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LeakKiller Challenge

Win up to £15k in the DesignSpark LeakKiller Challenge powered by Legal & General. We are looking for you to design a low-cost, open source water leakage detector and shut off solution that can be easily fitted in the home.

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Sensors

Moving with the times sensors are constantly evolving and keeping pace with newer technology. They are faster, smarter and more integrated than ever before and with the advent of IoT and Industry 4.0 sensors are the first line gateway in providing key data for control and remote monitoring of the i

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Electronics Design

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.

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PLC and HMI

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.

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Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is a small, powerful computer and development board to help educate a new generation of programmers and electronic engineers.

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LED Lighting

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.

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Software Defined Radio

Software-defined radio (SDR) takes components that are typically implemented in hardware and implements them instead in software. For example, mixers, filters, modulators and demodulators.

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Internet of Things

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.

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3D Printing and Design

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.

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Wearables and Technology Lifestyle

Technology is everywhere, and its presence is increasing at an exponential rate, finding its way into all avenues of our lives. From the Smartphone of today that has more computing power than personal computers from just a few years ago, to the IoT and the billions of connected devices that reside within. There is no escaping the march of technology, and no denying the speed of its advance, we can either turn our back on it or embrace the chance

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Machine Safety

In the industrial world of today there is one thing that stands head and shoulders above all else, SAFETY. Whether this is safety relating to machines, industrial processes or right through to personal protection equipment, the need to comply has never been greater.

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Electromechanical

Whether fans for cooling or switches for control, electromechanical products provide the interface between the physical world and electronic systems.   ...

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Electronics Design

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.

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Motion Control

Motion control 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 is paramount.

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Connectors

Connectors are an essential component in almost every electrical and electronic device in the world. They are called upon to deliver power, signal and data in some of the most demanding environments.

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Panel and Control Cabinets

Control Panel and cabinet design is a key fundamental in allowing the user to interact efficiently with the industrial process right on the front line. This is the place to discover and contribute information on new product developments and design techniques.