KEMET Corp. has expanded its product portfolio beyond capacitors thanks to its alliance with NEC TOKIN. The electronic components manufacturer now offers a range of temperature sensors, current sensors, piezoelectric actuators, and current transformers.
The alliance, announced in 2013, provided KEMET with three key benefits – the ability to expand its product offering, add new channels, and speed up the development process for new solutions/products. In early 2014, KEMET completed the integration of advanced components from NEC TOKIN, which gave KEMET access to electromechanical devices and other passive components, including supercapacitors, inductors and filters as well as an expanded line of tantalum capacitors.
The alliance included a cross licensing and private label agreement. This allowed both companies to resell each of their product lines that they manufacture. These new products – sensors, actuators, and current transformers - are available as part of that Private Label Partnership & Cross Licensing agreement with NEC TOKIN.
In addition, the alliance enables KEMET to leverage NEC TOKIN’s materials technologies, while NEC TOKIN has access to KEMET’s expertise in global operations management.
The several families of temperature sensors now available to KEMET’s customers offer a range of specifications. They provide a range of temperature, accuracy levels, environmental resistance, and safety approvals for applications such as monitoring process control and thermal protection.
The piezoelectric actuator portfolio, which are based on ceramic powder and multilayer technologies, are available as standard and custom devices. These devices are used in industrial and consumer applications for applications such as valve control, precision position control, and image stabilization.
“Piezoelectric actuators can provide an alternative to conventional mechanisms,” said KEMET, “delivering advantages such as fewer moving parts, fast actuation, simplified design, easier setup and maintenance, and reduced wear.”
KEMET also said it added current transformers for current sensing solutions and zero-phase current transformers for various circuit protection and user safety purposes. Applications include smart meters, power conditioning, and safety circuit breakers.
"These new solutions deliver extra value for producers of electronic equipment worldwide by increasing cost effectiveness and efficiency while connecting KEMET's quality and service with more parts in each bill of materials," said Johnny Boan, KEMET vice president of marketing, in a statement.
"Going forward, we will continue to develop new technologies and products to strengthen support for customers and enhance our market position globally,” Boan added.