EPDT May 2020 issue (inc. Lighting & Rail features + PXI for T&M supplement) now available online

04 May 2020

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This month’s issue, now available in print or digital editions, contains features on Lighting technologies & Rail applications, plus EPDT's annual PXI for Test & Measurement supplement.

As we all adjust to the new normal of life under lockdown, my Editor's Comment this month reflects some of great work engineers & scientists are doing to help address the COVID-19 pandemic (p4 digital issue or web version).

Our cover story (p6 digital issue or web version) explores 2020 trends for LED design through a round table discussion with a panel of lighting & thermal experts.

Sticking with Lighting, we also explain how LED technology can be utilised to help passengers feel more at ease, or in tune, with their environment (p10 digital issue or web version).

For Rail, we preview Europe’s largest outdoor railway showcase, Rail Live (p12 digital issue or web version); we review the revised EN50155 standard governing electronic systems for the rail industry (p15 digital issue or web version); and we explain how, once HS2 is operational, braking resistors will be crucial for stopping the world’s fastest trains (p16 digital issue or web version).

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Our annual PXI for T&M supplement (p17 digital issue) opens with an intro from the President of the PXI Systems Alliance (p18 digital issue or web version). It also includes a case study explaining how the PXI platform can go from design to test with minimal system changes, adapting to changing requirements & shrinking timelines (p19 digital issue or web version); it talks us through recent changes to the PXI specification, including increased module & chassis power capabilities & using PXI on Linux (p21 digital issue or web version); it offers hints & tips on the selection of measurement device for testing electronic assemblies (p24 digital issue or web version); it addresses the challenges of multiport test (p28 digital issue or web version); and it explores how compact, complex switching systems can be created, using signal routing software to guarantee safe programming of interconnected PXI switch modules (p30 digital issue or web version).

And finally, our regular STEM Matters column features a guest post from Newcastle College describing the changing landscape it is seeing for women in engineering (p34 digital issue or web version).

As always, I hope you enjoy the issue – and I’d love to hear what you think or any ideas for topics you’d like EPDT to cover. You can email me at mark.gradwell@imlgroup.co.uk...

Mark Gradwell


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