Acquisitions, distribution agreements, product line expansions, and new hires are all part of the connector and cable industry news briefs for March 3, 2015.
Molex and some of its affiliates have acquired SDP Telecom. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, SDP designs and manufactures RF/microwave solutions for the wireless communications industry. Founded in 1995, SDP brings a successful industry track record innovating RF components and subsystems. In addition to its Montreal headquarters, SDP has manufacturing facilities in China. SDP will be managed by the RF/Microwave Business Unit that is part of Molex’s Global Integrated Products Division.
Arrow Electronics has acquired United Technical Publishing, a division of Hearst Business Media and a digital provider of product information to the global electronics components industry. United Technical Publishing’s portfolio includes directories, e-newsletters, 16 engineering-driven websites, inventory access tools, and databases that are important resources for engineers involved in product design.
TE Connectivity is bringing its expertise to military and aerospace markets in the form of moldable composites and selective metallization. TE is delivering antennas that are smaller and lighter, and offer higher performance and increased functionality in flight and ground applications. Fiber-filled composites will be instrumental in creating lower-profile antennas because they are stronger than the unfilled plastics often used in today’s technology and even allow for thinner radomes, according to a spokesperson.
Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas has entered into a distribution agreement with Taoglas USA, a manufacturer and supplier of M2M and IoT antenna and cable solutions. Avnet Electronics Marketing will now offer Taoglas’ extensive line of 3G, 4G, LTE, and GNSS off-the-shelf and custom antenna solutions to device manufacturers and OEMs targeting M2M and IoT applications in the Americas. Taoglas antennas are used by manufacturers to deliver wireless connectivity for devices in a growing range of markets, including telematics/automotive, smart-grid, metering/telemetry, home automation, remote monitoring, and tele-medical.
HUBER+SUHNER’s RADOX 155S FLR (cross-sections 0.35mm2 – 6mm2) and RADOX 155 (cross-sections 8mm2 – 120mm2) have been approved for immediate use in General Motors (GM) vehicles. The cables can be used as battery connections and to supply power to peripherals such as air-conditioning or parking systems. The RADOX 155S FLR is already installed in some GM vehicles as the control cable for the direct fuel injection system. The approval removes the need for the extensive release process for Tier 2 or Tier 1 as the cables can now be used without further verification.
Elektron Technology has named Farnell element14 as EMEA Distributor of the Year for 2014/2015. This inaugural award is in recognition of Farnell element14’s outstanding achievements over the past year, which combined strong sales growth for Elektron Technology’s connectivity brands with exceptional customer support. Farnell element14 has offered Elektron’s Bulgin and Arcolectric connectivity brands for more than 30 years, and currently stocks more than 1,500 product lines, including the popular Buccaneer 6000 and 7000 connectors. Recent investments by Farnell element14 in both marketing and stock levels have helped to drive year-over-year sales growth.
Schleuniger will be among more than 145 world-class suppliers and service companies to exhibit at the 2015 Electrical Wire Processing Technology Expo, held May 13 – 14, at The Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wis. Schleuniger will provide hands-on demonstrations of innovative solutions for stripping, cutting, sealing, crimping, and marking of all types of wire and cable. Schleuniger will introduce its newest cut-and-strip machine, the MultiStrip 9480, which has a high-resolution indexing cutter head and programmable rotary incision capability that sets the benchmark for high-precision processing of coaxial and other shielded cables. Another new product on display will be the PreFeeder 4300, a compact cable feeding system for cable reels weighing up to 400 kg (880 lbs.).
Siemon announced the launch of its new LightHouse Advanced Fiber Solutions brand. Aligning the company’s established line of end-to-end fiber cable and connectivity systems with a wide array of new product innovations, Siemon’s LightHouse delivers a comprehensive range of high-performance fiber solutions to support nearly any network infrastructure. LightHouse takes advantage of competitive pricing levels on the most commonly used fiber cable and connectivity systems, combining them with Siemon’s advanced, problem-solving products to deliver a fiber portfolio that offers significant customer value.
CAMI Research announced an update to its CableEye Software that provides a simplified automation user interface with its PC-based cable and harness testing systems. Applicable to all models in both low-voltage and high-voltage product lines, the update offers more options to increase flexibility of use. This optional simplified GUI is suitable for performing basic cable and harness pass/fail tests such as might occur on the production line. The new interface is compatible with touchscreen operation and isolates the worker from CableEye features and controls superfluous to their assigned task. This simplified automation user interface feature comes with all new CableEye products as part of version 5-B1188 software. It is also available as a software update, which may be purchased by itself (Item 726B), or downloaded from the company’s customer support site.
QuickCable Corporation announced its Stock Master Distributor partnership with Auto Meter Test Equipment, for the Tester and Charger product lines. The Auto Meter product line is recognized as a best-in-class electrical system diagnostic and maintenance equipment solution for OEM service centers, national fleets, and battery markets. This strategic partnership will enable customers to look to QuickCable for product expertise and one-stop shopping for all their battery accessories, testers, and chargers. QuickCable will stock Auto Meter products in its Franksville, Wis., and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, locations.
EDAC has restructured and expanded its European sales and customer service operations. The new appointments are the result of a business upswing due to a significantly enhanced product portfolio and the company’s acquisition of MH Connectors. Damien Croft, previously senior manager with MH Connectors, was named to lead the sales organization for all EDAC brands within Europe; Debbie Pendergrast has been brought on to develop business within Southern Europe, spearhead EDAC’s sales effort within Italy and Spain, and take control of the strong MH Connectors operation in France, including the existing sales operations based in Mantes La Jolie; and Nathan Ashford joins the EDAC Group as European distribution manager.
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