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New COBO Specifications Prepare Industry for the Higher Speeds Ahead

The Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) has released the industry’s first on-board optics specification. What does this mean for you? In April 2018, the Consortium for On-Board Optics (COBO) released its first specification for optics that reside on the motherboard. COBO has specified modules capable of 400G and 800G rates. The designs will also support Read More >>

ISO Quality Audit? No Big Deal

Your ISO quality audit is coming up. We talk to an auditor to find out what to expect at your next inspection. By Jean Thilmany To ease any anxiety that quality managers at connector companies might feel when the auditor is due for a visit, Kevin Russelburg, an ISO 9001:2015 lead auditor, pulls back the Read More >>

Stay Ahead of Regulations with FMDs

Full Material Declarations provide an effective strategy for environmental data reporting. By Roger L. Franz, Engineering System Analyst, TE Connectivity Since the European Directives, Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), were enacted in 2006–7, the number of regulated substances continues to grow. REACH adds new substances roughly Read More >>

Sustainable Manufacturing Practices Pay Off

Beyond preserving resources, green business practices can pay off in cost savings and stronger sales. By Caroline Hayes In manufacturing, there’s lean and then there’s green. Lean manufacturing is a set of principles designed to reduce waste in manufacturing. The aim of lean is to achieve higher throughput rates with minimum inventory. Driving out waste Read More >>

RCx MSA Offers New Alternative for Data Centers to Connect Servers

The cabling system promises to streamline rack interconnect systems. Companies that design components for Ethernet systems will want to take a look at the RCx Multi-Source Agreement (MSA), a new intra-rack connection technology aimed at Ethernet applications. RCx MSA, an industry working group with members from Amphenol, Broadcom, Dell, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, and JAE Electronics, Read More >>

Two New Broad-Use IPC Standards Updates Now in Effect

The two most widely used standards in the electronics industry, IPC-J-STD-001 and IPC-A-610, have been updated. How will this impact your work? IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has released the G revisions of IPC-J-STD-001, Requirements of Soldered Electrical and Electronic Assemblies, and IPC-A-610, Acceptability of Electronic Assemblies. These documents refer to the two most widely Read More >>

Lead free RoHS compliant

International Requirements Prompt Product Changes and Standardization

A multitude of requirements compel manufacturers to default to worldwide commonality. EU regulations, such as RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) and REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals), the US Dodd-Frank Law (involving Conflict Minerals), and California’s Proposition 65 (currently listing over 800 chemicals that must be flagged), affect composition, processing, costs, and supply Read More >>

Durable, Disaster-Proof Data Centers

How did data centers do during the recent spate of disasters? Just fine, thanks to good planning. The cloud is a great repository for critical information, but in the event of a fire, hurricane, earthquake, or other disaster, that information is only as safe as the data center in which it’s stored. This summer, disasters Read More >>

Compliance

The Value of Industry Standard Compliance

By Alexander Weber, Global Product Manager, Belden Inc. Fact: Mission-critical applications require industrial networking components that meet the highest levels of industry standards to withstand harsh environmental conditions. Failure to meet this threshold is likely to result in higher levels of interference and longer periods of downtime. With this in mind, selecting products with industry Read More >>

Direct Connection Adaptivity

SKEDD direct connection technology makes device design more flexible Pia Horstmann, Product Marketing for PCB Connection Technology, Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, Blomberg, Germany James Dunbar, Product Marketing Manger for PCB Connection Technology, Phoenix Contact USA, Middletown, Pa., USA Intelligent automation structures, such as HVAC systems in building technology or compact controllers in industrial Read More >>