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Check out the productronica 2019 round-up podcast here

Check out the productronica 2019 round-up podcast here
Despite the poor weather, visitors poured into productronica to witness the latest innovations in product equipment and test and measurement instrumentation, alongside developments in materials and solvents. Kicking off productronica this year, Keysight Technologies launched a new product in the form of their latest in-circuit testers. 
21st November 2019

Digital Metal launches a no-hand production concept for 3D metal printing

Digital Metal launches a no-hand production concept for 3D metal printing
Digital Metal introduced in 2013, this unique binder-jetting technology which has already enabled production of more than 300,000 components. Several Digital Metal DM P2500 printers are already in serial production producing series of up to 40,000 components. In 2018, additional delivery agreements were signed with major European players in the automotive and aerospace segment. Now, Digital Metal takes yet another step towards the future by launching a fully automated no-hand production concept.
18th October 2018

Five technologies that are improving the healthcare system

Five technologies that are improving the healthcare system
  Healthcare has so many applications for the latest technology. Now that Electronic Health Records (EHR) have been implemented in over 95% of hospitals in the incentive programme, it’s easier for hospitals to leverage patient data, implement new technology, and improve patient outcomes. 
19th June 2018


Imprinting cables and wiring as fast as a hunting lion

Imprinting cables and wiring as fast as a hunting lion
Did you know, that when a lion is hunting it can run at speeds of more than 60km/h. Modern cable extruding machines operate at a similar pace. The problem: marking systems run the risk of creating bottlenecks in production. The solution from Paul Leibinger, KG: JET Rapid –one of the world's fastest continuous inkjet (CIJ) printers, that can keep up with speeds of up to 1,000m/min. Its users include cable manufacturers such as HUBER+SUHNER from Pfäffikon in Switzerland.
17th April 2018

LOPEC 2018 Technical Conference: ‘Smart and hybrid systems’

LOPEC 2018 Technical Conference: ‘Smart and hybrid systems’
Electronic Specifier recently attended the international exhibition and conference for the printed electronics industry, LOPEC 2018. Here, we report on the Technical Conference, ‘Smart and hybrid systems’, which had keynote speakers from ABInBev, TactoTek, American Semiconductor and CeNTI.
23rd March 2018

The production processes that go into creating printed electronics

The production processes that go into creating printed electronics
There are more processes that go into printed electronics than you may think. From the production of the ink and pastes to the packaging, here are six companies that exhibited at the trade show for printed electronics, LOPEC 2018, held March 14-15 in Munich, that can provide some insight into the intensive production processes that turn out the technology that is rapidly revolutionising all sectors, from automotive and consumer applications to medtech.
23rd March 2018

Printing the soft robots of the future

Printing the soft robots of the future
  Three-dimensional printing offers advantages, but still faces many challenges, for fabricating small, flexible robots that can navigate through the human body and other confined spaces, according to a review in the journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials.
15th March 2018

It's plastic and it's fantastic!

It's plastic and it's fantastic!
You know that material plastic? It’s fantastic… in terms of design that is. It is cheap, durable and light - it is the doyen of packaging, the king of all our white goods and the magic ingredient in everything from shampoo to cosmetics. Guest piece written by Terry O’Reilly, Manager, NT CADCAM.
8th November 2017

Putting sustainability at the heart of UK design

Putting sustainability at the heart of UK design
Did you know that 99% of the materials we use to make the things we buy are thrown away within six months? Over the last 60 years we have done away with the values of thrift and re-use that our grandparents lived by and designed ourselves a linear economy where we take things from the ground, ship it to where we want it to be, sell it and then bin it. Guest piece written by Terry O’Reilly, Manager, NT CADCAM.
7th November 2017

Is the game over or has it just begun?

Is the game over or has it just begun?
  With the eighth instalment in the Saw franchise being released today, one fan has created his own remote controlled ‘Billy’ puppet. The Saw films focus on John Kramer (aka the Jigsaw killer) who sets a series of tests for his victims in which he tests their will to live. Rather than appearing in person to set his tests, Jigsaw uses the Billy puppet to explain the rules of the game.
26th October 2017

Solving engineering challenges with Teflon

Solving engineering challenges with Teflon
One of the most versatile industrial coatings that is available is Teflon, or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Best known for its non-stick properties, Teflon offers an extremely low coefficient of friction, chemical inertness, and excellent dielectric stability. While almost everyone has heard of Teflon, due to ongoing advancements and more precise application techniques, the expanding range of potential uses for PTFE and other functional coatings can often be overlooked. 
14th July 2017

How many parts do you need for PCB assembly?

How many parts do you need for PCB assembly?
Surface mount assembly robots are amazing machines. The pick and place heads in the fastest, highest volume SMT machines travel so fast, that they are just short of supersonic. The placement logic takes into consideration the distortion and swing of the hardened steel head and nozzle, and deposits the component at just the right point in the deflection arc. That kind of speed demands precision. By Duane Benson
8th June 2017

Why recycle your bottle when you can eat it?

Why recycle your bottle when you can eat it?
The company that can make packaging disappear, Skipping Rocks Lab, is trying to save the planet one plastic bottle at a time. We have heard this all before, haven’t we?  ‘Recycle your plastic,’ or ‘use paper cups’ and even ‘that bottle is bad for the environment, why don’t you re-use it?’ Well now you don’t have to worry about it.
26th April 2017

World’s largest container ship built using 3D

World’s largest container ship built using 3D
Built for Mitsui O.S.K Lines (MOL), the new containership is the result of a partnership between shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Intergraph Smart 3D from Hexagon PPM. With a length of 400m, breadth of 58.8m and draft of 32.8m, the vessel is classified as an Ultra Large Containership that can transport 20,150 containers. It was christened the MOL Triumph and delivered to the owner on 27th March. The MOL Triumph is the first of four 20,150 vessels SHI is building for MOL.
25th April 2017

Are you in the surface finishing industry?

Are you in the surface finishing industry?
Moving now into Hall 7 within the Atrium at the NEC, Surface World Live 2017 will be in Birmingham from 22nd March. Claiming to be bigger than ever before, this year will see more exhibitors and if you are interested in the surface finishing industry then the place to be.
3rd March 2017

Everyone is going to Surface World 2017

Everyone is going to Surface World 2017
This year the Surface World Live 2017 show has decided to make a move into Hall 7, a much brighter space, after many years of being held in the Pavilion at the NEC in Birmingham. The show has also been expanded and is now bigger than ever, arguable better than ever, and has over 115 exhibitors to date. You can visit the show on March 22nd and 23rd 2017, from 9:00am each day.  
23rd February 2017

Expert calls for PCB materials tariffs to be removed

Expert calls for PCB materials tariffs to be removed
Ken Ball of techUK has called for the removal of tariffs on printed circuit board (PCB) materials which could partially mitigate the current price rises that are having a crippling effect on the UK PCB industry.
24th January 2017

Specialists gather to talk 3D printing electronics

Specialists gather to talk 3D printing electronics
  Gathering at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, internationally renowned specialists will be discussing the latest developments, challenges and prospects of 3D printing electronics, on 24th January 2017.
16th January 2017

Infographic explores the elements that run our world

Can you imagine living in a world without smartphones, laptops or flat-screen TVs? While this may be a dream for some and a dystopian nightmare for most, the reality is that rare earth elements and their compounds are vital for these everyday electronics. Demand for these precious elements is increasing, but the world's supply is not evenly distributed.
3rd August 2016

3D-printed wheelchair has made-to-measure seat and foot bay

3D-printed wheelchair has made-to-measure seat and foot bay
Benjamin Hubert's London studio Layer has released photographs and a video of its made-to-measure 3D-printed wheelchair. The Go chair, which Hubert claims is the "world's first 3D-printed consumer wheelchair", was presented at Layer's exhibition at 155 Clerkenwell. It is the result of a two-year project carried out by the studio's research division, LayerLAB, and has been created in collaboration with 3D-printing company Materialise.
31st May 2016


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