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      Keeping patient mobility on track (02/11/2017)

      A medical technology supplier envisaged an innovative diverter unit for tracked ceiling hoists, designed to enhance efficiency and comfort when transporting patients between hospital treatment and consulting rooms. This article discusses how Magnet Schultz took on the design aspects of the critical 'diverter' component… and ended up delivering the entire system prototype – all in a two month development window.

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      Medical wearables: powered by energy harvesting (01/11/2017)

      The total medical electronics market in 2015 was valued at ~$3B and is expected to grow at an annual compound growth rate of 5.4% – reaching $4.41B by 2022. Here, Linear Technology explains that it should therefore come as no surprise that some of the key factors driving this growth are ageing population and growing lifestyle diseases; and the ever-increasing adoption of wearable medical electronics.

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      Scoping portable requirements (25/10/2017)

      All products need testing, both in the design and development phase, as well as once they move into production – with different requirements at each phase. Another consideration sometimes overlooked is the need for engineers to test products post-manufacturing in the field.

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      Viewpoint: ‘Interesting times’ ahead for UK manufacturing (25/10/2017)

      Despite its well-documented, long-term decline – largely brought about by off-shoring to low labour cost countries (LLCCs) – reports of UK manufacturing’s demise have often been greatly exaggerated. Certainly today, in common with other mature developed industrial economies, manufacturing represents a smaller proportion of the economy than it once did, both in terms of GVA (gross value added) and employment.

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      When standard solutions just don’t measure up to the job… (25/10/2017)

      Designers and specifiers of electronics hardware usually have a couple of simple options. Either their requirement is easily defined, in which case searching for available suppliers is relatively straightforward; or the requirement cannot be easily identified and found – or worse still, the specifier ends up making a poor choice based on ‘closest match’.

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      Seeking out electrical arcing regions in satellite systems (25/10/2017)

      Electrical arcing discharge in orbiting satellites can cause system failure, but is hard to predict. This piece from COMSOL explains how engineers at the Russian IHCE have adopted multiphysics simulation software to identify the critical regions where failures originate and to protect onboard equipment.

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      Three times you need the right 9V battery (20/10/2017)

      We know batteries are important, but we continue to buy cheap, subpar batteries that run out too quickly and simply cannot handle the heat. This piece explores the demands that three essential applications place on the humble 9V battery.

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      Look behind you! Intelligent ADAS rear-view cameras (12/10/2017)

      With cars becoming more intelligent, ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) can now offer drivers additional support – utilising more and more camera systems. The latest camera-based in-car ADAS systems monitor drivers’ fatigue and distraction levels.

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      It’s not here yet, but 5G is closer than you think (28/09/2017)

      The race to define 5G may be ending, but the process to design and deploy 5G technology is just beginning.