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UK or International PCB Prototyping – Which Is Best?

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Before printed circuit boards (PCBs) are manufactured in high volumes, engineers will typically create a prototype to check that their design works and performs efficiently. PCB prototyping allows an engineer to detect any errors or flaws at an early stage of development, saving time, money and sleepless nights in the long run. For some advanced […]


Making Your First PCB Prototype

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Making your first PCB prototype is no easy task – but it’s incredibly rewarding once you’ve completed the final connection. You don’t have to have a degree in engineering or years of experience working as an electric engineer. All you really need is a clear set of guidelines, a small amount of perseverance and, of […]


5 Electronic Projects to Use In Your Garden

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Do you want to make the world a better place in 2020? Technology has a big part to play in shaping the planet, but we still need people like you to come up with world-saving ideas. Whether you are an electronics novice, a university student or a veteran tinkerer, we all have a part to […]


How Graphene Can Prevent Overheating

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At the start of autumn, it was reported that Samsung was on the cusp of announcing the world’s first mobile phone with a graphene-based alternative to the traditional lithium-ion batteries. Samsung wasn’t the only company exploring this material. Behind the scenes, each of the major mobile phone retailers are hard at work perfecting graphene components to be used in their products. Such is the determination to […]


Why Choose Electric? Benefit In-Kind Explained

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The last few years have seen a remarkable rise in demand for, and mainstream adoption of, electric cars. Spearheaded by renowned automotive manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes and the increasing ubiquitous Tesla vehicles, it’s safe to assume that electric cars have sparked the imagination of consumers across the UK and the world over. As a […]


Hi5 Electronics 2019 Engineering Design Show

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Once again. we will be exhibiting at this year’s Engineering Design Show, held, of course, at the fantastic Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry.  We will be there over Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th October. Please come down and say hello, meet some of our engineering team and check out our extensive experience and capabilities in electronics […]


Robots to learn something from the fish eating bat

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An amazing application of a colony animals solution to a search for food could revolutionise the way robots communicate. Israeli researcher Yossi Yovel leads the team at Bat Lab for Neuro Ecology at Tel Aviv University. His research into communication has focussed specifically on the Mexican fish eating bat, native to California. The large range […]


Hi5 At The 2017 Engineering Design Show 18th & 19th October

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Hi5 Electronics is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting again at this year’s Engineering Design Show, kicking off on the 18th October for 2 days at Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The venue is conveniently located close to Junction 3 of the M6. and this year we are at Stand J40. It’s a great opportunity  to come […]


UK electronics industry: the new frontier

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Recent feats of engineering, like the launch of the Philae landing craft which touched down on a comet last November, demonstrate that the UK has an important part to play in the global electronics industry. Production shops based in the UK have earned a strong reputation, making top quality components in technical and specialised industries. […]


What is PCB pooling?

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Order pooling can help small scale or specialised operations save money on their PCB and prototype costs by sharing fabrication panel space, tools and machine set-ups. The reasoning behind this cost saving is quite simple and can be best illustrated with an example: If Company A requires one 5×3.1 boards and Company B requires one […]