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Fischerscope XDAL X Ray Spectrometer - part of the Electronics Yorkshire technology resource available to you

The X Ray Spectrometer in the Technology Resource Centre at Electronics Yorkshire carries out rapid elemental analysis of electronic components and PCBs. The detailed analysis shows accurately the percentage of each element and can, for instance, be used to determine the surface thickness of plating such as gold flash on pcbs or for verification of harmful elements in line with RoHS directive. Using the XDAL X-ray spectrometer a component lead may be examined to check if it is lead-free or an insulative sleeving can be checked for lead or cadmium content. Detailed printouts of the full analysis are also available.


For more details of equipment available to hire at the Technology Centre follow this link


Industry Sector meetings on the Internet of Things

Event date: 25 May, London


The term ‘Internet of Things’ signifies the growth of devices that can connect and share data. These technologies have been used on the large scale to track lorries and shipping containers, monitor structures, provide data for weather forecasting, etc, however the reduction in costs and increase in the capabilities mean that a world where many objects can communicate is being foreseen. A series of workshops is being organised by KTNs to bring together experts from both industry and academia to discuss some of the major ‘IoT’ challenges.

For more about Industry Sector meetings on the Internet of Things, follow this link


European R&D Funding in ICT - a focus on opportunities for SMEs

Event date: 25 May, York 


This event aims to provide an insight to the funding schemes available for academics and companies, particularly SMEs, to engage in collaborative research, and to introduce a range of national and regional support services designed to help you explore and exploit relevant opportunities. The workshop will cover current and forthcoming calls including Eureka Eurostars, FP7 ICT and Research for SMEs, offering the facility to be involved in cutting-edge R&D, build relations with European partners, and receive up to 75 percent funding in the bargain.


For more about European R&D Funding in ICT, follow this link


Electronics Yorkshire is unique in the UK for its facilities and expertise

Occasional shortcuts and make-dos can start to become routine; and simple errors can lead to catastrophic failures and expensive repair or even product replacement. Unique in the UK, Electronics Yorkshire holds the solution to ensuring you and your staff can recognise the levels of workmanship demanded of your products and how those levels can be achieved. We deliver all IPC quality standard courses at both staff level (application specialist) and trainer level, as well as bespoke industry-focused training. Electronics Yorkshire also has an array of technical equipment you can use to test, inspect and ensure the devices you are using are right for the job.


To see how unique Electronics Yorkshire is, visit the Resources section of the website, here


IC Package Innovation: NMI - TWI - iMAPS - IeMRC workshop

Event date: 26 May, Cambridge


The NMI has organised a one day seminar/workshop entitled ‘IC Package Innovation – Choosing the right solution’. The event will be held at TWI in Cambridge and is being supported by the IeMRC and iMAPS, This IC Package network event looks at the emerging technologies including what you need to know in making the right choices in topics such as such as Copper Bonding technology/3D Technology/Thermal Modeling.


For more about the IC Package Innovation event, follow this link 


The Institute of Circuit Technology 37th Annual Symposium

Event date: 1 June, Coventry 


The theme of this year’s ICT annual symposium is ‘Complex PCB Solutions’, with six papers from leading authorities in this technology-dependant area. Many fabricators complain that the orders they receive are never straight forward, requiring significant engineering input, which can result in the company being very busy but at the same time struggling to make decent profits. The ICT symposium will address and seek to provide advice and support for the various issues involved in complex PCBs from material to finishes.


For more information on The ICT annual symposium, follow this link


Eelctronics Yorkshire members recognised in Queen’s Awards

Deep Sea Electronics, at Hunmanby, has been recognised for its international trade in the 2011 Queen's Awards for Enterprise; and also receiving an international trade award was Rofin-Sinar at Hull. Recipients of the innovation award are Bradford-based Brandon Medical and recently-moved Harvard Engineering, now established at Normanton, whilst Radio Design, at Shipley, which supplies the technology that enables mobile phone companies to share the same antenna equipment also received an innovation award in this year’s Queen’s Awards.

To read more about member companies recognised in the Queen’s Awards, follow this link


European Electronics Assembly Reliability & Yield Enhancement Summit

Event dates: 1-3 June, Warsaw


The EU continues to impose legislation on the electronics manufacturing community. REACH, RoHS and WEEE all have significant impact on the manufacturability of our board assemblies and finished goods. Global SMT & Packaging’s event brings together experts and provides a unique opportunity to examine, learn and debate these business-critical issues through industry discussion, technical collaboration and information sharing. This year the conference will focus on three central themes: Cleaning and Conformal Coating, Solid State Lighting (LED and OLED manufacturing), and Test and Reliability issues. This two-day conference will be preceded by one day of training workshops from top trainers in their field.

For more information on European Electronics Assembly Reliability & Yield Enhancement summit, follow this link


Understanding Medical Technologies Masterclass

Event dates: 14-15 June, Barnsley 


In response to industry demand, Medilink Yorkshire and Humber has developed a two-day, intensive programme that will rapidly up-skill those new to the industry; broaden the knowledge of those taking on new responsibilities and allow those with already existing experience to familiarise themselves with the latest industry changes and developments. Make sure your staff understand the current working practices and future developments in medical technologies.


For more information on Understanding Medical Technologies materclass, follow this link


Get traffic to your website – an Electronics Yorkshire member’s guide

Based on author Seggy Segaran, MD at York-based Tele-Product’s own experience this guide covers the basics of keyword strategy, optimising page content, linking and using Google to get websites to the first page in Google. You don’t have to know anything about designing websites to benefit from this book. If you use external web designers then the information in this book can be used to badger and cajole them into putting many of these ideas into practice. If your web designers are telling you that they are experts in optimising websites to appear on Google, then this book will help you check this from the comfort of your own desk. (Profits for charity.)


For more information about Get traffic to your website and where to order it, follow this link


2011 IMF Fair - The Institute of Metal Finishing

Event dates: 14-16 June, Cosford


This popular conference and exhibition provides an excellent international forum for sharing surface finishing knowledge and best practise techniques for sustainable aviation and defence materials technology. The aim of IMFAIR 2011 is to connect surface finishing researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry, to meet and share cutting-edge developments. A supporting exhibition allows major suppliers to showcase their latest products and services.


For more details about the 2011 IMF Fair, follow this link


Intellectual Property review may herald greater protection

The Hargreaves Review of IP and Growth, published on 18th May, contains recommendations that may have implications for electronics, including greater protection for UK IPR in countries such as China and improving SME access to IP advice. Professor Ian Hargreaves was asked to consider how the national and international IP system can best work to promote innovation and growth. His recommendations aim to give the UK a competitive advantage – and put it on a par with international competitors.

For more about how Intellectual Property review may herald greater protection follow this link


Nanotechnology Advances for Plastic Electronics Workshop

Event date: 21 June, Guildford


Advances in nanotechnology are moving hand in hand with applications for plastic electronics and there is a growing list of examples that help realise electronics based on novel material formulations making new devices and performance improvements possible. This workshop will highlight and illustrate how the advances of Nanotechnologies are being employed to make plastic electronics more viable with practical examples and evidence from the line up of speakers. The target audience for the workshop includes: all technologists and individuals who are involved in nanotechnology, plastic electronics or the manufacture of novel devices or processes.


For more about Nanotechnology Advances for Plastic Electronics Workshop follow this link


Bottom Termination Components guideline issued by IPC

Assemblers who have tried to resolve problems that stem from the rapidly growing array of advanced packages are now able to refer to the newly released IPC-7093, Design and Assembly Process Implementation for Bottom Termination Components. This standard describes the critical design, assembly, inspection, repair, and reliability issues associated with bottom termination components (BTCs) whose external connections consist of metallised terminals that are an integral part of the component body. The standard details techniques for component placement and solder application as well as processing issues.


For more about IPC’s Bottom Termination Components guideline, follow this link


Autonomous Systems and Robotics Annual Conference

Event dates: 15-16 June, Warwick


Join colleagues, government representatives, investors, companies and universities at the ESP KTN Autonomous Systems and Robotics (ASAR) Subgroup two-day annual conference and exhibition hosted within the world-class facilities at the University of Warwick's International Digital Lab. Attendees can attend a selection of presentations from industry and academic speakers on a range of market and technology subjects, structured round-table discussions on a variety of themes, formal brokerage meetings and informal networking throughout the conference.


For more about the Autonomous Systems and Robotics Annual Conference, follow this link


Pace takes pole position; SMS top exporter; Synetics’ Middle East disruption; CyberOptics seeks staff; Analox restructure 

Pace has overtaken Motorola as the top set top box manufacturer; SMS Electronics has topped the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 100 league table; Synectics Networks is expecting profits despite political turmoil in the Middle East; CyberOptics is to expand its team by recruiting experienced application engineers; and Analox Sensor Technology is to split its operation into two divisions, to help expansion plans.


For more about member companies and other stories read the News pages on the Electronics Yorkshire website


The Economics of Obsolescence - COG International Conference

Event dates: 28-30 June, York


This key event will bring industry professionals from around the world together to review and discuss a wide range of obsolescence matters. Attendees will represent all levels of the supply chain from across a wide range of industries. COG (Component Obsolescence Group) is a special interest group of like-minded professionals, from across all industries and relevant government agencies, concerned with addressing and mitigating the effects of obsolescence.

For more information about the COG International Conference, follow this link


Assisted Living Technologies Innovation Awards for Collaborative R&D

The University of Sheffield is launching a second call to work with UK-based SMEs in the area of `Assisted Living Technologies´. Up to ten Innovation Awards of £5k will be made available to initiate Collaborative R&D projects and give SMEs the opportunity to access research expertise and facilities. Projects will be business-led and should aim to develop innovative products, processes or technologies that respond to some of the key industry challenges in the area of `Assisted Living Technologies´.

For more about Assisted Living Technologies Innovation Awards for Collaborative R&D follow this link


High Value Manufacturing in Healthcare

Event date: 29 June, Rotherham


In today’s globally competitive landscape manufacturers are inventors, innovators, global supply chain managers and service providers. What was once seen just as production is now production, research, design, and service provision. Throughout the day, delegates at High Value Manufacturing in Healthcare will learn from case study examples about the adoption and development of new technologies and how these challenges have been addressed. Discover the potential of high value in healthcare manufacturing; what high value added manufacturing is; why it is important; what the challenges are and how it adds value!

For more about High Value Manufacturing in Healthcare follow this link


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