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Call for papers – Smart Systems Integration 2015

10th Jul 2014 • Leave a comment

The organisers of Smart Systems Integration (SSI) 2015, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 11th to 12th March 2015, have issued a call for papers. Submissions are invited in a variety of categories. Applications that can be addressed in papers include: Smart mobility Smart health Smart energy Smart society Smart production The other…

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Weka to publish official show daily for SPS IPC Drives 2014

4th Jul 2014 • Leave a comment

The official show daily for SPS IPC Drives will be published by the editorial teams from Weka titles Computer&AUTOMATION, Elektronik and Markt&Technik. It’s great to see Weka again supporting this event, which will be held from 25th to 27th November, especially in an electronica year, which places even greater demands on the journalists during that…

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Elektronik automotive to stage two events on 24 September 2014

3rd Jul 2014 • Leave a comment

On 24th September 2014, Elektronik automotive will stage two parallel congresses at the Landshut University in Germany: the Wiring Harness Congress and the Automotive Software Congress. The magazine will also publish a special issue focussed on Wiring Harness and Vehicle Electrical Systems on September 19th. The events will address a variety of automotive topics, including:…

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Elektra Awards 2014 deadline slips to 11th July

30th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Nice to see some consistency – the traditional extension of the Elektra Awards deadline means that this year you don’t need to get your entries in until Friday 11th July. Good luck!

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IET to close Flipside

30th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Sadly the IET has decided to close its magazine for teenagers, Flipside. The last issue will be out in early July. This is disappointing news. Although it is clearly difficult for an organisation to keep such a publication running – I’m sure they probably made a loss from it – I hate to see publications…

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Danish title redesigns to provide more options for advertisers

27th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Danish title Elektronik & Data *www.elek-data.dk) has redesigned it’s online presence, providing more opportunities for advertisers. Banner sizes have been significantly increase and there is now an opportunity to place white papers and brochures on the home page. The site has also introduced “Product Links”, which can be thought of as an “intelligent directory” –…

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NEW to continue collaboration with PXI Show in 2015

27th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Good news for anyone who is interested in test and instrumentation: the PXI Show confirmed today that it will again run alongside National Electronics Week at The NEC, Birmingham from 21st – 22nd April 2015. The PXI Show will also introduce a dedicated breakout area in addition to stand space in 2015. Exhibitors will have…

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Get a space flight by contributing to open source

27th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

OK, I have to admit that this is a pretty cool prize. The Hackaday Prize will give one lucky [talented] engineer a chance to take a trip into space. SupplyFrame, the guys behind Hackaday, will let the winner go into space using a carrier of their choice (wow, are we really in a world where…

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Device Developers’ Conference shows small events can grow

12th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

The organisers of the Device Developers’ Conference have announced that more than 280 engineers, computer scientists and developers attended the Conference in 2014, an increase of 65% over the previous year. Whilst large shows really struggle in the UK, it seems that there is still an appetite amongst engineers to attend these smaller, focussed events….

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Bits&Chips to launch new show in 2014: Smart Systems

11th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Bits&Chips have launched a neww show, Smart Systems, with the aim of “Connecting professionals in connected devices – from microsystems to square kilometer arrays”. The first event will be held on 19th and 20th November 2014, and is a combination of Techwatch’s established Dutch embedded and hardware events. Bits&Chips Smart Systems targets all industries and…

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Marcus Plantenberg appointed by PSD as sales director for DACH

11th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Marcus Plantenberg has joined Power Systems Design (PSD) as Sales Director for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (DACH). this is a positive move, strengthening the title’s European presence although editorial control remains in the USA. Marcus is an experienced media representative, adding PSD to the other publications he represents, including SupplyFrame and the design publications of…

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Call for papers – DATE 2015

11th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

The organisers of DATE 2015, which will take place from 9th to 13th March 2015 at Alpexpo in Grenoble, France, have issued a call for papers. DATE addresses all aspects of technologies for electronic and embedded system engineering, covering the design process, test, and automation tools, and includes both hardware and embedded software design. The…

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EDN launches tablet edition

6th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

EDN has launched a tablet edition of the publication. Whilst many consumer publications have successfully adopted tablet formats, publications for electronics design engineers have been slow to make the move to iPad and Android, and typically have relied on browser-based digital editions. The tablet version of EDN certainly looks nice. It’s laid out specifically for…

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Subcon invests in quality

5th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

I was pleased to see that Centaur has decided to invest in the Subcon show, and that the results of this investment were clearly visible as this year’s event looked rather more classy than previous years. With many of the exhibitors being SMEs that choose shell scheme stands, it was great to see the improved…

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ICC Media running Embedded Forum at electronica again

4th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

ICC Media has confirmed that it will again run the Embedded Forum at electronica 2014. As a Premium Partner of the show, ICC Media has built up the 4 day electronica Embedded Forum to be an important part of the event. In addition to presentating live, all presentations at the forum are recorded and converted…

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Markt&Technik to publish electronica 2014 show daily

31st May 2014 • Leave a comment

It’s good to hear that, yet again, Markt&Technik will publish a show daily during electronica. The title will have a 50/50 split between English and German articles, and a total distribution of 60,000 copies, including being placed at train stations and hotels, as well as within the show ground. There will also be an editorial…

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There’s an app for that!

27th May 2014 • Leave a comment

It’s interesting to see how B2B publishers are taking advantage of tablets to distribute their content. Recently I’ve looked at apps from Process Industry Informer and HazardEx, which take slightly different approaches. The PII app is a Newsstand application on IOS (also available for Android)that provides an enhanced digital version of the publication with features…

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British Engineering Excellence Awards (beea) 2014 open for entries

27th May 2014 • Leave a comment

The British Engineering Excellence Awards (beeas) are now open for entries. The categories for 2014 are: Consultancy of the year Design engineer of the year Design team of the year Green product of the year Materials application of the year New product of the year (electronic) New product of the year (mechanical) Small company of…

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New advertising contact at Beam Verlag

23rd May 2014 • Leave a comment

Myrjam Weide has taken over the advertising role at Beam Verlag, publishers of titles including HF Praxis, PC + Industrie, electronic fab and meditronic-journal.

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Another successful PCIM Europe

23rd May 2014 • Leave a comment

The organisers of PCIM 2014 have reported a slight increase in visitor numbers, with 8006 people attending the show. The 391 exhibitors was barely changed from last year, although they took up 20,000 sq. m of booth space, another increase on 2013. Napier also had a successful event, with some great announcements and excellent journalist…

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New electronics account manager at Huson Media

19th May 2014 • Leave a comment

Congratulations to James Rhoades-Brown, who has been named the new Account Manager for the electronics portfolio at Huson Media in the UK. James – who has an obviously close relationship with MD Gerry Rhoades-Brown – has been at Huson for the last five years, selling media in the international renewable energy sector, and recently has…

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Elektra Awards 2014 open for entries

17th May 2014 • Leave a comment

The Elektra Awards 2014 are now open for entries, which must be in by Friday 27th June (although these awards seem to have made it a tradition to extend the deadline). The winners will be announced at the Gala Dinner on Wednesday 26th November at the Lancaster Hotel, London. The categories for this year are:…

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New editor for productronic

16th May 2014 • Leave a comment

Congratulations to Marisa Robles-Consee, who has been named the new editor of productronic. With several years of working at Markt&Technik, as well as a variety of experience freelancing, Marisa is a great choice for the publication.

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National Electronics Week to return to annual schedule

12th May 2014 • Leave a comment

The organisers of National Electronics Week (NEW) reported that this year’s event attracted 4,300 unique visitors over the 3 days that the show was open. More importantly they have confirmed that the show will return to the NEC from 21st to 22nd April 2015. The event next year will also feature four sector events: Components…

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New publication for the Russian market

9th May 2014 • Leave a comment

TIMGlobal Media (formerly Thomas Industrial Media), publishers of IEN Europe and several other great titles, are launching a Russian publication. NPI (nowotsi promyshiennay inzenerii was launched with a pilot issue at Hannover Messe, and the first full issue will be published in October 2014, with four issues planned for 2015. The publication will be primarily…

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