How automation, control and electronics merge to enable engineering innovation

Electropages | February 10, 2020

RS Components will stage an artistic display at the embedded world trade fair to demonstrate the fusion of electronics and automation. Through the use of a machine that at first glance has no obvious purpose, visitors will get a clear view of how connected electronics can solve a classic automation and control task. Also, the company will be showing the latest products and innovations from leading manufacturers, and specialists. Leading manufacturers exhibiting at the 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 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.

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Placer Solutions Joins AXA XL Construction Ecosystem as Preferred Partner

Placer Solutions | November 22, 2022

Placer Solutions, a consulting firm focused on driving change and accelerating technology adoption in construction, today announced a new partnership with AXA XL Insurance, a leading provider of global commercial insurance. Under the terms of the agreement, Placer Solutions will join the AXA XL Construction Ecosystem as a preferred partner in a network of products and services focused on advancing technology adoption, leveraging data to solve customers’ problems, enhancing risk management and supporting business goals. The construction industry is at a crossroads when it comes to emerging technology and new ways of doing work. Historically, the industry has been slow to adopt new tools and technologies and has experienced stagnant productivity as a result. With more agile ways of addressing operational demands using emerging technologies, modern construction firms could achieve productivity gains up to 40 percent, similar to peer industries. Placer Solutions is addressing this challenge by taking a field-first approach that shines a light on field and project organizational networks in construction companies, which improves strategic planning and the tactical implementation of technology solutions. “Placer Solutions has a deep understanding of the construction ecosystem, specifically how the industry’s field-based and project-based nature can make enterprise-wide programs difficult in practice, The greatest technologies in the world are most effective if embraced by the culture of the industry they serve. By partnering with a company like Placer Solutions, we enable our customers to focus on the human element that drives technology adoption, which will result in them having a more robust technology adoption roadmap.” -Rose Hall, Senior Vice President, Head of Innovation, Americas at AXA XL. Placer Solutions has been selected to help support the Construction Ecosystem as an AXA XL-endorsed consulting firm who will work with their construction customers on technology change management. As part of the Construction Ecosystem, Placer Solutions will offer a customized Field Assessment to AXA XL customers, which leverages a proprietary network analysis approach to highlight and profile key groups of individuals in a construction firm’s operations. Previous clients of Placer Solutions have included Top Engineering News-Record (ENR) contractors who have used results from the assessment to improve strategic technology planning and inform product selection. “AXA XL’s leadership in bringing together construction’s fragmented value chain to solve big problems is exactly what the moment demands, We look forward to working with AXA XL’s customers. brokers and other business partners in our shared journey to modernize the industry and deploy new solutions that can address the needs of our industry’s workforce in meaningful ways.” -Nate Fuller, Founder of Placer Solutions. About AXA XL: AXA XL, the property & casualty and specialty risk division of AXA, provides insurance and risk management products and services for mid-sized companies through to large multinationals, and reinsurance solutions to insurance companies globally. We partner with those who move the world forward. About Placer Solutions: Placer Solutions is a management consulting firm focused on building high performance teams and improving technology adoption across the construction industry. Experience shows that successful change initiatives require up to 10 percent of an organization’s involvement – in construction, that’s mostly field users and project stakeholders. Placer Solutions’ unique Field Assessment goes beyond usual suspects to surface the embedded leaders and networks of employees who make change initiatives successful in construction. They have one of the largest databases of construction field personas and a network of contractors, suppliers, owners, and technology start-ups to help in their client’s needs.

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ENGINEERING TECH

Honda and COSI Launch New Engineering Learning Lunchbox and Kick Off Nationwide "Honda Engineering Roadshow"

COSI | October 11, 2022

Honda and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), a nationally renowned science museum, are coming together to launch a nationwide initiative—the Honda Engineering Roadshow—to deliver 20,000 hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) kits, called Engineering Learning Lunchboxes, to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Distribution of the kits will take place in collaboration with local food banks across the country to help feed hungry lives and hungry minds. The new Engineering Learning Lunchbox was created in partnership with and as a result of a contribution from Honda, using funds raised via the auction of the first Acura NSX Type S supercar. In 2021, Honda donated all proceeds from the $1.1 million auction of the very first serial production 2022 Acura NSX Type S supercar to charitable organizations, including COSI to support STEAM youth education across the U.S. Each Engineering Learning Lunchbox contains 10 hours of STEAM content and provides five engineering-focused learning activities showcasing the diversity of STEAM careers at Honda, from aerospace to electrical engineering. It also includes a "Honda Career Connections" game to drive home the importance of engineering education for future career opportunities at modern manufacturing companies like Honda. "The goal of our Honda Engineering Roadshow partnership with COSI is to inspire young people to consider a STEAM career path, When students get to experience real-world applications of STEAM for themselves, they have a better understanding of what opportunities are available to them in the future." -Yvette Hunsicker, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility and Inclusion & Diversity at American Honda Motor Co., Inc. The Honda Engineering Roadshow includes stops across the nation, from California to North Carolina, over the next year. Distribution of the 20,000 Engineering Learning Lunchboxes will take place in partnership with local food banks across the country to help feed hungry lives and hungry minds. This innovative, community-based model will bring together other science centers and museums, after-school providers and community leaders to highlight the importance of STEAM. At the first Honda Engineering Roadshow stop today in Bellefontaine, Ohio, 750 people experienced science experiments with COSI Education Team Members and received the free Engineering Learning Lunchboxes along with a food donation from Second Harvest Food Bank of Clark, Champaign and Logan Counties. "COSI is grateful to have an incredible partnership with Honda, which helps fuel our mission to engage, inspire and transform lives and communities, STEAM education is critically important, and the new Engineering Learning Lunchbox kit, built in partnership with Honda, will bring access and exposure to STEAM to young learners across the country." -Dr. Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI. About COSI: COSI, the "#1 Science Museum in the Country" as voted by USA Today's 10Best, is an esteemed science center that has delighted Central Ohio, with all things science for 58 years, inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) topics and delivering our experiential, "hands-on fun" brand of learning. COSI has been awarded five EMMY awards for its effective science communication television and video productions impacting science literacy for people of all ages. As a trusted educational resource for families, schools and community partners, COSI is an essential element of our regional and national community, engaging millions of people annually through onsite, offsite and online experiences. About Honda Corporate Social Responsibility and the Honda USA Foundation: For more than 60 years in the U.S., Honda has been committed to making positive contributions to the communities where its associates live and work. Honda's mission is to create products and services that help people fulfill their life's potential, while conducting business in a sustainable manner and fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. Advancing its corporate social responsibility, Honda and the Honda USA Foundation support this direction through giving focused on education, the environment, mobility, traffic safety and community.

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BDT Capital Partners acquires minority stake in Exyte Exyte logo

Exyte | November 17, 2022

Exyte, a global leader in the design, engineering, and delivery of high-tech facilities, has announced that funds affiliated with BDT Capital Partners, LLC ("BDT") have entered into an agreement to acquire a significant minority interest in Exyte. BDT, a merchant bank that provides advice and long-term capital through its affiliated funds to help family- and founder-led businesses pursue their strategic and financial objectives, will become a minority shareholder of Exyte alongside Georg Stumpf, Exyte's current sole owner who will retain a majority stake. "Exyte is a leader in the design, development, and delivery of the world's most sophisticated manufacturing environments. The company plays an indispensable role enabling clients across semiconductor, biopharma, life sciences, and cloud computing industries to create best-in-class facilities where technological breakthroughs happen. Due to the strong leadership of Exyte's management team and the dedication of its talented employees in serving the needs of its clients, the company has an impressive track record of profitable growth. We look forward to partnering with Georg Stumpf and the Exyte management team to help continue and enhance the company's growth and impact." -Don McLellan, Partner at BDT. Georg Stumpf, Exyte's continuing majority shareholder, says: Exyte serves the most technically demanding customers in thriving markets. The company is a driving force behind important megatrends of today and tomorrow, as well as developments that will profoundly change individual and societal life and promote progress across digitization and connectivity, e-mobility, sustainable energy, digital health, and personalized care. Since I invested in the company in 2008, Exyte has exceeded all expectations and the company will again achieve record sales and results in 2022. I look forward to continuing to support Exyte's successful strategy and its future growth together with BDT. "Our clear focus on high-tech industries is paying off. Due to the favorable market outlook and Exyte's focus on semiconductors and batteries, biopharma and life sciences, and data centers, we are well positioned in our markets and successfully on our "Pathway to Ten". This year, too, we will exceed our forecasts with targeted sales of around 7 billion euros, putting us closer to our goal of reaching 10 billion euros in sales in 2027. With our successful ongoing projects and significant project pipeline, we are well positioned for future profitable growth. I am pleased that BDT is convinced of Exyte's potential and prospects and will accompany us on our journey." -Dr. Wolfgang Büchele, CEO of Exyte. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals. Financial terms were not disclosed. Deutsche Bank served as financial advisor to Exyte in connection with the transaction. About Exyte: Exyte is a global leader in the design, engineering, and delivery of ultra-clean and sustainable facilities for high-tech industries. With cutting-edge expertise developed over more than a century, we serve clients in the sophisticated markets of semiconductors, battery cells, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, and data centers. Exyte offers a full range of services from consulting to managing the implementation of turnkey solutions with the highest standards in safety and quality to our customers worldwide. We create a better future by enabling key industries to enhance the quality of modern life. In 2021, Exyte generated sales of EUR 4.9 billion with around 7,400 employees worldwide. About BDT & Company: Established in 2009, BDT & Company is a merchant bank that provides advice and long-term capital through its affiliated funds to help family- and founder-led businesses pursue their strategic and financial objectives. The firm works with the owners and leaders of these closely held businesses to find creative solutions to their most complex issues, while also providing access to its world-class network. The firm's affiliate, BDT Capital Partners, has deployed more than $30 billion in capital through its investment funds and co-investments by its global investor base.

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ENGINEERING TECH, CONSTRUCTION

Nexamp Provides Non-Wires Alternative Solution for National Grid Substation in New York

National Grid | September 20, 2022

Nexamp, together with National Grid, is addressing increased energy demand at the Coffeen substation in Watertown, New York with the construction of a new solar + storage facility that will eliminate the need for additional transmission lines or substation upgrades through a Non-Wires Alternative (NWA) approach. NWA projects are designed to reduce cost and complexity by using distributed energy resources such as solar + storage rather than relying on more traditional generation and infrastructure enhancements. The Watertown Renewables project features more than 20,000 solar panels generating 8.4 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy and 10 Tesla Megapack systems providing 31 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy storage. Together, the solar and storage components of Watertown Renewables are engineered to give National Grid the ability to call on the system for up to 5.7 MW / 29 MWh up to 25 times per year either from the panels or the batteries. "This project is significant because it represents a number of important firsts, It is our first NWA project and is the result of a lot of hard work and collaboration between Nexamp and National Grid. With solar + storage technology advancing so quickly, NWA projects represent new opportunities to innovate the way we solve demand issues on the grid. As we work on additional NWA solutions in other locations, we anticipate many exciting milestones ahead." -Chris Clark, Chief Development Officer, Nexamp. Watertown Renewables is part of Nexamp's extensive portfolio of distributed solar and storage assets and will also serve area residents through the company's popular Community Solar program, providing energy costs savings to subscribers while delivering a new source of renewable energy to the local grid. This project is capable of offsetting the energy needs of more than 1,000 local residents who get their electricity from National Grid. "National Grid is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by increasing the amount of renewable energy on the grid while improving reliability and affordability for customers, Our recently released Clean Energy Vision plan outlines a pathway to achieve a fossil-free future to our energy systems that incorporates renewable sources of energy and storage solutions such as this non-wires alternative in Watertown. Nexamp's expertise in developing and operating energy storage solutions that benefit utilities and communities made them a natural fit for this project." -Brian Gemmell, National Grid's Chief Operating Officer for Electric in New York. Nexamp has dozens of other solar + storage projects already in operation across the Northeast and around the country. As a provider that offers an integrated approach from design/build to owner/operator, Nexamp is a long-term partner to the communities in which it operates. The Watertown Renewables project is expected to be completed early next year. About Nexamp: Nexamp is leading the transformation to the new energy economy with proven solar and storage solutions that make clean energy more accessible for our customers and partners. Our comprehensive solar and energy storage capabilities—including project development and acquisition, design, construction, and operations—enable clean energy savings and benefits for more customers. Nexamp's industry-leading community solar platform makes solar an option for anyone, offering guaranteed savings on annual electricity costs. With more than 1 GW of renewable energy generating assets currently in operation or under construction, we are building a decarbonized energy future. Visit us at www.nexamp.com. About National Grid: National Grid ( NYSE: NGG) is an electricity, natural gas, and clean energy delivery company serving more than 20 million people through our networks in New York and Massachusetts. National Grid is transforming our electricity and natural gas networks with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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