Features - Manufacturing/Consumables

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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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      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.

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      What is the difference between Ethernet and Industrial Ethernet? (03/08/2018)

      Industrial Ethernet systems must be more robust than office Ethernet – but why and in what ways? While similar, both Ethernet and Industrial Ethernet offer different characteristics and benefits. This piece explains what the two terms are – and how they differ...

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      Quartz crystals for remote patient monitoring systems (26/07/2018)

      Remote patient monitoring is no longer something from the realms of science fiction, but a medical reality enabled by advanced electronic systems. This piece explains how ultra-miniature quartz crystals designed for use in medical-implantable wireless RF transceiver applications are helping enable these remote patient monitoring systems.

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      Don’t be an ostrich: electronic component shortages are real (26/07/2018)

      As we head rapidly into summer 2018, electronic component shortages are once again causing OEMs and EMS providers a real headache. This looks at the current state of the market – and shares with you seven ways you can work closely with your EMS provider to make the best out of a bad situation.

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      Top 6 ways to mitigate PCB component availability problems (26/07/2018)

      This article highlights ongoing PCB component availability issues for electronics OEMS – and outlines some tips on what they can do to mitigate them.

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      Commercialising products for the military market (02/07/2018)

      Manufacturers of COTS equipment that want to address the military market may assume this is complex and costly; however, the testing process can be minimised by using gap analysis between defence standards and commercial standards, such as those for CE marking.

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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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      Soaring through virtual aviation (04/06/2018)

      VR headsets are now taking the world by storm – and not only across consumer electronics fields: industries such as the aviation and manufacturing sectors are beginning to use VR during the design process. This piece examines the use of VR in the aerospace manufacturing sector.

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      Ensuring security when connecting IIoT systems to the cloud (05/04/2018)

      Opening up factories and their industrial plant to remote access to enable industrial IoT (IIoT) applications is creating potential security vulnerabilities, but as this piece explains, these can be mitigated...

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      Interoperability in Industry 4.0 (04/04/2018)

      The cornerstone of Industry 4.0 is the convergence of enterprise IT and operational technology (OT). New generations of complex networks are being created as the boundaries between these two areas, previously largely separate, become increasingly indistinct – and IoT devices and new automation technologies are rapidly introduced. This piece considers the challenges and how to address them.

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      Improving farming efficiency with a 21st century gate (12/03/2018)

      Dofygate is a fast-opening, electric gate that requires no external power, available in 2-, 4- or 7-bar versions, with spans of 2 to 6 metres. Solar-powered, it can be operated from a vehicle using a fob, or via a phone app or keypad, and is self-closing. Made from carbon fibre, the gate is strong enough to resist accidental contact from livestock.

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      Growth, technology trends and investing in the future (07/03/2018)

      EPDT and DPA met Digi-Key's President Dave Doherty and Vice Chairman, Mark Larson to talk about how Digi-Key – the world’s 5th largest electronics distributor – are driving their company’s growth, as well as their future investment plans that will more than double distribution capacity.

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      Meeting the challenge of manufacturing in the IoT era (05/03/2018)

      The rate of innovation in the electronics sector is increasingly driven by demand for new solutions, coming from large vertical markets, or often, even single pockets of explosive growth. Today, the IoT drives this growth – but not too long ago, it was mobile telecommunications.

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      Sensors enable the smart home (05/03/2018)

      Real-time sensing will help define the smart home – to allow the Internet of Things (IoT) to decide exactly what the ‘things’ need to do. Widely-deployed sensing becomes the gateway to an ‘internet of awareness’ that will feed the IoT, delivering the right services at the right time.