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Sharing the power of digital twinning
27 February 2019, News
As organisations strive for digital transformation, a digital twin can present a virtual model of a process, product or service, with numerous roles being covered.

Harvesting kinetic energy to power smart objects
27 February 2019, Avnet South Africa, Power Electronics / Power Management
As the world becomes increasingly smart and connected, batteries are not always the right choice in some of the emerging use cases.

Identifying and remedying lead-acid battery failures
27 February 2019, Forbatt SA, Power Electronics / Power Management
Proper management and regular maintenance can extend the life of a battery, but what are the possible causes of failure and what should be done if a battery fails?

Pros and cons of popular battery cell formats
27 February 2019, Uniross Batteries, Power Electronics / Power Management
Flat-cell designs are getting price competitive and battery experts predict a shift towards these cell formats, especially if the same performance criteria of the cylindrical cell can be met.

How a global parcel tracker was brought to life in just three years
30 January 2019, Avnet South Africa, Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT
It took Avnet less than 1000 days to take Hanhaa’s concept, prototype it, refine it and get the first 20 000 units manufactured.

Wireless charging set to pull the plug on wired technology
30 January 2019, TRX Electronics, Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT, Power Electronics / Power Management
The technology will fully deliver on its promise when people can go about their everyday lives without ever worrying about carrying cables or power banks along with them.

Overcoming the challenges of implementing IIoT technology
30 January 2019, Altron Arrow, Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT
The fundamental technologies that will form the basis of IIoT implementations are connectivity, sensors and actuators.

Where to for the SA electronics industry in 2019?
14 November 2018, News
There will be new challenges and opportunities, and this is what engineers thrive on, is it not?

Optical networking and sensing with POF
14 November 2018, TRX Electronics, Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT
POF is bringing the advantages of optical networking to communication and optical sensing applications that cannot be satisfied using copper cable, wireless or glass fibre.

NB-IoT’s place in the South African LPWAN picture
14 November 2018, Quectel Wireless Solutions, Telecoms, Datacoms, Wireless, IoT
At the start of 2018, there was much talk on the NB-IoT side but little design activity, however in the third quarter of this year we are seeing greater interest in the base line solution.

In memoriam: Zalman Orlianski
10 October 2018, News
The South African electronics industry reacted with shock and deep sadness to the passing of Zalman Orlianski, founder of Zetech, last month.

First-of-its-kind aircraft being designed in SA
10 October 2018, News
Dubbed the Pegasus Vertical Business Jet (VBJ1), the aircraft aims to combine the best features of a helicopter and a business jet.

Top 10 development boards of 2018
10 October 2018, Altron Arrow, Computer/Embedded Technology
In order to support the most innovative year yet in 2018, Altron Arrow presents its top 10 recommended development boards and kits.

EMS trends in 2018 and beyond
10 October 2018, Omnigo, Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services
The first nine months of the year have passed and it has become more apparent that Industry 4.0 and automation have been the leading trends so far.

Beat the exchange rate blues with local manufacturing
10 October 2018, Otto Wireless, Interconnection
It is not uncommon for companies to be attracted to the relatively low cost of imported, complete cable assemblies, but how does this hold up against a weakening Rand?

Consider renting versus buying test equipment
10 October 2018, Coral-i Solutions , Test & Measurement
Coral-i Solutions weighs the benefits of renting versus buying, and the equipment available within the company’s rental pool.

The future of energy-harvesting IoT applications
10 October 2018, News
Energy harvesting offers significant advantages to the development and improvement of the Internet of Things (IoT). It is a critical component for creating an enhanced class of autonomous and mobile applications ...

How to make sure your designs are properly grounded
10 October 2018, EDA Technologies, Design Automation
In the fields of electrical and electronic engineering the word ground is used to describe parts of systems or PCBs (printed circuit boards). The reason for using this word is to denote some part of a ...

A guide to manual cleaning of PCB assemblies
10 October 2018, Manufacturing / Production Technology, Hardware & Services
Manual cleaning of soldering residues can be inconsistent across the industry. After rework or second-stage assembly, manual cleaning is difficult to guarantee that all residues have been removed and ...


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