CS-4000 neXt – The new suspension system for encapsulated IPCs

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Our new suspension system CS-4000 next for encapsulated IPCs allows the integration of control and signalling devices, emergency stop buttons, identification systems, key switches and interfaces directly into the pedestal.

Extensions units or additional enclosures are therefore no longer necessary. Different to existing visualisation devices with single touch displays, this unique pedestal even fulfils the requirements of the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC due to the integration of an emergency stop button. Thanks to the two separated chambers and smart internal cabling options it offers an IP65 rating. The pedestal is made of an anodised high quality aluminium extrusion allowing it can be cut to customer specific lengths. The IPCs will be connected via standardised mounting brackets, such as VESA 75/100 & tube connection Ø 48. Pre-assembled manufacturer independent components ease the set-up.

Upon request the suspensions system can be supplied as a pre-wired Plug & Play solution, already equipped with control and signalling devices, E-Stop buttons, main switches, operator identification systems, key switches, keyboards, IPCs and/or displays, power supply and data cables and Ethernet components. The CS-400 neXt can be adapted to the ergonomic requirements of the operator: IPC- and keyboard heights are individually adjustable. Furthermore, the display can be tilted to suit the operator.

Optionally there is a mousepad available either at the right or the left side. Due to the modular design the components can be added even on-site. Individual adaptations according to customer specific requirements complete BERNSTEIN’s offer. The patented suspension system CS-4000 neXt is suitable for applications in production areas, e.g. in the automotive industry and for decentralised visualisation stations in the machinery and plant industry.

Further information can be found here > www.bernstein-ltd.co.uk

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Vehicle-to-vehicle communication using LEDs

LED technology can be used for much more than lighting. This article explains how cars’ LED lights can also improve road safety, vehicle efficiency and traffic management –

Since the ‘60s LEDs have been used for signalling in machine-to-human interfaces, e.g. to indicate the status of printed
circuit boards. In recent years they have also been used for data transmission, as an alternative light source to lasers at a significantly lower cost.

Over the last decade Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have become a familiar technology for a variety of lighting applications, including automotive. It’s easy to verify their superior efficiency (measured by lumens/watt) and quality (measured by colour stability and lifetime) compared to the incandescent or halogen lamps commonly used in the past, and as the price of LED devices has fallen it’s hardly a surprise that LEDs are emerging as the dominant lighting technology. (source : Technavio).

Car manufacturers have been adopting LED lights on their premium models for more than 10 years. As the technology has matured, LED lights mounted

on mid-range models are now also commonplace. In parallel to this development, car manufacturers have been looking at ways to pass data
about driving conditions and behaviours between cars – an application known as Vehicle to Vehicle Communications or V2V. The aims of V2V are to make driving safer and make road use more efficient (source : allledlighting.com). One approach is to use the LED lights of a car to transmit some of this V2V communications data (See Fig 1)

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Figure 1: The main LED V2V communications system components shown as a block diagram


The advantage of using light signals over other approaches, that make use of internet and cloud technologies, is that light signals are immediate and local. In other words, they don’t lose time sending signals to the internet and they don’t have to wait to receive signals back. They also don’t need the complex management and processing of signals from hundreds or thousands of cars in the area – V2V

by LED only concerns the vehicles in the immediate vicinity, that is the vehicle in front and the vehicle behind. This makes

the communication almost instant and therefore suitable for some types of real- time control functions of cars and other vehicles.

A number of organisations have been looking into communications techniques based on LEDs. For example, Intel has been researching the use of visible light communication (VLC) since 2008, and while their work on Li-Fi (light fidelity), as an alternative to Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) communications, has largely stalled, Intel sees a significant opportunity for VLC to be applied to V2V communications (source : IEEE Spectrum). The opportunity is there for V2V VLC of vehicle size, speed and actions on the road to help with such features as adaptive cruise control, co-ordinated lane changing and collision.

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Get More Performance Data Than Ever Before With Our New Power Inductor Selection Tool

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The new tool allows you to choose one of four navigation paths depending on whether you need inductors for:
– A known converter topology
– A specific IC you want to use
– An existing set of inductor specifications
– Or if you simply want to compare inductors you’ve already chosen
Sortable results pages include standard datasheet performance specifications (inductance, Isat, Irms, temperature rating, and dimensions), as well as application specific data such as DCR @ temperature, total losses and part temperature.

You can also conduct deeper analysis by creating
on-demand charts for up to six parts under actual operating conditions. These graphs include:
– CCM and DCM waveforms
– L vs. Ipeak Current
– Temp Rise vs. Irms Current
– Losses + Temperature Rise
– Total Losses vs. Vin
– Total Losses vs. Frequency
And now you can explore losses even further with
Losses vs. Ripple and Losses vs. Frequency graphs!

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Unique measuring instrument for automotive design engineers

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The introduction of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), fully autonomous vehicle technology and electrified powertrains is leading to a different level of manufacturing complexity never seen before.
Design engineers are being challenged to carry out whole system diagnostics and characterization to determine safe, reliable and predictable behavior of the next generation on-board control and environmental electronic systems.
Until now engineers had adopted a wide variety of approaches to construct testing solutions, many involving multiple instruments and recording systems so they can measure and diagnose the interaction between every physical sensor, ECU, motor or anything else that is going on in the vehicle.
Ideally what is required is an instrument that offers:
– the flexibility of a mixed signal oscilloscope
– multi-channel multiple speed data acquisition system that can be used for long-term recording
– support real-time data capture and analysis
– presents results in an easy- to-understand format
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Ineltek Showcases Hanhaa’s ParceLive Service Enabled by E Ink Technology

ParceLive is a low cost parcel tracking service that allows users to access data on the location, condition and security of their parcels anywhere in the world in real time. The key value add of ParceLive is that by adding trackers to just a sample of shipments, users are able to generate up to 99 percent of knowledge about what is happening across their entire supply chain.

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The ParceLive tracker has the ability to display multiple messages throughout different stages of a shipment’s journey. This means the different stakeholders can each access the different set of instructions required which are displayed on the screen. This includes a return address for the shipment’s recipient that Hanhaa uses to send trackers back via free post to be recharged for reuse.
Ineltek’s Design and Applications team worked closely with Hanhaa during the development of the tracker to select a display that would meet the demands of the ParceLive application at a price that enabled the service’s business model to succeed. Having selected the right display for the job, Ineltek then supported Hanhaa through the integration of the ePaper display module into the ParceLive embedded electronics system, including electronic, mechanical and firmware development.
E Ink’s ePaper displays use a bistable technology based on millions of tiny negatively charged microcapsules of black pigment and positively charged white ones. Once the microcapsules are driven into position on the display, they hold the display image and content with zero power drain. Not only that, but the ePaper then works just like paper – it’s sunlight readable with very high contrast.
The bistable display capability of E Ink’s 2.9” display module allows the LiPo battery-powered ParceLive tag to operate for several weeks on a single charge – a capability that’s not possible with any other display technology. This feature, coupled with the visual characteristics of ePaper, is compelling for the existing supply chain industry as the display needs to display in all environmental conditions and with devices such as barcode readers.
Dr. FY Gan, General Manager of the ESI Business Unit of E Ink Holdings, said, “E Ink’s goal is to deliver revolutionary products, user experiences and environmental benefits through advanced technology development. We are glad to co-work with Ineltek and Hanhaa for developing the ParceLive service that benefits both the sender and the recipient alike through ultra-low-power consumption and visual quality features from E Ink.”
Azhar Hussain, Hanhaa’s CEO and founder is excited about the future prospects. “Having a screen as part of ParceLive will allow room for future innovation with the ability to change screens ‘in flight’, enabling companies to change a parcel’s destination while it is on route. This is key for last minute re-routing, just in time deliveries or inventory adjustments.”

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NI Demonstrates Autonomous Vehicle Test Solutions

NI test systems provide the flexibility autonomous vehicles require to future proof them against technology advances and regulatory changes

AUSTIN, Texas – October 25, 2016– NI (Nasdaq: NATI), the provider of platform-based systems that enable engineers and scientists to solve the world’s greatest engineering challenges, announced today new technology demonstrations of test solutions for the rapidly expanding autonomous vehicles market. These test solutions include all facets of vehicle design, verification and production, and will be on display at the Automotive Testing Expo (ATE) USA 2016 in Novi, Michigan, October 25–27.

Automotive companies today face increased testing challenges, exacerbated by the emergence of the connected car and semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles. Both OEMs and suppliers need flexible test systems that can quickly adapt to changing technologies and standards while also delivering a high-level starting point to speed up system implementation and deployment.

At ATE, NI will showcase the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) Radar Test Solution for performing RF measurements and target simulation for radar sensors; the HIL Simulator based on the new SLSC open architecture for switches, loads and signal conditioning; and the Direct Injector Control Module (DCM) for driving and controlling any type of injector.

The ADAS Radar Test Solution combines NI’s recently released PXIe-5840 second-generation vector signal transceiver (VST) with banded, frequency-specific upconverters and downconverters designed to test the 76–81 GHz radar band with 1 GHz of real-time bandwidth. Engineers can program the VST’s FPGA with LabVIEW to use the ADAS Test Solution for radar target emulation, in the range from 1 m to 250 m with a resolution of 10 cm.

NI’s HIL Simulators are built on open standards like PXI and SLSC, giving customers complete test coverage by taking advantage of a massive breadth of native I/O and signal conditioning that includes cameras and RF for testing automotive radar.

The DCM is an integrated, turnkey test and measurement device. Built for injector research, validation and test, it gives customers the flexibility to control any engine and drive a large variety of injectors with complex control solutions and advanced injection profiles.

NI has also extended its platform with an ecosystem of industry-leading partners in the connected car and advanced vehicle technology space. Showcased in the NI booth this year will be Averna for infotainment test, Bloomy for battery management system test, Danlaw for V2X communication, IPGfor ADAS simulation and test and Signal.X for in-vehicle noise and vibration analysis.

“From concept to production, NI smarter test solutions can help customers reduce cost across all stages of vehicle development and future proof their test systems against rapidly expanding test requirements,dz said Chad Chesney, vice president of data acquisition and embedded systems at NI. DzBuilt on the modular platforms of LabVIEW, VeriStand and PXI, customers gain the cost benefits of commercial off-the-shelf tools and the breadth of measurement and control capabilities to help them maximize test coverage.

To see these demonstrations in person, visit NI’s booth (#1000) at ATE USA 2016, or visit http://www.ni.com/en-us/innovations/automotive/ to learn more about NI HIL systems

Motiv8 Forums welcomes Miba

Motiv8 Forums welcome Miba to its 2017 events, we very much look forward to working with you. Who are Miba and what do they do?

Miba is one of the leading strategic partners of the international engine and automotive industries. Our product portfolio includes sintered components, engine bearings, friction materials, power electronics components and coatings, used around the world in motor vehicles, trains, ships, aircraft and power plants. Miba’s technology makes them safer, more powerful and more environmentally friendly.

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