REO UK Articles
Ensuring consistent power supply in medical care
In England alone, the NHS deals with over one million patients every 36 hours. With an ever-growing need for better healthcare and facilities, hospitals are demanding better network solutions, with information technology and its supporting infrastructure becoming critical components within the industry. Here, Steve Hughes, Managing Director of REO UK, has discussed the need for consistent power supply to continue life-saving treatments.
Exploring EN 60601-1 for safety and reliability
All types of electrical medical equipment can present a range of hazards to the user, the patient and to service personnel. Most design engineers recognise that conformance and verification of medical devices to BS EN IEC 60601-1 will meet the safety standards required for such an item. Here, Steve Hughes, Managing Director of REO UK, has explored the EN 60601-1 standard and how it helps keep both patients and caregivers safe.
Ensuring continuity of medical power
In June 2020, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a speech announcing some plans for the nation’s recovery from lockdown and the COVID-19 pandemic. This recovery plan included the availability of funds for the NHS, part of which would support the building of new hospitals. These new buildings would allow healthcare providers to ensure reliable medical power supply from the outset.
Laying the groundwork for rail electrification
Network Rail recently laid out its preliminary plans to decarbonise the rail network, which involved finding alternatives to diesel trains and electrifying more than 7,000 miles of track by 2050. The addition of more electric trains to tracks, alongside greater electrification, will add a new need for robust electrical infrastructure to support the network in a clean and safe way. Here, Steve Hughes, Managing Director of REO UK, explains&nbs...
Powering the rise of e-mobility
REO UK will be exhibiting at the UK’s premier low-carbon vehicle event CENEX-LCV, from 18th-19th November, 2020. The event, which had record-breaking numbers of attendees in 2019, will be held virtually this year and is a chance for attendees and exhibitors alike to share practical insights, industry knowledge and announce new innovations, products and initiatives.
Exploring advancements in EVs and charging in 2020
Electric Vehicles (EVs) and the wider electric transportation has gone from strength to strength in the past decade. Over the next five years, a total of eight million drivers in the UK will switch to Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (HEVs) according to CompareTheMarket, driving demand for robust charging infrastructure. Here, Steve Hughes, Managing Director of REO UK, explores how the industry is shaping up for the 2020s.
Choosing transformers for critical medicine
Modern examination and operating methods would not be possible without the use of electricity. Transformers used in these applications are designed to protect patients, staff and the equipment used in their care, and as such are required to meet demanding specifications. Steve Hughes, Managing Director at REO UK, explains the key considerations when specifying a medical transformer.
Sailing on a sea of electricity
We’re taught that electricity and water don’t mix. The truth is they mix very well - far too well, in fact. Electricity travels through water far more efficiently than it can through air, so it’s not hard to imagine the problems that water can cause when it gets into electronics. Here, Steve Hughes, Managing Director of REO UK, covers the challenges modern electronics face on the high seas.
Keeping the turbines turning
As the need for renewable energy grows, so too does the need for reliable electronics for turbines. Design engineers are charged with the task of keeping turbines turning and ensuring that power flows reliably, says Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK.
Getting the UK up to speed with EVs
You’ve doubtless heard of the UK Government’s plans to ban the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars from the year 2035. That’s less than 5,500 days left to run out and buy that gas-guzzling SUV you know you shouldn’t, but it also means the days remaining to electrify the UK’s road network are rapidly running out. Here, Steve Hughes, Managing Director of REO UK, points out some potential potholes on the roa...
Streamlining electrical components
Variety is the spice of life. But, as anyone who’s tried to throw a curry together without a recipe knows well, you can certainly have too much. When specifying electrical components, engineers are often presented with dizzying spreadsheets filled with technical datapoints, for hundreds of devices.
Private workshop upgrades machine tools with REO
Power quality specialist, REO deals mainly with large or medium-sized equipment manufacturers and electrical installers. So, it was pleased to be contacted directly by the private owner of a small vintage car parts workshop in the South Downs, UK. The customer was experiencing power issues while upgrading its machine tools, for which the CNW933 sine wave filter was identified as the best solution.
An insight into the future of engineering
In November 2019, REO UK celebrated 30 years of excellence in electrical engineering by releasing its book, R30: The past, present and future of power, on Amazon Kindle. Steve Hughes, Managing Director of REO UK and author of R30, shares some of the top-level insight explored in the book.
Electronics – 30 years of smart evolution
REO UK has produced a new infographic reflecting key changes in the electronic and electrical engineering sectors over the last 30 years. The infographic charts significant developments in a continuing electronic evolution that’s seen the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT), surgical robots, and electric vehicles (EVs).
How to stop a speeding train
After doubts about the future of the UK’s high-speed rail link HS2, the government has said the project will go ahead, although delayed by up to three years, in 2029. The prospect of 250mph rail travel is again real and, while the brakes have been put on HS2 for now, OEMs and engineers should consider how the trains will function safety. That includes their braking systems.
Thirty years smarter, a timeline of change
For its 30th anniversary, power quality company, REO UK has produced a new infographic reflecting key changes in the electronic and electrical engineering sectors over the last 30 years. The infographic, which is now available on the REO website, charts significant developments in a continuing electronic evolution that’s seen the rise of the IoT, surgical robots, EVs and more.
Keep track of greenhouse gases with electric trains
Moving from air and road to rail would reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, says Caroline Hayes
Avoiding shocks when electrifying rail
The political wind has been blowing towards complete rail electrification for decades now without significant progress, so it’s clearly not a straightforward problem to tackle. If it’s to be done, it needs be done right. Here, Steve Hughes, Managing Director of power quality specialist REO UK, explains the importance of ensuring the components underpinning electric trains are carefully considered.
Bringing high power to small resistor
REO UK has brought high power brake resistors into the 21st century with its new REOHM series 155 braking resistors for industrial control cabinets. The product can deliver up to 3,500W of continuous power to drives with medium- and high-power frequency converters, with isolation voltages to 4.4kV, in a compact design that helps the product overcome the common problems with electrical braking resistors.
Engineering a safer future for medtech
Political and social conversations frequently overlook the role of design and electrical engineers in improving the health of the sector, warns Steve Hughes, REO