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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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





Flooding in Thailand alerts electronics manufacturers

7 11 2011

Large scale flooding in Thailand could have a devastating impact on the electronic components industry with a number of companies due to be affected significantly.

The production of several products including semiconductors, hard disk drives and various additional electronic components has been halted due to the unprecedented size of the flood damage.

It is, as yet, difficult to assess just how significant the impact of the halt to manufacturing will be on the electronics market globally. It may be that the number of companies involved is minimal, or that those within Thailand can recover quickly to limit the damage.

However, either way it seems likely that the damage will affect production of semiconductors in both the final quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2012, at least.

The situation is comparable to the damage done by the Japanese earthquake which struck earlier this year and affected production for several electronics companies.

On that occasion though, it appears as though things could have been much worse

For the electronics industry specifically, the long term damage could have been particularly bad given the amount of equipment such as connectors and components which the country produces.

Even though it would normally be considered a negative sign, excessive industry served as a real boost for the global semiconductor industry in the first quarter of 2011.

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.

For information on the connectors available from a number of leading providers, visit www.challengercomponents.com

 





BNC Connectors profile

4 11 2011

BNC connectors are an essential electronic component. They can be used within radio, television and radio-frequency equipment. They are also commonly used for signal connections.

What is a BNC Connector?

A BNC connector is a common RF (radio frequency) connector. BNC stands for Bayonet Neill-Concelman and is named after its creators and the bayonet locking mechanism it uses.

How do they work?

BNC connectors work at radio frequencies, hence why they are an RF connector. They operate in the megahertz range and are typically used with coaxial cables – leads which are commonly used to connect televisions and other such equipment.

Their operation allows them to provide a more stable transmission and reduces impedance. They are therefore an essential electronic component for the household.

BNC connectors have a number of uses in both homes and businesses. Their most common uses include:

• The connection of test equipment.

• Signal connections for aviation electronics.

• Signal connections for radio antenna.

•Video signal connection: both analogue and serial digital interface signals.

What types are available?

You can usually find a selection of two types of ohm rating: either 50 or 75ohm. The 50ohm variety is aimed at 4GHz frequencies and the 75ohm at 2GHz ones.

The different types of BNC connector are typically compatible with one another, reflecting their original design. However, at frequencies below 10MHz negative effects can be caused and signal reflections can occur at frequencies higher than this.

Challenger Components

For additional details on electronic components and to see the vast range of connectors which are available, visit www.challengercomponents.com

Challenger Components Ltd offer electronic components from a variety of trusted and established brands such as 3M, Amphenol and ebm-papst.

 





Tuchel connectors – What are they and how do we use them?

19 10 2011

A tuchel connector is probably best described as a screw version of a circular connector.

There is a variety of tuchel connectors available on the current market, including the Amphenol Tuchel Circular Connectors C091D.

The male and female circular cable connectors come with 3-8 and 12 and 14 contacts depending on the clients’ requirements, and crimp in 3 to 8 positions.

These have ingress protection to IP67 and IP65, offering complete EMI security in the full mated and locked position. 

Slimline Smart Card Connectors

Amphenol Tuchel PCP Slimline Smart Card Connectors are another option. This more specific type of connector has compact dimensions of 56mm x 30mm x 3mm, which suits most applications where there is limited space for connectors. 

The PCB Slimline Smart Card Connector has protected contacts, metal casings for good stability in harsh environments and a secure switch so they do not get turned on or off accidentally.

An easy operation tuchel connector would be the Amphenol Tuchel Series C 16 M eco mate circular connector.

This connector is easy to assemble, safe from high vibrations due to its non-sensitive screw locking, and has better grip for both safe and secure handling.

Challenger Tuchel Options

Challenger Components stock Amphenol Tuchel electronic components, including tuchel connectors. 

They also supply a range of other connectors used in the industrial sector, medical instrumentation arena, military, and aerospace sectors as well.

These include RF Coaxial Connectors, PCB Connectors, Wire to Board Connectors, Board to Board Connectors and Smart Card Connectors.

For additional information on all the products available from Amphenol and a number of other leading electronic manufacturers, visit www.challengercomponents.com





Amphenol Industrial unveil latest new connector

13 10 2011

Amphenol Industrial, who have been prolific lately in terms of new releases, has unveiled yet another new connector into the electronics industry.

The global leader in interconnect systems have introduced the Max-M12 connection system, ideal for use in particularly harsh environments.

Amphenol suggest the new system is ideal for applications that utilise a range of equipment including;

-Forestry equipment

-Construction machinery and equipment

-Navigation

-GPS and telematics

-Mining machinery and equipment

-Agricultural machinery and equipment

-Harsh environment sensors

 

Impact resistant

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.

It has been specifically designed to withstand high vibration, high temperature and extremely rugged environments. This makes it ideal for military use, which is applicable to a number of the new products which Amphenol Industrial has released lately.

The new connection system can withstand temperatures ranging from -40®C to 125®.

Amphenol have unveiled a range of new products in recent times, including everything from high density solutions to energy storage connectors.

The release of such products 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 additional details on further Amphenol products, as well as those from a number of other leading connector manufacturers, visit www.challengercomponents.com today.








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