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      Digi-Key celebrates 10 years of support for FIRST Robotics STEM competition (05/07/2022)

      Component distributor, Digi-Key Electronics is proud to announce it has received special recognition for 10 years of generous support of the FIRST® Robotics STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) Competition.

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      Tomorrow’s Engineers Week set to take place 7 to 11 November 2022 (05/07/2022)

      The tenth Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (#TEWeek22) will take place from Monday 7 to Friday 11 November 2022. The Week will encourage young people to experience the world of engineering and provide exciting interactive opportunities to explore what modern engineering careers have to offer.

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      World's first commercial 'sand battery' provides green energy storage in Finland (05/07/2022)

      Now in operation at Vatajankoski power plant in Finland, Polar Night Energy’s first commercial sand-based high temperature heat storage offers a potential solution to a key problem with renewable power – how to store green energy. This thermal energy storage, which has a hundred tons of sand inside, is now producing low emission district heating for the city of Kankaanpää in Western Finland.

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      New ebook on automotive electrification trends & technologies from Vicor (05/07/2022)

      Downloadable ebook from Vicor shares insights into new power conversion & battery trends & technologies, including case studies, to support vehicle electrification.

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      MicroSys extends scalability of its NXP S32G vehicle network processor-based system-on-modules (05/07/2022)

      New S32G3-based miriac system-on-module (SoM) offers 2.5 times more performance for functional safety applications, particularly in automotive.

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      UK’s first Critical Minerals Intelligence Centre (CMIC) to help build a more resilient economy (04/07/2022)

      CMIC to boost UK resilience & growth by providing up-to-date data & analysis on supply of critical minerals. Critical minerals like cobalt, lithium & graphite essential to manufacturing products such as EV batteries, wind turbines & fighter jets. Centre to be run by the British Geological Survey in Nottingham; will help keep UK ahead of an increasingly competitive global market for critical minerals.

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      Editor’s comment: Progress – but not enough... (03/07/2022)

      With women still hugely under-represented in engineering, INWED (International Women in Engineering Day) continues to play a vital role in raising the profile of women in engineering – helping encourage more young women & girls to take up engineering careers. Despite progress in the last decade, engineering remains an overwhelmingly male-dominated field…

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      EPDT July 2022 issue (inc. Electromechanical + Military & Aerospace features + Distribution supplement) now available online (02/07/2022)

      This month’s issue, now available in print or digital editions, contains features on Electromechanical technologies and Military & Aerospace applications, plus the latest edition of EPDT's twice-yearly Electronics Distribution supplement.

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      EPDT's H2 2022 Electronics Distribution supplement now available online (02/07/2022)

      Included in this month’s EPDT July 2022 issue, the latest edition of this year's twice-yearly Electronics Distribution supplement, covering the world of electronic components distribution, is now available in print or digital editions.

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      ecsn Chairman’s viewpoint: Same problems, different causes... (01/07/2022)

      In his last report for EPDT’s Distribution supplement, in January 2022, ecsn Chairman, Adam Fletcher predicted that 2022 would throw up ever more challenges for the global electronic components supply network, and for the many technology OEMs that depend on it. Of course, he couldn’t foresee the dramatic swing in geopolitical tensions ahead – and the additional disruption it would create!

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      Q&A with Digi-Key: European market update (01/07/2022)

      2022 is already well on its way to being another strong year for the electronics distribution sector, despite tight supply from component manufacturers & continued supply chain disruptions. In this Q&A, EPDT talks to Ian Wallace, Digi-Key VP of Americas & EMEA Business Development, who provides an update on how the firm is faring in 2022, what he's looking forward to & new developments that electronic component distributor, Digi-Key is working on to better serve customers…

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      Q&A with Mouser: Market challenges & opportunities (01/07/2022)

      In this Q&A, EPDT talks to Mark Burr-Lonnon, Mouser Electronics’ Senior Vice President of Global Service and EMEA & APAC Business, who provides an update on electronics industry market challenges &  opportunities that component distributor, Mouser Electronics has observed – including his thoughts on COVID, Brexit & ongoing supply chain turbulence…

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      Top 10 tips: Creativity in the electronics industry supply chain can help counter chip shortages (01/07/2022)

      Thanks to Brexit, the COVID-19 pandemic & now the Russia-Ukraine war, the risks & shortfalls in our global supply chains have come front & centre for most companies over the last 2 years, especially for the electronics industry. To recognise World Supply Chain Day on 21 April, Dunstan Power, Director at embedded electronics consultancy, ByteSnap Design has 10 tips for design engineers to help keep their projects on track & minimise the effects of supply chain disruptions…

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      The benefits of a quality ethos (01/07/2022)

      In manufacturing environments, a reference to “quality” may bring to mind industry standards & accreditations, or productivity statistics, yield curves & defect analysis. It can be viewed as solely the domain of production & quality teams – but Tony Downer, Chief Technology Officer at value added electronics distributor, Solid State Supplies believes that companies committed to a quality ethos throughout their business can realise huge benefits…

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      Powering air travel with greener, high-efficiency electric power systems (01/07/2022)

      Escalating concerns over the environmental impacts of fossil fuel consumption, air pollution & rising CO2 emissions is driving worldwide demand for pure-electric vehicle (EV) & hybrid-electric vehicles (HEV). This reflects an acknowledgment that electric power is essential to reducing the carbon footprint of automotive transportation. The aerospace industry is also starting to undergo a similar evolution, analysing the cost & performance benefits of electric-powered aviation.

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      Next generation avionics: from aircraft to spaceship (01/07/2022)

      High data speeds, miniaturisation & improved functionality increasingly place new demands on the connectivity & infrastructure in the next generation of avionics, as aircraft transform into flying data centres, says Geoff Hill, founder & Managing Director at electronic component distributor, Astute Electronics…

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      Analysing the molecular fingerprint of your PCB in electronics manufacturing (01/07/2022)

      Rapid growth rates in electronics production, combined with continually rising quality standards & high requirements on process reliability, demand innovative measurement methods in order to remain competitive & guarantee the highest quality standards to customers...

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      Factors to consider when choosing thermal interface materials (01/07/2022)

      From consumer electronics to aerospace, all electronic devices require active thermal management, to effectively dissipate heat away from components. The bottleneck of thermal management is often the conduction between heat-generating components & cooling components...

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      M12 connectors power industrial applications (01/07/2022)

      In the competitive world of industrial connectivity, the M12 connector is a highly popular solution. Part of the metric connector family which includes the smaller M5 & M8, the M12 has found a huge range of applications within industry & beyond, says David Phillips, Managing Director of binder UK & Director of International Sales for specialists in circular connectors for industrial & automation technology, the binder group…

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      Evolution of enclosures for today’s industrial electronics (01/07/2022)

      Industrial electronic enclosures are evolving faster than ever to match the ever-accelerating pace of change in the sector: long gone are the days of prosaic boxes. Today’s advanced enclosures offer technical features designed to suit a broad spectrum of applications in challenging environments, says Robert Cox, Marketing Director at specialist industrial electronics enclosures manufacturer, ROLEC.