Distribution

New Electronics brings you the latest news from the electronic components distribution sector, including updates on franchises, market information and the availability of new products. We also bring you updates from industry associations in the UK and Europe.

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Making a difference

The Maker movement has been described as a genuine alternative to traditional forms of manufacturing, allowing individuals to gain access to digital fabrication facilities, share knowledge through online platforms and open source technologies and use platforms like crowdfunding to finance innovation and scale-up their businesses.

The boom continues

Despite economic and political uncertainties, distribution within the UK remains relatively strong, and distributors are in an upbeat mood.

Design a switch mode power supply using an isolated flyback topology

Here, Rich Miron, Applications Engineer at Digi-Key Electronics explores the operation of switch mode power supplies and explores make Vs. buy decision process for power supplies. Miron also investigates the design of a single output supply utilising flyback topology and provides a sample design using readily available parts and components.

The changing face of customer engagement

The trends that have been affecting the electronics industry over the past few years are on-going and continuing to impact on distributors, whether that’s technology drivers, mergers and acquisitions among OEMs or customers relying more heavily on distributors to pick up the slack, as they look to cut back on their own direct sales and marketing capabilities.

A shift in the distribution sector

Change is something which the distribution sector has dealt with regularly over the last two decades or so – whether it was the move from catalogues to the web or the acquisition of companies stuck in a ‘no man’s land’ between the big broadliners and the smaller specialists.

Distributors adapt to a changing market

Distributors, whether global, regional or local, have been seen as essential when it comes to supplying and supporting engineers but, over the past five years, those needs have changed and there has been a significant shift in buying behaviours, all of which has impacted across the supply chain.

How small diameter electrolytic capacitors in power supplies can impact reliability and cost

Recently a member of TDK-Lambda’s technical marketing team experienced first-hand just how much influence small diameter electrolytic capacitors can have on long-term power supply reliability. Unfortunately he picked February to have his central heating system upgraded and Britain’s unpredictable weather system delivered snow. The seven year old boiler system in the loft had been turned off for two days while the radiators were replaced. When the installation was complete, the boiler was switched on, but failed to start

Focusing light on industry’s problems

One of the longest established such centres in the UK, the Institute of Photonics at the University of Strathclyde is working in optogenetics and neurophotonics, as well as more traditional areas such as solid state lasers.

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