Opportunities beckon for agile manufacturing
Electronics manufacturers that have the ability to adapt to complex and challenging market conditions are most likely to benefit from a rising demand for electronic components such as sensors. Dave Cleal, Technical Director of Offshore Electronics explains the benefits of agile manufacturing.
Challenging year ahead for the UK connector industry
It has taken just a little under three months to turn what had the real potential to be a positive 2020 for the UK connector industry into one that has shaken every business to the core. The shutdown in China, for example, has had a significant effect on the supply chain while the dramatic changes in commodity prices will have an obvious impact on materials and manufacturing as well as incoming costs and outgoing prices.
Profitably recovering critical metals from low-grade ore
Critical metals and economically significant metals, such as cobalt and nickel, can be recovered profitably from metal refining wastes as well as ores with lower than usual concentrations. This was demonstrated by an EU project coordinated by VTT, which developed new and combined existing recovery methods.
New way of exploring farming data could half R&D time
Ag-tech company, Agrimetrics, has launched a new, interactive tool for looking at food and farming data. They claim it will improve sustainability & productivity by accelerating artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics.
R&S FSW85 mmWave radar-based sensor technology
Test and measurement expert Rohde & Schwarz has provided Acconeer with an R&S FSW85 signal and spectrum analyser. Acconeer will use it to develop A111, its low power pulsed coherent radar sensor that operates in the 60GHz unlicensed frequency band and is particularly suited to IoT applications.
Touch sensor tech helps tourists visit Shinto shrines
Japan has become an increasingly popular destination for holidaymakers who value its unique culture and heritage. Japan is home to 23 World Heritage Sites, ranging from beautiful lakes, stunning waterfalls and lush bamboo forests, to serene Shinto shrines and tranquil temples.
Altium 365 cloud platform for PCB design released
Altium has announced the availability of Altium 365, a cloud platform for PCB design and realisation. The platform is poised to transform the electronics industry by bridging the gap between PCB designers, part suppliers, and manufacturers through seamless collaboration as the design evolves.
Weathering the storm in the oil & gas industry
In these days of plummeting oil & gas prices and uncertainty on every side, it is important for rig owners and operators to have a good layup strategy in place. This will help them retain the value of their assets until the market warrants bringing them back online.
When fine control of micromotor speed matters
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Mo Farah became the first British track and field athlete to win three Olympic gold medals, after winning gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 metre races. The secret to his success was careful control of speed to navigate bends and avoid early fatigue. Likewise, in many industrial processes, precise control of micromotor speed is essential.
Tech provides targeted support for plastics industry
Plastic is still the material of the future. The plastics industry, and the plastics processing industry in particular, provide a platform for technological advancement and form the basis for a range of other industries. However, there are also growing challenges facing the plastics industry.