UK manufactured RF connectors lead on quality and delivery

May 02, 2012 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Intelliconnect (Europe) Ltd, a UK based manufacturer of RF and waterproof connectors, offers one of the widest ranges of connectors available to designers. Standard connectors include; N,C,TNC, 7/16, SMA, SMB, MCX, Triax, 3.5 mm, 2.92 mm, 2.4 mm, 1.85 mm millimetre-wave (“mmwave”) products and Triax and Quadrax types. The company can also provide waterproof versions, to IP68 when connectors are unmated, of all of their products if required and fast turnaround custom designs.

Roy Philips, Managing Director of Intelliconnect, believes their success is a direct result of keeping their product design and manufacture in the UK. ”Some of the advantages of keeping all of our processes in the UK are self-evident and much appreciated by our customers”

Other benefits may not always be factored into customer’s design programmes; availability of Intelliconnect’s engineering support for customer visits and support. Competitive pricing with low or no freight costs, which continue to rise on imported components. Fast, flexible and reliable delivery times from local stock, proven to be 97.8% in UK in 2011, short manufacturing lead-times and lower inventory costs with Kanban and JIT available. A low carbon footprint is maintained as all components are sourced in the UK.

Philips continues. “Having all of our processes in the UK gives us an agility which our customers appreciate. We have a transparent and accessible supply chain with no “middle men” and can maintain the highest quality, demonstrated by zero customer returns in the UK in 2011.”

Typical applications for Intelliconnect RF connectors include medical, telecoms, satcoms, military, aerospace, space, general microwave communications, rail traction, oil and gas and marine. Intelliconnect also manufacture the market leading Pisces range of waterproof RF connectors, coaxial adaptors to facilitate inter-series connection and gender change etc. dust-caps and offer value added services including custom cable assemblies.

In the event that customers are unable to find a suitable standard connector for their application Intelliconnect are happy to provide custom designed solutions with low NRE and very short lead-times, typically 7 weeks from design acceptance.