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PUBLIC VOTE OF CONFIDENCE FOR UK


MANUFACTURING


The UK public stands firmly behind the manufacturing sector to support the UK and protect the NHS through coronavirus and into the future. Almost three in four of the UK public believe that the


manufacturing sector stepped up to meet the challenge of supporting the UK as coronavirus took a grip on the nation in March 2020. The same number of respondents (74 per cent) believe that a strategic long-term plan for helping UK manufacturing to be more productive and competitive will help insulate us from future pandemics and go some way to protect UK GDP, of which manufacturing contributes over 17per cent. Furthermore, three quarters of the UK public believe more strongly in the importance of the UK manufacturing as a result of coronavirus. The research, conducted among 2,000 adults by Populus


for Cadence Innovation Marketing, also found that nearly eight in ten people are concerned about cheap imported goods in the wake of coronavirus. The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted global supply chains and resulted in many UK factories switching production to medical devices and products in a bid to help the NHS cope. Manufacturing has taken a central role in the unfolding drama and rarely in recent times has it been the subject of so much media and public attention. Tom Spencer, MD at Cadence said: “Our snapshot poll sought to delve deeper into what’s behind the media commentary by asking a representative sample of over 2000 UK adults for their opinion on a range of topics raised by coronavirus. The results offer an insight into changing public opinion about the importance and relevance of UK manufacturing.” More than two in three of those questioned believe that the


UK manufacturing sector has risen to the challenge of coronavirus, with just six per cent disagreeing with them. “This huge public vote of confidence in our often beleaguered and under-supported sector is just one of several remarkable statistics thrown up by our research,” added Spencer. The study, which was carried out in early May 2020, clearly


shows that the UK public has swung behind UK industry at a time when many manufacturers have stepped up to support the nation and its much-loved health service. Steve Brambley, CEO, GAMBICA said: ““The result shows that there is a genuine opportunity for the UK to open a new page in its history as it embarks on the era of digital transformation that will define it for generations to come. It remains to be seen if the pandemic itself, resultant global economic turmoil, and Brexit will distract or divert resources away from an environment that will support the regeneration of UK industry, but this poll makes one thing abundantly clear: the people of the UK stand firmly behind our industry and believe strongly in its future.”


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SMITHS INTERCONNECT CELEBRATES CONTRACT WIN WITH BOEING


Smiths Interconnect was recently awarded a contract by Boeing to design, manufacture and supply bespoke connectors for use aboard NASA’s Orion spacecraft and Lunar Gateway. Smiths Interconnect’s docking umbilical connectors will be used to transfer power, signal and communications to different modules on the space station. “These connectors have to meet


strict specifications to endure the challenges of space. They must deliver high speed signal integrity to ensure there is a strong, consistent connection throughout the mission,” said Paul Harris, VP Sales and Marketing at Smiths Interconnect. “With many phases of the Artemis programme still to come, we hope that our partnership with Boeing will stretch many decades as we explore Mars and the wonders that the planet has to offer.”


The Orion spacecraft will take up to


four astronauts to the Lunar Gateway where they will board a human landing system for exploration missions to the surface of the Moon. The Lunar Gateway is an in-


development spaceship which is intended to orbit around the Moon. It will be a solar-powered communication hub, with living quarters for astronauts, a lab for science and research, ports for visiting spacecraft, and holding area for rovers and other robots. The spaceship will be a temporary home and office for astronauts, just about a five-day, 250,000-mile commute from Earth. It will provide NASA and its partners access to more of the lunar surface than ever before, supporting both human and robotic missions on the Moon, and eventually to Mars.


www.smithsinterconnect.com


INTELLIGENT ROAD-RADAR TO DETECT WILD ANIMALS


Every two minutes there is an accident caused by wildlife on German roads at a huge cost to the insurance industry. To address this, the Universities of Applied Sciences of Ulm and Heilbronn along with industrial partners have created “SALUS”. With a mix of radar, optical cameras and infrared sensors plus neural networks, a machine-learning-system is designed to be able to differentiate between pedestrians, cars, bicyclists, motorbikes, deer, foxes, wild boar etc. predicting the behaviour of these objects. The system then sends warnings to car


drivers and other road users to prevent accidents. The data of the micro-Doppler radar is gathered by a Spectrum Instrumentation PCIe digitizer card M2p.5926-x4 that provides the required number of channels and bitwidth. The system will be able to measure


simultaneous data from three sources – radar, optical camera and infrared camera. The project envisages widescale deployment of these self-contained units as posts beside roads across Germany.


www.spectrum-instrumentation.com June 2020 Instrumentation Monthly


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