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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.
Commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 is defined as the automation and data exchange within manufacturing and industrial technologies.
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.
We don’t have to wait, the smart home of the future is now upon us, innovators are taking all that building automation provides and moving it to the home environment.
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.
Whether fans for cooling or switches for control, electromechanical products provide the interface between the physical world and electronic systems.
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.
Test and measurement is one of the more valued categories in electronics, but it’s said that it’s not the most glamorous. The simple matter of it all is, if you cannot assure yourself and potential customers that your latest electronic design actually works, then it’s not worth anything really. And if your design does fail to work, how do you find out exactly what is wrong with it?
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.
Robotics can be considered the pinnacle of industrial automation, it’s where the disciplines of technology come together in the form of controlled operation. From motion control through to sensing, from machine safety to the vanguard of IoT, Industry 4.0 and beyond, robotics is very much in the ascendancy.
Open source is a way of providing free access to software and to hardware designs that can be modified, studied and created by anyone, this includes the schematics, blueprints, logic designs and 3D CAD files. Using platforms like Github, Engineers can share, alter and make improvements.
5G technology is a major talking point now, the opportunities for new applications and transformation of businesses seem enormous. How will 5G differ from existing cellular and communication protocols, will it deliver the full potential of Industry 4.0, these are some of the questions being asked about the technology.