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Interconnect News: June 2016

Read all about the latest happenings in the interconnect industry, right here, right now.

Distributor News

Mouser Electronics received the prestigious Global High Service Distributor of the Year Award for the third consecutive year, as well as the award for top customer growth, from TE Connectivity. The annual awards recognize TE’s highest-performing distribution partners based on sales growth, market share growth, customer growth, and business plan performance. Mouser won the 2015 top customer growth award by exceeding its customer growth plan and increasing TE customer count by 15% with solid growth in every region. It won the 2015 Global High Service Distributor of the Year Award for the third year in a row by growing revenue. The distributor successfully grew its TE business, outpacing overall company growth rates in key categories including sales, customer count, and pieces per customer, which ultimately increased its TE commercial connector market share.

Additionally, Mouser received more than 17 top business awards from its manufacturer partners for 2015, including interconnect manufacturers TE Connectivity, Molex, Amphenol Corporation, Amphenol Industrial, HARTING, and Qualtek. Manufacturers cited many reasons for the honors, including double-digit sales growth, fastest introduction of new products, breadth of inventory, best-in-class marketing campaigns, customer growth, outstanding point-of-sales (POS) growth, global expansion, and commitment to teamwork.

Heilind Electronics was recently recognized as the #1 electronics distributor as rated by customers. The award was announced at this year’s Electronic Distribution Show (EDS) in Las Vegas and was based on results from an annual customer satisfaction survey conducted by Bishop & Associates, the leading market research firm for the interconnect industry. The 2016 award is the sixth consecutive one for Heilind, which was ranked #1 in nearly every category including on-time delivery, breadth of product offering, sales and technical support, and ease of doing business.

Avnet announced an expanded, exclusive distribution agreement with Broadcom Limited. Under the new agreement, Avnet will serve as the exclusive broadline distributor for Broadcom in the Americas and EMEA regions. Avnet will also continue its franchise in Asia. The agreement gives Avnet customers full access to Broadcom’s broad range of analog and digital semiconductor connectivity solutions. Broadcom’s product portfolio primarily serves the wired infrastructure, wireless communications, enterprise storage, and industrial markets.

CDM Electronics has added custom cable assembly overmolding to its value-added services. The overmolded assemblies are designed to withstand demanding environmental conditions in a wide range of industries including commercial, industrial, medical, military, and agricultural. Designed for long life and reliable performance, CDM’s overmolded cable assemblies improve performance and reduce total cost in applications in which harsh environments, abrasion, and EMI/RFI are factors. The assemblies may be engineered for a broad array of applications including intermediate and light-duty power cable assemblies for industrial usage, RF coaxial assemblies, military/tactical assemblies, D-subminiature, and mini assemblies. All cable assemblies are manufactured in CDM’s New Jersey ISO 9001:2008 and UL Listed facility by J-STD-001 and IPC-620 certified operators. Assemblies are provided in prototype, short-run, and production quantities.

Also, CDM Electronics received the 4-Star Supplier Excellence Award from Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business. The Supplier Excellence Award program was instituted to recognize suppliers that consistently deliver outstanding service and partnership in exceeding customer requirements. This year, Raytheon IDS awarded only 159 suppliers out of more than 3,000 candidates an Operational Excellence Supplier Award, placing CDM in the top 5% of eligible nominees. Award candidates were judged on specific criteria, including overall product quality, on-time delivery, and exceptional performance. The 4-Star requirements for quality (no defects) and on-time delivery are 97.5% for a minimum of one year, with a minimum of 10 shipments. CDM provides interconnect products and value-added services to Raytheon for programs that include Global Patriot Solutions combat-proven missile defense architecture, Global Hawk air vehicle, and Clear View security solutions.

Astute Electronics signed a franchise agreement with LEMO, which will include products such as the company’s M series – the smallest multi-pin, full-shielded, vibration-secure, and sealed connector available; the lightweight, high-temperature F series for defense, autosport, and other harsh markets; and the T series – an update of LEMO’s staple B series with a higher contact density and IP68 rating.

Interconnect Manufacturers

Molex LLC and Cisco have announced their participation in a multi-supplier agreement (MSA) to create high-speed, double-density quad small form factor pluggable (QSFP-DD), a new high-speed interface. They are just two of 13 industry leaders that have joined the MSA in the collaboration. Under the MSA, participating companies are developing new technology for the QSFP-DD to enable up to 10 times the range of the bandwidth to be supported on the same port. The goal is ensuring mechanical, electrical, thermal and signal-integrity interoperability for module components produced by different manufacturers. Members of the MSA are developing operating parameters, signal transmission speed goals, and protocols for QSFP-DD. The new QSFP-DD interface expands on widely adopted QSFP-enabling systems to support backwards compatibility to existing 40GbE and 100GbE QSFP interfaces as well as a clear path to future 2x100GbE and 400GbE interfaces. By maintaining the same port density per rack unit, customers can speed up networks without redesigning the architecture.

ITT Inc.’s Cannon brand has joined the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN) e.V., the world’s foremost industry association for the development of global electric vehicle charging standards. Established by a consortium of global automotive brands that includes BMW, General Motors, Daimler, Ford, and Audi, CharIN e.V. and its members are working to develop a high-performance combined charging system (CCS) based on open, universal standards. The CCS will incorporate AC and DC charging in a single system along with the connector, inlet, and control functions, providing a single solution for all global EV charging requirements.

METZ CONNECT announced the addition of Brainard-Nielsen Marketing as a representative for METZ CONNECT in Illinois and Wisconsin. METZ CONNECT chose Brainard-Nielsen because it has a solid team with a wealth of industry knowledge and a proven track record of success. The move should help METZ increase sales and extend its customer base in the territory.

C&K Components named Master Electronics as Distributor of the Year in the Broadline Distributor category. This is the second consecutive year for Master to receive this award. In addition to growing its sales numbers, Master has increased the number of customers to whom it sells and the number of product SKUs it stocks for C&K.

Wire & Cable Assembly

TPC Wire & Cable Corp. announced an agreement with Broland of Seoul, South Korea, to operate as TPC’s exclusive distributor in Korea. The relationship supports TPC’s decade-long, global approach to business and is aligned with the company’s strategy to expand its international presence through strategic partnerships. The newest branch of operations is expected to generate sales growth in Korea and throughout Northeast Asia.

AFC Cable Systems now offers a wide range of custom armoring solutions suitable for applications in the power and electrical distribution industry. The custom armoring, available through both the AFC Cable Systems and Kaf-Tech brands, adds a protective interlocking armor to customer-supplied wire, cable, or fiber core. Customers can take advantage of a variety of cable bundling options under one cable protection system, including bundling communications cable with fiber counts of 12, 24, 36, 48, or more. An optional outer jacket of specialty formulated PVC can be added to provide extra protection and color-coded to act as a differentiator from other similar cables and for ease of identification. This option is ideal for use in plenum and riser applications, wet locations, and where cable is embedded in concrete.

The IWCS International Cable & Connectivity Symposium will strengthen its connectivity content and industry presence, providing interaction with technical and supply chain professionals on the connectorization of cabling infrastructure. This will allow the forum to present new content and to promote discussion of ideas and innovations to advance connectivity solutions. This strategic initiative enables the conference to address the growth of technology toward cable/connectivity system solutions and to evolve in the same direction as the industry. IWCS 2016, the 65th annual International Cable & Connectivity Symposium, will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, US, October 2 – 5.

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Patricia Staino

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Patricia Staino was the managing editor of from 2012 to 2016. Prior to joining Bishop & Associates, she worked in public relations for several connector companies.
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