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Smiths Interconnect launches brand transition to simplify customer access to technologies and solutions


miths Interconnect, a division of Smiths Group plc, has announced it is unifying its technology brands of

EMC Technology, Hypertac, IDI, Lorch, Millitech, RF Labs, Sabritec, TECOM, and TRAK under the single brand identity of ‘Smiths Interconnect’.

This brand transition supports a recent strategic reorganisation focused on creating a more agile structure that can better anticipate and respond to customers’ evolving needs. Individually, the technology brands

represent state-of-the-art solutions across the connectors, microwave components and microwave subsystems markets. Providing a strong umbrella brand that supports the breadth of these products and technologies will make Smiths Interconnect a more comprehensive solutions provider, improving the customer experience by streamlining access and interactions across multiple applications.

“Over time, interactions among our brands have increased across many of our markets,” said Roland Carter, president of Smiths Interconnect. “Aligning all this activity under the Smiths Interconnect name will make us a more streamlined partner, enhancing our customers’ access to the combined strength of our products, expertise and application knowledge.”

The individual technology brands will continue to be visible in association with the Smiths Interconnect brand during the transition period. Customers and other stakeholders are encouraged to visit for more information.

Arrow Electronics named ON Semiconductor’s Global Distributor of the Year


rrow Electronics, was awarded both “Global Distributor of the Year” and “Americas Distributor of the Year” by ON Semiconductor earlier this month. ON Semiconductor’s annual awards honour the distributor in each region that led overall channel sales, grew market share, captured increased sales of products from acquisitions and scored highly on overall process execution. “Distribution sales accounted for

approximately 60 per cent of ON Semiconductor’s 2016 annual revenues, compared to 54 per cent in 2015,” said Jeff Thomson, vice president of global channel sales for ON Semiconductor. “The support of our worldwide distribution partners, like Arrow, is fundamental to the success of ON Semiconductor’s ongoing plans to

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increase market penetration and grow revenue at a faster pace than the industry.”

“These two awards are a testament to

Arrow’s ability to drive sales growth and market expansion for our suppliers and customers around the world,” said David West, vice president of semiconductor marketing for Arrow. “Arrow Electronics is honoured by this recognition, and we look forward to continuing our productive collaboration with ON Semiconductor.”

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Sensors & Instrumentation is on the move!


t’s back – the UK’s only national sensors show, in a new hall and with added features for 2017

Now in its 8th year and taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 26 – 27 September, the annual Sensors & Instrumentation exhibition is firmly established as the UK’s only focused industrial sensors event for the test, measurement and control sectors. The theme of this year’s event is ‘connectivity’ and with this in mind, organiser Datateam Business Media is introducing a number of fresh, interactive elements to bring new and exciting technologies to life. And that’s not all. It’s also moving to the larger and more accessible Hall 1, which is conveniently located right at the NEC’s main entrance, making Sensors & Instrumentation the stand out show of 2017!

A number of exhibitors have already signed up, including Bronkhorst UK, Dewesoft, EA Technology, Fischer Connectors, Gantner Instruments, Huba, Infratec, Innovative Sensor Technology IST AG, Jumo Instrument Co Ltd, Keller, Korea Railroad Research Institute, Lighthouse (UK), M+P International, Meggit Sensing Systems, KDP Electronics, Metasphere, Michell Instruments, PR Electronics, Pressure Sensor Limited, Sensor Technology, Shawcity, Techni Measure, Visual UK Yokogawa UK and more. The popular seminar programme will be expanded to allow for more speaker slots and further opportunities for exhibitors to interact directly with a focused and highly engaged audience. Neil Mead, managing editor of the Industrial Division at Datateam Business Media said: “We will have some really outstanding speakers lined up to present on everything from new legislation to changing trends, manufacturing challenges and product application. Whether you are a buyer, specifier, designer, engineer or technician, our wide ranging programme will undoubtedly address key topics that impact on your working day and add value to your visit.” Exhibitors will also have a chance to showcase their products and solutions to a dedicated audience - live on stage - as part of our fully interactive and brand spanking new feature area, Connecting Industry LIVE!

Neil explains what it’s all about: “Connecting Industry LIVE will bring together leading suppliers from the many different sectors of manufacturing and provide design, mechanical, maintenance, systems and electrical engineers with the perfect opportunity to see the latest products, services and solutions in person and in one place.

“Leveraging on the comprehensive and

well-respected Connecting Industry portfolio of leading industrial publications, this event will forge a link between technology innovators and end users, enabling them find and discuss ways they can improve their operational efficiency, productivity and profitability. “The Live Demo Stage will be the

centrepiece of this new event where exhibitors will have the opportunity to show the audience what they can offer via live technical product demonstrations. This will also give visitors the chance to learn and understand how these could benefit their own particular manufacturing operations and applications. “Providing a vital link between product developers, solution engineers and end users, Connecting Industry LIVE will offer two days of unmissable networking, demonstration and learning opportunities for anyone involved in the manufacturing Industry.”

Innovation Showcase Innovation Showcase is returning for a third year running. Located at a key destination point within the hall, this too has been expanded to allow even more exhibitors to display their latest products and technology. Event director, Kathryn Ambrose comments: “With a number of new and enhanced feature areas, it’s going to be an action packed two days at the NEC this September. Our aim is to give visitors and exhibitors a much more interactive experience and showcase the kinds of products and solutions that promote real innovation out in the field.

“The format of the event also allows our exhibitors to do much more than just exhibit, they can engage with visitors on their stand, in the seminar theatre, and as part of Connecting Industry LIVE or Innovation Showcase, enabling visitors to listen, see, learn and try before making an educated choice.”

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