EPDT’s May 2018 issue is now available
01 May 2018
This month’s issue contains features on Power technologies and Rail applications, as well as EPDT’s annual PXI for T&M supplement. Our cover story looks at how to use RFID and IoT technology to optimise real time rail maintenance.
For our Power focus, we explore how designers of transportation power systems can handle multiple input voltage ranges; as well as how automatic transfer switches – which seamlessly switch power from mains to secondary supplies in the case of an outage – are evolving for the connected and IoT age.
In Rail, two of our four features also concern power: we consider why rail providers need to prepare for the inevitable shift to renewable energy, and how they can manage potential power quality issues that may arise. We also review some case studies of creative customisation, to help address failed systems or difficult upgrade projects in challenging rail environments.
We also hear from the Institute of Railway Research on some of the areas of progressive engineering research taking place in the industry; and in our cover story, we look at how to use RFID and IoT technology to optimise real time rail maintenance. Our annual PXI supplement gives the issue a big T&M focus, introduced by the President of the PXI Systems Alliance, Loofie Gutterman – reflecting on 20 years of the PXISA.
The supplement also includes a look at using PXI for hardware-in-the-loop (HiL) simulation to validate the design reliability of ECUs; system-level test of system-in-package (SiP) technologies; and test and validation of metal-oxide (MOX) gas sensor MEMS devices. We also explore applications that can benefit from PXI oscilloscopes.
On a closing note, EPDT Editor Mark Gradwell’s STEM column reviews The Big Bang Young Scientists & Engineers Fair, which “offers opportunities for more young people than ever to showcase their STEM projects and recognise and reward their achievements”.
We hope you enjoy the issue – and as always, welcome your thoughts!
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