Connectors Get Ruggedized, Shrink for Outdoor Apps

TE Connectivity’s new FullAXS Mini connectors address several challenges in rugged outdoor environment applications – miniaturization, harsh environmental conditions, and ease of installation. One of the best design features of the new fiber-optic connector – in addition to the sealing system – is its user friendliness, enabling one-handed installations for wireless equipment and other rugged…

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Amazon Business to Present at ERA Event

The Electronics Representatives Association (ERA) has announced that its 48th Management and Marketing Conference, scheduled Feb. 26-28, 2017, in Austin, Texas, will feature a general session presentation by representatives of Amazon Business. Colin Puckett, Senior Marketing Manager, and Andy Aupperlee, Senior Vendor Manager, will deliver a program outlining Amazon Business’ sales model in the electronic…

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Thank Goodness for Makers

When I was a young lad, I was always building electronic and mechanical “things” — some of them even worked. A lot of my friends were similarly inclined. Those were the days when it was cheaper to make something than to buy a finished product. Things changed over time. It became cheaper to buy something…

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Leveraging Trade For Better Results, Part 1

(This is the first of two articles examining the challenges companies face regarding international trade and the results of the KPMG Thomson Reuters 2016 Global Trade Management survey) Trade has become a hot-button political issue in 2016 thanks to Brexit and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Even before these extraordinary developments, international businesses have been struggling to…

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U.S. Needs Big Bet on Chips

The working group of semiconductor veterans the White House recently convened should recommend the initiative in its report expected early next year. It could give the next U.S. president a rare opportunity to kickstart an engine for a new golden age in high tech. When it launched the working group, the Obama administration cited challenges…

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