European photonics industry growing at more than double global GDP rate
New research recently published shows European photonics is growing at more than double the rate of global GDP - outperforming EU GDP and EU industrial production by three and five times, respectively. Present in many high-end, next-generation products, photonics technologies have proved to be long-term drivers of growth through their indispensable role in future markets.
Learning from the global chip shortage
An increasing number of consumers are being impacted by the global chip shortage that currently plagues the electronics manufacturing sector. The semiconductor supply chain is unique, but there are lessons that all manufacturers can learn from its shortcomings. Here Neil Ballinger, Head of EMEA at automation parts supplier EU Automation, has discussed how the global chip shortage can teach us a valuable lesson in resource management.
Now is the time to switch to ERP to stay ahead
Last month’s budget announcement from Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed a ‘Help to Grow’ scheme with a digital component that includes the availability of vouchers for eligible SMEs. These vouchers are giving SMEs 50% of the purchase of ‘productivity-enhancing’ software up to the value of £5,000 each. This is quite the incentive for electrical and electronics businesses ramping up any digital transformation effor...
How can digital nomad visas enable work from anywhere?
The concept of digital nomads - people who use telecommunications technologies to work remotely from anywhere in the world - isn’t anything new. However, for those choosing to adopt this lifestyle, a recent visa trend has made the process much easier. When combined with the right communications technology, the rise of digital nomad visas has the potential to enable long-term remote working. Here, Kristian Torode, Director and Co-Founde...
Kickstarting ethical transformation for engineering
Engineers Without Borders UK, a movement to put global responsibility at the heart of engineering, has launched its latest strategy to radically change the current culture in the engineering sector in order to ensure a safe and just future for all.
Small IGBT and IPM drivers for industrial applications
Renesas Electronics has expanded its family of 8.2mm creepage photocouplers with three new devices designed for operation in harsh industrial automation equipment, solar inverter, and EV charger operating environments. Measuring a mere 2.5x2.1mm in an LSSO5 package, the world’s smallest optical isolated IGBT drivers and Intelligent Power Module (IPM) driver reduce PCB mounting areas by up to 35% compared with other devices on the marke...
Are automated deliveries coming soon?
In the US sci-fi sitcom Futurama, the protagonist Fry is blasted forward in time to New Year 2999 where he finds he is still, alas, a humble pizza delivery boy. Recent trends suggest, however, that many deliveries will soon be fulfilled by automated technologies, whether that is automated trucks, drones or robots. Here, Roger Brereton, Head of Sales at Pailton Engineering, looks at why some experts are expecting a greater role for automation...
How to manage hazardous waste in your business
If your company produces hazardous waste at any point, then it is your responsibility to make sure there is a viable waste management system in place to deal with it. Failure to do so can result in damage to the environment and harm to human health.
Cervoz Powerguard: the trusted protection against power failure
In the face of natural disasters and power shortages, the Cervoz Powerguard offers a much-needed protection against power loss for preserving data integrity.
High speed DAQ Module enables smaller solution footprint
Analog Devices, Inc (ADI) has introduced a 16-bit, 15 MSPS data acquisition mModule solution for digitising fast transient signals in power analysis applications, and enabling low latency digital control loop in Hardware in the Loop (HiL) applications or source measurement unit applications.