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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TTElectronics and Radwave partner on EM tracking platform

TT Electronics has partnered with Radwave Technologies to help bring a customisable electromagnetic (EM) tracking platform to the surgical navigation market. This technology offers solutions for medical device innovators who are seeking to add new or improved EM capabilities to their medical devices. The complete navigation system can be customised to accurately track a broad spectrum ...

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Farnell releases AIoT Audiobook – Are you Ready for the AIoT Era?

Farnell has released an audiobook addressing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). It is entitled ‘Are you Ready for the AIoT Era?’ The content is described as an introduction to “Deep Learning, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence” with a focus on IoT, addressing the tools and platforms for someone to get started ...

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B-Secur launches ECG/EKG device

B-Secur, the Northern Ireland biometric startup, has launched an electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) device based on TI’s AFE4950 analogue front end for photoplethysmography (PPG) and ECG/EKG sensing. B-Secur says the device will accelerate the design of next-generation consumer wearables. The company claims that the device is the industry’s first product with a fully integrated ECG/EKG and PPG signal chain that ...

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Emerging memories forecast to be a $44bn market in 2031

Emerging memory types could become a $44 billion market by 2031 displacing NOR flash, SRAM and DRAM, forecasts a report from Coughlin Associates and Objective Analysis. Memory makers, designers and users of SoCs are already incorporating new NVMs into leading-edge designs and emerging memory types could replace both standalone memory chips and embedded memories within ...

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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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