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ICM for 5G
Connector basics
Connector basics

ICMs Help Build Powerful 5G Networks

Integrated connector modules (ICMs) are making it possible to build or upgrade networks to support the higher speeds and bandwidths of 5G and the higher volumes of data traffic thatRead More

Market Update
Market Update

The Instrumentation Connector Market

It’s all about higher speeds and higher bandwidths. As many economies begin to emerge from the pandemic, instrumentation companies are bracing for a surge in test equipment. Semiconductor companies willRead More

Market Update
Market Update

Material Costs in 1Q21 Up Significantly, Fore...

As economies recover from the pandemic, demand has pushed costs up for gold, copper, brass, steel, thermoplastics, and other materials used in the manufacturing of connectors. Bishop & Associates tracksRead More

Market Update
Market Update

Critical Design Considerations and Trends Imp...

Technology advancements and material selection play an important role in the evolution of today’s innovative power, signal, hybrid, copper, and fiber optical cable designs. The trends influencing cable design todayRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics

M12 and M8 Connectors: The Perfect Choice for...

M12s and M8s deliver even in the most disruptive conditions. These workhorse connectors are available with extensive options that serve many different industrial environments.  Challenging Conditions  Today, electronic connections andRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics

Modular Connector Solutions Enable Designers ...

Connector suppliers are delivering flexible and modular solutions that enable customers to meet their connector needs without the expense of a truly custom connector product. The connector market is madeRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics

The Evolution of Proprietary to Open Source C...

Sometimes a custom connector design will remain a limited-use product. Other times, it may become a popular proprietary connector. In some instances, the evolution continues and the connector experiences widespreadRead More

Market Update
Market Update

The Industrial Market for Connectors in a Cha...

The pandemic, supply chain restructuring, changing energy sources, and industrial automation are among the factors that are shaping the outlook for the industrial market for connectors and the technologies thatRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics

Designing Connectors for the Harshest Environ...

Applications that routinely experience harsh-environment conditions require connector solutions with the appropriate materials, shells, contacts, ingress protection rating, standards compliance, and assembly features. By Steve Smashey, President, SOS Engineering, Inc.;Read More

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Comprehensive coverage of the latest connectivity news in the industrial market

Industry News
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April 2021 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. April 2021 Connector IndustryRead More

blind-mating connectors
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Blind-Mating Coaxial Connectors Product Round...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights blind-mating coaxial connectors from leading suppliers. Blind-Mating Coaxial Connectors  CDM Electronics is an authorized supplier and design partner for Delta Electronics and offers numerous connectivityRead More

Industry News
Industry News>

March 2021 Connector Industry News II

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. March 2021 Connector IndustryRead More

ruggedized sensors and antennas
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Rugged Sensors and Antennas Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights rugged sensors and antennas for harsh-environment applications from leading suppliers. Rugged Sensors and Antennas TE Connectivity’s MEAS M9100 Heavy-Duty Hydraulic Pressure Transducer leverages strain gaugeRead More

New product news March 2021
Product News
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March 2021 New Connectivity Products II

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. March 2021 New Connectivity Products II March 2021 NewRead More

touch-safe connectors
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Touch-Safe Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights finger-proof, touch-safe connectors from leading suppliers. Touch-Safe Connectors Smiths Interconnect’s HBB Series single-pole circular connectors are designed to safely and reliably transmit high currents upRead More

March 2021 connector industry news
Industry News
Industry News>

March 2021 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. March 2021 Connector IndustryRead More

marine environment electronics
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Connectivity Solutions for Marine Environment...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights connectors and cable assemblies for marine environment electronics. Connectivity Solutions for Marine Environment Electronics Allied Electronics & Automation supplies Amphenol Sine Systems’ eco|mate Aquarius waterproofRead More

new connector products
Product News
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March 2021 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. March 2021 New Connectivity Products March 2021 New ConnectivityRead More

Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Rectangular I/O Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights a variety of rectangular I/O connectors from leading suppliers. Rectangular I/O Connectors NorComp’s 111 Series SCSI Ribbon Connectors are rugged rectangular I/O connectors designed toRead More

Product News
Product News>

February 2021 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. February 2021 New Connectivity Products February 2021 New ConnectivityRead More

IP68 Medical connector from Axon
Product Roundup
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IP68 Medical Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights IP68 medical connectors and cable assemblies from leading suppliers. IP68 Medical Connectors Axon’ Cable designs and manufactures custom cable assemblies and interconnect systems for a wideRead More

Industry News
Industry News>

January 2021 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. January 2021 Connector IndustryRead More

January 2021 new interconnect products
Product News
Product News>

January 2021 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire, cable, and cable assemblies, sensors, antennas, materials, accessories, tools, and development kits. January 2021 New Connectivity Products January 2021 New ConnectivityRead More

hermaphroditic connectors
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Hermaphroditic Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights hermaphroditic connectors from leading suppliers. Hermaphroditic Connectors PEI-Genesis supplies UIti-Mate’s dual-row, nanominiature, and hermaphroditic wired rectangular connectors, which are built in accordance with MIL-DTL-32139 andRead More

Industry News
Industry News>

December 2020 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. December 2020 Connector IndustryRead More

POF cable
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Plastic Optical Fiber Connectors

This week’s Product Roundup highlights plastic optical fiber connectors from leading suppliers. Plastic optical fiber (POF) cables are made from light-conducting plastics, polymers, and acrylics, are typically used for short,Read More

December 2020 New Connectivity Products
Product News
Product News>

December 2020 New Connectivity Products

Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, sensors, and antennas. December 2020 New Connectivity Products December 2020 New ConnectivityRead More

sensor connectors
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

Sensor-Input Connectors Product Roundup

This week’s Product Roundup highlights sensor-input connectors from leading suppliers. Sensor-Input Connectors ERNI’s M12 Right-Angle connectors were especially developed for use in industrial sensor applications and have a compact formRead More

November 2020 Industry News
Industry News
Industry News>

November 2020 Connector Industry News

Summary coverage of upcoming industry events, as well as recent award, partnership, promotion, personnel, facility, distribution, standards, association, and certification news from across the connector industry. November 2020 Connector IndustryRead More

plastic circular connectors
Product Roundup
Product Roundup>

All-Plastic Circular Connectors Product Round...

This week’s Product Roundup highlights all-plastic circular connectors for medical, industrial, and transportation applications from leading suppliers. All-Plastic Circular Connectors BizLink’s S418 Connector Series is part of its Sunbolts solarRead More

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New technology
New technology>

New High-Speed Information and Communication ...

In the year ahead, we’ll see AI, IoT and IIoT technologies, cloud computing, 5G communications, blockchain, UAVs, and robotics impact nearly every market. These transformative technologies are becoming more pervasiveRead More

Locking M12 Push-Pull Standards
Standards
Standards>

A New Standard for Locking M12 Push-Pull Conn...

Specifying locking M12 push-pull connectors has become easier with the arrival of a unified standard that ensures compatibility across manufacturers. Locking M12 push-pull connectors are a common choice for industrialRead More

Expert insights
Expert insights>

Disruptive Innovation in the U.S. and China

Longtime industry observer Bob Hult shares his informed opinions, saying that it’s time for all levels of government and industry to recognize that China has become a pragmatic competitor fully capable of disruptive innovation. Doing so may help WesternRead More

New technology
New technology>

Five Technology Trends Driving New Connector ...

The connector world is constantly evolving to support dynamic market trends. Emerging high-speed connectivity products are currently responding to a number of technology trends and, once released to market, willRead More

PCIe Express Gen 6
New technology
New technology>

The Evolution, Proliferation, and Future of P...

PCI Express is set to release its Generation 6.0 specification in 2021, expanding speeds and bandwidth, and enabling new capabilities needed for cloud-based architectures. A new generation of PCIe connectorsRead More

2020 Innovation ebook
eBook
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2020 Interconnect Innovations eBook

In this eBook, 29 suppliers with decades of proven experience developing innovative interconnect solutions share in-depth engineering insights and product highlights for our increasingly interconnected world. The articles and productsRead More

Phoenix M12 connector for heavy equipment
Connector basics
Connector basics>

New Technologies Force Heavy Equipment OEMs t...

As new technologies are introduced in transportation, agriculture, and heavy equipment markets, traditional connector choices are being challenged. Are M8 and M12 connectors still the right choice? By Mike Schreiner,Read More

Manufacturability
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Connector basics>

The Importance of Manufacturability in New Co...

When new or custom connectivity products are the right solution for a design challenge, connector suppliers must meet complex design requirements and develop efficient manufacturing processes to produce high-quality productsRead More

Facts & Figures
Facts & Figures>

The Electronics Industry Starts to Ease Out o...

The impacts of COVID-19 illustrate the risks involved in centering too much manufacturing, assembly, and intellectual property in one region. Yet the coming implementation of connected technologies, including automation, theRead More

New technology
New technology>

electronica 2020 Becomes a Digital Gathering

Munich’s biennial trade show, featuring the latest and greatest electronics components and technologies from around the world, is online this year. Here’s what to expect from the virtual version ofRead More

How to Specify
How to Specify>

Choosing the Right Board-to-Board Connectors ...

Consider robustness, flexibility, and processing requirements in your design to be confident that you are choosing the right board-to-board connectors for your application. A primary concern for device designers isRead More

SPE Connectors
Standards
Standards>

Single-Pair Ethernet Helps Industrial Designe...

These simplified, yet powerful SPE connectors will help integrate equipment and buildings into a powerful, data-rich Industrial Internet of Things. The standardization of single-pair Ethernet (SPE) in 2019 enabled designersRead More

Industrial RF Connectors
How to Specify
How to Specify>

Five Things to Consider When Specifying RF Co...

RF connectors that operate in industrial environments must maintain a clean signal under harsh conditions. To specify the right connector, you need to evaluate the particular challenges the application willRead More

Expert insights
Expert insights>

Beyond Standards: IPC Helps the Electronics I...

IPC is known as the premier standards organization in the electronics manufacturing industry. But as the industry faces tariffs, COVID, and other complex challenges, it’s also become a problem-solving enterprise.Read More

LED lighting
New technology
New technology>

Smart Connectivity Brings LED Lighting to Ind...

Intelligent and efficient LED lighting makes smart buildings, warehouses, and other industrial settings safer and more comfortable, energy efficient, and cost-effective. As bulb pricing and light quality has reached parityRead More

Ethernet cable connections
How to Specify
How to Specify>

Five Common Solutions for Connecting Two Indu...

How do you connect two Ethernet cables to each other while maintaining environmental ratings, signal integrity, and data speeds? We examine the capabilities, pros, and cons of five common solutions.Read More

Market Update
Market Update>

New RF Coaxial Connectors Evolve as Emerging ...

The IoT, 5G, and advancing technologies across markets have led to smaller, higher performance RF coaxial connectors. There are times when economics and technical advances join to produce major changesRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Connector Contact Materials for Elevated-Temp...

Applications that reach high temperatures require rugged connectors that can withstand these harsh operating environments. A variety of spring and contact materials should be considered.  The consumer electronics market segmentRead More

waterproof connectors
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Waterproof Connectors Can Survive a Splash or...

The market for waterproof connectors is large and growing, driven by undersea exploration and data transmission, as well as by the demand for connectivity in harsh environments. If it everRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

M12 Connectors Unite the Industrial Internet ...

Rugged and durable M12 connectors have a long history, but connected industrial technologies have inspired new modifications, improvements, and utility. Although M12 connectors have been in widespread use for decadesRead More

Hannover Messe
New technology
New technology>

Hannover at Home: Connector Companies Showcas...

When COVID-19 shut down Hannover Messe, connector companies took advantage of digital platforms to introduce the industry to their latest industrial innovations. COVID-10 may have cancelled HANNOVER MESSE 2020, but theRead More

Burn-in testing
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Burn-In Testing 101: Testing Electronic Compo...

This rigorous testing process helps ensure that connectors are durable enough to withstand temperature extremes, use cycles, and other operating conditions. Designers need to know that the components they specifyRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Three Trends Point to the Convergence of Indu...

Electrification, automation, and connectivity across systems and command centers are changing the types of connectors that are used in many transportation vehicles.  By Aditya Sharma, Business Development Manager, North America,Read More

New technology
New technology>

Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Unite in...

Advanced computing resources and connected technologies are converging in a range of automated applications, including robots, drones, and algorithm-driven applications. What could possibly go wrong? It’s hard to read aRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

The Robots Are Coming

Robotics may be one of the greatest technological innovations of all time, and their rise is just beginning. Specialty, lightweight, precision connectivity products are key to their agility and utility.Read More

industrial ethernet
How to Specify
How to Specify>

Protecting Ethernet Connections in Industrial...

As Industrial Ethernet brings network connections into harsh environments, it’s essential to protect connectivity products from rugged conditions.  The proliferation of digital information, the Internet of Things, and Ethernet intoRead More

oil and gas industry sensors
New technology
New technology>

Connected Solutions Drive Change in the Oil a...

Digitization is transforming the oil and gas industry. Starting with the equipment used in oil exploration and drilling and extending to automation, remote monitoring, data security, and logistics, connected systemsRead More

eBook
eBook>

2020 Harsh-Environment Connectivity eBook

Our new 2020 Harsh-Environment Connectivity eBook features 16 technical, tutorial articles by leading interconnect authorities that address new challenges for electronics exposed to extreme environments, new connectivity technologies developed toRead More

Wire Basics
Wire Basics>

Wire Connections Then and Now

Electrical splicing connections have constantly changed over the last 130 years as engineers and manufacturers innovate to ensure safe, secure, and reliable wire and cable connections. In the early daysRead More

Plastic Metal Connectors
Connector basics
Connector basics>

Plastic and Metal Connectors for Harsh-Enviro...

Metal connectors can endure the very roughest conditions. Plastic connectors offer exceptional resistance against moisture. Each material has advantages and disadvantages that make it important to select the right oneRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Connectors Get Tough for Industrial Robots an...

As more robots and other connected devices join the factory floor, the challenge is to protect sensitive electronics from dirt, debris, vibration, and other barriers to performance. As the IndustrialRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Connectors for IoT, IIoT, and Industry 4.0 Ap...

The proliferation of connected technologies is placing new technical demands on industrial connectors. Higher speeds, higher frequency performance, and reduced form factors are required, along with ruggedness, reliability, and immunityRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Elevators Take Connectors to the Next Level

Modern elevators feature a wide variety of electronic nodes, from controls that operate the lift to sensors that count passengers and touchscreen user interfaces. These unique building transport systems functionRead More

Industry News
Industry News>

Strategic Acquisitions Continued in the Conne...

Connector-adjacent technologies were the key focus of many 2019 acquisitions as companies expanded to a whole-ecosystem approach. Once again, Amphenol led the industry in acquisitions, completing more acquisitions than anyRead More

Standards
Standards>

The COM-HPC Embedded Standard Will Facilitate...

To handle compute-intensive applications and edge-computing systems, a revised Computer on Module (COM) standard is required. At electronica 2018, Samtec and congatec introduced the concept of a new Computer onRead More

New technology
New technology>

Believe the Hype About the Internet of Things...

Avnet’s Lou Lutostanski says the promise of full IoT connectivity has been slow to arrive, but it’s real and it’s coming. It’ll just take a little more education, simplification, andRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

How to Specify Heavy-Duty Connectors and Cabl...

Designing and specifying cable assemblies for use in harsh environments presents a number of challenges. Industrial equipment can be subjected to harsh conditions, such as high temperatures, water, high humidity,Read More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Common Misperceptions of Custom Connectors

There are many misperceptions regarding custom connectors: They are too risky, too expensive, and take too long to develop. But new processes are addressing these concerns. Device development is undergoingRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Rugged Connectors Expand into New Application...

5G and the Industrial Internet of Things are pushing advanced electronics into rough new territory. Rugged connectors can provide the robust connectivity needed, although sometimes a custom connector is required.Read More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Danger Zone: Contamination-Resistant Connecto...

Electronic equipment and devices employed in extremely harsh environments require rugged, contamination-resistant connectors that can stand up to radiation, sterilization, and the toughest conditions on Earth. Equipment destined for useRead More

eBook
eBook>

New 2019 Industrial and IIoT eBook

Connector Supplier’s new 2019 Industrial and IIoT eBook collects expert insights and advice from leading connectivity companies in the industrial market sector to help readers leverage the latest technologies andRead More

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New technology>

LEDs Illuminate the Industrial Internet of Th...

Industry 4.0 is coming to life with the help of LED connectivity. In the past decade, the commercial and residential lighting markets have undergone a rapid shift from incandescent andRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Robust Connections: Board-to-Board Connectors...

As automation and the Internet of Things transform industrial environments, demand is increasing for electronics with interfaces for signal, data, and power transmission, as well as shielding from harsh environmentalRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Agricultural Smart Connectors Bring in High Y...

Today, a tractor is more than an engine-driven farm machine; it can be the hub of a farm’s IoT network and a farmer’s workspace with the help of rugged, smartRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Why You Can No Longer Ignore Connectors

Connectors should be a central focus for engineers in today’s network-centric and data-intensive markets. Connectivity is the lifeblood of today’s technology-driven world. The term has taken on many dimensions, fromRead More

Standards
Standards>

Four New Materials Will Join the RoHS in 2019...

Check your connectors: A group of phthalates will be restricted by European Union nations starting in July. This directive will impact a variety of plastic electronic products. The environmental complianceRead More

Standards
Standards>

Moving Towards a Greener Electronics Industry...

e-waste, air pollution, and water contamination are toxic legacies of the electronics industry. But new products and projects are aiming to change that, along with five electronics industry sustainability initiativesRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

M12 Connectors Provide Rugged Performance for...

In traditional office environments, Ethernet connections are typically made using the standard RJ45 connector. However, when Ethernet migrates to industrial environments, a wide range of contaminants come into play, makingRead More

Standards
Standards>

Three Things to Know About the Connected Fact...

The Connected Factory Exchange (IPC-CFX) is a new IoT standard that guides Industry 4.0 applications. As Industry 4.0 comes into widespread use, the global trade association IPC saw a needRead More

HARTING's ix Industrial will revolutionize the IoT
New technology
New technology>

Smaller, Faster, Smarter: Miniature Industria...

Connectors are competing for space in today’s automated industrial processes. A next-generation miniature industrial connector format balances space constraints with data performance. Meet the iX Industrial. At the 2018 HannoverRead More

New technology
New technology>

Top Technology Trends and Disruptions for 201...

A new wave of technologies including e-mobility, Industry 4.0, edge computing, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality will bring about big changes to society. The technology trends we are watching withRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Modern Connector Density Eased by Retro Manuf...

Solid machined contact manufacturing, which has been in use for more than 70 years, is now being rediscovered for its power density advantages. By Natesh Kannan Gopalakrishnan, Product Manager, PositronicRead More

Standards
Standards>

Leaded Copper Alloys Get A New Lease on Life

An extension of the EU exemption known as 6(c) brought relief to the connector industry. Back in 2015, there was a great gnashing of teeth over concern that the EuropeanRead More

New technology
New technology>

Sensors Expand Possibilities for More Devices...

Autonomous machines and the Internet of Things have brought sensors to the forefront of electronics design. As the Internet of Things continues to expand and more applications feature autonomous functions,Read More

New technology
New technology>

The IoT Revolution Dips into the Internet of ...

A team of scientists is tapping electronics distributors and open source data to create better, cheaper environmental monitoring stations — and they want to help others do it themselves. OurRead More

Cable Basics
Cable Basics>

Fast, Small and Lean: System Cabling Pays Off...

Panel builders can reduce wiring time, achieve a denser, leaner cabinet, and cut costs by moving to a system cabling solution. By Michael Hardman, Product Marketing Specialist, Phoenix Contact USARead More

New technology
New technology>

Powder Coated for Protection

Coating connectors with a dry powder that hardens when cured can bestow benefits in terms of connector strength and protection. For that reason, some connector suppliers are eyeing the moveRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Glass Connectors for Nuclear Applications

In an effort to safeguard the electronics within nuclear power plants, connector companies have turned to an age-old material. Nuclear power is an important source of high-density, long-lasting, and low-emissionsRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Five Attributes for High-Quality Wire Bonding...

Achieving a controlled finished surface suitable for wire bonding is essential for mission-critical applications. Here are the qualities you should look for. By Sussex Wire, Inc. Wire-bonded glass-to-metal and ceramic-to-metal hermeticRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Five Things to Consider When Specifying Custo...

Custom molded connectors and cordsets offer numerous advantages, and many designers find that superior performance comes at a reasonable price. Mark Sweeney, President/COO, Remke Industries Specifying Custom Molded Connectors andRead More

New technology
New technology>

Buildings Are Smarter Than Ever: Trends in Sm...

The Internet of Things is expanding into every aspect of infrastructure, putting greater demands on the sensors and connectors that keep these systems on constant guard. Electricity was just theRead More

New technology
New technology>

Connector Manufacturers Sense Growth

As sensors increasingly work in tandem with connectors in IoT applications, some companies are expanding their expertise to encompass both of these elements.  Much like human eyes and ears, electronicRead More

New technology
New technology>

Smart LEDs Extend Into the IoT

Embraced by consumers, businesses, and governments, LED lighting is the clear winner in the battle of the bulbs and is now being integrated into an array of IoT technologies. ThisRead More

Connector basics
Connector basics>

Connectors in the LED Lighting Era

Components for LED lighting connections and controls have evolved alongside current bulb options. Lukas Muth, Product Marketing PCBs and Connection Technology, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg, Germany TheRead More

Standards
Standards>

ISO Quality Audit? No Big Deal

Your ISO quality audit is coming up. We talk to an auditor to find out what to expect at your next inspection. By Jean Thilmany To ease any anxiety thatRead More

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