Jacketed cables – A profile

28 12 2011

Jacketed cables are a safe and convenient way to connect the various components inside the computers. 

With several components in the computers that are arranged in a compact case, there is always a likelihood that they will come into contact with each other. 

This could result in malfunctioning because each component is sensitive in nature.

Technicians avoid this by protecting them with the jacketed cables. The smaller size of the components and the close constellation do not permit individual cables to each component. 

Subsequently, there will be a number of cables in a jacketed cable that enables the technician to connect the components with each other for a smooth functioning of the computer.

Only a small portion of the cables are exposed and they are safely soldered to the components to ensure that there are no exposed ends.

The jacketed cables can save a great deal of time and, with standard colour coding of cables enabling the technicians to connect them to components with precision, they are valued particularly highly within the electronics components industry.

Jacketed cables are compact in nature, which also helps in reducing the space required inside the computer to connect them. 

With any complex piece of machinery that encompasses a large amount of components, it is important to consider the most effective way to protect them.


Challenger Components

For extra details on electronic components and in order 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.

All of these companies have a proud reputation for quality and efficiency within the electronics manufacturing industry.





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 


UK Business Minister heralds importance of electronics to economic recovery

19 12 2011

Mark Prisk, the UK Business Minister, has hailed the importance of the UK electronics manufacturing industry in the gradual recovery of the British economy as a whole.

“Electronics is involved in every part of the economy, from consumer goods to farming. It makes cars more reliable, aircraft safer and data movement faster,” stated Prisk as he attended an electronics exhibition last week.

“There is massive potential for growth in the sector and the UK is uniquely placed in Europe to take full advantage of that. We have 40% of the European market in electronics system design, nearly a third of Europe’s silicone design companies and we are the home to Europe’s largest concentration of electronic system design houses,” continued Prisk.

The positive bulletin on the future of the UK electronics manufacturing sector follows more recent upbeat comments.

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.

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



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.

Cable Assembly Outsourcing

6 12 2011

Despite being a very important part of global electronics manufacturing, cable assembly often requires a great deal of time, effort and energy. Primarily due to the associated costs involved and time demands, companies will often look to outsource their cable assembly.

Employing a group of individuals who are trained to carry out intricate cable assembly means that you will have to pay them according to their appropriate level of skill.

That could mean that you need to employ additional staff to do the job, or update the skills set of exiting employees. Either way, your specific staff costs will undoubtedly be reduced by outsourcing all of your cable assembly requirements.

The machinery which is needed to carry out cable assembly can be complex to use and expensive to purchase.

Provided you have a high level of faith in the company you have asked to carry out your cable assembly, it is wise to let them take on the inherent risks of such a process.

This means you will have more time to ask your own staff to focus on other areas that require attention.

Of course, outsourcing your cable assembly is not something that every company will choose to do. Some large companies within the electronics manufacturing industry will have both the manpower and the finances to take care of the issue themselves.

However, the majority of businesses are not this fortunate. They may have little choice but to eliminate as many of their outgoings as possible.

Companies in this situation will view the idea of outsourcing their cable assembly as an indisputable necessity rather than an optional luxury.

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, contact www.challengercomponents.com




Cross flow fans and axial fans profile

5 12 2011

Cross flow fans are otherwise known as Tangential Fans or Tubular Fans. It is generally tubular in shape with its length being more important than its diameter.

The air flow is in the tangential direction to the fan itself and hence the alternate name. Due to this, these fans are generally more efficient than a number of their counterparts.

Cross Flow Fans work by improving the dissipation of the heat generated by other components through circulation.

If the nearby component is already cool or the humidity is particularly high then these fans are not likely to make much of an impact.

Its advantages are that it is compact and runs without much noise amongst other things. It is mostly used in air conditioners, heating and cooling equipment to dissipate the heat generated in these components.

These fans have adjustable speed controllers and are more suited to use inside other main components.

In contrast, axial fans consist of a rotating arrangement of blades which act on the air. Usually contained within a casing, the blades used force the air to move parallel to the shaft about which the blades rotate.

The name of this specific fan comes from its propensity to blow air along the fan, and they have many modern day applications.

Within the electronics industry specifically, they are used to for cooling certain items of equipment. This is a vital cog within the whole process of constructing and transporting electrical connectors for example.

The larger varieties of axial fans are seen in mechanisms such as wind tunnels. Smaller types can be used for all manner of electronics work.

Given the size of some wind tunnels, it gives you an idea of how large certain axial fans can actually be.

For additional details on both of the antistatic products mentioned above, as well as the benefits of static training, visit www.challengercomponents.com


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