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News Briefs for December 9, 2014

Catch up on the latest connector industry news with the news briefs for December 9, 2014.

Patrice Cabelier-Bros, EsterlineEsterline Corporation has named Patrice Cavelier-Bros to lead its France-based interconnect business as president of Esterline’s Connection Technologies group, which includes the SOURIAU and Sunbank connector product brands. Cavelier-Bros comes to Esterline from Zodiac Aerospace, where he served for the past decade as the company’s group vice president of business development. He has also worked for Labinal, a key customer for Esterline’s connector products, which presented the SOURIAU team with its top supplier award in 2012.

The HARTING Technology Group is collaborating with scientists at the University of Bielefeld (CoR-Lab and Citec) to advance “integrated industry.” Within the framework of the “FlexiMon” research project, HARTING is developing solutions for more flexible production processes. The HARTING approach uses a standardized work plan based on BPMN 2 (Business Process Model and Notation) to control the work sequences of a machine. At the FlexiMon plant, a visitor can experience how modification of work scheduling in the ERP system leads to changes in the behavior of the plant, without requiring explicit programming.

GradConn recently launched its brand new website. The objective of this new platform is to provide customers with all the tools they need to enable rapid product search and selection to save valuable time. New features include expanded content (including product specification and downloadable 3D models); a wire-to-board cable assembly builder; an enhanced coaxial cable assembly builder; powerful search functionality; and automatic geo-location to help users find contacts and distributor information quickly.

HARTING Applied Technologies, which develops, designs, and manufactures high-precision injection molds, die casting molds, and stamping and bending tools for the electrical and automotive industries, has won the Excellence in Production competition in the category of Internal Toolmaker with Less Than 50 Employees. The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and the WZL Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering at RWTH Aachen selected the competition’s eleven finalists on the basis of an extensive comparison of more than 290 tool-and-die manufacturers. The jury found the shop floor management in the HARTING toolmaking area to be especially positive and also praised the standardized and efficiently synchronized flow that allows fast tool manufacturing.

TE Connectivity’s Global Aerospace, Defense & Marine unit announced an agreement with PEI-Genesis to distribute the Raychem harness protection products. PEI’s value-add capabilities, industry presence, and end-customer engagements are expected to extend the opportunities for Raychem products, in addition to bringing new applications and growth potential to both companies.

Remke Industries has launched a new website, logo, tagline, and brand refresh, all of which are more closely aligned with the company’s strategic vision for growth and expansion. The new has been designed with a focus on user-friendliness, easier navigation, and more content. The new website features data-rich product pages, quick and easy “Find a Product” pages, customer application stories, and a comprehensive cross-reference tool. The website also offers search capabilities, a digital e-catalog, and social media integration including a direct link to the Remke blog.

TE miniaturized NanoMQSIn extensive tests and simulations, TE Connectivity has been able to show that a data transmission rate of 100 Mbit/s can be achieved with standard automotive connectors based on the miniaturized NanoMQS termination system in combination with unshielded twisted-pair (UTP) cables. This requires just a defined number of terminals at the device output for signal transfer, which complies with the specifications of the OPEN Alliance Special Interest Group. This innovation makes components originally developed for DC applications suitable for the transmission of data bus signals as well. TE Connectivity is developing a modular connector platform for 1 to n channels; prototypes of the platform will be available by the end of the year.

TE has been named a Thomson Reuters 2014 Top 100 Global Innovator for the fourth consecutive year. The program, an initiative of Thomson Reuters’ Intellectual Property & Science business, honors the 100 corporations and institutions that are dedicated to innovation, committed to protecting patent rights globally, and whose inventions have worldwide influence. The Thomson Reuters methodology is based on four principle criteria – overall patent volume, patent grant success rate, global reach of the portfolio, and patent influence as evidenced by citations.

FCI has evaluated Silver MaxPhase, Impact Coatings’ gold plating replacement technology, and now both parties have entered into an agreement to commercialize the contact finishing solution. As part of the two-year agreement, FCI will market and sell Silver MaxPhase. For Impact Coatings, the agreement creates a powerful channel to major end customers. The Silver MaxPhase finish replaces gold finish for electrical contacts. The finishing solution leads to both reduced cost and better electrical conductivity.

Mouser Electronics announced a new partnership with longtime Mouser customer Grant Imahara, a celebrity engineer best known for his role on “Mythbusters.” Through their “Empowering Innovation Together” campaign, Mouser and Imahara will invite the engineering community on a journey to empower innovation. Mouser will create a series of webisode videos with Grant as the host, featuring unique content that highlights innovative, creative engineers worldwide. There will be features on the newest products and technical expertise to help speed new designs.

TTI announced significant new capabilities offered by its European connector assembly operation located close to Munich, Germany. Among many new capabilities detailed in TTI’s connector assembly shortform are: AS7928 connectors from TE Connectivity; BACC63 styles from SOURIAU; HE 301 and HE 308 products from Amphenol and SOURIAU; MIL-PRF 29504, VG95234, VG95328, and VG96912 from Amphenol; plus nine different commercial series connectors and a selection of wire cable and boot products.

Harwin has appointed Lacon as its German distributor to help drive increased market penetration in the region. Lacon has more than 30 years of experience in high-value-added distribution services and carries more than 100,000 product lines from leading European manufacturers. Initially, Lacon will stock Harwin’s well-known hi-rel connector ranges, including Datamate high-performance/high-reliability connectors featuring proprietary four-finger beryllium copper contact technology and the award-winning Harwin Gecko range of 1.25mm hi-rel connectors. Other hi-rel connector ranges to be stocked by Lacon include Harwin’s RoHS-compliant circular interconnects to MIL-DTL-5015 (MIL-C-5015).

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