binder’s latest M16 X-coded connectors handle up to 10Gbits/s

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binder, a market and technology leader in industrial circular connectors, announces an M16 X – coded connector capable of handling the data speeds demanded by today’s sensor-based automated production facilities. Data transmission figures are an impressive 10Gbits/s.

With the benefits of rugged design and excellent environmental resistance, M16 connectors have become widely used for sensors for both indoor and outdoor use where there is a need for a higher pin count than is offered by M8 and M12 connectors.

The binder 415 Series includes a male/female cable connector along with a panel mounted female connector which is designed to be front fastened. When mated, they are rated to IP67.

415 Series connectors have 8 gold (Au) plated contacts rated to 0.5A at 50V AC, 60V DC and can accommodate cables ranging from 5.5 to 9mm diameter.

 

Cliff’s most popular FeedThrough Connectors and Accessories can now be supplied in a Pre-Assembled Rack Panel

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Cliff Electronics leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors and test equipment have developed a very wide range of
FeedThrough (FT) and conventional connectors designed to be mounted in the industry standard 24mm-diameter XLR panel cut-out. With over 20 different connector types now available in this standard format, panel design and manufacture is greatly simplified. Cliff’s FeedThrough connector design allows standard, off the shelf, cables to be used for internal connectivity further simplifying assembly.

Cliff’s FeedThrough connector range allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast (studio and mobile), lighting, audio, industrial applications, instrumentation and control connectivity.

To further aid product designers and systems integrators Cliff can now supply 1U x 19” rack panels preassembled with up to 16 connectors to meet the end system’s requirements. Specifying preassembled connector panels assists systems integrators by simplifying and speeding up assembly time while reducing component count and cost. Cliff’s rack panels feature a connector labelling strip located on the front and a cable strain-relief bar is fitted at the rear to secure internal wiring against strain and vibration.

The most popular connectors in Cliff’s FeedThrough range are CAT 5e RJ45, CAT 5e Shielded RJ45, CAT 6 RJ45, CAT 6 Shielded RJ45, HDMI Female – Female, USB 3.0 A-A, USB 2.0 B-A and USB 2.0 A-A. All widely used in data and audio-visual applications.

 

A range of dust covers are now available to protect unused connectors from the ingress of dust. Push-in types in black or white may be used with RJ45 connectors and gasket style versions in red, black and blue are suitable for the rest of the connector range.

Preassembled rack panels available from Cliff feature 16 of their market leading FeedThrough connectors each and are available with 8 male and 8 female 3-pin front mounted XLR sockets as well as in the following configurations: 50Ω, 75Ω and 75Ω gold insulated BNC, CAT6 RJ45 and CAT6A, HDMI A to HDMI A, USB2 A to USB2 B and USB2 B to USB2 A. Fibre Optic connector types ST / BFOC, LC duplex SM and LC duplex MM. Two other non-Feedthrough versions are mounted with XLR 3DCM and XLR 3DCF connectors.

Cliff rack panels may also be supplied without connectors for end users to mount their own single or mix of connector types. Any connector with the standard 24mm-diameter XLR panel cut-out may be fitted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments; “As applications for pre-assembled rack panels continue to grow we increase our understanding of the market and can improve our products and customer service. We are seeing increased popularity in certain FeedThrough connector types which helps us tailor our range to best serve our customers. We are always happy to respond to individual customer requirements and our pre-assembled connector rack panels, whether audio, fibre-optic, power or USB, offer systems integrators fast and convenient system assembly.”

 

ITSA reports that 2019 ends well for the UK connector industry

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2019 – ITSA Members posted 5% revenue growth over previous year
• 2019 – Highest revenue year since 2014
• 13% increase in distribution revenue stream

February 20. The European electronics market had what many have described as a “difficult” 2019 with only single digit growth, while the UK market fared marginally better. One of the many sectors that make up the UK marketplace, the connector industry, saw modest growth by the end of the year after a poor first half.
The first two quarters of 2019 saw connector revenues decline reflecting the weakness of the global economy and the high levels of uncertainty caused by Brexit. This according ITSA (Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association).
“It was also a reflection of UK companies adjusting their component inventories which many had built-up as a contingency against the possible consequences of Brexit” says John Biggs, Chairman of ITSA.
“In the second half of 2019, the UK connector sector stabilised as confidence returned to the market and key infrastructure projects were released.
“Against this backdrop our member companies saw a revenue growth of 5% over 2018 and enjoyed the highest revenue year since 2014. A key driver of this growth has been the increase in the distribution revenue stream which increased by 13% and now accounts for 37% of ITSA UK revenues” John Biggs adds.

Key market performance
There are several key markets for ITSA members including MIL/Aerospace, mass transportation and communications and these continue to perform in different ways. During last year, MIL/Aerospace showed a 5% decrease at component level but this was more than offset by an increase in Value Add. Despite project deferrals and Government cutbacks, this sector has continued to grow and remains a long-term focus for ITSA members.
The communications market has shown a gradual decline in revenues at component level as more and more companies focus on offering Value Add solutions. This can be seen clearly with members reporting an overall increase of 36% over 2018 but with 2019 posting the highest revenue level for Value Add since the formation of the association. Clear winners here are Fibre Optics which posted a 63% increase and RF which grew by 31%.
The mass transportation market has also grown significantly over the past five years and although members saw flat revenues in 2019 this is a very project driven market and revenue trends will continue to fluctuate.

All the above should have meant a positive 2019, however, bookings remained very weak and posted three consecutive quarters of negative book to bill ending the year at 0.93:1. This is again a reflection of organisation adjusting their demand and inventories in line with the market uncertainty.
The level of contraction being seen by ITSA members reflects well against the overall trend in UK manufacturing which has reportedly posted its weakest year for seven years

ITSA hosts its first industry editors meeting in London

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ITSA held its first editors meeting in London on the 20th February. This was the first meeting of its kind and was the beginning of a comprehensive PR/Marketing plan which will continue throughout 2020.

The meeting was attended by several ITSA members together with editors from Electronics Sourcing, Electronic Product Design & Test, Electronics World, Components in Electronics and Electronic Specifier.

Feedback from the meeting has been very positive with a high degree of interest in further promotional activity as well as planned interviews and greater exposure of ITSA, its members and its aims and goals for the future.

There will be more information in the coming weeks.