VCC: A One-Stop Shop for Indicators

Thanks to two major acquisitions in the past two years, Visual Communications Company, LCC (VCC) is now positioned as one of the broadest product line manufacturers of indicators, expanding its product portfolio beyond LED technologies to include neon and incandescent lamps. The company acquired the indication and illumination product lines from Chicago Miniature Lighting and…

VCC Develops Relampable Neon Indicators For Harsh Apps

Poway, Calif. — Visual Communications Company, LLC (VCC) has developed a relampable neon front panel indicator light that is designed for harsh environments. The 513x-038 Series of midget flange base relampable indicators meet MIL-L-3661 specifications and is available rated to NEMA 4 protection. The 513x-038 Series indicators can accept any T-1 3/4 midget flange base…

AVX Unveils Single Pogo Pin Contacts for Harsh Apps

Fountain Inn, S.C. ‒ AVX Corp. has introduced a series of single pogo pin board- to-board (BTB) contacts designed for use in high lifecycle commercial, industrial, medical, and military applications. Available in five standard compressed stacking heights from 2.0 mm to 5.0 mm, which is the maximum working range and compressed height tolerance possible in…

Partnerships Aim to Drive IoT Designs

The growing connectivity in a variety of applications ranging from smart personal devices to automotive infotainment and navigation, driven by the Internet of Things (IoT), offers big potential opportunities for component vendors across a number of devices including microcontrollers, microprocessors, and sensors. IHS Technology expects the global market for connected, or Internet-enabled devices, to surpass 6…

IP&E: Awaiting Stronger Distribution & End-Market Orders

Manufacturers of passive products anticipating strong sales growth in 2014 are pinning their hopes on improvements in key end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, telecommunications and even the defense sector but they say tepid distribution orders and low inventory levels indicate channel partners remain wary about the strength of the ongoing market recovery. Many of the…

Industrial Electronics Chip Market Set to Grow 11%

El Segundo, Calif. — The industrial electronics chip market rebounded in 2013 with revenue growth of nine percent, reaching $32.8 billion, after falling five percent in 2012, according to a report from IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). These chips are used in a variety of applications, including medical electronics, factory automation, energy distribution and generation, building and home control,…

Manufacturing Shifts Toward a Multi-Source Strategy

This week’s announcement that Whirlpool Corp. is doubling the size of its Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant and adding 400 jobs is another example of how U.S. manufacturing is moving back onshore. Or is it? Onshoring (or reshoring) is occurring, according to Wade McDaniel, vice president for solutions development for global distributor Avnet Inc., but so…

Coilcraft CPS Unveils Extreme Temperature Inductor

Cary, Ill. — Coilcraft CPS (Critical Products & Services) has introduced the AT549RBT cored-spring inductor that features a temperature rating of -55°C to +300°C,  targeting extreme-temperature applications such as down-hole drilling and on-engine automotive. The AT549RBT offers an inductance value of 1.0 µH, a maximum current rating of 1.0 Amp and DC resistance of 15.0…

America Semiconductor Offers High-Rel 50W Zener Diodes

Union, N.J. — America Semiconductor, LLC offers a series of 50-watt Zener diodes in a wide voltage range of 6.8 V to 200 V in a DO-5 case. The 50-W devices (part numbers: 1N3305 thru 1N3350) provide voltage regulation protection in a variety of applications including alternative energy, oil drilling, power grid, welding, HVAC, and…