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embedded world 2020: RS Components to demonstrate how automation & control and electronics merge to enable engineering innovation

Apparently ‘useless’ machine will show the potential of connected devices

LONDON, UK, 7 February 2020 – RS Components (RS) (, the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), a global multi-channel provider of industrial and electronic products and solutions, will stage an artistic display at the embedded world trade fair in Nuremberg, Germany, 25-27 February 2020, to demonstrate the fusion of electronics and automation. Through the use of a machine that at first glance has no obvious purpose, visitors to Stand 439, Hall 3A, will get a clear view of how connected electronics can solve a classic automation and control task. In addition, RS will be presenting the latest products and innovations from leading manufacturers, and specialists from the RS DesignSpark team will introduce visitors to the company’s industry-leading suite of free design software.

The networking of embedded solutions, and the communication between units, enable classic tasks to be tackled in completely new ways. This will be illustrated at embedded world by the ‘useless’ machine, which has been created to inspire engineers to engage in fusing modern IT technology with classic automation and control involving valves and pumps. The machine comprises two containers – one containing green coloured water, and the other containing red coloured oil. Both fluids are pumped from their tanks into a middle cylinder, resulting in red oil swimming on green water. The machine then separates the liquids again, pumping them back into their source containers. There are no level or flow sensors present, and the only input for the control algorithms is a USB camera observing the containers. Python libraries, for example OpenCV, are used to analyse the incoming pictures and detect the fluid levels, and Python is used to program a state machine. The purpose of this colourful display is to showcase how engineering inspirations can be brought to life, especially with the support of distributors like RS.

Leading manufacturers exhibiting at the RS stand will reveal the breadth of range available from RS, with Cypress, Maxim Integrated and ON Semiconductor, all pioneers in the semiconductor industry, showcasing their latest product innovations.

The RS DesignSpark engineering platform will be another key feature of the stand, with specialists on hand to demonstrate the company’s range of free-to-download design tools and resources, and to explain the benefits and support offered by this 850,000-strong engineering community. Recently the distributor has introduced the latest version of its award-winning free-for-use DesignSpark PCB electronics CAD software. New features within DesignSpark PCB version 9 include dangling connection detection in schematics, net selection in copper pour areas, and enhancements to Excellon NC drill files.

In the ‘RS PRO’ zone there will be a real-life workbench that showcases tools and technologies from the company’s high-quality own-brand range, which provides the building blocks to implement an engineering idea and turn it into a reality.

In a light-hearted touch, RS will once again spin its wheel of fortune, aligning with the theme of this year’s embedded world by promising an electronic ‘wheel of fortune 2.0’. Attractive prizes await the lucky winners.

Visit the RS Stand 439, Hall 3A at embedded world 2020 from 25-27 February to experience all of this and more.

About RS Components
RS Components is a trading brand of Electrocomponents plc. We offer more than 500,000 industrial and electronic products, sourced from over 2,500 leading suppliers, and provide a wide range of value-added services to over one million customers. With operations in 32 countries, we ship more than 50,000 parcels a day.

We support customers across the product life cycle, whether via innovation and technical support at the design phase, improving time to market and productivity at the build phase, or reducing purchasing costs and optimising inventory in the maintenance phase. We offer our customers tailored product and service propositions that are essential for the successful operation of their businesses and help them save time and money.

Electrocomponents is listed on the London Stock Exchange and in the last financial year ended 31 March 2019 reported revenue of £1.88 billion. Electrocomponents has seven operating brands: RS Components, Allied Electronics & Automation, RS PRO, OKdo, DesignSpark, IESA and Monition.

For more information on RS, please visit the website at

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