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      Trump’s tariffs will come back to haunt him (18/09/2018)

      As the trade war between the USA and China ramps up, with President Trump continuing to impose tariffs on imported products from China, the EU and others, businesses across all industries are naturally starting to feel nervous about the implications of such a move.

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      Power supplies and displays for medtech and the governing standards – to ensure maximum patient and operator safety (17/09/2018)

      Medical power supplies differ from standard AC DC converters by virtue of having very low leakage currents. All of the medical power supplies provided by Relec Electronics meet the relevant standards, including the globally-recognised EN60601-1 and UL60601-1.

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      Cleaning or etching items with unique geometries requires specialised expertise (13/09/2018)

      Cleaning, an integral part of many manufacturing and maintenance processes, is often critical to the performance of a broad range of technologies in the semiconductor, defense, MEMS, photonics and biotech industries…

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      5 steps to more efficient EMS sourcing (12/09/2018)

      Developing efficient sourcing processes in electronics manufacturing services (EMS) is of crucial importance in order to find quality components at economical prices and with low lead times. As this piece highlights, these sourcing processes can be broken down into five key steps...

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      5 energy industry trends to look out for (12/09/2018)

      According to the US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) International Energy Outlook 2017, global energy consumption will increase by 28% between 2015 and 2040. But what changes will have to take place to meet this growing demand? This piece provides an outlook on the industry's next few years.

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      Energy efficiency expectations (11/09/2018)

      According to the Data for the Public Good report by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in December 2017, a digital twin of UK infrastructure is necessary to identify inefficiencies in national energy use. This piece explains how to manage energy efficiency across sectors.

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      Techniques to detect and harden smart electricity meters against tampering (10/09/2018)

      Non-technical losses, such as energy theft (tampering), are costing utility providers globally an estimated $96 billion every year. There are two main ways to tamper with a meter: nonintrusive and intrusive. This piece explains some of the specific tampering methods – and how to resist them…

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      High-accuracy temperature measurements in any environment (07/09/2018)

      Although temperature measurement is a common requirement for many applications, developers face significant challenges in ensuring highly accurate results. In this tutorial, Digi-Key Electronics explains how overcoming these challenges often leads to complex designs and extended design cycles – but also how new measurement devices are helping reduce the complexity.

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      Q&A with Qoitech founder: optimising energy consumption for IoT devices (05/09/2018)

      After working on field testing with many partners, Qoitech CEO Vanja Samuelsson (VS) and her team identified a common need for a compact, flexible, everyday measurement tool. Reluctantly, Samuelsson founded Qoitech, a Sony Group start-up, to develop and bring to market their Otii solution: a comprehensive toolkit for energy optimisation of IoT devices. EPDT Editor Mark Gradwell (MG) interviewed VS to learn more about Otii…

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      What’s New in Electronics Live: bringing the world of electronics together (05/09/2018)

      WNIE Live is set to deliver a comprehensive 2-day event covering the whole spectrum of the electronics industry. With dedicated conferences and exhibition opportunities for the embedded and EMC industries, as well as electronics manufacturing, WNIE Live plans to be the unmissable electronics event of the year.

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      EPDT’s September 2018 issue is now available (04/09/2018)

      This month’s issue, online and in print, contains features on Test & Measurement technologies and Energy applications, as well as the latest edition of our regular Electronics Outsourcing supplement.

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      Editorial: Made in Britain… (04/09/2018)

      At 11pm UK time on Friday, 29th March 2019, the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. This follows Theresa May invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, 9 months after the EU referendum in May 2016, giving 2 years’ notice of the UK’s intention to leave.

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      STEM Matters: Summer of STEM… (03/09/2018)

      If you’re a parent, then the summer holidays likely bring additional worries around juggling child care and keeping your young people productively active and engaged over the extended summer break. I was particularly impressed this summer of 2018 (the Year of Engineering!) at the range of STEM-themed options for doing so…

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      Board approval: the benefits of PCBA testing (03/09/2018)

      The majority of electronic devices rely on printed circuit board assemblies (PCBAs) – and it is critical that these are properly tested to identify any production or component faults, as this piece explains…

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      Standing at the crossroads: make or buy? (03/09/2018)

      What factors should you consider if your business is operating at full capacity and you are contemplating outsourcing work to a contract electronics manufacturer (CEM)? This piece offers its answer...

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      An entertaining bin? STEM programme realises schoolchildren’s creative engineering ideas (31/08/2018)

      “Without the constraints of ‘technical reality’, access to materials or expertise, children dare to dream,” says STEM education programme, Primary Engineer. Capturing such dreams, they are inspiring young minds to propose – even have realised – their innovative engineering solutions to everyday problems.

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      Design for IoT security: a multi-layered, full-lifecycle challenge (08/08/2018)

      The importance of security for the Internet of Things is increasingly being recognised. However, understanding of the issues among companies looking to harness the power of the IoT for business growth still seems quite basic. Therefore, keeping IoT devices secure must start before the first eval board is even powered up – and continue through to safe decommissioning at end-of-life.

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      Six steps for implementing Industry 4.0 (06/08/2018)

      Those tasked with implementing the new technologies for industrial digitalisation may struggle with where to begin the transformation. This piece from Festo reflects on the company's experiences and offers insights into the practical application of Industry 4.0.

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      The smartphone of the future: design comes first (06/08/2018)

      Consumer demand has driven life-proof phones, able to endure drops, bangs or the occasional splash. So, what does this mean for handset design of the future? This piece explains why the future looks bright – and how things are only going to get better for consumers, manufacturers and engineers alike.

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      Plug-and-play in industrial plants (06/08/2018)

      The ‘Combine and Conquer’ report by Accenture found that combining technologies such as AR/VR, big data and machine learning could save large businesses an average of £60,000 per employee. This piece explores the growing trend of plug-and-play technologies.