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Reliable resistor supply for legacy systems

Plant managers across the UK have struggled for years to replace damaged power resistors for one reason or another. Often, the original supplier no longer exists in the UK market, or does not supply resistors any longer, so managers are forced to look for the required components elsewhere. Whether the application is crane control, pumps, fans or compressors, replacement resistors are still needed for legacy systems.
22nd June 2016

Engineering: it’s not just for the boys

Engineering: it’s not just for the boys
As a nation, Britain has a knack for producing and harbouring engineering talent. Throughout history, its resourceful and practical people have poured their energy into infrastructure, innovation and technology. John Logie Baird gifted the world with colour television, Richard Trevithick created the first railway steam locomotive and British mathematician, Charles Babbage, is widely regarded as the ‘father of computers’ after inventing the world’s first programmable computer.
21st June 2016

Q&A with a female process control engineer

Q&A with a female process control engineer
The UK currently has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe, at less than 10%. When we consider Latvia, Bulgaria and Cyprus are leading the way with nearly 30%, it's time for the nation to up its game. National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) is celebrated every year on 23rd June to help raise the profile of women in engineering and focus on the array of career opportunities available in the industry.
21st June 2016


Technology to take hold in Rio

Technology to take hold in Rio
Technology will play a more integral role in this year’s Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro than ever before. Nicolette Emmino takes a closer look. The Olympic Games - with their roots stretching way back to ancient Greece - have seen a shift in attitudes over the years, as technology is now a crucial element of how people relate to the behemoth sporting event.
17th June 2016

The combined power of Ultralife & Accutronics

The combined power of Ultralife & Accutronics
Symbiosis is interaction between two organisms to the advantage of both. There are many examples of this in the natural and business worlds and battery & comms systems specialist Ultralife Corporation’s purchase of UK battery OEM Accutronics, at the start of 2016, is a perfect example. Here, Rob Phillips, sales and marketing director of Accutronics, explains how the new partnership is the ideal match for both companies and their clients.
16th June 2016

Time to upgrade our highways

Time to upgrade our highways
South Korea has created what has been hailed as the first true smart city. The city of Songdo has been built from scratch on 1,500 acres of reclaimed land near the country’s capital, Seoul, and provides residential, commercial and retail services with an “unrivalled smart infrastructure”. This sets a high standard for the smart city movement and raises questions about how much retrofitting existing cities need to do to keep up. Here, Nick Cowley, managing director of MCL Group Industries, explores how our highway infrastructure in particular needs close attention.
15th June 2016

Powering reliable research

Powering reliable research
Power quality specialist REO UK has refreshed REOVAR, a series of variable transformers that provide adjustable output voltages with a constant sinusoidal waveform. REOVAR is designed to eliminate high-frequency electrical interference in test and research facilities where it can lead to falsified results but where various output voltages are required.
15th June 2016

Think outside the box for cranes and hoists

Think outside the box for cranes and hoists
When contemplating entering the cranes and hoists market, panel builders and system integrators need to think outside the box - not only laterally but vertically as well. Mainstream horizontal applications like conveyors cannot be shoehorned into the same category as cranes and hoists. Tony Young, owner and director of CP Automation explains the complexities of vertical lift applications.
13th June 2016

War of the currents: AC/DC power

War of the currents: AC/DC power
Steve Jobs and Bill Gates - two of the most well-known figures in modern technology and also, one of the industry’s most infamous rivalries. “The only problem with Microsoft is they just have no taste,” Jobs famously stated in 1996. Despite the snide remarks and occasional lawsuits, both Jobs and Gates realised there was room on the IT market for both companies to coexist. The same however, cannot be said for George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison. Arguably two of the brightest minds in science, the pair engaged in a decade-long vendetta over alternating (AC) and direct (DC) electrical currents.
13th June 2016

An IoT technology that supports the roll-out phase

An IoT technology that supports the roll-out phase
One of the subjects that wasn’t discussed in detail in this blog about selecting a wireless protocol for your IoT design is what happens when you have designed it? i.e. roll-out. No matter how impressive your solution, let’s not forget that from an end customer perspective, this will be one of their most important concerns. By Tim Bonnett, Director, Alpha Micro Components.
10th June 2016


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