Supporting safe and smart spaces
EnOcean Alliance, an international association of leading companies in the building and IT industries, has announced a major focus on supporting businesses and public sector organisations around the world to safely reopen following the widespread COVID-19 lockdown, using flexible, connected energy harvesting sensors to create safe and smart spaces. Initiatives will include webinars and training, as well as a pilot ‘Smart...
Overcoming the barriers to smart materials
For all the benefits they offer, smart materials are not always a viable option for manufacturers. This is because they often rely on technologies that are still in their infancy or suffer from issues such as poor reliability and longevity. Here Neil Ballinger, head of EMEA at automation parts supplier EU Automation, looks at some of the barriers to smart material commercialisation.
PCIM Europe digital days award-winning presentations
The PCIM Europe advisory board, led by Professor Dr. Leo Lorenz, ECPE, Germany, has selected this year’s winning entries from over 370 papers submitted. The Young Engineer Awards have been granted to exceptional contributions by young professionals. The Best Paper Award was presented to the best paper overall. For the first time, these presentations can be experienced free of charge during the virtual format of the PCIM Europe.
Amass DC power connectors
Amass has a wide portfolio of high-current DC power connectors and accessories which are compatible with various types of batteries. The fact that the company’s headquarters are located in the same area where many Li-Ion and Li-Po battery manufacturers are seated is no doubt an asset here. During 18 years of its operation, Amass has become one of the leading manufacturers of connectors.
Safely accessing stadiums when lockdown eases
Eco, which came to the nation’s aid by delivering one million items of PPE to UK care homes in seven days, is focused on how to allow access to stadiums when lockdown eases. The English Premier League and the Championship are due to restart on June 17th and June 20th respectively - but all matches will be behind closed doors. Scottish football is hoping to start the 2020/21 season in August.
MoU develops Open Autonomy solution for mining
Wenco International Mining Systems and Oxbotica have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop an Open Autonomy solution for mining. Initial trials are underway, and the companies are actively recruiting mining partners with appropriate testing grounds.
A motor driver with a bridge to a wonderful heritage
If you’re into cars you’ll be able to run-off a list of classic, iconic vehicles that were pivotal in automotive history. The same goes for aviation, with quintessential designs being memorable for their shape, role or performance. Compared to these sectors, semiconductors are a fledgling industry, having only really got started back in the 1950s. Some 70 years into its history, now is a good time to reflect on our history in order th...
Getting to know Arm architecture
The Arm architecture now dominates the embedded processing and computing space. It has come a long way over the last few decades – starting out in the 1980s as a processor for home computers, then becoming the foundation for cellular handsets in the 1990s. Mark Patrick, Mouser Electronics, explains.
Purpose-built neural networks for bigger efficiency gains
Neural networks can be categorised as a set of algorithms modelled loosely after the human brain that can ‘learn’ by incorporating new data. Indeed, many benefits can be derived from developing purpose-built ‘computationally efficient’ neural network models. However, to ensure your model is effective, there are several key requirements that need to be considered. Quenton Hall, AI System Architect for Industrial, Vision, He...
Flexible circuit boards: enabling cheaper substrates
Picture a flexible circuit board (FPCB) and you will almost inevitably visualise a sheet of orange/brown plastic, probably with a few copper traces and maybe some soldered components on it. This plastic is PI (polyimide/Kapton), and its ubiquity is primarily due to its temperature resistance and general durability.