“Stop and smell the roses”

I have heard this quote so many times yet I don’t think we stop often enough, if even at all, to take some time to appreciate the people and the things around us. This might be an old cliché but I really believe that we often miss out on so many amazing things, or even just an amazing moment, because life happens too fast.

Often week after week passes us by without really even thinking of the people around us. Our colleagues are often the ones we spend most of our time with yet the mad rush easily gets the better of us, so much so that we don’t stop just for a minute to ask about the person behind the desk.

Our colleagues often do amazing things outside of work that we might not be aware of. RS‘s head of Sales, Lutz Otto, is a keen environmentalist with a great love for the bush. He spends much of his free time as a guide in the wilderness or volunteering on environmental projects.

Take a moment to see what RS’s Head of Sales has to say about his passion for conservation in this article – you’ll be inspired to make a difference.

FLIR CM174 Clampmeter

FLIR CM174 with IGM Technology

Work Smarter, Not harder.

The FLIR CM174 Imaging 600A AC/DC Clamp Meter is the only clamp meter with the power to lead you to problems you can’t see with a standard clamp meter. Featuring Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM) technology powered by an integrated FLIR Lepton® thermal imaging sensor, CM174 visually guides you to the precise location of a potential electrical problem, identifying dangerous and unknown problem areas safely.

FLIR IGM

Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM) visually guides you to the precise location of a potential electrical or building problem so that you know where you need to measure. IGM instruments are powered by an integrated FLIR Lepton® thermal imaging sensor. CM174 and TG165/TG167 visually guide you to the precise location of a potential electrical problem, identifying dangerous and unknown problem areas safely. See the problem area clearly on a thermal image so that you know where to measure.

Find Problems Faster

The CM174 is a convenient, all-in-one tool, so you can always have thermal imaging at your fingertips. Visually identify electrical issues without requiring direct contact with panels, cabinets, or cluttered wires and cables that may present safety hazards. No matter what obstacles are in your way, IGM can quickly guide you to the problem.

Confirm your Findings

Verify problems, check load, and validate hot spots. Get accurate amperage and voltage measurements and center-point temperature readings. A built-in laser and cross-hair help you pinpoint the location of the problem.

Solve Complex Electrical Issues

The CM174’s intelligent design features a narrow jaw and built-in worklights to help you access difficult locations with lighting issues. Advanced electrical features allow you to get all the readings you need to solve problems fast, including True RMS, LoZ, VFD Mode, Inrush, and Smart Diode with Disable. Plus, the CM174 is expandable to 3000 Amps AC with FLIR FLEX accessories.

More about FLIR’s Infrared Guided Measurement™ Technology (IGM)

From the world leader in thermal technology, FLIR’s tools enhanced with IGM™ give you the power of thermal to quickly identify the precise location of potential problems. With IGM, identifying problems before they’re problems allows you to work faster, work smarter and get to the next job.

Work Smarter, Not Harder.

Time is money and with Infrared Guided Measurement tools from FLIR, you can do a quick sweep of the work area, quickly find the problem area and get to work. Identifying leaking ducts or blocked registers will be the easiest part of your day.

Work Faster, Act Faster

Work safer and more efficiently with FLIR tools enhanced with IGM technology. IGM visually points you to the precise location of potential electrical issues by showing you a thermal image of the exact area or wire you need to focus on. You’ll find problems faster, get more done, and boost your credibility.

Product Specs

FLIR CM174 SPECIFICATIONS
Model Number FLIR CM174
Thermal Imaging Detector FLIR Lepton microbolometer
Thermal Image Resolution 4800 pixels (80 × 60)
Field of View 38.6° × 50°
Thermal Image Palettes Iron, Rainbow, Ice, Greyscale
Image Frame Rate 9 Hz
Temperature Measurement Center point of thermal image
Temperature Range -13°F to 302°F (-25°C to 150°C)
Temperature Distance to Spot Ratio 30:1
Temperature Accuracy ±5.4°F (3°C) or ±3% of rdg
Spectral Response 8–14 μm
Temperature Targeting Class 1 Laser Pointer and Crosshair on display
Emissivity Settings 4 Presets with Custom Adjustment
Raspberry Pi 3 production - 1 (Medium)

Raspberry Pi 3 is here!

Raspberry Pi 3 now available to order from RS Components: latest generation low-cost computer board raises the bar with higher performance, 64-bit support and wireless connectivity

Available from RS, the latest generation Raspberry Pi 3 delivers 50% higher performance than Raspberry Pi 2, and integrates Bluetooth and wireless LAN communications technologies

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

Johannesburg, South Africa RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced that the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B credit-card-sized single-board computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation is now available to order at http://za.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi. Targeting use in industry, in homes and in schools and colleges worldwide, the latest generation of Raspberry Pi incorporates a powerful 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor to deliver significantly enhanced performance, as well as offering integrated Bluetooth and wireless LAN connectivity as standard for Internet of Things (IoT) development projects.

Building upon the phenomenal success of its predecessors – the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B – the Raspberry Pi 3 has significantly upgraded processing capabilities to deliver 50% more performance than Raspberry Pi 2 and approximately ten times more than the original Raspberry Pi 1, allowing it to run even higher-end applications.

The board is based on the Broadcom BCM2837 SoC, which includes an ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz, alongside a BCM43438 combo connectivity device, which provides 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy. BCM2837 integrates a dual-core VideoCore IV multimedia coprocessor, which provides the following:

  • 2Gpixels/s of fill rate, 1.8Gtexel/s of texturing rate
  • 29GFLOPs of shader compute throughput
  • OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 support
  • 1080p60 hardware video decoding
  • 1080p30 hardware video encoding
  • A hardware image sensor pipeline

The Raspberry Pi 3 boots from a micro SD card and uses the NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) installation manager. The standard Raspbian operating system already installed comes bundled with a range of productivity applications, and programming tools including Node-RED; this visual tool provides support for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services, making the board ideal for the rapid development and prototyping of IoT projects.

Retaining the same footprint as previous Raspberry Pi incarnations – with its credit-card-sized dimensions of 85 x 56 x 17mm – the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B retains many of the same features and capabilities of the previous generation. These include: the extensive 40-pin GPIO (General Purpose Input Output) connector; four USB connector port; full-HD HDMI; 10/100 Ethernet; 3.5mm audio jack and composite video; camera (CSI-2) and display (DSI) interfaces; and micro-SD card slot. Power input to the board is via its micro-USB socket requiring an external, plug-in power supply unit (PSU).

“We are unveiling the third-generation Raspberry Pi four years to the day after the launch of the original Raspberry Pi board on February 29, 2012,” said Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi. “It also marks the four-year anniversary of our highly successful relationship with RS, which have played a significant role in its success as a leading and trusted source of products, technologies and information for professional engineers, hobbyists and those looking to make their first steps into the work of programming.”

“Raspberry Pi has taken another important step in its evolution,” said Lindsley Ruth, Chief Executive Officer at Electrocomponents. “Based on the robust and well proven combination of hardware and software of the Raspberry Pi platform, this latest generation board delivers even more processing power together with embedded wireless connectivity, plus software to make it easy for businesses or individuals to develop applications for the Internet of Things. RS is honoured to once again embark upon another new chapter as a distribution partner for the Raspberry Pi Foundation.”

The new Raspberry Pi 3 offered by RS is manufactured exclusively in the UK under licence by the distributor. A Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module I/O Board will also be available shortly, enabling OEMs to develop their own Raspberry Pi 3 based solutions for many industrial applications.

The Raspberry Pi 3 is now available from RS Components at R642.00 (Excl. VAT).

A selection of short videos is available here:

Raspberry Pi 3 set-up: https://youtu.be/rLAblELXygA

Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 comparison: https://youtu.be/45Mls8BCgtE

 

For further resources, please visit the RS Components Raspberry Pi Page.

FLIR CM174 Clampmeter

FLIR CM174 with IGM Technology

Work Smarter, Not harder.

The FLIR CM174 Imaging 600A AC/DC Clamp Meter is the only clamp meter with the power to lead you to problems you can’t see with a standard clamp meter. Featuring Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM) technology powered by an integrated FLIR Lepton® thermal imaging sensor, CM174 visually guides you to the precise location of a potential electrical problem, identifying dangerous and unknown problem areas safely.

FLIR IGM

Infrared Guided Measurement (IGM) visually guides you to the precise location of a potential electrical or building problem so that you know where you need to measure. IGM instruments are powered by an integrated FLIR Lepton® thermal imaging sensor. CM174 and TG165/TG167 visually guide you to the precise location of a potential electrical problem, identifying dangerous and unknown problem areas safely. See the problem area clearly on a thermal image so that you know where to measure.

Find Problems Faster

The CM174 is a convenient, all-in-one tool, so you can always have thermal imaging at your fingertips. Visually identify electrical issues without requiring direct contact with panels, cabinets, or cluttered wires and cables that may present safety hazards. No matter what obstacles are in your way, IGM can quickly guide you to the problem.

Confirm your Findings

Verify problems, check load, and validate hot spots. Get accurate amperage and voltage measurements and center-point temperature readings. A built-in laser and cross-hair help you pinpoint the location of the problem.

Solve Complex Electrical Issues

The CM174’s intelligent design features a narrow jaw and built-in worklights to help you access difficult locations with lighting issues. Advanced electrical features allow you to get all the readings you need to solve problems fast, including True RMS, LoZ, VFD Mode, Inrush, and Smart Diode with Disable. Plus, the CM174 is expandable to 3000 Amps AC with FLIR FLEX accessories.

More about FLIR’s Infrared Guided Measurement™ Technology (IGM)

From the world leader in thermal technology, FLIR’s tools enhanced with IGM™ give you the power of thermal to quickly identify the precise location of potential problems. With IGM, identifying problems before they’re problems allows you to work faster, work smarter and get to the next job.

Work Smarter, Not Harder.

Time is money and with Infrared Guided Measurement tools from FLIR, you can do a quick sweep of the work area, quickly find the problem area and get to work. Identifying leaking ducts or blocked registers will be the easiest part of your day.

Work Faster, Act Faster

Work safer and more efficiently with FLIR tools enhanced with IGM technology. IGM visually points you to the precise location of potential electrical issues by showing you a thermal image of the exact area or wire you need to focus on. You’ll find problems faster, get more done, and boost your credibility.

Product Specs

FLIR CM174 SPECIFICATIONS
Model Number FLIR CM174
Thermal Imaging Detector FLIR Lepton microbolometer
Thermal Image Resolution 4800 pixels (80 × 60)
Field of View 38.6° × 50°
Thermal Image Palettes Iron, Rainbow, Ice, Greyscale
Image Frame Rate 9 Hz
Temperature Measurement Center point of thermal image
Temperature Range -13°F to 302°F (-25°C to 150°C)
Temperature Distance to Spot Ratio 30:1
Temperature Accuracy ±5.4°F (3°C) or ±3% of rdg
Spectral Response 8–14 μm
Temperature Targeting Class 1 Laser Pointer and Crosshair on display
Emissivity Settings 4 Presets with Custom Adjustment
Raspberry Pi 3 production - 1 (Medium)

Raspberry Pi 3 is here!

Raspberry Pi 3 now available to order from RS Components: latest generation low-cost computer board raises the bar with higher performance, 64-bit support and wireless connectivity

Available from RS, the latest generation Raspberry Pi 3 delivers 50% higher performance than Raspberry Pi 2, and integrates Bluetooth and wireless LAN communications technologies

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B

Johannesburg, South Africa RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, today announced that the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B credit-card-sized single-board computer from the Raspberry Pi Foundation is now available to order at http://za.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi. Targeting use in industry, in homes and in schools and colleges worldwide, the latest generation of Raspberry Pi incorporates a powerful 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor to deliver significantly enhanced performance, as well as offering integrated Bluetooth and wireless LAN connectivity as standard for Internet of Things (IoT) development projects.

Building upon the phenomenal success of its predecessors – the Raspberry Pi 1 Model B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B – the Raspberry Pi 3 has significantly upgraded processing capabilities to deliver 50% more performance than Raspberry Pi 2 and approximately ten times more than the original Raspberry Pi 1, allowing it to run even higher-end applications.

The board is based on the Broadcom BCM2837 SoC, which includes an ARM Cortex-A53 quad-core processor running at 1.2GHz, alongside a BCM43438 combo connectivity device, which provides 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN, Bluetooth Classic and Bluetooth Low Energy. BCM2837 integrates a dual-core VideoCore IV multimedia coprocessor, which provides the following:

  • 2Gpixels/s of fill rate, 1.8Gtexel/s of texturing rate
  • 29GFLOPs of shader compute throughput
  • OpenGL ES 1.1/2.0 support
  • 1080p60 hardware video decoding
  • 1080p30 hardware video encoding
  • A hardware image sensor pipeline

The Raspberry Pi 3 boots from a micro SD card and uses the NOOBS (New Out Of the Box Software) installation manager. The standard Raspbian operating system already installed comes bundled with a range of productivity applications, and programming tools including Node-RED; this visual tool provides support for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services, making the board ideal for the rapid development and prototyping of IoT projects.

Retaining the same footprint as previous Raspberry Pi incarnations – with its credit-card-sized dimensions of 85 x 56 x 17mm – the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B retains many of the same features and capabilities of the previous generation. These include: the extensive 40-pin GPIO (General Purpose Input Output) connector; four USB connector port; full-HD HDMI; 10/100 Ethernet; 3.5mm audio jack and composite video; camera (CSI-2) and display (DSI) interfaces; and micro-SD card slot. Power input to the board is via its micro-USB socket requiring an external, plug-in power supply unit (PSU).

“We are unveiling the third-generation Raspberry Pi four years to the day after the launch of the original Raspberry Pi board on February 29, 2012,” said Eben Upton, founder of Raspberry Pi. “It also marks the four-year anniversary of our highly successful relationship with RS, which have played a significant role in its success as a leading and trusted source of products, technologies and information for professional engineers, hobbyists and those looking to make their first steps into the work of programming.”

“Raspberry Pi has taken another important step in its evolution,” said Lindsley Ruth, Chief Executive Officer at Electrocomponents. “Based on the robust and well proven combination of hardware and software of the Raspberry Pi platform, this latest generation board delivers even more processing power together with embedded wireless connectivity, plus software to make it easy for businesses or individuals to develop applications for the Internet of Things. RS is honoured to once again embark upon another new chapter as a distribution partner for the Raspberry Pi Foundation.”

The new Raspberry Pi 3 offered by RS is manufactured exclusively in the UK under licence by the distributor. A Raspberry Pi 3 Compute Module I/O Board will also be available shortly, enabling OEMs to develop their own Raspberry Pi 3 based solutions for many industrial applications.

The Raspberry Pi 3 is now available from RS Components at R642.00 (Excl. VAT).

A selection of short videos is available here:

Raspberry Pi 3 set-up: https://youtu.be/rLAblELXygA

Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3 comparison: https://youtu.be/45Mls8BCgtE

 

For further resources, please visit the RS Components Raspberry Pi Page.