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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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution, Industry 4.0 is defined as the automation and data exchange within manufacturing and industrial technologies.
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.
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.
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.
Raspberry Pi is a small, powerful computer and development board to help educate a new generation of programmers and electronic engineers.
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.