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UK made: Sacrificial anodes for wind farms

South Tyneside sacrificial anode manufacture Metec UK has signed contracts worth over £6.5m, to supply Dogger Bank Wind Farm phases A and B, and an off-shore substation in France. “We’re delighted to win these latest contracts, it’s great news for South Tyneside, the North East and the UK,” said Metec commercial manager Graeme Crow (pictured). ...

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Brushed servo motors and mini-control boards from EMS

Berkshire-based Electro Mechanical Systems (EMS) has samples of Nidec Servo’s DMN range brushed electric motors. “Optimised brush design allows intermittent operation over one million cycles and a continuous operating life of 3,000 hours,” according to EMS. “The range achieves this long life cycle while still delivering a high output due to enhanced heat dissipation and ...

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Start-up curves the face of CMOS image sensors

Paris start-up Silina has developed a way to curve hundreds of imaging sensors at the same time, simplifying associated external optics, it said. In nature, most vision systems use curved retinas with the curved retina allowing a single simple lens to provide a wide field-of-view and good image quality from a compact optical system, according to the ...

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Chemistry tames MnSe anodes for Li-ion cells

Manganese selenide would have promising characteristics as an anode material for lithium ion batteries, if only it didn’t swell almost 160% during charging-discharging cycles, breaking apart the electrode. Now researchers from the Korea Maritime and Ocean University have found a way to embed MnSe in a 3D carbon nanosheet matrix where its expansion can be ...

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Electro-hydraulic actuator animates soft mini-robots

Electro-hydraulic motion, the mechanism behind the Venus fly trap’s ability to catch insects, could power soft robots, according to the University of Colorado Boulder. “Usually, books about butterflies are static,” said project leader Purnendu. “But could you have a butterfly flap its wings within a book? We’ve shown that it’s possible.” In the Colorado Electro-hydraulic ...

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Aluminium die-cast enclosures are tough, yet easy to machine

BCL Enclosures has introduced a series of rugged die-cast aluminium alloy enclosures designed to protect electronic instruments. Rated to IP54 against dust ingress and water splashes from any angle, they also provide EMC protection. For easy mounting of PCBs, the side walls have a draft angle of <2°. Casting is to BS1490, LM2M, construction is ...

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8in TFT display module for industrial and medical

Review Display Systems (RDS) of Kent has introduced an 8in TFT display module from industrial display manufacturer Tianma. Part of Tianma’s professional (‘P’) series, P0800WVF1MA00 features WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) resolution, 15:9 aspect ratio and -30°C to +80°C operating range. “The Tianma P-series display line-up is designed for use in a wide range of human-machine interface ...

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Osram turns to quantum dots for 90CRI lighting LEDs

Osram has developed its own emissive quantum dot technology, and is using it in a range of 90CRI lighting LEDs. “‘Osconiq E 2835 CRI90 (QD)’ pushes efficiency values to new heights, even at high colour rendering indices and warm light colours,” according to the company. “The LED meets the requirements of the Single Lighting Regulation ...

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Cortex-M33 MCUs focussed on comms and security

Renesas is focussing on comms with the RA6M5 group of microcontrollers. “RA6M5 Group MCUs offer numerous communication interface options, including CAN FD, Ethernet MAC with DMA, USB Full Speed and High Speed, and multiple serial interfaces. This gives designers of IoT systems unmatched flexibility in sharing critical data,” according to distributor Anglia, which is stocking ...

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QNX 7 board support package for Toradex Colibri iMX8X

Direct Insight has created a QNX 7 board support package (BSP) for Toradex’ Colibri iMX8X embedded computing modules. “The combination of a feature-rich OS with real-time capability and the ARM core processor perfectly suits applications such as medical devices, navigation, industrial automation, HMIs, avionics, POS, data acquisition and robotics,” according to Direct. Colibri iMX8X modules ...

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