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LAMWEC tank test

Laminaria’s wave energy converter (WEC) has undergone tank testing at the Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory at Plymouth University, as part of the LAMWEC project.

Funded under the OCEANERA-NET First Joint Call 2014, in association with Scottish Enterprise, Innovate UK, and IWT, the LAMWEC project seeks to develop and test a full-scale 200kW Laminaria WEC.

As a key challenge for the wave energy sector is the survivability of WECs in extreme storm conditions, the main focus of LAMWEC is to prove the survivability of a pre-commercial scale WEC which incorporates Laminaria’s innovative load management mechanism and storm protection system.

Leading the design simulations work package for LAMWEC, Innosea tested a 1/16 scale model at COAST to explore the load regimes that the device will experience when it is tested at full-scale at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in 2017.

Rémy Pascal, Specialist Engineer at Innosea oversaw the tests: “The tank tests provided insight into the optimum size of the device in regard to site specific wave conditions for overall performance.

“Most crucially, we found that the device performance at the EMEC wave test site could be significantly improved by using a larger device than the one initially planned for before the tank tests.

“Additionally, the tests show that clever use of submergence will allow control of the power being captured regardless of the significant wave height, which is a positive outcome concerning the dimensioning of the power take-off (PTO).”

Laminaria’s CEO Steven Nauwelaerts added that the results of the tank tests have provided confidence in the concept of the survival mechanism – a key element of the LAMWEC design: “The irregular wave tests proved that the concepts for the two survival mechanisms work: both the overdrive mechanism and the submergence efficiently managed to keep the loads in the mooring lines below a programmable threshold.

“The results from these tests will be invaluable to the other work packages in the LAMWEC project, informing the development of the anchor system, moorings, storm protection system, and PTO.”

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2016

Southern Manufacturing & Electronics is the UK's largest annual manufacturing technology, electronics and subcontracting exhibition. Southern Manufacturing 2017 opens at FIVE, Farnborough from MARCH 21st to MARCH 23rd 2017.

It's free to attend and there's plenty of free on-site car parking. For your free tickets and more information on the show Click HERE

GTT Europe: Putting your electronics into extreme environments

GTT Europe helps putt IoT and M2M customers’ electronics into harsh environments.

A leader in ‘Carrier Grade’ bespoke enclosure solutions within the IOT & M2M sectors, GTT’s m-smart-box comprises everything you need to protect your electronics in harsh environments - including the enclosure, data and power interfaces, antenna, vents and mounting options.

This GTT video takes viewers through the simple steps to designing a guaranteed IP67 solution, with order through to delivery of a production ready prototype in just five days.

Including cable routing for hardware integration, this quick time to market solution has helped deliver:

* Outdoor gateways for smart parking apps

* Transport infrastructure remote monitoring solutions

* SmartCity roadside infrastructures

* Outdoor gateways for tunnel construction monitoring.

The video includes a frame by frame guide to how you can design an IP67 carrier-grade quality product, online in only 10 minutes – then have a bespoke, field installation friendly product delivered in five days.

Bellus3D Face Scanning Demo

Inuitive and Bellus3D enable high-quality and cost-effective 3D face scanning for mobile devices. For more information, click HERE

Food Safety/HACCP Using Environmental Monitoring

Autoscribe Informatics is providing two opportunities to have a close-up look at the new Environmental Sampling module for the Matrix Gemini LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System).

A 4-minute video provides a short demonstration of this versatile module which has been designed in conjunction with a leading food safety organisation, Deibel Laboratories. Aimed at anyone involved in environmental sampling of production and storage areas in food/beverage production and other industries, it uniquely links sampling point locations, test results and corrective action plans in one easy to use graphical environment.

For those who would like a longer and more detailed demonstration of the system, a recording of a webinar on the subject, recently presented by Autoscribe Informatics, is HERE.

The software demonstration is presented against the background of the need to move away from screening towards preventative measures against food-borne contamination both as required by the new Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) implemented by the FDA, and in terms of the financial benefits of this approach.

The webinar covers the factors to consider when implementing an environmental monitoring program.  The demonstration shows many facets of the software including how it provides:

* Set up of locations and sampling sites

* Visual maps of results status

* Trending of results

* Assignment of actions when the results indicate the need

* Association of results with a sampling site

* Reporting of results.

The software provides clear documentation of preventative measures against food-borne contamination. This includes the ability to report the results and corrective actions taken when microorganism levels exceed safe levels. It provides an easy framework for expert set up and adjustment of the system while reducing the expertise needed to operate it on a daily basis. It allows the implementation of data management strategies that increase security and the availability of data.

Xavis A130 BGA 3D Inspection

The only way to fully inspect the solder joints of BGAs is by X-Ray. Xavis X-ray has a solution for any application from electronics, medical, food and die cast applications.

Its H130-OCT Flag ship model is designed for SMT application. Using Oblique X-Ray and Image Intensifier, the machine has amazing magnification and power.

By utilising the 3D rendering tool, deep analysis can be done of the BGA solder balls.

It is supplied and supported in the UK by Elite 7 Installations Limited.

RadarCat: Radar Categorization for Input & Interaction using Soli [UIST2016]

A piece of technology, created by researchers at the University of St Andrews, can detect what an object is by placing it on a small radar sensor.

The device, called RadarCat (Radar Categorisation for Input and Interaction), can be trained to recognise different objects and materials, from a drinking glass to a computer keyboard, and can even identify individual body parts.

The system, which employs a radar signal, has a range of potential applications, from helping blind people identify the different contents of two identical bottles, to automatic drinks refills in restaurants, replacing bar codes at checkout, automatic waste-sorting or even foreign language learning.

Designed by computer scientists at the St Andrews Computer Human Interaction (SACHI) research group, the sensor was originally provided by Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) as part of their Project Soli alpha developer kit program. The radar-based sensor was developed to sense micro and subtle motion of human fingers, but the team at St Andrews discovered it could be used for much more.

Professor Aaron Quigley, Chair of Human Computer Interaction at the University, explained, “The Soli miniature radar opens up a wide-range of new forms of touchless interaction. Once Soli is deployed in products, our RadarCat solution can revolutionise how people interact with a computer, using everyday objects that can be found in the office or home, for new applications and novel types of interaction.”

The system could be used in conjunction with a mobile phone, for example it could be trained to open a recipe app when you hold a phone to your stomach, or change its settings when operating with a gloved hand.

A team of undergraduates and postgraduate students at the University’s School of Computer Science was selected to show the project to Google in Mountain View in the United States earlier this year.  A snippet of the video was also shown on stage during the Google’s annual conference (I/O).

Professor Quigley continued: “Our future work will explore object and wearable interaction, new features and fewer sample points to explore the limits of object discrimination.

“Beyond human computer interaction, we can also envisage a wide range of potential applications ranging from navigation and world knowledge to industrial or laboratory process control”.

Resolve Optics - OEM Design and Manufacture

Resolve Optics Ltd has for more than 20 years developed custom optical design and OEM quantity special lenses for small and large high technology businesses. For more information, click HERE.

Mucon Iris Diaphragm Valve K2P Remote Operation

The K2P has been developed for applications requiring a high level of hygiene and superb material flow control. This new Mucon Series K product range utilises patented design features and moulded diaphragm technology already employed throughout the K-Valve range. For more, click HERE.

Swift-Dock spring loaded interface arrays.

For handheld devices and docking stations. Avoid the costly development of a bespoke interface by integrating Swift-Dock into your design.

For more information, click HERE

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