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Manufacturing and Materials
Surface mount EMI/RFI protection
Electrical and electronic devices : 16 February, 2015
Shield Cans for surface mounting onto Harwin EZ-Boardware products off EMI/RFI protection to sensitive electronic circuits
 
Overcoming five issues with programmable logic controllers
Machinery and Special Equipment : 16 February, 2015
Jonathan Wilkins of European Automation examines the Programmable Logic Controller or PLC and discusses the five main issues with them
 
HD Video camera suited to defence imaging
Special cameras and vision system : 16 February, 2015
Toshiba introduces a 3-CMOS camera with full frame rate HD with USB 3.0 connectivity suitable for use in high quality scientific and defence related imaging
 
High density interconnect for high speed storage
Fasteners and Connection Products : 30 January, 2015
The AirBorn high density HD4 interconnect technology available from Astute Electronics provides highly reliable connectivity for demanding data centre and cloud computing applications
 
Nanostructured coating capacity increase in USA
Paints, Coatings, Surface Treatments : 30 January, 2015
Coating specialist increases capacity in North America with investment in a manufacturing plant in Virginia
 
High precision XY piezo nanopositioners
Servo Drives, Positioning Control : 30 January, 2015
The new QNP-XY piezo nanopositioning stages provide high precision frictionless flexure guidance
 
IR detectors with anti-reflective silicon windows
Photonics, Optoelectronics : 30 January, 2015
Opto Diode is reducing the risk of harmful out-of-band radiation with the use of anti-reflective coated silicon windows on its infrared detectors
 
Welding and cutting equipment with three year warranties
Machinery and Special Equipment : 30 January, 2015
Manual welding power sources as well as plasma cutting equipment from ESAB is now available with three year warranties as standard
 
Force multiplier technology provides protection for US Army
Plastics, Glass, Fabric, Ceramics : 29 December, 2014
DSM Dyneema is the manufacturer of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fibre, branded as Dyneema. The US Army has chosen a new body armour system that incorporates Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology to deliver ballistics protection combined with weight reduction. Point Blank Enterprises is using DSM Dyneema material to develop Generation II Soldier Plate Carrier System armour designed to maximise mobility and provide superior protection.
 
Contract electronics manufacturer adds EMC testing to its test capabilities
Electronics Manufacturing Services : 29 December, 2014
Escatec, one of Europe's leading providers of contract R&D and manufacturing services, has invested in a custom-designed Electro-Magnetic Compatibility (EMC) testing cell in its facility in Heerbrugg, Switzerland.
 
Distribution facility gets aviation, space and defence quality management certification
Electrical and electronic devices : 29 December, 2014
Arrow Electronics has announced that its distribution logistics centre (DLC) in Venlo, the Netherlands, has received EN 9120:2010 quality certification, a quality management system designed specifically for aerospace distributors.
 
Measurement system for carbon fibre aircraft wing box sections
Laboratory Equipment, Testing, Quality and Reliability : 29 December, 2014
Oil & gas pipe measurement specialist Optical Metrology Services (OMS) has developed a non-contact, laser-based dimensional measurement system for aircraft wing boxes (horizontal stabilisers) and other similar shaped systems.
 
Rigid flex circuitry streamlines power and signal distribution
Electrical and electronic devices : 29 November, 2014
Molex has launched Rigid Flex Circuits and Assemblies, featuring ultra-reliable Molex rigid flex circuitry, desogned to minimise impedance discontinuities in high-speed military and aerospace data and telecommunications devices that are lightweight, portable and intended for use in harsh environments.
 
Vibration platform and control loading system for full flight simulator
Servo Drives, Positioning Control : 29 November, 2014
Moog Industrial Group has delivered to Sogitec Industries the vibration platform and control loading system to support the training of NH90 pilots on an FFS (full flight simulator).
 
AMS 3095A qualification for chrome-free paint systems AkzoNobel
Paints, Coatings, Surface Treatments : 29 November, 2014
AkzoNobel Aerospace Coatings celebrates AMS 3095A qualification of new, 100% chrome-free paint systems for commercial fleet maintenance. The new systems provide increased flexibility and choice, including multiple topcoat options and the possibility to choose between water-based surface pre-treatment or a unique direct-to-metal (DTM) system.
 
Canadian plants for producing custom composite military components combined
Metals, Composites : 29 November, 2014
Morgan Advanced Materials (Morgan) has relocated its Composites and Defence Systems business to Burlington, Ontario, which is an existing Morgan manufacturing site. Relocating to this site will offer increased capabilities for advanced composite hard armour, soldier systems, vehicle armour, lightweight vehicle technology, and aerospace armour.
 
Fibre-reinforced solar panels provide ballistic protection
Plastics, Glass, Fabric, Ceramics : 29 November, 2014
A new solar panel system for defence forces provides ballistic protection and is light and portable. The PowerArmor unit from IDG Europe has low-reflectance solar panels protected by an anti-ballistic surface made in an exceptionally strong unidirectional fibre-reinforced composite.
 
Investment helps optimise service to aerospace and industrial gas turbine sectors
Metals, Composites : 24 October, 2014
A substantial six-figure investment by Morgan Advanced Materials in both people and equipment at its UK-based Certech sites is enhancing the company’s offering to industrial sectors including aerospace and industrial gas turbines.
 
Nadcap Aerospace Accreditation brings business boost
Metals, Composites : 24 October, 2014
The Technical Services Division of Yorkshire metallurgical specialist Keighley Laboratories was awarded world-class Nadcap accreditation for a Materials Testing Laboratory (MTL) last year, in the process achieving coveted Merit Status for a superior audit performance. As a result of this achievement and a consequent uplift in its worldwide industry profile, the division recorded an increase in sales in excess of 30%, with orders coming from as far afield as China. It is also reporting new business from the United Arab Emirates, which is set to become a global aerospace hub, as well as from the length and breadth of the UK.
 
Customised military armoured composite crew compartments
Metals, Composites : 04 October, 2014
Morgan Advanced Materials announces that its composites are being used in customised armoured composite crew compartments, ideal for reconnaissance and tactical vehicles, as well as for Special Forces vehicles.
 
Custom 19-inch fan tray for demanding military application
Electrical and electronic devices : 04 October, 2014
Verotec has supplied a major US-based defence contractor with custom design intelligent fan trays for a major defence project. The 19-in rack-mounted 1U trays have six fans, strategically located within the tray to maximise the cooling of critical elements of the electronic system located above the fan tray.
 
Reliable tampering detection of S7 Controller
Manufacturing, Assembly and Maintenance : 11 August, 2014
The MBSecBox detects viruses and malware similar to STUXNET S7 PLCs and informs the operator before any damage occurs.
 
CAN FD challenges fieldbuses and industrial Ethernet in special purpose machinery
Machinery and Special Equipment : 11 August, 2014
CAN FD offers an opportunity to use existing CAN systems and CAN knowledge even when demands are high for number of nodes, transfer rates, and cycle times. Thomas Waggershauser from HMS explains how CAN-based systems are frequently used in special purpose machinery - both in standardized protocols such as CANopen and in proprietary networks. The advantages of CAN-based machine networking are the simple data structure in the network, inexpensive and highly flexible implementation, easy extensibility of existing networks and convenient analysis of the system in the event of a failure.
 
Camera for real-time monitoring, telemetry and on-board recording
Special cameras and vision system : 11 August, 2014
Kappa Flight Eye cameras offer uncompressed SD video as well as Full HD video via an SDI output, or H264 compressed HD streams via Ethernet, making these models predestined for real-time monitoring as well as for telemetry and on-board recording. Among the most common applications are UAV flight control (piloting and flight guidance), taxi-aid (take off and landing), situational awareness, as well as intrusion and ground security.
 
Super black - world’s darkest material - launched at Farnborough International
Nanotechnology : 11 August, 2014
Sensitive electro-optical imaging and target-acquisition systems will achieve new levels of range and sensitivity performance thanks to a UK company’s breakthrough in developing a ′super black’ material to be launched at the Farnborough International Air Show.
 
Ultra-compact modular microwave power modules for radar, EW and communications
Power supplies, batteries : 11 August, 2014
At Farnborough Airshow 2014, TMD launched its latest PTXM range of Ultra Compact Modular Microwave Power Modules (MPMs), which are up to 50% smaller and lighter than TMD’s previous MPMs, but with the same high performance and reliability; and no reduction in RF power.
 
Battery charger upgrade has improved efficiency and greater flexibility
Electrical and electronic devices : 19 June, 2014
Lincad announces the release of its Caravel Mk2 charger for lithium ion power systems, as well as a wide range of other types of battery technologies. The Caravel Mk2 Charger is an enhanced replacement for the in-service Caravel Charger which has seen front line service with British and international armed forces for over 13 years.
 
Surge in marine electric propulsion reflects increase in demand for power resistgors
Electrical and electronic devices : 30 May, 2014
Power resistor manufacturer Cressall Resistors has taken advantage of the growing preference for electric propulsion in marine applications to increase its presence in the sector. More than 10% of the company’s turnover can now be traced to projects for the marine and offshore industries.
 
Battery charger goes into service with British Armed Forces
Electrical and electronic devices : 30 May, 2014
Lincad's new flagship Fast Charger, capable of the independent recharge and management of up to four batteries at one time, has gone into service with the British Armed Forces. The first deliveries to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) began in April.
 
Qualification for aircraft coating system
Paints, Coatings, Surface Treatments : 07 April, 2014
The Aerodur base and clear coat system from AkzoNobel has gained qualification from Boeing
 
Composites and armouring appointment
Metals, Composites : 04 April, 2014
Advanced composite materials supplier to the defence industry has hired a new business development director for composites and armouring
 
Image intensifier for improved low light performance
Special cameras and vision system : 03 April, 2014
New high speed relay lens from Specialised imaging provides ease of interfacing image intensifiers for better performance in low light
 
Integrated low profile ball-screw stage
Servo Drives, Positioning Control : 31 March, 2014
The PlanarSL stage combines two axes of motion for surface metrology and high precision automation
 
White LED for wearable electronics market
Photonics, Optoelectronics : 31 March, 2014
Plessy has introduced a small white LED in a 1005 SMT package for use in wearable electronics applications
 
Composite-titanium seat wins aviation award
Metals, Composites : 18 March, 2014
A titanium aircraft passenger seat using composite materials from TenCate has won an aircraft interiors award for significant weight reduction
 
15W UV laser on show at Photonics China
Photonics, Optoelectronics : 18 March, 2014
Spectra-Physics is attending the Photonics China event with its latest product in the Talon range of diode-pumped solid state lasers
 
Distribution agreement for electric linear actuators
Servo Drives, Positioning Control : 14 March, 2014
Heason Technology will distribute the PC series of precision electric linear actuators from Thomson
 
Gas welding inspector course schedule available for 2014
Machinery and Special Equipment : 13 March, 2014
Courses are available from ESAB for obtaining certification in the inspection of oxy-fuel gas welding equipment
 
Low profile 2mm test sockets
Electrical and electronic devices : 07 March, 2014
A new range of test sockets with high levels of electrical performance and low profile are available from Harwin
 
Coating agreement for GE components
Paints, Coatings, Surface Treatments : 07 March, 2014
General Electric and Hardide Coatings have reached an agreement on the coating of components supplied by GE
 
Acquisition creates comprehensive welding and cutting machinery portfolio
Machinery and Special Equipment : 05 March, 2014
Victor Technologies joins ESAB under the Colfax umbrella to provide manufacting industries with a wide range of welding and cutting equipment
 
Positioning systems to be shown at event for drives and controls
Servo Drives, Positioning Control : 28 February, 2014
Heason Technology is attending the Drives and Controls event with its range of positioning and motion systems
 
Platform for software defined radio development
Electrical and electronic devices : 28 February, 2014
Two new software defined radio platforms have been added to the Analog Devices portfolio for more options in prototyping and development work
 
Precision motion company expands facilities
Servo Drives, Positioning Control : 25 February, 2014
Expansion plans at precision motion and automation company, Aerotech results in relocation to larger facilities
 
Submicron position resolution sensor released
Optics : 25 February, 2014
New sensor from Opto Diode provides stable response after ultraviolet radiation exposure
 
Battery containers for grid energy storage system
Electrical and electronic devices : 21 February, 2014
Tri-Technic will make use of Intensium Max 20M battery containers from energy specialist Saft for use in the Fort Hunter Liggett grid storage system
 
Bulk wire packaging for high volume welding
Machinery and Special Equipment : 19 February, 2014
A bulk wire drum system has been introduced by ESAB to support continuous production activities associated with high volume welding
 
Ultrafast amplifiers for spectroscopy
Photonics, Optoelectronics : 12 February, 2014
Three ultrafast amplifiers have been added to Newport's laser product range for spectroscopy and scientific applications
 
UV Q-Switched laser for micromachining
Photonics, Optoelectronics : 10 February, 2014
Developed for micromachining and drilling applications, the Talon is available as UV and green Q-switched variants
 
High power ultraviolet laser with reduced pulse width
Photonics, Optoelectronics : 07 February, 2014
The >50W UV Quasar 355-60 laser from Spectra-Physics with high pulse energies for microelectronic device manufacturing
 
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