Connector means error-free assembly

Yamaichi_Electronics_Y-Circ-S-series_press_tmbConnector developments were the focus of the Yamaichi Electronics stand at Southern Electronics 2017, as it showcased the latest developments in its push-pull circular connector series Y-Circ P connector range.

Now, in addition to the B series, which is sealed to IP50, there is also an S series, also sealed to IP50, available with a hermaphroditic connector configuration. According to the company, the new design means assembly is just as easy and error-free, as with the B series, using identical half-shells.

The hermaphroditic connector means that the insulator is divided, with male and female contacts installed in both plug and socket, claimed to make the connection easy and secure.

All connectors in the S series have a blue dot marking, designed to make connection and finding the coding easy.

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Are you seeing RED?

RED Letter image_tmbThe Radio Equipment Directive (RED) has been in force since June 2016. From 13 June 2017, radio equipment placed on the European market must comply with the Radio Equipment Directive 2014/53/EU.

All radio equipment that is placed on the market from 13 June 2017 must comply with RED, including products that were approved under the R&TTE Directive. If the product batch is already placed on the market under R&TTE prior to 13 June 2017 then it can remain on the market. If a subsequent batch is placed on the market after that date, it must comply with RED. This includes DoC and user information or packaging supplied with the product.

At Southern Electronics 2017, RN Electronics offered visitors its assistance in preparation for RED. It can undertake testing to harmonised RED standards and draft standards. It can also provide gap analysis for products that were tested under the R&TTE Directive to determine any new testing requirements.

RN Electronics is a UKAS-accredited Radio Test Laboratory No. 2360. It is also recognised for its EMC and radio testing by the FCC in USA (Registration No.293246) and ISED in Canada (registered under site Nos. 5612A-1 & 5612A-2). The company expertise and its knowledgeable engineers have many years’ experience in radio/wireless product testing, including RF design troubleshooting, certifications and antenna testing. Using RF design expertise, the team can help to develop new and existing products, assist in design, provide advice on use of radio modules, perform pre-compliance or initial assessment tests and implement solutions as the design develops. Valuable development time can often be saved by a visit to its laboratory, allowing a faster time to market.

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Wound components and transformers strike a chord

Trans-Tronic review edit_tmbProducing coil windings and transformers for over 35 years, Trans-Tronic supplies to a range of customers and market sectors.

The Chesterfield-based company supplies products all around the world to railway, lighting, audio, defence, aviation, oil and gas, medical, renewables, R&D, instrumentation and automotive industries.

It has enhanced its capabilities during the last few years, by moving to a purpose-built factory and acquiring BLS Electronics, Precision Winding, Emdec/Tesla Transformers, Antrim Transformers, EMDEC/Tesla Transformers and Air-tronics. This means it can supply wound components from tiny air coils to toroids and three-phase transformers.

The company manufactures to customer specifications or the experienced technical team can advise and develop new designs. It is approved to ISO9001 and has various quality approvals from UL and Network Rail. In collaboration with Network Rail, it has recently developed a new range of Class II signalling transformers.

Designs are energy-efficient, making the products environmentally friendly, says the company.

Another brand, Trans-Amp, supplies British-made transformers for guitar amplifiers. It has a stock range of products which is being constantly developed and enhanced.

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Power supply protects security systems

170327_news_eng_pic001At this year’s show, Delta Electronics Group, launched the PMU series of power supplies for security systems and DC uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) applications.

The supplies have an LED indicator for DC OK (green) and battery reverse polarity (red) and built-in monitoring signals for AC OK, DC OK and battery-low indication, together with zero cut-over time from loss of AC to battery operation. The supplies protect against reverse polarity battery connection and conform to harmonic current IEC/EN 61000-3-2, Class A. The supplies are reliable, with a mean time between failure (MTBF) of more than 700,000 hours (per Telcordia SR-332).

There is over-voltage, over-current, over-temperature and short circuit protection, with built-in over-current and short circuit protection in buffering mode operation.

The power electronics and energy management company produces power supplies and DC fans for the industrial, automotive and medical sector. The company also exhibited DIN rail, panel mount and open frame power supplies, DC/DC converters, EMI filters and fans.

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Manufacturer reaches for the stars

European Circuits_review edit_tmbThe Aston Starlight is a British-built laser targeted pencil microphone. European Circuits is delighted to be the chosen manufacturer of Aston Microphone’s award winning microphone.

The Aston Starlight is the first laser targeting pencil microphone, allowing for recall of microphone position in studio use. It is also quick and easy to set up in live applications. The microphone showcases Aston’s variable voice switching for sound contouring, nearly indestructible build qualities, and features a sintered head and Aston’s tumbled 100% stainless steel chassis.

The 20mm cardioid capsule was hand-picked by a panel of more than 50 top producers in double-blind listening tests conducted during 2016. Starlight was launched at Winter NAMM in Anaheim CA in January 2017, and immediately won ‘Best in Show’.

European Circuits has been working closely with Aston designers to maximise the DFM (design for manufacture) impact of Starlight. The entire microphone, including all of the electronics and mechanical sub-assemblies, is being produced at European Circuits’ Glasgow-based facility.

European Circuits offer PCB manufacture, PCB assembly, test, box build and design.

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Remote monitoring improves response times

ByteSnap review edit_tmbA demo with ground movement sensors, on the ByteSnap stand at Southern Electronics 2017 showed how remote monitoring can help improve maintenance response times.

The Bridge Bash demo showed how LoRa can be deployed for status monitoring/reporting. It simulates a collision event between a train and a stationary object, such as a bridge or barricade. Acceleration data is collected from the stationary object and transmitted wirelessly to a receiving module.

Using the receiving module, real time information about the object’s acceleration can be processed and displayed to the user to show vibration and impact. The remote monitoring system can be powered by a super low-power cell battery.

Visitors also saw ‘The Product Design Journey’ display, showing how ByteSnap Design worked with a smart home security company to help develop its device, winning the design consultancy the Design Team of the Year at the 2016 British Engineering Excellence Awards.

The latest version of its user interface development framework, SnapUI, was also on show. Now supporting Raspberry Pi, it is more proficient than ever at taking software to production, says the company.

When designing new hardware devices, keeping the user interface design in step with hardware development can be difficult. When the user interface is overlooked, or is the last consideration in the design process, projects can suffer significant delays in getting product to market. SnapUI mitigates this risk by enabling development of the user interface independently of the hardware, on a reference hardware platform or Raspberry Pi, ready for deployment to the target device when the hardware is ready.

SnapUI Raspberry Pi brings high performance to UI prototyping, with the emphasis on CPU embedded chipsets.

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IPC bestows Presidents Award

ART review edit_tmbIn recognition of significant contributions of time, talent and ongoing leadership in IPC and the electronics industry, Debbie Wade, Advanced Rework Technology (ART), was presented with the IPC Presidents Award at IPC APEX EXPO 2017.

Debbie was recognised for her contributions to IPC standards, training committees and training and certification programs for nearly 15 years. She is a Master IPC Trainer for J-STD-001 and J-STD-001 Space, IPC-A-600, IPC-A-610, IPC-A-620 and IPC-A-620 Space and IPC-7711/21.

When not leading classroom training and certification, Debbie has lent her experience in fabrication, assembly, board process and acceptance to 33 IPC technical committees, and steers six, including European technical training committees for J-STD-001, IPC-A-600, IPC-A-610, IPC-A-620 and IPC-7711/21.

“IPC and the entire electronics industry are fortunate to have Debbie Volunteer her time and expertise,” said John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO. “Her work has enriched both the industry and IPC and we are thankful for her dedication and hard work.”

Supporting industry, Advanced Rework Technology Ltd is the longest running authorised IPC training centre in the UK covering all assembly, inspection and design certification including IPC CID, Certified IPC Design, IPC-A-600, 610, 620 IPC-7711/21, J-STD-001 and both of the IPC Space Addendum courses.

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New DIN rail mounting terminal blocks from CamdenBoss

P4542 - CamdenBoss launches DIN Rail Mounting Terminal Blocks-TMBPerformance engineered interconnection and enclosures specialist, CamdenBoss, has launched a new range of high-quality rising clamp DIN Rail mounting terminal blocks that provide a quick and effective means of making pluggable connections into DIN Rail enclosures while saving valuable PCB real estate inside the enclosure.

With the growth of electronics and electrical applications making use of DIN Rail mounting systems, the need for inventive interconnection solutions is greater than ever. Traditionally, connections to units mounted on a DIN Rail would be made using PCB mounted terminal blocks or by DIN Rail mounted terminations. In systems where connections are made to DIN Rail systems that require periodic disconnection (e.g. for replacement, maintenance or updating purposes), this has previously required PCB or chassis mounted pluggable terminal blocks to be housed within the DIN Rail enclosure eating into precious space and PCB real estate.

By using DIN Rail mounting terminal blocks, customers can make connections independently of the various DIN Rail units within a given system. As well as giving installers the flexibility of being able to place the DIN Rail terminal blocks anywhere on the rail, CamdenBoss says its new range also possesses another unique feature: the ability to unclip and reverse the orientation of the terminal block if necessary. This means that the installation can be rearranged for easier access once complete – a big advantage particularly during field installations – and ensures that easy access is retained even in the most cramped of applications even if units are added later.

Fitting terminal blocks to the DIN Rail is straightforward – two mounting adaptors are simply clipped into place where required and the terminal block clips onto these with a positive click to hold them firmly. Reversing the terminal block is equally simple: by applying pressure to the two clips, the terminal block can be removed by sliding upwards.

The CamdenBoss CTBPD96 range of DIN Rail mounting terminal blocks is available in 5mm and 5.08mm pitch versions in both flanged and non-flanged options from 6 to 24 poles. Both vertically- and horizontally-oriented versions are available and the DIN Rail mount is compatible with both 35mm top hat and 32mm G-rail as standard. Applications include lighting controllers, building management systems, energy management, power supplies, heating and air conditioning controllers, civil and industrial electrical installations and telecommunications.

CamdenBoss also offers a wide range of associated ancillary components for DIN Rail applications including pluggable terminal blocks to match the DIN Rail mounted connectors and a comprehensive range of DIN Rail mounted enclosures.

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Rotatable angled connector has Italian flair

Lemo review edit_tmbOne of two new products introduced at the show by Lemo (UK), is the Anglission range of rotatable right-angled connectors. Derived from the Italian for “best angle”, Anglissimo offers users the ability to configure cable exit angles to suit an application’s needs. It can be used where precise cable exit angles are required, such as where trailing cable or cable routings would present potential snag hazards or assembly problems. Such systems could include, hand-held measuring or test equipment, patient monitoring, audio-video equipment and industrial control. The inherent versatility minimises system costs through simplified assembly processes, says the company, and a potential consolidation of connector variants used across any given system. The standard range is available in three connector sizes, 0B, 1B and 2B with all the normal insert arrangements available.

The company also exhibited its new 2S range of concentric connectors. These innovative, rotatable, multi-way connectors are specifically designed for down-hole drilling and applications where free rotation of the connector interface is required during installation. The outer shell style has been based on the company’s S series connector and also displays its chocolate box design. Connectors are scoop-proof and contacts are recessed to prevent accidental damage. Contacts are specifically designed for hand rotation up to 10,000 cycles.

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Environmental simulation key to product reliability

Produktgalerie-BINDER_tmbOne of Southern 2017’s many overseas exhibitors, BINDER GmbH bought examples of its world-class simulation chambers to Farnborough. Its products can be found in numerous laboratories around the world, where they are used by pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food manufacturers, as well as research institutes.

BINDER test chambers are used by the pharmaceutical industry to test the shelf life of medicines under various climatic and lighting circumstances. These chambers can simulate a vast range of environmental situations with controlled humidity, temperature and light, in order to test the resistance of drugs and how these conditions affect their properties.

For laboratories working in the medical sciences sector, a high-precision temperature environment is crucial for the storage and incubation of cells. Industrial applications includes electronics and automotive engineering, where the service life of products and their resistance against environmental influences is tested by simulating a 10-year weathering process for a polymer in a BINDER simulation chamber in just a few days.

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