Cambridge metalworkers to the technology sector, Hitec, have announced that they have helped sponsor and will be exhibiting at the Embedded Masterclass technology developers conference to be held in London and Bristol on the 8th and 13th May. Hitec is an important supplier to European developers of hi-tech systems, in markets such as medical, communications, printing, electronic systems, environmental control and machinery.
“We supported this event last year and found it to be an excellent event for meeting with engineers and technical managers,” said John Stevenson, Managing Director of Hitec. “Our specialty is in the design and manufacture of enclosures and internal chassis for electronic systems, so this event is a good fit for us and gives us a chance to showcase our capabilities. Our ability to laser cut materials to produce fast and very accurate prototypes and our understanding of CAD packages such as SolidWorks and ProE are very much appreciated in this market, so it will be good for us to go along to this event to discuss how we can help engineers develop and take their new products to market.”
Hitec are based in Soham, close to Cambridge, and supply many companies within the Cambridge technology sector as well as the wider UK. With a combination of advanced hi-tech equipment and the more traditional CNC sheet metal technology, Hitec is able to offer a rapid prototype service as well as competitive and consistent, higher volume productions runs. Hitec also have the very latest inspection technologies to ensure that they can manufacture to ever increasing accuracy.
“The new computer aided design packages such as SolidWorks are enabling engineers to design more complex systems and to much tighter tolerances that before,” said John. “We’ve found that, in order to ensure we met the manufacturing specifications, we needed to upgrade our inspection technologies to address these very accurate tolerances. This inspection equipment has been a good investment for us and keeps us ahead of the game in this demanding market.”
Now in its 6th year and with over 800 engineers having registered for these events, the Embedded Masterclass has become an important event in the UK’s Embedded Systems calendar. With its focus on leading edge embedded technology and tools, the Embedded Masterclass has gained a reputation for being ‘useful and informative’, a chance to meet with vendors and engineers in a non-sales environment and a chance to listen to technical presentations from key industry leaders. This year is unique in two respects. One is that the event will host an Embedded Linux Training Workshop and the second is that the event will take place in both London and Bristol (although Dolomite will only be attending the Bristol event).
“The term ‘embedded’ comes from the fact that so many modern devices have computers ‘embedded’ within them,” said Richard Blackburn. “A lot of hi-tech equipment often has a network of microchips communicating together at amazingly high speeds. This is now global industry in which the UK is very much a key player.”
The event also includes a tabletop exhibition. Some of the world’s leading embedded systems tools, hardware and software vendors have already signed up to exhibit. These include MontaVista – a world leader in embedded Linux solutions, Enea – a world leader in operating systems and development tools for mobile phones and wireless infrastructure equipment, SDC Systems – a leading UK supplier of development tools and software testing solutions, Barric – a leading UK manufacturer of complex electronics hardware and Telelogic – a world leader in UML system modelling tools.
“The tabletop format for the exhibition has been good for us,” said Richard Blackburn, event organiser. “This means that there is more focus on the technology and less on the sales/marketing. It makes for a better environment for engineers to learn about the technology, it simply makes it a lot more friendly and less competitive. As the event has grown, it’s been easier to attract the more important world-class players. With people like MontaVista and Enea on board, we feel sure engineers will want to come along and learn about their new offerings.”
The Embedded Masterclass (excluding the Embedded Linux workshop) is free to engineers and technology managers. Attendance is limited, so early registration is recommended. The Embedded Linux workshop is at a special price of £95 and again places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
About The Embedded Masterclass
Now in its 6th year and with over 800 engineers having registered for these events, the Embedded Masterclass has become an important event in the UK’s Embedded Systems calendar. With its focus on leading edge embedded technology and tools, the Embedded Masterclass has gained a reputation for being ‘useful and informative’, a chance to meet with vendors and engineers in a non-sales environment and a chance to listen to technical presentations from key industry leaders.