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5 steps to accelerate your project with BSP porting

When choosing embedded hardware for a new product, there is a bewilderingly wide range of choices. However, navigating your way through the sea of CPU options and OS choices can be much simpler with these five steps in the vital skill of Board Support Package (BSP) porting.
18th April 2016

Urban mining: how much gold is in your old laptop?

Urban mining: how much gold is in your old laptop?
'Urban mining', a new buzzword in the waste and recycling industry, is the act of reclaiming electronic goods to cash in on the precious metals inside. With commodity prices still at high levels as investors turn away from diving oil prices, recycled gold and silver inside discarded electric devices suddenly make sound financial sense, says BusinessWaste.co.uk.
13th April 2016

Robots have fun in the park but can they do push-ups?

Robots have fun in the park  but can they do push-ups?
Steve Rogerson looks at some of the recent news that may have missed the front page. I didn’t have far to go for Medicity Innovators’ Week, a medical technology event in Nottingham. However, it didn’t get off to the best start as they announced at the beginning that one of the keynote speakers had cancelled due to ill health. 
8th April 2016


The internet of vulnerable things

The internet of vulnerable things
Every year in Louisville, Kentucky, hackers and security experts gather for DerbyCon. While a get-together of hackers may sound troubling on its own, what’s truly disturbing is what came out of last year’s conference. Medical cyber crime is on the rise, and there are thousands of critical medical devices which can currently be located online and hacked directly. By Rob Phillips, sales and marketing director of Accutronics.
7th April 2016

Are your machines ready for the 21st Century?

Are your machines ready for the 21st Century?
The cost of production downtime varies significantly from one industry sector to another, but without a doubt, when it occurs, downtime is a troublesome and expensive inconvenience for all manufacturers. More often than not, halts in production could be avoided, so imagine just how much manufacturers could save if machine data was available to anticipate breakdowns.
6th April 2016

Obsolescence challenges for the automotive industry

Obsolescence challenges for the automotive industry
As the industry that introduced the traditional six-axis robotic arm to its production lines in the early 1960s, the automotive sector has, in some cases, stayed surprisingly stagnant when it comes to innovation. However, in the past few years the race to design and build self-driving cars, augmented reality windscreens and additive manufactured parts has started to gain speed.
6th April 2016

Move over millennials, Generation Z is here

Move over millennials, Generation Z is here
Over the past 20 years, technology has developed so quickly that many of us are struggling to keep up. When endeavouring to use the latest operating system or smartphone, we often reminisce to a time when the most advanced form of technology was the floppy disk. However, the generation entering the workforce this year is already accustomed to rapid technological developments, as it has never known a world without them.
5th April 2016

AdoptSMT previews SMT Hybrid Packaging portfolio

AdoptSMT previews SMT Hybrid Packaging portfolio
Ahead of SMT Hybrid Packaging 2016 (26 to 28th April 2016), Erhard Hofmann, MD AdoptSMT, explains what the company is showcasing in Nuremberg. The company’s promise: “We keep your production running” is strengthened with investments for customer support and new introductions for industrial identification, PCB assembly and hand soldering.
1st April 2016

3 tips for UK manufacturers who want to succeed in exporting

3 tips for UK manufacturers who want to succeed in exporting
According to a report by the British Chamber of Commerce, the final quarter of 2015 witnessed exports fall to below pre-recession levels. Experiencing its poorest performance since 2009, the UK needs companies to focus more on overseas markets if it wants to see exports pick up again. Here Simone Bruckner, Managing Director, Cressall Resistors, shares his three top tips for UK manufacturers considering exporting.
1st April 2016

Which wireless router is right for you?

Which wireless router is right for you?
We can all agree that, while not the sexiest of gadgets, wireless routers are very important: you need to select the right one for your requirements. Whether you work from home, spend lots of time playing online games or just stream a lot of Netflix, a good router is essential to ensure you have a fast and reliable internet connection.
23rd March 2016


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