Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Cyclops Group UK Easter Opening Times

The Cyclops Electronics UK office will be closed for the Easter holidays on Friday 18th April 2014 and Monday 21st April 2014. We will be open as usual on Tuesday 22nd April at 08:45 (GMT) for all your electronic component requirements.

If you have any enquiries on your desk, send them over and we will work on them straight away before the Easter break.

Remember that you can also use our instant components search tool to check our stock availability and also send us your requirements.

SAE Launches New 'Spotlight on Design' Video Series

SAE International is a global association which provides life long learning and voluntary consensus standards development for the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.

In a recently launched video series named 'Spotlight on Design', SAE explores and investigates critical engineering topics and issues. Each video in the series is dedicated to an important emerging technology and features exclusive interviews from subject matter experts, case studies and real world reports.

The first instalment in the series, 'Counterfeit Electronic Parts', explores the serious performance, reliability and safety risks posed by counterfeit parts entering the supply chain. This 30 minute video takes a close look inside the untold reality of counterfeit parts and will spotlight: 
  •  Background and definitions
  •  Consequences
  •  Accessibility of parts
  •  Process of detection/mitigation
  •  Reporting the problem
  •  What's to come
For more information about the Spotlight series or to purchase the first video, please visit the SAE website.

Also, visit the Cyclops Electronics website to view our Combat Counterfeit Electronic Components Campaign, which provides customers with information on how we can work together to help eliminate counterfeiting in the electronics industry.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Cyclops Group Raises Money in Aid of Cancer Research

On the 28th March, we held a dress down day in our York office to help raise money for Cancer Research, the world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research into prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The dress down day raised £80 in total. The money will be donated as sponsorship to a friend of a Cyclops employee, who had her own personal battle against cancer and is now running the Bupa Great North Run 2014 in aid of the charity to help others beat the disease. 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

UK Government To Invest in Electronics Manufacturing Sector

The UK government has agreed a £4.75 million investment in the UK's electronics manufacturing sector.

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) will use the money to fund collaborative research and development and feasibility studies, intended to stimulate innovation and growth in the manufacturing of electronic systems.

TSB said, “We are looking to fund projects that explore novel manufacturing processes that could lead to new ways of making products in future. The early exploitation of these processes should improve competitiveness by enhancing functionality, reducing size or cost, adapting form and/or enabling rapid scale-up.”

According to the government, the UK has more than 5,500 companies that design and manufacture electronic systems which contribute around £78 billion (5%) to the UK GDP.

TSB are seeking to fund business-led collaborative R&D with up to 50% public funding for project costs (SMEs can get 60% funding). TSB expect that collaborative R&D project costs to be up to £500k and for projects to last between 12 and 24 months.

The deadline for registration is noon 26th March 2014 and the deadline for expression of interest for collaborative R&D projects, and for applications for feasibility projects, is noon 2nd April 2014.

To read the article in full, please visit the Technology Strategy Board website.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Event: Managing Conflict Mineral Issues in a Non-Consumer Environment 2014

'Managing Conflict Mineral Issues in a Non-Consumer Environment 2014' is a brand new event being held on 17th June 2014 in Elstree, UK. It will cover the issued faced when dealing with conflict minerals in the non-consumer industry.

Conflict minerals has been an area of high focus for the consumer industry over the last few years. Apple, Intel, Motorola and Hewlett Packard have all publicly addressed the issue and have emphasised their efforts towards achieving a conflict free supply chain.

As the issue of conflict minerals also extends into professional and industry markets such as Automotive, Defence and Medical, business owners are attempting to rapidly gain knowledge on this complex subject.

'Managing Conflict Mineral Issues in a Non-Consumer Environment 2014' is a focused event for engineers, project managers, procurement specialists and business owners who are seeking to understand this new supply chain threat.

The event will give a social and political history, feedback from engaged manufacturers and distributors and practical guidance from compliance scheme operators. It will also give attendees the chance to learn what tools and processes they'll need to understand in order to satisfy requests from customers to confirm their compliance.

The US Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act law (Section 1502), dealing with conflict minerals issues, came into effect in 2010 and only affects companies who trade with the US. This law will however be be supplemented later this year with extensive European legislation.

To find out more about the event, to register, or to view the programme and keynote speakers, please follow this link to the registration page.

Cyclops Electronics fully support the Conflict Mineral Law, visit our website to read our Conflict Minerals Statement.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Semiconductor Industry: Highest-Ever January Sales Recorded

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) announced that worldwide sales of semiconductors reached $26.28 billion for the month of January 2014. This was an increase of 8.8% from January 2013 when sales reached $24.15 billion, meaning this was the industry's highest-ever January sales total.

Global sales from January 2014 were 1.4% lower than the December 2013 total of $26.65 billion which reflects normal seasonal trends.

“The global semiconductor industry has built on its record revenues from 2013 with an impressive start to 2014, led largely by continued strength in the Americas market,” said Brian Toohey, president and CEO, Semiconductor Industry Association. “Sales in January were up across most regions and nearly all product categories compared to last January, which bodes well for continued growth during the rest of 2014.”

Regionally, year-over-year sales increased in the Americas by 17.3%, Europe by 11.3%, and Asia Pacific by 8.3%, but decreased in Japan by -4.7%. Sales were flat in Europe compared to the previous month, but decreased slightly in Asia Pacific by -0.6%, Japan by -2.3%, and the Americas by -3.5%.

To read this article in full, please visit the SIA website

Friday, 21 February 2014

EU Amendment of RoHS Exemptions for Medical Devices and Fluorescent Lamps

From the 22nd July 2014, medical devices, excluding active implantable devices (IVD), will need to comply with the RoHS recast. Then, from 22nd July 2016, IVD devices will also need to comply.

Due to various reasons such as safety, a negative impact to the environment or no substitutes etc, the European Parliament and the Council have amended Annex IV of RoHS recast.

Therefore on 9th January 2014, a total of 16 amendments to the RoHS Directive were published.15 of which affecting medical devices (Annex IV) and also a new exemption for mercury in certain compact fluorescent lamps which will be included in RoHS Annex III.

In accordance with Article 4(1) of the RoHS recast, Member States need to ensure that electrical and electronic equipment placed on the market (including cables and spare parts for repairs, reuse, updating of functionalities or upgrading of capacities), do not contain the restricted substances beyond the threshold in RoHS Annex II.

Member States need to bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with RoHS recast by the last day of the sixth month after these amendments enter into force.

To read the article in full and to view a table of all consolidated exemptions, please visit the SGS website.