There is an increasing demand for reliable connectors with military type performance specification and accuracy. Such industrial applications include control equipment used in nuclear power generation facilities and banking and security systems among others. These facilities also require the same reliability and performance as any military facilities. Electronic data from these industrial facilities also require optimum protection which military connectors can provide.

Connectors with military specifications are expected to withstand high impact shock, corrosion, and extreme changing temperatures. Materials for these types of connectors may include metal and composite among others. Because of the ability of these connectors to withstand environmental abuse, the usage extends not only for military use but also in communication, aviation, traffic control, and geophysical applications. Moreover, more and more rail transportation companies and vehicles utilise the efficiency, reliability, and durability of military connectors.

If you are worried about moisture, vibration, and changes in pressure, the use of connectors with military specifications could be the answer. These types of connectors come in different types and sizes which include the miniature size, sub-miniature size, and micro size connectors.

Install rugged, lightweight, and compact connectors made with military quality specifications for any type of industrial application. This is what you need if you want your connectors to withstand challenging conditions.

To hear more about military connectors, and a range of other connectors types, visit 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

 





UK electronics receives boost from leading industry figure

23 11 2011

A leading figure within the electronics manufacturing industry has suggested that, contrary to a number of recent reports, the sector is in ‘pretty good shape.’

Phil Inness, Chairman of the Electronic Manufacturing Services Association (EMSA), feels that the UK contract electronics market is probably worth approximately £1.4 billion a year.

“The market is in pretty good shape and is certainly growing in excess of 5% a year,” claimed Inness.

One particular reason for this might be the demand which continues to be generated by the aerospace sector.

A recent report suggests that aerospace remains one of the most important manufacturing sectors for the entire UK electronics industry.

Mark Prisk, the minister for business, has reiterated the importance of the aerospace sector, particularly in terms of the supply and manufacture of components.

“Aerospace companies in the UK directly employ around 100,000 highly skilled individuals and support many more jobs across the wider UK economy,” stated Prisk.

“We are number one in Europe and number two in the world, with a 17% global market share,” continued Prisk, speaking at the first meeting of the Aerospace Growth Partnership.

Manufacturing contributes approximately 18% of the UK’s GDP, with aerospace being one of the main reasons for this.

The sector’s annual turnover is rated at approximately £22 billion, with export business accounting for 70% of that turnover.

Figures like this emphasis the link between the importance of a flourishing aerospace sector and the UK electronics industry.

Leading electronics 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

 








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