30 years does not necessarily sound like a long time. Yet, when we consider that, in the 1980s, computer-assisted design (CAD) was only just becoming commonly used and the World Wide Web was simply a conceptual proposal, it’s evident how quickly things have changed in that time. Today, we’re able to create complex simulations to assist in engineering design, and billions of people – as well as billions of machines and devices – are internet connected.These seismic shifts in industry have changed the approach of many engineers, whether they are designing a new Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled device or integrating electrical components into networks. Greater consideration is now often given to the interoperability of systems and how different devices interact with those around them. This holistic approach reflects the fact that more industries are beginning to overlap and converge, with developments in one area having significant impacts on developments in others. For example, the rise in industrial robotics has created gearing unit shortages for other mechanical applications that require precision, and the increased prevalence of electric vehicles has strained the supply chain of key electronic components in other sectors.Having spent years helping engineers of all disciplines to improve the performance and stability of electrical equipment and infrastructure, REO UK has gained a lot of insight into how developments in different industries can have knock-on effects in other areas. In an increasingly electrified world, the role of electrical and design engineers is to keep everything running smoothly. Power quality is integral to that and understanding the root cause of today’s electrical issues is imperative to achieving good power quality...
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