THE TELEGÄRTNER WORLD IS GROWING – DISCOVER NEW APPLICATIONS AND PRODUCT SOLUTIONS

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Telegartner

Telegärtner’s virtual theme world will be enlarged by two attractions. From May 2021, modern cabling solutions and product information will be presented interactively in two new application areas – School and Residential.

Stuttgart, 5th May 2021 – In November 2020, Telegärtner products and application examples could be explored online and interactively in a three-dimensional world for the first time. With the virtual world, Telegärtner wants to present product information realistically and in an impressive way and make it tangible.

With the new application areas, Telegärtner wants to present further product solutions digitally as well as realistically. Visitors can inform themselves about products and solutions in a playful way. With the expansion of the Telegärtner World, the experience factor is to be increased even further.

The focus in the second release is on structured building cabling in order to be able to present solutions for the increasing demand for high-quality network technology. The new application areas can be visited from May 5, 2021. At the beginning, visitors can expect a spectacular light show. Afterwards, all applications and product information can be explored at any time in a realistic, virtual environment. New to discover are the residential and school areas, but there are also further additions to the existing applications – Office and Antenna. A highlight of the Telegärtner World will be IT cabling and network solutions for schools. Telegärtner will present a variety of solutions to help shaping and pushing digitalization in schools.

The theme world is permanently online and can be visited at any time since November 24, 2020.

har-modular®: Modules for power, signals and data – ideally combined

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One trillion combinations possible / Order modules as from batch size one

Device development in the industrial arena is advancing in ever shorter cycles. At the same time, devices are becoming more and more compact, presenting challenges for developers looking for the right solution for transmitting data, signals or power. Designed to help the developers’ work, HARTING is offering a solution with har-modular® that is opening up an entirely new scope of flexibility on PCBs.

As a modular principle, in terms of size and architecture, har-modular® is based on the DIN 41612 ledges that have been in use for many decades. Instead of relying on a large number of rigid solutions, har-modular® now provides a modular system of different modules for the transmission of all vital lifelines by way of a convenient online configurator.

As a result, developers can combine and order individual modules for power, signals and data that are customised and fine-tuned to their applications. The various modules enable a trillion possible combinations meeting every conceivable application and can be ordered from batch size one. This means that prototypes can be fitted very quickly, flexibly and cost efficiently, while series production can also be launched. This highly flexible concept is new on the market and underlines HARTING’s desire to lead the way with pioneering and innovative concepts in the development area.

Peter Smith of S & J Communications

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It is with great sadness that the association has been informed of the tragic passing of Peter Smith who has been the PR agent for ITSA for the past few years.

Peter was an extremely well known and respected character in the electronics  industry and his many friends and colleagues will be shocked by his sudden passing.

Peter started to work with ITSA some 4 years ago and during that time he produced PR that completely changed the profile and reach of the organisation.

Peter will be sorely missed.

There is an excellent and thoughtful article on Peter in Electronic Specifier which we think says it all.

Our thoughts are with Peters family at this tragic time.

Industry marks the passing of much-loved personality (electronicspecifier.com)

ITSA – Connector sales growth escalates in Q1 of 2021

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  • Member sales increase by 15% in Q1 compared to Q4 2020
  • Distribution, Broadcast and Industrial all show double digit growth
  • Fibre sales up 57% recovering the Q4 downturn
  • Circular up 28%
  • Value add recovers by 22%

2020 was, in many ways, a year to forget with the COVID pandemic severely affecting members revenues and BREXIT just adding to the uncertainty. The third lockdown over the winter just emphasised how unpredictable the pandemic has been, however, the huge success of the vaccine roll out in the UK has brought much needed confidence back to the markets and a far greater degree of certainty for the recovery of the UK economy.

A final agreement on BREXIT was reached between the UK and the EU late in 2020 and the transition has been far from plain sailing. ITSA has carried out a survey of its membership of how it has affected their businesses and the outcome of this will be released in the next few weeks.

A positive note relates to forecasts being produced for UK GDP growth in 2021/2 with 2021 expecting to see 5.7% and 2022 5.6% and unemployment reducing to 5.8%. Economists are suggesting that these forecasts may well be exceeded and that the UK economy could see one of the strongest recoveries in Europe.

Year on year comparisons are not necessarily reflective as the market was affected globally by a pandemic that had totally unexpected impact on every aspect of our members businesses.

ITSA Members report sales up by 15% in Q1 of 2021

ITSA members sales were up an average of 15% when compared to the last quarter of 2020 but there were some big differences between each member with the range covering +7% to +25%. With members enjoying a positive book to bill of between 1.04:1 and 1.06:1 over the past two quarters this bodes well for continuing improved revenues. With improved revenues and stronger long term order books our members could well enjoy a significant  boost this year.

Industrial, Broadcast and Distribution all see significant growth

With growth of 23% in Industrial, 20% in Broadcast and 14% in Distribution, three of our most significant markets are fuelling members revenue growth, however, Mil/Aero was flat which was a surprise and it will be interesting to see how this progresses into the rest of the year.

Value Add had a very poor end to 2020 but has really bounced back in Q1 2021 with both Fibre Optic and Coax improving by 16% but Copper Assemblies outstripped this by some way with an increase of 42%, this may be partly project specific.

Both the OEM and the Distribution sectors saw double digit growth of around 15%.

At the end of 2020 members were projecting a Q1 2021 being either flat or a small negative, this has not happened and for the most part all members are in a much better position than expected.

Overall ITSA members have enjoyed and extremely positive start to 2021 and most are projecting a return to 2019 levels by 2022.

With the current estimates of the UK connector market we believe that ITSA members represent 21% of the total market.

UK Manufacturing at a decade high in March

According to figures published by  HIS MARKIT/CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI, the UK manufacturing sector continued to recover in March with a PMI of 58.9, The upturn in the UK manufacturing sector gained further momentum at the end of the first quarter. Output and new orders increased as intake improved from both domestic and overseas markets, however, the sector remained beset by severe supply chain and logistics issues..

Output increased for the tenth consecutive month and at the fastest rate since last November.

Higher output has been linked to improved order intake, the vaccine roll out and the planned removal of lockdown restrictions. New business was a key driver with levels being the highest for over 3 years. This demand is coming from both domestic and overseas customers.

Supply chain issues remained a constraint on UK manufacturers causing disruption of raw material deliveries, production schedules and onward logistics to customers all as a result of COVID 19 restrictions but also disruptions caused by post BREXIT issues at ports, carriers and low stocks.

Most manufacturers maintained a very positive outlook for the year ahead with only 6% expecting some kind of contraction.

Summary

2021 has started very well for all members and if all of the forecasts and projections are right then this year could see a significant recovery in the overall economy and markets. There is, we believe, a tremendous amount of pent up activity and with consumers having spent very little over the past 12 months we should see some significant activity in a number of areas including “Entertainment, Technology i.e. mobile phones, computing, white goods etc” and this could also be fuelled by a lot of people continuing to work remotely.

Investments by members parent companies continue and we have noted that acquisitions are being announced more frequently which is extremely positive.

As an association we continue to grow and enhance our profile and we have already gained another new Associate member in the form of Batten & Allen a component manufacturer.

New Disposable receptacle for ODU MEDI-SNAP® Push-Pull connectors – a reliable and economical disposable solution

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ODU adds to its medical portfolio with a one-piece disposable clip-in panel receptacle. Suitable for a variety of applications such as catheters, electrosurgical devices, endoscopes or ablation devices, it offers up to 34 PCB or Flex contacts in a space-saving design and can be combined with all ODU MEDI-SNAP® Push-Pull connectors in size 2.

 

 

 

 

Moulded in disinfectable PSU, this connector provides high levels of user and patient protection, being fully compliant with IEC 60601-1

Nevertheless, it cost-effectively meets the needs of medical device manufacturers for those applications when components must be disposed of after only a few uses, whilst at the same time being capable of  at least 25 mating cycles.

RJ Industrial® MultiFeature saves time and simplifies access to the IIoT

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In 2021, HARTING are once again highlighting the right infrastructure for the road to the IIoT, including solutions such as the RJ Industrial® MultiFeature, a significantly improved version of the classic RJ45.

Thanks to a robust metal housing and integrated knives that automatically shorten the strands to the correct length during assembly, handling is greatly simplified. Shorter assembly time saves valuable time in system installation. Consequently, the most frequently deployed data interface has been further optimised for use in industrial environments.

Targeting designers of miniaturised devices, HARTING are showing all the innovations and portfolio extensions revolving around the space-saving ix Industrial® Ethernet interface.

The interface is 70% smaller in size, offering Gbit Ethernet with a more compact footprint while increasing stability at the same time. Standardised in IEC 61076-3-124, ix Industrial® represents the future standard for 8-wire Gbit Ethernet in automation scenarios. Suitable for virtually every application, with a large portfolio of sockets, connectors, and special insert housings.