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Tech Articles

Relay specification for smart and renewable energy applications

Sep 12, 2017

Steve Drumm, Business Development Manager – Energy, Omron Electronic Components Europe BV   The growing markets for smart meters and solar panels have very specific design challenges and there are some distinctive considerations that apply when selecting relays and indeed switches for inclusion in these designs. This article explores the main areas in smart meters
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Fitlet Brings Dependable Connectivity to Innovative Fire-Safety Networking Solution

Sep 5, 2017

High reliability, powerful compute performance and rich connectivity made Fitlet – the latest generation of Tiny Green PC’s rugged mini computers – the first choice to power the SMaRT interfaces of Drax Technology’s AMX system for centralising control of complex fire and security networks.   Ensuring the safety of people and places in the event
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Latest trends in Human Machine Interfaces

Aug 29, 2017

By Robert Davies,  Marketing Manager EAO Ltd And David Pearson, Technical Director Anglia Components   The design of HMI’s are constantly evolving, with technological and ergonomic trends driven by the developments in consumer electronics and automotive technology. Whilst the touchscreen might seems to be ubiquitous, the increasing number of machines and electrical appliances in daily
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Innovation in cellular communications: making smart meters even smarter

Aug 22, 2017

Diego Grassi, Senior Manager, Market Development, u-blox   Smart metering aims to reduce energy consumption and costs, and it brings together a range of disciplines and expertise. It is a global trend where governments, regional regulatory bodies, those in the energy/utilities sectors, system integrators, design houses and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are involved in worldwide
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Making the Massive IoT work

Aug 15, 2017

By Andrew Bickley, Arrow Electronics   A great deal has been written about The Internet of Things (IoT), how it will revolutionise people’s lives and how previously inanimate objects are going to be given a level of ‘intelligence’ that will allow them to be operated, monitored and controlled remotely and efficiently. The latest figures suggest
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Effective RF and audio testing of Bluetooth components with just one T&M instrument

Aug 8, 2017

By Dieter Mahnken and Ute Philipp, Rohde & Schwarz Munich   Nearly all new vehicles today offer Bluetooth® handsfree equipment. The Bluetooth connection between smartphone and infotainment system can also be used for numerous other applications. The individual components must undergo RF and audio tests to ensure that the headset, speakers, infotainment system and smartphone
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Developments in control electronics enable the intelligent vending machine

Aug 1, 2017

Fabrizio Petris, Senior Business Development Manager – Sensors Omron Electronic Components Europe B.V.   Vending machines are a relatively unrecognised, but fast growing, market opportunity for the electronics industry. That growth is being driven by a new class of unit: the intelligent vending machine, which marries the convenience and accessibility of instant, on the spot
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Design Tips for Corrosion-Resistant EMI Protection

Jul 25, 2017

By Tim Kearvell, Elastomer Product Manager, Parker Hannifin, Chomerics Division Europe   To prevent electromagnetic radiation (EMI) entering or leaving an electronic enclosure, an EMI gasket must be installed between its mating flanges. However, if the equipment is to be used in a high-humidity and/or marine environment, then correct consideration of corrosion protection is a
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Relay design evolves to address new applications

Jul 18, 2017

Andries de Bruin, Senior European Product Marketing Manager, Omron Electronic Components – Europe   Electromechanical relays are continually evolving and adapting to meet the requirements of new generations of applications. For example, longer endurance power relays are needed to address smart meter applications and devices that can withstand higher inrush current are required for inductive
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3 factors driving the powertrain of the future

Jul 11, 2017

Vincent Hiligsmann – Corporate Strategy Core Markets   21st Century powertrains are an integrated combination of internal combustion engines (ICEs), batteries, transmissions, motors and complex control systems. The technology has been constantly evolving ever since the first powertrains saw the light of day in the late 1800s, but in recent years there have been enormous
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