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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.