Anti-Counterfeiting Measures Move Forward

The U.S. government’s offensive against counterfeit electronics components has made progress in recent weeks. The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a second successful prosecution of  a dealer of counterfeit electronics parts. (See: Anatomy of a Counterfeit Electronics Operation). Another segment of the government has commended the use of unique identifiers in its ongoing battle…

OEMs: Plan Ahead For After-Market Needs

The term “spare parts” may conjure up visions of junkyards, but in the high-tech industry they represent an opportunity worth billions of dollars for companies willing to manage after-market logistics. The storage and maintenance of spare parts is often a drain on company resources. Holding and maintaining inventory costs money that could be better invested…

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…

Automotive CEOs: Technological Advances to Transform Business

Technological advances, including digital economy, social media, mobile devices and big data, will transform business in the next five years, according to 79 percent of automotive CEO respondents to PwC’s 17th Annual Global CEO Survey. The survey also finds that 57 percent of automotive CEOs have a program underway or completed, or have a strategy…

Automotive Drives Component Growth

Electronics content in vehicles continues to grow at a steady pace, driving innovation in the components sector. Electronic components make up more than 30 percent of the production cost of a vehicle, and is expected to continue upward, according to Transparency Market Research. Two recent market research studies indicate that automotive applications including next-generation vehicle…

Anti-Counterfeit Training Available

One of the provisions of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS Case 2012-D055) rule regards the training of personnel in counterfeit-avoidance processes.  Although DFARS is targeted at contractors and subcontractors of the U.S. Department of Defense, the rule also specifies the flow-down of these techniques through all tiers of the supply chain. In the electronics…

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…