Enabling smart tracking for the supply chain and Industry 4.0 with RFID

Do you know where your product has been and where it is going right now? This is the challenge that many manufacturers and logistics companies face in the management of their supply chains, but how can RFID technology solve it?

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Customising and optimising antennas with materials science and manufacturing techniques

In an increasingly connected world, performance demands on antennas are greater than ever. These increased performance demands also have to be balanced with cost, and of course, the limits imposed by the laws of physics, which make antenna design a t...

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Weather, corrosion and vandals: Protecting outdoor electronics

Specialised enclosures and switches are required for electronics’ survival in the great outdoors, writes Jerry Moss, Avnet Abacus....

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Keeping the noise down: Converter and inverter output filtering

Most modern power conversion topologies use switched-mode techniques for highest efficiency and smallest size and cost. Inevitably, switching noise is produced and output filters are required to minimise EMI and provide reliable operation of the powe...

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Selecting DC-link capacitors in power converters

‘DC-link’ capacitors feature in many power conversion topologies and must be chosen carefully to give the best trade-off between cost, size and performance. ...

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Input filtering and protection for switched mode inverters and converters

Inverters and converters have become basic building blocks for many modern power applications. These applications must meet statutory and practical requirements for input EMI filtering and protection against injury to personnel and equipment...

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Specifying explosion-proof connectors

The threat of explosion is real in many of today’s industrial applications, and connectors are critical to explosion proofing since they have the potential to create arcs and sparks as part of normal operation....

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Hybrid capacitors combine technologies to get the best of both worlds

Supercapacitors are commonly used as an alternative to a rechargeable battery wherever a quick energy boost is needed, however there is another type of device on the market which combines the best features of EDLCs and Li-ion batteries....

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Sensor Fusion: The future of intelligent devices

Combining the data from multiple sensors can tell us a great deal more about the application environment than each sensor could on its own....

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Second Generation MEMS Enables Impressive Performance for Automotive and Industrial IMUs

When Murata purchased Finnish MEMS specialist VTI Technologies and renamed it Murata Electronics Oy at the start of 2012, it gained the company’s unique 3D MEMS technology which has outstanding performance and reliability in harsh environments....

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