Heard in the Channel: TLC Electronics Hosts Twin Cities Robotics Event

Distributor supports public-private partnership for robotics research with networking event, names Jon Crofford president; plus news from Avnet, TTI, CW Industries

TLC Electronics held the Twin Cities Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) networking event in January at its facility in St. Paul, Minn. AUVSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing unmanned systems and the robotics community. Members of the group have access to many services, including industry news and publications, global networking opportunities, meetings and events, student competitions, and career services.   The meeting also was sponsored by Robotics Alley, an organization founded by the Minnesota High Tech Association and ReconRobotics Robotics Alley aims to spur public-private partnerships in the research and development of robotics systems. The group also hosts its own conference and exposition in Minnesota’s Twin Cities annually.

In other TLC news, the company named Jon Crofford president, effective January 28. Crofford has a BA from the University of Wisconsin Stout and has been with TLC Electronics since 2006. TLC Electronics’ CEO Rich Crofford said: “Jon is a creative thinker, an excellent communicator and we are excited that he has accepted the challenge to become the key leader of the TLC Electronics’ management team.” TLC Electronics is based in St. Paul, Minn., and is a distributor of interconnect and electromechanical products. 

In other industry news:

  • Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas signed a distribution agreement with MMB Networks, global designer and manufacturer of ZigBee module solutions.
  • Switch, connector, and custom component manufacturer CW Industries announced the formation of a separate business unit to focus and market its In-House Plating capabilities, which includes selective Reel-To-Reel and Barrel plated products, to customers in a variety of industries.
  • Distributor TTI, Inc. announced it will distribute 3M’s new 1.27mm IDC connectors in the Americas.


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