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      MicroTCA enclosures for highly demanding applications (03/07/2018)

      For embedded systems designers to balance the technical and commercial requirements (discussed in this piece), a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) system is needed. This article discusses how the open standard platform, MicroTCA is able to meet the industry’s technical requirements and keep cost within budget, providing a compelling solution for highly demanding applications.

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      Transforming power quality for rail networks in the renewable age (17/05/2018)

      Following the landmark COP21 agreement to reduce carbon emissions, this piece explores why rail providers need to prepare for the inevitable shift to renewable energy – and to manage the potential power quality issues that may arise…

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      Keeping the rail industry on track: looking to the future (17/05/2018)

      Railways have now reached their third century – but the journey continues. Rail technology is one of the most progressive areas of engineering research, promising major and measurable social and economic benefits. The Institute of Railway Research discuss the rail industry, its future – and where the IRR fits in throughout.

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      Making electrical positioning easy to select, easy to connect, easy to configure (05/12/2017)

      With all the challenges that machine builders face over the selection, connection and configuration of electromechanical drives solutions, this piece sheds some light on how to make the process easier...

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      Comparing reed relays with electromechanical relays (07/11/2017)

      When Pickering Electronics was first established in 1968 as a reed relay manufacturer, some said that these devices would have a limited lifetime. Instead, the market for high-quality reed relays has reached into areas that were inconceivable in those days...

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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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      Electromechanical switches still a safe choice (28/07/2017)

      Despite the proliferation of touchscreen and other electronic interfaces – and repeated predictions of the demise of electromechanical snap-action switches, their sales remain healthy.

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      Sensationally bright (20/07/2017)

      Poor light conditions in enclosures make the job of electrical professionals extremely difficult, not least because the colours of cables become harder to distinguish. Dimly lit enclosures can allow mistakes to creep in. A new generation of lights from Rittal, developed specially for enclosure technology, provides users with a good solution.

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      Enclosures materials for water and wastewater facilities (26/05/2016)

      Harsh environments similar to those found in water and wastewater facilities can affect the ability of an electrical enclosure to protect the controls contained within, leading to a multitude of problems.