New Han® modules for compressed air, energy storage and Ethernet

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Greater capacity, less weight

HARTING’s Han-Modular® series offers numerous connectors which sustainably increase the energy efficiency of machines and systems. The latest example of this is the Han® 300 A module. It fits in with the classic development goal for energy storage systems by enabling more capacity with less weight. Today’s energy storage systems often work with outputs of 200 A / 800 V DC. Future applications with higher energy density will require transmissions of 300 A / 1200 V DC and more. The Han® 300 A module is the ideal interface to meet these demands.

The Han® 300 A module is suitable for connecting new energy storage units, as well as upgrading existing systems (being plug-in compatible with the Han® 200 A module). Equipped with touch-safe contacts, it can be connected directly to the busbar or integrated into storage drawers.

The M12 connector format is new to the Han-Modular® range. Two connectors, either X- or D-coded, each fit into one module. In this way, for example, it is possible to integrate 10 Gbit/s Ethernet into a modular interface in a particularly compact, space-saving manner. By comparison with conventional RJ45 solutions, the M12 interface is significantly more robust. All common bus systems can be easily adapted, including Profibus, Profinet, CAN, Ethernet Cat. 5 and Cat. 6A.

The trends towards greater digitization and modularization will also continue to grow. The Han® Shielded Power Module represents a space-saving and easy-to-maintain alternative to hard-wired shielded power cables. The module features three power contacts (16 A/400 V) and is suitable for connecting frequency-controlled drives, for example. Moreover, the series has also been supplemented with an EMC-protected module for signal transmission. With a large-area shield transfer and a 360° shield plate, the Han® Shielded Module Basic also enables a great deal of transmission in a compact installation space. Up to 27 shielded D-Sub contacts with 4 A/32 V can be plugged in.

There are already several solutions for 360° shielded data transmission in the Han-Modular® programme, including the Han® Megabit module. A new feature, however, is an adapter for the module that allows it to be plugged onto printed circuit boards. The module features 8 data pins and a shield contact and enables Ethernet transmission with two lines according to Cat. 5 or with one line according to Cat. 6A.

The Han® Pneumatic Double Module, a new HARTING connector for compressed air transmission will be launched in the current quarter. The contacts of the interface have a larger connection range of 8 or 10 mm. This enables the design of compressed air transmission with sufficient capacity to operate valve terminals.

What’s more, the double module is also easy to assemble: a push-in solution using the proven quick connection technology or a conventional pneumatic connection are available for the hose connection, which can be inserted into the module tool-free. With this module, HARTING is now further expanding its range of compressed air interfaces: Systems with internally and externally calibrated pneumatic tubing of 3, 4, 6, 8 or 10 mm can now be reliably installed with the help of pneumatic modules.

Han® L32 B offers optimal use of installation space

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The new Han® L32 B size from HARTING offers more flexibility when selecting the right rectangular connector for industrial applications

Using an L32 B connector allows users to replace two size 16 B interfaces, saving over 40% of installation space. This makes it possible to transmit power, signals and data with fewer interfaces and fewer components. It also cuts the time required to assemble interfaces. The resulting reduced weight and space savings contribute to lower consumption and stands for sustainable product design.

The Han® L32 B housing can be filled with a Han E® insulator for 32 contacts (16 A / 500 V) or with a Han-Modular® articulated frame that can accommodate up to eight modules. As a result, the new size not only offers space for the articulated frame with the most module slots, it also results in the highest module density in a connector. Over 100 Han-Modular® modules means that users can put together the optimal interface for virtually any application.

The Han® L32 B format offers a wide range of housing variants: sleeve housings with a straight or lateral cable outlet can be combined with bulkhead-mounted housings, bulkhead socket housings or coupling housings, with the customer given the choice between Han-Easy Lock® transverse brackets and side brackets made of metal. Matching cable glands are available in sizes M40, M50 and Pg29. Housings are equipped with a cap that protects the mounting side when it is not plugged in.

One of the first applications of the L32 B is in the power supply of an injection moulding machine, where the housing is equipped with Han E® inserts. In the automotive industry, the L32 B is additionally teamed with Han® pneumatic modules to transmit compressed air.

At 57 mm, the L32 B housing is exactly 25 mm wider than the next smaller size of 24 B. The new addition means that HARTING now offers a total of seven sizes for the Han® B: 6, 10, 16, 24, 32, L32 and 48. This facilitates the optimal use of installation space in different applications.

Neutrik UK appointments new Sales Manager as Group accelerates expansion into new markets, applications and advanced connectivity technologies

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Ryde, Isle of Wight, 19 May 2021. Neutrik UK has announced the appointment of Karl Cowing as its new Sales Manager. Cowing comes to the position with an extensive 22 year career in engineering, and engineering sales, support and key account management roles within the electronics, automotive, transport, aerospace and defence sectors.

His experience includes responsibility for electronic interconnect solutions into strategic aerospace and defence customers, helping them adapt to rapidly changing technology requirements within the radar and electronic warfare sector, and positioning high reliability RF electronic connectivity solutions, including fibre optic technology, to help customers address future bandwidth issues.

Commenting on his appointment, Cowing says, “Over the years I have known of Neutrik connectors as best-in-class market leaders. I am excited to be joining the company and look forward to working closely with our customers to understand the true value of our products to them, in helping to drive innovation of future developments, in shaping growth in core markets and design into emerging growth markets.”

Commenting on Cowing joining Neutrik UK, Managing Director Mark Perrins states, “It is propitious to have Karl assume the role of UK Sales Manager at this strategically important time for the Neutrik Group. The acquisition of new brands and services, coupled with a fresh overall approach to our business, is presenting unprecedented opportunity for growth. Bringing Karl on board, with his exceptional breadth of experience in advanced engineering connectivity applications and solutions, will help position us to exploit these opportunities and provide our wider customer base with exciting new product innovations and solutions for all manner of application requirements.”

ODU Connectors Launches ODU CONNECTS – a new connector portal

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ODU have introduced a new microsite at https://odu-connects.com/

This new portal is designed to operate as a knowledge hub, providing technical expertise direct to ODU customers.

Design engineers, quality managers, project managers, procurement staff and all enablers will be able to benefit from the ability to get advice at any time, any place, from ODU’s in-house experts.

The Covid-imposed restrictions of the last year have caused ODU to strive for new ways to provide their customers with the best possible and most timely support.

This new self-service microsite makes four options available:-

  • A large media library of technical video presentations, free to view at any time.
  • A calendar of up-coming virtual presentations and exhibitions available for log-on.
  • The option of booking a live, digital webinar for one-on-one or group discussions with ODU engineers having specific market and technical expertise.
  • A link to personal support.

Han® S gives users a complete cable assembly

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Prefabricated interfaces for energy storage devices reduce on-site wiring costs

Energy efficiency is an important global topic. Across their broad product range, HARTING is addressing this theme by offering specific solutions. With the Han® S, HARTING has developed a series of connectors that enable customers to build energy storage systems based on battery modules.

The Han® S is also the first HARTING-developed connector specifically designed for front-mounting energy storage systems. To shorten installation times even more and reduce the amount of wiring required on site, HARTING is now offering the interfaces in combination with fully prefabricated cable assemblies tailored to the respective application.

The assemblies are the Han® S 200 CA-c-b/r 25², CA-c-b/r 35² and CA-c-b/r 50 mm², which are available with cable lengths of 20 cm, 30 cm, 40 cm and 50 cm. They are suitable for temperatures ranging between -50 and +120 degrees C° and the fabrication material is halogen-free as well as ozone-resistant. The voltage limits are 1.8 kV (25 mm²) – 3 kV (50 mm²) AC and 2.7 (25 mm²) – 4.5 kV (50 mm²) DC. The Han® S assemblies meet various standards, including EN 45545-2 and NF F 16-101.

The Han® S offers optimal safety for the construction of battery storage systems as its design meets all technical requirements, including the new UL 4128 standard for stationary energy storage systems, currently the highest standard the market requires.

 Finger-protected contacts mean safe installation

The single-pin connector is well-suited for front-mounting drawers on energy storage devices and can transmit rated currents of up to 200 A at 1500 V. The connector ensures safe installation thanks to finger-protected contacts with various types of connection (M8 bolts or busbars) and allows users to visually check the locking status. In addition, the product is vibration-proof and comes in two different colours, red (+) and black (-). The Han® S features a mechanical coding system that makes it impossible to incorrectly connect the polarity. This feature makes the new connector an ideal solution for connecting large numbers of battery modules.

Smiths Interconnect receives contract from Mitsubishi Electronic Company to develop an integrated G-Band Satellite Based Antenna system for the Japan Space Agency

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Development contract is part of the Global Observing SATellite for Greenhouse gases and Water
cycle (GOSAT-GW) program

Smiths Interconnect, a leading provider of technically differentiated multi-function RF systems, subsystems, antennas, RF and MW components, connectors and cable assemblies for Aerospace and Defense, announced receipt of a contract from Mitsubishi Electric Corporation to participate in the development of a G-band satellite for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Smiths Interconnect will design a component with dual band millimeter wave antenna and receivers as a part of the advanced microwave scanning radiometer 3 (AMSR3). The AMSR3 is designed to receive microwave radiation from the earth and will be mounted on the Global Observing SATellite for Greenhouse gases and Water cycle (GOSAT-GW). These microwave radiation measurements will assist in preventing disasters attributed to global warming and climate change, and to advance scientific and technological methods that enable more accurate prediction of climate change. The fully integrated antenna and receiver is an integral part of the system which will provide the frequency and the
bandwidth that the GOSAT-GW mission requires.

Among very few companies with both millimeter wave component and subsystem expertise combined with heritage in both space applications and antenna system design, Smiths Interconnect is uniquely positioned to provide first-class technical support and a reliable, lightweight, and compact system solution.

”We are proud to partner with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and be a part of this important satellite
mission. Our extensive knowledge in the area of millimeter wave solutions for Space applications perfectly aligns us to support our customers’ current and future needs.” Said Ralph DeMarco, Vice President of Business Development and Sales at Smiths Interconnect Inc.

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.