Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Seasons Greetings and Best Wishes for 2013 from Cyclops Electronics Ltd

Thank you for your continued support throughout the year. We wish you well over the holiday season and New Year celebrations. 
We will be closed for the holiday season from 16:30 (GMT) Friday 21st December 2012, reopening in the New Year at 08:45 (GMT) on Wednesday 2nd January 2012.

We will be ready and waiting to receive your inquiries as normal, while looking forward to a busy and prosperous New Year.

Once again have a wonderful holiday season.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Electronica 2012

The team at Cyclops would like to thank everyone that visited our stand at Electronica 2012, Munich, Germany.

We hope you enjoyed the exhibition and that our friendly team was helpful informing you about the company and the latest component solutions we have to offer.
The stand exhibited information from the Cyclops Groups services...
To view the Cyclops Group presentation please click here.

We have had a memorable year at Electronica 2012, with a lot of attention focused on the FREE remote control car promotion. 


If there is anything you would like to know about our services, please give us a call 
on ++44 (0) 1904 436446.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Cyclops Halloween

Here at Cyclops Electronics we take every opportunity to raise money for local charities. That being said, Halloween seemed like a great opportunity to get our head office involved in some good old fashioned dress up!
Raising money for the Afghan Heroes charity, we were challenged to create the most gruesome and petrifying costume with a prize for the three best dressed!

Here's our spooky Cyclops team... 

 Together we raised £85 to go towards Afghan Heroes which helps to support soldiers on the front line as well as their families back home.

Throughout the day each member of staff placed their vote towards who they felt was the best dressed.
The votes were counted and 3 winners emerged...

 Ben, Glen and Charlotte! Congratulations!
We'd like to thank all who took part in our Halloween dress up day and for raising £85 to go towards the Afghan Heroes charity.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Electronic Component Anti Counterfeit, Inspection and Testing Procedures Video

Rigorous anti counterfeit, inspection and testing procedures should start by a highly qualified and ESD trained person visually inspecting the part and end in the electronic component being electrically tested for authenticity. Other tests should be performed upon the part being suspect.
Here at Cyclops we are always working with customers to try and reduce counterfeit components entering the supply chain. All procedures are recorded and monitored under our ISO9001 certification which means you can be sure that not only do we have strict procedures in place, we are following them. That is why our procedures are highly comprehensive....

                                                             Click here to view PDF 

To see the extent of the Cyclops Electronics rigorous electronic component anti counterfeit, inspection and testing procedures for yourself, watch our video now!

Here's Beverley Scott, Head Of Marketing, to explain the lengths we go to in order to ensure we can continue delivering the highest quality electronic components at all times:

If you would like to know more about how we protect you against counterfeit goods please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Cyclops Electronics Dress Down Day

On Friday the 7th of September we held an office wide dress down day in aid of the CyclopsElectronics football team. Raising a total of £62.80 to go towards the new season.
Cyclops Electronics are proud to have and maintain an after work football team. The football team gives staff a great way to get involved and have some fun, not to mention an easy way to fit in some exercise!

The £62.80 raised will go towards the teams membership fees for the league, giving the team at least another year to win the title! 

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

IHS Downgrade The Semiconductor Market Outlook, But It's Not All Bad!

As the global economy wavers and economic conditions become more difficult to predict, we see constant updates regarding predicted market growth. 
At the beginning of the year, IHS (a respected analyst firm) predicted a growth in the semiconductor market of 3%. However due to lesser growth in Q2 than expected, they have been forced to downgrade their forecast to predict 0.1% contraction for the year overall.
Dale Ford , Senior Director of IHS ,said “The expected decline in 2012 represents a major event for the global semiconductor market”. This is because the industry has not seen a decline in growth over the whole year since 2009.

It's not all bad news though, IHS are still predicting 13% growth in 2013. Which relieves the semiconductor industry of long term pressure at least.

Bear in mind the short term struggles predicted by IHS, Cyclops Electronics scheduled ordering system allows you to purchase up to 1 years worth of stock at a fixed price is something to keep your eyes on. With the market showing signs of contraction, prices will be expected to rise so buying at a fixed price relieves pressure from you and your company keeping you safe and sound in the knowledge that the fluctuating market may not be of concern to you!
Cyclops Electronics will hold your stock on site and deliver it to you on a just in time basis, eliminating any storage concerns you may have.

With many more advantages, our scheduled ordering system gives a sense of stability during uncertain times.

To read more about our scheduled ordering system click here.

Alternatively our sales team would be happy to answer any questions you may have, get in touch via:

Tel: +44(0) 1904 415415


Send your question straight to us here.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Medical OEM's Need To Get RoHS Compliant By 2014

Since it was introduced by the EU in 2003, the Restriction Of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) has been overseeing the large quantities of toxic waste caused by electronics. It sets out regulations for the collection and recycling of electrical goods as well as the materials that can be used in electronics manufacturing.

On June 8th 2011, there was an amendment to the legislation known as RoHS 2.0. The new guidelines recognise the sum of the problems with the original legislation. The new guidelines addresses six substances used in electrical and electronic products manufacturing. They are Lead (Pb), Hexavalent Chromium (Cr6+), Mercury (Hg), Polybrominated Biphenyls (PBB), Cadmium (Cd) and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDE).

One important factor of the updated legislation is that it now covers medical devices as well as monitoring and control instruments. Manufacturers of these products now have to become compliant by the deadline of July 22nd 2014.

OEM's must become compliant with a number of new guidelines:
  • CE markings will be required on all products in order to demonstrate compliance with the new RoHS directive.
  • OEM's will need to produce documentation as proof that their CE marking has been achieved in compliance. For example, certificates of conformity for each component and material used in the manufacturing of the product could be used to demonstrate proof of compliance.
Due to the long time it takes to design and get approval in the medical manufacturing industry, it is the OEM's of Medical devices who are going to be the first affected by the new directive and therefore the ones who need to take action sooner rather than later.

For more detailed information on RoHS, please check out our Free Guide on How Major Manufacturers Denote RoHS Components.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Demand for Smart Phones & Tablets Creates Growth in Semiconductor Industry Forecasts

Ever increasing demand for smart phones and tablet devices is being given as the main reason for a 1% increase in the forecasted growth of the global semiconductor industry in 2012, according to IHS iSuppli. Semiconductor revenue is expected to reach $324.6 billion in 2012 on a global scale.

Growth in 2012 is expected to be an improvement on 2011 with all reports indicating that the industry is poised to recover as the overall global economy regains its stability. As long as there are no further upsets to the global economy, growth should continue over the next several years, reaching about $412.8 billion in 2016. The table below from IHS shows this.

Semiconductor revenue growth is expected to rise in 2012 compared to last year as consumers begin to believe that the global economic recovery is for real,” says Len Jelinek, IHS' Director and Chief Analyst of semiconductor manufacturing. “The biggest drivers of demand will be consumer-oriented products from the wireless semiconductor segment, such as smart phones and media tablets. The iPhone and iPad from Apple Inc. are perpetual best-sellers in their category, but a swarm of competing products will also help enlarge the total pool of offerings and thus increase sales. In particular, semiconductor suppliers can anticipate an exceptionally robust third quarter this year in preparation for strong holiday sell-through.”

IHS offer more details in the original press release here.

Friday, 4 May 2012

Electronic Components Buyers Guide To UK Export Compliance

If your company imports Dual Use or Military Goods from the UK then your supplier should make you aware of UK export controls. This means they should be getting you to fill in an Export Compliance Undertaking Form.

Independent distributors are here to help customers meet their deadlines and failure to comply with export controls may result in disruptions to production schedules. Other measures may include seizure of the goods at customs, financial penalties or even a prison term.

This is not 'in future', it is happening now, you can read about recent export control convictions on the BIS website. With this in mind, are your suppliers complying with these legislations to export or trade in controlled electronic components?

To download a copy of the simple guide please click here NOW!

Dual Use Goods Categories

Any goods designed for military purposes are subject to export controls while Dual Use goods are those which, although designed originally for commercial applications, can still be used in alternative military applications even though you may not be aware of it. 
A list for controlled Dual Use goods are split into ten categories, click here NOW to take a look.

How Does Cyclops Comply?

Here at Cyclops we are committed to complying with the UK export controls, our Logistics Manager, Andy Skelton, has overall responsibility within the company for export control matters. 
Andy explains, "For our business it is essential that we comply with the legislation so we help limit the supply of technology or strategic goods to countries proscribed, principally for reasons of proliferation, security, or terrorism. I have a highly trained team that maintain and regularly review the effectiveness of our current Export Compliance Procedures and Polices and they understand that failure to comply would bring serious penalties for the company and for the individuals concerned."

To find out more about Cyclops' Export Compliance and a FREE Buyers Guide to Export Compliance click here NOW!

Ian Boughton, Compliance Officer at The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Comments...

"It is the responsibility of the UK exporter to research and establish what goods and services are subject to UK export controls (or other export controls such as EU or USA legislation) and make internal provisions for company staff to be made aware and adhere. Full information about UK export controls can be found on our website - - in which you can find our "Compliance Code of Practice" for creating internal processes and procedures.  There is an on-line "Goods Checker" tool to help you establish what goods require a licence and an "OGEL Checker" tool to help find an appropriate export licence.

For awareness and further information I advise you to attend our
training seminars and watch two handy 8 minute films on YouTube. I would also recommend the new "BExA Guide to Export Compliance" booklet which gives hints and tips about compliance. A copy can be obtained from the publisher at"

If you have any comments or questions please contact BIS ECO Helpline ++44 (0) 20 72154594

Friday, 30 March 2012

Wear a Hat Day @ Cyclops

To raise money in aid of "Brain Tumour Research", Cyclops staff have today participated in "wear a hat day". Everyone has donated money in aid of this event and of course, everyone wore their best hats ranging from baseball caps to Fedora's.

We would like to thank everyone for participating in this event and we will let you know exactly how much we raised when we have finished counting.

More information on "Wear A Hat Day" and Brain Tumour Research can be found on their website.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Buyers Guide to Export Compliance

When working out what compliance procedures to follow it is important to understand what it is that is being exported. Goods being exported are split into two categories when it comes to export controls, Military and Dual Use.

Any goods designed for military purposes is subject to export controls while Dual Use goods are those which, although designed originally for commercial applications, can still be used in alternative military applications. The list for controlled Dual Use goods is split into ten categories:

Category 0 Nuclear Materials, Facilities and Equipment
Category 1 Special Materials and Related Equipment
Category 2 Materials Processing
Category 3 Electronics
Category 4 Computers
Category 5 Telecomms and Information Security
Category 6 Sensors and Lasers
Category 7 Navigation and Avionics
Category 8 Marine
Category 9 Aerospace and Propulsion

In deciding whether or not your goods may be considered as controlled, it is important to view the list and find the category that best describes the goods. Remember, the list does not list manufacturers names, part numbers or date codes. If you find that the lists describe your goods then you must view the specifications and characteristics to see if your goods are controlled. If they are, then an export licence is required.

If you are unsure, then you can request an assessment of your goods via the Control List Classification Advice Service available on the ECO's SPIRE export licensing database.

A PDF copy of the full list is available from the website for the department for business, innovation and skills. The link is here:

More information on applying for a licence and some helpful videos can be found here:

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

6 Good Reasons To Choose Cyclops As Your Number One Electronic Component Distributor

Whether you require Obsolete Components, Shortage Components or a Day-to-Day purchasing supplier, when you work with Cyclops Electronics you'll benefit from these six commitments we make to you…

Money Back Quality Guarantee - 1 Year Money Back Quality Guarantee which means that you can feel confident everytime you buy from us.

We are so confident in our supplier network that in the rare event that the components you purchase from Cyclops Electronics Ltd fail to meet manufacturer specifications, within 1 year from date of purchase, we will either replace the parts or refund the purchase price which means that you can feel confident every time you buy from us.

Anti Counterfeit, Inspection and Testing Procedures - When last analysed Cyclops Electronics RMA rate was less than 0.05% of all lines shipped, giving you complete peace of mind that your production lines, and your profitability, won’t be compromised by counterfeit components.

To enhance our strict ISO 9001 quality and testing procedures we also use the Sentry Counterfeit Detector from ABI Electronics to ensure the authenticity of devices and to protect you from counterfeit products. In addition, we also have the capability to conduct X-Ray, X-Ray Fluorescence, high resolution microscopy, dimensional analysis and decapsulation tests to further screen our components.

Extensive Stock Holding - At the last count Cyclops had over 91,603 stocked line items of active, passive and electromechanical components which can be shipped straight to your production line so you get the parts you need immediately.

Cyclops has over £40m worth of stock in our purpose built environmentally controlled storage facility. In addition, we also have access to over 10.5 million other line items, all of which can be ordered to meet your production requirements.

Customer Satisfaction and Retention - When asked, 95% of customers would call Cyclops Electronics Ltd first the next time they required electronic components, giving you the confidence that you can rely on us to go the ‘extra mile’ to get the parts you need.

Our highly trained, dedicated account managers are very responsive to your needs and try much harder. This means that even when your requirement is more difficult than normal to source you can count on us to go the 'extra mile' to get the parts you need. If all else fails, we will work to find appropriate alternatives which can be cross referenced from our extensive technical data library avoiding costly redesigns.

Rapid Sourcing and Fast Response - Over the last 12 months 98.87% of all components ordered from Cyclops Electronics were delivered within 24-72 hours of order so that you can be certain you will get the parts you need, when you need them.

We understand how important it is to get orders delivered on time and, when production schedules are at stake, you can rely on us to treat your enquiries with the utmost importance and urgency. We are so confident in our rapid turnaround of stocked orders that, if we do not meet our agreed delivery date, we will ship your order “Freight Free”.

Financially Secure Group - The Cyclops Goup is ranked among the top Independent Stocking Distributors in the world.

Cyclops Electronics Ltd was founded by an entrepreneur in 1990 and has grown into a premier global stocking Electronic Component Distributor with 8 international offices. The corporation has no long-term debt and finances it’s own acquisitions and growth, expanding the services that we can provide to the electronics industry.