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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop dream isn’t a reality yet, but it is moving forward. We first discussed how the Hyperloop functioned last year, and figured it’s time to check back in on the latest progress.

Hyperloop One, one of the three startups working on the rail system, recently completed a test Hyperloop track in Nevada. Named the DevLoop, it is 500-m of straight track that is large enough to carry real passengers. The new full-size test track will allow the company to expand testing of the mag-lev technology used to run the system. Magnetic-levitation enables the car, or pods, to carry passengers while running through the tunnel without rails or friction. One of the latest tests reached a top speed of 192 mph .

Hyperloop One showcased 11 potential routes that they believe would have economic impact on many parts of the country. The ability for workers to commute with high-speed travel would enable manufacturers to move to cheaper area and allow workers to live farther from expensive cities. They are also exploring areas in Europe where Hyperloop travel could create economic unifications and develop city-to-city connections within reasonable commuting range.

The first full-scape test was completed on May 12th.

A new report just released expects that the Hyperloop technology market is expected to be valued at 1.35 billion in 2022. It could reach 6.34 billion by 2026. As with all new technology, there are many unknowns. What is known is that developers and builders of this new technology will require support from manufacturers and OEMs to develop and create the parts they need in order to make the ideas become a reality.

At Connectronics we frequently work with designers and engineers on cutting edge technologies. Many of these developments wouldn’t be possible without the specialized connectors and interconnection systems that are custom made for each application. In new technology, such as the Hyperloop, a company that can deliver specialized components is invaluable.

With almost 30 years in the industry, we bring the expertise and experience to a wide range of industries. As new technologies emerge, we will continue to make the connections.

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June is National Safety Month, and here at Connectronics we take safety seriously. We understand the importance of being safe in all industries we work with, particularly when our specialized connectors and interconnection systems are used in high reliability, high-voltage situations that can put worker safety at risk. We provide our top-quality parts to trades such as aerospace, defense, medical, nuclear, commercial/industrial clients, and more. Here is more about the important annual event on safety.

What Exactly Is National Safety Month?

National Safety Month takes place in June, focusing on raising awareness of safety in the workplace, as well as at home and on the road. By learning how to be safe at work, organizations have the opportunity to influence behaviors to reduce injuries and death.

This special month is sponsored by National Safety Council (NSC). The NSC’s weekly themes for June 2017 are preventing falls, reducing fatigue, prepping for potential active shooter situations, and ergonomics.

Being Safe in the Workplace

Connectronics takes safer approaches within industrial industries to safeguard all involved, whether it is National Safety Month or any other time of the year. Electrical hazards can cause serious injury and even death, as well as damaging property and causing fires.

Thus, we believe in following sound safety procedures and educating others in them to reduce these hazards. From fitting employees with personal protective wear to teaching emergency responses and fire extinguisher training, we practice what we preach.

Unfortunately, electrical hazards cannot be completely eliminated. However, the National Safety Council offers a handy electrical safety resource guide that includes a hazard observation checklist and other valuable points to increase workplace safety while setting up high-voltage or high-current connectors and related jobs.

Championing Electrical Safety

Connectronics is proud to practice safety year round and direct you to NSC resources for a safer workplace and environment. We support the National Safety Council throughout June and commit to making everyone in our organization a leader in safety.

Don’t forget to follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn to stay up to date! Contact us to learn more about our safety culture or how our lineup of precise, reliable connectors and interconnection systems can advance your next project.

Here at Connectronics, our main focus is customer service. In order to serve our customers at the highest level, we work to continually improve upon everyday methods. When it comes to organizational tools, a Japanese system called 5S has been shown to increase productivity, while keeping things organized, clean, and constantly improving. We are happy to implement some of these proven successful principals into our company processes and procedures. Here’s the breakdown…

Each “S” stands for the following:

1. Seiri – Sorting, Clearing, and Classifying
2. Seiton – Straightening, Simplifying, Setting in Order, and Configuring
3. Seiso – Sweeping, Shining, Scrubbing, Cleaning and Checking
4. Seiketsu – Standardizing, Stabilizing, Conforming
5. Shitsuke – Sustaining, Self-Discipline, Customizing, and Practicing

These five steps help to organize the workplace and working practices, creating a more efficient way of functioning. In English, the 5S can be roughly translated as Clearing, Configuring, Cleaning & Checking, Conformity & Finality, and Customizing & Practicing. According to the Kaizen Institute, the five steps follow this structure:

Sorting – Distinguishing the difference between what is needed and what isn’t needed in the area
Straightening – Arranging essential items so they are readily available and easy to use, in addition to identifying where items belong and making sure they get back to where they belong when a task is finished
Shining – Cleaning the equipment and workplace to ensure it stays in order and is easy to see anything that may be defective
Standardizing – Repeatedly reviewing the first three standards
Sustaining – Abiding by the rules to ensure standards and met and improvements are continually happening

Here at Connectronics, we look forward to implementing a fine combination of these practices. We are proud to better serve our customers in all industries we work with, such as avionics, aerospace, analytical instruments, defense, industrial, medical, nuclear, radar, oil exploration, and stage lighting.

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St. Elmo’s Fire is a weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge from a sharp or pointed object in a strong electric field in the atmosphere (such as those generated by thunderstorms or created by a volcanic eruption).”

What scientists have come to know is that St. Elmo’s Fire is an electrical discharge that occurs because of ionization of gas (most of the time air) surrounding the conductor that is electrically charged, and can occur in high voltage systems. The corona ensues because the trapped air can’t be removed. Because of the ionization, corona discharge has a detrimental effect on equipment. Not only can it degrade equipment to the point of electrical breakdown, but it can also cause electrical interference.

Corona happens most frequently with coaxial types of cables. Because there are many individual strands inside the cable (conductor and shielding), there are many opportunities for air to become trapped and it is almost impossible to remove it. When the cables are mechanically assembled, it is difficult to eliminate the air between the high electrical potential conductor and the shield ground.

Connectronics’ Corona Line was designed to eradicate the corona effect by using over molded configurations to eliminate the air. A shield termination addresses electrical stress from strands captured between the inner and outer ferrule. A semiconductive layer over the center conductor allows the semiconductive layer and center conductor to be very close to the same potential thus nullifying the opportunity for the air to ionize. corona resistant cables need to be used with a compatible termination process in order to create a reliable cable that is corona resistant. One crucial spot where air needs to be eliminated is at the interface between the plug and receptacle. This problem is removed by using a tapered interface to exclude air by allowing the mating halves to expel the air as they mate to one another; in theory creating a homogenous mass of dielectric insulation.

At Connectronics we service and work with industries such as aerospace, the Department of Defense, entertainment, medical, nuclear, underwater, and industrial. We offer high voltage connectors, high current connectors, underwater cables and connectors, specialized connectors, Wiremax high voltage lead wires, and more. To find the right connector and cable assembly for your job, contact Connectronics and talk to one of the professionals that make up our over 300 years of combined experience with connectors and interconnect experience.

It is easy to delight and dazzle customers in fields like retail and hospitality. There is an inherent component of luxury to these experiences that technical sectors find difficult to replicate. Keeping in mind this restriction, Connectronics Corp. has developed a culture of client satisfaction through matchless quality and meticulous attention to requirements and details. Who said swank surroundings are required to ensure happy buyers? When the output matches exactly what was desired, even complicated connectors and interconnection systems can bring some serious satisfaction.

 The Legacy of Connectronics Corp:

Connectronics is a market leader when it comes to supplying reliable and robust High Voltage Connectors, High Current Connectors, Underwater Connectors, and Cable Assemblies to myriad industries spanning the spectrum of medical, avionics, analytical instruments, aerospace, nuclear, underwater, radar and oil exploration, and stage lighting.

Our reputation is based on a faultless 360-degree system that rests on the tenets of exceeding expectations, continuous upgrades and in-house manufacturing improvements, lucid understanding of customer requirements, gauging of customer satisfaction and quality assurance of the development, design and manufacturing processes.

Connectronics is proud to hold both ISO 9001:2008 and AS9100C registrations for strict quality management across all its departments and divisions.

 The Delivery Sequence That Always Puts the Buyer First:

Connectronics Corp. believes in relinquishing responsibility only when the consignment reaches the premises of the buyer. Our proactive monitoring of procurement of the highest quality raw material, innovative CNC machine tools and best in business skilled technicians has led to the creation of a process that makes the most of the cumulative 300 years of hands-on experience that the team boasts.

  1. The orientation session is all about extracting what the client requires in the deliverables. The touch point is between a buyer representative and an experienced consultant who understands the customer’s industry and the project specs.
  2. The critical component parameters are then modeled for proper evaluation of the design and to ensure integrity in extenuating client site circumstances.
  3. The actual production involves fully trained and qualified manufacturers who have mastered the application of latest CNC machining techniques. Frequent inspections are also carried out to highlight possible defects and optimize design.
  4. After validation of external and internal electrical and engineering characteristics, the items are carefully packaged and delivered to the client.

Connectronics Corp. strives to make each interaction with a buyer better than the last experience. We have set a new benchmark for excellence in service delivery by offering clients end to end connector solutions that get it right – the first time. Contact us for details and price lists.

Responding to the needs of our customers and the industries we serve, Connectronics isPush pull connector image - Feb. 2016announcing the release of a new product—the Connectronics PNP Series connectors. This new connector is a product line extension of the High Voltage Lead (HVL) Assemblies ½ series.

As part of our Push N Pull connector series, the new PNP connectors offer a push-pull quick coupling mechanism that holds the connectors in a fully mated condition by use of a canted coil spring. The mated connectors have an operating voltage rating of 10 KVDC through extreme temperature ranges (-55°C to +125°C) and altitudes (to 70,000 ft.).

Although small in size, these lightweight connectors provide extreme reliability and peak performance in applications such as CRT/displays, power supplies, radar, lasers, medical equipment, and ECM equipment. This series does not permit field assembly, so lengths of cable/wire need to be specified prior to ordering.

With the introduction of a new PNP connector, Connectronics continues to be a leader in the design and manufacture of specialized electrical connectors and interconnection systems. Our broad industrial base includes fields such as avionics, aerospace, medical, analytical instruments, nuclear applications and more. Our commitment to excellence and continual product and process improvement ensures that we consistently deliver the highest quality products that meet the needs of our customers.

To learn more about our newest product and all other products in the HVL ½ line series, please view our online catalog or contact us directly.

On the first Friday in October the U.S. celebrates National Manufacturing Day. That Manufacturing Day Imagebeing said, we have a lot to celebrate in the manufacturing industry 2015. Manufacturing Day is “a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers […] Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October… any day can be a Manufacturing Day.”

NAM (the National Association of Manufacturers) declares that hundreds of Manufacturing Day events were planned this year. As in previous years, Manufacturing Day events celebrate what’s happening in all types of industries, and the events planned for the day offer the next generation of workers an insider’s view of what’s happening behind the scenes. There’s a lot going on in U.S. manufacturing this year, including re-shoring, more manufacturing jobs, exciting careers, and the possible start of “the next industrial revolution!”

A recent TechCrunch article reports, “The ‘Industrial Internet’ is poised to overhaul the way companies manufacture goods, in turn changing our everyday interactions with products.” Sounds futuristic and exciting, doesn’t it?!

There’s more about manufacturing that everyone can be excited about right now, like reshoring and the increase of jobs. Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that manufacturers added 15,000 new workers in July. This is the fastest pace in six months and offered evidence that activity in the manufacturing sector is growing.

Reshoring is also happening at a rapid pace, and it’s a win-win for everyone here in the U.S. Forbes reported that “the data shows that U.S. factories have become more competitive in recent years; offshoring is fading and reshoring is making gains.” More U.S. companies who have previously outsourced overseas are moving their manufacturing operations back to the U.S. Thankfully, Connectronics has been on the receiving end of reshoring and we’re experiencing the benefits first-hand. Several of our customers have brought their work back to us, and back to the U.S., after outsourcing to other countries.

Yes, manufacturers and close-knit industries have a lot to celebrate on Manufacturing Day this year! Our blog today focuses on only several reasons to celebrate; however, there is so much more to be proud of and celebrate in the industry! As manufacturers of specialized connectors and interconnection systems for all types of industries, all of us at Connectronics will be celebrating too.

Happy Manufacturing Day from Connectronics!

Material handling is a large component of the manufacturing industry. Moving raw materials and finished goods through production and after assembly involves various methods, systems, and equipment. Automated material handling solutions are a large part of today’s manufacturing environment and is comprised of innovative products designed on improving competitiveness in fast growing markets.

One company making headlines in material handling applications is Grabit. This new startup utilizes electroadhesion technology that is ideal for handling delicate and difficult to grasp parts without needing custom or part-specific components. Patented Grabit Image 1electroadhesion is a disruptive technology that is highly flexible and provides gentle handling with uniform and non-compressive grasping. The reduced complexity of this system means lighter duty robots can be employed throughout the facility without the need for vacuum hoses and pumps.

Electroadhesion uses electrons on the top surface of grippers that are programmed to match the product that needs to be moved. The programmable gripper can handle a wide variety of products and sizes with ease. We were very impressed with the demo of the product. It could move 1 piece of material at a time and then be easily reprogrammed to move 3 pieces at one time. It effortlessly kept up with demand.

When a new technology enters the market it is often difficult to determine if it will be have an impact on current methods. Well, Grabit’s grippers and fixture solutions Grabit Image 2are sure to improve efficiencies in manufacturing and warehouse automation. The well designed and manufactured components include panel grippers, Each Pick (for unwrapped products), case picking solutions, and smart conveyors, all of which are supported by high voltage cables and connectors provided by Connectronics!

We are proud to be contributing to the success of this startup by working with Grabit to offer the market a new solution to improve automated material handling solutions. As a high tech but, low energy system, the electroadhesion technology supports adding collaborative robots into current systems and improving manufacturing operations across a broad range of industries.

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