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TDK-Lambda continues to invest in UK manufacturing

The TDK Corporation has announced that TDK-Lambda will be making significant investments in new production equipment at its power supply manufacturing facility in Ilfracombe. TDK-Lambda’s decision for this new investment in the UK is primarily being driven by the company’s aggressive new products development strategy and it estimates a significant annual saving will be generated through production process improvements.

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ITL set to exhibit range of ‘Industry Firsts’ at Medica in November

Integrated Technologies Limited (ITL), the UK-based instrumentation design consultancy and manufacturer, is set to unveil a range of industry firsts at next month’s Medica Exhibition & Conference, in Dusseldorf, Germany. ITL is a market leader in the design and manufacture of medical diagnostic and analytical instruments and supports customers throughout every stage of the concept, design, development, prototyping and manufacturing cycle.

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Going Chinese, identifying tomorrow’s leaders

Eric Braddom, Director of Global Strategic Marketing, TE Circuit Protection and Consumer Devices asks whether the next winning OEM could be a Chinese company. If that proves to be the case then successful component suppliers will need to be able to identify those companies that could become tomorrow’s leaders, and understand that each OEM will have its own unique business model with which they’ll have to work.

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Agilent Technologies and the University of Leeds open Terahertz Measurement Research Lab

Agilent Technologies has announced the opening, at the University of Leeds, of the first Agilent-equipped terahertz measurement laboratory in Europe. The laboratory will enable research on devices, components, circuits and systems at much higher frequencies than any other institution in the region has been able to do before. The lab is set up in memory of professor Roger Pollard, a former dean of engineering at the University of Leeds, who died at the end of last year. The Agilent 1.1-THz PNA network analyzer is the centrepiece of the new lab.

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Number of ‘high risk’ suppliers surges from 2002 to 2011

The number of high risk suppliers to the U.S. government, including companies that sold suspect counterfeit product to military and commercial electronics channels, soared by 63 percent from 2002 to 2011. This large and growing trend highlights the need for members of all tiers of the supply chain to implement tighter supplier-monitoring and procurement procedures in order to meet increasingly stringent regulations, according to information provider IHS.

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When the edge is the centre

The centre of the much-vaunted Internet of Things is the edge. Whilst the network connectivity that transmits data, the cloud based servers that collate and process it and the applications that they drive are undoubtedly key, none would exist without the distributed infrastructure of sensors and control systems on the factory floor, at the roadside, in the office, at home or quite literally in the field detecting and collecting the information.

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Powersolve acquires Safety Power Group

Powersolve, the Newbury-based power supply specialist manufacturer and supplier, has announced the acquisition of the Safety Power Group for an undisclosed sum. Safety Power specialises in high performance programmable power sources together with electronic loads. This acquisition will enable Powersolve to add this capability to its product offering.

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Has Bosch been using a ‘mole’ to spy on Dyson?

According to the British appliance maker Dyson, Bosch has been using a ‘mole’ to obtain technical information about the company’s high-speed digital motors used in its vacuum cleaners and hand dryers. According to the company the ‘mole’ worked at Dyson"s Malmesbury factory in the southwest of England. Dyson has begun legal proceedings against the company accusing the German manufacturer of illegally acquiring its technology.

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Microsoft’s Surface fails to impress critics in the US

Mixed reviews have greeted the launch of Microsoft’s first tablet computer produced in-house, the Surface, which is seen as a crucial element of the company’s strategy to survive the continuing decline of the PC market. Verdicts from commentators in the US said that while the device’s touch screen was impressive it offered poor resolution, was too heavy and offered a very limited array of apps which in turn were found to crash frequently. The device is going up against Apple’s iPad, the Nexus 7 from Google and the Kindle Fire from Amazon at a time when tablets, big and small, are crowding out the PC, with sales of personal computers down 8% on a year ago.

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