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What’s new in technology?

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Here at Hi5 Electronics we like to keep on top of the latest technology trends, particularly if they relate to circuits and printed circuit boards. We’ve collected some of the most important industry news which has surfaced over the last few months and listed them below. Flexible Printed Circuits (FPC) Flexible circuit boards are set […]


We’re exhibiting at the Southern Manufacturing Show 2015

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The Hi5 team is gearing up for the Southern Manufacturing Show at Farnborough next week www.industrysouth.co.uk. Running from the 10-12 February, the show is by far and away the biggest and best manufacturing exhibition in the UK. This is despite the fact that it is a gig in a tent at the top of a hill […]


Graphene – the start of a new technological revolution

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Back in 2013 we wrote a blog post on the exciting prospect of graphene and since then the material has continued to captivate and minds of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and consumers. Many now anticipate graphene underwriting a new technological revolution. A carbon allotrope, this two-dimensional material has a unique set of properties which make it […]


Solar power – Illuminating the future of LEDs

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The technology in LED lights is, quite literally, illuminating the world. As previously reported by Hi5, solar-powered LEDs are proving a very useful light source in many developing countries. The technology’s potential though, is only just starting to be realized. New uses for the technology are being discovered all the time. One recent development, trialled […]


PCB – Printed Clothing Board?

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The iPhone 6 came out recently and has already been mired in controversy. It turns out that if you walk around with the phone in your pocket, there’s a good chance that it might bend. The problem is of course… it’s not supposed to bend. Up until now, printed circuit boards have sat within every […]


Use an overseas or UK prototype PCB manufacturer?

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At Hi5 we enjoy many, many collective years of experience in the design and manufacture of printed circuit boards.  We remain prototype PCB production experts, combining home-grown expertise with UK-based levels of quality and control. Of course we keep our collective eyes closely trained on the global PCB industry and are always keen to keep […]


Case Study – PCB Fabrication

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Metal Backed PCB As A Structural Component With the exponential growth of LED lighting, some innovative designers have realised the benefit of treating the IMS circuit not only as a thermally efficient interconnection, but also as a mechanical component. It is possible, provided certain design rules are observed, to utilise the board as part of […]


PCB Design Basics

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Printed Circuit Boards are the pulsing heart of all electronic devices.  Their detailed construction may lead people to think they are prohibitively complex items to understand, but to help break down that myth, here at Hi5 we have drawn up a kind of ‘beginners guide’… PCBs 1.01. Printed Circuit Board Schematics Before you manufacture your […]


Hi5 at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show 2014

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Following on from our attendance at the Northern Manufacturing & Electronics Show last October, we will shortly be exhibiting at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show 2014 in Farnborough. In addition to meeting industry luminaries such as Hi5 Electronics (!), there will be free presentations by leading exponents of the electronics world. The event is […]


“i”s and PCBs

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Over the last two years the PCB manufacturing business has had something of a rough time of it.  Firstly, of course, was the small matter of a global recession.  When people have less money in their pocket they are less likely to splurge on items such as the electronic gadgets that have printed circuit boards […]