Store and charge devices via the cloud

smartboxx-review_tmbManufacturer and distributor of store and charge solutions for mobile devices, Nuwco, showed TechGuard Connect featuring Bretford Connect, a cloud-based web portal on the Smartboxx stand. It allows for real-time locker management from anywhere, says the company.
The system raises the bar for management and tracking of assets, says the company, with a cloud-based service that enables remote locker management capabilities from anywhere.

TechGuard Connect paired with the cloud-based management software supports remote locker management from anywhere in the world. IT administrators are able to access real-time locker statistics, remotely unlock bays, and provide a full audit trail through data logging.
Software and firmware updates can be done remotely.

There are RFID card or keypad options to manage devices. To help create an audit trail, RFID access allows facility managers to monitor locker usage. The ability to check devices out and back in again is coming soon for enhanced accountability, says the company.

The lockers have 10 bays, RFID or keypad user access, wired or wireless data, and AC or USB power options to charge devices such as phones, tablets and laptops. There is also a selection of colour and branding options.

Find out more at


PCB services adapt to customer needs

1Fabrication services on rigid, flex and rigid-flex PCBs are provided by Hoiho PCB. The company provides a mix of volume and the availability of quick turn services, to cater for most PCB needs.

Quality and customers’ needs have led to investment in technology, automation and equipment for a stable supply of quality PCBs from technology innovative manufacturing zones in Guangdong Province, China.

Find out more at

EMC materials offer protection

Kemtron Preview edit_tmbBelieved to be the UK’s largest manufacturer of EMC materials, Kemtron offers a complete range of EMC gaskets, EMC ventilation panels, shielded windows and conductive adhesives.

The first level of EMC shielding is PCB design, however despite best efforts, the enclosure will usually need some form of shielding in the enclosure seams and openings, such as doors, windows and ventilation. It is imperative that EMC for enclosure design is considered at an early stage. Consideration should also be given to the environment the equipment will live in, as dust and water sealing can be incorporated into the EMC gasket. Types of gasket suitable for enclosure applications are conductive fabric over foam, knitted mesh or combination gaskets for really harsh environments. Beryllium copper fingers are suitable where high performance is required.

For smaller enclosures or machined parts, the most cost-effective method of providing an EMC/environmental seal is to use a conductive O ring in a groove, conductive elastomers are silicones or fluorosilicone filled with highly conductive particles. Where there is insufficient land to put a groove, the gasket can be directly applied to the surface with conductive form in place, this is a conductive elastomer paste applied through a syringe by an XYZ robot.

Find out more about Kemtron –

Board test strategy benefits quality

Flying Test preview edit_tmbCombining the accuracy and test capabilities of Spea flying test ICT machines with integrated boundary scan, device programming and full functional testing, Flying Test Systems believes it achieves a level of test coverage, end-to-end cycle times and overall test efficiency that is realising significant improvements in both cost of test and final product quality for clients. It adds the benefits, whether they have in-house test equipment or use the company’s test, repair and return services.

Breaking away from the traditional circuit board test’s multi-stage process, with ICT machines, then board level functional, device programming and boundary scan as discrete processes with associated handling, data reporting and coverage / redundancy issues, the company adopts a layered test concept. Each system component, whether hardware or software contributes its strengths to the whole test cycle rather than solely to the individual process being considered. As an example, performing a board or system-level functional test inside a flying probe system can allow the use of strategically placed signals, even where no traditional test access is provided, to simulate external stimuli or to speed up a test which would take significantly longer in the functional test realm (injecting signals into time delay circuits and watchdogs, for example).

Using multiple test stages, with intelligent and adaptive sequencing inside one test platform enables a true one-stop-test solution, says the company.

Find out more on the Flying Test Systems website

Consultancy and audit preparation join IPC training offering

ART review_tmbEstablished in 1988, Advanced Rework Technology, claims to be the longest running electronics training and consultancy company in the UK.

It runs training courses to IPC standards and is an IPC authorised training centre, and offers training at both certified IPC trainer (CIT) level and at certified IPC application specialist (CIS) levels.

Two of the most widely used standards have been updated to keep pace with the ever-changing electronics industry. Training materials were released for IPC-A-610 and J-STD 001 Revision G, allowing companies to transition swiftly to the revision for all training requirements.

The company is also one of the only UK/regional IPC training centres who can offer all of the IPC training programmes, including certified interconnect designer (CID) and both the IPC-A-620 and J-STD space application training course.

Company expansion means it can offer consultancy and audit preparation. It presents courses at the training centre based in Essex and on customer’s premises.

As well as IPC training, it can offer specialised, bespoke, training in all aspects of PCB soldering and repair and rework.

Managing director, Debbie Wade, is the chair of the IPC-A-620 training committee, European Training and European Standards steering committees, helping write standards as well as the training programmes.

Find out more at

PCB assembly support supports manufacture

ASK reviewFor fast turn, rapid prototyping, high technology, R&D or NPI PCB assembly, ASK Technology is able to offer placement accuracy down to 01005 (imperial) combined with comprehensive inspection using onsite x-ray and AOI.

Quality assurance processes (ISO-certified) enable customers to benefit from its focus through design for manufacture feedback.

Turnaround times ensure a product is delivered in the minimal assembly time possible. The company is able to offer flexible procurement options from full supply to complete free issue materials and PCBs.

The company can support low volumes from one board upwards, and has the capability to turn around complete assembly in 24 hours, as well as service regular or intermittent build requirements.

To support the initial design process, the company offers a comprehensive PCB assembly service.

Find out more at

Cables withstand harsh conditions

habia cable_product_cropFrom ladle cars in the steel industry to submarines in deep oceans, Habia Cable has developed custom-designed cables and cable systems to withstand the most harsh environments imaginable.

When a cable needs to be exposed for fire, heat, acid, radiance, pressure or withstand millions of bending cycles and twist the design and choice of materials need consideration. The company’s long experience and expertise in development and manufacturing of wires, cables and cable assemblies will help find the most suitable, cost-efficient solution for a specific application, no matter how demanding or extreme. The company also aims to provide competitive lead times and offers low minimum order quantities.

Find out more at Habia Cable

Packaging and finishing remains competitive

Reel Service Ltd_tmbProviding complete component solutions for device manufacturers, distributors, contract assembly providers and end users, Reel Service has been providing quality component packaging and finishing solutions for 31 years. Continuous re-investment in leading automated equipment maintains the company’s competitive advantage in order to provide fast, efficient tape and reel of customers’ components with minimal lead-time, it says. 

As a partner in Europe for tape and reel service and short lead-time standard and custom carrier tape, it provides SMD tape and reel, bare die / CSP tape and reel, device programming, bake and dry pack, laser marking, component lead crop and form.

It also offers all materials required to support the tape and reel process including short lead-time carrier tape (standard and custom), cover tape (hot and cold seal types), plastic reels seven, 13-, 15- and 22-inch diameters, moisture barrier bags, desiccant and humidity indicator cards.

For users looking to perform tape and reel in-house, the company also offers class-leading fully automated tape and reel equipment from semiconductor technologies and instruments (STI) for tape and reel from tube, tray, wafer / film frame or bulk / loose. Integrated inline mark quality, orientation, lead/ball geometry and surface inspection detect cosmetic defects such as scratch, chip and surface contamination.

Find out more about Reel Service at

Lamp kit introduces electronics to students

LampKitSpecialising in the design, testing and manufacture of innovative electronic systems, RVL is based in Kent. The electronics engineering company says that the electronics it designs and manufactures provide innovative solutions in a variety of industry sectors, increase productivity and efficiency, and even save lives.

At this year’s show, it demonstrated an assembled board that a customer is currently using in an electric paint lamp kit. The kit allows users to explore how electronics work by making a lamp from scratch, without programming or other skills, making it a fun and educational gift.

Find out more about RVL at

Trio showcases production and verification services

Encompass_tmbThe three technical engineering companies in the Encompass Group, Termate, kA Testing Facility and 3 Phase Design showcased their collective range of production and verification service expertise at Southern 2018.

Termate has been manufacturing electrically insulating components since 1956 in Nottingham. In the first quarter of 2018 it will add CNC fabrication. It will produce bespoke products within technical and quality assured processes and to offer support and technical guidance from a CNC prototype into full production.

kA Testing Facility is a UKAS-accredited, independent testing laboratory offering a range of product proving tests. In the first quarter of 2018 it will invest in additional test equipment to broaden its testing capabilities and offer testing services to a wider range of sectors.

3 Phase Design is a product compliance specialist. Engineers work alongside companies from the beginning of a project or enter at any point as required. It offers assistance with CE marking, understanding EU directives, understanding product standards both national and international, product development support, technical training and pre / post test inspections.

Find out more at the Encompass Group website