Pickering Electronics still bringing new ideas to reed relay market as it enters 55th year
Pickering Electronics, the reed relay company which has pioneered miniaturization and high performance has announced significant growth as it enters its 55th year. A sales revenue increase of over 85% in the last two years, Pickering Electronics puts its success down to continuous product innovation.
A reed relay, of course, is only as good as the reed switch itself, and Pickering uses the very best instrumentation-grade switches with appropriate switch blade coatings for the currents and voltages demanded by the application. An innovation still not employed by some competition – was the introduction of SoftCenter™ technology which protects the reed switch and minimizes internal stresses, resulting in an extended life and contact resistance stability.
The use of magnetic shielding, followed last year by the introduction of electrostatic screening in high voltage relays, prevents faulty operation. And of course, miniaturization, such as the recent 4mm2 range, which stack on a tiny 4mm x 4mm pitch whilst still switching up to 1 Amp, 20 Watts.
Another reason for the company’s success is Pickering’s diversification of its product range. New directions for the company include a strong focus on high voltage reed relays which are suitable for mixed-signal semiconductor testers, high-end cable testers, medical electronics, electric vehicles, solar energy, big physics, and high voltage instrumentation.
Recent releases include Series 67 HV relays with a Form C option, a new 100HV product high voltage relay with high coil resistances, and the increase in rating of the popular Series 104 product family, now up to 4 kV and with optional electrostatic shielding. Series 67 and 68 high voltage relays are now also rated up to 200 W.
There are certain elements that are common to all successful businesses which Pickering naturally shares. Pickering has become a byword for product quality and reliability, and the company counts very many leading names within the Aerospace, EV, Defence, Semiconductor Production and Test & Measurement industries, amongst its worldwide customer base.
Commented Kevin Mallett, Technical Specialist at Pickering Electronics: “Pickering has consistently led the reed relay industry, basing our business on three key pillars, innovation, diversification and technical support. We believe this approach is responsible for our success, not only in recent times but also across our history which now spans more than half a century.”
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Pickering to launch new reed relays at Electronica ’22 adding to portfolio of over 1000 catalogue devices
Visit Booth A3.161 at Electronica for the latest high voltage, RF and electrostatically shielded reed relays
Pickering Electronics, the reed relay company which has pioneered miniaturization and high performance reed relays for over 50 years, will exhibit at Electronica, Europe’s largest electronics exhibition, on booth 161 in hall A3, Messe München, Munich, Germany 15-18 November.
The company will launch a new variant of its high voltage Series 104 SIL/SIP reed relay family with optional electrostatic shielding between the switch and the coil; helping to minimize noise between the coil drive and high voltage circuits. Further parts with electrostatic shielding are planned for launch early in 2023.
Also on display at Electronica will be other recently announced products including Series 113RF miniature, coax reed relays for RF signal switching up to 3GHz, and high-voltage, long-life Series 67 SIL dry reed relays now rated up to 200W and up to 10 kV stand-off, 7.5 kV switching, suitable for big physics, EV battery testing and medical applications.
Commented Keith Moore, CEO at Pickering Electronics: “When used correctly, a reed relay is a superbly reliable device. The switch contacts are hermetically sealed so do not suffer from oxidation or contamination that affects electromechanical devices with their open contacts. Pickering is always pushing at the edges of technology to get more performance in a smaller package. Visit us on stand A3.161 at Electronica to discuss your needs.”
Pickering offers over 1000 standard reed relays and is continuously innovating. The company pioneered magnetic screening to avoid relays stacked in close proximity from affecting close neighbours. The company also invented SoftCenter™ Technology which is used to alleviate any stress on the reed switch, increasing reliability. And the company has developed some of the smallest devices in the world with its ultra-high density 4mm2™ 1 amp switching products that stack on a 4mm x 4mm pitch, allowing the highest packing density currently available in the industry.
Over 100 different reed relays now in stock for immediate delivery
Pickering Electronics, the reed relay company which has pioneered miniaturization and high performance for over 50 years, has signed a global distribution deal with Premier Farnell, an Avnet Company, which is one of the world’s largest distributors of electronic components. Under the terms of the agreement Farnell, Newark and Element14 will be stocking over 100 different series of reed relays from Pickering, ready for immediate delivery to worldwide customers.
Designed for high-end Instrumentation, Test & Measurement and Semiconductor Test applications that cannot compromise on quality, Pickering’s reed relays are manufactured to an extremely high standard to ensure long life and optimum performance. Only instrumentation-grade reed switches are used, ensuring a stable, long life or up to 5×109 operations. All Pickering’s reed relays are 100% tested for all operating parameters – other manufacturers batch test resulting in non-operational devices being supplied. Testing includes repeated 100% thermal cycling from -20°C to +85°C to -20°Cto reduce field failures to a minimum.
Pickering has led reed relay market for more than 50 years, with innovations such as SoftCenter™ technology, which cushions the reed switch, minimizing internal stresses and extending the working life and contact stability, and also internal mu metal screening, preventing interference between closely stacked relays. Today, Pickering offers the world’s smallest high voltage reed relays– for example, the series 131 with a minimum of 1.5kV stand-off – and the world’s smallest footprint reed relays – Series 120 devices are rated for 1A, 20W switching yet have a footprint of just 4mm x 4mm.
Commented Keith Moore, CEO at Pickering Electronics: “The new distribution agreement with Farnell enables Pickering Electronics to broaden its reach in Europe, North America and Asia in the Test and Measurement and Semiconductor Test markets.” “Design engineers expect to have components on their desk within hours and this is something Farnell can facilitate.”
Added Simon Meadmore, Vice President of Product and Supplier Management, at Farnell says: “Pickering Electronics is a valuable addition to our electromechanical relay product portfolio. Farnell customers now have the flexibility to design and develop new products and test equipment featuring Pickering Electronics’ innovative products faster than ever before. As the number of electric vehicles on the roads rapidly increases, high voltage isolation reed relays are an essential solution for testing and continuing development of battery and drive-train technology.”
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We join in the UK Nation’s sadness at the news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. We extend our deepest condolences to the Royal Family and everyone mourning her loss around the world.
Pickering will be closed on Monday 19th September for the Queen’s State Funeral. We aim to respond to any enquiries within 2 working days once we re-open on Tuesday 20th September.
Pickering Electronics will present the latest range of high coil resistance reed relays on booth K2983 at Semicon Taiwan, 28th to 30th December 2021 in Taipei.
Semicon Taiwan 2021 will be held in TaiNEX1 Taipei between the 28th to 30th December 2021, but what products should you be looking out for? On booth, K2983 Pickering Electronics will be showcasing their newly released Series 100HV and Series 100HC reed relays.
The Series 100HV launched in September this year and since then has sparked a great deal of interest. These small Single-in-Line (SIP/SIL) reed relays are rated up to 3kV stand-off voltage and with more than double the coil resistance of previous devices (up to an impressive 6800 Ohms).
Electronica South China postponed until 2022, but you can still learn about two exciting show highlights
Prospective visitors were disappointed to learn that Electronica South China has been cancelled for the second time this year, the exhibition that is held in Shenzhen annually was originally planned to go ahead in October, then postponed to December 2021 however, the organizers announced last week that the exhibition will now be postponed until October 2022 due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Pickering Electronics, the reed relay company which has pioneered miniaturization and high performance for over 50 years, had planned to showcase their impressive range of high voltage reed relays, including the newly released Series 100HV.
Productronica India is back again this year from 16th to 18th December 2021 in Bengaluru, but what products will be there that are worth looking out for?
Pickering Electronics will showcase its latest range of high coil resistance reed relays for low power consumption; the Series 100HV and Series 100HC at Productronica India 2021 in Hall 3 at Booth C001.
Pickering launched the Series 100HV in September this year and has already seen a great deal of interest from many large Semiconductor and Instrumentation organizations worldwide.
These small Single-in-Line (SIP/SIL) reed relays are rated up to 3kV stand-off voltage and with more than double the coil resistance of previous devices (up to an impressive 6800 Ohms).
Pickering Electronics will demonstrate their latest product developments and range of high voltage relays at Productronica 2021 in Munich, Germany from 16th to 19th November 2021.
In Hall A1 on stand 452 Pickering will showcase the company’s impressive range of high voltage reed relays, including the newly released Series 100HV. Pickering’s reed relays for high voltage applications can stand-off from 1kVto 15kV and enable switching from 500V to 12.5kV at up to 50W. These relays are available with PCB pins, chassis or PCB mounting & flying leads for HV connections. The relays are ideal for mixed signal semiconductor testers, high-end cable testers, backplane testers, medical electronics, electric vehicles, solar energy, big physics, in-circuit test equipment and high voltage instrumentation.
We are excited to announce that Pickering Electronics has been shortlisted in the ‘manufacturer of the year’ category at The Electronics Industry Awards 2021.
Pickering has been the market leader in the production of high-performance Reed Relays for over 50 years and is proud to be recognised within the industry.
We’d like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to all our customers and suppliers for your valued support, as we wouldn’t be in the position we are today without you all.
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