Summary coverage of recent news from across the connector industry, including trade shows, events, awards, partnerships, promotions, publications, personnel, facilities, distribution channels, standards, associations, and certifications. The first link in each entry typically leads to extended news coverage.
July 2019 Connector Industry News
July 2019 Connector Industry News > Event News
Samtec, eSilicon, and Wild River Technology have co-developed a next-generation test platform that addresses common challenges OEMS face when developing high-performance communications solutions and are promoting it via webinar on Thursday, July 11. The “High-Performance Communications, Delivered” webinar will focus on high-performance communications at 56Gb/s PAM4 and beyond and will also provide an introduction to the challenges of high-performance communications from SemiWiki, an overview of the test fixture design presented by Wild River Technology, a discussion about the connectivity requirements for these systems presented by Samtec, and advice from eSilicon about how to bring it all together using high-performance SerDes and the test fixture. Two webinar sessions will be held on July 11. The first will be held from 8:00–9:00am PDT (11:00am – 12:00pm EDT), the second will be held from 6:00–7:00pm PDT (9:00–10:00pm EDT), and registration is now open.
ECIA Chief Analyst Dale Ford will provide research-based data and insights into various trends and forces currently shaping the supply chain, including sales and bookings, component lead times, distributor total available market (DTAM), industry sentiment, and economic and market trends in a webinar at 11:00am EDT on July 11. Registration is open to everyone, but the presentation slide deck will only be available to ECIA members. July 2019 Connector Industry News
TTI Inc. had a successful exhibition at the 2019 Paris Air Show, where company and supplier representatives addressed customer concerns including credible supply chains, extending lead times, manufacturing delays, and reduced supplier communication and promoted new aerospace products from manufacturers including AVX, Smiths Interconnect, TE Connectivity, TT Electronics, Amphenol Socapex, Panduit, and Vishay.
ITT Cannon showcased selections from its diverse portfolio of interconnect solutions for high-speed data at the 53rd annual Paris Air Show, including end-to-end fiber optic solutions, like its ARINC-801-compatible Fiber Optic Series for 10Gb/s transmission in harsh-environment avionics applications; reliable, cost-effective connector solutions, like its compact, lightweight, and easy-to-install OctoGig™ 10Gb/s Ethernet solution; contact systems for high-speed data, like its Multi-Signal Quadrax Contact Systems for high-speed data rates up to 2.5Gb/s, which are available in various styles and configurations; high-speed, high-density, and high-reliability solutions, like its BKA ARINC 600 Series connectors for high-speed data applications in avionics systems.
TE Connectivity showcased a wide range of interconnect and sensor solutions for aerospace applications including distributed avionics, navigation, cabin and in-flight entertainment, power distribution and engine, flight control, and C4ISR systems at the 2019 Paris Air Show, in addition to an array of grounding, EWIS-SWAMP, and integrated systems solutions.
One topic that garnered great interest at the Samtec booth at the recent International Microwave Symposium was a dynamic stress test of its microwave cable, which proves that the company’s low-loss, microwave cable reliably withstands high flex cycles and still maintains signal integrity. In a video recorded onsite, Samtec’s Director of RF Business Development and Product Management, Steve McGeary, walks viewers through the demo and reviews the cable’s insertion loss and return loss results, all in about two minutes. July 2019 Connector Industry News
The ECIA 2019 Executive Conference Planning Committee, chaired by TTI Vice President of Global Business Operations Melanie Pizzey, has generated a stellar roster of speakers who are experts in economics, strategic planning, change management, talent development, and disruptive technologies like 5G and transportation. This year’s conference theme is “Vision 2020 – Leading with Clarity” and will focus on leadership for what is expected to be a tumultuous decade, the 2020s, through the lens of its potential impact on the electronic components industry. The ECIA 2019 Executive Conference will take place October 20–22 in Chicago.
APEC 2020, the 35th anniversary of the renowned power conference, will take place March 15–19 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is accepting technical paper submissions that address issues of immediate or long-term interest to practicing power electronics engineers through Friday, July 19.
July 2019 Connector Industry News > Award News
Mouser Electronics earned 40 top business awards from its manufacturer partners for exemplary distribution performance during 2018 and 2019 and the optimal fulfillment of performance metrics including double-digit sales growth, digital excellence, fastest new product introductions (NPIs), investment in and breadth of inventory, best-in-class global logistics, successful marketing campaigns, customer growth, expanding footprint, and commitment to teamwork. Recent honors include TE Connectivity’s Customer Expansion Awards for Japan, APAC, and EMEA regions; TE’s Application and Tooling Business Unit 2018 Distributor of the Year Award; TE’s Data and Devices Business Unit 2018 Distributor of the Year Award; Molex’s European e-Catalogue Distributor of the Year and APAC e-Catalogue Distributor of the Year Awards; Amphenol Corporation’s Best High Service – Digital Performance Award; Amphenol Industrial’s Industrial Distributor of the Year Award; Amphenol SV Microwave’s Distributor of the Year Award; HARTING’s Global High Service Distributor of the Year and New Product Introduction Awards, and JAE Electronics’ Distribution Partner of the Year Award. July 2019 Connector Industry News
AVX earned a TTI Supplier Excellence Award in the Americas region for the fifth consecutive year. The award recognizes AVX for its superior execution of several key quality performance metrics aimed at elevating supplier and distributor performance and achieving maximum customer satisfaction throughout the Americas; represents the highest possible recognition of a supplier’s performance with regard to quality acceptance, ship-to-commit delivery date, effective business systems, ease of doing business, and both the quality and efficacy of field employee and management relationships; and honors AVX for successful fulfillment of performance metrics including on-time delivery, receiving quality, customer-reported quality, administrative quality, operations and business systems, and sales and management support.
Smiths Interconnect received the 2019 James S. Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award, which is the most prestigious honor the Defense Security Service (DSS) can bestow upon the top cleared facilities. Established in 1966 in honor of the late Air Force Col. James S. Cogswell, who was the first chief of industrial security within the Department of Defense and was responsible for developing the basic principles of the Industrial Security Program, which includes an emphasis on the partnership between industry and government to protect classified information, the award honors suppliers for consistent fulfillment of the principles of industrial security excellence, which include establishing and maintaining a security program that goes well beyond the basic National Industrial Security Program requirements and providing leadership to other cleared facilities to set high standards for security. Of the more than 13,000 cleared contractors, less than 1% are annually selected to receive this award. This year, Smiths Interconnect was among fifty-one facilities recognized with the award at the annual NCMS training seminar in St. Louis, Missouri. July 2019 Connector Industry News
Avnet received a 2019 SDCE 100 Award from Supply & Demand Chain Executive magazine in honor of its supply chain expertise and pioneering implementation of advanced digital technologies and processes, including its ongoing business process digitization initiatives, which are designed to enable greater operational agility and scalability while continuously improving the customer experience. Avnet is deploying a spectrum of intelligent automation technologies, including robotic process automation (RPA), artificial intelligence, machine learning, and conversational bots across business functions including warehousing, quoting, customer service, supply chain, sales, and procurement. By driving improvements in ordering process efficiency, data quality, and demand forecasting accuracy, these technologies are contributing to profitable corporate growth and higher customer satisfaction.
Samtec earned the National Association of Manufacturers’ Collaborative Innovation Leadership Award and its High Achiever Award at the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, which took place on June 12. The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing and reward achievement across a wide variety of domains including sustainability, operational excellence, innovation, and supply chain management. Samtec took top honors in the Collaborative Innovation Leadership category for its product configurator application, which is at the core of the digital design process on Samtec.com and allows users to instantly start their design process by downloading a custom 3D Model in any format, without even as much as a login or email address. Samtec also took home the High Achiever Award, which is given to the winning project that receives the highest score from the ML Awards Judges among all categories and is recognized as the overall winner among all nominees.
HARTING received a coveted 2019 German Innovation Award from the German Design Council in the Excellence in Business-to-Business category for its ix Industrial® Ethernet connectors, which deliver an optimal combination of ruggedness, miniaturization, expedience, reliability, and outstanding Cat 6A performance for 1/10Gb/s Ethernet.
AVX Corporation received a 2018 TTI Asia Supplier Excellence Award for having successfully fulfilled several key quality performance metrics designed to elevate supplier and distributor performance and achieve maximum customer satisfaction throughout Asia. The award represents the highest possible recognition of a supplier’s performance within Asia with regard to quality acceptance, ship-to-commit delivery date, effective business systems, ease of doing business, and both the quality and efficacy of field employee and management relationships, and honors AVX for successful fulfillment of performance metrics including on-time delivery, receiving quality, customer-reported quality, administrative quality, operations and business systems, and sales and management support. Anthony Chan, President, TTI Asia Pacific (right), presented the award to Alex Schenkel, AVX Senior Vice President of Sales (left), during an annual business review meeting in Hong Kong on May 17, 2019. July 2019 Connector Industry News
July 2019 Connector Industry News > Partnership, Promotion, Publication, & Personnel News
Arrow Electronics named Lily Yan Hughes as senior vice president and chief legal officer. Hughes succeeds Gregory Tarpinian and will report to Michael J. Long, chairman, president, and chief executive officer. She previously served as senior vice president, chief legal officer, and corporate secretary of Public Storage, an NYSE-listed real estate investment trust, and as vice president and associate general counsel of Ingram Micro, the world’s largest wholesale information technology and mobile devices distributor.
Sager Electronics completed its acquisition of Technical Power Systems (TPS), a specialist in the production of custom battery assemblies headquartered in Lisle, Illinois. Sager President Frank Flynn views the addition as a natural extension to its Sager Power Systems Group, which offers both COTS and customized value-add AC power and on-board DC power solutions, and believes that TPS batteries and custom battery packs will support its customers’ growing requirements for portable power and bolster the company’s value as a technical specialist. July 2019 Connector Industry News
Avnet promoted Jessica Daughetee from vice president of global content, marketing, and media to chief marketing officer (CMO). Daughetee brings more than 20 years’ experience across the marketing and communications spectrum to the CMO role; will assume responsibility for the strategy, planning, and development of Avnet’s global marketing initiatives, including advertising, branding, communications, content, creative services, digital strategies, events, press relations, social media, and web; and will report to MaryAnn Miller, chief administrative officer (CAO).
Premier Farnell appointed Umasankar Pingali to the role of Business President of Newark, its distribution business in the Americas. In his new role, Uma will focus on driving profitable growth in the Americas by maximizing the potential of Newark’s successful multi-channel sales model and customer value proposition and will continue to report to Chris Breslin, president of Premier Farnell. Uma joined Premier Farnell in 2011 and became Regional Business President of Premier Farnell’s APAC business, element14, in 2015. Uma was selected to lead the Newark business based on the strong performance delivered by the APAC business under his leadership and his extensive industry experience, gained over 30 years in various senior roles at organizations including Future and Intersil.
Following the appointment of Uma Pingali to the role of Business President of Newark, Farnell’s Americas based business, Farnell appointed Weidi Zhu to the role of Business President of element14, its distribution business in APAC. Weidi has been with Farnell for ten years, most recently held the role of Regional Director of Sales for Greater China, where he was responsible for promoting business growth in Greater China region, and will report to Chris Breslin, president of Farnell’s global businesses. He has a deep business understanding in Greater China and North Asia market and over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry both in Greater China and across Asia Pacific. July 2019 Connector Industry News
The TE Connectivity Foundation will continue its support of three nonprofit organizations that advance its mission of connecting and strengthening global communities through access to technology and engineering for all, with a focus on women and underserved populations, by providing a total of $1.3 million in grants to Girl Up, a global leadership development initiative started by the United Nations Foundation that seeks to incorporate STEM into its overall leadership development programming; SMASH, which provides underserved students of color with access to technology and engineering through initiatives including the SMASH Academy, a free, multi-year college prep program; and FIRST Global, which runs high-profile, international robotics competitions designed around solving major global challenges with high-school-aged participants who are ethnically, socio-economically, and gender diverse. TE Connectivity’s corporate philanthropy also supports other education and technology initiatives, as well as causes supporting health and human services. In fiscal year 2018, TE Connectivity donated $4.1 million in charitable grants to support such causes in the global communities where TE employees live and work.
Smiths Interconnect partnered with NASA and primary NASA contractor Lockheed Martin on the development of the crew capsule internal data network for the prestigious Orion spacecraft development program, which aims to return humans to the Moon and support manned missions to Mars and other destinations in our solar system. This network serves as the vital Ethernet connection to all of the sensors and equipment onboard the space capsule, so it had to be built to quickly transmit massive amounts of data throughout the spacecraft using the lightest and most durable components possible. Network connectors had to meet stringent space, weight, and reliability demands; have a higher impedance rating than communication network standards to allow more data to be transmitted at lower voltage rates; and ruggedly withstand takeoff, aquatic landings, and the violent jettisoning of the crew module in case the launch is aborted. Lockheed Martin selected Smiths Interconnect’s high-speed, split-pair Quadrax connectors for their mechanical ruggedness, electromagnetic shielding capability, electrical performance, and ability to reliably support high-speed data networks.
Phoenix Contact’s latest blogs address TC Router and PROFICLOUD solutions for secure data transmission and processing, S-Parameters, and Project Complete planning and marking software, VARIOFACE controller-specific system cabling for easy and error-free signal and power wiring.
Amphenol SV Microwave updated the parametric search feature on its website to provide users with the option to view products in a table format, compare multiple products at the same time, and sort by inventory level, part number, and other characteristics.
TE Connectivity developed a proof of concept that allows traditional garment manufacturers to develop smart or connected textiles by easily integrating with the workspace and workflow used in traditional garment production. Through this process — developed at the request of the Google Advanced Technology and Projects team and in close collaboration with Google Inc. — smart garments can better survive the harsh environmental conditions of normal wear, machine washing, and dry cleaning. July 2019 Connector Industry News
Samtec released a short video captured at IMS 2019 in which Samtec’s Director of RF Business Development and Product Management, Steve McGeary, discusses the company’s significant investment in precision RF connector solutions over the past several years in response to market drivers including the global transition to 5G, autonomous vehicles, mobile user base growth, mobile video streaming, and massive global connectivity, as well as the company’s strategy of becoming completely vertically integrated in order to better respond to increased demand for higher frequencies, increased bandwidths, and shrinking footprints.
ODU published a new white paper about connectors with integrated EEPROMs (electrically erasable, programmable, read-only memory), which identify connected devices, support the quick and easy pairing of connectors and devices, and provide real-time connection status and mating cycle counts, an easy method of serialization, and valuable space, time, and cost savings.
TPC Wire & Cable Corp. (TPC) completed its acquisition of EZ Form Cable Corporation, an AS9100D-certified provider of coaxial cable based in Hamden, Connecticut, and a leading provider of RF and microwave interconnect products for specialized applications in the defense, space, wireless communications, and medical instrumentation market segments. The acquisition strengthens TPC’s position as a diversified supplier of high-performance wire and cable solutions for specialized, high-cost-of-failure environments.
Phoenix Contact published eight new catalogues: 1. Terminal Blocks; 2. Sensor/Actuator Cabling and Connectors; 3. Marking Systems, Tools, and Mounting Material; 4. Surge Protection, Power Supplies, and Device Circuit Breakers; 5. Interface Technology and Switching Devices; 6. Automation; 7. Charging Technology for Electromobility; and 8. PCB Terminal Blocks and PCB Connectors. All eight are available as digital, viewable, and downloadable files, and the first six are also available as printed paper copies upon request. July 2019 Connector Industry News
HUBER+SUHNER recently became one of eight founding members of the International Microwave Power Institute’s (IMPI’s) new Solid-State RF Energy Section. With significant advantages over existing solutions, such as magnetrons, high-power radio frequency (RF) applications are on the cusp of transforming to solid-state RF energy in many vertical markets – but pushing a new technology into new and existing markets also presents challenges. As part of IMPI’s Solid State RF Energy Section, HUBER+SUHNER is dedicated to endorsing solid-state RF energy’s true potential as a clean, highly efficient, and controllable heat and power source and to developing products dedicated to solid-state RF energy applications. The company, along with other founding members of the group, IMPI members, and industry professionals, recently participated in a panel discussion at IMPI’s 53rd Annual Microwave Power Symposium that addressed how the technology will develop and explored what the future of solid-state RF energy is likely to hold.
Samtec’s latest blog posts address the fine art of contact plating, the two product demonstrations it showcased at the recent PCI-SIG Developers Conference, microelectronics in biomedical devices, and next-gen applications for on-board optics.
BIRNS is celebrating its 65th anniversary and its role in the advancement of high-performance connector and lighting systems for subsea marine applications and, beginning in the 1980s, the nuclear industry.
July 2019 Connector Industry News > Facility News
Mouser Electronics is further developing its already expansive global headquarters and distribution center, located just south of Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, to meet the needs of its flourishing business well into the next decade. Construction is underway to add more than 125,000 square feet to the distribution center, as well as a new 50,000 square-foot office building. Upon completion, Mouser’s massive, 78-acre global headquarters and distribution center will comprise one million square feet to better accommodate the company’s vast inventory of one million unique SKUs for products and technologies from more than 750 electronic component manufacturers and effectively satisfy increasing worldwide customer demand buoyed by technological advancements including IoT, electric vehicles, artificial intelligence, robotics, and 5G. Mouser’s 24-hour global distribution center fulfills tens of thousands of orders per day, leveraging significant capital investments in state-of-the-art, automated equipment to process orders with best-in-class efficiency and accuracy and ship to more than 600,000 customers in 220 countries. The company registered $1.9 billion in sales in 2018 and is on track to surpass that number this year; it also expanded its full-time global workforce to more than 2,400 and is set to provide local customer service in four new global locations: Brazil, Poland, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
SCHURTER’s North American headquarters in Sonoma County, California, recently completed the installation of a 108kW rooftop solar energy system to reduce both its carbon footprint and energy costs. Designed by Pure Power Solutions, the system includes 290 QCell solar modules with optimizers that increase the efficiency of each module, a SolarEdge inverter, and an innovative clamped racking system that allowed the installers to clamp the solar racking onto the ribs of the building’s standing-seam roof, which eliminated the need for roof penetrations. It is expected to generate more than 127,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy per year, satisfying an estimated 98% of the company’s energy needs, and reduce the average cost of electricity to two and a half cents per kWh, with total lifetime energy cost savings estimated at greater than $1.5 million. The system will directly feed the company’s electricity needs, offsetting purchases from PG&E, and when it produces more electricity than the company requires, will feed excess production into PG&E’s infrastructure, earning credits on its utility bill and supplying green energy to other local users. July 2019 Connector Industry News
Kensington Electronics’ new overmolding machine is up and running, providing customers with quick-turn, low-volume overmolding solutions made in the USA with IPC-certified soldering.
HARTING recently celebrated the 25th anniversary of its facility in the Czech Republic with a gala event for customers, employees, and representatives of the German-Czech Board of Trade. HARTING CEO Philip Harting (left), Andrej Schvarc, managing director, Blumenbecker Prague s.r.o. (center), and Marek Sucharda, managing director, HARTING s.r.o. (right) all spoke very highly of the positive developments and successful cooperation achieved at the Czech facility over the last quarter-century.
CDM Electronics opened a new 9,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center in Turnersville, New Jersey. The new location was built from the ground-up to provide an ideal operating environment for the manufacturing, quality testing, warehousing, and distribution of more than 90,000 RF interconnect products, including low-loss and specialty coaxial cable and value-added RF, military, and power cable assemblies and box builds. The new operations center features the latest manufacturing, warehousing, inventory management, material handling, quality testing, and storage systems to help OEMs cost-effectively speed time to market, including convertible manufacturing cells that can be reconfigured within an hour to accommodate an array of builds and specialized storage systems designed to support the fast and easy deployment of bulk coaxial cable spools, and is ISO certified and staffed by technicians who are certified to IPC/WHMA-620 and J-STD-001 standards.
NAI is expanding its design and manufacturing capabilities dedicated to the production of ruggedized industrial copper and fiber optic cable assemblies and hybrid, box, and panel builds to better support industrial technology OEMs that design and develop communication, test, measurement, and instrumentation equipment, industrial control systems, and other equipment increasingly affected by the IIoT macro trend, which is rapidly reshaping manufacturing with a focus on automation, connectivity, and sensing. NAI has made multi-million-dollar investments in additional equipment to extend and enhance its ability to manufacture ruggedized custom cables and electromechanical assemblies that reliably withstand harsh environments and to develop the NAI Industrial Center of Excellence (ICoE), which provides design and pre-production testing services both in advance of and independent of the production process. The ICoE is dedicated to achieving the best design for each individual industrial connectivity project, follows design for manufacturability (DFM) principles to ensure optimal efficiency and efficacy, and is staffed by dedicated quoting engineers, application engineers, and first article design engineers with training in and direct access to CAD software, 3D printers, and testing equipment.
July 2019 Connector Industry News > Distribution News
Cinch Connectivity Solutions announced that Digi-Key, Mouser, and Newark now carry its Jones J Series connectors. These standard J-type connectors are widely used in industrial applications throughout Europe and are renowned for their robust construction and reliable performance. Female variants incorporate a resilient, 12-finger contact with a heavy-duty, glass-reinforced molded insulator and are further enhanced by MK.2 backshells molded from high-impact thermoplastic materials.
Digi-Key Electronics is now an authorized distributor for GCT’s extensive range of connector solutions, all of which are fully supported by a comprehensive set of resources designed to simplify designs, including 3D models, PCB footprints, and specification sheets. Core GCT product lines, including USB, SIM, and memory card connectors, are now currently in stock at Digi-Key, providing customers with quicker and easier access to GCT products including the SIM8060 hinged nano-SIM connector with innovative card detection capabilites and the USB4085 Power focused USB Type-C connector engineered to be a real alternative to MicroUSB for charging applications. July 2019 Connector Industry News
TE Connectivity announced that TTI began stocking six of its high-demand SEACON product lines for the marine, oil, and gas (MOG) market — the WET-CON, Rubber Molded, Micro WET-CON, HUMMER, ALL-WET, and 55 Series — on July 1. Stocking with TTI will help reduce lead times, speed up the ordering process, and allow customers to purchase in smaller quantities.
Newark announced its founding sponsorship of Women in Electronics, a community of progressive female leaders dedicated to the professional and personal leadership development of women in this fast-paced electronics industry, in honor of International Women in Engineering Day, which was observed on Sunday, June 23.
PEI-Genesis added two new Amphenol ICC products to its line card: RJHSE Modular Jack Connectors and rugged USB 2.0 Type-A, Mini-B, and Mini-AB connectors rated to IP67.
TTI published a new Defense, Aerospace, and Space Product Guide.
Newark expanded its connector portfolio with new product additions including Amphenol Industrial’s Micro-Bayonet (Micro-B) Connectors, Amphenol ICC Waterproof USB Type-C Connectors, Bulgin Buccaneer 4000 Series Connectors, ITT Trident Series Ring-Lock Plastic Shell Circular Connectors, Amphenol ICC EcoMate® Aquarius™ waterproof connectors, and heavy-duty connectors from TE Connectivity.
Digi-Key bolstered its interconnect offering with new products including heavy-duty connectors and sliding power connectors from TE Connectivity, MIL-STD-1553 Twinax Cable Assemblies from Cinch Connectivity Solutions, coaxial connectors and assembly products from Würth Elektronik, 18 GHz N-Type Connectors from Amphenol RF, modular, IP20 Ethernet plugs for industrial environments from Stewart Connector, MultiCat Mid-Power Connectors with precision-machined contacts from Molex, and LPC(H) 6 PCB Connectors and PRC Series circular connectors from Phoenix Contact.
Heilind Electronics is now stocking HARTING’s new Han-Eco® B Series connectors, backshells and dust caps from Amphenol Pcd, an expanded selection of off-the-shelf antennas from Molex, and Amphenol Advanced Sensors’ full line of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Sensing Technologies.
Arrow extended its connector offering with new additions from suppliers including ITT, Amphenol, Cinch Connectivity Solutions, Phoenix Contact, and HUBER+SUHNER.
Mouser Electronics added 329 new products to its line card in June, including Molex MultiCat Mid-Power Connectors, TE Connectivity/Intercontec 723 Hybrid Connectors, and Amphenol RF 5G Wireless Connectors.
July 2019 Connector Industry News > Associations, Standards, and Certifications News
A new ECIA report, “Analysis of the US/China Escalating Trade War and Its Impact on the Electronics Components Supply Chain” by the organization’s Chief Analyst, Dale Ford, is now available in the Knowledge Center section of members’ My ECIA account pages. The report addresses how the relatively stable global trade environment of the last two decades has been upended over the last 18 months as the US has engaged in aggressive actions that the Trump administration feels are necessary to address major trade imbalances and inequities; how every sector of the US economy has been impacted by the US/China trade conflict due to the fact that US tariffs have been or will be imposed on more than 10,600 products imported from China representing $550 billion in value; and how the US electronics and electronics components industries were some of the first to be impacted by this trade war. The full ECIA Executive Analysis provides figures and tables detailing the imports of electronics components from China to the US; analysis of the varying impact on different component families, the monthly shipments and change in value and the dramatic change from the start of the imposition of tariffs, and the recent US action against Huawei Technology; and recommendations for participants in the electronics components supply chain as they manage the challenges presented by the US/China trade conflict. July 2019 Connector Industry News
Birns’ Quality Management System (QMS) recently had its successful ISO 9001:2015 audit carried out by DNV-GL, an accredited international certification body. During the audit, BIRNS’ QMS was thoroughly evaluated to ensure proper implementation, procedure compliance, and proof of continuous process improvements, including risk assessment and mitigation, as required by the standard. The company first received ISO certification back in 2009 and has maintained it ever since, becoming certified to the rigorous requirements of the new 9001:2015 version of the standard in 2018 and fulfilling those requirements again this year.
IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® published the May 2019 findings from its North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. Sales and order growth in May remained positive, but the book-to-bill ratio dipped below parity (1.00) to 0.99 for the first time since January 2017. Total North American PCB shipments in May 2019 were up 5.6% compared to May 2018, year-to-date (YTD) sales growth as of May was 12.3%, and May shipments increased 2.5% compared to April. PCB bookings in May increased 5.6% year-over-year, bringing YTD order growth to 4.3%, and were up 0.5% from April. July 2019 Connector Industry News
IPC is leading the advocacy effort to secure government funds to promote research and development into the performance of lead-free electronics in high-reliability aerospace, defense, automotive, and medical equipment because these market sectors remain reliant on lead-based solders and components even as the commercial sector has largely phased out the use of lead (Pb) due to human health and environmental concerns. Aerospace, defense, and high-performance (ADHP) products have more demanding performance requirements than consumer electronics because they need to perform flawlessly in harsh environments and in safety-related applications. However, there has not yet been enough R&D on the performance and interoperability of Pb-free products in the ADHP sectors, which would be necessary to inform such a transition. IPC and a consortium from industry and academia are also working with leaders in the U.S. Senate to secure as much as $15 million for the R&D program in 2020, with legislative action expected there in July.