Selected quotes from our recent earnings call. Read the corporate financials news release: Rogers Corporation Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results

In Q3 2016, Rogers achieved net sales of $165.3 million, exceeding our previously announced guidance. This is an increase of 3.1% over Q3 2015. During the quarter, we experienced continued demand for e-mobility applications as well as positive growth in general industrial, clean energy, and portable electronics. In general, we are pleased with the trends in a number of the markets where Rogers has significant share.

Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Innovation Leadership

In the area of innovation leadership, we are pleased with the advancements we are making in innovation — in our innovation centers as well as in the operating units where our R&D teams are focused on next-generation solutions. Growing organically and through synergistic M&A remains a key focus for the Company. We have a number of projects underway within our operational excellence initiatives. I was pleased to attend the recent grand opening of the ROLINX Power Distribution Bus Bar Line at our Rogers Hungary Facility.

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Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Megatrends

We believe the longer-term outlook and corresponding growth expectations for our key markets remain positive over the next two to three years. Global requirements are driving demand for applications in Rogers three key megatrend categories of internet connectivity, clean energy, and safety and protection, which consistently account for the majority of our net sales. We remain confident that we are focused on the right global growth markets.

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Bruce Hoechner, CEO, on Rogers’ Business Units

Advanced Connectivity Solutions delivered net sales of $65.5 million during Q3 2016, which is a decrease of 1% from Q3 2015. Our Q3 ACS results were driven by demand in applications for high frequency circuit materials used in automotive safety and other high reliability applications. Growth in ACS was more than offset by lower demand in aerospace and defense applications and wireless telecom.

Within wireless telecom, our strong performance in transceiver power amps was significantly offset by weaker demand in our 4G LTE antenna materials, primarily as a result of a delay in the India 4G spectrum auction, which is now complete, design changes by a specific antenna OEM that impacted circuit material usage versus previous designs, and the impact of price considerations offered by Rogers for longer term buy-in stability. We do expect to see improvement in the near term as India starts to deploy more base stations and as Rogers continues to penetrate the global antenna market more broadly.

Elastomeric Material Solutions achieved all-time record quarterly net sales of $54.4 million, an increase of 16.3% from Q3 2015. During the quarter, EMS results were driven by an increase in demand for portable electronics, e-mobility, and general industrial applications, which more than offset lower demand for mass transit and consumer applications. The continued penetration of the back pad solution for portable electronics and government subsidies for e-mobility solutions contributed to EMS’s success during the quarter.

We are pleased with the rebound we have seen in EMS over the past two quarters. Our strategy to drive growth through geographic expansion has been evident as European and Asia regions delivered revenue increases in Q3. We saw particular strength in China where government mandates and consumer demand are driving adoption of e-mobility applications.

EMS’ R&D efforts are helping us expand our portfolio of opportunities. For example, as more smartphone designs transition to OLED displays, we have been working with our customers to develop back pad products specifically designed to meet their more demanding requirements, creating new opportunities for EMS. In Q3, we were pleased with the renewed strength in the portable electronic market.

Power Electronics Solutions net sales were $39.8 million, an increase of 8.8% over Q3 2015. Third quarter results were favorably impacted by increased demand in e-mobility, energy efficient motor drives, certain renewable energy and vehicle electrification applications. These increased were partially offset by much lower demand in rail, energy, and mining applications.

For the PES business, we maintain a positive outlook for the mid and long-term. We saw during Q3, government mandates and climate change agreements are contributing to increased demand for energy efficient motor drives, renewable energy applications, and EV/HEV content.

Q3 2016 Earnings Call Full Transcript:

http://rogerscorp.com/documents/8910/investor-relations/Rogers-Corporation-Thrid-Quarter-2016-Conference-Call.pdf

Q3 2016 Financials Press Release:

http://rogerscorp.com/news/7473/Rogers-Corporation-Reports-Results-for-the-2016-Third-Quarter.aspx

Q3 2016 Earnings Call Slides:

http://rogerscorp.com/documents/8908/investor-relations/Rogers-Corporation-2016-Third-Quarter-Conference-Call-Slides.pdf

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I am ROGERS. Meet Dora Pena.

On November 1, 2016, in Advanced Connectivity Solutions, by sharilee

Meet Dora Pena. For 12 years, she’s been part of our Advanced Connectivity Solutions group.

“I make laminates for antenna customers that enable billions of smartphone users to connect with each other.”

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When anticipating today’s rapidly changing technologies, it is critical to have materials with the performance and reliability to meet ever-increasing reliability standards. Rogers’ Advanced Connectivity Solutions manufactures high frequency laminates and prepregs that are engineered for exact performance requirements.

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Live Safely: I actively prevent injuries for everyone, everywhere, every day.

Trust: I respect people and trust them to do the right thing.

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Together, we are changing our culture as we help change the world around us. For over 180 years, the employees of Rogers Corporation have focused on our customers, delivering world-class solutions to meet their most demanding materials challenges.

 

This post authored by John Coonrod, Technical Marketing Manager, and team originally appeared on the ROG Blog hosted by Microwave Journal.

Congratulations to our Advanced Connectivity Solutions team on their 100th ROG Blog post. For six years they have been providing technical advice about PCB design for RF/microwave applications. Here’s to 100 more posts!

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Predicting the future is never easy. Similarly, knowing which types of circuit materials will be needed for the next decade’s RF/microwave applications can be difficult to predict, but the past can provide invaluable guidance. With this being the 100th installment in this series, the previous six years of ROG Blogs provide a bit of a map for the high-frequency road ahead and what might be needed in terms of electrical and mechanical characteristics for what are expected to be large-volume applications in this industry, including in radar-based automotive electronics systems, Fifth Generation (5G) wireless communications systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors almost everywhere.

This first six years of the ROG Blog offered guidance on the use of many different types of circuit materials from Rogers Corp., for everything from high-frequency analog circuits to high-speed digital circuits. It explored the effects of circuit material characteristics on the performance of different types of high-frequency transmission lines, including microstrip, stripline, and various types of coplanar waveguide (CPW) transmission lines. And it has examined how the choice of printed-circuit-board (PCB) material impacts the performance of many different types of components, such as low-noise amplifiers, power amplifiers, delay lines, filters, and resonators.

In the next few years, this industry is expected to face new challenges in circuit design, with the high-volume growth of automotive electronics systems, 5G wireless, IoT, even with the steady growth of existing wireless applications such as WiFi and WLAN.

For many high-frequency circuit designers, wireless communications systems such as Third Generation (3G), Fourth Generation (4G), and Long Term Evolution (LTE) have represented rapid growth areas. But even without a standard in place, excitement is growing for the coming of 5G wireless communications systems and the type of services they will provide in the years to come, including fast wireless data with almost zero latency. Transferring high-speed digital signals will be an important part of any future communications network and the ROG Blog from January 22, 2015, “Selecting PCB Materials For High-Speed Digital Circuits,” detailed how RO4003™ circuit materials provided the proper mix of characteristics for speeds to 25 GB/s and beyond.

Higher-frequency (millimeter-wave) signals are expected to play important roles in 5G next-generation communications systems, and the ROG Blog has already provided several installments on choosing materials for millimeter-wave circuits, such as “Making The Most of Millimeter-Wave Circuits” and “Matching Materials To Millimeter-Wave Circuits.” Since millimeter-wave frequency bands are planned for high-data-rate backhaul links throughout 5G networks, the need for circuit materials capable of reliable, low-loss performance at 50 through 70 GHz should continue to grow, prompting more ROG Blogs on this topic.

The expected boost in the number of wireless signals in use during the next decade should also focus circuit designers’ attention on the material characteristics needed for low-PIM performance. An earlier ROG Blog, “Perusing PCBs For Low PIM Levels,” explained the role of circuit materials in the design of PCB antennas and how circuit material characteristics should be chosen to minimize PIM. That blog presented Rogers’ RO4725JXR™ and RO4730JXR™ circuit laminates as non-PTFE, halogen-free circuit materials with the characteristics needed to minimize PIM. With the growing number of wireless signals to be generated during the coming decade, in high-volume applications such as 5G and IoT, the importance of minimizing PIM only increases and certainly should be a recurring topic of this ROG Blog series.

The first six years of the ROG Blog series provided circuit specifiers with key insights on different aspects of circuit materials, such as material parameters important for impedance matching, for dissipating heat, and for minimizing losses. ROG Blogs have explored such things as the importance of circuit laminate finish, in “Finish Makes a Difference in Broadband PCB Loss,” and the reason for using a high-dielectric-constant (Dk) circuit material, in “Harness High-Dk Circuit Materials.” The next 100 ROG Blogs hope to provide guidance on the best use of these high-frequency materials, as starting points for what appears to be many high-frequency, high-speed circuits in the decade to come.

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A huge thank you and best wishes to Fred Seidel, Customer Service Manager, on his retirement from Rogers. Known as Mr. PORON, Fred has a deep and extensive knowledge of all of Rogers’ elastomeric products, including the PORON® family of polyurethane materials. From its beginnings as a sintered vinyl used as an insole wrap in the shoe industry, to today’s wide range of formulations, PORON materials deliver durable, long-term performance in gasketing, sealing, and cushioning applications. Fred’s professional expertise will be greatly missed. Again, our best wishes go with you Fred – enjoy your retirement!

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Today’s manufacturers face rapid change, increasingly complex products, and pressure to increase efficiency while reducing costs and improving product quality. Lifecycle management and the traceability of manufactured goods have become an important part of the supply chain process. The goal is to embed automation in the product flow, tracking products in order to increase the efficiency and visibility of production, improve production planning and inventory management, and enhance the efficiency of enterprise resource planning.

Figure 1. Example QR code. Try reading it with your smartphone.

Figure 1. Example QR code. Try reading it with your smartphone.

At the core of this traceability is automatic identification (AutoID) and data capture. AutoID instantly recognizes and tracks objects, collects data about them, and enters that data directly into a computer. Management decisions can then be made more quickly and flexibly. AutoID technologies include one-dimensional and two-dimensional codes, RFID, biometrics, OCR, and smart cards.

Beyond tracking traditional warehoused goods, AutoID will be an important foundation for the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. At the individual component level, IoT will rely on “smart objects” with unique IDs that can be seen within the Internet environment. According to Liukkonen and Tsai,

In manufacturing, IoT is about the integration of identifiable embedded computer-like systems in the infrastructure of the Internet and the business, which is based on software and services, built around it. The next technological advancement of IoT seems to concentrate on the development of a more complex network of interconnected objects (i.e., things) which can complete a variety of tasks including sensing, controlling, monitoring, and responding. […] Fast development of machines and devices, new sensor technologies, and intelligence that is integrated to production equipment and measurement devices have created totally new possibilities for making IoT a novel form of business and a versatile tool box of renewable industry, which provides solutions to many problems related to process monitoring, diagnostics, control, and optimization.

When objects can represent themselves digitally, they can be controlled remotely and more precisely, and it is then possible to fully track their progress from point A to B to C. Effective control of material flows improves inventory control and production scheduling. Today, many manufacturers are required to accurately identify their products both for internal record keeping purposes and due to their customers’ requirements for traceability

Data Matrix

Manufacturers of electronic devices, such as IGBT modules and power transistors, are looking for a reliable, cost effective method for uniquely identifying and tracking products through the manufacturing cycle and distribution. The code must be durable so it can survive the manufacturing process but must not affect circuit performance. It must also be able to store information in the small space available on PCBs and components.

Figure 2. Data Matrix code dimensions can vary to accommodate the complexity of the data encoded.

Figure 2. Data Matrix code dimensions can vary to accommodate the complexity of the data encoded.

A Data Matrix is a 2D code capable of encoding large amounts of text or numeric data in a compact space. Of the available 2D tracking methods, the Data Matrix code has emerged as the accepted standard for electronics and other manufacturing industries.

Data Matrix codes are used as unique IDs for managing individual parts and material lots. The codes add tracking and security information to a master card or every single piece on a master card and then are used to register such details as the lot number, date of production, test program name, and revision number.

These 2D codes are read by vision-based systems rather than the laser scanners used with 1D bar codes. A camera takes a picture of the code, and then the software finds the code in the image, orients it, and extracts the data.

Data Matrix codes encode information digitally, can accommodate low-contrast printing directly on parts, provide high information density, are easily scalable to various levels of magnification, have built-in error correction, and can be read in any orientation.

curamikRogers can add Data Matrix codes to a wide range of metalized substrates, including direct-bonded-copper and active-metal-brazed substrates. Codes, which can be text or numeric in form and encoded by code-reading camera systems, are written on metalized surfaces by means of a thin oxide layer formed by an optical laser system; no additional material is required on the substrate. In addition to bare copper surfaces, data matrix codes can be written on nickel (Ni), nickel/gold (Ni/Au), and silver (Ag) plated surfaces.

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