News Archive 2010
Antistat appoints GAIN, Italy as new distributor to meet rising demands in Europe.
Following a series of successful partnership wins within Europe, Antistat has now appointed GAIN, Gestione Approvvigionamenti Indiretti as their newest distributor based in Italy.
Besides the already successful offices in England, Scotland and Bulgaria, and a growing global distribution network, Antistat continues to accelerate its international business. The focus for GAIN in Europe will be to provide the full supply chain to both existing and new customers across Italy, France, Malta, the Mediterranean and North Africa.
Antistats ESD product range will be available through GAIN as of December 2010.
Sister company, Acupaq, launch swiftTape, a new custom carrier tape produced and shipped in just 5 days.
Acupaqs swiftTape offers electronic component manufacturers, SATS and CEMS the ability to have carrier tape requirements met within a timeframe of 5 days, including new design tapes and regardless of global location of the customer.
swiftTape has been designed in order to eradicate the need for high value tooling, long lead times, unreasonable minimum order quantities and expedited shipping costs. Instead, swiftTape utilises a unique tooling method that enables rapid production of carrier tape, with or without pocket topography and to the same exacting standards as traditional carrier tape processes.
swiftTape is manufactured to precise dimensions, benefits from extremely tight tolerance controls, meets all relevant industry standards and has every pocket inspected using high definition vision equipment. swiftTape is produced using tri-laminate conductive polystyrene material offering excellent protection to static sensitive devices and in various thicknesses appropriate to the pocket design.
For more information, please visit the Acupaq website at www.acupaq.com
Biobags win Green Organisations Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice 2010.
The Green Apple Awards recognise leading innovations in solving environmental issues and creating best practice. The Green Organisation is non-political and non-activist, dedicated to impartially identifying environmental best practice. The e-Legacy Awards are dedicated to real solutions to the pressing problems facing the electronics industry and the world around us today. The Contribution to Sustainability Award encourages the sustainability of the Earths resources and recognises a company programme that encourages the sustainability of electronics and electronics manufacture and raw materials.
The biodegradable bags were recognised for the scale of the impact that they can have, and for the integration of the solution into the companys core business.
Biobags win Electronic Product Design Magazines e-Legacy Award 2010
Contribution to Sustainability Award - sponsored by Ansmann.
Farnell - Exclusive biodegradable packaging replaces polythene bags.
The e-Legacy awards 2010 the hottest ticket in electronics
There can be little doubt that the relentless drive towards globalisation in an ultra-competitive profit-led business environment is not conducive to encouraging Corporate Social Responsibility CSR. CSR is the term that has become synonymous with our e-Legacy awards it encapsulates the ethos of contributing to the common good through some aspect of a companys operations or the way that their products or services are employed. Text courtesy of The Electronic Product Design Magazine on line. Please click here to review the full article.
Some companies are set-up to provide appropriate services and products, such as waste recycling services or solar panel design. Others provide them as a response to market demand low power components are a particularly common case in point. And then there are the companies that take actions as businesses to reduce their carbon footprint or contribute to local communities or education programmes.
True altruism is a very rare thing, but that doesnt mean that companies with an agenda to reduce costs, increase sales, attract the best graduates etc, cannot follow this agenda in tandem with the spirit of CSR. In fact it seems that some of the most notable exponents of CSR in the electronics industry also happen to be the most successful, the most innovative and the ones that people most want to work for. This is clearly no coincidence.
22/09/2010 at 08:39:28
Following the success of the 'unique' peel packaging solution for integrated circuits, Antistat have continued their research and development to create a new innovative solution to protect individual electronic components in transit and storage.
The new "Clip Chip package, aimed at high cost, low volume device transportation, has been designed to reduce chip damage and alleviate the high expense of using sealing equipment for devices.
With 4 of the most popular chip sized inserts available to hold the device into the carrier, the design is flexible enough to suit most standard devices preventing pin and general product damage in transit whilst providing an ESD safe packaging solution.
It can also be made from recycled materials helping to reduce the impact on the environment with additional benefits of waste reduction over the existing non-recyclable foam and card solution.
The official launch for the new Clip Chip package will be the 1st October 2010.
Antistat add new ESD shoe offering to the Clothing Range
26/07/2010 at 14:37:09
NEW ergonomically designed safety shoes made from 'Action-Breathe' uppers, a high-tech S2 material with removable elastic heel strap. This alternative to leather is stronger, highly resistant, durable, waterproof and actually breathes.
Antistat's Sister Company Wins Anglian "Small Business of the Year" Award
21/07/2010 at 14:11:37
Welcoming guests at last nights ceremony, Terry Hunt, editor of the EADT, said that, as in previous years, the award entries had again demonstrated how many businesses across the region were continuing to invest, to innovate and to succeed in the face of challenging market conditions.
"I would like to thank all of the businesses which entered the awards this year, and I salute all those who have made it here as finalists tonight, he said. "And for the winners, their sense of triumph should be all the greater, with judges across a range of categories having commented on the quality of many of the entries received this year.
The Small Business of the Year title, sponsored by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, went to Cyberpac, based at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich.--
Antistat announces launch of new, cost effective ESD glove for the electronics industry.
Antistat, specialists in ESD Protection, has announced the launch of their new and extended ESD glove range. The company has invested in research and development to provide their clients with a more cost effective option to the existing carbon glove.
As one of the first companies in Europe to introduce the new lost cost carbon striped ESD glove to their range it means that consumers can benefit from a cheaper glove that still provides similar properties in comparison to its more expensive alternative. The 90% nylon and 10% carbon thread construction of the gloves helps to account for a cost saving of up to 30% over existing carbon gloves, which contain a significantly higher percentage of carbon.
The new gloves have been tested and sit within the maximum resistance specified in BS EN 1149-5:2008 of <2.5 x 10^9Ω. To achieve this standard for materials containing conductive threads the spacing of threads in the gloves do not exceed 10mm. In tests the surface resistivity for the carbon stripes is between 1 x 10^7 and 1 x 10^9Ω/cm compared with 1 x 10^6 and 1 x 10^8Ω/cm for the carbon gloves.
In light of global issues, recession and cutbacks within the industry, it is hoped that the introduction of these cost effective gloves will hit the electronics industry by storm.
Antistat previews new product range with "How to Splice Video" on YouTube.
To download information on the latest splice range available from Antistat, please click here.
Antistat / Farnell win The Environment Product/Service Award
"Farnell / Antistat developed a new environmentally-friendly packaging solution for electronics which uses a patented technology that is fully biodegradable, without releasing any harmful chemicals into the environment, while offering the same level of protection as standard static dissipative bags."
Antistat / Farnell's BioBag Shortlisted for Sustainability Live Award
19/04/2010 at 12:39:01
Antistat are thrilled to learn that the work completed with Farnell for the new Biobag has been shortlisted for a Sustainability Live Award.
Antistat and Farnell developed a new environmentally-friendly packaging solution for electronics which uses a patented technology that is fully biodegradable, without releasing any harmful chemicals into the environment, while offering the same level of protection as standard static dissipative bags.
Watch this space to find out how we got on at the awards in April 2010.
Caine strikes first blow in Porsche Carrera Cup GB
Michael Caine struck the first blow in the battle for the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB when he set the fastest time during the pre-season test and media day at Silverstone today (Wednesday 17 March).
With 24 of the 28 registered contenders enjoying a full day of testing on the National circuit, less than half a second covered the top 10 drivers by the end of the afternoon and it was Caine (Motorbase Performance) who set the ultimate pace by just nine-thousandths of a second from Tim Harvey (Red Line Racing). The two most experienced drivers in the field set the pace all day, with Harvey posting his best time in the morning running and Caine going fractionally faster in the afternoon. However, the young pretenders were firmly in contention with 19-year old Glynn Geddie (Team Parker Racing) very close behind in third and pro-am1 leader Ollie Jackson (Motorbase Performance) in a fine fourth.
"We know we can be faster," said Caine. "But we just had one new set of tyres this afternoon and we're trying to keep the running down on the car. Motorbase is certainly making its mark." Harvey was equally pleased with his day's work. "There was some work we wanted to do today and I'm very happy with where we are," said the 2008 Carrera Cup champion. "We've been concentrating on race pace and consistency."
Geddie, who is stepping up to the pro category this season, was third overall, only 33-hundredths of a second behind Caine. "A 56s lap was definitely on; if we hook it up it'll be alright," said Geddie who tried a late run at the end of the day to try and grab the top slot but was marginally slower than earlier in the afternoon. Jackson was an excellent fourth overall and topped the pro-am1 category. "To be two-tenths off Michael is pretty good," said Jackson of his team mate. A tenth of a second behind Jackson to be second in pro-am1 was Tony Gilham (ReDesign Racing) after a good day's work, although three pro drivers split them in the overall times.
Carrera Cup Scholar Michael Meadows (Red Line Racing) took fifth from former touring car racer Stephen Jelley (Team Parker Racing) and 2009 Scholar Tom Bradshaw (JHR). Behind Gilham came Carrera Cup Scholar Euan Hankey (Team Parker Racing) while Charles Bateman (Motorbase Performance) completed a very closely matched top 10.
In pro-am2, reigning champion Glenn McMenamin (Red Line Racing) set the pace. "This is the first day when you see where you are and that's a very positive start to the season," said McMenamin. Leading the chase in pro-am2 were George Brewster (Celtic Speed) and George Richardson (Motorbase Performance).
Motorbase confirms Caine and Bateman for Porsche Carrera Cup GB
15th February 2010: Michael Caine and Charles Bateman have been confirmed as two pro drivers in the six-strong Motorbase Performance squad for the 2010 Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
Caine (Newmarket) stays with the team for a third season, while Bateman joins the Kent-based team after missing much of the 2008 season. They complete the record six-car team, where they will join pro-am1 racers Ollie Jackson and Liam Griffin and pro-am2 racers Steve Parish and George Richardson.
Caine, one of the established championship front-runners says that winning the overall title is his prime target for the season. He has finished fourth, second and fourth in the last three seasons and has won seven Carrera Cup races. "I want to win it and that's do-able," said Caine. I've won at nearly every circuit and I just need to string it all together."
As the most experienced driver in the Motorbase squad, Caine will also play a mentoring role with his team mates. "I'll be working with all five of the guys to get them all up there. We need to go forward as a collective."
David Bartrum is delighted to have retained Caine as his team leader. "Michael works very hard for the team behind the scenes and we believe he has the potential to win the championship," said Bartrum. "I really want Motorbase to win the overall drivers' title."
Bateman, meanwhile, will be new to Motorbase but has good Carrera Cup experience having finished eighth overall in 2007 and 2008. Last year he sat out most of the season but contested two race weekends and took a fourth overall at Knockhill in August. "We had a good result at Knockhill and I want to build on that," said the Boston-based driver. "I've been training hard over the winter, both mentally and physically and I'm looking forward to working with the Motorbase team. Podiums and race wins are the aim."
Bartrum is keen to see Bateman on the top step of the podium. "We want to get Charles his first Carrera Cup win and we want to do that as soon as possible. I'm very pleased with the team we've put together; it's going to be a great season."