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      State of the nation for the electronic components industry… (05/12/2018)

      2018 has been a year of continued solid growth across global electronic components markets. The promise of new applications, particularly around 5G infrastructure build-out and ADAS, has been tempered by capacity constraints and extending manufacturer lead-times, further M&A activity – and the looming threat of trade wars. This piece reviews the ‘state of the nation’ for the industry and discusses what might happen going into 2019.

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      Size matters when specifying passives (03/12/2018)

      Currently, we are seeing a mismatch between the sizes that component manufacturers prefer to produce (0201 and below) and the sizes that most distribution customers are comfortable using (0402 and above). This piece examines the reasons for this, and the ways in which component users can respond to maintain continuity of supply.

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      An exclusive look at the inner workings of Digi-Key Electronics (03/12/2018)

      Back in June, Paige West, Editor of EPDT sister titles, DPA (Design, Products & Applications) & Connectivity, visited the HQ of electronic components distributor Digi-Key Electronics. In this article, first published in DPA’s August issue, she recounts her trip...

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      Managing the component supply chain (03/12/2018)

      Supply chain experts often cite examples of shortages of electronic components caused by catastrophic events, such as hurricanes. For ease of access to the supply chain, they may be situated coastally or in other low-lying areas – where the effect of adverse climatic conditions can be disastrous. But of course, as this piece explains, there are a variety of other problems that can also beset component manufacturers, too.

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      Bringing STEM to life – at Rapid speed (08/06/2018)

      The depth of passion for STEM that exists in the UK was in full evidence at this year’s VEX Robotics National Championships. Snowfall over several days had virtually cut off parts of the country. But it did not stop many teams from braving treacherous road conditions and making arduous journeys to the event in Telford...

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      What’s happening in electronic components markets?... (07/06/2018)

      Each year, members of the professional community, the Electronic Components Supply Network (ecsn), collaborate to produce an annual forecast for the UK electronic components market. They predicted that 2018 was likely to be another 'interesting' year, and with extended manufacturer lead-times, strong growth of new applications, more mergers and acquisitions, a potential trade war and the dreaded ‘B’ word – it seems they weren’t wrong...

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      2018’s Year of Engineering: shattering stereotypes and tackling the skills shortage (05/06/2018)

      Despite the issue of the skills shortage in engineering, in the wake of the UK Government's Year of Engineering, there is exponential growth taking place across a range of industries and applications that rely heavily on engineering innovation – such as the IoT, smart factories and even cities. But if these technologies, and indeed our engineering industry, are to evolve and grow, the skills shortage must be tackled as a priority.

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      It's all about the customer (04/06/2018)

      There is now a new kind of distribution model for electronic components – one which aims to support the evolving and ever-challenging demands of engineers, no matter what phase of the design or production process they’re in. Shaped by global business needs and the internet, the new model promises the engineer a higher level of efficiency and economies of scale.

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      UK electronic components market growth continues into Q4 2017… (07/12/2017)

      Despite Brexit uncertainties, the UK electronic components market performed much better in 2017 than was forecasted by manufacturer-authorised distributors, and has generally outperformed expectations. This trend is reflected throughout the global electronic components supply network, and as a result, manufacturers’ lead-times are extending.

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      How can engineers ensure security in the age of IoT? (06/12/2017)

      A long-standing challenge that all developers of internet-connected devices face is security. IoT security threats, however, are incredibly diverse and the consequences can be far-reaching. This piece looks at the main risks when connecting to the IoT – and outlines some basic steps that can be taken to reduce them.

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      To succeed in distribution, build a community, listen... and never stand still (06/12/2017)

      This article from RS Components explains how a key tactic in to success in distribution is in creating a platform to engage with and listen to the engineering community.

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      Managing supply chain demands (04/12/2017)

      ‘The best of times’ or ‘the worst of times’ – from whichever perspective you look at it, the electronics engineering landscape has changed radically over the last decade. On one hand, there is greater opportunity for innovation than ever before; on the other, the level of support and breadth of services being demanded of the supply chain has heightened significantly. This piece reviews the pressures facing supply chain operators.

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      How to manage test & measurement flexibly in these rapidly changing times (04/12/2017)

      Enabled by technology, many areas of industry and society are arguably now experiencing the fastest rate of change in human history. As this piece explains, the core technologies, including electronics, that underpin most modern devices and systems are becoming ever more complex – and this accelerating innovation is putting additional strain on test functions.

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      Nurturing the engineers of tomorrow, today (17/08/2017)

      The skills shortage that faces the UK engineering sector is widely recognised. The issue is not new, but it is one that is escalating and whose impact is potentially far-reaching.

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      With shifting demands and expectations, are today’s distributors fit for purpose? (17/08/2017)

      Distributors play a vital role in keeping the electronics industry moving, providing essential supplies and support. Over the past five  years, engineers and businesses that rely on distributors have seen customer needs change radically – prompting shifts in buying behaviour that have resulted in a knock-on effect all the way up the supply chain and back again.

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      The changing face of the distribution market (04/08/2017)

      The supply chain for electronics components faces many challenges. Consolidation continues to reduce choice for buyers. High demand from automotive puts inventories under pressure, limiting availability for industrial markets. This article from Anglia, the UK’s largest privately owned authorised distributor of electronic components, discusses interesting times for our industry.

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      60V, 7A step-down regulator for driving LEDs, supercaps, lasers & Peltiers (09/05/2017)

      Constant-voltage, constant-current step-down µModule regulator includes the power switches, switching controller, inductor and support components. Has output range of 1.2V to 36V.

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      High quality pan-European PCB service added (06/04/2017)

      Conrad Business Supplies launched a new pan-European PCB service in partnership with leading PCB manufacturer Eurocircuits.

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      BeagleBone Blue now available from Mouser (17/03/2017)

      Mouser is now stocking the BeagleBone Blue, a complete robotics controller built around the BeagleBone open hardware SBC.

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      German distribution finishes 2016 in growth mode (09/03/2017)

      The German component distribution market has closed a rather inconsistent 2016 with a tiny plus in the fourth quarter.