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RS Components Augments Rapid-prototyping Product Portfolio with New Ultimaker 2 3D Printer

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-High resolution, high speed and most popular 3D desktop printer available targets wide range of users including engineers involved in rapid-prototyping and product concept development

HONG KONG, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has added to its growing range of rapid-prototyping machines with the Ultimaker 2 3D printer, recently voted Best Consumer Product 2014 at the London 3D Print Show Global Awards. This new desktop 3D printer employs fused filament fabrication (FFF) technology and targets electronics and mechanical engineers involved in design, prototyping and research and development, as well as enthusiasts and students.

Manufactured from premium parts and materials the latest version of the Ultimaker 3D printer, compared to its previous incarnation, now adds a heated bed, which smoothens the print output, allows for ABS material printing and also prevents warping. Claiming the highest speed and accuracy possible on any desktop 3D printer available today, the printer offers a print speed of up to 300mm/s and a layer resolution of only 20 microns or 0.02mm. In addition, it is available in a highly compact design with frame dimensions of 357 x 342 x 388mm (not including filament spool), offering an overall build volume of 230 x 225 x 205mm.

Other specifications include a nozzle diameter of 0.4mm, with the capability to handle a recommended filament diameter of 2.85mm. Operating temperatures of the print nozzle and heated bed are +180 – 260 degree Celsius and +50 – 100 degree Celsius, respectively.

Approximate usage cost, provided by the manufacturer Ultimaker, is EUR0.05 per cubic centimetre, combining both material and power cost. The use of FFF technology also allows the choice of a wide range of material filaments including popular choices such as PLA and ABS.

The printer also comes with a standalone SD-card for 3D-model file upload and Ultimaker’s Cura open-source software, which essentially slices a 3D-model into the requisite layers in preparation for printing. Cura was voted Best Consumer Software 2014 also at the London 3D Print Show Global Awards.

The Ultimaker 2 is available now from RS Components in EMEA and some Asia Pacific countries, and will be offered in Hong Kong at HKD 21250.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014had revenues of GBP 1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
http://www.rs-online.com/

DesignSpark
http://www.designspark.com

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Source: RS Components Singapore

Related stocks: LSE:ECM OTC-PINK:EENEY

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November 21, 2014 at 12:26 pm

RS Components Collaborates with Mattel to Send Superman into Space

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SINGAPORE, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has collaborated with Mattel via its electronics engineering DesignSpark community to support the Extreme Toy Travel campaign. RS has teamed up with Rlab, a peer run community hackspace, card modeller Jude Pullen, and high altitude balloonist Dave Akerman, to send Superman to space and back in a custom-built capsule.

 

RS Components and Mattel successfully send Superman into space
RS Components and Mattel successfully send Superman into space
RS Components and Mattel successfully send Superman into space
RS Components and Mattel successfully send Superman into space

 

Mattel’s Extreme Toy Travel takes its Action Figures to exotic and extreme locations all around the world. Inspired by Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking freefall from the edge of space in 2012, Mattel Italy, together with La Scatola dei Giocattoli, a support project for Mattel customers, approached RS to replicate this jump with one of its Superman action figures.

A team of makers, hackers and engineers on the DesignSpark community have designed and built a capsule that is attached to a weather balloon. The craft, packed full of electronics and 3D printed components designed for the mission using DesignSpark software, has travelled to a height of around 39 kilometres at the edge of space, where Superman then freefell back to Earth. The capsule included a Raspberry Pi to capture mission data, as well as a specially designed tracking unit to locate and retrieve Superman.

The launch took place on September 12, in the UK (Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire). During the flight, the mission data (altitude, temperature, weather) was collected along with HD videos and images. Both Superman and the capsule were monitored through a radio connection and a GPS. At the end of the mission, RS posted the video footage and all the design files, bill of materials and design notes on the DesignShare section of DesignSpark under an open source licence so others could build their own. Moreover, Mattel and RS shared with their communities a video to show Superman’s flight to space and back: http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/eng/blog/hack-superman-launch-day  

The space capsule weighed about 2.5 Kilos and slowly drifted down on a parachute with low impact. Since temperatures can drop to around -60 degrees Centigrade at high altitudes, and electronics tend to get warm when running, carefully housing them inside the capsule was important. Hence the components and devices were carefully tested beforehand to ensure they were able to withstand the temperatures. The flight usually lasts a few hours, so RS experimented with batteries to ensure they were active throughout the duration of the mission.

“This project is a demonstration of our innovation in engineering design, using our industry-leading design resources, together with products such as the Raspberry Pi and 3D printing, made possible through collaboration with leading engineers and technology experts via DesignSpark,” said Pete Wood, DesignSpark Community Manager at RS Components. “It has been a unique experiment as it involved carefully identifying the several challenges associated with High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) and developing a team of engineering experts who came up with the right plan for the capsule.”

“I wanted to personally follow the launch of the spaceship with Superman,” said Andrea Ziella, Associate Manager Digital Marketing – Mattel South East Europe. “It has been very exciting for me to see the Toy Travel in Space project come to life. The whole experience felt like travelling back in time to when I was a kid and dreamt about going to the moon with ships I had built myself! We are delighted to be partnering with La Scatola dei Giocattoli and RS Components to create this unique journey that demonstrates their innovation and technology expertise.”

The Toy Travel project also aims to enrich children’s learning experience and inspire their competitive creativity by engaging them to build their own spaceship and posting the design on the La Scatola dei Giocattoli website:http://www.lascatoladeigiocattoli.it/viaggiodeigiocattoli/.

For further information on the project visit Pete Wood’s blog at: http://www.rs-online.com/designspark/electronics/eng/blog/hack-superman-to-the-edge-of-space-and-back?/designspark/electronics/blog/hack-superman-to-the-edge-of-space-and-back.

About RS Components

RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

About Mattel

The Mattel family of companies (Nasdaq: MAT) is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. Mattel’s portfolio of best-selling brands includes Barbie®, the most popular fashion doll ever produced, Hot Wheels®, Monster High®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends® and Fisher-Price® brands, including Little People® and Power Wheels®, MEGA® Brands, including MEGA BLOKS® and RoseArt®, as well as a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. In 2013, Mattel was named one of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere Magazine and in 2014 ranked No. 5 on Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list. With worldwide headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., Mattel’s companies employ nearly 30,000 people in 40 countries and territories and sell products in more than 150 nations. At Mattel, we are Creating the Future of Play. Visit us at www.mattel.com, www.facebook.com/mattel or www.twitter.com/mattel

About La Scatola dei Giocattoli

La Scatola dei Giocattoli is a project born in 2013 with the purpose to give kids, but especially adults, a different point of view on the toy’s world.

La Scatola dei Giocattoli is a support for Mattel customers. It offers updated toys catalogues, offering the chance to choose directly from home, in any moment of the day, the best toys, from the newest ones to the classics, and have, even through mobile, access to events, news and support.

Besides from the catalogue, it offers the chance to create Toy Boxes (Scatole dei Giocattoli), personalized lists to associate to a particular event o kid, that can be used in stores as support of the purchase. It also has other sections like “The Toy’s Courier”, with news and updates, “Toys are in Town”, with the latest events around Italy, and “When I was a kid”, where you can discover the toys of your childhood.

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:

@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS

RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components

RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

Relevant Links:

Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com

RS Components
www.rs-online.com/

DesignSpark
www.designspark.com

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20141107/8521405435-a
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Logo – http://www.prnasia.com/sa/2011/05/04/20110504368830.jpg

Source: RS Components Singapore

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November 11, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Posted in Semiconductors

SparqEE boards available exclusively from RS Components bring cellular connectivity to Raspberry Pi and Arduino

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-CELLv1.0 2G+3G module and shield adapter boards will make cellular ubiquitous in the Raspberry Pi and Arduino development communities

SINGAPORE, Oct. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is now taking orders for the new SparqEE development boards, which have been designed to enable easy cellular connectivity and Internet access for projects based on theRaspberry Pi and Arduino platforms.

RS252 CELLv1.0
RS252 CELLv1.0

 

RS252-CELLv1.0 ecosystem
RS252-CELLv1.0 ecosystem

 

A total of seven new SparqEE boards are available to order exclusively from RS, including the CELLv1.0 — a tiny cellular development board that implements a 2G+3G chipset to provide wireless worldwide. This means that the CELLv1.0 module will use 3G primarily and only revert to 2G when 3G is not available. In addition, the CELLv1.0 measures only 36 x 42 x 7mm, making it the smallest cellular module currently available on the market.

Each SparqEE CELLv1.0 cellular board will be shipped from RS with a global 3G SIM card that delivers worldwide coverage. Users will then be able to login to a website and use their credit card to buy data or set up a direct debit for on-going data usage. The increase in range permitted by cellular communications enables a number of potential applications for developers and is ideal for ‘small data’ projects that need to operate over very long distances, even potentially to another country or continent. Suitable projects are likely to be sensor-based low-bandwidth-data projects that will send low amounts of data over the Internet.

To enable easy compatibility, as part of the new range, the ShieldRv1.0 and ShieldAv1.0 are shields or adapters that connect the CELLv1.0 respectively to Raspberry PI and Arduino boards without any additional wiring. In addition, breakouts are provided for the four remaining SparqEE boards should users prefer to connect any of these boards directly to the shield.

The four additional boards are the: GPSv1.0 receiver board, which implements an Antenova M10478 GPS module based on the SiRFstarIV 9333 GPS chipset; the POWERv1.0 board, which converts an unregulated power supply to the +5V and +3.3V supply rails required by most embedded development systems; the RELAYv1.0 board, which provides a wide input range relay for driving high-current and high-voltage peripherals; and finally the ACCELv1.0 board, which provides a wide-input-range Analog Devices ADXL345 three-axis accelerometer.

Coverage specifications of the CELLv1.0 module include WCDMA/HSDPA 2100/1900/900MHz, delivering 384Kbps or DL3.6Mbps HSDPA and GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz. Wired connectivity options include a serial UART interface (3.3V or 5V) and USB 2.0 interface. Electrical specifications include an input voltage of +3.7V to +5V, powered via USB cable or via the header pins; current draw of less than 5mA in standby, typically less than 75mA active (without services), and less than 500mA (average working) and 2.3A maximum. Windows, Linux and Android software drivers are available via ZTE.

The SparqEE boards are available to order from RS globally at www.rs-online.com for delivery from August 2014.

About RS Components
RS Components and Allied Electronics are the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc, the global distributor for engineers. With operations in 32 countries, we offer around 500,000 products through the internet, catalogues and at trade counters to over one million customers, shipping more than 44,000 parcels a day. Our products, sourced from 2,500 leading suppliers, include semiconductors, interconnect, passives and electromechanical, automation and control, electrical, test and measurement, tools and consumables.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2014had revenues of GBP1.27bn.

For more information, please visit the website at www.rs-components.com.

RS Components
Tan Soo Chun
Public Relations Manager – Asia Pacific
Email: soochun.tan@rs-components.com
Telephone: +65-6391-5745

Edelman Public Relations (Singapore)
Yvette Yeo
Manager
Email: yvette.yeo@edelman.com
Telephone: +65-6347-2355

Further information is available via these links:
@RSElectronics; @alliedelec; @designsparkRS
RS Components on Linkedin
http://www.linkedin.com/company/rs-components
RS Components on Weibo
http://e.weibo.com/u/3206377000?type=0

Relevant Links:
Electrocomponents plc
www.electrocomponents.com
RS Components
www.rs-online.com/
DesignSpark
www.designspark.com

Photo – http://photos.prnasia.com/prnh/20140920/8521405432-a
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Logo – http://www.prnasia.com/sa/2011/05/04/20110504368830.jpg

Source: RS Components Singapore

Related stocks: LSE:ECM OTC-PINK:EENEY

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October 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm

GaAs Bulk Substrate Market Sees Further Revenue Contraction in 2013 says Strategy Analytics

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— Challenging Times Ahead for Substrate Manufacturers: Freiberger Compound Materials (FCM), AXT, Sumitomo and Dowa

BOSTON /PRNewswire/ — Despite strong growth in the GaAs device market, GaAs bulk substrate manufacturers saw both production and revenues decline for the second straight year.  The recently released Strategy Analytics Advanced Semiconductor Applications (ASA) spreadsheet model and Forecast and Outlook report, Semi-Insulating GaAs Bulk Substrate Markets: 2013-2018 forecasts that new mobile architectures, competing technologies and flattening GaAs device growth rates will result in further declines in the total available market (TAM) for GaAs bulk substrates.

Semi Insulating GaAs Substrate Production
Semi Insulating GaAs Substrate Production

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Click here for the report: http://bit.ly/1qEascm

The report concludes:

  • Demand for semi-insulating GaAs bulk substrates declined by nearly 2 percent in 2013. The volume decline and increasing price erosion caused revenues to decline by 8 percent.
  • As a result, bulk substrate demand will grow with a CAAGR of less than 1 percent through 2018.  With price erosion returning to historical levels, the slow growth of substrate production will drop revenues to $160 million in 2018.

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Eric Higham, Service Director, Advanced Semiconductor Applications commented: “There will be challenging times ahead for GaAs substrate manufacturers. “The emergence of CMOS PAs and multi-mode, multi-band GaAs PAs will both act to slow growth and reduce revenue.”

Asif Anwar, Director in the Strategic Technologies Practice added: “The good news is that prior disruptions in the GaAs bulk substrate supply chain appear to have been addressed, but this means a return to historical price erosion rates that will pull revenues down.”

About Strategy Analytics

Strategy Analytics, Inc. provides the competitive edge with advisory services, consulting and actionable market intelligence for emerging technology, mobile and wireless, digital consumer and automotive electronics companies.  With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Strategy Analytics delivers insights for enterprise success.  www.StrategyAnalytics.com

US Contact: Eric Higham, +1-617-614-0706, ehigham@strategyanalytics.com
European Contact: Asif Anwar, +44(0)-1908-423-635, aanwar@strategyanalytics.com

Source: Strategy Analytics

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July 23, 2014 at 11:56 am

Fluke Ti90 and Ti95 Infrared Cameras are the latest additions to Fluke Connect — the world’s largest wireless system of test and measurement tools

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-New infrared cameras deliver best-in-class image quality with up to 84 percent better spatial resolution than competitive models

EVERETT, Wash. /PRNewswire/ — Fluke Corporation expands the Fluke Connect™ system with the new Ti90 and Ti95 Infrared Cameras with wireless connectivity making them ideal for maintenance, troubleshooting, and HVAC/R technicians, electricians, and facility managers who need to collaborate and share measurements with others on their team.

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The Fluke® Ti90 and Ti95 deliver best-in-class image quality with up to 84 percent better spatial resolution (of handheld industrial infrared cameras priced $1,000- $2,000) allowing technicians to conduct infrared inspections from a safer distance without compromising accuracy. The 3.5-inch color LCD screen is up to 32 percent larger than other competitive models, with adjustable brightness for easy viewing in most conditions.

The infrared cameras come with an extensive SD memory system, including a removable 8 Gb SD memory card or 8 Gb wireless SD Card, allowing technicians who share cameras to simply swap SD cards at the end of their shift instead of needing to download images onto their PC before turning the camera over to the next technician.

The Ti95 features Fluke IR-Fusion® technology with Picture-in-Picture and full visible on both cameras for easier identification and reporting of problems. AutoBlend™ and Picture-in-Picture modes are available in the included SmartView® reporting software (both models), to easily perform analysis and image adjustments/enhancements.

For more information:

Gwen Chua (Ms)
Marcom Executive
+65-6799-5585
gwen.chua@fluke.com

Fluke Connect System

The Fluke Connect system allows maintenance technicians to wirelessly transmit measurement data from their test tools to their smart phones for secure storage on the cloud and universal team access from the field. More than 20 Fluke tools connect wirelessly with the app, including digital multimeters, infrared cameras, insulation testers, process meters, and specific voltage, current and temperature models. Fluke Connect ShareLive™ video call allows technicians to collaborate with others, letting them see the same images and measurements, and get approvals for repairs without leaving the field. The Fluke Connect app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

For more information about the Fluke Ti90 and Ti95 Infrared Cameras, visit: en-us.fluke.com/products/infrared-cameras/.

Fluke Corporation

For information on Fluke tools and applications, or to find the location of your nearest distributor, please contact Fluke South East Asia Pte Ltd, 1 Clementi Loop #06-02/03/04 Singapore 129808, call +65-6799-5566, fax +65-6799-5577, e-mail info.asean@fluke.com or visit the Fluke website at www.fluke.com.sg.

About Fluke

Founded in 1948, Fluke Corporation is the world leader in compact, professional electronic test tools. Fluke customers are technicians, engineers, electricians, and metrologists who install, troubleshoot and manage industrial, electrical and electronic equipment and calibration processes.

Follow Fluke on FacebookTwitterGoogle+YouTube or LinkedIn.

Fluke is a registered trademark of Fluke Corporation. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. For more information, visit the Fluke website.

Source: Fluke Corporation

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July 11, 2014 at 10:09 am