The news briefs for June 23, 2015 include new company leaders, a plethora of distributor recognition, and service- and product-related announcements geared to better serve connector customers.
Mouser Electronics announced the opening of a Japan Customer Service Center, located in Tokyo. Mouser will provide customer service and local technical support as it establishes a deeper collaboration with its local manufacturer partners. Mouser now has 21 offices worldwide, with eight locations in Asia Pacific. It views Japan as a strong market for innovative technologies, and the significant growth of design engineers and small- to medium-sized production business fits perfectly with Mouser’s model. It is prepared to strengthen its brand and presence in this key market. Last year in Japan, Mouser’s business grew 36% and its customer base grew 23%.
TE Connectivity introduced its PUSHGRIP and SNAP-N-LOK wire connectors, expanding its line of general-purpose and specialty connectors for building controls, LED lighting, and building equipment. The wire connectors address the need for cost-effective, insulated electrical terminations in the OEM assembly and installation markets. TE’s wire connectors are designed for use in almost every type of residential and commercial application where multiple wires are connected, including HVAC, lighting, fire security, building equipment, and building automation and controls.
HUBER+SUHNER launched new cable assemblies designed for the space, defense, and test and measurement markets at the International Microwave Symposium in Phoenix. Its new flexible “bend-to-the end” high-performance minibend range of cable assemblies includes the high-radiation-resistant minibend HBR, which offers a frequency range up to 90GHz, and the minibend CTR phase-invariant cable assemblies, which were developed for phase-critical applications that require both matched and stable electrical length connectivity.
COAX Connectors’ Micro BNC has been granted a US patent for the connector’s extended coupling nut, which facilitates easy insertion/extraction of the connector in a highly populated environment. Its True 75-ohm straight crimp plug (also known as HD BNC) features a diameter of only 7.8mm and offers an increased mounting density of four times that of a standard BNC. The Micro BNC connector was designed with future HDTV requirements in mind. Exceeding SMPTE 292M and 424M requirements, Micro BNC True 75-ohm connectors are used in Full HD1080p (3G) and HD-SDI, and are fit for Ultra HD 4K applications and general use up to 6GHz.
LEMO USA has achieved ISO 13485 certification for the design, manufacture, and distribution of medical components and cable assemblies to medical customers. ISO 13485 establishes requirements for a comprehensive quality management system for product design and development consulting services for the medical device market. ISO 13485 is based on the ISO 9001 format with additional requirements for design, special processes, environmental control, traceability, documentation records, and regulatory actions. LEMO USA underwent a thorough evaluation process that included initial assessment, quality management system development, and a full management system documentation review.
TTI Inc. and Mouser Electronics received the 2014 Excellence Award for Global Performance from Amphenol Corporation. The distributors also received the 2014 Best North American Performance Award. The awards recognize their differentiation in the market, with a wide breadth of new product designs for engineers and the ability to capture higher production volumes throughout the product life cycle.
Pasternack Enterprises released its Cable Assembly Designer, which allows engineers to design and customize RF cable assemblies from any combination of compatible connectors and cables offered by the company with an easy-to-use online web application. There are 250,000 possible combinations of 1,300 connector types and 115 coaxial cables, all available to ship the same day they are ordered. The RF cable assembly designer lets the user select from a variety of connector and coax parameters in any order they prefer, such as gender, polarity, body style, maximum frequency, impedance, coax attachment method, and many more. After ensuring all of the parameters for the connectors and coax have been selected, including the desired cable length and quantity, an RFQ is sent to Pasternack’s sales and service team for immediate follow-up with pricing, availability, and a part number for the assembly. The RF cable assembly designer also allows the selection of numerous value-added services such as custom labeling, lead-free solder/RoHS compliance, and custom booting/heat shrink.
Mouser Electronics has been named Souriau’s Industrial E-Commerce Distributor of the Year for the third consecutive year. Mouser received the award for its “best-in-class marketing solutions and logistics” for Souriau’s products and customers. Mouser also received this honor in 2012 and 2013, as a result of the company’s substantial business growth and launch of new products.
Mouser also received the prestigious 2015 Distributor of the Year Award from HARTING Inc. of North America for the second consecutive year. It recognizes Mouser’s outstanding overall performance in revenue growth, new customer growth, new product introductions, and marketing initiatives during the past year. HARTING supplies Mouser with a variety of electrical and electronic connectors, backplanes, and network components. HARTING and Mouser have been distribution partners for more than a decade. Previously, Mouser earned HARTING’s Distinguished Award for New Customer Growth and a Distinguished Award for New Product Growth, both of which recognized Mouser’s significant business growth during 2012-2013.
Bel Fuse promoted Dennis Ackerman to president of Bel Power Solutions and Peter Bittner to president of Bel Connectivity Solutions. Ackerman guided the recent development and integration of Bel’s power business, most significantly since the acquisition of Power One last year. Bittner played a key role in the restructuring of Bel’s Cinch Connectors business in the United States, as well as in the integration of its sales and marketing team into the global Connectivity Solutions business, formerly Emerson Network Power Connectivity Solutions, which Bel also acquired last year.
India’s leading trade fairs for electronic components and electronics manufacturing, electronica India and productronica India, will take place at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from September 9 to 11. Already, 75% of the space is booked, with 300 exhibitors representing 600 companies from India and around the world. More than 15,000 attendees are expected. The trade fairs will also feature concurrent conferences, buyer-seller meetings, business-to-government (B2G) forums, and exclusive pavilions from IESA and IPC INDIA as well as international country pavilions from China, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan, UK, and Korea. Heilind Asia and Hirose will be among the exhibitors.
Registration for the Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) 2015 is now open. With more than 13,500 offshore professionals in attendance and more than 650 exhibiting companies expected, it will be held in four large halls of the Amsterdam RAI on October 13 and 14. Additionally, this year’s event has been extended to include a one-day Offshore WIND Conference (OWC) on October 12. More than 80 speakers will present on diverse topics, under the conference’s overall theme of “Investing in the Future of Energy.”
Fiber Optic Center Inc. announced the addition of Kelly Barker to its technical support and consulting team. Barker joins FOC from PennWell Corporation where she spent five years in business development within various industries including fiber optics, cabling installation and maintenance, connectors, LEDs, military, and aerospace. She has worked extensively with adhesive manufacturers on their product lines and applications within these markets.
Fiber Optic Center also announced a new partnership with Wayne M. Kachmar and his Technical Horsepower Consulting LLC. Kachmar, a fiber optic cable innovator with more than 35 years of experience, has a proven record of bringing concepts to production as well integrating cables with their environment. FOC is primarily a distributor, not a manufacturer, although it does offer technical expertise in connector polishing, adhesives, and testing. Kachmar’s services, which include cable design as well as equipment modification and specification of chemicals and components, will allow FOC’s customers to offer new designs in the shortest possible time to market.
BURNDY promoted Dan Owens to vice president, utility and tooling, which means in addition to his Tooling PLBT responsibilities, Dan will now assume the added responsibility of managing the Utility PLBT team. Owens has been leading the BURNDY Tooling Product Line Business since May 2013 and has successfully grown the business through NPD advancements, customer focus, and capital investments.
Coaxicom named Tana Perry its new marketing director. Perry will contribute to the marketing and business strategy activities of the company, playing a key role in ensuring that Coaxicom’s products and customer service reach customers and industry leaders worldwide. Perry comes to Coaxicom from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. where she worked as an executive assistant and marketing representative.
General Cable Corporation announced that its board of directors has named Michael T. McDonnell as president and chief executive officer, as well as member of the board of directors, effective July 1. McDonnell, who was previously chairman, president, and chief executive officer at TPC Group, will succeed Gregory B. Kenny, who has led the company since 2001 as president and chief executive officer. Kenny will retire as of July 1 but will remain available to McDonnell and to the board in an advisory capacity through the year’s end. John E. Welsh III will remain chairman of the board.
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