For the latest announcements in the connector and cable industries, check out the news briefs for February 3, 2015.
TE announced the successful completion and qualified product (QPL) status for its Raychem molded parts in accordance with SAE AS85049/140, /141, and /142, “Connector Accessories, Electrical Boots and Transitions, Heat Shrinkable.” This new specification replaces earlier military documents for straight and right-angle boots, as defined in the previously popular MS3109 (straight) and MS3117 (right-angle) specifications. Additionally, the new M85049/142 specification includes Y and T transition shapes. Molded parts ordered to this new specification have the option of being purchased in six different material types.
Amphenol Ltd named PEI-Genesis its Distributor of the Year 2014. The award was presented at the PEI-Genesis European sales meeting held in Southampton, UK. PEI-Genesis complements Amphenol Ltd’s sales channel by providing off-the-shelf and short turnaround custom-build connectors. PEI Genesis is an authorized assembling distributor for traditional product ranges from Amphenol Ltd such as 62GB and Mil-DTL-38999 and has more recently broadened its product portfolio with black zinc nickel, Terrapin, and a selection of high-power Mil-DTL-38999 connectors.
Esterline Connection Technologies – Souriau awarded a dual-source agreement to AB Connectors for the supply of its micro38999 connectors. The agreement guarantees that both manufacturers’ micro38999 connectors are intermateable and interchangeable. The product line stands out for its enhanced resistance to harsh operating environments and its compact size. Under the terms of the dual-source agreement, Souriau will provide AB Connectors, at the latter’s request, with the drawings of its connectors. In return, AB Connectors will do the same if it develops complementary products. Both manufacturers will also regularly conduct joint checks of the interoperability of their connectors.
SCHURTER passed the review by the European Chemicals Agency (EChA) for the six new substances added to the List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Released on December 17, 2014, this list is part of the European Union’s Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals directive (REACH) to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. SCHURTER’s latest REACH certificate and Product Content Sheets (PCS), which give detailed information about used substances and their concentration, are available on its website.
The internationally oriented Robotdalen Innovation Award is directed at innovators, entrepreneurs, and graduate and post-graduate students from all over the world who have ideas, concepts, or solutions with commercial potential and breakthrough technology in robotics and automation. Three winners will share approximately $29,000 in prize money. Applications should be submitted no later than May 17, 2015, and will be evaluated by an external jury with extensive commercial competence. The three winners will be invited to Västerås, Sweden, in September for a prize ceremony at the Automation Summit, followed by a development workshop with Robotdalen.
Fiber Optic Center (FOC) announced the addition of Kathleen Skelton as director of strategic marketing. Skelton, a strategic marketing professional with expertise in business development, online strategy, social media, and content marketing, arrives at FOC with more than 20 years of global business and marketing experience in the fiber optics industry. She has held customer service, sales, and marketing management positions at several companies, but is best known for her consultative media management roles at Lightwave Magazine, Lightwaveonline, and KMI Research.
Fairview Microwave appointed Lorie Slay as the sales and service manager, a newly created position aimed to accelerate customer engagement and provide leadership to its inside sales team. Slay brings more than 15 years of sales and service management experience from positions in startup operations to successful, seasoned corporations. Her track record of revitalizing businesses that are transitioning from the small business mentality to more competitive corporate arenas should benefit Fairview’s growing operations.
TLC Electronics announced that Bob Olson has accepted the position of director of operations, effective December 15, 2014. Olson comes to TLC with a strong background in finance, operations, manufacturing, vendor management, and process improvement. Previous employers included Select Comfort, Delta Airlines, Guidant, and General Dynamics.
Qualtek now offers a comprehensive selection of two- and three-conductor North American power cords, international power cords, and hospital-grade power cords, fully stocked and available in various configurations. A large selection of North American and international power cords have been designed to comply with North American and international safety agency regulations to ensure safe and reliable products, and a wide selection of plugs and connectors are available with various cable jackets including outdoor-rated, color-coded, temperature-rated, and shielded. In addition, a full range of North American hospital-grade certified power cords are fully stocked, and can be tailored to meet any specific application. Custom configurations, value-added termination, and strain reliefs are available upon request.
Timron Advanced Connector Technologies will present a course on performance, reliability, and design of electrical power connection and switches, February 18 – 20, in West Palm Beach, Fla. The course covers the fundamental principles and applications of electrical contacts and electric arcs in high-power electrical connectors and switching devices, as well as the preparation and assembly of reliable bolted and compression connections, fired-wedge connectors, corrosion, causes of degradation in electrical connections, and related issues.
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