Lane Electronics – making it easy to connect
Specialist connector solutions distributor Lane Electronics has remodelled much of its technical and sales support and assembly operations to provide both designers and buyers with an almost normal service during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Lane’s Nick Wheeler, the changes mean Lane can continue to support customers during the present market uncertainty and possible supply chain fragility, as well as making us even more accessible for our customers who are having to accommodate changes to the way they work. This is due to a large stockholding, the enhanced availability of specialist technical and sales support, a well-stocked online store and on-site assembly, manufacturing and test.
Lane Electronics represents many of the connector industry’s leading manufacturers including Souriau, Huber+Suhner, Positronic, Nicomatic, Neutrik and its fellow Lodge Group company Weald Electronics.
Multi-million-pound product inventory
Since Lane was established as an interconnection specialist more than 50 years ago, it has maintained a policy of holding substantial inventory levels of standard connectors and connector piece parts from every company it represents. This has allowed Lane Electronics to normally respond by return to orders for standard items. Despite the current crisis, the company is still able to rapidly fulfil orders with no minimum order quantities or order value. For many of its customers Lane is still providing dedicated stock and flexible delivery dates for both scheduled and spot orders.
Lane’s multi-lingual technical and sales support teams are working remotely to help customers select the right connectors and accessories for their application. These are dedicated connector experts who provide no-obligation technical advice on product selection for both standard and custom solutions. They are readily contactable via the usual methods including video calls.
For many designers and buyers, their first contact with a potential supplier is via its website and, here, Lane has a well-structured platform with easy-to-use product selection by product types and market sector as well as manufacturer and specification references. The website also allows visitors to download the latest editions of a comprehensive array of product catalogues as well as the ability to request 3D models.
For more direct assistance, Lane has made specialists available live and on-line from its website to provide technical, applications and commercial assistance at the simple click of a button.
Importantly, Lane has also increased the number of connectors and accessories which can be readily specified and purchased through the company’s online store.
Lane Electronics is part of the Lodge Group which also includes the high-performance connector and connector accessory manufacturer Weald Electronics. This means that, between the two companies, there is significant assembly and manufacturing capacity on-site. This allows Lane to offer a seven-day build to order VAD for Souriau and Weald products and well as the ability to customise standard products for specialist applications across many market sectors including medical, motorsport, security, aerospace and defence. In addition to this we provide fast turnaround assembly of RF cable assemblies and Fibre-Optic cable assemblies from our in-house specialist manufacture and test facilities.