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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