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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (February, 22 2018) - L-com Global Connectivity, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has unveiled a new line of USB 2.0 bulk cable with low-smoke zero-halogen (LSZH) jackets.

L-com’s new USB 2.0 bulk cable features a LSZH jacket over revision USB 2.0 cable. Typically used in poorly ventilated areas, low-smoke zero-halogen jacketed cable is also commonly used in confined spaces such as vehicles, aircraft and in buildings.

Additionally, this cable features 28/28 AWG conductors, is double shielded to provide maximum protection against EMI/RFI and boasts a maximum operating temperature of +80°C. The cable is available off-the-shelf in 100, 500, 1,000-foot lengths.

“Our new USB 2.0 low-smoke zero-halogen bulk cable is perfect for building new assemblies or for repairing existing cable runs. The LSZH jacketing complies with stringent building codes and is very popular with military contractors,” said Brian Gates, Product Manager.

L-com’s new USB 2.0 LSZH bulk cable is in stock and available for immediate shipment.

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CINCINNATI, OH 27 February 2018 - Lantek announces the launch of BeroSim in collaboration with Vicomtech, the Visual Interaction and Communications Technologies Center Foundation. The BeroSim 3D simulation software allows users to graphically and interactively calculate how heat sources affect sheet metal in the laser or plasma cutting process. The BeroSim solution will help the metal and sheet metal industry compete in a global environment driven by Industry 4.0 and advanced manufacturing.


By simulating the sheet metal cutting process, it is possible to anticipate and detect possible unforeseen anomalies in the layout phase. Since the BeroSim program is virtual, testing isn't done on the laser or plasma cutting machines. This saves precious machine time, materials and energy plus minimizes the risk of possible breakdowns or workplace accidents.

Using plasma or laser technologies increases the overall temperature of the sheet and modifies the properties of the material. These modifications may cause the characteristics of the sheet to become altered. BeroSim simulates heat 

distribution through the sheet as its cut and demonstrates how the heat affects the material.

BeroSim allows cutting strategy and the definition of cutting and machining order. This prevents possible material deformities.  The user can correct the cutting path and trajectory of the machine at any time, maintaining the optimal quality of the sheet.

"Digital transformation has become a key aspect in the industrial sector, which needs advanced technological solutions that provide added value, something that is only possible with research and innovation," explains Dr. Iñigo Barandiaran, Head of Vicomtech’s Department of Industry and Advanced Manufacturing. "The industrial sector must continue to be an economic engine and guarantor of stable employment, and this will be achieved with the help of technology." 

"With BeroSim, we assist the change process and the modernization of the sheet metal machining, simulation and verification sector," states Susana García, head of CAD/CAM systems development at Lantek. "BeroSim provides a set of innovative capabilities for greater efficiency in production processes, which enables the optimization of both material, human and economic resources."

The technological cooperation between Lantek and Vicomtech complements their innovation efforts for the industrial sector. The BeroSim project reinforces Lantek's position as a worldwide innovation leader. The Lantek Expert product offers highly differentiating features in a very competitive and mature market. At the same time, it supports Vicomtech’s role as a promoter and driver of applied research and as a facilitator for the development of new product prototypes. 

The BeroSim project has been recognized as a scientific breakthrough by the prestigious Journal of Manufacturing Science and Engineering which published an article regarding the research performed by Lantek and Vicomtech for interactive 3D simulation of the influence of heat during sheet metal cutting processes. "Understanding how heat sources affect sheet metal cutting processes is essential to designing efficient simulation tools. The success of BeroSim is a consequence of the fluid relationship between Lantek and Vicomtech,” added Dr. Aitor Moreno, Vicomtech researcher and expert in industrial process simulation techniques.


The CoroThread® 266 thread turning tool from Sandvik Coromant is available March 1, 2018 with precision over- and under-coolant to improve process security and maximize efficiency. The addition of over-coolant improves chip formation for more secure machining, while under-coolant controls temperature for long and predictable tool life. Precision coolant also has positive effects on surface finish, supporting the generation of high-quality threads.

“Process security and stability are paramount in thread turning operations to ensure the machining of 'right first time' threads, every time,” explains Hampus Olsson, Product Manager Thread Turning at Sandvik Coromant. “Along with precision coolant, this is why CoroThread® 266 features the proprietary iLock™ interface between the holder and insert, which prevents cutting forces from causing micromovements of the insert in the tip seat. In addition, for applications where long overhangs are unavoidable, the use of dedicated, damped Silent Tools™ adapters provides a proven way to reduce vibration and maintain precision.”

Ideal for external and internal thread turning, a wide standard assortment of insert thread profiles with dedicated grades and geometries is available for all materials. A Tailor Made offer can be provided for an extended thread profile assortment.

Quick-change tool-holders with precision coolant include Coromant Capto® C3, C4, C5, and C6 for use with 16 mm (0.630 inch) inserts as well as QS™ shanks in 20×20 and 25×25 mm sizes with 16 mm (0.630 inch) and 22 mm (0.870 inch) inserts. For internal thread turning, a minimum hole diameter of 20 mm (0.790 inch) is required.

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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. (February 15, 2018) - L-com Global Connectivity, a preferred manufacturer of wired and wireless connectivity products, announced today that it has introduced a new series of IP67-rated, industrial USB 3.0 cable assemblies and a coupler for use in demanding industrial and military communications applications.

These new industrial USB 3.0 cables assemblies feature a gasket seal that provides protection from moisture and other contaminants with an IP67 rating. Additional features of these U3A00058-series cables include double shielded cable that offers maximum protection from EMI/RFI interference.  

In addition to the new U3A00058-series cables, L-com has also introduced a new IP67-rated, USB 3.0 panel mount bulkhead coupler with Type-A male to Type-A female connectors. The U3C00031 coupler is designed to work with the new U3A00058 cable assemblies to provide an IP67 rating (when mated), but it can also be used with any standard USB 3.0 cable assembly.

“These rugged, IP67-rated USB 3.0 cables and coupler were designed to address applications where standard USB 3.0 cables and couplers would fail because of extreme environment exposure. These new USB interconnects are perfect for use in industrial automation, industrial control, process industry and military applications,” said Brian Gates, Product Manager.

L-com’s IP67-rated USB 3.0 cable assemblies and coupler are in stock and available for immediate shipment.

For more information about this release, please contact:

Peter McNeil
L-com Global Connectivity
17792 Fitch
Irvine, CA
978-682-6936 x1174

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February 14, 2018

Canada has become a less appealing place to do business. So as we approach budget season, governments across the country must start paying attention to competitiveness.

Higher taxes, new regulations, and uncertainty over access to foreign markets have reduced Canada's attractiveness to entrepreneurs and businesses. Indeed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a recent speech at Davos said his government would not respond to Canada's sudden lack of business tax competitiveness due to U.S. President Donald Trump's tax cuts.

The list of made-in-Canada policies that have reduced our competitiveness is long and substantial. Most provinces and the federal government, for instance, have increased personal income tax rates on professionals, entrepreneurs and business owners. Now, the top personal income tax rate exceeds 50 per cent in seven provinces, with the remaining provinces within a hair of 50 per cent.

In addition, large federal and provincial deficits have created uncertainty about future tax increases. Indeed, the federal government hasn't ruled out tax hikes on capital gains, stock options and personal income.

And despite the United States rejecting a national carbon tax, Canada continues to charge forward with its plan for national carbon pricing. That will place several Canadian industries at a distinct disadvantage compared to our competitors.

Ontario's push for green energy alternatives, which is now being replicated in other provinces, has dramatically increased electricity prices - the primary cost for many businesses, particularly manufacturers. This has hurt Ontario's economy and reduced competitiveness.

Beyond these and other damaging policy changes, there's also the strong anti-business rhetoric from Ottawa and many provincial capitals. Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, for instance, has used extraordinarily confrontational language to describe the government's intent to "go after" certain "professionals and wealthy people." We should not underestimate the negative effects of such language towards businesses and entrepreneurs.

Add to all this two significant headwinds from the United States.


First, the chances of a positive completion of North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiations look increasingly doubtful. Insiders have expressed frustration and in some cases outright dismay at Canada's approach to NAFTA and our trade negotiations with China.

Second, the U.S. passed sweeping tax reform in December. It means that for the first time in more than two decades, our southern neighbour will have lower business tax rates than Canada.

In response, Canadian governments, particularly the federal government, have done nothing to signal to investors, entrepreneurs and businesses that they have a plan to return the country to competitiveness. Instead, Prime Minister Trudeau has stated he will not take positive actions to re-establish Canadian tax competitiveness.

Governments across the country have reverted to repeating political talking points that reforms are working to improve the economy. And they've employed a head-in-the-sand approach to both trade and tax competitiveness.

While Canada enjoyed a slight bump in economic growth at the end of 2016 and beginning of 2017, the general economic data isn't all that strong. For example, employment growth since 2014 has totalled 3.5 per cent. However, almost one in three of those jobs was created in the public sector, which grew 4.8 per cent compared to just 3.2 per cent for the private sector.

The main reason for the weak private-sector job creation is the dismal state of business investment. Since peaking in the fourth quarter of 2014, every category of business investment has declined except for residential housing. Total business investment excluding residential structures (adjusted for inflation) is down almost 20 per cent. Investment in machinery and equipment has declined in six of the 12 quarters since the end of 2014, resulting in a total decline of almost 10 per cent. A recent analysis by the former chief analyst at Statistics Canada determined that Canada ranked second last amongst 17 industrialized countries for business investment.

Given the weakness in the private sector, it shouldn't be surprising that the federal Department of Finance forecasts economic growth to average just 1.8 per cent to 2055. The expectation for future growth pales in comparison to the average historical rate of 2.4 per cent recorded between 1980 and 2016.

Ignoring external threats and continuing to implement policies that discourage rather than encourage entrepreneurs, investors and businesses will not solve Canada's immediate and future economic challenges. Indeed, this approach is making things worse.

Competitiveness must take centre stage as the provinces and federal government present their economic and financial plans starting next month.


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