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



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

Antistatic: Flooring, Mats, Chairs and Shoes

31 10 2011

Anybody working in the electronics manufacturing industry can easily become charged with static electricity, and it is important to control this in order to prevent it from transferring from one application to another which could damage them or cause them to work incorrectly. 

Antistatic flooring is typically used by workers who use 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.


Chairs, Mats & 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.  These 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.


Challenger Components

Challenger Components have been supplying antistatic products to a range of customers and organisations for decades.

They work with established, respected manufacturers such as;




For more information on all the antistatic products, as well as connectors, available, visit

A-Z of electrical components: T – Tamper resistant connectors

27 10 2011

Tamper resistant connectors and receptacles are mainly designed to guarantee the safety of anybody dealing with electrical equipment.

Research has shown that the use of these specific devices can mean that injuries obtained by those who work with electricity are greatly reduced. Cooper Interconnect are one of the most trusted suppliers of these products.

Cooper Interconnect

Cooper Wiring Devices produces a wide range of tamper resistant receptacles for a variety of applications including industrial, commercial and residential ones where children are particularly vulnerable to harm.

The electrical wiring device manufacturer is set to appear on an episode of Designing Spaces on June 3rd to discuss and provide tips on installing tamper resistant devices.

Tamper resistant receptacles

Tamper resistant receptacles offer genuine peace of mind with a shutter system that prevents foreign objects from being inserted into one side of the face.

A recessed tamper resistant receptacle, a tamper resistant floor box receptacle and tamper resistant multimedia wall plates with receptacles are other products which can prevent harm to people working with electrics.

Products produced by Cooper Wiring Devices in the receptacles range include a line of standard and decorator combination devices.

This includes both a 15A 120V/AC switch with a 15A 125V/AC receptacle with UL-listed tamper resistant shutters. These shutters are designed to prevent the insertion of foreign objects.

Challenger Components

Challenger Components have vast experience providing electronic solutions to a wide variety of markets requiring the use of electrical applications such as connectors.

They supply Cooper Interconnect products as well as electrical components from a variety of other well thought of manufacturers including Amphenol, ebm-papst, Nicomatic, and Credence Technologies.

For additional information on the range of products which Cooper Interconnect and various other companies supply, visit

A-Z of electrical components – Fans

18 10 2011

The principal aim of an axial fan is to provide a sustainable cooling solution. Due to the versatility of the product though, this can translate to a ceiling fan within a household as well as a large piece of machinery in a busy industrial factory.

Different customers require axial fans for different functions.  Those who wish a fan to be used in the home for example, may require the fan to produce minimal noise.

For those working within a factory this may not be an issue of any real consequence.

ebm-papst is a well known axial fan manufacturer, renowned for producing high quality, energy efficient products.

Ceiling fans, table fans, compact fans, computer cooling fans, motor vehicle cooling fans can all be axial fans, depending on the manufacturer.

Fans in vehicles such as cars usually prevent the car from overheating by discarding hot air produced by the combustion in the engine. 

The same thing applies to computers, where a fan is encompassed into the design of the product to prevent it from overheating.

How do they work?

The blades within axial fans force the air to a shaft in a parallel direction. The air is then blown along the axis of the fan to produce a continuous flow of air. 

The cooling intensity of the fan depends on how quickly the blades move, or are set to move.

Some axial fans are used in air conditioning applications, both for consumer purposes, and within the electronics manufacturing industry.

Axial fans come in a variety of sizes to accommodate all these different settings. However, standard diameters for axial fans range from 300-400 mm and 1800-2000 mm.

For additional details on axial fans, as well as number of other products available from ebm-papst and other manufacturers, visit

Nicomatic introduce brand new product

17 10 2011

Nicomatic, one of the leaders in the development, design and manufacture of electronic connectors, has unveiled the new CrimpFlex connector system.

Specifically, the system offers a range of industry compatible board and flat cable connectors which allow for a variety of cable-to-board interconnections.

The new design is characterised by tangible mechanical strength and superior contact resistance. This effect is achieved by the piercing of the conductor at 6 different points.

Four of these are for electrical continuity and two are for mechanical strength.


Nicomatic can produce everything from low volume high technology products to the mass production of precision components for the consumer markets.

They are just one of the leading electronic manufacturers that Challenger Components Ltd works alongside.

With over 30 years of industrial experience, Nicomatic pride themselves on having an innovative spirit and a high degree of specialist knowledge.

The company have a dedicated product portfolio in connectors and man-machine interface switching technology.


Another leading electronics manufacturer which Challenger Components Ltd work with is ebm-papst.

ebm-papst is one of the most respected market leaders in the production of fans and motors for the electronics manufacturing industry.

From compact electronic cooling fans to energy efficient applications for a variety of industry purposes, ebm-papst has been an established name in the manufacturing of advanced air movement products for some time.

The company have established their reputation primarily through the competent manufacture and supply of items such as axial fans, centrifugal fans and hot air blowers.

Axial fans have the advantage of having a low installation depth, a low noise level and outstanding efficiency in general.

They are an extremely versatile product and can therefore be used across a wide variety of purposes.

The company also supply a fantastic range of centrifugal fans, with both backward and forward curved blades.

For additional details on Nicomatic, ebm-papst and a number of the other leading electronics manufacturers, visit

ebm-papst praised for ‘innovative strength and dedication’

14 10 2011

There is a growing feeling that the use of fans is not considered enough by companies as they strive to help the environment. ebm-papst is striving to change this.

Considering the vast emphasis on air conditioning, heat recovery and ventilation in offices throughout the world, is it time we all gave the subject more attention.

Helen McHugh, Head of Sustainable Technology at ebm-papst UK, was certainly enthusiastic about the impact EC fans could have.

“With the built environment under increasing pressure to reduce energy consumption for both economic and environmental reasons, it is now more important than ever for people to realise the energy saving potential of EC fans.

It is important to let people know that they can easily retrofit EC fans into their existing HVAC applications, offering not only significant energy savings but also improved performance and reduced noise.”

 The company were recently praised for their innovative work in this are with a prestigious industry award.

ebm-papst was named as one of the winners of the “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition. The RadiCal centrifugal fans in GreenTech EC technology caught the eye of the judging panel and were enough to mark out the industry leader as established innovators.

President Winfried Kretschmann was particularly enthusiastic about the achievement: “The winners of the ‘365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas’ competition have all distinguished themselves with particularly innovative and groundbreaking projects. They are an example of the innovative strength and dedication in this country,” he stated.

Based on the latest advances in aerodynamics, this development changes the impellers so “radically” that the efficiency is increased by 50% and the highest energy efficiency is attained for ventilation and air-conditioning applications.

For additional information on ebm-papst, and a number of other leading brand manufacturers with the electronic components industry, visit today.

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