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Footswitch supplier

Product Highlight – SCI Pushbutton Foot Switch

Musicians are some of the most particular artists in the world, and when it comes to their gear, musicians are fanatical about what they use. Their instruments and equipment must be of the highest sound quality, and must also stand up to the wear-and-tear of being on the road. Hell hath no fury like a…
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Digital signage design and engineering

The Great Outdoors: Protecting Products from Exposure

This is our final article in a three-part series on desiging products for the Great Outdoors. In our first article, we covered water and dust resistant designs. In the second article, we covered how to account for temperature in a two-step process. This article will cover protecting products from exposure. What do I mean about exposure? Exposure is any…
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Which type of cable should I use?

Comparing Small Form Factor Coaxial RF Connectors

At Suntsu, one of our focus is in wireless communication. We’ve helped our customers with cables focused on antenna-to-board connectivity. As we mentioned in our prior articles, all of our customers are going compact and smaller. U.FL is the established high frequency miniature coaxial interconnection type. But it is proprietary to Hirose. So many manufacturers…
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Nexsun acquires Straight Road Electronics

Nexsun Electronics acquires Straight Road Electronics

Nexsun Electronics, Inc., one of the fastest growing distributors in the US is proud to announce the acquisition of Straight Road Electronics, Inc.  This union will provide our valued customers with an even greater level of service and support through the merging of our resources and combined experience.  Straight Road’s breadth of product and expertise…
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The Great Outdoors: Designing products for outdoor temperatures

We’ve been getting more and more customers asking advice on how to design for the great outdoors.  In our first article, we covered water and dust resistant designs.   This second article is focused on how to design that products can survive the outdoor environment.  This is no small feat considering the hottest temperature ever recorded was 57.8…
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July Product News: Winstar releases two 10.1″ displays

Winstar, a maker of industrial displays, has released two models of 10.1 inch IPS TFT-LCD. We are particularly excited by the WF101GTAAPLNT0.  The WF101GTAAPLNT0 is the resistive touch anti-glare model designed for bright lighting conditions or outdoor.  Resistive touch screens are typically more durable when exposed dust and water. And it can detect stylus, gloved-hands and other wide…
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ECE solderable relays

Goodsky/ECE release Reflow Solderable Electromechanical Relay

Goodsky/ECE introduces a very innovative series of Reflow Solderable Relays in both SMT and Through-hole type.  By being designed to go through the high temperatures of solder reflow, the through-hole type relay allow PCB assembly to go through only one production reflow sodlering process. There is no longer needing additional wave or hand soldering of…
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Outdoor Enclosures

The Great Outdoors: How to select parts for water and dust resistance

Last year, I wrote about the trends in PCBs – reduce size but more computation power, features and capabilities.  One major benefit of the reduced size and increased efficiency is the ability move the products that might have traditionally in a fixed indoor location.   More and more, products are now being pushed into “The Great Outdoors”. We’ve…
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Degson releases new products, including UL1000V Board to Wire Solution

Degson’s June New Product announcement had 13 new interconnect and terminal block solutions.  The smallest but clever product is the K78 – a barebones type board to wire connector.  With the DG636S-6.35 and DG218-2.5; Degson has innovated in 45? insertable 630V and 160V rated industrial terminal blocks. What really excited us was the DG271V-7.5-DA-06AH.  This…
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