Tough Market Ahead for Digital Signage

El Segundo, Calif. —The digital signage industry faces tough competition from cheaper, conventional TV panels that replace specialized custom products, according to a new report from IHS Technology. The signage and professional displays market is forecast to reach $13.76 billion in 2014, up from $13.58 billion in 2013, but still down from $14 billion in 2012. The…

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Sager Electronics Completes Acquisition of PowerGate LLC

MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Sager Electronics, a leading North American distributor of Interconnect, Electromechanical and Power components, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of PowerGate LLC, a premier North American power specialist distributor headquartered in Santa Clara, California. With the completion of this acquisition, Sager Electronics has added nineteen additional sales professionals assisting customers…

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IPC’s ‘Meet the Policymakers’ Program Hosts Congressional Visits From Coast to Coast

BANNOCKBURN, Ill. — IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® today co-hosted congressional visits to Optimum Design Associates (ODA) and JPS Industries Inc. as part of its nationwide effort to educate members of Congress about legislative and regulatory issues that impact the electronics manufacturing industry. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA-15) visited the ODA facility in Pleasanton, Calif.,…

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Distribution M&A Takes a Different Tack

The electronics distribution industry will never again see the kind of merger and acquisition activity that took place in the 1990s. During that period, trade journals’ rankings of the Top 100 Distributors became the Top 50 and then the Top 25. The driver, of course, was nationalization and then globalization. Distributors were filling in the…

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Astrodyne Acquires Filter Concepts

Astrodyne Corporation, a global developer and manufacturer of specialized power solutions, announced today that it has completed the acquisition of Filter Concepts, Inc. (“Filter Concepts”). Filter Concepts is a well-established provider of EMI Filter products for demanding applications. Filter Concepts’ headquarters are in Santa Ana, Calif., where it designs, tests and manufactures its products. The…

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IET Simplifies Digital Library

Access to a global collection of leading science, engineering and technology content, with over 190,000 technical documents, including 70,000 journal articles, 6,000 eBook chapters and 1,300 conference publications, is now available to engineering practitioners at the touch of a button. In order to make its Digital Library more accessible to individuals, the Institution of Engineering…

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Build a Trade Secret Bulwark, Block by Block

The global economy is crackling with fast-paced innovation, but the fruits of innovation are also increasingly vulnerable to theft amid fierce competition, fragmentation of supply chains, and digitization of information. In this environment, companies urgently need to focus energy and resources to safeguard intellectual assets — particularly trade secrets that are not well protected by…

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Metrigraphics Offers Flexible Circuits with Traces to 3 Microns

Wilmington, Mass. – Metrigraphics, a process development and manufacturing resource for ultra-miniature passive circuits and structures, today announced it has achieved large-scale production of micron-scale flexible circuits six or more layers high, with traces (circuit lines) as narrow as 3 microns (11.81×10-5 inches). The circuits are so flexible they can be wrapped around objects with diameters…

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