To weigh in on the Star Wars versus Star Trek debate, as well as to read the latest industry updates, check out the news briefs for May 12, 2015.
AMETEK Electronic Components and Packaging (ECP) launched a new global website that provides a single, easy-to-use web portal for AMETEK ECP’s three principal businesses: ECP-Packaging, which develops high-reliability electrical packaging solutions for harsh environments; ECP-Components and Wire, which provides custom-engineered solder and braze preforms, micro stampings, and cover assemblies as well as precision fine bond wire and integrated subassemblies for semiconductor packaging; and ECP-Defense Navy, which makes innovative custom electrical and optical connectors, cable assemblies, pressure hull penetrators, and fiber-optic feedthroughs for a wide range of extreme environments.
TE Connectivity’s CLOUDSPLITTER connector system won a 2014 Italia Technology Innovation Award in the category of Electromechanic and Connectors. The Innovation Technology Awards are organized by Selezione di Elettronica, a notable Italian electronic magazine. The CLOUDSPLITTER connector system is a single-cable solution that delivers high-speed networking performance and provides exceptional Ethernet and power technology. The Italia Technology Innovation Award recognizes innovative electronic and microelectronic devices selected by the editorial staff on the basis of innovative design, architecture, price, and performance. Magazine readers and website visitors voted for their preferred product in each category. An expert panel then selected the final winners.
Additionally, TE Connectivity named Börsig its 2014 EMEA Regional Distributor of the Year for excellence in sales performance and localized programs. TE officials Joan Wainwright, president, channel and customer experience, and Kevin Rock, president, industrial solutions, presented the award to Thomas Engler, Börsig’s export manager. Based in Neckarsulm, Germany, Börsig (a family-run business) has been selling TE products since 1973. According to Stefan Börsig, TE’s broad product line is significant to his company’s rapidly growing market.
Mouser Electronics was a key sponsor of the 2015 FIRST Championship, which took place April 22-25, at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo. Mouser repeated its sponsorship of the Hall of Fame Exhibit at the Championship event with valued supplier partners TE Connectivity and Murata. Through FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), students in kindergarten through grade 12 are engaged in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills. The FRC Hall of Fame exhibit at the FIRST Championship highlights the past recipients of the Chairman’s Award, which goes to the team that best exemplifies the goals and values of FIRST. The FRC Hall of Fame celebrates past winners of the Chairman’s Award, and holds them up as examples for other teams to emulate.
Mouser also has partnered with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara to kick off its new Space Exploration Series and Space Challenge, part of the Empowering Innovation Together program, through which Mouser and Imahara connect engineers via innovation and creativity that defines engineering design. The series will be supported with new technical articles and videos, and a new Innovation Spotlight webisode video of Grant interviewing leading space industry innovators. The series includes a debate on the age-old question that has been waged for decades – Star Wars or Star Trek? Grant posed the question during a recent video interview with five influential leaders in space exploration. Now it’s up to the engineering community and the general public to voice their opinions through a poll on Mouser’s website. The choice is yours: Which fandom will prevail?
Hermetic Seal Corporation celebrates its 70th year in 2015. The company was founded in 1945 to manufacture the first glass-to-metal sealed headers for the vacuum tubes used on the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC), a groundbreaking electronic machine funded by the US Army and built between 1943 and 1946 as the world’s first general-purpose computer. Today, it is a unit of AMETEK Inc. and has remained a leading designer and manufacturer of high-reliability hermetically sealed, electrical interconnection devices. The company recently opened an Engineering Center of Excellence, where it expects to develop products specifically for the latest generation of commercial aircraft, the most demanding oil and gas applications, and the most advanced medical technology.
C&M Corporation completed its relocation from Wauregan, Conn., to a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in nearby Dayville, Conn. The new single-floor, 150,000-square-foot facility will create efficiencies and allow for the implementation of progressive manufacturing strategies not possible in the former location. The Dayville facility will house all US-based manufacturing including C&M’s in-house tooling facility, as well as sales, engineering, and administration.
WAGO published a new brochure that highlights updates to its surface-mount PCB terminal blocks. It features the 2059 Series, which has a total height of just 2.7mm and minimizes on-board shadowing in LEDs; new robust variants of the 2060 Series that offer an added 1mm in length, stronger housing material, and increased wall thickness, with mechanical stability and integrated push-buttons; and the 2061 Series with an expanded wire range for power connection for LED modules with integrated drivers. Click here to download the brochure.
Rutronik Elektronische Bauelemente GmbH has founded a new subsidiary, Rutronik Inc., which is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, US. Future expansion is planned in key markets throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico in 2015 and 2016 to serve the North American market. It will be led by Vice President Jeff Shafer and will operate independently and flexibly within the global Rutronik Group. The internal sales and product management staff along with the field sales engineers will support both global and North American customers, employing decentralized development and procurement processes that Rutronik already supports in Europe and Asia.
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