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Comprehensive coverage of the latest connectivity news in the industrial market
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
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
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
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
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-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 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
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
October 2020 New Connectivity Products
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. October 2020 New ConnectivityRead More
DIN Rail Terminal Blocks Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights DIN rail mounted terminal blocks from leading suppliers. DIN Rail Terminal Blocks Phoenix Contact’s DIN rail mount PTV terminal block range combines the timesaving advantagesRead More
October 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. October 2020 Connector IndustryRead More
September 2020 New Connectivity Products II
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. September 2020 New ConnectivityRead More
Ethernet Connectors for Mobile Equipment Prod...
This week’s Product Roundup highlights Ethernet connectors and cable assemblies for mobile equipment extending from industrial automation systems and robotics to railways, airplanes, and off-highway vehicles. Ethernet Connectors for MobileRead More
September 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. September 2020 Connector IndustryRead More
Overmolded Cable Assemblies Product Roundup
This week’s Product Roundup highlights overmolded cable assemblies from leading suppliers. Overmolded Cable Assemblies NorComp’s M5 Series overmolded cable assemblies are part of its VULCON range of compact circular connectorsRead More
September 2020 New Connectivity Products
Summary coverage of new-to-market connectivity products, including interconnects, wire and cable, cable assemblies, materials, accessories, tools, development kits, and connector-adjacent technologies, such as sensors and antennas. Supplier names are generallyRead More
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Next-gen connector and cable technologies, design resources, specification tips, and application guides
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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