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Pentair Introduces New High Thermal Performance Retainer Series and Newly Expanded High Clamp Force Family of Card Loks

Pentair has released a new Schroff retainer design-the Calmark High Thermal “HT” Card Lok and the newly expanded family of Calmark Series 263HC, 265HC, and 276HC High Clamp Force Card Lok Retainers.

The 280HT Card Lok provides best-in-class thermal performance by up to 15 percent over similarly sized Card Loks.  The 280HT can do this by shortening the thermal path distance from the PCB to the cold wall through a unique design.

Unlike the traditional Card Lok, the 280HT Card Lok features solid brackets along the length of the Card Lok that provide a continuous and uniform surface along the printed circuit board, or heat frame, and the cold wall.  The internal geometry maximizes surface contact area while minimizing heat path distance from the board to the cold wall.  You can view data sheet, performance data, and CAD files here.

The newly designed 263HC, 265HC, and 276HC High Clamp Force Card Lok Retainers provide an average of three times the clamping force of similarly sized Card Loks, meeting the growing demands of shock and vibration environments.  Its small and lightweight design provides industry-leading board retention that is ideal for defense, space and aerospace applications.  

bisco industries – Authorized Pentair Distributor

bisco is your local authorized distributor for Calmark card loks.  We also offer card guides and enclosure housings for your electronic system. Visit us online to spec in your part!

PCB Industry Growth Below Projections but Still Strong

A 2013 report from Research and Markets forecasted that the global printed circuit board (PCB) industry would reach an estimated $93.9 billion by 2017. In addition, the report projected that the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) would average 8.1% during 2012-2017. Research and Markets’ report, titled “Global Printed Circuit Board Industry 2012-2017: Trends, Profits and Forecast Analysis” also stated that the Asia Pacific region is slated to be the industry leader in growth. This growth is predicted to be driven by the increasing demand for high-end products from customers in both China and India.

Three years since the initial publication of Research and Markets’ report the PCB industry has seen numerous challenges in meeting such lofty growth projections.  A number of factors have affected PCB industry growth, including the rising cost of copper, the appreciation of Chinese currency, and the ongoing pressure to produce innovative products with more compatibility and greater performance. Despite these challenges the PCB industry grew to $59.6 billion in 2014, a 3.7% increase compared to 2013 (data from Evertiq). 2015 also promises to be a good year for the global PCB industry as the cost of raw materials drops and strong growth in the mobile device sector drives demand.

A Partner that Understands the Industry

For over 40 years bisco industries has been serving the printed circuit board industry. bisco offers the expertise and extensive supplier network that PCB manufacturers depend on to stay competitive. bisco’s PCB hardware offering includes everything from spacers and standoffs to card guides and ejectors. Not only does bisco offer a wide of products from leading manufacturers, we also have an in-house quality management team to ensure that you receive quality genuine parts on time. Visit now to search and purchase PCB hardware and components.

Wearable Devices = Big Opportunity for Electronic Manufacturers

Major Growth in Wearable Electronic Sales Predicted for 2015

A recently released study from the International Data Corp. (IDC), has forecasted that vendors will ship a total of 45.7 million units in wearable electronics in 2015. This figure is up 133.4% from the 19.6 million units that were report to have shipped in 2014.

Building on the recent trend of wearable fitness trackers, smart watches are set to take a significant leap forward with the April 24th release of the Apple Watch. Consistent growth is also anticipated in “basic wearables” as many consumers continue to seek out single-use wearable devices.

In the chart below, you can see that the IDC is forecasting that wrist wear will account for almost 90% of the industry’s market share in 2015. Wrist wearables include bands, bracelets and watches. Coming in with the second highest percentage are devices that are customarily much simpler to produce, Modular wearable devices (devices that can be worn on any part of the body with a clip or a strap). This category is predicted to take 5.7% of the 2015 market share.

Worldwide Wearable Device Shipments Market, 2014-2019 

Product Category 2014 Shipment Volumes 2014 Market Share 2015 Shipment Volumes* 2015 Market Share* 2019 Shipment Volumes* 2019 Market Share*
Wristwear 17.7 90.4% 40.7 89.2% 101.4 80.4%
Modular 1.6 8.3% 2.6 5.7% 6.7 5.3%
Clothing 0.0 0.1% 0.2 0.4% 5.6 4.5%
Eyewear 0.1 0.3% 1.0 2.2% 4.5 3.5%
Earwear 0.0 0.0% 0.1 0.1% 0.6 0.5%
Other 0.2 0.9% 1.1 2.4% 7.3 5.8%
TOTAL 19.6 100.0% 45.7 100.0% 126.1 100.0%

* (units in millions)

Though the Apple Watch will likely be a hot commodity among tech savvy consumers, the key for manufacturers will be to create a device that is useful for even the ordinary consumer.  It would take very compelling benefits or ingenious marketing tactics to convince the average buyer to replace his or her regular wrist watch with wearable technology that will likely involve daily recharging.  Regardless of the obstacles, the future for wearable electronics is looking very bright.

The Importance of Supply Chain Partners

Supply chain partners impact everything from product quality to production cost. As competition in the wearable technology sector heats up finding the right supply chain partner will become increasingly important. For over four decades bisco industries has served manufacturers on the cutting edge of technology and is strategically positioned to help clients in the printed circuit board industry enter the wearable technology market. bisco industries is an authorized distributor for over 150 manufacturers with a products ranging from interconnect components, to test points, to PCB hardware. In addition, bisco offers extensive stock, online pricing, experienced local sales reps, and a variety of supply chain services. Visit to learn more about partnering with bisco industries.

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