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      Why thermal management is crucial to the design of electric vehicles (06/04/2018)

      Following the UK government’s (and many other countries') announcement to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, there is likely to be a seismic shift in the automotive industry, as lithium-ion battery-powered cars are likely to become the de facto standard for road cars. Accordingly, 6SigmaET look at the importance of thermal management in EVs...

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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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      Trends in battery technology (05/03/2018)

      Just as diamond is formed under intense pressure and is the world’s most valuable gemstone, so too is battery technology developed under increasing pressure from consumers and manufacturers, and is one of the most valuable components in devices. But how is this pressure shaping the future of battery design?

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      EMI threats for MedTech (16/02/2018)

      Nowadays, pacemakers are commonly used to maintain a regular heart rate; this piece at EMC Standards looks at how electrical interference can lead to pacemaker issues.

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      How to reduce Li-ion self-discharge test times (15/02/2018)

      This Keysight piece outlines how to discern good versus bad cell self-discharge performance in a matter of minutes (instead of weeks) with a newly implemented technique – saving cost and accelerating time-to-market.

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      Miniaturised medical interconnects serve rapid evolution in medtech (05/02/2018)

      This article discusses how technological demands from hospitals, practitioners and patients is driving miniaturisation of equipment, sensors and probes – and how cable and connector manufacturers are responding.

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      Medical wearables: powered by energy harvesting (01/11/2017)

      The total medical electronics market in 2015 was valued at ~$3B and is expected to grow at an annual compound growth rate of 5.4% – reaching $4.41B by 2022. Here, Linear Technology explains that it should therefore come as no surprise that some of the key factors driving this growth are ageing population and growing lifestyle diseases; and the ever-increasing adoption of wearable medical electronics.

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      When standard solutions just don’t measure up to the job… (25/10/2017)

      Designers and specifiers of electronics hardware usually have a couple of simple options. Either their requirement is easily defined, in which case searching for available suppliers is relatively straightforward; or the requirement cannot be easily identified and found – or worse still, the specifier ends up making a poor choice based on ‘closest match’.

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      Seeking out electrical arcing regions in satellite systems (25/10/2017)

      Electrical arcing discharge in orbiting satellites can cause system failure, but is hard to predict. This piece from COMSOL explains how engineers at the Russian IHCE have adopted multiphysics simulation software to identify the critical regions where failures originate and to protect onboard equipment.