Electronic Products & Technology


June 6, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Integrating wearable technologies to increase productivity

Wearable technology enthusiasts will often share their vision of the future which usually includes the weaving of technology into everyday life through the use of interactive glasses or James Bond inspired wrist watches. But so far, cost and size, coupled

June 1, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

What is the state of the industry regarding counterfeit electronic components?

It has been a little over five years since a Newsweek article brought the issue of counterfeit electronics to the attention of a wider audience. Since then, industry organizations mobilized to produce standards and hold symposia to share advancement and

May 23, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

IoT: More than just cool technology

I can’t remember the last time I read an article about the Internet of Things (IoT) that didn’t start with market projections about the phenomenal number of devices that will be enabled in the next five to 10 years, or

May 16, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Using thermography test tool for diagnostic of pcbs

At the heart of modern electronic devices and many other products are printed circuit boards (pcbs), which have proven to be rugged, reliable, and quickly and inexpensively produced. Thermal imagers provide a powerful set of diagnostic tools for testing PCBs

May 9, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Choosing an enclosure system for electrical enclosures

Selecting a cooling system for an electrical enclosure is an important task that is not always as simple as it might seem. The consequences of choosing the wrong system can be significant, so taking the time to make an informed

May 2, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Ubiquitous piezoelectrics – How do they work?

Piezoelectrics – materials that can change mechanical stress to electricity and back again – are everywhere in modern life. Computer hard drives, loud speakers, medical ultrasound, sonar. Though piezoelectrics are a widely used technology, there are major gaps in our

April 25, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

WEEE recast directive update

The 14 February 2014 deadline for EU Member States to transpose the new Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Recast Directive 2012/19/EU into national WEEE Regulations has now passed. So far Bulgaria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, the Netherlands and the

April 11, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

How trends in electronics are affecting connectors

Rapidly changing demands and designs in product performance and electrical integrity are having a huge effect on electronic connector systems. New smaller and more portable electronics in aerospace, defense, and other stressful environments, like those encountered in robotics and oil

April 4, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Tiny IO-link transceivers simplify industrial automation interface designs

Many of today’s sensors and actuators used in industrial automation consist of electromechanical switches whose signal status is made available to remote I/Os of system controllers that communicate via fieldbus networks. Connection to a sensor consists of a three-wire cable

March 28, 2014 by EP&T Magazine

Internet of things will transform the data center

The Internet of Things (IoT) has a potential transformational effect on the data center market, its customers, technology providers, technologies, and sales and marketing models, according to Gartner Inc. Gartner estimates that the IoT will include 26-billion units installed by

March 1, 2014 by Brett Burger, Sr. product manager for embedded systems, National Instruments

Software-designed PACs: Think subroutine, not sub controllers

Today’s controls engineers face the pressure to simplify system complexity as they are tasked with increasingly complex challenges. Unfortunately, solutions to these challenges are difficult to clearly define, so overall industrial market trends are instead discussed in an attempt to

March 1, 2014 by Walter Jager, principal consultant, ECD Compliance, Ottawa-based consulting services

Environmental regulations – Determining substances of concern for electronics

Introduction Environmental compliance is a moving target — new regulations continue to emerge creating significant challenges for the EEE industry. Substances added twice a year to the REACH SVHC Candidate List, the Denmark phthalates ban and the additional RoHS substances