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Renishaw’s Head of Sustainability named one of The Manufacturer’s Top 100 manufacturing role models

Ben Goodare, Head of Sustainability at Gloucestershire based global engineering technologies company Renishaw, has been selected as one of The Manufacturer’s Top 100 role models for the manufacturing industry. The list aims to showcase the most inspiring individuals in the UK’s manufacturing industry, illustrating the enthusiasm, commitment and important work they contribute to the sector. Goodare was nominated for his contribution to The Manufacturer’s online sustainable manufacturing symposium during the lockdown.

During his nine years working at Renishaw, Goodare has implemented a carbon management system. When he started, he began by using data from 139 properties to calculate Renishaw’s carbon footprint. Once Goodare determined this figure he began working to reduce it. In the past five years, Renishaw has successfully reduced its carbon footprint by 39 per cent. This has been achieved through a range of actions, including switching to low impact lighting, installing insulation and changing to almost all renewable energy sources.

In November 2021, Renishaw committed to a science-based Net Zero target with the internationally respected Science-Based Target initiative (SBTi) to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees, as well as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) race to zero campaign to turn its ambitions into action. Goodare is assembling a central team of six, who will ensure that sustainability is embedded into everything Renishaw does and make sure it influences the way decisions are made across the business in order to achieve its targets.

“It was great to see such a range of people recognised in The Manufacturer’s Top 100,” commented Goodare. “To be recognised for sustainability work in the industry demonstrates that manufacturing and sustainability go hand in hand. One great thing about my role is how applicable the work is — I work with everyone at Renishaw because sustainability is relevant to all aspects of our business.”

He continued, “Everyone at Renishaw, both in the UK and around the world, is passionate about sustainability and is supportive of the work done by my team. It is also great to have a Board and Executive Committee who are so committed to sustainability because without their commitment and drive, we wouldn’t be able to achieve such great results.”

“Moving forward, as a team we will work closely with suppliers and customers. Each business is at a different stage in its sustainability journey, so we can all learn from and support one another. Solving environmental challenges requires ideas from a range of people. Fortunately, Renishaw has thousands of engineers who are all creative problem solvers to help us develop innovative solutions,” concluded Goodare.

Despite having already achieved significant reductions in its carbon footprint, Renishaw’s recent commitment to a science-based Net Zero target demonstrates its continued drive to reduce environmental impacts further.

Industry’s only family of standard non-hybrid space-grade power converters now includes 28 volt (V)-input radiation-tolerant options

Space system designers cannot easily support non-standard voltages or add functions with traditional hybrid-style power converters. Microchip Technology has eliminated the cost, complexity and customisation challenges of these hybrid solutions by offering a discrete-component-based, space-grade DC-DC power converter family that now includes 28V-input, 50-watt (W) radiation-tolerant options.

“Our latest 28V-input SA50-28 products greatly simplify and accelerate system development,” said Leon Gross, vice president of Microchip’s discrete product business unit. “They are easier to customise than alternative space-grade power converters so they can meet specific voltage, current and other needs. Customers gain flexibility while reducing the size, cost and complexity of their space system designs.”

Microchip’s SA50-28 family is the industry’s only off-the-shelf, 28V-input, radiation-tolerant power converter offering that is based on discrete components with surface-mount construction and non-hybrid assembly processes. Delivering more capabilities than alternative off-the-shelf, space-grade power converters, a single SA50-28 device with customised parameters eliminates the volume, weight and complexity problems of using hybrid solutions with their multiple devices and surrounding circuitry.

Microchip’s comprehensive SA50-28 product line is a 20V- to 40V-input, 50W family with nine standard outputs of 3.3V, 5V, 12V, 15V and 28V in single- and triple-output configurations. The devices can be tailored to a system’s exacting power needs in a relatively short time with minimal additional costs as compared to hybrid-style power converter products. Other features include high efficiency, low output noise, output inhibit control, overcurrent protection, external synchronisation and full-rated power operation through −55°C to +85°C with linear derating to +125°C.

The SA50-28 family is part of Microchip’s growing line of standard non-hybrid, space-grade power converters that enable designers to use commercially available, off-the-shelf components whose circuitry has a proven spaceflight heritage.

The products join the radiation-hardened SA50-120 power converter family, introduced in February 2021, that reduces risk and development time for qualified space systems by allowing designers to start with proven commercially available off the shelf technology in ceramic or plastic packages and quickly scaling up development using lower screening levels than traditional Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) requirements.

Microchip’s radiation-tolerant SA50-28 family is available for volume production and limited sampling. Prototype-grade units are available from stock, and non-radiation-tolerant engineering units are also available with the same performance as the space-grade units at a lower cost. Delivery times are usually faster than hybrid-construction units with no associated lot penalty. The devices are complemented by Microchip’s family of FPGAs, high-reliability radiation-hardened power semiconductors, and space-grade timing devices.

For information including pricing, contact a Microchip sales representative, authorized worldwide distributor, or visit Microchip’s website.

Avnet Abacus receives European Distributor of the Year 2021 award from Harwin

Avnet Abacus, one of Europe’s leading interconnect, passive, electro-mechanical and power distributors and a regional business unit of Avnet, has received the “European Distributor of the Year 2021” award from Harwin, a globally recognised leader in high reliability interconnect solutions.

Michael Clarner, Head of Distribution Sales EMEA at Harwin, said: “Our partnership with Avnet Abacus is exceptionally strong across Europe at all levels of our business. During 2021, revenue grew beyond the market average, and the number and value of new design-wins pave the way for a bright future.”

This latest award follows on from Avnet Abacus’ recent success in Harwin’s 5 Star Awards, which recognised two individuals from Avnet Abacus for their highly creditable efforts in supporting Harwin’s business. Jose Ramon Blazquez played a key role in securing Harwin design wins in a variety of markets, and Dieter Kuhn contributed invaluable technical support to a series of high-profile customer projects.

Hagen Götze, Senior Director Marketing at Avnet Abacus, said: “By having a strong focus on customer service, excellent technical support and a great collaboration with Harwin we were able to once again strengthen our position as the number 1 distributor in Harwin´s network in EMEA during 2021. I´d like to thank the entire Harwin team for the great support.”

Avnet Abacus distributes a broad portfolio of Harwin high reliability interconnect products for use in industries including industrial IoT and aerospace & defence, and for EMC shielding.

Anritsu launches Interference Waveform Pattern software for 5G and LTE UE/Module Rx tests

Anritsu Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of its new Interference Waveform Pattern for 5G NR Receiver Test MX371055A and Interference Waveform Pattern for LTE Receiver Test MX371054A software. These tools generate 3GPP interference waveform patterns for testing the receiver sensitivity and throughput of both 5G and LTE user equipment (UE) and modules using the Vector Signal Generator MG3710E. Installing these tools in the MG3710E used in combination with the Radio Communication Test Station MT8000A and Radio Communication Analyzer MT8821C facilitates easy interference evaluation tests required by the 3GPP RF Compliance Test.

The tools are designed to support both in-house pre-testing for confirming compliance of Sub-6 GHz 5G and LTE UE and modules before the official 3GPP Compliance Test as well as for R&D to improve receiver sensitivity and throughput performance.

Development Background

In parallel with increasing 5G smartphone shipments, annual shipments of 5G Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) are increasing based on mobile operator Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services. In addition, manufacturers of automotive electronic equipment are developing 5G communications modules, such as the Telematics Control Unit (TCU). Moreover, alongside this growing market for 5G UE and modules, the same manufacturers are still developing LTE UE and modules for mobile operators who have not started 5G services yet.

To sell 5G and LTE UE and modules, these equipment manufacturers must ensure that their products pass the 3GPP RF Compliance Test administered by a certified test organisation.

The Compliance Test is the final product evaluation before commercial release, and failure to pass possibly requires redesign and retesting. Consequently, pre-testing during development is essential to avoid this risk.

A vector signal generator is required to generate interference waveforms at pre-testing. Evaluation using interference waveforms is important in suppressing degraded receiver sensitivity and helps assure development of competitive UE and modules.

Anritsu developed these two 3GPP-compliant interference waveform pattern tools to help engineers without specialist skills generate interference waveforms for easy interference tests.

Product Outline

The Vector Signal Generator MG3710E supports receiver sensitivity and interference tests by outputting modulation waveforms up to 6 GHz and these new interference waveform pattern software tools facilitate output of different signal types.

The MG3710E with Anritsu’s RF Conformance Test System ME7873 series supporting for 5G and LTE systems can perform the RF Compliance Test by certification organisations, such as test houses.

Arrow Electronics and Appletec sign agreement for supply of compact camera modules for embedded applications

Arrow Electronics has signed an agreement with Israeli company Appletec under which Appletec will produce a range of compact camera modules (CCMs) exclusively for Arrow.

The CCMs are intended for developers who want to add an embedded vision capability to products used in sectors including industrial, medical, security and automotive. A customisation service will be available to support a variety of interconnect solutions.

The choice of CCM will depend on a number of factors in the requirements of the application. For example, the amount of detail to be captured will determine the choice of resolution and frame rate, while the selected field of view (FOV) and depth of field will reflect the area to be covered.

The Arrow CCMs use CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) image sensors from onsemi and can utilise the image signal processor (ISP) on the customer’s main board where, to minimise cost, they do not include their own ISP. Two fixed focus CCMs are available initially, offering 0.3 or 4MP sensors and fields of view ranging from 49 to 84 degrees. Frame rates range from 36.7fps (at 720p) and 75fps (at VGA) up to 360fps. A CCM with auto-focus and 13MP sensor will be added soon offering 30fps and 64 degree FOV.

A fourth CCM, based on a 1.26MP, 30fps sensor with integrated Image Flow Processor completes the portfolio, enabling vision functionality even for MCU platforms without additional hardware components, keeping the design cost effective.

System developers can write their own software drivers for the CCMs or make use of the driver produced by eInfochips, an Arrow company, which is due to be released at the end of Q1 2022.

Companies that wish to accelerate development times even further can deploy one of the fully plug-and-play camera reference designs announced by Arrow recently, which include related technologies.

Powelectrics IIoT technology helps United Utilities improve efficiency and drive performance

The Task

United Utilities deliver 1.8 billion litres of water a day in North West England. Combined Heat & Power (CHP) engines on wastewater treatment plants run on biogas from the wastewater process, creating heat and electrical power, both valuable outputs. The heat is returned to the digestion process and the power is primarily used onsite, with any excess sold to the National Grid. The team wanted to monitor engines to improve efficiency and drive performance, but connecting the engines to SCADA couldn’t be justified financially or within acceptable timeframes.

The Solution

Powelectrics telemetry devices were installed on the whole estate of  United Utilities CHP engines and a custom portal developed to show engine status- Running, stopped but available, tripped and … stopped for maintenance. This data allows UU to accurately see the Mean Time to Repair, Mean Time to Breakdown and availability of the fleet and therefore, help to drive better performance.

The Result

Multiple United Utilities stakeholders can see status of all CHP engine types on a single portal, with data used to monitor performance and identify general maintenance issues and those related to specific assets. Improved efficiency increases the cost savings from heat production and income from energy sales.

Summary

  • Simple retrofit
  • Fast, inexpensive solution
  • Improved efficiency
  • Increased productivity
  • Improved profitability

“I was recommended to Powelectrics by colleagues. We’re delighted with the reliability of the hardware, the speed of development of the custom portal and the overall effectiveness of this IIoT solution. Powelectrics have been customer-focused throughout. Our Systems Thinking approach depends on accurate data management and visibility in real time. We are now able to see all the data in one place, helping us improve renewable energy performance, reduce our carbon footprint, and ultimately deliver better service and lower costs to our customers,” comments Andy Parker, Energy Generation Operations & Maintenance Manager.

Learn more about: Powelectrics Remote Monitoring IIoT Solutions for Pumping & Utilities

Learn more about: Powelectrics IIoT Solutions for Water &_Wastewater.pdf (powelectrics.co.uk)

Powelectrics offers over 30 years of expertise and practical experience in instrumentation and digitalisation, delivering IIoT solutions globally.

Powelectrics’ versatile suite of IIoT technologies allows data from a broad range of sensors, machines and IIoT devices to be reported to a single, customisable platform, generating bespoke reports and alerts to ensure that construction projects are delivered effectively.

What can Powelectrics do for you?

Please browse the Powelectrics website and get in touch with any queries you have or applications you would like to discuss. Call +44 1827 310 666, email sales@powelectrics.co.uk or use this contact form.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics returns to Farnborough

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics makes a welcome return to Farnborough from February 8th to 10th 2022.

Southern Manufacturing 2020 was one of the last trade shows to occur before the arrival of the pandemic and the subsequent 20 months of turmoil. For many, the show’s reappearance is a positive sign of a revival of fortunes for the south’s engineering sector, and this seems borne out by the show’s organisers who report a strong uptake in stand bookings from companies eager to return to face-to-face business. Already close to being fully booked, the 2022 show will once again assemble an incredibly wide range of enterprises covering an equally wide range of activities, from high-tech machine tools and automation to mechanical and electronics components, electronics production, business and subcontract services. Despite its regional title, the show is very much an international event with firms from all over the UK, Europe and Asia taking part.

Instrumentation and associated components such as sensors are well represented at this year’s show, with numerous leading vendors from both the UK and Europe taking part. Some of the larger names with a presence at the show include Transfer Multisort Elektronik (TME), one of Europe’s largest distributors of electronic, electromechanical and industrial automatic components, as well as workplace equipment. With its headquarters in Poland, the firm has subsidiaries in 11 countries and offers 500,000 products from more than 1,200 leading manufacturers. The product range includes semiconductors, embedded and IoT systems, optoelectronics and all manner of passive and electromechanical components. Also joing this year is Turkey’s Ozdisan Elektronik, the region’s largest electronic component distributor. Its $35m product portfolio spans semi-conductors, passive components and electro-mechanical parts from over 200 named brands.

Some of the more specialist sensor vendors exhibiting this year include ESI Technology, which showcases pressure transducers and transmitters designed for the aerospace, defence, oil and gas, sub-sea, medical, automotive, marine, process and general industrial markets. Recent innovations that will be highlighted at this year’s show include live demonstrations of the GS4400 pressure transmitter with RS-485 interface. This range also includes a high pressure and sub-sea variant. Demonstrated on the stand will be a USB transducer specifically designed for the monitoring and recording of pressure data. There is also the HI6000 pressure transmitter which is capable of withstanding a consistent compensated temperature range of -25 to +135°C.

Sensors and monitoring instruments for measuring pressure, temperature and gas density exhibited by Trafag UK will include the new CMP 8271. It extends the range of the CMP 8270 CANopen pressure transmitter and is attractive for price-sensitive customers with high quantities in mobile hydraulics and similar applications. The company claims its thin-film-on-steel technology and ASICs developed in-house offer high accuracy and long-term stability even in the dusty heat of deserts, to the icy cold of sub-arctic forests.  Tailor-made solutions can be developed for OEM-clients, and the company has sales and service networks in over 40 countries.

RF Solutions will be displaying additions to its range of LoRa radio modules launched back in 2019 together with its latest HIRK modules launched this year. Examples include the Lambda 62 RF module, an 868/915Mhz LoRa transceiver, a class leading, cost effective radio module; featuring the Semtech SX1262 LoRa providing ultra-long range of 20KM+.  The Lambda 80 will also be available to view which is a long range LoRa RF module operating at 2.4GHz, the only world-wide Licence exempt fband,  featuring the Semtech SX1280 LoRa spread spectrum. These highly efficient, affordable modules are said to be ideal for developing new applications.

The show also features a wide range of test and analysis instruments, from optical inspection to advanced metrology from firms such as Faro, Nikon Metrology and Vision Engineering. Broadband Technology 2000 will highlight its recently launched GFlex RF telecom scanning receiver, which operates at 10MHz to 8GHz and 24 to 48GHz and can collect all the mmWave and sub-8GHz data needed for drive test, walk test, and government applications in one pass, with one unit.

The ever-popular free seminar programme also returns for 2022 in a socially-distanced format. With UK business now operating in a very different world to that which prevailed pre-pandemic, keeping abreast of the latest legislation and management strategies has never been more important. This year, among the topics discussed, Tim Scurlock of Applied Lean Consulting gives some ideas on how to drive continuous improvement in your business; Graham Cooper offers tips on energy usage reduction in manufacturing and Nick Aitken and Dr Alex Martin give advice on how to handle a product safety incident. Sessions run over all three days and a full list is available on the show’s website at www.industrysouth.co.uk

Farnborough International Exhibition Centre is among Europe’s most up-to-date exhibition sites, with extensive infection control measures in place to help ensure as low-risk an environment as possible. There’s free onsite car parking for 3,500 vehicles, as well as a dedicated free bus service between Farnborough’s train stations straight to the show. The venue itself delivers a very good standard of services including a free WiFi service and on-site catering.

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2022 opens from February 8th to 10th. Admission to the exhibition is free. More information and tickets are available from www.industrysouth.co.uk

Specialist biomedical test technology ensures critical performance of AEDs

Advanced biomedical test technology is helping to ensure that essential lifesaving equipment is maintained in full working order so that it performs reliably during those vital emergency situations in which it is needed.

The specialist biomed engineering team at the busy Deaconess Midtown Hospital in Evansville, Indiana is using a Rigel UniPulse 400 defibrillator analyser for the planned maintenance and troubleshooting testing of the 55 defibrillators located around its facilities.

The UniPulse 400 is specifically designed to comprehensively test all defibrillators accurately and efficiently. The lightweight, battery powered and portable unit is capable of analysing all monophasic, biphasic, standard, and pulsating waveforms and is also equipped with a special pacer function for comprehensive testing of defibrillator functionality.

In previous years both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the UK have highlighted the importance of the life saving treatment provided by automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) and the need to ensure against unexpected component failure or other technical problems that might affect their reliability.

Brian Pierce, Midtown Hospital Biomed Team Lead, recognises the essential role that AEDs play and the critical need for them to perform efficiently and accurately when needed.

He said: “We never know how often or when a defibrillator will be needed, so it is very important that when they are required, they function properly.

“In this respect, the UniPulse 400 has all the common features needed to perform full preventative maintenance on a defibrillator. As well as being lightweight and easily carried around the hospital by our technicians, the crisp colour display and simplicity of use means new staff members can quickly learn how to use it.

“An analyser is no good to us if we cannot rely on its proper operation and accuracy. I feel the UniPulse 400 is very durable and enables us to carry out important testing with confidence.”

The Rigel UniPulse 400 incorporates advanced measurement technology, including dedicated fast keys and automatic programs to enable biomed test engineers to select the relevant test function in seconds.

The large internal memory and on-board results storage also helps to reduce test time and helps hospital teams work towards automated database record keeping systems.

The UniPulse 400 forms part of the comprehensive Rigel Medical range of world class biomedical testing solutions for healthcare environments.

As well as the UniPulse400, other Rigel equipment used by the biomed team at the Deaconess Midtown Hospital includes a Uni-Therm electrosurgical analyser and SafeTest 50 and 288 electromedical equipment safety analysers.

Pickering Interfaces joins OpenTAP open source, test automation software partner program

Pickering Interfaces, the leading supplier of modular signal switching and simulation solutions for electronic test and verification, is now an OpenTAP partner. Pickering joins other notable test companies in the open source, shared software workshop that enables users to contribute, collaborate and create automated test solutions.

OpenTAP focuses on simplicity, scalability and speed using test automation to create a more efficient world. The goal of OpenTAP is to make test automation easier and accessible for all, and it encourages shared experimentation and innovation, aiming to inspire and teach partners better ways to automate.

Noman Hussain, Vice President, software and strategic business development, at Pickering Interfaces comments: “OpenTAP fits with Pickering’s ethos of enabling test engineers to develop the best possible solutions for their specific automated test requirements. We don’t want to limit anyone developing the next test platform by constraining them to choose a standard form factor from a limited catalog of test hardware; that is why we have over 2,000 modular switching and simulation products. Having an open source solution delivers a similar approach for test software, enabling test engineers to create, modify and customise their test applications without paying thousands in licensing fees and getting boxed into proprietary solutions.”

The Pickering card plugin for OpenTAP supports Pickering’s entire product portfolio through a single interface. The plugin is supplied with open source software, distributed under the MIT open source license. It enables thousands of like-minded applications engineers to leverage industry-leading switching hardware. They can customise the plugin, fix bugs, make feature requests and contribute changes and suggestions to the OpenTAP ecosystem.

Hussain concludes: “Test engineers can use OpenTAP to help solve new test automation and system design challenges while preserving their closely-held IP.”

How to be smart with Contrinex’s SMART Inductive Sensors

Contrinex reputation for high-performance inductive sensors with many unique benefits has been further enhanced by its innovative SMART sensors, which combine a microcontroller with the sensor’s sophisticated ASIC to add on-board processing to “Measure, Monitor, Configure and Predict” – They offer machine builders the ability to program a customised sensor for their application, without the cost and time delay associated with ordering low-volume custom parts.

The product brochure uses application examples to explain how the sensors can be used to provide Multi-mode High-Resolution Measurement; Embedded Predictive-Maintenance Features; User-Defined Memory; User-Configurable Outputs; Direct Device-to-Device Communication; Dual-Channel Outputs; Switching delay, stretch and one-shot; Temperature; BITE; and Counters.

Contrinex offers designers the freedom to implement multiple sensing modes in a single sensor, offering exceptional versatility and simplified integration. These SMART sensors can supercharge your IoT strategy and enjoy all the advantages of the industry-standard IO-Link interface, plus the option of high-speed sensor-based decision-making using SIO (Standard IO mode).

Download the 18-page brochure at www.SMART-brochure.PLUSAx.co.uk to read about technology, the advantages and example applications and unlock your sensing potential.

Designing your sensor with IO-Link connectivity and multiple user-configurable outputs offers a cost-effective, yet highly capable solution with multi-mode high-resolution measurement of either routine process data or critical-event data. A single device is capable of either direct or indirect measurement of multiple parameters, including distance, linear and angular position, velocity, vibration and force. Additionally, Contrinex’s proven ASIC technology enables operating-cycle counting and temperature monitoring.

Contrinex’s metal-bodied SMART sensors are available with a plastic sensing front-face for typical applications or in their uniquely robust 700 Series technology. These sensors feature the housing and front-face machined from a single piece of stainless steel (V2A /AISI 303), plus unique technology that provides robustness to survive extreme environments, such as being demonstrated by being used to hammer 50mm nails into wood.