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Fischer Connectors

Fischer Connectors is a Swiss multinational corporation that designs, manufactures and distributes electrical connectors and optical fiber connectors, cable assemblies and connectivity systems. Founded in 1954, the company's headquarters with its manufacturing facility and R&D Center is based in Saint-PrexSwitzerland. Fischer Connectors has eight subsidiaries employing 550 people worldwide (including 280 at its headquarters in Saint-Prex), with cable assembly facilities in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific and a global network of distributors and agents. Fischer Connectors' circular connectors, electrical and optical cable assembly solutions[buzzword] and integrated systems are used in aerospace, broadcast, defense, energy, food, industrial, instrumentation, marine, medical, nuclear, oil and gas, pharmaceutical, robotics, security, transportation and vacuum applications. Fischer Connectors' range of products includes over 30,000 standard electrical, optical[1] and hybrid connectors and cable assemblies organized across five product lines engineered to fulfill needs in terms of high-reliability connectivity[2], miniaturization, high-speed data transfer, sealing and wearability. Connectors are produced in different materials such as brass, stainless steel[3], aluminum and plastic. Their design and configurations vary from miniature and high-density[4] signal & power connectors to compact, rugged, sealed and hermetic connectors made to withstand extreme conditions[5]. In 2018, Fischer Connectors launched a plug & use connectivity solution[buzzword][6] with 360° mating and a low profile for integration into wearable devices and various applications in the Internet of Things. Fischer Connectors' integrated solutions[buzzword] include finished products for data transfer and storage[7], and device and communications management. The company also provides customized solutions[buzzword] for design engineers' projects requiring non-standard specifications.

Fischer Connectors' products comply with international quality standards, including ISO 9001ISO 13485ISO 14001OHSAS 18001REACH and RoHS. With its manufacturing facility in Saint-Prex, Fischer Connectors has become over the years a model for the Industry 4.0[8][9].

Fischer Connectors' five product lines include electrical and optical fiber (3rd rank from the left) connectors and cable assemblies in different materials and configurations.

History

Walter Werner Fischer, a Swiss engineer, founded the company in 1954 in Morges, Switzerland. The company developed the first sealed connector and, in 1962, took out an international patent on its proprietary push-pull locking system. In 1964 it developed a hermetic connector. Overseas expansion started with the first subsidiary being established in the UK in 1988, followed by other European countries, North America in 1991 and the first Asian subsidiary in Hong Kong in 2000. In 2017, the company opened a subsidiary in Tokyo, Japan[10]. In 1996, Walter Werner Fischer's son, Peter Fischer, was named CEO. In 2016, Jonathan Brossard, a 3rd-generation member of the Fischer family, was appointed CEO[11]. At the 2013 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), the Fischer FiberOptic Series won a 'Best of IBC' Award[12] in the category production and infrastructure. In 2017, Fischer Connectors became partner to SolarStratos[13], an aeronautical project that aims to fly the first solar-powered airplane to the stratosphere. In the PriceWaterHouseCoopers Study[14] presented at the 18th Swiss Economic Forum in Interlaken on June 1, 2017, Fischer Connectors was designated Swiss Champion 2017[15] for its Industry 4.0 approach.

In 2018, CEO Jonathan Brossard was named by Ernst & Young as a finalist of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year competition[16] for Switzerland in the Family Business category. The Fischer LP360 connector, the first product of the Fischer Freedom Series launched in 2018, won two awards in the same year for its technological innovation: the Innovators Award (Platinum) from Military & Aerospace Electronics[17] in the interconnect technology category, and the Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program (LEAP) Award from Design World[18] in the connectivity category. Since 2018, Fischer Connectors has been providing connectivity solutions[buzzword] to its technological partner Wearable Technologies Ltd., which manufactures real-time connected worker platforms using the technology of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).

References

  1. ^ Groves, James. "Fischer Connectors expands FiberOptic Series". TVB Europe. TVB Europe. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Affolter, Christian. "La connectique exige la fiabilité du swiss made". Agefi. Agefi. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Connector Supplier. "Fischer Core Series Stainless Steel Connectors". Connector Supplier. Connector Supplier. Retrieved 2015.
  4. ^ Courtney E., Howard. "Fischer Connectors focuses on faster, stronger, lighter aerospace connectivity technology". www.intelligent-aerospace.com. Intelligent Aerospace. Retrieved 2017.
  5. ^ Connector Supplier. "Circular Connector Products". Connector Supplier. Connector Supplier. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ Gannon, Mary. "Breakthrough technology from Fischer Connectors makes wearable tech connectivity easy". Design World. Design World. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ Rees, Mike. "Fischer Launches USB 3.0 Rugged Flash Drive". Unmanned Systems Technology. Unmanned Systems Technology. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ Kühn, Gaspard. "Tournants 2017/ Humains et robots travaillent côte à côte". Swiss TV RTS. Swiss TV RTS. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ Corset, Jean-Marc. "Fischer Connectors, un modèle de la nouvelle ère industrielle 4.0". 24 heures. 24 heures. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ Marenne, Sophie. "Fischer Connectors établit une nouvelle liaison au Japon". Agefi. Agefi. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ Richterich, Rachel. "Jonathan Brossard, patron précoce". Le Temps. Le Temps. Retrieved 2018.
  12. ^ Thomas For Industry. "Fischer Connectors Wins 'Best of IBC' Award Again". thomasnet. thomasnet. Retrieved 2013.
  13. ^ Howard, Courtney E. "Fischer Connectors provides mission-critical connectivity helping SolarStratos solar-powered plane reach edge of space". Intelligent Aerospace. Intelligent Aerospace. Retrieved 2017.
  14. ^ The PriceWaterHouseCoopers Study. "Swiss Champions 2017" (PDF). PriceWaterHouseCoopers. PriceWaterHouseCoopers. Retrieved 2017.
  15. ^ The PriceWaterHouseCoopers Study. "L'industrie 4.0 ou l'histoire en marche" (PDF). www.pwc.ch. The PriceWaterHouseCoopers Study. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ EY. "EY Entrepreneur Of The Year(TM) 2018: The finalists of the 21st edition of the popular competition represent a diverse group". EY. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Military & Aerospace Electronics. "2018 Intelligent Aerospace Technology Innovation Awards announced for aerospace and defense industry". Military & Aerospace Electronics. Military & Aerospace Electronics. Retrieved 2018.
  18. ^ Heney, Paul. "LEAP Awards winners announced at gala dinner". Design World. Design World. Retrieved 2018.

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