How Distributors Translate Designs Into Dollars

As the electronics distribution industry continues to expand its design offerings, a top-line dilemma also expands. In a sales-driven organization, how do distributors “monetize” engineering services? There's no question that customers are turning to the channel for design help. Newark/element14 has developed a site where designers can find components, CAD/CAM software, reference designs, and prototyping…

Who’s on Apple’s Supplier List?

{complink 379|Apple Inc.} is changing, perhaps faster than its late CEO and cofounder Steve Jobs might have permitted. Last week, for the first time in its history, the company released a list of companies that receive “97 percent of Apple's procurement expenditures for materials, manufacturing, and assembly of Apple's products worldwide.” That's not all. It…

Orion, Heilind Have Distribution Pact

DALLAS — Dallas-based Orion Fans, a division of Knight Electronics Inc. and leading manufacturer of standard and custom AC and DC fans, trays and accessories, has announced a distribution agreement with Heilind Electronics (Wilmington , MA), the largest interconnect distributor in North America. The agreement with Orion Fans enables Heilind to expand its product offering…

Chevy Volt: A Jolt of Reality

As promised, I've taken possession of a Chevy Volt, a gasoline-and-electric vehicle being marketed as a green or environmentally friendly vehicle. It's parked in my driveway in all its red fire truck glory with the Avnet Express logo splashed on the hood and a side sticker from TE Connectivity. After a brief ride to the…

Driving Miss Volt

I am taking custody of a Chevy Volt electric car Wednesday, and I can't wait to take it out for a spin. Brian Fuller, editorial director for EE Times' EE Life engineering community, will hand off the vehicle to me in Philadelphia, and my charter is to deliver it undented and unscratched to Boston in…

Heilind Offers Autosplice Clips

WILMINGTON, Mass. — Heilind Electronics, the largest interconnect distributor in North America, is now stocking maxi, midi and mini shield clips from Autosplice. Autosplice maxi, midi and mini shield clips are a cost-effective alternative to hand soldering. The miniaturized design allows for tape and reel packaging compatible with standard high-speed placement equipment. RFI shield clips…

Genuine Parts Buys Cobra

ATLANTA — Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) announced today that its Electrical Group, EIS, Inc. (“EIS”), has acquired the stock of Cobra Wire & Cable, Inc. (“Cobra”) from Merit Capital Partners and Fulton Capital, effective today. Cobra, headquartered in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, is a specialty wire and cable distributor serving the telecom, battery and uninterruptible power…

A Primer on FeedThru MLVs

FeedThru multilayer varistors (MLVs) were developed to decrease the parallel inductance of a standard discrete MLV, maximize series inductance, and tune capacitance. The FeedThru devices can be packaged into a single-element 0508 or a four-element 0612 FeedThru form factor. Regardless of the specific configuration, all FeedThru MLVs exhibit significantly faster turn-on times (on the order…

Mixed Signals & Mad Money

Given the state of the global economy, it's not surprising there are mixed signals coming out of the electronics industry. A few weeks ago, {complink 453|Arrow Electronics Inc.}, a $19 billion global distributor (for calendar 2010), reported that although its Book-to-Bill (BTB) ratio had dropped below 1 in late June, July orders were picking up.…

Belden Earnings Rise 60%

ST. LOUIS — Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC), a global leader in signal transmission solutions for mission critical applications, today reported fiscal second quarter 2011 results for the period ended July 3, 2011. Revenue for the quarter totaled $536.3 million, up $125.7 million or 31% compared to $410.6 million in the second quarter 2010. Income from…