• 11 Jan
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    Cables are adapting and transforming the manufacturing industry

    In a wireless age, the use of cables may be losing its function in some industries, however for others, the role they play is as important as ever. In the case of manufacturing, as technology becomes increasingly integrated so does the prominence of cables.

  • 4 Jan
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    Wiring processing – overnight

    Automation is a hot topic in panel building and switchgear manufacturing. Ripploh Elektrotechnik und Engineering is one example of a German company whose experience with automation epitomises just what is possible, notably with wiring and robot-assisted wiring.

  • 4 Jan
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    Choosing the right Ethernet switch for rugged embedded computers

    Whether used for on-board entertainment on trains or video feed transmission from military drones, connectivity is becoming an important factor in non-commercial applications. As more embedded systems adopt networked architectures, Ethernet switches play an increasingly crucial role.

  • 4 Jan
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    Choosing the right extreme temperature connector, the first time

    When designing industrial equipment, the operating temperature of the product is often at the top of the list for design engineers. This makes sense – after all, you don’t want to keep replacing failed equipment. However, while engineers give a lot of thought to heat in the equipment itself, the performance of the connectors and cables that join different devices is often overlooked.

  • 4 Jan
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    Talking cleats: Vital components of cable management

    Who would have thought that something as simple looking as a cable cleat could cause so much debate? Yet, despite both European and International standards regulating their use, their role in electrical installations is still not fully understood – something Richard Shaw, Managing Director of Ellis Patents, felt he could help to clear up.

  • 4 Jan
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    Remote access to extreme environments – clean communication across the globe

    The ability to send real-time data across expansive spaces has never been more important. In the wake of the pandemic, remote access to data aids communication across vast distances and makes even the most inhospitable environments accessible.

  • 4 Jan
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    M12 connectors – A perfect fit for the IIoT

    It is generally recognised that, by the end of this year, more than 20 billion devices will be connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and it will be a market worth $200 billion by 2021.

  • 30 Oct
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    Have your say! Amendment 2 of BS 7671:2018 (18th Edition IET Wiring Regulations)

    The IET and BSI (British Standards Institution), who co-publish BS 7671, have issued the Draft for Public Comment (DPC) for Amendment 2, giving the electrical industry the opportunity to read through the proposed changes and provide feedback ahead of publication.

  • 10 Sep
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    Smart Factory cubes use CombiTac connectors to create modular production lines

    CombiTac connectors are playing an important part in the innovative Smart Cubes project from the Korea Smart Factory Association (KOSF). The modular CombiTac connectors from Stäubli are being used to link the Smart Cubes together so that they form a customised production line.

  • 7 Sep
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    Common types of cables used in medical devices

    The medical field is one of the industries that is benefiting the most from the tech boom and every year, there is new technology being developed to help people and save lives. This article will break down some of the common cable and wire types that can be found in most current medical technology.

  • 1 Sep
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    A resistor’s role in laying cables

    While we may associate data with being up in the clouds, it’s very much in the ocean too. Beneath our seas lie thousands of cables, tasked with carrying the world’s internet traffic. These cables form a vital communications network and the world would seem like a much bigger place without them. What is less often considered is how these cables made it to the seafloor in the first place.

  • 1 Sep
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    Will the Internet of Underwater Things replace subsea cables?

    As the development of increasingly innovative technologies allows humans to discover more about their natural surroundings, attention has now turned from exploring and mapping the land to the other 71 percent of the earth’s surface: the oceans.

  • 17 Jul
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    M12 connectors: A perfect fit for the IIoT

    It is generally recognised that, by the end of this year, more than 20 billion devices will be connected to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and it will be a market worth $200 billion by 2021. In basic terms, the IIoT is real-time data connection, driven by processing and transmitting data at faster speeds, on progressively smarter and smaller machines.

  • 29 Jun
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    Why is Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) technology becoming increasingly important?

    Single Pair Ethernet is the technology that makes it possible to implement the Internet of Things consistently within industry, right through to field-based applications. Simon Seereiner, Head of Product Management SAI & IE at Weidmüller, explains why this is the case and what still needs to be done before this technology can be used across the board.

  • 6 May
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    The hypothesis of SPE, RJ45, and the open need for clarification of mating faces

    Single Pair Ethernet (SPE) was developed for one reason only. It was meant to close the last big gap in a TCP/IP oriented network world – the gap between classic IT and sensor technology, which is becoming more important.