Right-Angle Metal XLR Plugs from Cliff Electronics

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Rugged space saving connectors for audio, broadcast and instrumentation

 

Cliff Electronics leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectivity solutions can supply rugged, space saving and versatile right-angle metal XLR plugs.

 

 

 

 

 

Audio and broadcast applications include microphones, amplifiers, active and monitor speakers, mixing desks and sound cards, with further uses such as digital and SLR cameras and home AV systems, industrial and test and measurement products.

Male and female versions are available with 3, 4, 5 and 7 pins with flexible cable entry and screw down cable restraint. Reliability is assured with >/=2000 mating/unmating cycles, low contact resistance </= 5mΩ, high insulation resistance >/= 5000MΩ and withstand voltage of 1400V

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments, “XLR connectors have a wide variety of uses in professional and industrial applications. The right-angle construction meets the increasing pressure from systems integrators to reduce enclosure sizes without sacrificing reliability or flexibility. As a UK manufacturer we have the flexibility to respond to global demand direct to OEMs and through our distribution network.”

A new addition to the Advanced Military Connector range, the AMC® Series T offers three locking variants in one connector

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The ‘T’ stands for Three-in-One or ‘Triple’ as three locking variants of plug can fit the same receptacle:
• Push-pull
• Break-away
• Screw locking
The built-in trapezoidal thread with serration ensures additional safety.

 

 

 

 

Now OEM’s have a free choice of appropriate locking mechanism at each connection point, whilst retaining the same bulkhead connector across the equipment.

The new ODU AMC® Series T connector combines this increased flexibility and density together with proven durability and reliability – currently available in two shell sizes:

  • Shell size 9 with up to 10 contacts
  • Shell size 12 with up to 18 contacts

These contact densities are in shell-sizes that give space-envelope savings over comparable density MIL-DTL-38999M connectors, but with the same, or improved, technical performance.

The cable can use a standard MIL-M85049 back-shell, or an ODU over-mould.

Crimp contacts can be standard MIL-AS39029, or ODU design.

Key strengths:
• Protection to IP68 [testing to MIL-STD-810H]

  • High vibration resistance
    • Easy to assemble and install in the field
    • Operating temperature range from -65°C to +175°C
    • Available as a completely assembled system

 

As these connectors are impervious to water, dirt and dust and since the individual contacts can be replaced quickly and easily, the ODU AMC® Series T is particularly suitable for use in military, security, and communication technology, as well as for civilian applications such as heavy construction machinery and agricultural vehicles.

THE IEC 60601-1 Compliant ODU MINI-SNAP®

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Saves time, shortens approval procedures, simplifies risk management

The ODU MINI-SNAP® portfolio includes inserts that are specifically designed to comply with the levels of user and patient protection prescribed in the IEC Standard IEC 60601-1 (2 MOOP / 2 MOPP) – making them the first choice for anyone looking for a circular connector with a metal housing for medical applications.

 

 

 

 

Approval procedures to comply with IEC 60601-1 for electrical medical systems are highly complex.

So, involving ODU in the design-in process from the outset can both lower development costs and significantly simplify the risk management process.

Furthermore, lengthy approval procedures can be fast-tracked when components are already fully compliant with IEC 60601-1 upon delivery – yet another benefit of this connector.

Features:

  • Robust metal housing
  • Advanced electromagnetic shielding capabilities
  • High mechanical strength
  • Available in 3 sizes with a wide range of configuration options
  • Reverse-gender use possible
  • Up to 500 autoclaving cycles
  • Rated at 7A
  • Customized cable assemblies, with or without silicone over-moulding

Other IEC 60601-1-compliant products include ODU MEDI-SNAP® and ODU MINI-MED®.

Also, a white paper on IEC60601-1 is available: https://www.odu-uk.co.uk/downloads/whitepapers/

ITSA appoints Proactive Marketing to head up Media Relations

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Following the untimely death of Peter Smith, MD of S&J Communications, the Interconnect Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA) has appointed Proactive Marketing & Communications Ltd. to continue to work with its members and the industrial / electronics press in establishing ITSA as the recognised voice of the UK interconnect industry.

John Ellis, MD of Proactive Marketing, comments. “Peter Smith was my best friend and mentor. Originally a client of S&J I went to work for him in 2001. He was very influential in the creation of Proactive Marketing, and we continued to work together on many projects. I am honoured to have been asked to continue his excellent work with ITSA.”

 

 

 

John Biggs, Chairman of ITSA added “We were very conscious, that as an association, we wanted to continue on the PR path developed by Peter Smith over many years and to be represented by a likeminded media agency, we feel that John Ellis and Proactive Marketing fit the brief perfectly”.

ITSA is the only UK association representing companies who operate in the interconnection technology arena and will continue to follow a clear roadmap to increase its membership, its voice in the media, and with other Trade Bodies and Standards Organisations and with lobbying for the benefit of members.

Neutrik Group announces global launch of REAN brand of audio, video and data connectors

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1 July 2021. The Neutrik Group has announced the launch of REAN, a global brand marrying over 45 years precision engineering know-how with the group’s own dedicated state-of-the-art production facilities.

REAN offers designers of audio, video and lighting products a comprehensive range of connectors featuring ultra-robust, high-reliability designs, that promise unrivalled cost-performance ratios, backed by a truly global supply-chain and experienced regional sales network.

An extensive worldwide portfolio of connectors incorporates a full range of ’standard’ professional XLR, ¼” Jack, XLR/Jack combo, Ethernet, Power Connector, 3.5mm, Phono, DIN, and Dual Banana plug solutions, and the new Z Series of IP65 rated XLR and RJ45 Ethernet connectors. These are specified for outdoor applications, resistant to water and dirt, and optimised for use in lighting and digital signage   applications.

 

 

 

 

 

Neutrik Group CEO Chad Trevithick stated: “REAN enables the group to bring its engineering experience and expertise to focus on a new, much broader client base, enabling those customers to more readily specify quality connectors across a much wider range of product designs, offering the end user a performance connectivity solution, industry trusted and globally supported.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Product is now available from stock, with the range set to expand significantly over the course of 2021.

Neutrik issues NA2-IO-DPRO Controller V2.0

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Ryde, Isle of Wight, 29 June 2021. Neutrik has issued an update of its FOC Controller app for its compact, ultra-robust NA2-IO-DPRO I/O Dante® interface device, that enables connectivity of legacy analogue and non networked digital audio equipment within Dante audio networks, in the most demanding application environments.

The DPRO Controller gives users remote control of device functions such as level, mute, gain, phantom power, input signal (including patching input signals to either output) and low-cut filter; as well as monitoring the status of the device and providing the ability to change the its network settings. DPRO also enables save, recall and loading of user presets. V2.0 introduces a completely new device discovery mechanism that dramatically improves the response speed of the software and enhances the user experience by separating ONLINE and OFFLINE devices. For optimal performance DPRO Controller V2.0 should be used in combination with the latest (v9.14) firmware and the website download bundles the updated controller and firmware.

 

Cliff introduces FeedThrough MTP® Fibre-Optic Connector

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Secure through-panel connection for high-speed data transfer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff Electronics leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors and test equipment, have introduced a new addition to their market leading FeedThrough connector range. The MTP®/MTO (multi-fibre push on) FT connector allows fast and reliable through-panel connection of standard 12-72 multimode optical fibre cables.

Demand for MTP®/MTO connectivity is being driven by the development of 40G and 100G transceivers with MPO ports commonly used for data transmission over short distances to connect ports in switches in data centres, and to connect multimode transceivers added to existing networks to other 10G host equipment such as routers, switchers, servers and storage.

To ensure reliable connectivity the connector body is made from black nickel-plated die-cast metal and the insert made from ABS/PC rated to UL94-VO, and features a restraining clamp for secure cable connection. For system security a dust cover is available for when the connector is not in use.

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments, “The latest data processing technologies require the fastest transfer speeds and interconnects that can be relied on for trouble-free operation. Our new fibre-optic FeedThrough connector gives system builders an ideal solution for control and patch panel assembly and may be mounted on rack panels alongside other connectors from our wide FT range.”

The standard range of FeedThrough connectors from Cliff mount into an industry standard XLR, 23mm, cutout allowing 16 connectors, from a wide range of variants, to be conveniently mounted on 19” rack panels which Cliff can supply pre-assembled. Applications include audio, broadcast, AV and communications installations, medical, education and research and industrial control.

The recently introduced space saving DualSLIM FeedThrough connector series is just 19mm wide allowing 20 connectors to be assembled on a 19” rack panel. In addition to the applications above the DualSLIM is commonly used for NUC computers and mini-PCs, such as Raspberry Pi.

Smiths Interconnect Launches New Temperature Variable Attenuator

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SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Thermopad® provides unparalleled gain compensation in K-Band

Smiths Interconnect, a leading provider of technically differentiated connectors, cable assemblies, fibre optics and radio frequency components for demanding applications, announced the release of its SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Thermopad® Temperature Variable Attenuator for gain compensation over temperature.

Specifically designed and tested for critical space flight applications, the new SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Series offers a highly reliable, totally passive solution to offset signal strength fluctuation due to changes in temperature – an issue that affects all RF and microwave systems. The attenuation shift over temperature is achieved using thick-film thermistor inks which are screen printed onto a ceramic substrate of Alumina. This key patented technology was invented in-house within EMC Technology, one of Smiths Interconnects’ technology brands.

Tullio Panarello, Vice President and General Manager Fibre Optics and Components at Smiths Interconnect, commented: “The SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Thermopad® Series is Smiths Interconnect’s response to the increasing demand for high-reliability connectivity in commercial space programs, particularly GEO/MEO and LEO satellites. K2TVA is the newest addition to the SpaceNXT™ family, an overarching initiative aimed at providing a broad range of readily accessible space qualified COTS+ products for next generation space applications”.

“Our reliable and durable SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Thermopad® attenuators help customers reach higher frequencies in the face of congestion in broadcast spectrums for wireless communications and when in orbit for communication satellites. They push the boundaries of Size, Weight and Power in a cost effective, easy to implement solution suitable for a wide array of space and defence applications.” added Eric Lakin, Vice President Finance and Strategy.

SpaceNXT™ K2TVA Thermopad® offers the following benefits:

  • Each product is engineered using 3D Electromagnetic Simulation (EM) software to provide excellent TCA targeting. This aids in obtaining the best attenuation flatness and Voltage Standing-Wave Ratio (VSWR) within the specified frequency band.
  • The Thermopad® can be used in place of a standard chip attenuator to combine level setting or buffering and temperature compensation in a single-chip design. This reduces the component count whilst increasing reliability and lowering costs.
  • Using robust proven thick-film process technology on an Alumina substrate provides a product suitable for applications in harsh environment.
  • The Temperature Coefficient of Attenuation (TCA) is up to four times over the original KTVA Series, allowing RF designers even more precise temperature compensation.
  • Multiple attenuation values, temperature shift options and mounting configurations are available to support both surface mount and wire bond applications.

Cliff introduces USB-C Male to USB-C female cable

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Versatile cable supports Power Delivery (PD) charging, USB 3.1 5Gb/s data transfer speeds, can be used for Thunderbolt 3 video output and audio transmission

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff Electronics leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors and test equipment, have introduced a versatile USB-C male – female connecting cable which supports Power Delivery (PD) charging at 60 watts (20v/@3A), USB 3.1 (Gen 1) 5Gb/s data transfer speeds, and can be used as a video cable for 5k@60Hz video output (Thunderbolt 3) and for audio transmission.

When used in a system equipped with Cliff FeedThrough connectors, both the XLR and SLIM versions, the cable can be used to connect to a monitor in the same way as existing HDMI and VGA FeedThrough connector versions. Cable lengths available include 0.3, 0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5 and 2m

John Hall, Managing Director of Cliff Electronics, comments, “USBC ports are now appearing on many new devices including monitors, laptops and flash drives, and 25 % of new cars are predicted to have them by 2025. Major mobile phone manufacturers are now designing USBC connectors into their latest models enabling high speed charging and a one cable solution for charging.”

The new Cliff USB-C cables can be used with a wide range of Cliff USBC XLR and DualSLIMS footprint female to Male FeedThrough connectors, available in metal or plastic and with many assembly options.

Smiths Interconnect Unveils 2020 Distributors of the Year

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Smiths Interconnect has recognized its valued distribution partners for their outstanding performance in advancing the company’s business across the world in 2020.

The Global award was offered for the first time and went to TTI Inc. thanks to the prominent worldwide activity of the distributor.

TTI Inc. is used to being among the winners every year thanks to its annual contribution to Smiths Interconnect’s success and to the recognized business collaboration based on a reciprocal appreciation and trust.

 

The regional awards for 2020 have recorded some new additions to the list of winners with the celebration of key partners in Americas, EMEA and ASIA.

For Americas, Mouser Electronics Inc. was awarded as best performing distributor thanks to its outstanding activity in the sale of board text fixture probes.

 

The distribution award in EMEA went to CEL S.A., an important partner in the sale and value added services for high reliability connectors in France, whilst the distribution award for Asia went to Wai Tat Electronics Ltd, an established partner with significant design-in activity throughout the year.

 

Paul Harris, President at Smiths Interconnect said, “Smiths Interconnect places great value in our distribution partners.  Both global and regional approaches are appreciated and are critical to our growth”.

Eric Lakin, VP Finance and Strategy at Smiths Interconnect concluded: “Whilst in-person events during the Covid-19 pandemic are not possible, we did not want to lose the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our valued partners and to underline their strategic importance in our business growth.”

 

New flash-drive added to ODU AMC® military connector range

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This new Flash Drive adds an additional layer of physical security to defence systems, or any other devices that operate independently in a harsh environment.

Unauthorised access via a standard USB device is prevented by the special ODU interface using a proven, miniature push-pull, high-density, military-grade connector.

These connectors have an ultra-rugged design, robust mechanical and visual keying, and now with Flash Drive, can offer controlled access to enable extra secure back-up and storage of data in harsh environments.

 

 

 

 

Key features

  • USB® 3.2 Gen1x1 performance (Read 180 MB/s / Write 133 MB/s)
  • these ODU-specific connectors can transmit common data transmission protocol USB® Gen1x1, but are not USB® standard.
  • robust keying with visual indicator
  • protection class IP68 / 69K in mated condition
  • temperature range -40°C to 85°C
  • long durability & high degree of reliability

2021 IHS Markit / CIPS UK Manufacturing PMI® UK Manufacturing PMI surges to record high in May

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Key findings

UK Manufacturing PMI at 65.6 in May

Production growth strengthens as new work intakes rise at record rate Output prices and input costs rise at unprecedented rates Data were collected 12-25 May 2021.

Conditions in the manufacturing sector improved at an unprecedented rate in May, as output growth strengthened and new orders rose at the quickest pace in the near three- decade survey history. Looser pandemic restrictions and high levels of pent-up demand meant that the rapid revival in labour market conditions continued, with staffing levels also rising at a record pace.

The seasonally adjusted IHS Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index® (PMI®) rose to 65.6 in May, up from 60.9 in April, above July 1994’s previous record high of 61.0. The PMI has signalled improvement in each of the past 12 months.

Manufacturing production rose at one of the quickest rates in the series history, bettered only by those registered in August 2013 and July 1994. Underpinning the latest increase were record gains in new business, as domestic and overseas demand continued to revive. Companies linked new order growth to rising business confidence, the further re-opening of the UK economy and reduced issues relating to COVID-19.

New export orders also rose at a survey-record pace in May, amid reports of stronger demand from the EU, the US and China. That said, there were continued signs that while large companies were seeing record gains in new export work, the rate of increase at small firms was comparatively mild.

The corollary of the strong upswing in the performance of the manufacturing sector was pressure building on capacity, with backlogs of work rising to the greatest extent in the survey history. This was a major factor encouraging firms to reinvigorate their recruitment plans, leading to a record increase in staffing levels at manufacturers.

Pressure also built on suppliers, with the average time taken to deliver inputs to manufacturers lengthening to one of the greatest extents in the survey history. This was linked to input shortages (especially electronics, plastics and metals), transport delays and higher demand for raw materials.

Shortages of raw materials and supply-chain disruption fed through to input costs during May, leading to the sharpest rise in purchasing costs since the survey began in January 1992. This led manufacturers to increase selling prices, with the rate of inflation hitting a survey record.

Manufacturers’ efforts to minimise the impact of supply- chain disruption led to a series-record increase in purchasing activity during May. Rising production needs, building-up safety stocks and guarding against further price rises also contributed to the latest increase in input buying volumes. Inventories of purchases also rose but stocks of finished goods declined as firms used inventories to help meet sales.

May saw business sentiment rise to its highest level since data on future activity were first collected in July 2012. Over 70% of companies forecast that production would be higher in one year’s time, compared to only 3% expecting a decline. Improved optimism reflected the end of the pandemic, economic recovery, planned business expansions, a revival in World trade flows and reduced supply-chain issues.

Neutrik audio network solutions adds Gigabit PoE injector

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Ryde, Isle of Wight, 31 May 2021. Extending the capabilities of it’s compact, ultra-robust Dante™ audio network interfacing modules, Neutrik has introduced the NPS-30W Gigabit Power over Ethernet power supply, addressing the ever increasing requirement for PoE injectors with the first ever such device optimised to operate in the harshest stage and field applications.

The NPS-30W PoE injector behaves as a passive power supply, delivering constant uninterrupted power, with no requirement for power negotiation with connected devices. The NPS-30W PoE partners the new NA2-IO-DPRO and NA2-IO-DLINE I/O interface devices that enable connectivity of legacy analogue and digital audio equipment within Dante audio networks, in the most demanding application environments.

With a 30 W PoE budget, up to four of these I/O Dante interface devices can be daisy-chained off of a single NPS-30W; this makes the NPS-30W ideal for applications such as ambient miking.

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.

Batten & Allen become ITSA’s latest associate member

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ITSA are pleased to announce the appointment of Batten & Allen as its latest associate member.

Batten & Allen specialises in the stamping, plating and assembly of high precision parts to customers in the electronics, automotive and medical markets.

Commenting on this latest membership appointment John Biggs, ITSA Chairman stated “we are delighted to welcome to our rapidly developing association yet another high quality and well established component manufacturer whose UK manufacturing complements our vision and objectives for the association and its members” David Merchant, Batten & Allen Sales Director added, “as both a product and custom component supplier to the electronic industry for almost 50 years we at Batten and Allen are always looking for the best suited network to be involved in to help support and grow this industry in the UK. We believe we are in a period of continued new growth within the UK electronics market and a drive move production back from the East so we are very pleased to be joining ITSA as an associate member at this exciting time. With our offering of high volume, high precision stamping, plating and assembly we hope to be a key participant within the group of like-minded companies”

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on Batten & Allen visit www.batten-allen.com

 

ITSA 2020 summary press release

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We are pleased to share our latest UK Interconnect market review for 2020 published in What’s New in Electronics.

 

https://www.electronicspecifier.com/news/latest/2020-a-tough-year-for-uk-interconnect-technology