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  • Join our CanDo Team as a Machine Operator!

    Company Profile: Gateway Electronic Components are a leading specialist distributor of ferrite material and are the only stockist in Europe to have a specialist machining facility in house. The Machine Shop specialises in machining ferrite material and has become a global leader in machining custom geometries from ferrite blocks. We use the latest, cutting-edge technology to achieve industry leading tolerances and are renowned for pushing the boundaries of what is achievable with Ferrite material. The Role: The role of Machine Operator is to work to support the day-to-day running of The Machine Shop and to form close working relationships with the other members of The Machine Shop to ensure the team are working safely and efficiently while meeting deadlines. The Machine Operator will report to The Machine Shop Manager. The individual will be expected to program and operate CNC and NC machinery after completing an extensive training programme. This will involve using a CAD system with an aim to eventually assist in the production of drawings and toolpaths for every job. The candidate will always follow The Machine Shop safe working practices and procedural guidelines. They will also use a range of measuring equipment to test components to electrical and dimensional specifications, ensuring the specification has been achieved. This at times will require extensive testing, visual quality checks and the use of FAIR’s, when requested by the customer. The Machine Shop requires all members to perform daily safety and maintenance checks. The team is responsible for the full cleaning and housekeeping of The Machine Shop and the company take great pride in its presentation. The candidate will also be responsible for ensuring all consumables are maintained at relevant stock levels which will require the individual to communicate with other departments to ensure this is the case. The nature of The Machine Shop will require the individual to carry out tasks that are not part of the day to day running of The Machine Shop and may involve exploratory work to further enhance our capabilities. The Machine Shop is responsible for orders from initial enquiry to packaging the parts to ship. This will require an individual who is able to switch from job to job easily, help produce detailed breakdowns for new jobs, as well as designing suitable packaging. The Machine Shop is an open environment which encourages free thought and input to help enhance our procedures. From time to time the role may require the candidate to work outside of the normal working pattern to ensure order deadlines are met, this will be managed based on capacity and notice will be given wherever possible. The Machine Shop has built a strong reputation for cutting edge ferrite machining and consistently pushing the boundaries of what is possible, as such the processes, procedures, tooling, and all other information relating to The Machine Shop is to be treated as strictly confidential. The Machine Shop operates in the Automotive and Aerospace industries and works with some of the world’s leading technology companies, some of these relationships are governed by confidentiality agreements and NDA’s. The individual will be responsible for ensuring all information relating to The Machine Shop is kept strictly confidential and all agreements are adhered to. The role requires the individual to constantly evaluate and analyse all processes and procedures to ensure optimal efficiency throughout the business unit. The Machine Shop prides itself on a CanDo attitude and has established a global presence based on our ability to think outside of the box, the role requires a driven individual who can think outside of the box who thrives on challenges. Responsibilities: Machine Operation: Operate a variety of machines, such as CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machines, mills, grinders, and other equipment to perform cutting, shaping, and finishing operations on workpieces. Setup and Calibration: Set up machines with the appropriate tools, fixtures, and materials. Ensure proper calibration and alignment for accurate machining processes. Quality Assurance: Monitor the machining process to maintain product quality and meet specifications. Conduct regular inspections and measurements to verify the accuracy of finished parts. Material Handling: Handle and store raw materials and finished products safely and efficiently, following proper material handling procedures. Tool Maintenance: Maintain and replace tools as needed to ensure optimal machine performance and reduce downtime. Programming: Assist in programming CNC machines, including adjusting parameters and tool paths, under the guidance of the engineering team. Safety Compliance: Adhere to all safety guidelines and protocols, ensuring a safe working environment for oneself and colleagues. Troubleshooting: Identify and troubleshoot issues with machines, making necessary adjustments and reporting complex problems to supervisors or maintenance personnel. Documentation: Maintain accurate records of production activities, including work logs, inspection reports, and any other relevant documentation. Continuous Improvement: Suggest and participate in process improvement initiatives to enhance efficiency, productivity, and product quality. Team Collaboration: Collaborate with colleagues and supervisors to meet production goals and deadlines effectively. Cleanliness and Organisation: Maintain a clean and organized work area, ensuring proper storage of tools and materials. Requirements: Experience: Previous experience as a machine operator or in a similar manufacturing environment is preferred but not essential. Attention to Detail: Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy in machining tasks and quality inspections. Safety Conscious: Committed to adhering to safety protocols and maintaining a safe work environment. Physical Stamina: Capable of standing for extended periods, lifting heavy materials, and performing repetitive tasks. Problem-Solving: Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues with machines and processes. Adaptability: Willingness to learn and adapt to new machining technologies and methodologies. Benefits: Competitive Salary On-Site Car Parking Quarterly Bonus Scheme Pension Plan with People’s Pension Annual Pay Reviews Company Sick Pay Scheme Company Social Events Health & Wellbeing Resources in collaboration with Mind Work-related Eye-tests 20 days holiday plus all bank holidays and 1 extra day for each completed year of service. To apply, or for more information please contact the office on 01270 615999 or email icando@gatewaycando.com.

  • Exploring The World of EV Charging

    With the UK's plan to phase out new petrol and diesel cars by 2035 (pushed back from the original target of 2030), establishing a robust electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure becomes crucial. Siretta have put together a blog which explores the surge in EV adoption in the UK, driven by these Government incentives, advancements in battery technology, and increasing environmental consciousness. It also highlights the crucial role of connectivity in establishing a reliable EV charging network. Unlike traditional fuelling methods, EV charging stations rely on data communication, with cellular networks playing a vital role in ensuring operational efficiency - learn more by reading the blog attached below. The Role of Bespoke Ferrites in the Automotive Industry The inherent magnetic properties of ferrite make it ideal for automotive applications, as it exhibits high electrical resistance and low eddy current losses, ensuring efficient energy transfer and minimal heat dissipation. One of its primary uses is in the creation of inductive components like transformers and inductors that are crucial in various electronic systems within vehicles. These components help manage electrical currents, facilitate power distribution, and enable the functioning of systems like ignition, power steering, and engine control units. Ferrite is also used in the manufacturing of electromagnetic interference (EMI) suppression components and sensors. EMI suppression filters made from ferrite materials help to mitigate electromagnetic interference caused by the complex network of electronic devices present in modern vehicles. Its robustness, reliability, and ability to withstand high temperatures and harsh conditions make ferrite a preferred material for ensuring the proper functioning of various automotive systems, enhancing both safety and performance. The Ferrite Gateway Machine Shop specialises in creating bespoke ferrite parts, crafted to precise specifications, as a tailored solution to address specific needs within the automotive industry. These precisely crafted components, designed for specific electrical characteristics and space constraints, play an important role in inductive components like transformers and inductors, ensuring efficient power distribution and noise filtering. This customisation also allows for targeted EMI suppression, improving overall electronic system performance, as well as enabling the creation of highly sensitive and accurate sensors crucial for safety features like ABS and engine management.

  • The Evolution of Wi-Fi: Exploring Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7

    With technology constantly evolving and our reliance on digital technologies ever increasing, Wi-Fi has become a vital component in connecting us to the internet and facilitating communication between devices. Over the years, Wi-Fi has evolved significantly, with each new generation bringing faster speeds, improved performance, and enhanced capabilities. In this blog, we'll explore the world of Wi-Fi, with a particular focus on the latest advancements in wireless technology - Wi-Fi 6E and the upcoming Wi-Fi 7. Understanding Wi-Fi Basics Before we look at the latest developments in Wi-Fi technologies, let's establish a basic understanding of how Wi-Fi works. Wi-Fi, short for Wireless Fidelity, is a wireless networking technology that allows devices like smartphones, laptops, and IoT devices to connect to the internet and communicate with each other without the need for physical cables. It operates over radio frequencies and is governed by various standards developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). The Evolution of Wi-Fi Generations Wi-Fi 1 (802.11b): Introduced in 1999, this was the first widely adopted Wi-Fi standard, offering speeds up to 11 Mbps. It operated in the 2.4 GHz band. Wi-Fi 2 (802.11a and 802.11g): These standards, introduced around the same time, improved speeds and added support for the 5 GHz band, reducing interference and increasing data rates to up to 54 Mbps. Wi-Fi 3 (802.11n): Released in 2009, 802.11n significantly improved Wi-Fi performance with data rates of up to 600 Mbps by utilising multiple antennas and both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands. Wi-Fi 4 (802.11ac): Introduced in 2013, 802.11ac further increased speeds, supporting gigabit-level data rates. It exclusively used the 5 GHz band. Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac): A minor update to 802.11ac, it optimised performance and efficiency for high-density environments. Wi-Fi 6E: The 6GHz Band Wi-Fi 6E brought significant improvements to Wi-Fi technology. The ‘E’ in Wi-Fi 6E stands for ‘Extended,’ and it refers to the extension of the frequency spectrum to include the 6GHz band. Here are some key features of Wi-Fi 6E: Higher Speeds: Wi-Fi 6E offers faster speeds than its predecessors, with potential data rates exceeding 10 Gbps. This is especially beneficial for applications like 4K and 8K video streaming, online gaming, and augmented reality (AR) experiences. Lower Latency: Reduced latency ensures a more responsive network, which is critical for real-time applications such as online gaming and video conferencing. More Capacity: Wi-Fi 6E can support a larger number of devices simultaneously, making it ideal for crowded environments like airports, stadiums, and smart homes. Improved Security: Enhanced security features, including WPA3 encryption, protect your network and data from potential threats. Looking Ahead to Wi-Fi 7 Wi-Fi 7, expected to be launched in 2024, is designed to deliver exceptionally fast speeds across all three bands (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz). With possible data rates of up to 46 Gbps, Wi-Fi 7 is also known as 802.11be Extremely High Throughput (EHT). Speed and Efficiency: With channel width up to 320 MHz Wi-Fi 7 makes full use of the 6 GHz band, doubling the bandwidth of the previous generation. This will help to provide reliability for transmissions made simultaneously at higher speeds. Improved Range: Advanced beamforming, where signals can be focused towards specific devices, and multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technologies could help Wi-Fi 7 to provide improved signal quality and range, especially within crowded environments. Reduced Latency: Wi-Fi 7 will introduce Multi-Link Operation (MLO) to allow devices to send and receive data simultaneously across the different bands. This will help to reduce latency, improving reliability for applications such as online gaming. IoT Optimisation: Along with higher speeds and reduced latency providing greater reliability, Wi-Fi 7 could see lower power consumption compared to previous versions – allowing devices to enter sleep mode when not actively transmitting data. It should however be noted that the final specification for Wi-Fi 7 has not yet been released, meaning that some features could yet change. As technology continues to evolve, it's crucial to stay informed and adapt to these advancements, harnessing the power of Wi-Fi to enrich our lives, work, and play. With Wi-Fi 7 on the horizon and countless possibilities yet to be realised, our connected future is set to be faster, smarter, and more seamless than ever before.

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  • Ferroxcube Distributor | Gateway Electronic Components

    Ferrite Cores Ferrite cores from Ferroxcube. We stock a range of core shapes, sizes and materials to suit your application. Shop Ferrite Cores Toroids Toroids from Ferroxcube. Toroids are suitable for use in signal transformers and as EMC chokes. Shop Toroids EMC EMC from Ferroxcube. Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) filters are designed to ensure that electronics are not affected by, and do not themselves generate, electromagnetic disturbance. Shop EMC Ferrite Accessories Ferrite accessories from Ferroxcube. These accessories can be used alongside our stocked range of ferrite cores. Shop Ferrite Accessories Ferrite Rods Ferrite rods from Ferroxcube. Ferrite rods are suitable for use in applications such as line filters and RFID tags. Shop Ferrite Rods Ferroxcube , (formerly, a Philips Components company), is now one of the worlds strongest suppliers of passive components. As a result, they are widely recognised as a leading supplier of ferrite components (that includes cores, bobbins etc), has manufacturing operations, sales offices, and customer service centres all over the world. In addition, Building on Philips Magnetic Components heritage, Ferroxcube, offers customers the highest level of support in the development of their new innovative design. Not only, being the leading supplier in ferrite-ceramic technology. Ferroxcube offer a broad range of soft ferrite cores, accessories and EMI suppression products to support equipment manufacturers in their electromagnetic inference. Therefore, they can also offer extensive design-in support which includes, application information and software to help designers optimise their new designs. Consequently, they are constantly developing new materials and with a strong research and development team. Furthermore, they continue to develop lower power losses and higher saturation magnetic flux densities over a wide range of operating frequencies. Almost all, Ferroxcube products are now available from Gateway Electronic Components. Above all, Gateway holds large stock of ferroxcube ferrite cores and accessories. In addition, Gateway also provides customers with a strong technical sales team supported by our technical department who would be happy to help you with your enquiry. ​ Quality and environmental approach Ferroxcube’s commitment towards excellence applies also to the environment. This means, Ferroxcube strive for the highest standards of health and safety for everyone. In addition, to assure outstanding quality in both products and services, all of Ferroxcubes production centres are certified to ISO-9001/9002 standards. Moreover, in line with the worldwide lead-free legislation, they have introduced lead-free plating on all of their formerly tin/lead containing products. As a result, Ferroxcube comply strictly with the directive on Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE 2002/96/EC). Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS 2002/95/EC) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and restriction of Chemicals (REACH). Manufacturer's Website Back to Manufacturers

  • Library | Gateway Electronic Components

    WHITE PAPERS To download the latest White Paper document click the links below... Designing of Machined Ferrite Written by: Joshua Bailey - Technical Director Download Revolutionising New Product Design Written by: Heather Prieto - Operations Director Download INFOGRAPHICS To download the latest Infographic document click the links below... Download PhaseCap Energy Plus

  • CanDo Solutions | Gateway Electronic Components

    CanDo Solutions From The CanDo People Gateway has designed a range of solutions to augment the product benefits of its linecard. Its goal is to help customers drive efficiencies into the way they procure products and then turn those efficiencies into advantages for their businesses. Gateway doesn’t only maintain stock for the brands it represents, but since inception, it has been working with global OEM and CEM accounts to design and implement a range of logistic solutions for its customers. It thus augments the product benefits of its linecard and helps customers drive efficiencies into the way they procure products. Customers have in the past reduced their total cost of acquisition, waste and downtime. With Gateway’s help, some have decreased their design-to-market time whilst upholding quality standards. Thanks to Gateway’s value-added solutions, customers realise their true production potential. Supply Chain Solutions More than two-thirds of the cost of component acquisition is attributable to non-components’ costs such as purchasing, planning and expediting; transportation and packaging; goods inwards inspection and receipt processing; warehousing and stock management; shortage resolutions and obsolescence management; residual and excess stock write-off; pre-production planning, kitting, component management, assembling and programming; and invoice processing and reconciliation. ​ Gateway has a wealth of experience and management expertise in constructing supply solutions that focus on reducing the costs of acquisition. In parallel, we aim to keep a constant downward pressure on component prices through our product solutions programmes. ​ Our analytic process allows customers to determine which items from the bills of material they want to include in the programme. They also tell us what support features would help them minimize work and costs. On our end, based on dynamic modelling, we assess demand patterns at line level to determine appropriate buffer stock levels, taking into account lead-time and demand vagaries. Then we structure a bespoke supply solution to minimise the amount of inventory needed within your business. Finally, we agree with you a replenishment pattern that ensures you have no production down-time. ​ In addition, you can call product off using one of our electronic trading solutions (or even ask us to construct an e-solution matched to your specific needs), and have it delivered ‘direct-to-line’ on a ‘just-in-time’ arrangement. In line with our ESG guidelines, we use replenishable ‘green’ containers that we both deliver and collect so as to minimise the product handling within your premises. Find Out More Product Solutions On every major bill-of-material that we receive we take the time to analyse the list of specified parts to identify key packaging opportunities; risky single-source items; items in obsolescence; and potential areas for cost saving by recommending alternative sources. ​ All of our key customer-facing personnel have in excess of 15 years industry experience. With the combined expertise of its senior staff and over a 100 years of combined industry service, Gateway is one of few companies that can boast such a wealth of knowledge. ​ Gateway people know when something is possible and they always run the extra mile to make it happen. That’s why when a customer calls, they expect us to say “Yes, we can do that”, because invariably – we can! And if on the odd occasion the solution does not exist, our technical and engineering teams will work with the customer to design one. ​ Gateway works closely with the technical support teams of the franchises that it represents and would be happy to organise demonstration days and seminars with customers’ engineering staff. Get In Touch Value Added Services Gateway offers a host of facilities to help smooth the flow of products through your production system, by fulfilling some of the pre-production tasks and having the parts ready for immediate insertion or assembly. ​ Production Kitting: The correct components suitably labelled, in the correct multiples to match with your build plan. Designed to replace your own pre-production kitting system and let you concentrate on manufacturing and assembly. ​ Component & Device Services These include cropping, pre-forming, marking, reeling, moisture sensitivity level packaging, re-baking and programming. ​ Component Selection Services These include capacitor tolerance selection and dedicated LED binning. ​ VMI & KANBAN Supply Solutions Product delivered directly to your production line-side locations on an agreed weekly frequency by Gateway fulfilment staff bypassing your goods inwards inspection procedures to ensure you never run out of stock, but never carry too much stock either. ​ Cable Harness Design & Component Assembly Service Using our in house expertise or our associations with specialist cable and component assembly houses we can integrate this into the rest of our solutions packages to save you time, and money. Learn More Quality Solutions Gateway is committed to upholding the quality standards set out in the procedures of the accreditation bodies to which it belongs, but it also prides itself in providing solutions to generic and customer-specific issues where a viable solution can be designed. ​ Inspection procedures at Gateway performs a rigorous and detailed inwards inspection process to all receipts made into its premises; but will offer customers enhanced inspection support to ensure that additional levels of standards are maintained, including enhanced visual inspection, testing, counting and marking services. Gateway will decant into customer-specified supply multiples; have product reeled or re-reeled; affix customer-specific labelling to product; and if required will house the parts in dedicated customer-specific locations. ​ Gateway can offer electronic testing services to check for product provenance and integrity as well as offering a service to replace ROHS compliant plating or terminations with SnPb . ​ All these services are governed by our stringent quality control and inspection procedures. ​ Within six months of its inception in August 2000, Gateway gained BS EN ISO9001:2000 accreditation, and has since progressed through continual improvement to the new ISO9001:2015 standard. We see it as a testament to its quality systems programme and to its business management and bespoke operating system, developed in house by its team of Quality and Systems Support staff. ​ View Our Certifications

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