Electronic components have transformed manufacturing by embedding themselves into every industry from medical devices to military weapons.  These technological advances result in manufacturers producing more efficiently, lowering overall costs, and delivering more affordable products to the consumer.  From flying an airplane to ordering a pizza, electronic components are vital to every industry.

Medical

Medical technology incorporates a broad spectrum of healthcare electronic products that are created to diagnose, monitor and treat health related issues affecting all forms of life. Technology has improved healthcare in many areas from early disease detection to active bionic prosthesis.

Full body scanners such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography (CT) allow doctors to examine detailed parts of the body or product 3-D images of particular areas, allowing quick and accurate information. Laser Surgeries and minimal invasive robotic surgeries have further advanced medical technologies by creating smaller, more precise incisions and surgery which grants faster recovery time and less complications for patients.

New medical technologies are emerging from 3D printing to human exoskeletons that will improve the quality of life and life expectancy for human for years to come. South Electronics supplies electronic components to medical manufactures worldwide that continue to innovate and transform the healthcare industry.

Automotive

The automotive industry began in the late 1890’s when hundreds of manufacturers made the earliest automobiles often endeared as “horseless carriages”. Those carriages took off, and in 1903, 63,000 vehicles were built globally. Today 60 million automobiles are manufactured annually and the technology hasn’t hit the brakes either.

Today, the amount of technology and advancements in vehicles are enormous and speeding ahead. GPS Navigation systems and digital readouts have paved the way for complete system monitoring and autonomous braking systems, assisted parking and even self-driving vehicles. Technology in vehicles has migrated from an entertaining convenience to the deciding factor for consumers. As the technology has risen, so has safety.

On board cameras, Proximity alerts and multiple location airbags have created a smarter, safer way to explore the future. South Electronics continues to be a driving force in electronic components supply to Automotive manufacturers.

Industrial

Industrial technology uses engineering and manufacturing technology to make production more efficient. In this sector of industries, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) often contract Electronic manufacturing services (EMS) to manufacture, test, repair and design their assemblies. EMS companies are the authority in the manufacturing process.

The ability to deliver quality product, Professionally designed, manufactured and assembled creates rapid deployment of goods to market, as well as provide optimal return on Investment (ROI). Modern EMS companies produce the highest quality product with their dedicated assembly factories, professional buyers, and seasoned production teams.

The United States is 2nd in manufacturing only behind China, and with the advent of onshore manufacturing and Lean Production, many estimate the US could rise to number 1 by 2020. The future of manufacturing in the United States is strong with a core group of those manufacturers (2/3) coming from small businesses. South Electronics works hard to keep manufacturers robust by delivering top quality electronic components at economical pricing.

Consumer Electronics

Consumer electronics are electronic or digital products created for everyday use.  Devices range from home theater systems to smart phones to portable computers.  No person can be identified as the founder of consumer electronics, but Thomas Edison’s “Eddison Effect” more commonly referred to today as Thermonic emission led to John Flemings invention of the first vacuum tube.  Vacuum tubes, even though mostly replaced by transistors, still are around in modified forms today in certain televisions and X-ray devices.  These discoveries in the late 19th century was the genesis of all consumer electronic products that we know today.

Radio broadcasting was the main consumer electronic device for many years until the 1950s where TV owners sky rocked from 3 million viewers to upwards of 55 million by the end of the decade. Around the same time, Bell Laboratories invented the transistor which led to research of solid-state semiconductors. Integrated circuits followed shortly afterwards, and the combination created the development of better and less expensive consumer electronics such as radios, TVs, and eventually video games and personal computers.

The 1980’s took consumer electronics from skyrocketing to warp speed. Breakthroughs in technology included Personal computers, portable audio players, cellular phones, and the internet.  Consumer electronics now plays a significant role in our everyday life.   The U.S. consumer electronics industry is over 220 billion dollars in the United States annually with forecasts expected to see continued growth.  The future isn’t clear, but with the internet of things allowing us to be connected to everything from our appliances at home to our car and work as well as a personal conversational device that answers questions, Doc Brown may have said it best.  Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.

Communications

The definition of communication is the imparting or exchanging of information or news. Early Communication, such as the telegraph, would send simple information to other telegraph stations. This method would take days to send and receive even the most archaic of messages.

Modern technology gives us the ability to send large amounts of data to multiple locations worldwide from the palm of our hand. Telecommunications has changed the ways we live, where we live and how we live, thus creating a new aspect of global business and trade. Smart Phones are embedded in the fabric of our society and a driving force for newer and faster technology.

Wearable health technology, Cloud data storage and the Internet of Things (IoT) are only a few examples of how everyday objects are connected and have the ability to send and receive information. Now we not only “talk” with family, friends, and business partners, but also with machines, cities, and intangibles like the cloud. South Electronics is excited to continue our business relationships with leading Com-tech manufacturers to infinity and beyond.