Despite the promise of approved vaccines being rolled out, Lockdown 3 may once again challenge supply chains and Lane Electronics, the specialist connector distributor stands ready and capable to support its customers who need standard and custom connector solutions.
According to Nick Wheeler, Sales Director at Lane, customers still have instant access to the company’s a large stockholding, a well-stocked online store and, as part of the Lodge Group, on-site assembly, manufacturing and test. Furthermore, in recognition of the challenges that continued remote working can introduce, Lane now offers an enhanced availability of online specialist technical and sales support to provide both designers and buyers with a near-normal service in these far from normal times.
Lane Electronics represents many of the connector industry’s leading manufacturers including Souriau, Huber+Suhner, Positronic, Nicomatic, Neutrik and its fellow Lodge Group company Weald Electronics.
Multi-million-pound product inventory
When Lane was established as an interconnection specialist more than 50 years ago, its founder took the decision build and maintain substantial inventory levels of standard connectors and connector piece parts from every company it represents. That policy, virtually unique at the time, has always allowed Lane Electronics to generally respond by return to orders for standard items. Despite the latest lockdown, the company is still able to rapidly fulfil orders with no minimum order quantities or order value. And, for many of its customers, Lane is still providing dedicated stock and flexible delivery dates for both scheduled and spot orders.
In accordance with Government guidelines, Lane’s multi-lingual technical and sales support teams are working remotely to help customers select the right connectors and accessories for their application. These are dedicated connector experts who provide no-obligation technical advice on product selection for both standard and custom solutions. They are readily contactable via the usual methods including the now familiar video calls in a wide number of formats.
For many designers and buyers, their first contact with a potential supplier is via its website and, here, Lane has developed a well-structured platform with easy-to-use product selection by product types and market sector as well as manufacturer and specification references. The website also allows visitors to download the latest editions of a comprehensive array of product catalogues as well as the ability to request 3D models.
For more direct assistance, Lane has made specialists available live and on-line from its website to provide technical, applications and commercial assistance at the simple click of a button.
Importantly, Lane has also increased the number of connectors and accessories which can be readily specified and purchased through the company’s online store and has introduced further Cross Reference information which allows you to simply match a connector or connector accessory form a wide variety of manufacturers to those offered by the many companies we represent.
Lane Electronics is part of the Lodge Group which also includes the high-performance connector and connector accessory manufacturer Weald Electronics. This means that, between the two companies, there is significant assembly and manufacturing capacity on-site. This allows Lane to offer a seven-day build to order VAD for Souriau and Weald products and well as the ability to customise standard products for specialist applications across many market sectors including medical, motorsport, security, aerospace and defence. In addition to this we provide fast turnaround assembly of RF cable assemblies and Fibre-Optic cable assemblies from our in-house specialist manufacture and test facilities.