Bulgin and Arcolectric are Elektron Technology brands. Bulgin manufactures a range of industry-leading connectors designed for the most challenging environments. Rated up to IP66, IP68 and IP69K, the Bulgin Buccaneer® family of waterproof and dustproof power and data connectors includes USB and Ethernet options, with a selection of crimp, screw and solder terminations. Arcolectric is a leading manufacturer of quality appliance switches, indicator lights and fuseholders for every kind of application, from computers to vending machines to medical devices. The Arcolectric range includes rocker, toggle, push-button, slide and rotary switches, as well as specialised refrigerator, vandal-resistant and safety switches, with unsealed, splash-resistant and waterproof options available.
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Offshore solar farms: a new trend that’s tough on cables and connectors
The world is now familiar with the concept of solar energy; an array of photovoltaic solar panels that turn the sun’s rays into electrical energy for personal and commercial use. Since 2007, solar farms began to migrate from land to the surface of water supply reservoirs such as dams and lakes. The benefits of floating photovoltaic (FPV) are numerous, including freeing up valuable or arable space on land, and reducing evaporation from water...
Podium place for connectors in international competition
A school robotics team sponsored by Bulgin won third place overall in the 2019 MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) International ROV competition, with connectors from Bulgin featured in the design. Among the 24 other schools that qualified in the Explorer age group final, a California-based high school’s robotics team had decided to use Bulgin’s PX0413/03P rear panel mount connectors in their design.
Rugged fibre optic duplex LC connector for harsh environments
Bulgin has launched a rugged duplex LC fibre optic connector specialised for use in harsh environments. The 6000 Series Fibre LC Duplex connector contains an additional optical fibre connection for applications where separate transmit and receive cables are required.
The right connectors for simplex and duplex optical fibres
Optical fibre has becoming increasingly popular, providing high-speed, reliable data transfer and communications for a huge range of applications. As well as the fibre itself, it’s important to pick the right connectors for the job, but navigating through the multiple options that are available can be confusing. In fact, there are three types of fibre connectors in common usage: SC, ST (bayonet-twist) and LC (push-pull locking).
Rugged USB Type-C connector with superior speed of 10Gb/s
Bulgin has launched a new C-Type USB 3.0 connector, that combines field-proven reliability with data transfer speeds of up to 10Gb/s. The new 4000 Series C-Type connector supports USB 3.1 Gen 2, and is also backwards compatible with USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 devices.
Bulgin to be acquired by Equistone for EV of £105m
Equistone Partners has announced that it has agreed to acquire a majority stake in Bulgin, a UK-headquartered developer and manufacturer of environmentally sealed high-performance engineered solutions, from Elektron Technology PLC for an enterprise valuation of £105m.
Bulgin sponsors MATE International ROV competition
Rugged connector and component manufacturer Bulgin has announced its involvement in the 18th annual MATE (Marine Advanced Technology Education) International ROV competition. Bulgin will be sponsoring the finals, which will be held from June 20th to 22nd, at the Kingsport Aquatic Center and MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport, Tennessee.
IIoT solutions with slimline photoelectric sensors
Rugged connector and component manufacturer, Bulgin, has launched a slimline range of photoelectric sensors as the first part of its new upcoming automation sensor series. Designed for manufacturing automation and industrial automation proximity sensing operations, the SL Series sensors offer manufacturers a cost-effective and flexible solution for the implementation of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
Programmable smart connector for harsh environments
Rugged connector and component manufacturer, Bulgin, has launched a smart connector which allows easy pairing of devices and connectors, real-time connection status sensing and electronic device serialisation. Its rugged, miniature design is impervious to harsh environmental conditions such as temperature extremes, exposure to dirt, water immersion and chemical spray.
Rugged optical fibre connectors and IoT tech for harsh environments
Rugged connector and component manufacturer Bulgin will be showcasing a selection of its most advanced connector, switch and sensor products designed to deliver high performance in the harshest environments at electronica 2018. Bulgin’s focus on optical fibre connectors, smart connectors and sensors reflect the increasing demand for optical fibre connections in outdoor and extreme environments and rugged sensors to support the Internet...
Eight extreme places you’ll find a connector
Rugged connectors are specially designed to support power, signal and data connections in some of the most inhospitable environments. Electronic components, including the connectors and cables that connect them to other pieces of equipment or power sources, have to be tough enough to stand up to any punishment thrown at them.
How to tell when you need a rugged optical fibre connector
Optical fibre can now be found just about anywhere, whether it’s at the top of a communications mast, on a building site or at the bottom of the sea. These delicate strands of glass fibres are the suitable way to transmit information over vast distances at the speed of light, but as the demands for communications in harsh environments increase, so do the requirements for tough fibre optic connectors.
Tips to minimise insertion loss in optical fibre connections
Optical fibre is everywhere in the world, from home broadband and telecommunications to the undersea cables that connect continents together. Billions of people across the world now rely on these networks of silica strands to make communication and access to information instantaneous, cost-effective and reliable. And since it is lighter, smaller and faster than copper wire and cheaper than satellite, optical fibre is the obvious choice to help us...
New range of rugged capacitive touch switches launched by Bulgin
The new range of rugged capacitive touch switches have been launched by Bulgin and are suitable for repetitive operation. The sealed IP68 rated switches are activated by the touch of a finger and can be used across a wide range of applications from heavy industrial to consumer appliances.
What’s the difference between a capacitive switch and a piezo switch?
If you have ever had to research switches or even select a switch for a piece of electronic equipment, the number of switch technologies available on the market today might be a little overwhelming. This blog post will focus on two switches that look very similar but function according to completely different electronic principles. The question is: just what is the difference between a piezo switch and a capacitive touch switch?
Miniaturisation for rugged connectors: how small should they go?
As the world races ahead to develop increasingly advanced technology, electronic devices are becoming more compact, allowing more complexity and functionality to be packed into smaller spaces. Mechanical and hydraulic components in the industrial sector are now being replaced by highly sophisticated electronics and telematics, enabling the development of automated production lines, robotics and machine-to-machine (M2M) communication.
Panel mount connectors support high speed Cat 6a Ethernet
Bulgin has announced the PX0833 and PX0893 series of shielded panel mounting Ethernet connectors, extending their range of standard Buccaneer connectors. The connectors feature support for Cat 6a wiring installations allowing for reduced crosstalk and system noise. Cat 6a doubles the system bandwidth to 500MHz and is capable of speeds up to 10Gbit/s over distances of 100 metres, thereby supporting the high levels of data throughput requ...
Five reasons why connectors are better than hardwiring
Anyone who designs or builds industrial machinery or consumer devices will be confronted with a choice either to 'hardwire' cables point-to-point into the system or to use 'plug and play' connectors. Although each manufacturer has their own preference, a good case can be made for switching from hardwiring to connectors.
Could intelligent connectors usher in the IoT revolution?
Smart, connected devices have the capability to make our lives easier, greener and safer by creating networks of devices that collect and share data in factories, at home or on the road. The futuristic concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) is one in which a network of automated machines, devices and sensors create a digital ‘nervous system’ with which they self-monitor, analyse the aggregated data and then ‘learn’ o...
Smallest rugged fibre optic connector launched
Bulgin has launched a new series of LC fibre optic connectors specialised for use in harsh environments. As the smallest rugged optical connector available on the market, the 4000 Series Fibre Simplex connector is suitable for outdoor broadcast, FTTX (fibre to the x), server room engineering, civil engineering, marine, aviation and rail applications.