October 2020 Issue
Vol. 14 No. 8
The robot revolution is on its way
Robots are slowly but surely taking over all the mundane and repetitive tasks in manufacturing units all over the world. In India, a record 4771 industrial robots were sold in 2018. Businesses that want to stay competitive will need to invest in these machines sooner than later. But that does come with its share of challenges.
IoT: The growth engine for the electronic component market
The Internet of Things (IoT) was a futuristic concept a few years back. Since then, its applications have continued to evolve with endless possibilities across different industries. This will benefit the electronic component industry as well, as these components are vital in the making of IoT products and devices.
Mobile telephony: Celebrating 25 years of success
Telecommunications has played a very proactive and important role in the country’s development over the past twenty-five years. While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has slowed down progress across multiple fronts, the telecom industry is still going strong due to the extremely influential role it plays in connecting people across different parts of the country, especially during the pandemic. Sadly, it continues to be debt-ridden.
| ||Consumer Electronics|
How COVID-19 has affected India’s consumer electronics and appliances industry
The COVID-19 pandemic has left a lasting impact across all walks of life, and the electronics industry is no exception as it has also suffered a decline in growth. That said, this is a temporary phase – especially for consumer electronics and appliances – as some of these devices have grown to be an integral part of our lives.
4G and 5G cellular IoT modules will be in demand
The current pandemic may have slowed down global shipments of cellular IoT modules temporarily, but the adoption of smart factories and 5G will accelerate the demand for these in the next few years.
| ||GIMP Tools|
Using GIMP to increase business productivity
The GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free and open source raster graphics editor used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages, conversion to different image formats and more specialised tasks. It is the open source equivalent of Adobe Photoshop and can be used effectively to increase the productivity of your business.
“My goal was to break down the barriers between people and technology”
Hailing from a family of entrepreneurs, Manoj Kumar Pansari developed a mindset of an entrepreneur at a very young age. He had a strong desire to build a big empire, and that was his only motivation from the beginning. After completing his commerce graduation, he worked with several startups. Before founding Astrum, he worked with Kaira Pvt Ltd, a regional distributor of computer parts, accessories, IT products, networking and data storage products...
| ||My Story|
“Atmanirbhar Bharat is not going to be easy, but together we have to make this happen”
Murali Srinivasa, founder of LionCircuits, speaks to Potshangbam July about his personal and professional life, and discusses how his strong desire to create his own business venture has nudged him to become an entrepreneur. He strongly believes that it will take perseverance and determination to bring a significant change in the manufacturing ecosystem in India.
“I like to compare the quest to build a fab, to the space programme in India”
Will India ever get its own semiconductor fab? Should it? In a conversation with members of the EB Bureau, P.V.G. Menon, the founder and CEO of VANN Consulting, shares his views on these and other complex matters of concern for the Indian electronics industry. With a deep insight into all aspects of the ESDM domain, Menon is well qualified to address these questions...
| ||Consumer Electronics|
"We have been focusing on shifting to digital platforms and creating an engaging customer base via social media"
While consumers in the electronics and appliances industry remain price-conscious, they have also moved towards smarter and multi-functional products. The operational efficiency in the supply chain has improved even though input costs have continued to rise, and this has led to the growth of this industry...
The latest SMT software available in the market
In the Industry 4.0 era, factories depend on software solutions to make them smart. A number of companies are now developing software for the SMT market. Some of the latest software in this field are described briefly in this article.
| ||Green Energy|
A quick look at organic semiconductors and LEDs
When not properly dealt with, electronic waste can result in serious environmental impacts and can even contribute to global warming. This is because the materials used to make electronic products are often toxic, corrosive, flammable, reactive, or even radioactive. This has led to a growth in the use of organic materials with semiconductor properties in electronic devices. Unlike their inorganic counterparts, they are biodegradable, biocompatible, non-toxic and pose no threat to the environment.
The importance of solar charge controllers
Solar energy is a vast and inexhaustible resource, and it has the potential to significantly bridge the energy gap in India. The solar charge controller – which is one of the components used in the solar power system – is essential to ensure that energy management is done smoothly and efficiently.
| ||Industry News|
MoD releases draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has formulated a draft Defence Production and Export Promotion Policy 2020 (DPEPP 2020) to position India amongst the leading countries of the world in the defence and aerospace sectors...
• Test & Measurement
• Sensors & Transducers
• Safety & Security Products
• Power Supplies
• IT Products
| ||Lighting Ahead|
Why healthcare facilities are upgrading to LED lighting
In healthcare facilities, lighting is used not only for the illumination of rooms or for design purposes, but also to create a sense of well-being for patients and to enhance the performance of doctors and medical staff. As a result, LEDs are being deployed on a large scale in the healthcare sector.
Why LED power supplies are crucial in LED lighting
LEDs are quickly replacing conventional options like incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs in many lighting applications. Unlike conventional sources, LEDs cannot be driven directly from the alternating current (AC). Therefore, an LED power supply is required to convert high voltage-alternating current to low voltage-direct current.
| ||LED Streetlights|
How LED streetlights can impact health
LED streetlights are great for saving energy and costs. But there are reports that their light intensity could impact human and animal life in a negative way. LED manufacturers are aware of this, and are investing in technology that addresses this challenge.
The impact of COVID-19 on the LED industry
The growth of the LED industry will be hampered because of slow growth of demand post-COVID-19.
| ||LED News|
EESL to give 600 million bulbs in rural areas at Rs. 10
Government backed EESL plans to give 600 million LED bulbs in rural areas at a price of Rs. 10 per bulb, under the proposed Gram UJALA scheme. A spokesperson of the company said that this will be done without any government subsidy or incentives...
|LED New Products|
Signify has announced the new up-down ‘Philips TwinGlow’ LED tubelight for homes. The LED batten provides both a bright white work mode downlight and a relax mode uplight in a single LED batten...
| ||Component Distribution|
"IoT is not only about getting revenue from the technology but also about working to solve the real business problems of a customer"
Although Avnet is generally known as a leading distributor of electronic components, its projection as a complete solutions provider in recent times has not gone unnoticed. To understand the strategy better, Rahul Chopra, editorial director, EFY Group, spoke to Sambit Sengupta, who heads the company’s solution sales team for the Asian region. Here’s what he discovered…