HARTING’s Han® 1A: flexible power, signal or Ethernet connections in tight spaces.

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Simplify the installation of your machinery, automation and transportation cabling and connectivity.

HARTING’s Han® 1A connector is designed for power, signal or data transmission via a single compact design format housing. The range comes with angled or straight bulkhead mounting, as well as a panel surface mounted fixing frame for cable-to-cable mating.  All achieved through its snap-in latch/lever locking mated plastic IP20/IP65 housings.

The Han® 1A can accommodate power (10A to 16A @ 400V), signal (0.5A / 48V to 4A / 250V) and Ethernet data (M12 Cat 5 D-Code or Cat 6A X-Code insert) connection solutions, minimising BOM requirements and allowing lower piece stock costs.  It also simplifies interface panel design through one standard panel cut-out. Snap-on colour coding clips allow part differentiation.

The Han® 1A Ethernet data version offers significant advantages over recognised M12 cabling solutions whilst allowing the use of their industry recognised and proven inserts.

The inline free or cable to cable mounting frame mating allows the M12 Cat 5 D-Code or Cat 6A X-Code inserts to be mated without the optical alignment concerns of the normal M12 housing connectors.  Hence, they offer the benefit of easier handling in tight, difficult to access spaces. This can be particularly beneficial behind thin panels in applications such as train carriage cabling.

Another key advantage for such transportation applications is that the cable-to-cable housings offer either IP20 snap-in latch or an additionally vibration resistant IP65 lever locked mating solution.

Finally, you get the extra benefit of saving weight per mated pair, thanks to the lightweight plastic housings, thus supporting the reduction of the train’s carbon footprint.

For more details on the Han® 1A connector range please visit: https://www.harting.com/UK/en-gb/solutions/han-1a

10 MILLION MATING CYCLES WITH GAME-CHANGING QUICK-CHANGE HEAD

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Save time and money!

In areas with a high degree of automation and short cycle times, speed is of the essence.

 

 

 

With maximum failure protection and numerous transmission variants, the ODU-MAC® Silver-Line is specifially designed for automatic docking.

Now, with the addition of a quick-change head, this connector range also becomes a potential game-changer.

With the ODU-MAC® quick-change head, you can save valuable time and simultaneously extend your connector’s service life. With just two screws, the interchangeable part of the connector can be easily replaced, making it ready for use again in a matter of seconds. The cable assembly on the base part remains unchanged as the exchanged part is removed from the front.

This extends the potential service life of the connector and the quick-change head –

from a minimum of 100,000 mating cycles to a maximum of 10 million mating cycles.

Thanks to the ODU SPRINGTAC® contact technology, the Silver-Line also offers excellent vibration resistance and the modular connectors are characterized by a compact and sturdy universal design.

Depending on your requirements, you can choose from seven different docking frames and adjust the length as needed. Then, simply assemble these with the desired modules – our configurator makes this easy – for more information click here

 

 

 

 

ITSA sees connector orders surge

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Business is booming in the UK connector market says the Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA). At its recent quarterly meeting (the first face to face for two years) member companies reported increases in sales between 8% to 20% year on year and UK orders are now up over 43% on 2020 and up 16% on 2019.

ITSA members’ book to bill ratios are now an average of 1.08:1 in 2021.

Overall ITSA members’ sales are up an average 14% YTD versus the same period in 2020 and even more interesting is that members are now tracking up 5% versus 2019

“Even higher levels of growth are being recorded in some market segments,” says John Biggs, ITSA chairman. “Test and measurement grew 31%, broadcast is up 32% and mass transport rose 18%.”

The medical market saw a reduction of 11% over 2020 but it is still up 63% over 2019.

Value Add sales surged again in the third quarter of 2021 and members are now reporting a growth of 45% driven by Fibre Optic, up 90% and Coaxial solutions up 67%.

Distribution continues to be very buoyant with sales now up 71% over 2021 and up 36% over 2019, and that’s a good barometer of market activity,” adds Biggs.

Future order books are strong, and ITSA members continue to experience extraordinary demand in 2021 but feel that this is not likely to continue into 2022 at the same level.

Costs and prices on the rise

This good news has to be seen in the context of increased costs affecting all industries – and connector makers are not immune.

Raw materials are more expensive, and transportation costs are rising steeply. For example, the cost of a container to transport product from the Far East has risen from £2,000 to £18,000 in the past year.

Energy prices are on the increase as are employee costs as companies strive to fill vacancies to cope with order demand.

“This is not just a result of Brexit,” asserts John Biggs. “Apart from increased red tape, Brexit seems to have had a minimal impact. The issue is a global one and everyone is facing the same increases in costs.”

This is also supported by the IHS/Markit CIPS report for UK manufacturing, which instanced supply chain delays, rising material and labour shortages as constraints on businesses.

While suppliers have absorbed some costs, price increases have been imposed on customers, ITSA members confirmed.

Lead times, double ordering a concern

A major concern for ITSA members is lead times

“They are having a major impact on member companies with some raw materials having up to 1-year lead times – although this is rare,” explains Biggs.

ITSA members are also concerned that there has been double of even triple order booking in the order pipeline. This could lead to cancellations in the future.

Covid could be a game changer

ITSA members also addressed the COVID elephant in the room.

Working practices have changed and ITSA chairman John Biggs revealed that most members believe industry will not return to the old way of everyone in the office.

“Many have implemented hybrid working policies,” he comments. “It would also seem that face to face sales/design/application meetings may not return to pre COVID levels but this did vary between member companies, whatever happens moving forward one thing is for sure and that is we have entered a different way of conducting business which will impact all members, their customers and the markets for some time to come.”

All members were positive about 2022 and beyond and most expected moderate growth to continue.

About ITSA

The Association’s origin can be traced right back to the early 1980s when it was fashionable to include specific interest groups within the Electronic Components Industry Federation or ECIF. Being fundamental to everything that is technology based, interconnection was a natural choice for an interest group and so the Connector Manufacturers Association (CMA) was established.

Through several changes, the CMA became the Interconnection Business Forum or IBF which itself stopped functioning around 2005. In 2008, ITSA was formed by several ex. CMA and IBF members as the British Connector Manufacturers Association and was relaunched in 2017 to more accurately reflect the activities of its members. It is the only dedicated trade industry body for interconnect technology companies operating in the UK.

ITSA has a presence on several standards bodies where the aim is to influence both current and future changes to standards affecting the interconnection sector. These include the appropriate BSI standards committees as well as RoHS compliance and exemption groups like the Oko Institute and the RoHS umbrella group.

Editorial Contact:

John Biggs

Chairman

ITSA

Tel: 07768147677

Email: jbiggs.itsa@btinternet.com

ITSA appoints Mick Elliott as its new PR and Communications specialist

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We are delighted to announce that Mick Elliott has been appointed to handle PR and marketing communications for the Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA).

Industry veteran Elliott has been covering the UK and Ireland electronic components industry for the past 45 years working for Electronics Weekly, EPN and for Electronic Specifier.

Says Elliott, “I am delighted to take this post with ITSA. The Association plays a progressive role in promoting the interconnect components industry in the UK and Ireland as well as providing an authoritative voice and wise counsel to industry standard bodies and the UK government.

Commenting on this exciting appointment, John Biggs and Peter Hannon (Chair and Vice Chair) said “We are absolutely delighted to have Mick Elliott as ITSA’s new PR and Communications agent, Mick is extremely well known in the industry and with his extensive experience we are certain that ITSA will get even greater exposure and recognition”

ODU Connectors Expands their Product Finder portal with sample offer The smart way to meet your connector needs

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The ODU Product Finder portal provides a simple-to-use down-select guide to ODU connectors.

Design engineers, quality managers, project managers, procurement staff and all enablers are able to benefit from the ability to get specific technical information including CAD-files, 3-D STP images and to request a quote.

Now, a ‘free sample‘ option has been added, so as to speed-up the decision-making process even more.

To get a free ODU sample box – tailored to your specific needs, request suitable connectors for your application via the ODU Product Finder.

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 begins with an initial three options: –

  • Metal circular connectors
  • Plastic circular connectors
  • Modular connectors

Then follows a multitude of technical options, producing a down-select of possible connectors.

Final choices are saved to a notepad, from which a quote and free samples can be requested.

The Product Finder can also show which connectors are available via

This is ODU’s global express order system, where quantities of up to 150 connectors from the ODU MINI-SNAP® or ODU MEDI-SNAP® ranges can be shipped within 15 working days.

So, why not check-out what they can offer at: https://www.odu-productfinder.com/

Or contact ODU-UK Ltd          tel: 0330 002 0640    sales@odu-uk.co.uk    www.odu-uk.co.uk

 

Cliff Electronics 3.5mm Jack Sockets are colour coded for ease of identification

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Industry standard jack sockets for audio, musical instruments, communications, data and instrumentation

 Cliff Electronics leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectivity solutions offer a wide range of 2-pole/mono 3.5mm female jack sockets in a number of colour choices for ease of identification on control panels.

Cliff 3.5mm mono jack sockets have single-pole spring terminals which provide simple, fast and reliable connection for a wide range of applications in the music industry, for amplifiers, sound systems and instruments such as electric guitars and keyboards, and are also found in domestic hi-fi for connecting headphones, headsets and smaller loudspeakers. Industrial applications include telecom, communications systems and nurse call systems as well as instrumentation.

Available in black, red, blue, grey, green, white, they also feature a plug actuated on/off switch. The 3.5mm jack sockets may be PCB or panel mounted with the option of using a recess plate for rugged or portable equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Walker, General Sales Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments, “3.5mm mono jack sockets have a large number of applications in a very wide number of markets. Colour coding provides a simple and fast means for system installers and end users to make the correct connection without difficulty.”

Cliff Electronics can supply jack sockets in a wide range of sizes, DC power connectors, terminal binding posts, test connectors and leads, optical jacks, leads and waterproof connectors.

 

Cliff are also leaders in the design and manufacture of standard and FeedThrough connectors, the full range available from Cliff may be found on their website at https://www.cliffuk.co.uk/products/feedthrough/index.htm.

 

Cliff products are available from major international distributors, for more information call +44 (0)1737 771375, email end_of_the_skype_highlightingsales@CliffUK.co.uk or visit Cliffuk.co.uk