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Do you know about the 2018 halogen ban?

Do you know about the 2018 halogen ban?
Did you know that from September 2018 low efficiency halogen bulbs are expected to be banned? No, not many people do, as a recent study has shown that only 1 in 20 people are aware that the ban is coming. Leading electrical supplier ElectricalDirect.co.uk is urging electrical contractors to be aware of the facts so that they can inform their customers as the ban approaches, to ensure they are prepared and ready for the switchover.
18th August 2017

What is the importance of lens colour in eye protection?

What is the importance of lens colour in eye protection?
Safety eyewear is a pre-requisite for numerous working environments from building and construction, right through to food manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. However, how many people really consider the lens colour during specification? Here Sangeeta Aeri has teamed up with eyewear specialist Pyramex to talk through the basics of lens colours and the importance of getting it right. Author: Sangeeta Aeri, Technical Manager, Supertouch
21st July 2017

Silicon photonics consortium receives £4.8m R&D boost

Silicon photonics consortium receives £4.8m R&D boost
Integrated technology and systems innovator for next-gen networks, Rockley Photonics, will, over the next five years, match government funding from the EPSRC, and form a ‘Prosperity Partnership’ with the University of Southampton’s Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC). The money, totalling around £4.8m, will be used to support research into how silicon photonics technology can be used to improve data centre communication networks and support a new integrated photonics platform for broader mass market applications.
19th July 2017


Osram acquires LED Engin Inc

Osram has agreed to acquire U.S.-based LED Engin Inc. in San Jose, California. The company has approximately 30 employees and annual sales of around USD 10 million. LED Engin specializes in ultra-bright, ultra-compact solid state lighting solutions for variety of specialty markets including entertainment lighting, ultraviolet, horticulture, tunable white and medical lighting applications. Its products mainly incorporate LED chips from Osram Opto Semiconductors. 
9th June 2017

Thermal imaging cameras aid hummingbird research

Thermal imaging cameras aid hummingbird research
Thermal imaging cameras developed by FLIR Systems are being used by researchers at the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) Center for Urban Resilience in Los Angeles to better understand how hummingbirds have an incredible ability to maintain strength with little rest. Understanding the physiological mechanisms hummingbirds use to cope with extreme energy requirements and limitations may open the door to broader, human medical applications such as the necessity to reduce oxygen and food consumption during long-term space travel.
4th June 2017

Development kit delivers superior depth sensing

Development kit delivers superior depth sensing
Availability of the Intel RealSense SR300 development kit has been announced by RS Components. The kit is ideal for software development, prototyping and depth-sensing evaluation in a wide range of applications such as full-hand skeletal tracking and gesture recognition, facial recognition and tracking, depth-enhanced augmented reality, and voice command and control.
1st June 2017

Optical coordinate measuring system receives Red Dot distinction

Creaform has announced that its latest product innovation is the recipient of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017, one of the most sought-after international quality marks for good design.
26th May 2017

University of Huddersfield recognised as leading ion beam centre

University of Huddersfield recognised as leading ion beam centre
Following the completion of a £3.5m research facility, the University of Huddersfield has been established as one of Europe’s leading centres for the use of ion beams as a tool for the investigation of issues ranging from nuclear technology and nanoparticles to semiconductors and the effects of radiation exposure on materials in space. Europe has three transmission electron microscopes with in situ ion beam research facilities and two of them are in Huddersfield. First came MIAMI – standing for Microscope and Ion Accelerator for Materials Investigations.
26th May 2017

Osram acquires stake in plantCube developer agrilution

Osram has acquired a stake in Munich-based start-up agrilution. The lighting group holds a strategic minority interest in the company via its venture capital arm Fluxunit. The start-up has developed a smart indoor growing box, the plantCube, that serves as a salad, vegetable and herb garden for the home. Even users without any gardening expertise are now able to greatly increase yield due to a specially optimized LED technology and other innovations.
22nd May 2017

Laser Components announces partnership with Photodigm

Laser Components announces partnership with Photodigm
  LASER COMPONENTS has announced a partnership with Photodigm - the world’s leading specialist manufacturer of single spatial and longitudinal mode laser diodes.
19th May 2017


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