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Presto offers secure supply chain for IoT chips

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Presto Engineering is opening of two new manufacturing hubs and a logistics centre in Asia to support its semiconductor engineering and supply chain business. The new facilities Bangkok, Taohsiung, Taiwan and Hong-Kong will implement secure production practices to address the growing need for IC security in IoT applications. This will allow the company to offer product engineering and production management for ICs, ...

Airbus to develop humanoid robots

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Airbus Group Innovations (AGI), the organisations R&D wing, has launched a robotics research programme with Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) and France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). Humanoid manufacturing robots are the aim of the programme. “Introducing humanoid technology into aeronautical assembly lines is expected to support human operators in performing the most tedious and ...

UK firms hold Big Bang skills expo for school children

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TDK-Lambda UK joined 20 Devon-based firms in a STEM skills exhibition attended by 600 pupils from local schools. The exhibition at Great Torrington School was the first of its kind in North Devon. “This allowed us to engage with children and young adults, start conversations about our products and ultimately get them thinking about a career in electronics,” commented Anne ...

UK suppliers see sensor opportunity with IoT

Graham Maggs

Graham Maggs, marketing director at Mouser Electronics, believes sensors and other IoT devices will be the main attraction for design engineers from SMEs and big names companies attending the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics in Farnborough, UK exhibition this week. Whilst most market predictions across Europe are for flat or slightly positive growth this year, in January Mouser has already seen better-than-anticipated ...

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics starts tomorrow

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Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2016 starts tomorrow at FIVE, Farnborough. It is the UK market’s largest regional manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition, and Electronics Weekly will be there on stand F8. The exhibition runs 9-11 February 2016, starting at 9.30am each day. Areas addressed include autosport/automotive specialists, electronic components & contract electronics manufacturers, aerospace and defence contractors, packaging & labelling solutions, ...

Comment: UK back in the manufacturing game

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The UK is back in the game for manufacturing, says Rod Piwowarski, CEO of Fordingbridge-based Corintech It has been easy to write the UK off as an economic choice for manufacturing if you base that opinion on a few choice labour overhead comparisons. In the industrial electronics industry, in which we operate, it’s also easy to imagine we simply can’t achieve the ...

X-Fab gets IC designers X-Cited

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An award for improving semiconductor manufacturing processes has been established by X-FAB Silicon Foundries. The prizes, of course, are ICs made to the winners’ designs. Wittily dubbed X-Cite, the award will allow engineering teams to experiment with more imaginative design concepts using the semiconductor processes provided by X-FAB as a foundation. Fabless semiconductor companies as well as research establishments experienced ...

UK manufacturer adds specialist PCB capability for hi-rel market

Corintech’s managing director, Pete Cross

Corintech has invested £300,000 in a surface mount production line at its manufacturing facility in Fordingbridge, Hampshire. The Europlacer pick-and-place machine and ancillary services will be located in Fordingbridge, Hampshire and will start production in March. The new machine will give the company a capability in intricate PCB assembly for products used in high reliability medical and aerospace applications. Tim Waterman, ...

Harting boosts power system capability in the UK

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Harting Integrated Solutions has extended its design and manufacturing capabilities in the UK for PCBs capable of transmitting high-power using a range of solutions designed to connect high currents directly onto the PCB. In addition to their normal use for carrying data and signals, backplanes and passive PCBs are used to link the power supply to connected devices. The Harting ...

Zytronic invests £1m to increase touch sensor output

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UK-based manufacturer of touch sensors, Zytronic has invested £1m to increase its manufacturing capacity for large format touch sensors used in digital signage and table surface applications. The firm has expanded the ISO 5 (Class 100) cleanroom area at its manufacturing in Newcastle by 25%. Touch screens are manufactured in cleanroom conditions and Zytronic is increasing throughput of large touch sensors of up ...