2018 A Year In Review

A Blog on 2018 In Review

2018 was a year of change for many reasons and the drive for innovation in connector technology has continued at a pace.

The year started with a great innovation from Mill Max Low Profile PCB Solder Headers.  This was a great innovation helping to drive down the footprint of any device.

On a similar theme Würth introduced their Idc Skedd Connectors enabling IDC Cables to be soldered direct to PCB’s eliminating the need for IDC Headers!

Another connector that has taken off is the Edge Lock Connectors from Molex.  While these are not new, we have seen their adoption becomingly more widely used.  We think this is one that will be around for some time to come.

Coax connectivity and the drive for smaller footprints has continued to be more innovative with  I-PEX’s locking UFL Connectors and we have seen these become very poplar.

Fibre Optics have become more commonplace with more innovative solutions using connecters that have the ability to use both fibre and copper.  In particular the use in rugged connectors I predict fibre will continue to be more present in technologies far beyond traditional IT devices.

The overall theme we see continuing into 2019 is the desire for reduced space and cost of ownership.  My last blog in 2018 introduced the world’s smallest cable gland!

For me this was significant because when we consider interconnection and cables assemblies, we also need to think about the products around them that enable these technologies to work.

While on the face of it cable glands may not be a glamorous component, I can personally think of many ways these make all the cost savings and enable size reduction engineers and product designers are looking for.

I sincerely wish you the very best of luck as we enter into 2019 and let us consider the possibilities and exciting opportunities, we have in front of us and know that we must always do what we can to be the best at what we do. 

Working hard but most importantly working smart is going to make the biggest change to your professional life more than anything else so take the opportunities think positive and know that there are great people in our industry which in my view is the best to work in!

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