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      Bridging the PCB assembly gap (05/04/2019)

      Ucamco, a leading developer of software, photoplotting & direct imaging systems for the PCB industry, has launched UcamX Assembly Seat, a powerful addition to its industry-beating CAM platform that bridges the gap between bare board production and assembly.

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      UK in pole position in £62 billion self-driving car race, say SMMT and Frost & Sullivan – if Brexit roadblock removed (04/04/2019)

      The UK is the world’s number one location for mass-market potential of connected & autonomous vehicles (CAVs), with £62bn annual economic opportunity by 2030, plus huge associated safety & lifesyle benefits, finds new report from SMMT and Frost & Sullivan.

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      Hannover Messe 2020: paving the way for a strong future (03/04/2019)

      With more than 6,000 exhibitors & 200,000 visitors every year, Hannover Messe is the world's leading tradeshow for industrial technology. To maintain its leading position in the age of digitalisation, from 2020, Hannover Messe will place even more emphasis on industrial transformation. With seven display categories, it will lay the foundation for further growth in the core segments of industry, energy & logistics.

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      Schneider Electric prepares for Tottenham Hotspur’s stadium opening (03/04/2019)

      Schneider Electric, Official Stadium Energy Management Supplier to Tottenham Hotspur’s new state-of-the-art stadium in North London, is preparing for the official opening of this prime sports & entertainment destination for London.

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      Electric conversion kit aims to save iconic Italian scooters forced off London roads by ULEZ (03/04/2019)

      The introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in central London next week threatens the future of many perfectly serviceable vehicles. Thousands of vintage Vespa & Lambretta scooters could be saved from the scrap heap by being fitted with a custom-designed electric hub motor kit, developed by East London specialists, Retrospective Scooters.

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      Digital twin, 5G & IIoT: Fraunhofer Institutes launch 3 case studies with 15 partners (02/04/2019)

      How are digital twins generated from machine data? How can manufacturers apply 5G communications in their production? What software is required to power the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)? These questions are being addressed by the 3 Aachen-based Fraunhofer Institutes, in collaboration with 15 industry partners from their new research community, ICNAP.

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      USB Type-C, USB PD & USB 3.1 Gen 2 deliver new standards in speed & power (01/04/2019)

      ‘Faster, higher, stronger’ goes the legendary Olympic hendiatris – adapted now for the electronics industry as ‘Faster, smaller, easier to use’: the rallying cry for a new standard in USB connectivity.

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      INICnet technology simplifies in-vehicle audio (01/04/2019)

      In recent years, the automotive industry has been trying to consolidate the proliferation of networking technologies used in vehicles. Its vision is to have a so-called ‘mono-technological network’ – and the solution approach has been to adapt the Ethernet technology that has a proven track record in many other areas to automotive requirements.

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      Connected mobility demands end-to-end secure & ultra-reliable high-speed, time-sensitive networking integration (01/04/2019)

      Automotive OEMs & Tier 1 suppliers are facing new challenges as they strive to design and build the next generation of intelligent vehicles. To support the future of connected mobility, they require ultra-reliable, high-speed connectivity solutions, with seamless end-to-end network integration across hardware, software & services.

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      Tutorial: Specifying a power supply for T&M applications (01/04/2019)

      Power supplies may provide a simple function, but their effects can be far from straightforward – with power failures & electromagnetic interference (EMI) being potential negative outcomes of poorly matched power supply units. Jon Vallis, Sales & Marketing Manager at power conversion specialists, Ideal Power, discusses the factors to consider when selecting a power supply unit (PSU) for test & measurement applications.

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      Automotive, 5G & IoT networks, and power management driving demand for T&M (01/04/2019)

      Extensively used in the design, development & manufacturing of products across industries, deployment of networks, and maintenance of services, electronic test & measurement (T&M) equipment is experiencing increasing demand thanks to the proliferation of electronics, connectivity & embedded intelligence in modern consumer & industrial devices, as well as emerging disruptive concepts such as 5G, IoT, electric vehicles (EVs), and connected & autonomous vehicles.

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      STEM Matters: National Apprenticeship Week (01/04/2019)

      Apprenticeships is a topic that has come up again and again in recent discussions around the UK’s STEM skills crisis, so I was happy to see #NAW2019 scheduled to run in the first week of March. This 12th annual celebration of apprenticeships aimed to bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the positive impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers & the economy.

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      Editor's comment: Keep the drumbeat… (01/04/2019)

      There have been a proliferation of recent events, initiatives & rallying calls for those of us working in, or passionate about, STEM & manufacturing. Coming off the back of 2018’s Year of Engineering campaign, I’m happy to see this momentum continue. I believe that keeping the drumbeat going will be vital to tackling the ongoing skills crisis in STEM – especially as uncertainty persists around Brexit and our ability to attract talent from around Europe…

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      Marine electronics – and why they go wrong (01/04/2019)

      Water is easy to keep out of things – seals and plastics are excellent barriers. However, water vapour can permeate right through those same plastics and barriers almost as if they were not there – and in large volumes. Once inside, the vapour condenses, causing problems – and is kept in the precisely the wrong place by the very same seals and plastics that were designed to keep it out!

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      Top 13 stories on EPDT in March 2019... (01/04/2019)

      As April begins, we've reviewed the most popular stories – as decided by our readers – across EPDT’s website & newsletter during the last month...

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      EPDT magazine April 2019 issue now available online (01/04/2019)

      This month’s issue, available in print or digital editions, contains features on Power technologies and Automotive applications.

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      Farnell presents POTTA artisanal 3D printer driven by AI for enhanced functionality & results (01/04/2019)

      The POTTA artisanal 3D printer, exclusive to Farnell, incorporates new technologies to improve print quality & flexibility of 3D printing.

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      Online workflow system suits PCB manufacturer down to a 'T' (31/03/2019)

      Rustington-based Photronix manufactures high quality printed circuit boards, and is becoming a leading PCB supplier to the UK electronics market. It follows a simple philosophy of developing long-term partnerships for the manufacture of PCBs by embracing new technologies from design, prototyping through to volume manufacturing.

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      Hannover Messe 2019 offers action-packed showcase of Industry 4.0, AI & 5G (27/03/2019)

      Hannover Messe 2019 aims to show the path ahead to tomorrow's smart factories with in-depth coverage of Industry 4.0 technologies, artificial intelligence, 5G, lightweight construction and the future of work. Featuring a significantly enlarged conference programme, it will also offer a major dialogue hub for forward thinkers from industry, academia & government.

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      Industry 4.0 Summit & Expo 2019 (27/03/2019)

      Experience the UK’s largest event for the 4th industrial revolution to learn about the future of manufacturing from leading experts. Understand government policy, gain support & access to finance, review the latest business models, hear about large- & small-scale 4.0 case studies – and what this all means for your business. Come & network with your peers and see the latest technologies & solutions to make manufacturing smarter.