Companies Urged to Update Fans Ahead of EU Regulation

12 07 2011

Leading UK electrical components company Challenger Components urges companies to update their fans and thermal management solutions before strict new EU rules come into force.

The EU has introduced, and continues to make, major changes to the energy efficiency requirements of electrical fans. In fact, new regulations on energy efficiency being introduced by the EU in the next four years could mean that up to 50 percent of existing electrical fans will need to be upgraded.

Since June, 2010, energy efficiency limits have been put in place for both individual units or for fans in use within a particular device.

The Energy-related Products Directive (ErP) 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.

“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,” says Josie Colgate from Challenger Components.

“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.

We urge companies and manufacturers who have not already taken on board these changes to do so immediately as failure to comply could have a significant impact on business. At Challenger Components we are specialists in the supply of energy efficient fans and blowers. We are an official supplier of Ebm-Papst fans, which are proven to be among the most energy efficient of all new model fans.

To help companies understand in more detail the new EU legislation Challenger Components has put together a white paper on the topic, offering an introduction to the changes. This can be downloaded at:

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Electronic Equipment Spending Reaches New High

8 06 2011

Semiconductor manufacturing capacity in 2011 is growing, a new report suggests.

The report ‘World Fab Watch: Details of Frontend Semiconductor Fabs for the Previous Quarter’ revealed increasing capital expenditure on electronic components such as semiconductors and connectors this year.

The report showed on the other hand that construction spending had decelerated this year and was expected to continue downwards in 2012.

The database tracks spending, capacity and technology node projects for every fab worldwide by company.

This spending covers both new and used equipment for production, pilot, and R&D fabs, including investments for LED device fabrication.

In 2011, it is forecast the industry will experience a 31 percent rise in equipment spending and nine percent rise in manufacturing capacity.

Equipment spending should reach an all-time high of about 44 billion dollars this year the research suggests, although the spending pace is expected to decline by six percent to 41 billion dollars in 2012.  This still however, will remain the second highest annual level on record.

The earthquake in Japan on March 11th may have had some short-term effect on utilisation rates and capacity output, but will not have a significant impact on installed capacity on construction spending.

Installed capacity is expected to increase about nine percent in 2011 and seven percent in 2012.  In 2010, the growth rate in capacity of Foundry fabs surpassed Memory fabs, and this trend is expected to continue in 2011.

Electronic Equipment Suppliers

Challenger Components is a recognised electronic equipment supplier in the UK, they have 50 years experience in supplying relevant electronic components for different industries to provide solutions for their electronic requirements.

They supply components in industries such as connectors, fans and blowers and static control solutions.

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UK Military Connectors Could be Shipped Abroad

31 05 2011

The Government’s austerity programme is expected to put the UK defence industry in a difficult position in 2011, possibly causing manufacturers of such items as military connector to take their business abroad.

According to a new report by Electronics.CA Publications entitled ‘United Kingdom Defence and Security Report’, the cuts made by the Government could begin to impact existing and potential contracts in the military defence sector.

The moves which have already taken place include grounding the Harrier, cancelling various naval projects and cutting the overall size of the army, with further moves expected to follow shortly.

Reforming the procurement system at the Ministry of Defence is also a main priority, and although it is hoped this will mean the Government can save money, the report suggests it limits the profits of firms and disincentiveising research and development if costs have to be borne by the companies themselves.

UK defence firms will possibly focus on exports in the coming year to make their money elsewhere.

The UK’s largest defence firm, BAE Systems, has recently released its 2010 performance figures showing last year slight improvements in their fiscal position.  Their sales grew from GBP22billion in 2009 to GBP22.39billion in 2010, despite a worsening of its broader prospects.

The company is seeking to boost its sales in international markets, and in particular the Middle East.  They believe this area is an important market for future sales given the security concerns and high budgets of many countries outside the UK, as well as the lack of domestic firms.

Rolls-Royce also revealed the majority of their business is in the marine and civil aviation sectors but the firm received GBP2.1billion in new defence orders in 2010.

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Smart Grid: The Electronic Component of the Future

23 05 2011

By 2016 research suggests the global alternative electrical power storage market will reach 423 million dollars.

Electrical power is now being commonly generated using smaller alternative sources like wind, solar, tidal and geothermal, as opposed to traditional methods of coal-fired, oil-burning, natural gas, nuclear, and hydroelectric, a new report from Electronics Publications reveals.

As these grow in dominance, off peak generation becomes important to address problems which would occur when the sun does not shine or the wind does not blow.  As such, electrical designers have begun to investigate ways to store alternative power so that it can be used when needed and not just when it is being generated.

This is termed the utility scale ‘alternative electric power storage’ and includes the use of batteries, fuel cells, capacitive storage, and flywheel energy storage.

Storage approaches include using stationary facilities, mobile arrays, and increasingly, smart grids.

What are Smart Grids?

These are electricity networks using digital technology where electricity is delivered from suppliers to consumers using two way digital communications.

This as the report suggests used to conserve and store energy when needed, commonly in people’s houses.  They are being addressed by governments as a means to conserve energy and prevent global warming which burning of traditional fuels has started to cause.

In 2011 it is predicted this global alternative electrical power storage market in 2011 will be worth more than 325 million dollars.  It is also expected this market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.4 percent between 2011 and 2016.

Electrical Components Suppliers

Challenger Components has 50 years experience in supplying quality electrical components.  They aim to deliver energy efficient models where at all possible to cut energy costs and prevent global warming.

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Energy Efficient Electronic Components

20 05 2011

A leading electrical wiring device manufacturer has launched new commercial occupancy sensors to its line of lighting controls.

Cooper Wiring Devices has designed the new electronic components for industrial, commercial and residential applications, of which the products feature contemporary aesthetic design that is specially made for energy efficient retrofits.

This NEXION line is aimed at specifically helping businesses save money by meeting sustainability initiatives, while also complying with new energy codes.

“The NEXION line was a natural next step in the CORE lighting controls line to bring our innovative products further into the commercial space,” commented Daniel Castillo, vice president and general manager, Copper Wiring Devices.

“This line of products was designed to meet the unique needs of building owners and occupants and to help them meet substantially initiatives and energy-saving requirements.”

The NEXION Commercial Occupancy Sensors line includes redesigned wallbox occupancy sensors featuring Instinct Technology.

Instinct Technology is a decision making software built into the lighting control that makes adjustments in real time, preventing lights from falsely turning on or off.  This is particularly useful where spaces are used for different purposes on a regular basis like offices and conference rooms – the sensors adjusts the light levels to accommodate the dynamic changes in activity.

Challenger Components: Electrical Components Supplier

Challenger components supplies electrical components in the categories of connectors, static control, and fans and blowers.

They use products designed by Cooper Interconnect for some of their customers requiring connectors for cable assemblies.

The types of customers they provide electronic solutions for range from the industrial sector to commercial, telecommunications, and military.

As such they are able to put their 50 years of expertise to good use and find the best components from a number of different sources, including Cooper Interconnect, Amphenol and ebm-papst, to find an appropriate solution.

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Antistatic Flooring and other Antistatic Products

15 04 2011

Find out more about antistatic products, how antistatic flooring works, why antistatic products are used, and the best antistatic product suppliers in the UK.

A person can become easily charged with static electricity, and it is important to control this, or ground it, to prevent it from transferring from one application to another which could damage them or cause them to work incorrectly.  Uncontrolled discharging can cause hazards such as fires too.

Antistatic flooring is typically used by workers who are working with 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.

Antistatic Products: Mats, Chairs and 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.  They 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.

Antistatic Product Suppliers UK

Challenger Components has 50 years in supplying the right antistatic products for a customer’s needs, whether that be antistatic flooring, antistatic bags, antistatic testers, or work station products.

They also have expertise in cooling solutions, supplying quality fans and blowers to different industries, and experience in supplying electronic connectors.

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Europeans and Global Electronics Industry Recovers

6 04 2011

The European and global electronics industry has recovered following a sharp downturn at the end of 2008 and the first half of 2009, new statistics show.

This recovery was led by emerging markets, but has since gained momentum with the industry showing strong growth in all regions, the Yearbook of World Electronics Data, Volume 1: West Europe revealed.

The final months of 2010 however showed signs that growth was slowing and the outlook for the coming couple of years will depend on sustained growth in the global electronics economy.

A transformation from high volume to shorter run production has occurred in Western Europe, and future success is thought to stem from industrial, medical, high-end communications and automotive areas where Europe has a strong global position.

Electronic output in the UK however has declined sharply since peaking in 2000, falling by an estimated 63 percent in the period to 2009.

This is due to the migration of production to low cost countries.  The industry is heavily orientated towards production of professional electronic equipment, accounting for 79 percent of the industry’s output in 2009.

The computer segment in the UK accounted for 8.2 percent of the total in 2009, and declined by 27.3 percent after a modest increase of 0.1 percent the previous year.  The report suggests production is forecast to decline in the UK by eight percent in both 2010 and 2011.

Electronic Component Suppliers UK

Challenger Components has 50 years experience in supplying static control, electronic connectors, and cooling solutions – fans and blowers, to a variety of clients.

They have expertise in design through to cable assembly, and have experience stocking the right electronic products to clients in a variety of industries, notably the industrial, medical, telecommunications, security and military.

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