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Pulsonix donates engineering design software worth £9.5million to NMiTE S


tudents at NMiTE (the project to create an engineering university in Hereford) will be using state-of-the-art


design software when it opens its doors in the coming months thanks to a generous donation from Pulsonix worth £9.5million. Pulsonix, a leading creator of sophisticated yet easy to use engineering design software, is providing NMiTE with 1,200 licences over the next four years, giving students full use of its professional PCB (printed circuit board) design and test software. Bob Williams, managing director of Pulsonix, which is based in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, says: “We are delighted to provide our software so NMiTE’s students will be working with leading- edge commercial software from the moment they start on the projects for engineering employers.


“Our software is particularly designed to enable engineers to combine advanced electronic components into items they create, for instance for incorporating censors, Internet of Things components and enabling remote and AI control.


“When launched, NMiTE will be Britain’s first dedicated engineering university, and it offers a fresh and much-needed new approach that will help ensure more young people are attracted into this strategically important profession. That is why Pulsonix is providing such strong support to this important initiative that is so strategically important for the UK’s engineering sector and indeed the whole UK economy. ”We are excited to be working and supporting this new project, especially in the West of England close to our headquarters. The learning schedules that NMiTE are promoting replicates modern industry, and


Pulsonix fits well into this as an easy-to-learn electronics design system. Students will leave the course and will be immediately employable, something that is important to both the regional economy and the UK’s engineering sector overall.” Toby Kinnaird, NMiTE’s engineer in


residence (and himself the CEO of Barrs Court Engineering), says: “This donation of software worth £9.5 million from Pulsonix is a major and generous contribution to the success of NMiTE.”


“Part of our distinctive approach is that students will be learning through working on real-life commercial projects for employers, and this will enable them to do this using the same Pulsonix software used by hundreds of leading engineering businesses.” “The future of engineering is enabled through the increasing embedding of


electronics, for capturing data used in control and AI and for connectivity with the spread of the Internet of Things and implementation of Industry 4.0. Pulsonix’s software is particularly valuable for work on leading-edge areas such as automated vehicles, 5G or other high speed design projects.”


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Parker Engineered Materials Group show extensive portfolio of product solutions for electric mobility


T


he Engineered Materials Group of Parker Hannifin Corporation, provider of motion and control


technologies, offers an extensive portfolio of products and solutions for electric vehicles in the areas of sealing, shielding and thermal management.


Electric vehicles with their high-voltage systems and power electronics confront automotive OEMs and their suppliers with special challenges in the areas of sealing, shielding of electrical interference signals and thermal management. Drawing on decades of experience in these areas, in all kinds of automotive as well as electronic system applications, Parker offers an extensive range of solutions. Components of alternative drive systems such as electric axles, batteries, power electronics and their control units entail a multitude of sealing and shielding requirements. All of them are aimed at ensuring efficient and reliable performance of on-board electrical systems, from charging current couplings to the traction battery to the electric drive motor. Established sealing solutions such as O- rings, press-in-place seals, rotary seals, integral seals (composite sealing plates) are


available for these purposes, as well as other products for electrical shielding and heat dissipation such as EMI components, thermal gels and pads. Special benefits can be achieved by combining these functions in one component.


Environmental sealing of electrical on-board systems


Drive systems for hybrid electric and battery electric vehicles consist of a multitude of complex components with specific tasks and requirements. Electronic control units, power electronics or the electrified drive axle and their individual assemblies have to be reliably protected against environmental influences and electromagnetic interference. For these requirements, Parker offers an extensive product range for shielding and sealing of chassis/ housing elements. Customers are able to select from a multitude of press-in- place frame seals, O-ring seals, chassis/ housing components with integrated sealing systems to thermally conductive sealing gels.


For sealing larger chassis/ housings, such as those of the battery system, Parker offers XXL-size sealing solutions. Large


circumferential seals, produced either by extrusion or, of higher quality, without joints, are the ideal solution for large chassis/ housings. Unlike adhesion- bonded chassis/ housings, they enable easy revision when repairs are necessary. For electromagnetic shielding that is intended to prevent undesirable interference with the components either from external sources or adjacent electrical systems, special-purpose sealing solutions using EMI materials are available.


Thermal management


The compact design spaces of on-board electric systems such as the traction battery, power electronics and electric motor combined with their high power density require efficient and intelligent thermal management solutions. Air- cooled or liquid-cooled systems call for sealing solutions with high temperature stability and long life. Inefficient cooling would result in major trouble for the total system and may lead to massive performance loss up to and including total destruction of the electronic components of the hybrid electric or battery electric vehicles.


In this area, Parker is able to draw on longstanding experience in the development of sealing compounds for cooling systems with particularly challenging demands in terms of service life and chemical resistance. In addition to static and dynamic sealing solutions such as flange, shaft or moulded seals, Parker offers special thermal gels or pads for heat dissipation of electronic components or chassis/ housings.


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