Thursday, January 2, 2014

Connection technologies platform enhanced by acquisition!

Based in California, and with a strong presence in aerospace markets, Sunbank is the world’s second-largest producer of accessories for electrical wiring harness connectors and conduits. Their acquisition will reinforce the presence of Esterline Connection Technologies - SOURIAU in the United States. This will allow them to offer our clients a comprehensive offering of connectors, accessories and conduits.
From left to right: Robert PADEN Sunbank President, Jean-Luc GAVELLE President of Esterline Technologies Connection (SOURIAU + Sunbank), Alain Durand Group Vice President of Esterline Technologies

Formed in 1958, Sunbank has 500 staff and annual earnings of 45 million dollars. Sunbank’s facilities located in Paso Robles, California, and Tijuana, Mexico, will supplement SOURIAU’s global manufacturing footprint principally located in the United States, Europe, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, India and Japan.

The reputation and global coverage of Sunbank and SOURIAU will strengthen the development of Esterline’s Connection Technologies platform in the European and North American aerospace markets.

SOURIAU is recognised by its clients for its operational excellence, the fruit of its teams’ 15 years’ involvement in continuous improvement initiatives and quality process optimization such as MRP2 and lean worksite setup.

“We want to ensure that Sunbank benefits as soon as possible from our proven practices and our accumulated experience in this field, to give our clients ever-better service, and improve our partnership with our American customers in particular,” says Jean-Luc Gavelle, President of Esterline Connection Technologies. “Thanks to this acquisition, we hope our customers around the world will benefit from the highest levels of quality and OTD (On Time Delivery), not only for connectors but also for sub-assemblies complete with connectors, accessories and conduits.”

“We are very happy to welcome Sunbank’s teams to the Esterline Group, and highly motivated by the resulting development prospects.”

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The First XV for 2013!

These are the most visited stories/papers on the Read-out Signpost during the year 2013. we present them in order (Most visited at top of list) and without comment. We allow the statistics to speak for themselves!)



  • What's best for preserving wine!



  • Test Equipment in CIS region



  • Radar level measurement best practice



  • Thinking big with improved data partnership



  • Static earthing protection for road tankers



  • Delivering operational excellence forum



  • Process control system improves production processes in the dairy industry!



  • Wireless strain gauge sensors



  • New Test + Measurement Catalogue



  • Developing a 3D optical surface profilometer



  • Analysis Forum draws 400 attendees



  • First past the post



  • Emerson raises the bar in Baar!



  • ICS & SCADA Security



  • Power Supplies ex stock 

  • Which was your favourite story?

    Control systems training!

    ISC will be holding a Robust and Reliable Control Systems Design Training Course on the 4th till the 6th of February 2014  in Glasgow (GB).

    This course illustrates the basic concepts of robust and reliable systems and the problems associated with multivariable control systems design.

    Control techniques such as Predictive Control, Linear-Quadratic Optimal Control, H-infinity Control, Loop Shaping and QFT are all covered in the lectures. Fault tolerant and reconfiguration control are also included in this course; together with state estimation using Kalman filters for both control and fault detection. The lectures are reinforced by Hands-On simulation and design examples that provide practical experience of the concepts covered. Computer design packages that simplify the design process are demonstrated.

    An Early Bird Discount is available if registration is completed 4 weeks before the scheduled start date of the training course.