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Figure 2 - ETAL's Complete 3D CAD tool suites offer capability to create production level drawings


under 10 kVA, may be designed using handbook data and pencil-and-paper calculations, specialist devices and larger or mass-produced units require extensive computer aided modelling (CAM). ETAL has invested in best in class


Figure 3 - Electromagnetic field simulation by ETAL


for many designers are very “low tech”, and a black art. To the frustration of those like me to whom they are a livelihood insufficient thought is given to their selection, or to the technology and know-how applied to designing and constructing these passive components. Engineers will often simply re-use a


device or even a power supply from a previous project, ignoring the fact that new and better components are available, allowing them to save weight, improve efficiency or reduce size. Developments in materials, winding techniques and equipment, and design solutions are continually creating new optimised solutions across a range of applications. It doesn’t help that electromagnetics


is an analogue discipline and many electronic engineers are trained on digital degree programmes that leave them ill-equipped to understand it. Practical design with electromagnetic component requires knowledge of electrical principles, materials, as well as economics. Whilst small devices, for example low-voltage transformers


Figure 7 - ETAL Estonia manufacturing site What keeps you awake at night?


Workwise, very little to be honest. The strong relationships that exist within the ETAL Group management team and


Figure 6 - ETAL Group, Sri Lanka – Inside


work with my family. My daughters are adults now, and we may not see them as often but they are never out of mind. Outside work and family, my passion is tennis. I started playing at school and still play competitively. I


electromagnetic field simulation and modelling software, allowing optimum performance to be achieved without the need to create multiple prototypes. We can create a very accurate model of a magnetic component within the CAD package, and try the impact of different materials, wires and air gaps, tuning the design to get as close as possible to the parameters required by the customer.


Figure 8 - ETAL post production batch


the experience that we have between us helps a lot, removing a lot of the stress that internal politics creates in some organisations.


Tell us what you enjoy doing in your spare time?


Although I have travelled extensively in my career, I also enjoy travelling out of


enjoy watching football. I am from North London but am not willing to disclose what team I follow! Dan Phelan joined KAMIC Group in September 2007 and has led ETAL since mid-2008. Prior to this he was Managing Director of Aylesbury-based touch interface manufacturer Danielson. His background is in the automotive industry.


Figure 4 - ETAL covers a whole range of markets www.cieonline.co.uk Components in Electronics May 2019 17


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