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With the most advanced and robust solutions, Winmate is revamping the industry with rugged mobile devices

Winmate Inc., a pioneer in rugged computing technology, announced today that CIO Bulletin had named it among "30 Most Innovative Companies To Watch 2020". For more than 25 years, Winmate Inc. has been the global leader in developing advanced rugged mobile technologies for industries operating in some of the most challenging environments. These include warehouse and logistics, oil and gas, supply chain, field service, transportation, retail, and healthcare.

It might be surprising for a few people that rugged mobile devices work just like any other consumer device, but with an extra perk of being designed for extreme scenarios. Rugged mobile devices are built to tolerate hazards like drops, vibrations, and fluid containment exposure, usually encountered by transportation, manufacturing, construction, and utility industry workers. Rugged devices will show resilience against a variety of environmental conditions via both field and lab testing. The rugged devices often maintain an excellent standard of durability and operability. Over the last decade, modern rugged mobile devices have evolved to possess more features, tools, and IP expertise than ever before.

As a leading industrial computing vendor,  Winmate is devoted to providing the most rugged solutions to help users complete their tasks even in the most extreme conditions. Winmate's ground-breaking solutions have been adopted by numerous Fortune Global 500 companies and entire governments, with industrial applications in every corner of the world. The company has earned the trust of industry leaders with our best-in-class rugged solutions tailored to meet the needs of global applications.
Founded in 1996,  Winmate Inc. is a pioneer in rugged computing technology. For over two decades, Winmate has provided business leaders worldwide with reliable, robust solutions made for the most challenging industrial conditions. As one of the first companies to start manufacturing industrial displays and touch screen devices, the company has continued to refine its signature 'rugged' technology and engineering expertise to create high-performance products, including Rugged Tablet PCs, Panel PCs, Embedded Applications, Industrial Display Solutions, Vehicle Mounted Computers, Military/Marine Grade Solutions, and Ultra-Rugged Tablet PCs. Asides from developing hardware for ODM/OEM and system integrators worldwide, Winmate Inc. also specializes in customized solutions for unique industrial applications as per customer requirements.

"Winmate has helped global enterprises adopt rugged devices with IIoT integration through its alliance of partners spanning across six continents, serving vertical markets in every corner of the world."

Winmate Inc. prioritizes user experience and customer satisfaction when it comes to our products. Our goal is to stay flexible, provide diverse solutions, and promptly fulfill customer needs to resolve any issues. Today, Winmate's brand is spread across 50 countries with an ever-growing market share, thanks to high-level customer satisfaction and a keen understanding of end-user scenarios.

Meet the leader behind the success of Winmate
Read the full interview with Ken Lu, CEO of Winmate on CIO Bulletin magazine, click here
https://www.ciobulletin.com/magazine/winmate-revamping-the-industry-with-rugged-mobile-devices.
To learn more about Winmate, visit our official website at  www.winmate.com.

About Winmate
Winmate Inc. is a rugged computing and embedded solutions provider for industries operating in some of the most challenging environments. Founded in 1996 in Taipei, Taiwan, where its headquarters, research, and development facility, and production lines are located. Today, the company has offices and service centers worldwide. Winmate develops rugged industrial-grade computing solutions that advance the Industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT), including the industrial display and panel PC, HMI, embedded systems, IoT gateways, rugged tablets, and handheld devices for industries ranging from transportation and logistics to marine and military, railway, oil and gas, smart grid, healthcare, and field services. Winmate also provides professional services in customizing products and project management to create a unique solution for specific customer needs.

For more information, visit  www.winmate.com.
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As market leaders in the industrial hardware market, Elesa manufacture many high quality standard industrial components for use on MIG, pulse-MIG, TIG, MMA, ARC welders, plasma cutters and surface treatment machines – also on welder gensets and water coolers. These stylish standard components greatly contribute to the good looks and low production costs of welding equipment for both the professional and hobbyist engineer, whatever the application.
 
As part of the Elesa ELECOLORS® range, Elesa EBP bridge handles are robust enough for the workshop environment and are available with attractive colour inserts which can co-ordinate with existing brand colours. They come in lengths of 116mm to 208mm for carrying, lifting and wheeling of machines.
 
Elesa heavy duty DVA vibration damping rubber bushes are used to insulate vibration for equipment, such as anti-vibration feet or internal mountings. Sizes from 8mm to 125mm are available with a selection of mounting plate/stud arrangements and Shore hardness options.
 
Powerful RMD flat retaining magnets (from 16mm to 100mm dia.) with pass-through mounting hole are used for secure closure of access doors on welding equipment housings. Available with Ferrite, Neodymium or Samarium Cobalt cores.
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The advantage to be part of the PCB Division of Finmasi Group

Sep 29 2020

Press release

The advantage to be part of the PCB Division of Finmasi Group

Date: 29 September 2020 10:00 PM

Finmasi Group PCB Division is a unique reality in production and sales of PCBs.
 
One of the main reasons for that is to have developed integrated production systems for the three companies of the PCB Division: Cistelaier in Italy, Techci-Rhône-Alpes in France and EPN Electroprint in Germany.
 
The aim of this integration process is to make the production systems of the three companies of the PCB Division more and more capable to interact and to replace each other, so that each one of them could offer its own production capacity completing and integrating the one of the others.
In Techci, this integration process has started in 2011 when Finmasi Group acquired it.
Since then, between the Italian plants of Cistelaier and the French plant of Techci has started an accurate technical evaluation and a deep exchange of experiences and technology knowledge.
Harmonic development logics has been carried out, such as base material’s standardization – the chemistry for production included, which is really important in PCBs manufacturing – and technologies's and machinery’s standardization.
The aim was, and still is, to get the best of each company of the PCB Division and to implement it at the PCB Division level so to make it a standard for the PCB Division itself.
This process has allowed enhancing Cistelaier’s and Techci’s best practices maximising the overall results of the PCB Division.
 
Today the development of the PCB Division is continuing also with EPN Electroprint, a German PCB manufacturer based in Neustadt (Thuringia region) acquired by Finmasi Group in January 2019.
 
Only after a few months from the acquisition, EPN already qualified and adopted the same preferential materials of the PCB Division, the same chemistry for production and often also the same machineries.
Finmasi Group’s PCB Division integration continues, sure that this logic represents a concrete asset.
Integration activities very similar to those implemented throughout the companies of the PCB Division, have been developed and continue to be subject to improvement also with our Chinese partners for PCB manufacturing.
Indeed, the PCB Division takes advantage of the cooperation of the best Chinese manufacturers to complete its offer, especially for high volumes batches.
 
This integration allows to offer to our Customers a support wider than that which each one of the companies of the PCB Division could deliver by its own.
This is important, for example, when a higher production capacity is needed, as a result of an order income higher than the forecasted one or when a production breakdown occurs in one of the plants of the PCB Division.
 
Risk analysis and management are fundamental activities for leading companies in their own market sector such as those of the Finmasi Group’s PCB Division.
 
www.cistelaier.com  - www.techci.fr - www.epn.de
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Offering advanced rugged computing solutions

Winmate, a pioneer in rugged computing technology, announced to be awarded “10 Best Companies of 2020” by Industry Tech Outlook (ITO) for offering advanced rugged computing solutions.

Rugged Computing
As a leading sturdy mobile computer vendor, Winmate is devoted to providing the most advanced rugged computing solutions to help users accomplish their tasks even in extreme conditions.  Winmate Inc. offers ground-breaking extreme-environment solutions that have been a success factor for many companies to win with several Fortune Global 500 companies and government contracts in key countries of each continent.

From style to manufacturing,  Winmate Inc.’s sturdy computer systems for market usage are purely managed to fulfill one of the most rigid worldwide screening market qualification criteria. Winmate Inc. items are developed to endure lasting direct exposure to resonance, revealing the ideal efficiency at every defining moment and assisting customers in attaining even more development and quality.

Win the future
Winmate Inc. incorporated their specialized and diverse application experience and expertise to set up a unique database in commercial automation and associated applications. Making use of these collected understandings,  Winmate Inc. developed the regimens on the entire life process of item advancement, layout, manufacturing, and also the solution for customization. With its CRM system, Winmate Inc. co-produces a particular customer by thoroughly interactive engagement in the style, screening, and even manufacturing procedures. This interactive building empirically sustains the principle of co-production, which stresses customer participation.
The company focuses on maintaining business partnerships beyond just signing a piece of paper.
It’s the individual connection and also collaboration that counts. These partnerships call for a give-and-take strategy; one celebration cannot merely increase revenue at the cost of various other events. The firm’s long-lasting objectives include a structure on solution capabilities, as even more clients look to take advantage of its varied abilities.

Winmate Inc. prioritizes user experience and customer satisfaction when it comes to our products. Our goal is to stay flexible, provide diverse solutions, and fulfill customer needs promptly to resolve any issues that come up. Today, Winmate’s brand is spread across 50 countries with an ever-growing market share, thanks to high-level customer satisfaction and a keen understanding of end-user scenarios.

Read the Industry Tech Outlook’s original article at
https://www.industry-techoutlook.com/Magazine/2020/ITO/Companies/.

About Winmate
Winmate Inc. is a rugged computing and embedded solutions provider for industries operating in some of the most challenging environments. Founded in 1996 in Taipei, Taiwan, where its headquarters, research, and development facility, and production lines are located. Today, the company has offices and service centers worldwide. Winmate develops rugged industrial-grade computing solutions that advance the Industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT), including the industrial display and panel PC, HMI, embedded systems, IoT gateways, rugged tablets, and handheld devices for industries ranging from transportation and logistics to marine and military, railway, oil and gas, smart grid, healthcare, and field services. Winmate also provides professional services in customizing products and project management to create a unique solution for specific customer needs.

For more information, visit  www.winmate.com.
To learn more about Winmate, visit our official website at  www.winmate.com.
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HAEYEAREUM Co., Ltd., a local premium salt producer supported by Jeonnam Techno Park (Director Yoo Dong-guk), announced on the 18th that it has achieved better than expected at the U.S. export consultation meeting.
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COVID-19 Accelerates Enterprise Adoption of Mobile Technologies

Sep 21 2020

Press release

COVID-19 Accelerates Enterprise Adoption of Mobile Technologies

Date: 21 September 2020 4:00 PM


COVID-19 Accelerates Enterprise Adoption of Mobile Technologies
Winmate offers enterprise mobility solutions helping businesses to expand and accelerate their digitalization initiatives to create a truly connected and highly profitable enterprise, empower remote workers and remain competitive even at the time of the global pandemic

Digital technologies offer opportunities to create a truly connected and highly profitable enterprise and accelerate your organization's digital capabilities. The COVID-19 outbreak demonstrates the importance of having an option to work anytime and anywhere. Enterprises that were technically ready for the mobility now excel. Others are looking for new ways to improve business operations to create a truly connected and highly profitable enterprise, empower remote workers, and remain competitive.

Work anywhere credo across the entire workforce
Winmate's ruggedized tablets are ready to go with your workforces anywhere, anytime, all the time. Field workers frequently face the challenges of harsh work environments, from working in the pouring rain to climbing or crawling into tight, dark, dusty spaces. The devices they carry around also takes a beating, but the right equipment — such as rugged tablets — can allow these field workers to be more productive.

Focusing more heavily on cloud-based workflow
Cloud workflows convert manual processes to web-based digital workflows and collect data from remote devices directly from the work site opening up the possibilities for data analysis. The enterprises need wireless capabilities of all the devices deployed in the field to perform timely data analyses and improve overall business operations.

Embracing the scale of change needed
Digital transformation unites all the business operations for a common purpose and brings positive outcomes. It is streamlining processes, harnessing data, and shaping entirely new ways of doing business. The global pandemic teaches traditional firms to embrace the scale of changes needed and move forward.

Enterprises use Winmate's devices in factories, hospitals, warehouses, stores, restaurants, and more. These resources span our entire portfolio of rugged tablets and handhelds running Windows® or Android™ serving today's most demanding industries.

M133 Series
An ultra-rugged tablet that survives any environment and gets real work done
Stand up to real-world challenges with the Winmate M133 Series, ultra rugged tablets designed for work in the field. Now your mobile workforces can stay connected anytime, anywhere, and complete tasks such as equipment inspection and maintenance even in a harsh environment. Every inch and detail of the M133 Series engineered to optimize the efficiency of operations - data collection and real-time analysis, inventory control, and status reporting.

About Winmate
Winmate Inc. is a rugged computing and embedded solutions provider for industries operating in some of the most challenging environments. Founded in 1996 in Taipei, Taiwan, where its headquarters, research, and development facility, and production lines are located. Today, the company has offices and service centers worldwide. Winmate develops rugged industrial-grade computing solutions that advance the Industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT), including industrial display and panel PC, HMI, embedded systems, IoT gateways, rugged tablets and handheld devices for industries ranging from transportation and logistics to marine and military, railway, oil and gas, smart grid, healthcare, and field services. Winmate also provides professional services in customizing products and project management to create a unique solution for specific customer needs.

For more information, visit  www.winmate.com.
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Royal Fort Infracom General Trading LLC, established by Rupin Banker, is a leading supplier of infrastructure equipment, that will be supplying Nigeria with US $78 million of dredging equipment before the end of the year.
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Quality comes first in PCBs!

Sep 17 2020

Press release

Quality comes first in PCBs!

Date: 17 September 2020 10:00 PM

To guarantee the respect of the specs and of the building characteristics of PCBs according to requirements and more and more restrictive quality standards, it is necessary to equip the laboratories of the PCB manufacturing and trading companies with instruments capable to support the statistical process control and the analysis of the PCBs manufactured trough these processes, starting from the constitutive base materials.
 
To grant the quality of PCBs of increasing complexity and technological content all along their life cycle became a “must” for OEM active in all marketing sectors from Aerospace & Defence to Automotive and nevertheless in Rail, Medical and Industrial Automation sectors.
 
The process of miniaturization together with the new coming needs of PCB consumers in terms of performances of the finished electronic equipment had the cumulated effect to increase the complexity of PCBs and, as a consequence, forced to adopt the most advanced technologies to ascertain PCB conformity both, according to the international standards and according to specific requirements coming from the final customer.
 
The international standards, the IPC norms before all, suggest, in particular, to improve the interaction among the PCB designers – represented by the final customer in the most of the cases -, the PCB manufacturers and the PCB assembly service companies in order to reduce the criticalities of the PCBA (Assembled PCB) and, more in general, of the finished product.
 
The test methods to validate the conformity of PCBs are described by the IPC TM650 and by different and additional norms related to specific sectors like the MIL for the Military sector and the ESA ECSS for applications in the Space sector.
 
The way to prepare and to “read” cross sections are also described by the IPC.
 
Microsections are adopted to check the internal characteristics of PCBs (i.e copper plating thickness, quality of copper filling for blind vias, quality of resin filled vias in case of via in pad solutions in particular) and for the evaluation of the most critical points like the corners of PTH holes and vias or of the annular ring in where inner layers are drilled so to be connected to each other.
 
Another important aspect is the verification of correctness of the stack up, mainly, but not only, for PCBs with nets with controlled impedance. With microsections is possible to evaluate the presence and the thickness of each and every layer, and, even more, to evaluate thickness of base copper of the inner layers and of the successive platings with chemical copper and electrolytic copper.
 
The controlled impedance are calculated in the PCB design phase on the basis of the selected base material to produce it, and then will be rechecked and simulated in feasibility analysis and engineering phase by the PCB manufacturer on the basis of the definitive material agreed by the designer and the PCB manufacturer. The dielectric constant of the insulating material – pre-preg and core of inner layers - together with the section size of the nets determine the value of controlled impedance of nets.
 
Is possible to check the value of controlled impedance trough specific test coupons designed on the PCB production panel and therefore manufactured together with the PCB.
 
The necessity to reduce the PCB size forced the PCB designers to increase the number of internal interconnections between layers and to adopt more complex technological solutions like blind vias, single and sequential, stacked or staggered, blind vias and buried vias.
 
More complex structures with increased drill’s density make the internal structure of PCBs more sensible to thermal stresses related to the soldering process where two options, or a combination of them, are possible: wave soldering process for TH components or SMD soldering process for SMD components.
 
For this reason, the thermal stress tests are important to simulate the behaviours of PCBs and their robustness during the soldering process of the electronic components on them.
 
Thermal stresses are executed in order to check and validate the quality of copper plating of PTH holes according to two possible options: 3 thermal stresses at a 288°C (IPC TM 650 2.6) or 6 stress a 260°C (IPC TM650 2.6.27).
 
In addition to the destructive analysis, so those that force to destroy and waste the PCBs, that are often necessary to investigate the internal characteristics of the PCBs coming from the special processes involved in the PCB manufacturing process, not destructive analysis are performed like the X-Ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF) to determine the thickness of the PCB finishes (HASL, ENIG, ENEPIG, tin-lead Hot Oil reflow, Immersion Silver, Immersion Tin, iSiG,- Hard Gold).
 
The analysis of the thickness of the finishes, are not only important to control the process, but they are necessary to prove the conformity of the boards. Not conformity of the thickness of the finishes could, in fact, generate quality problems of electronic components soldering.
 
Through the contaminometer is also possible to determine the ionic contamination on the PCB surface, on the finishes and on soldermask. This method is known as Resistivity of Solvent Extract ( ROSE) and is performed with the aim to detect excess of halides on PCB surface that could generate soldering defects and weak adhesion of conformal coating.
 
Moreover, the most recent 3D microscope technologies for inspection allowed to substitute not destructive analysis to destructive ones i.e. to check surface roughness, dimple of filled holes, cavity depth, etching value for RF nets, and for quality verification of laser and mechanical drilled blind vias, back drilled vias included.
 
This technology allows to significantly reduce the time needed to test and validate the quality of PCBs.
 
The whole of the aforementioned analysis, together with some additional ones that will be the subject of another short tutorial, grant the conformity of the PCB and its stability during the time.
 
The results of these analysis are collected in the most common reports adopted to certificate the conformity of products like the FAI Report, the PPAP and the Test Report prepared and filled according to the EN9100, IATF, ISO13485, ISO TS 22163 and ESA ECSS standards and to different/additional requirements coming from customers.
 
Cistelaier, TECHCI and EPN Electroprint – the three companies of the PCB Division of the Finmasi Group – grant the quality of PCBs through the best available inspection and test technologies.

www.cistelaier.com
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Elesa standard components for machine enclosures and guards

Sep 17 2020

Press release

Elesa standard components for machine enclosures and guards

Date: 17 September 2020 12:55 PM

Elesa standard components support the construction of machine enclosures and guards made using standard aluminium profiles and acrylic or polycarbonate panels, where it is often important to produce custom sizes to suit the specific machines involved. This is generally to ensure that operators are kept at a safe distance while the equipment is live and dangerous. It is normal therefore to provide access doors, e.g. for operation of switches, control buttons, screens and keypads, or for actual personnel access in which case the Elesa CFSW hinges provide safety power cut off once the door starts to be opened. The operator is protected and may gain safe access when required, but is also unable to make adjustments while the equipment is running, which could potentially lead to catastrophic damage.
 
The CFSW hinge features an inbuilt multiple switch which automatically cuts the power supply to protect the operator. This IP67 double insulated hinge can be subjected to frequent cleaning cycles and can be used in any situation or environment where special attention to cleaning and hygiene is required, such as in food processing or pharmaceutical production. Its small size, with various assembly and output options, make this product easy to install on the most common aluminium profiles of 30 mm minimum width.
 
Complimentary to the CFSW hinge Elesa offer their BMS series snap door lock coupled with GN 676.5 stainless steel hand knobs to complete the door arrangement. Rugged glass reinforced technopolymer BMS snap locks provide a convenient snap-close/snap-open function or snap-closed/lift-to-open, as well as snap-closed/ release-with-key for greater door security.
 
GN 676.5 hand knobs match the stainless or aluminium aesthetic, having a high-quality matt finish edged with plain or knurled rims to ensure a positive grip for opening/closing of enclosure doors. They are especially designed for use in harsh environments where they are resistant to chemicals and gasses which would degrade less robust materials.
 
Further information regarding Elesa products may be found here.
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Brand K smart door locks with antimicrobial coating

Sep 10 2020

Press release

Brand K smart door locks with antimicrobial coating

Date: 10 September 2020 3:00 PM

Pushpull System Co., Ltd is professional smart door lock manufacturer in South Korea. Company produces its products under BABA lock brand. Being established in 2013, Company operates its local business activities in Daejeon and Sejong city of South Korea. Company Headquarters is located in ETRI (Electronics and Technology Research Institute) which is the main research hub in South Korea where all Korean top companies conduct their research activities. Pushpull System develops smart door locks based on its following core objectives: 1- Safety: BABA smart door locks are equipped with fire alarm, intrusion alarm , antibiotic coating material, anti-shake technology, electric shock prevention function 2- Functionality- BABA smart door locks have many functions including mobile app compatibility, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, master card and password, one-time password, low battery alarm, double lock, random password function, voice announcement, sound control and other functions 3- Reliability- BABA smart door locks are manufacturer with KC quality certificate which is confirmed by Korean Government and in 2020 Company is recognized as K Brand which makes it the first and only Korean smart lock developer to get this award. Company has gained a huge portfolio of patents globally across 51 countries of the world
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Broadcasted on Singapore's Channel 8 News

Aug 31 2020

Press release

Broadcasted on Singapore's Channel 8 News

Date: 31 August 2020 3:00 PM

In 2020, 20K sets of BL TECH's Trackshot F2 Dashcam will be installed in Singapore taxies. And it was aired on Singaporean broadcast. Trackshot F2 is security dashcam with password and plate number input function, tamper-proofing SD card and power cable.
 
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Project »E-POSLOVANJE 2019-2022«

Aug 30 2020

Press release

Project »E-POSLOVANJE 2019-2022«

Date: 30 August 2020 10:00 PM

Content preparation for online promotion is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund.
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More Problems With EMV Terminal (in) Security And How To Control Somebody Else's Phone Via NFC
This last month has seen more attacks on the terminals that are used to make electronic payments and mobile phone devices that can be used to do just about anything including electronic payments.
In the case of EMV POS terminals and ATMs a Cambridge University team (Mike Bond, Omar Choudary, Steven Murdoch, Sergei Skorobogatov and Ross Anderson) has published their results on flaws in the implementation of unpredictable numbers (i.e. can't be pre-determined by an observer such as a random number sequence) as part of the authentication protocol which could lead to unauthorised payments.
In the case of mobile phones which are increasingly being used to both make and receive electronic payments Charlie Miller from Accuvant Labs has demonstrated the weaknesses in implementing the NFC software stack in mobile phones that may even allow the hacker to take control of the phone.
The thing is which of these is more important to the security fraternity or more particularly the payments industry. Both pieces of work are pretty smart but which one, either, both or none might actually lead to serious security breaches?
I still can't believe that people don't get it, in the world of smart cards or more precisely the secure chip or element the security of the chip has never really been the big problem, it's the terminals and that includes mobile phones that cause the real problems. So often people explain to me how it's the cryptography, whatever you do don't use Triple DES or 1024 bit RSA. If it hasn't got 4096 bits it just can't be long enough. I've never forgotten the story told to me by a famous mathematician who many years ago posted an innocuous blog (yes, blogs have been around for ages in the academic world) explaining tongue in cheek his difficulty in writing a program to factorise numbers. He published a 512 bit number (carefully chosen as the product of two large primes, there's the clue this happened in the late 70's a little after RSA was first published) in the blog and asked if somebody would mind factorising the number for him. Of course nobody succeeded but a surprisingly large number had a go!
I feel the same way about security hardened integrated circuit chips, no back bedroom buddy is going to read out the contents of memory on his PC but many seem to imagine they can. Now I appreciate there are specialised reverse engineering laboratories and universities that may be able to reverse engineer the chip and even aggregated shared computing resources that might be able to factorise large numbers but these are not the sort of attacks that are really going to damage a modern commercial system unless you can be sure you can defraud the system without getting caught. I really can't imagine Cambridge University doing that because they are making a totally different point more about the fact that you don't get perfection in information systems and that the service providers, in this case the banks shouldn't make such claims. But make mistakes in the terminal protocol and/or implementation and now you move into the world of the back bedroom hackers which is a much more likely attack surface.

The Cambridge University attack is based on the observation that many ATMs implement a poor calculation of Unpredictable Numbers (UNs) which are used in the EMV protocol as evidence of freshness, i.e. the transaction is happening now and wasn't pre-calculated earlier. In particular what they have demonstrated is that if you can collect from a genuine card a set of ARQC (Authorisation request message from card to Issuer which is cryptographically protected by a secret key in the card and shared by the Issuer) messages with enough UNs to match one that will be generated by the ATM then you can fool the system with a fake card. So for example if the target ATM only generates 4 UNs you would just need to pre-collect 4 ARQC messages from a genuine card. This data collection does of course require the user to go to a bogus POS terminal where the terminal sets about collecting all these ARQC messages without the customer becoming suspicious.
In addition when collecting these ARQC messages it will be necessary to pre-set the core parameters such as the amount of the transaction and the date. All this information is then loaded into the fake card which will set out to fool the system by playing one of these pre-stored ARQC messages. Note it is not a replay attack because as far as the Issuer is concerned these messages have never been previously used. The ARQC does also include an Application Transaction Counter (ATC) which increments every transaction or more precisely every time the terminal does a Generate AC request to the card to get the ARQC. However the Issuer is only likely to detect a repeat transaction counter, for operational reasons he will have to allow with some gaps in the transaction counter sequence.
It is not really in doubt that this form of attack is possible and arguably the ATM manufacturers have been careless in their implementation of the protocol or at the very least the certification test conditions are inadequate. However the claim in the paper from the Cambridge team that 'We can now explain at least some of the increasing number of frauds in which victims are refused refunds by banks which claim that EMV cards cannot be cloned and that a customer involved in a dispute must therefore be mistaken or complicit' is to say the least misleading. A more realistic statement would be that 'it is possible that EMV cards could be cloned but is the least likely of the possible error scenarios'. However where I would agree with the Cambridge team is over the software integrity of the POS terminals. This is not only difficult to achieve but is difficult to measure and even more difficult to maintain in any form of uncontrolled environment. You might argue that a mobile phone falls into this category rather neatly.
The beauty of the Blackhat conference is that the researchers actually demonstrate what you always thought was possible and quite often things you didn't imagine were possible. This year in Las Vegas has been no exception and perhaps of particular interest to us is some work undertaken by Charlie Miller of Accuvant Labs on the vulnerability of NFC implementations in mobile phones using Android (Android 2.3.3) and MeeGo (1.2 Harmattan PR1.2) OS's as examples.
Charlie describes how to fuzz (don't you love this word) the NFC software protocol stack for the Samsung Nexus S and the Nokia N9. Then he goes on to describe how he can see for these devices what software is built on top of the NFC stack. It turns out that through NFC, using technologies like Android Beam or NDEF content sharing, one can force some phones to parse images, videos, contacts, office documents, and even open up web pages in the browser, all without user interaction. In some cases, it is even possible to completely take control of the phone via NFC, including stealing photos, contacts, even sending text messages and making phone calls. He concludes that the next time you present your phone to pay for your cab, be aware you might have just gotten owned.
This to me is a far more serious statement about software integrity. Every day we are using mobile phones and are integrating them into our way of life including electronic banking and payments. If you can't trust the software then you have a problem. I suspect your first reaction is to assume that the correctness of the software comes by default and that you only need to worry about malware. The problem is in fact far more inherent particularly when you can't trust the core platform by those who try to get it right long before the hackers try to take over.
History is full of problems with the software right the way back to the software compliers which produce the code that actually runs on the target device. All ideas of Code walk through's and Common Criteria evaluations are important but there is absolutely no proof of software correctness. Next time you use your phone just think of all that code all from different sources in which you have no real participation. It is a subject we will come back to but let Charlie at least alert you to a problem that is not going to be solved any time real soon. The answer for those that are impatient is in the question 'in any system what can you actually trust'?
 
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S & S Hinge Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Aug 23 2020

Press release

S & S Hinge Achieves ISO 9001:2015 Certification

Date: 23 August 2020 5:00 AM

The S & S Hinge Company, Bloomingdale, IL Achieves
ISO 9001:2015 Certification
 
 
The S & S Hinge Company is proud to announce our ISO 9001:2015 certification.  Our decision to obtain ISO certification demonstrates our commitment to the principles of Lean manufacturing, continuous process improvement, and to providing quality products to our valued customers.  
 
ISO 9001 is the world’s most widely recognized quality management standard, which assists companies in meeting the expectations and needs of their customers.  As part of the ISO 9001:2015 certification process, S & S Hinge engaged in a rigorous audit of our business processes as well as our quality management system.  By achieving this level of certification, we have demonstrated our ability and desire to effectively maintain and improve our Total Quality Management system while continuously improving our internal processes.
 
This certification further strengthens our commitment to our customers.  “At S & S Hinge our philosophy has always been to meet and exceed our customer’s needs and expectations; which is the responsibility of every employee.  We have accomplished this by providing quality products, on time deliveries, and excellent customer service.”
 
We extend our sincere thanks to our loyal customers and our valued suppliers.  It is through these business relationships that we will continue to achieve success in the months and years to come. 
 
 
Chris Stevenson
President / CEO
 
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Given the growing worldwide need for re-processing and re-cycling, Elesa, as market leading manufacturers of standard industrial components, are delighted to support the waste management and processing industries with robust standard components designed for application in these arduous environments and available ex-stock.
 
GN 949 stainless steel spoked handwheels are offered for manual adjustment of valves, gates, rollers, screw adjusted equipment where they provide ergonomic operation and longevity derived from their robust corrosion resistant construction.
 
The Elesa RE.E2 range of castors and wheels find use on stillages used in loading or transferring materials – also for enabling mobility of structures such as swinging conveyor gantries. Fitment of wheels onto processing machinery carts and barrows.
 
Likewise, DVA vibration dampers and buffers are ideal to mitigate vibration of pumps, valves, gearboxes, sieves, joggers and shakers. They may be used for mounting of equipment to frames and for use as feet on stand-alone items, also for motion control as bump stops to cushion stroke limits.
 
Further information regarding Elesa products may be found here.
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Thursday, August 13, 2020
Dantherm has acquired SET Energietechnik GmbH (SET) in Germany with effect from July 31, 2020.
SET is headquartered in Hemmingen close to Stuttgart and is a leading manufacturer of products for heating and dehumidification of professional and private swimming pools primarily in Germany and Switzerland. SET has more than 30 years’ experience in the pool business and approximately 25 employees within sales, development and production.
The acquisition of SET is another key milestone in Dantherm’s expansion strategy following the acquisitions of Calorex Heat Pumps Ltd. in the UK, Schönmann AG in Switzerland, Master Climate Solutions Group (MCS) in Italy, Poland, Russia, Spain and China, Water Surveillance in Denmark, Aerial in Germany, Sovelor in France, Futurclima in Italy and Termigo in Spain.
Bjarke Brons, CEO at Dantherm Group says: “ The acquisition of SET further expands our range of products within the swimming pool business area and extends our position as one of the market leaders in this industry. Germany is a key market for us and we are excited about the opportunities that SET provides in terms of market presence in Germany and product offering to existing and new customers in Europe”.
About Dantherm Group
Originally founded in 1958, the Dantherm Group is a European leader in portable and installed climate control solutions for a wide range of industries within heating, drying, cooling and ventilation. Dantherm has subsidiaries in Norway, Sweden, UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Poland, Russia, China and France. In 2016 the Dantherm Group was acquired by Procuritas Capital Investors V LP.
www.danthermgroup.com
About SET
SET, headquartered in Hemmingen (Stuttgart), Germany, is a leading manufacturer of products for heating and dehumidification of professional and private swimming pools primarily in Germany and Switzerland.
www.set-energietechnik.de
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Base materials role for high-performance PCBs

Aug 13 2020

Press release

Base materials role for high-performance PCBs

Date: 13 August 2020 10:00 PM

Base materials and laminates, in particular, are increasingly important to high-performance PCBs; low losses as well as low dielectric constant (or consistent dielectric constant) are both critical specs for laminates.
Higher heat resistance is needed for lead-free assembly processes: laminates that need to resist to high temperature must have a higher Decomposition Temperature (called Td).
 
Additional features important for the new laminates are:
  • uniform glass distribution to get a better quality in laser drilling
  • thinner glass fabrics to get better electrical properties
  • thin dielectrics for distributed capacitance between power and ground 
Moreover, a wide range of laminates that allow to realize embedded components like resistors and/or capacitors are coming from laminates manufacturers.
 
New laminates “designed” for high-performance PCBs have to be reviewed under thermal-mechanical and electrical aspects.
Here following a list of the typical characteristics to take under consideration during the base material choice.
 
CTE
  • Thermal expansion in x, y and z-axis with special impact on the z-axis for the reliability of the vias (e.g. barrel cracking) and withstand multiple pressing processes. 
Loss tangent (Df) and permittivity (Dk)
  • Parameters for signal integrity and impedance requirements. 
Glass type and resin content
  • Uniform glass distribution helps to get a better quality in laser drilling.
  • Thinner glass fabrics help to get better electrical properties.
  • Thin dielectrics make it possible to get a better distribution of capacitance between power and ground.
 
Glass transition temperature Tg
  • The temperature at which the material stops acting as a rigid material.
Decomposition temperature Td
  • Higher heat resistance is needed for lead-free assembly processes: laminates that need to resist to high temperature must have a higher Decomposition Temperature (called Td). This is the temperature that a laminate can withstand when it has lost 5% of its weight by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA). 
Humidity Impact on final product
  • mportant aspects may be the CAF Resistance and moisture absorption. 
Environmental Impact
  • Need of “Low Halogen” laminates for the green electronic
All validated materials used in Cistelaier are listed here following, in cursive the specific ones for high-performance PCBs.
 
Standard FR4, high Tg Laminates also Halogen Free and specific for High Speed Digital:
  • FR4 standard & Leadfree: Iteq IT140 & IT588; Isola Duraver ML104i - Tg 140 °C; Black FR4
  • Mid Tg epoxy for Lead-free process: Iteq IT158 -Tg 160 °C; Isola IS400 -Tg 150 °C
  • Mid Tg– Halogen Free: Iteq IT40G -Tg 140 °C, IT150G
  • High Tg 180°C epoxy (without filler): Iteq IT180 (also No/Low flow Prepreg); Isola IS420& IS410; ARLON 45N
  • High Tg 180°C epoxy (with filler): Iteq IT180A & IT180i; Isola PCL370HR; Nelco N4000-29; Hitachi 700GR; EMC 827 i
  • High Tg 170°C epoxy – Halogen Free: Iteq IT170GRA1 & IT170G & IT180GN
  • High speed application: Nelco N4000-13(Si) & N4800-20(Si); Isola Fr408HR, IS600(series), Astra and I-Tera; Iteq IT200DK and IT150DA(SE), IT-968 (SE), IT-988G, IT-988G SE; Panasonic Megtron6 and Megtron7
  • Capacitance layer: OAK-Mitsui Faradflex
 
High-performances materials for avionic/military application:
  • Polyimide Resin System: Arlon 33N, 35N, 84N, 85N, 85HP; Ventec VT901(also No/Low flow); Hitachi MCL-I-671; Isola 95P/96P; NELTEC N 7000VO
  • Epoxy Resin System: Arlon® Kevlar 4NK (Tg 170 °C and 4.7 ppm/°C)
  • Epoxy and Polyimide Thermount® & Para Aramid fiber: ARLON 55NT/85NT
  • Copper/Invar/Copper: tipically 150 μm thick - 17/120/17 μm)
  • Thick copper: up to 500 microns and over, for BusBar application and copper inlay&coin technology
Substrates for flexible circuits:
  • Flexible Laminates-Polyimide film based: DuPont PYRALUX LF; PYRALUX FR
  • Flexible Laminates- Polyimide film based Adhesiveless: PYRALUX AP, PYRALUX AP-Plus & PYRALUX TK
  • Flexible Laminates-Polyimide based Adhesiveless: UBE Upilex; Iteq IF-2LD; Panasonic Felios
  • Emi shielding layer: Tatsuta SF-PC6000 and TATSUTA SF-PC 3300
High Frequency materials Teflon® based and non-Teflon based:
  • Rogers® / Arlon (also Copper/Brass supported): RT/Duroid Family; RO3000 Family; TMM Family; DiClad Family; Isoclad Family; Cuclad Family; AD Family; AR Family; TC Family
  • Rogers® / Arlon®: RO4350 & RO4003 (Back up material for discontinued 25N & 25FR but partially applicable)
  • Rogers®: ULTRALAM® 3850HT - Liquid Crystalline Polymer (LCP)
  • Iteq “new generation” material for RF and Microvawe applications IT-88GMW, IT-8300GA, IT-8338G, IT-8338A, IT-8350G, IT-8350A, IT-8615G with Dk from 3,00 up to 6,15(,05)
  • Taconic®: RF25A2, RF35, RF35A2, RF45, RF60, TSM-DS3, Cer10, FastRise, TACLAM Plus and all teflon family (TLX, TLY, TLE)
  • Nelco: Mercurywave series, Meteorwave (1000 & 4000 Series) and all teflon family
  • Foam: Rohacel HF51.
www.cistelaier.com
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Smart Manufacturing Powered by Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Aug 12 2020

Press release

Smart Manufacturing Powered by Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Date: 12 August 2020 4:00 PM

Smart Manufacturing Powered by Enterprise Mobility Solutions
Mobile devices bring a new level of convenience, productivity, and operational efficiency to the production floor, creating competitive advantages for forward-thinking manufacturers

Winmate offers an extensive suite of innovative and fully-rugged mobile devices tailored for manufacturing automation to seamlessly transform the physical space into real-time, digital intelligence.

Enterprises are rapidly adopting mobility solutions to improve business operations. They are continually making their processes efficient and lean with enterprise mobility solutions. As a manufacturer with over 25 years of experience,  Winmate delivers rugged mobile computing solutions for modern, digitally-enabled production lines and field technicians.

According to PwC, mobility is the top technological priority for 73% of interviewed CEOs in the manufacturing industry. Mobility in manufacturing is bringing intensification across all divisions, optimizing everything from the factory floors to logistics and inventory management. Even leaders in the manufacturing sector understand the hazards of production downtime and predict that competitive benefits of improving productivity come with mobile device solutions.

Enterprises and manufacturers look to rugged mobile devices when they want to:
  • Improve data transmission within the organization
  • Bring transparency to operations from the factory floor to procurement
  • Predict the delivery time and track the step-by-step status of the shipment
  • Receive information in real-time about the production status and material supply
  • Minimize human errors through higher accuracy
Mobile data collection on-the-go
The use of mobile devices equipped with built-in data collection tools – barcode scanner, RFID/ NFC reader, and smart card reader – brings transparency to operations from the factory floor to procurement.

Real-time connectivity options
Winmate rugged tablets equipped with wireless connectivity options offer field workers ultimate productivity tools, access to critical information, and real-time communication to execute work orders while at remote factory locations.

Industrial-grade durability
Industrial-grade rugged tablets are entirely waterproof and dustproof, featuring at least an IP65 protection rating. All the devices are compliant with MIL-STD-810G for the drop, shock, and vibration resistance.

M101 Series Rugged Tablet
Survives any environment and gets real work done
Stand up to real-world challenges with the Winmate M101 Series, fully rugged tablets designed for work in the field. Now your mobile workforces can stay connected anytime, anywhere, to complete tasks such as equipment inspection and maintenance in harsh environments. Every inch of detail in the M101 Series is engineered to optimize the efficiency of operations - data collection and real-time analysis, inventory control, and status reporting.

About Winmate
Winmate Inc. is a rugged computing and embedded solutions provider for industries operating in some of the most challenging environments. Founded in 1996 in Taipei, Taiwan, where its headquarters, research, and development facility, and production lines are located. Today, the company has offices and service centers worldwide. Winmate develops rugged industrial-grade computing solutions that advance the Industrial Internet-of-Things (IoT), including the industrial display and panel PC, HMI, embedded systems, IoT gateways to rugged tablets and handheld devices for industries ranging from transportation and logistics to marine and military, railway, oil and gas, smart grid, healthcare, and field services. Winmate also provides professional services in customizing products and project management to create a unique solution for specific customer needs.

For more information, visit  www.winmate.com.
 
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stand advertising

Aug 10 2020

Press release

stand advertising

Date: 10 August 2020 9:40 AM

Stand advertising - who are they and what are their tasks? Each of us, consumers, at the time, for everyday purchases he encounters dozens of advertising stands. Usually made from aluminum, wood, or thick cardboard, stand on the floors of shops and offer us a rich assortment of a particular company - a bottle of water or carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, bread, confectionery, detergents, cosmetics, or, finally, products for Pets. Coming up in turn to the counter, we installed little booths advertising of chewing gum, batonikami and cigarettes. Such decisions we will meet after visiting the stores with industrial goods, children's racks advertising everywhere. Why? To look at other implementations: https://sip.krosno.pl/realizacje/. Probably because they provide visible and effective ad copy. Stand, first of all, allows you to exhibit your company's products and make them clearly visible among hundreds of products from the same category. In addition, include, as a rule, big and bright graphics with the name and logo of the company, sometimes also allocated for an even better effect, or with a place for leaflets. Stand advertising also has a special design that allows you to store and display certain products. Drinks, for example, they can stand on shelves or hanging on special holders. Specially designed systems allow you to place them on all sorts range from the manufacturer to the consumer after it is not easy to get. From the point of view of the purchaser, the stand has many advantages, of which the most important is the visibility of certain products. But also manufacturer many get by investing in a rack. Stand advertising from the point of view of the manufacturer Stand advertising is not expensive. Of course, the final price will depend on many factors, among which we must mention first of all the size of the ordered racks, the materials from which are made, and additional options such as lighting. However, it should be recognized that the range of stands is highly diverse, and therefore the execution of the order will not be a big burden on the budget even for small companies. And the effectiveness of this form of advertising investment will allow you to quickly apply. Another thing is, of course, invest in advertising, which will raise the sales figures. Instead invest your energy and money, Internet advertising, or promotional materials such as flyers, catalogs, folders, and given to random people on the street, order a banner stand. Why? Because leaflets tend to fall into the nearest trash can, often even before the one who is at least giving them a glance. In their lagoon just stop paying them any attention. A somewhat different situation occurs when a potential customer comes into the store, for example, in the pharmacy. On the shelves postawiane in equal rows of shampoos, shower gels or washing of the body, and none of them stands out in any special way. But somewhere between audio tracks, the client bumps into the display rack. Colorful, nicely made, attractive - indicate that the store is unique and worthy of attention. Products that meet the requirements for stand advertising perceived by consumers as the most interesting and even an exclusive. Torsos of advertising not only in stores, Participation in trade fairs is a great idea for effective action advertising. Thanks to them, you can show a wider range, what fun you have in your offer. Thus, they advertise not only the brands already well known on the market, but the company just started its activities. But in order to show, to exhibit their products, you should have your own position and stand advertising - one is the minimum. If you want to present a range of different categories (e.g., carts for children, and clothing for infants), it is necessary to provide a separate rack for each of them. As a manufacturer, you have to make a decision on dimensions, systems and structures that should have Your stands or stand advertising. In this matter it would be good to establish cooperation with a company offering fabrication of racks - specialists and designers will advise you the ideal solution. And solutions available a lot. The range of companies involved in the realization of the advertising stands you will find models of aluminum, cardboard, and wood, intended to represent different kinds of articles - with shelves or holders for bottles, jars, cosmetics, or spices, baskets, specially adapted for the storage of bakery products, fruit and vegetables, or, finally, systems, holders for the products that are Packed in plastic bags. Stand advertising must have, respectively, a reliable and robust design that allows a weight lifting products issued, but essential (especially if you book racks, designed for the exhibition), their aspect is ease of installation. Quick folding and unfolding in this case a great advantage. And what products from their range to choose to the stand? This is a very important question, because these articles would have represented Your company and the whole deal. Of the bar, so it is worth a lot in what you have to offer the best products, the most attractive, designer, new products or the ones at the most affordable prices. It should provide also a place for advertising materials such as Newspapers or catalogs. Remember that the advertising sample are always complete. Good quality, modern bench is a advertising tool which will serve You for years to come. Given their high effectiveness in improving the awareness of Your company and increase its profit is really a small investment, the cost of which will pay off very quickly. Their biggest advantage is the ease and design for quick Assembly and dismantling due to the fact that the advertising stand can travel with You on specialized exhibitions, conferences and presentations. It worth while to invest in this form of promotion are advertising stands? Definitely Yes - they are easy to use and affordable, and very durable. Allow to exhibit the range and set it apart from competitors ' products. You can create your own promotional booth which will be 100% to meet Your needs and presented an advertisement in itself.
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Station Hygiene

Aug 3 2020

Press release

Station Hygiene

Date: 03 August 2020 10:50 AM

Hygiene station is an indispensable element in our daily life.Was designed in such a way that all the actions you can perform, eliminates the transfer of bacteria to touch public places.The hygiene station may include a dispenser for liquid disinfectant, disposable gloves, holder or napkin holder on a paper towel, the paper tray on the mask and the trash bin sanitary standards. View more https://youtu.be/_QGwy7nfmYQ ; https://youtu.be/TkaFDPgLAQc
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