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More often than not industrial processes are controlled by PLCs whilst HMIs are becoming the frontline interface of modern systems. PLC's developed out of the need to improve efficiency in relay based control systems.
Whether fans for cooling or switches for control, electromechanical products provide the interface between the physical world and electronic systems.
Arduino is a series of open hardware single board computers. Designed with engineers, makers and hobbyists in mind, these great prototyping PCBs are ideal for creating interactive digital projects, engineering solutions and electronic designs.
Effective power management is critical for all electrical and electronic circuits. From ICs and DC/DC Converters through to Power Supplies and Battery Management Circuits for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices, power is key.
The Internet of Things (also referred to as IoT), is the increasing use of cheap and easy to program hardware to add internet and other types of connectivity to everyday objects.
Electronic Design is in essence, the activity responsible for all consumer, industrial, automotive and military based electronics systems we find today. All of the products we use on a daily basis such as digital watches, mobile phones, tablet computers, laptops, all of the electronic items we take for granted, were at one stage, nothing more than an idea that became an electronics design.
In today’s world we are interacting with wireless technology more than ever, whether at home in the office or at the workshop, it’s never far away. Contactless payment, bluetooth, 5G, wireless internet access and GPS are the everyday applications we associate with wireless communications.
Sensors enable our industrial machines to understand the physical world. Constantly evolving to become more precise, more robust and consume less power, the latest generation of sensor technologies are enabling new types of devices. These devices are being installed in locations previous not thought possible, creating more data, enabling faster and smarter decisions in an increasingly data-centric industrial environment.
3D printing goes hand in hand with the design process, visualising a concept, you can use a design tool such as DesignSpark Mechanical to create a 3D image of your idea. Once you are confident that a prototype is your next step, using DesignSpark Mechanical you can create an STL file for a 3D printer to interpret and print your design using one of the many 3D printers available, such as those that can be found at RS Components.
Industrial Automation is the combination of different technologies used to keep industry moving. From motors on the electrical to belts on the mechanical, a simple stop function or a precise detailed movement, the need for control and safety is paramount.
LED lighting is a popular form of energy efficient lighting that can be found in many commercial and domestic applications, from display lighting in a retail business to a replacement for your bayonet type incandescent household bulb. LEDs are a semiconductor device that converts electricity into light, using 85% less energy than other typical lighting methods.
PCB Development Kits are for all electronics engineers and ideal for the creative and driven pioneers in the developer and maker community to help them prototype their next design project.