Fischer Connectors Extends Minimax Series

Fischer Connectors, a worldwide leader in push-pull circular connectors and cable assembly solutions, continues to lead the trend of miniaturization. After the successful launch of the Fischer MiniMax™ Series in 2012, Fischer Connectors extends this miniature high performance rugged connector with a pin socket version. With the product range extension, the Fischer MiniMax Series is…

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Living Connected: Making Sense of the IoT

The ECIA’s Annual Executive Conference did a terrific job of staying true to its theme: Living Connected. The assembly of high-tech business executives walked away with a lot of food for thought and some actionable items regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) and the connected world in general. I’m sure most of the attendees already…

Distribution: Masters of Problem-Solving

As electronics component sales and service organizations, distributors assist customers in a variety of ways. Master Electronics of Santa Monica, CA, prefers to call its role “problem-solving.” “We will do anything at this company that makes business sense for ourselves and the customer,” says Riad Nizam, vice president of sales for Master Electronics. “If you…

Digi-Key & Mentor: New Tools for the (Design) Trade

The electronics industry has recently tapped in to a growing population of small entrepreneurs, do-it-yourself (DIY) hobbyists and ‘makers’ that could be developing the next breakthrough high-tech device. Design tools have sprung up that make it faster and easier for users to bring these products to market. But two marquee names in the design chain…

Automotive Electronics Offers Big Growth Potential

There is big demand for high-reliability parts in automotive electronics sectors. The global market for automotive electronics is forecast to hit $204.6 billion in 2014, and reach $314.4 billion by 2020, with an estimated compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3 percent between 2012 and 2020, according to a Research and Markets report. The OEM…

IP&E Suppliers Target Military Markets

Over the past month, there has been an uptick in military-related partnerships, services, and products in the interconnect, passive, and electromechanical (IP&E) industry. It may be due to MILCOM 2014 (Military Communications Conference) held earlier this month, but in any case, electronic component manufacturers and distributors are putting a lot more focus on the military…

Eaton Makes a Big Play in Automotive Electronics

Pleasanton, Calif. – Eaton’s Electronics Division has launched a multi-tiered initiative that focuses on enhancing the safety of automotive electronics, and meeting increased demand for high-reliability magnetics, supercapacitors, and circuit protection products. Key features of the initiative include a new online portal for faster component selection, safety-certified products, manufacturing advances, and increased production capacity. The…

Demand Visibility Remains Problematic

In spite of supply chain collaboration, MRP technology, supplier consolidation and a long period of ample component supply, a panel of leading EMS providers say they have less visibility than ever into demand signals from their OEM customers. Executives from U.S.-based OnCore Manufacturing Services, Variosystems Inc., Kimball Electronics Inc. and Plexus Corp. gathered recently to…

IP&E Trends: Longer Deliveries for Aluminum Electrolytic Caps, Relays

The good news for buyers is that lead times and pricing trends remain stable for most interconnect, passive and electromechanical (IP&E) components, according to Avnet Electronics Marketing’s most recent Market and Technology Trends report. However, purchasers should keep a close eye on lead times for surface-mount aluminum electrolytic capacitors and electromechanical relays. Production capacity at…

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Can the Supply Chain Survive the Free-Service Squeeze?

Outside of corporate management, engineers are the most valued—and best-paid—members of the electronics supply chain. So why do so many customers expect to get engineering services for free from their business partners? The distribution industry for decades has been struggling with this issue. “Giveaways” began with value-added services. Customers that bought components from distributors asked…