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Solution package for contactless hotel experience

Advancing research in space


ervoz, a supplier of industrial- grade embedded products, has put together a solution package to support a contactless hotel experience

that prioritises hospitality and health. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, the hotel industry has been undergoing a major transformation. The key issue any hotel has been grappling with is how to maintain its traditional level of hospitality while limiting interactions between staff and guest for health and safety reasons. This is where technology comes in.

A minimal-contact hotel experience relies heavily on the use of robots and voice-command functions. The former is being deployed in everything from carrying bags to cleaning rooms. The latter is used by guests within their rooms for the ultimate experience inconvenience. Both are rooted in a network foundation with robust processing power.

The Cervoz bundle of solutions for the post-pandemic hotel includes TLC SSDs, DDR4 DRAM, and MEC-WiFi. The T380 family of SSD is Cervoz’s go-to product for robust processing power and reliability. The SSD ranges from 64GB to 2TB in capacity, and is equipped with multiple Flash functions and features for protecting data integrity and the module’s overall lifespan. To give the SSDs a boost, Cervoz offers the latest generation DDR4 DRAM for memory storage. The DRAM products are tested to be compatible and reliable with multiple systems, so customers can rest assured that they will work for hotel applications. Finally, to ensure a steady network connection linking all these robots and hotel staff’s control devices together, use the Cervoz MEC-WiFi solution. The mini expansion card is great for guaranteeing stable connection in a short-distance connection, such as within the confines of a hotel building.


ust over 20 per cent of thermal engineers have now adopted the “neutral file format” for thermal simulation, EXCML. That’s according to new research from 6SigmaET, which helped push for the creation of the format back in 2018. The neutral file format was developed to make it easier for thermal engineers to switch between different simulation platforms, with many feeling that they had become locked in to their current provider due to an inability to transfer models and simulations.

According to 6SigmaET’s research, despite 71 per cent of thermal engineers not being completely satisfied with their current electronics CFD software, 60 per cent felt that they couldn’t change provider.

To address this issue, in 2018, 6SigmaET worked with industry experts and thermal engineers at Intel to launch

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the EXCML neutral file format. This format allows thermal simulations to be transferred between thermal simulation platforms, side-stepping the threat of getting “locked in” to a single provider.

Now, three years after its launch, 6SigmaET research shows that a fifth of thermal engineers are now actively

eramTec Group has successfully produced ceramic sample containers for a space experiment facility on the ISS. In the course of this and previous joint product developments, CeramTec, together with Airbus Defence & Space and other partners in a project consortium, developed sample containers for experiments as complex components and manufactured them at the Plochingen site in Germany.

The pot sample holders and cage sample holders are made of silicon nitride and were first installed in the International Space Station (ISS) back in 2017. They are used in the so-called Electro Magnetic Levitator (EML), a multi- purpose research facility for natural science experiments on board the ISS. The EML and its predecessors can already look back on more than four decades of successful research work by international teams from Germany, the USA, Italy, Russia, and other nations. In the EML,

the sample containers are inserted into a coil in which metal alloy samples are fixed all around in a contact-free manner by electromagnetic fields while suspended in zero gravity. For analysis, the samples are melted, cooled in the liquid state and then solidified again. These precision measurements of certain thermophysical properties of metals, alloys and semiconductors, which are not possible on Earth, make it possible to analyse the early phases of the formation of material structures and to expand our understanding of transition processes, atomic structures and material properties. The “mundane” objective here is to improve production and casting processes on Earth thanks to the material properties measured in space, in order to achieve an increase in quality while reducing the cost of high-tech castings (e.g., engine blocks). This will allow manufacturing methods to be refined and materials and products to be improved and redeveloped.

Fifth of thermal engineers adopt the EXCML neutral file format

using EXCML as their go-to file format for thermal simulation.

The survey, which incorporated data from over 100 thermal engineers, also found that 37 per cent still use the IDF format, 7 per cent use IDX and 21 per cent use Gerber.

Commenting on these findings, Tom Gregory, product manager at 6SigmaET said, “At 6SigmaET we’re committed to the roll out and adoption of neutral file formats for thermal simulation. As such, it’s great to see a fifth of thermal engineers now using this format as standard. From speaking to a number of our peers and customers in the thermal sector, it’s clear that simpler data sharing is ever more vital for simulation engineers. As such, we will continue to push for the use of ECXML in thermal engineering, and the right for engineers to easily share models and switch platforms as they see fit.”

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