Buy time creating Bluetooth mesh networks
There’s power in numbers. It’s true in tech too. Connecting up to a staggering 32’767 nodes into a single mesh network (at least in theory), Bluetooth mesh technology sends messages across the network, hopping node to node from their source to their destination with a maximum of 127 hops per trip.
Offshore solar farms: a new trend that’s tough on cables and connectors
The world is now familiar with the concept of solar energy; an array of photovoltaic solar panels that turn the sun’s rays into electrical energy for personal and commercial use. Since 2007, solar farms began to migrate from land to the surface of water supply reservoirs such as dams and lakes. The benefits of floating photovoltaic (FPV) are numerous, including freeing up valuable or arable space on land, and reducing evaporation from water...
Key technologies defining smarter factories: data security
To conclude this blog series on smart factories, we will tackle the subject of protecting all the acquired data from hacking and industrial espionage. IoT devices are essential components of smarter factories, but they also represent a major threat to its data security. By Mark Patrick, Mouser Electronics
Trending topics and troubleshooting tips from Hakko
Hakko has published its latest edition of Hakko Tech Tips, where the company has compiled a list of its trending Q&As to help shed some light on the most frequently asked questions fielded by Hakko’s Technical Support Team. The company also explore some of the what’s, how’s and why’s of soldering with Hakko products and take a closer look at some effective troubleshooting tips.
Key technologies defining smarter factories: AI
Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area in which activity is now ramping up at a phenomenal rate. There are many different constituent branches to AI – the more popular ones include data mining to find previously unknown relationships between data points, and machine learning (ML), this can help create smarter factories. By Mark Patrick, Mouser Electronics
Five steps to keep automation up and running
The high productivity and throughput achieved by implementing automated processes is a key benefit to manufacturers considering a transition from more manual approaches. Down-time due to planned or unplanned maintenance can quickly negate efficiencies if production processes are halted for too long. Every second an automated production is offline costs money, which soon adds up. In this article, TME reviews different maintenance strategies and ou...
Out-of-the-box spoofing mitigation with Galileo’s OS-NMA service
Over the past two decades, satellite-based positioning has become an indispensable, every-day technology that we constantly rely on - often even without being aware of it. With the relentless expansion of applications and use cases, driven largely by falling cost of ownership and improvements in positioning accuracy, there will soon be one GNSS receiver in operation for every person on the planet.
Accelerating transformation for the industrial revolution
I have always been interested and somewhat fascinated by machines, especially the ones that are used to build other machines. I have good memories of my visits to an enormous foundry or a ship factory. This dates back 30 years when I was working in a machine shop as a high school senior. I loved the industrial saws used to cut 2” thick sheets of mica or the G-code programmed CNCs. Enough of this and back to the topic of the Fourth Industria...
Key technologies defining smarter factories: digital twinning
The EU currently represents more than 30% of the overall global investment in Industry 4.0, and smart factories (particularly those concerned with making automobiles) are on the rise across Europe. One essential concept is for smarter factories that of the digital twin. This integrates at the system level sensor/IoT devices, data analytics, data storage and machine learning. By Mark Patrick, Mouser Electronics
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...