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Top Workplace Email 2017

Top Workplace Email 2017

Leader Tech recognized as a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace! ...Read More

Cooler Temps Predicted in Tampa, Florida

Cooler Temps Predicted in Tampa, Florida

Tampa, FL —Tuesday, January 24, 2017— Leader Tech announces the introduction and immediate availability of a complete line of TGF thermal gap filler sheets. The initial product launch includes 13 different formulations that deliver thermal conductivities ranging from 1 to 6 W/m∙K. These low cost thermal gap fillers are available in thicknesses from 0.20 mm to 13.0 mm and can be ordered in a wide variety of both standard and custom profiles and sizes.   Most of the common thicknesses are ...Read More

Congressman Bilirakis Visits Leader Tech and Congratulates Them on a “Job Well Done”

Congressman Bilirakis Visits Leader Tech and Congratulates Them on a “Job Well Done”

Congressman Bilirakis visited Leader Tech Inc. to congratulate them on their outstanding performance in their support of the DOD and Tier 1 defense integrators in the design and manufacture of high tech electronic components and sub-systems. Additionally, he congratulated the Team on being awarded the accolade of the 2016 Tampa Bay Times “Top Work Places” in Tampa, FL. He was fascinated to learn about the products Leader Tech manufactures and briefly toured the facility. Bob McKenna, Presid ...Read More

HEICO Corporation Ranked One of 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America

HEICO Corporation Ranked One of 100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America

HOLLYWOOD, FL and MIAMI, FL — HEICO Corporation (NYSE:HEI.A) (NYSE:HEI) today announced that Forbes has ranked the company as one of the “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” for 2016 based on accounting and governance practices. The recent award marks the 11 th time in as many years that Forbes has recognized the rapidly growing aviation, defense, space and electronics company for achievement. To create this list, Forbes had MSCI ESG Research screen more than 2,500 publicly-tr ...Read More

2016 Top Workplace - Tampa Bay Times

2016 Top Workplace - Tampa Bay Times

Leader Tech recognized as a Tampa Bay Times Top Workplace! ...Read More

UAV Manufacturer Partners with Leader Tech

UAV Manufacturer Partners with Leader Tech

A leading manufacturer and operator of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for military and commercial operations confirms a partnership with Leader Tech to provide critical EMI shielding products on its platform. The company manufactures an impressive line of technologically advanced unmanned aircraft that are used for covert surveillance and real-time intelligence gathering. The company’s unmanned aircraft systems can be outfitted with mission specific payloads that are called upon to operate ...Read More

Slot Lok Technical Drawings Released

Slot Lok Technical Drawings Released

Engineers will find useful, interactive PDF technical drawings for the company's full line of Slot Lok crcuit board shields in the Board Technical Documents section of the website. ...Read More

New SMS Shields Available

New SMS Shields Available

Leader Tech announces the addition of 30 new styles and sizes of Surface Mount Shields to its full line of EMI shielding products. Sample and prototype volumes of the company’s new one and two-piece unvented SMS Shields are ready to ship in as little as 24 hours with production run volumes in just days. The expanded series of SMS circuit board shields are manufactured from .008” tin plated steel or Alloy 770 and are a cost-effective option for most automated manufacturing (pick and plac ...Read More

New Ferrite Pricing Announced

New Ferrite Pricing Announced

Leader Tech announces a new unit pricing structure for its popular line of CE83 ferrites. For the first time, customers now have the option of requesting piece pricing in addition to case quantity volume discounts. This change will allow lower volume applications to enjoy the benefits of CE83 ferrites without increasing inventory levels. The Company’s CE83 material ferrites are available in multiple solid and split core styles to fit data and power cables with diameters ranging from .138” ...Read More

Technical Drawings Released

Technical Drawings Released

Leader Tech announces the public release of technical drawings for the company's full line of surface mount circuit board shields (SMS). To support global engineering teams that require 24/7 access to detailed technical information, these drawings can instantly be downloaded by searching for “SMS” on the company’s website (leadertechinc.com) or by clicking any part number in the product line PDF. The SMS shielding line offers customers a highly reliable, ready-to-ship solution for most ...Read More

Cables Make Unintended Antennas

Cables Make Unintended Antennas

One of the most cost-effective ways to eliminate unwanted electromagnetic and radio frequency interference (EMI/RFI) from a cable is to attach a ferrite. Due to their length and primary function, data and power cables can many times become unintended antennas that transmit RF into the surrounding environment. To alleviate this type of problem and pass regulatory compliance, Leader Tech offers a large assortment of in-stock, frequency-specific ferrites for both round and flat cables. Thousands ...Read More

Rapid Prototype Board Shields

Rapid Prototype Board Shields

Due to recent capital investments, the engineering and manufacturing support teams at Leader Tech are in a unique position to design and deliver circuit board shielding prototypes within days of receiving an order. From small initial quantities through high-volume production, the company now offers multiple manufacturing processes that can accommodate nearly any target budget or delivery requirement. Leader Tech Rapid Prototyping is ideal for virtually any electronics application ranging from ...Read More

$13,000,000 Shielding Issue?

$13,000,000 Shielding Issue?

After discovering a potentially dangerous RF interference problem that affects nearly 1,300 commercial aircraft, the FAA recently issued a mandate requiring airlines to replace all vulnerable phase 3 cockpit flight displays. With an estimated cost of $13 million, many companies are wondering what could have been done to prevent this issue. While it may be impossible to determine what happened in this specific instance, it does reinforce the importance of having an integrated EMI shielding sol ...Read More

Alligators and O-Rings

Alligators and O-Rings

What do alligators and electrically conductive O-rings have in common? The short answer is that they both come in a lot of different sizes and they share a common home at Leader Tech's Global EMI Shielding Headquarters in Tampa, Florida. In addition to having a resident alligator on their campus, Leader Tech manufactures a full line of high-performance, MIL-SPEC approved molded O-ring gaskets with ID’s ranging from 0.145” to 3.987” and bonded O-rings up to 8-feet in diameter. These con ...Read More

Enclosure Shielding Catalog Just Released

Enclosure Shielding Catalog Just Released

Virtually all electronic enclosures have seams, openings and gaps that allow unwanted EMI to escape if they are not properly shielded. Leader Tech’s new EMI Enclosure Shielding Solutions catalog provides engineers with a single reference source for thousands of EMI gaskets and material options. In addition to a large selection of beryllium copper fingerstock gaskets, the brochure features a full line of MIL-SPEC approved conductive elastomers, numerous fabric shielding and conductive foam g ...Read More

Ready To Ship Circuit Board Shields

Ready To Ship Circuit Board Shields

Many electronics manufacturers are burdened with seemingly impossible time-to-market and material sourcing demands. To help alleviate this immense pressure, Leader Tech introduces a large selection of Quick Ship board level shields that are ready for delivery in as little as 24 hours. Depending on the specific shielding requirements and delivery deadlines, customers can choose from a large selection of off-the-shelf surface mount shields (SMS) or a nearly unlimited selection of shapes an ...Read More

Extruded Elastomer EMI Gaskets

Extruded Elastomer EMI Gaskets

One of the most cost-effective ways to provide both EMI shielding and environmental protection is to specify a conductive elastomer gasket for your electronic enclosure. At Leader Tech’s global EMI shielding center in Tampa, the company is able to formulate and extrude high-performance and cost-effective conductive elastomer gaskets. These gaskets are used for numerous applications ranging from consumer products to mission-critical medical and military electronics. In addition to a stock ...Read More

Ferrite Technical Video Released

Ferrite Technical Video Released

Leader Tech announces the release of a new technical video that was developed to help engineers better understand how cable ferrites can be used to control unwanted radio and electromagnetic interference. The video is narrated by Leader Tech Applications Engineer, Tegan Strautmann, ME. The short video includes four segments that cover topics such as, evaluating ferrite shapes and sizes, how to select the correct size cable ferrite, how ferrites work, as well as a discussion on frequency-speci ...Read More

Engineers Praise New Website

Engineers Praise New Website

In an effort to simplify an engineer’s search for EMI shielding products and save time, Leader Tech announces that it has completely redesigned its website. Within days of its April launch, the site received outstanding reviews from both customers and industry experts. “The goal in designing our new site was to make sure that every item we offer could be found in four clicks or less,” says Tracy Kuhns, Global Director of Sales. Through extensive use of photos and simplified product cate ...Read More

Conductive Elastomer Sheets

Conductive Elastomer Sheets

The advantages using conductive elastomer gaskets are well known in the electronics manufacturing industry. A few of the benefits include a large selection of materials that deliver excellent Shielding Effectiveness (up to 110 dB) while standing up to harsh environmental conditions. To improve on the versatility of this shielding material, Leader Tech offers its complete line of conductive elastomers in sheet form. This gives manufacturers the ability to cost-effectively create limitless shap ...Read More

High Performance Enclosure Gaskets

High Performance Enclosure Gaskets

An important factor to consider in the design of an electronic enclosure is its ability to prevent unwanted interference from seeping into the surrounding environment. Leader Tech beryllium-copper fingerstock gaskets are an ideal choice for making reliable electrical contact between parallel seams (mating surfaces) that are created by enclosure access doors and panels. The company’s high-performance, hardened Alloy 25 gaskets are available in hundreds of easy-to-install styles and sizes to ...Read More

EMI Shielding Material for Precision Die-Cuts

EMI Shielding Material for Precision Die-Cuts

Many electronic enclosures have gaps that allow unwanted RF and electromagnetic interference to escape into the surrounding environment. These openings are commonly found around the I/O panel, backplane and access panels of the enclosure. A highly effective way to control this problem is to cover these openings with a custom, die-cut shielding gasket. Leader Tech’s low compression CFS Conductive Foam Shielding materials deliver a typical Shielding Effectiveness of 60dB between 10MHz-3GHz an ...Read More

What's Your Frequency?

What's Your Frequency?

Leader Tech announces that they are now offering a new line of high-performance, custom Tuned Microwave Absorbers. By targeting discrete frequencies between 1 GHz and 18 GHz, such as 10.9 GHz, these specialty absorber formulations deliver an average attenuation between 20 and 30 dB. As an added benefit, there is no additional charge for customizing an absorber to your unique target frequency. Leader Tech’s microwave absorbing materials convert unwanted electromagnetic energy into heat ene ...Read More

New Low-Cost Ferrites In Stock

New Low-Cost Ferrites In Stock

A new line of Ferrites from Leader Tech offers electronics manufacturers an extremely cost-effective alternative for controlling unwanted EMI/RFI interference. The Company’s CE83 material ferrites are available in multiple solid and split core styles to fit data and power cables with diameters ranging from .138” to .500”. The new formulation is optimized for problem frequencies between 10MHz-1GHz and delivers peek impedance at 300 MHz. Leader Tech CE83 material ferrites are sold in case ...Read More

New Microwave Absorber Catalog Released

New Microwave Absorber Catalog Released

Leader Tech announces the publication of its first, full-line EA Microwave Absorber catalog. This technical guide features a large selection of narrow and broad band materials for attenuation of frequencies ranging from 500 MHz to greater than 40 GHz. Additionally, custom tuned formulations are available for target frequency problems at no additional cost. Leader Tech’s microwave absorbing materials are an easy-to-install, economical and highly effective solution for eliminating unwanted EM ...Read More

Conductive Elastomer Techincal Guide Released

Conductive Elastomer Techincal Guide Released

Leader Tech announces the release of a new TechSIL Conductive Elastomer technical catalog. This reference guide is designed to help engineers better understand and specify conductive elastomer gaskets and shielding materials. Virtually everything an engineer needs to know regarding material specifications, galvanic compatibility as well as common gasket profiles and mounting suggestions are detailed in this online publication. Engineers can instantly download the catalog from the company’s web ...Read More

Interference On the Call

Interference On the Call

While the headline of this article may seem unusual to some, it’s a common problem we all deal with. On a daily basis, there are millions of electronic devices that operate in close proximity on a very narrow portion of the wireless communications spectrum that spans from 30Hz to 300GHz. Due to antenna size, power, range, cost constraints and stringent FCC regulations, most of our personal electronics crowd an even a smaller portion of that spectrum (5GHz and below). Therefore any uncontrolled ...Read More

High-Performance FSG Gaskets for Electronic Enclosures

High-Performance FSG Gaskets for Electronic Enclosures

When designing an electronic enclosure, engineers must be certain that all gaps, seams and openings are properly shielded. As chip speeds and operational frequencies increase, even the smallest gaps can allow unwanted electromagnetic and radio frequency interference to escape into the surrounding environment. To solve this extremely common problem, Leader Tech developed a comprehensive line of FSG fabric shielding gaskets. The company offers 125 different sizes and profiles that are both ligh ...Read More

Frequency Specific Microwave Absorbers

Frequency Specific Microwave Absorbers

Leader Tech introduces a new line of microwave absorbers that are used to reduce or eliminate electromagnetic interference in high-frequency applications. Multiple narrow and broad band formulations are available for attenuation of frequencies ranging from 500 MHz to greater than 40 GHz. Additionally, custom tuned materials are available for target frequency problems at no additional cost. Leader Tech’s microwave absorbing materials convert unwanted energy into heat work by exhibiting eithe ...Read More

Cost-Effective CBS Shields for Mission Critical Environments

Cost-Effective CBS Shields for Mission Critical Environments

When selecting electronic components for a mission-critical environment, engineers look for extreme durability, reliability and proven performance. Many times the design specifications for these projects are satisfied at the expense of project budgets. The balance between performance and budget is no longer a battle if you choose one of Leader Tech's CBS board-level shields. Leader Tech’s extensive line of CBS shields deliver on performance, flexibility and value. The two-piece shield const ...Read More

Leader Tech Appoints New National Sales Manager

Leader Tech Appoints New National Sales Manager

Leader Tech, a world-leading innovator and U.S. manufacturer of EMI shielding products, announces the appointment of Tracy Kuhns as the Company’s new National Sales Manager. In his new position, Tracy is responsible for managing all sales efforts for the Americas. “The depth of technical expertise and proven management experience that Tracy brings to this vital position will have a significant and positive impact on the level service that we can offer to our customers,” says Dario Negr ...Read More

Leader Tech Receives MIL-SPEC Certification on All 12 Conductive Elastomer Compounds

Leader Tech Receives MIL-SPEC Certification on All 12 Conductive Elastomer Compounds

Leader Tech announces that the company’s newly expanded line of TechSIL Conductive Elastomer compounds received QPL certification by the Defense Logistics Agency. This unrivaled commitment to excellence distinguishes Leader Tech as the only MIL-SPEC approved & certified manufacturer of all 12 conductive elastomer formulations. This prestigious designation authorizes the company to formulate, extrude and mold conductive elastomers to stringent MIL-DTL-83528D specifications. Leader Tech’s h ...Read More

Collaborative Effort

Collaborative Effort

Market demands for smaller electronic devices with next-generation performance have led to increasingly complex board layouts. Popular engineering solutions include the use of multi-level and densely populated PCBs. Unfortunately, these workarounds have also led to the onset of new RF interference issues. To help solve these daunting EMI/RFI problems, a growing number of manufacturers have turned to collaborative design and engineering relationships with shielding manufacturers. Leader Tech h ...Read More

New Interactive EMI Shielding Catalog Library

New Interactive EMI Shielding Catalog Library

To help improve the way engineers search for EMI shielding products, Leader Tech recently converted its entire library of product catalogs to a new, interactive digital format. Each of the company’s Board, Enclosure, FerriShield Ferrite and Fabric Shielding Gasket brochures are now available online for instant browsing. The innovative e-reader style page turn presentation makes it feel like you are reading a printed publication with the advantage of several technology enhancements. In addit ...Read More

D-Sub Connector Gaskets

D-Sub Connector Gaskets

The D-Subminiature was introduced in 1952 and while its use is on the decline, it remains one of the most common methods for making Com, Video and Network connections in mission critical and high-vibration environments. A crucial element in the performance of any connector is its ability to limit the escape or intrusion of unwanted RF interference. Leader Tech D-Sub Connector gaskets provide engineers with a low electrical resistance, low compression force shielding and grounding solution ...Read More

Engineered Multi-Cavity Shielding Solutions

Engineered Multi-Cavity Shielding Solutions

As engineers push the limits of circuit board design, they struggle to integrate more components within a reduced footprint. Many times this leads to extremely complex board layouts with advanced components such as GPS and cellular chip sets in close proximity. To reduce unwanted RFI/EMI emissions and elevate cross-talk between components, Leader Tech offers their Multi-Cavity Slot-Lok™ Pro Shield. This proprietary board-level shielding product uses standardized manufacturing methods to cr ...Read More

Reaching New Heights

Reaching New Heights

Recent application demands from military and medical device manufacturers to significantly reduce footprint and enclosure space allocations have prompted Leader Tech to develop a very low profile circuit board shield. The newest single-piece CBS shield from Leader Tech offers excellent shielding effectiveness and has a height of only .039” (.991). The unique physical characteristic of this very low profile board-level shield make it ideal for smaller handheld and portable electronic devices ...Read More

Mission Accomplished

Mission Accomplished

Advanced military communication platforms now integrate multiple electronic components to provide improved situational awareness, communications and even weapons support. A critical element to the successful operation of these systems is a circuit board shield that can eliminate unwanted electromagnetic and radio frequency interference, as well as stand-up to the punishment of harsh and high-vibration environments. Leader Tech’s standard CBS line is an ideal shielding solution for many of t ...Read More

Expanded Enclosure Shielding Catalog

Expanded Enclosure Shielding Catalog

Leader Tech announces the release of its newly expanded EMI Enclosure Shielding Solutions product catalog and engineer’s design guide. In addition to a large selection of beryllium copper fingerstock gaskets, the brochure features an expanded line of conductive elastomers, new fabric shielding gasket profiles and 145 variations of oriented and knitted wire gaskets. With the support of regional sales engineers and the resources of the company’s Global EMI Shielding Technology Center in Tam ...Read More

Quick Reference EMI Shielding Guide

Quick Reference EMI Shielding Guide

To help engineers who are trouble shooting diverse and many times elussive EMI issues, Leader Tech has published a 6-page, quick reference guide that provides an overview of company products and capabilities. In today’s fast-paced electronics marketplace it is extrememly common for products to integrate specialized components from several differnet manufacturers. Unfortunately, this trend has also led to many unanticipated radiated emissions and compliance problems. Independently these comp ...Read More

Rapid-Ship Board Level Shields

Rapid-Ship Board Level Shields

Most engineers have experienced seemingly impossible time-to-market demands that are often complicated by compliance testing issues. To help alleviate some of this pressure, Leader Tech announces the introduction of a new SMS Surface Mount Shield series. The SMS shielding line offers a highly reliable, off-the-shelf solution for most surface-mount applications. These in-stock circuit board shields are offered in both one-piece and two-piece design styles to accommodate broad ranging assemb ...Read More

Ferrite Testing Reveals Significant Performance Variations

Ferrite Testing Reveals Significant Performance Variations

Recent empirical testing of FerriShield Ferrites shows that there is a notable increase in Ohms of impedance when compared to the exact same competitive alternative. Over the past few years, as the commodity price for raw materials including Ni, Cu and Zn has become unstable, many ferrite manufactures initiated a product formulation change to maintain competitive market pricing. This composition shift not only provided a NET lower cost for the manufacturer but it also resulted in a lower perm ...Read More

Low Compression Conductive Foam

Low Compression Conductive Foam

A new EMI shielding material from Leader Tech significantly improves the quality and performance of die-cut enclosure gaskets. The Company’s low compression CFS Conductive Foam Shielding material is manufactured in sheets that have a low-resistance polyester fabric surface and a resilient Nickel-Copper polyurethane foam center. These characteristics make CFS the ideal choice for intricate die-cut finishing operations typically seen in I/O panel, backplane and access panel applications. An o ...Read More

A Tall Order

A Tall Order

The 80 Series CBS from Leader Tech is engineered to provide a shielding effectiveness up to 60dB for board-level applications that have large component profiles. The shield can be manufactured to accommodate heights ranging from .80” to 4.0”. The patented 2-piece circuit board shield is available in (14) different styles including through-hole and surface mount options. Additional standard features including ventilation holes, pin spacing, base material options and cover retention dimple ...Read More