For the latest new, follow us on Twitter: @CI_DesignMag and/or ‘Like’ us on Facebook RS COMPONENTS ANNOUNCES IMPACT OF ITS STEM EDUCATION STRATEGY

A report which highlights the impact of its STEM education strategy, which was launched in December 2017, has been released by RS Components. The STEM Education Impact Report 2018 covers the activities RS has initiated and engaged with, resulting in tangible, measurable successes, including: • 35,000 under 18s boarded the RS Titan II truck in 2018, engaging with the many technologies showcased on the truck including 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, robotics and Raspberry Pi.

• 47,000 young people engaged with RS and its educational partners throughout 2018, both through events involving Titan II, and other partner projects including the Rube Goldberg machine build with Kids Invent Stuff, a #GirlsWithDrills interactive workshop and RS’ support of Ambionics – a business creating customisable limbs for toddlers

and young children.

• A 175% increase in RS STEM ambassador sign-ups – from 40 at the start of last year to 110+ by Dec 2018

• Two industry awards for education and STEM activity in the UK: an Educational Support Award at the 2018 Elektra Awards, and an Academic Support Award at the 2018


Bürkert UK has massively increased its product range and its UK stock-holding for standard everyday process products. The company now holds a wide variety of the more common valve designs including ball valves, butterfly valves and quarter-turn valves in standard sizes on the shelf. This increase in the product line represents a considerable investment in stock-holding, with over £1 million worth of stock now held in the UK, to compliment industry recognised angle seat, globe and control valve packages. Neil Saunders, Bürkert UK general manager, commented: “Quite simply

we are adding convenience for our customers by offering more of what our systems customers and distribution partners want on a same day/next day availability basis.”


Users of low voltage VSDs can now keep processes running, test new applications or prove predicted energy savings before purchase, through a leasing program provided by the ABB authorised value provider network.

the same day, and installed and commissioned within hours. The program promises fast response, 24 hours a day, all year round. for-hire

Having spent 45 years working on Design Solutions, I’m sad to say that our northern area sales manager, Paul Munslow, has finally decided to retire at the end of the month. Paul joined Design Solutions (or

OEM Design as it was called then) back in 1974, having been enticed by the offer of a Ford Cortina 1.6L as a company car. Since then, he has become well-known throughout industry as a friendly and happy individual, dedicated to his career. I’ve had the pleasure of working on

Design Solutions with Paul for many years, and will miss his enthusiasm, hard work and sense of humour. So here’s wishing him a long, happy and healthy retirement with his wife and the rest of the family. Paul, we will really miss working with you!

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Electronics Industry Awards. James Howarth, RS head of education strategy

EMEA, said: “We are in the midst of a global skills crisis. According to a recent report published by Dell Technologies, 85% of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t even been invented yet. Furthermore, it has been estimated by EngineeringUK that by the year 2024, the UK will need 186,000 skilled engineers annually to keep up. “This is why RS Components is committed

to inspiring the next generation of engineers through a programme of dedicated activities, particularly females who have previously been deterred by out-of-date perceptions of a career in engineering. Education professionals must be assisted with support, resources and skills to help them deliver meaningful STEM activities which can link STEM subjects with the wide variety of roles that will be available in the future.”


For the first time, the Defence & Security Equipment International exhibition (DSEI) will host a Manufacturing Hub to highlight the vital contribution that tier 2, tier 3 and tier 4 manufacturers make to the UK defence industry. DSEI 2019 will be taking place from 10-13 September 2019 in London. Andy Barnes, associate director

for Defence and Security at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, said: “We are delighted to sponsor the Manufacturing Hub at DSEI 2019 and look forward to showcasing how we can help the defence sector and its supply chain modernise processes, generate efficiencies and improve productivity through new technology.” The hub will include manufacturing

leaders in areas including: • CAD/CAM Software • Electronic Components • Additive Manufacturing • Turning • Milling and Machining • Connectors and Cables • High Precision Press Grant Burgham, DSEI event

director, said: “We are really proud to be launching the Manufacturing Hub for DSEI 2019. We strongly believe the Manufacturing Hub will be the perfect platform to create opportunities and connections between different sectors of the manufacturing world and the defence industry. As we celebrate DSEI’s 20th Anniversary, this new feature is testimony that the event is dedicated to the whole of the defence industry and to creating new opportunities for all tiers of the supply chain.”

Oxfordshire-based adhesives specialist, Intertronics, has opened a new state-of-the-art facility in Kidlington which provides increased warehouse space to enable next day delivery, an enhanced office area, and a new Technology Centre to give customers greater access to its equipment and expertise. “We are always striving to deliver the best customer service,” explained Peter Swanson, managing director. “Our new facility helps to make this possible as we continue to grow. Choosing the right adhesive and dispensing equipment for an application is a challenging task and we are passionate about helping our customers make the right choice.” T: 01865 842842

William Hughes has added salt spray testing to its cannon of quality control procedures. Salt spray or salt fog testing exposes springs and other components to a saline fog environment in order to ascertain the corrosion resistance of the material in which they’re made or the surface coating thereof. A controlled saline situation will show how long it takes for a component to accede to rust or other oxides.

Altair and Diehl Aviation have signed a multi-year agreement establishing Altair as Diehl Aviation’s preferred strategic computer-aided engineering (CAE) supplier. In accordance with the agreement, Altair OptiStruct will serve as the primary solver for structural justification and certification, Altair AcuSolve as the preferred solver for CFD, and the Altair HyperWorks suite as the standard for modelling and visualisation.


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