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      Editor’s comment: Does etymology matter in engineering?… (03/11/2021)

      Regular readers will know that I often talk about the vital role engineers play in addressing the grand challenges facing society – creating, developing & building technologies to solve problems & improve everyday life. And those same readers will also be all too aware of the ongoing STEM skills gap, with industry consistently struggling to recruit sufficient numbers of engineers.

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      EPDT November 2021 issue (inc. Manufacturing & Automotive features + T&M supplement) now available online (02/11/2021)

      This month’s issue, now available in print or digital editions, contains features on Manufacturing technologies & Automotive applications, plus the latest edition of EPDT's Test & Measurement supplement.

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      LIVE & updated! All the latest EPDT COVID-19 electronics industry news & stories... (02/11/2021)

      As the coronavirus pandemic outbreak continues to dominate the news cycle & media channels, EPDT is trying to feature all the best & latest COVID-19 electronics & manufacturing news, stories & updates for you – and now, we're collecting it together in one place for you in a regularly updated summary with links to the original posts...

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      Lights out, power on: reliable power in reduced-workforce manufacturing facilities (01/11/2021)

      The COVID-19 pandemic has put increasing pressure on industry to move towards reduced physical workforces & ever-increasing automation. While not a new phenomenon, so-called ‘lights-out manufacturing’ has taken on new importance in a landscape where the overcrowding of people could present a health & safety hazard. However, this comes with its own challenges, not least ensuring the proper maintenance of industrial robots.

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      Changing requirements for fastenings in the evolving EV market (01/11/2021)

      Rapid growth in the electric vehicle (EV) market, including associated products such as batteries & charging units, is demanding a different approach – accelerating time-to-market, compared to traditional vehicle production. ‘Fast to market’ is the byword as companies enter the market with a mindset we are far more used to seeing in the electronics & high-tech sectors.

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      Live remote factory acceptance testing (01/11/2021)

      Global motor & drive manufacturer, WEG has developed a new testing procedure to allow customers to witness the factory acceptance test (FAT) process without travelling to a WEG manufacturing plant. Used in Portugal since March 2020, the remote testing system has helped keep projects on schedule, despite coronavirus-related lockdowns, travel restrictions & social distancing regulations limiting in-person factory visits.

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      Selecting resins for effective resistance in end-use environments (31/10/2021)

      When embarking on resin selection, there will be critical points that arise for effective resistance in end-use environments. Here, Beth Turner, Senior Technical Manager & Resins Specialist at ELECTROLUBE, part of MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions, takes a closer look at the fundamental chemistries of potting & encapsulation resins, examining how each type offers individual properties that can be exploited to maximise performance under a wide range of environmental conditions.

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      Turning e-waste into gold: The Royal Mint brings world-first sustainable precious metal technology to the UK (20/10/2021)

      Pioneering new technology will enable The Royal Mint to recover precious metals from discarded electronic devices such as mobile phones & laptops – providing a source of high-quality precious metals, while offering a solution to significant & growing environmental challenge of electronic waste. Helps secure a future for The Royal Mint as a leader in sustainably sourced precious metals & the circular economy in the UK.

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      On Ada Lovelace Day #ALD21: What can a flying horse tell us about the problem with STEM education? (12/10/2021)

      On Ada Lovelace Day, an international day celebrating the achievements of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths), Professor Beverley Gibbs, Chief Academic Officer at new provider of higher education, NMITE (New Model Institute for Technology & Engineering), reflects on what Ada Lovelace’s flying horse can tell us about some very modern problems with educating engineers.