Thank you for visiting our stand at EDS and make it a success.
We hope you enjoyed the show, found some inspiration in the products, services and innovations displayed, and had the time to attend a few conference sessions or practical workshops to learn more about the most exciting topics.
By Mark Patrick, Mouser Electronics
Few trade shows in the UK are quite as broad as the “Engineering Design Show” (EDS), where suppliers and service providers from engineering sectors like Rapid Prototyping, Mechanical Design, Embedded System Development, PCB Manufacturing, Software Tools, Design Consulting and Component Distribution meet.
For Mouser, attending a trade show means having the opportunity to spend time with customers (and those yet-to-be customers) and find out what challenges they face in their day-to-day work. This invaluable feedback not only shapes the products and services we currently offer, but also what we’ll offer in the future.
With the engineering focus of this show, our goal is to help visitors:
Generally, wireless and sensor technology continue to be the most popular themes at the show, suggesting Internet of Things remains a key application for the industry.
For any new design, engineers need easy access to new technology that enables them to conceive of, and incorporate, advanced features into their designs and differentiate their product. Mouser enables access to this new technology by working hand-in-hand with suppliers, ensuring we have their new products available to ship as they are released.
One such supplier is Microchip, and for EDS 2019, Rob Graham, Senior Applications Engineer of this semiconductor manufacturer, was on hand to help visitors understand how their family of AVR and PIC-based IoT solutions make it easy to create a securely connected wireless node.
AC164160 AVR IoT. Source: Microchip
For any commercial design, time to market is critical, since any time lost is an opportunity for a competitor. Being able to quickly create a proof of concept and move to a functional prototype, could mean the difference between success and failure. To help visitors understand how modular development tools enable rapid prototyping of a design, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Petar Suknjanja from MikroE showed how their Mikromedia 7 Capacitive , combined with their vast range of Click Boards, make it simple for engineers to develop GUI-centric applications.
MIKROE-3620 Mikromedia 7 Capacitive, Source: MikroE
Being able to access new technology and quickly test ideas is crucial for product development. One company that has recently been through that process and successfully made it to market is the start-up, Automata. Their Eva robot combines compact size, a simple and highly innovative user interface, and a price-point not seen before in industrial robotics. The development of such advanced products depends heavily on the aforementioned access to the latest technology and development tools – something Automata’s Murray Humphrey (who was on stand demonstrating Eva) was clear Mouser provided for Automata.
Eva robot interacts with a vision system. Source: Automata
Away from the exhibitor stands, a number of practical workshop sessions took place, helping visitors understand key trends and technologies shaping future development. Two notable examples sponsored by Mouser were:
As well as being informative, these workshops are approved and accredited for CPD points by the IED.
For Mouser, trade shows provide a valuable opportunity to engage customers in person – particularly given that we’re an eCommerce distributor. The feedback we gather keeps us on track, ensuring we provide products and services important to customers. For design engineers engaged in creating the new product, having access to new technology and development tools remains high on their agenda, so Mouser will continue to work hand-in-hand with suppliers to provide this. We give visitors a chance to win a development tool of their choice from a selection of leading suppliers. These giveaways help engineers test ideas for the future.
Congratulations to all the winners of our “Spin to Win” game.
A big thank you also goes to Microchip, MikroE and Automata for being at the Mouser stand and presenting their latest IoT and robotics solutions.