Thursday, 19 December 2013

ECHA Adds 7 New Substances to the SVHC Candidate List

The ECHA has announced that 7 new substances have been added to the SVHC Candidate List.

The new substances were added to the Candidate List on 16th December 2013 increasing the total amount to 151. The table below shows the new additions.

Producers and importers of articles containing any of these substances have six months to notify ECHA if the SVHC is present in articles in amounts that total more than one tonne per producer or importer per year and above a concentration of 0.1% weight by weight.

More information on notification of substances, submission tools and an instruction manual detailing how to submit a notification dossier can be found on the ECHA website

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Julie Celebrates 20 Years of Service with the Cyclops Group

We would like to say a huge congratulations to Julie for reaching her 20 years of Service with the Cyclops Group. 

Pictured here with Manager Keith, Julie has taken on many roles in her 20 years with Cyclops, from data input, to office admin and now as Cyclops Group's Customer Services Executive, a role in which she has held for over four years.

She is the second longest employee of Cyclops and is a great asset to the Group due to her experience, flexibility and knowledge.

We would all like to thank Julie for her continued commitment to the Cyclops Group and we hope she's with us for a further 20 years!

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for 2014 from all at Cyclops Group

Photo Courtesy of The Marbecca Bakery
Thank you for your continued support throughout the year. We wish you well over the holiday season and New Year celebrations.

We will be closed for the holiday season from 12:30 (GMT) Tuesday 24th December 2013, reopening in the New Year at 08:45 (GMT) on Thursday 2nd January 2014.

We will be ready and waiting to receive your inquiries as normal and look forward to a busy and prosperous New Year.

Once again have a wonderful holiday season.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Research Starts for New Class of Disappearing Electronics

Photo Courtesy of DARPA
Microelectronics experts at Honeywell Aerospace are helping U.S. military researchers to develop electronic systems and other electronic components which are capable of decomposing in a controlled and triggerable manner.

Scientists at the U.S. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), awarded a $2.5 million contract to the Honeywell Aerospace Microelectronics & Precision Sensors segment for the Vanishing Programmable Resources (VAPR) program. The goal of the contract is to develop electronic components that will physically decompose on command to prevent unauthorised use.

DARPA officials say that short-life electronics may enable revolutionary new military and medical capabilities. They state it is nearly impossible to track and recover every electronic device from the battlefield. With these new capabilities, once the device is triggered to dissolve it becomes useless, meaning the risk of environmental effects, counterfeiting and potential enemy use will be eradicated. Also, devices that resorb into the body may aid in continuous health monitoring and treatment.

The devices are intended to perform similar to commercial-off-the-shelf electronics, but with an ability to last only as long as they are needed. The trigger could be real-time via a signal or as a result of environmental conditions, such as temperature.

To find out more about the VAPR program, please visit the DARPA website.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Cyclops Group Managing Director & General Sales Manager Get in to the Festive Season!

The Cyclops Group MD, Daniel and General Sales Manager Tony, were recently presented with their very own home made Christmas jumpers, courtesy of Cyclops Account Manager Anne.

The jumpers were complete with flashing lights, bells and even a matching hat for Daniel.

Daniel and Tony were good sports and wore the jumpers all day in our York head office, helping get Cyclops into the festive spirit. We even managed to capture the event with a photo, much to their delight!

Thursday, 5 December 2013

UKEA to Change its Name to ESCO Executive

The UK Electronic Alliance (UKEA) has announced it is to change its name to ESCO Executive.

The UKEA was formed in response to the Electronics Innovation and Growth Team (EGIT) Report, which was published in 2005 by the DTI and highlighted how the electronics industry had difficulty representing itself to Government and vice versa.

The UKEA provides a single body to represent the industry and also provides a resource for government departments and agencies, to enable them to have greater confidence when forming policy and support programmes for the sector. 

Following the successful launch of the ESCO report in June 2013, which highlighted the current value and importance of Electronic Systems to the UK economy, ESCO has become the vehicle that brings together the entire UK Electronics Systems Community. To reflect this, UKEA is renaming itself ESCO Executive.

A new Industry Council has now been formed in order to implement recommendations based on the findings of the ESCO report. The ESCO Council is made up of senior representatives from the UK’s Electronic Systems industry and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS).

The ESCO Executive and the ESCO Council are already working together to implement these recommendations, which covers key areas such as business and technology strategy, skills and supply chain development.

To read the article in full please visit the UKEA website, or for further information please visit the ESCO website.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Cyclops Raises Money for The Philippines Typhoon Appeal

Cyclops Electronics held a dress down day here in our York office to help support The Philippines Typhoon Appeal, raising £80!

Typhoon Haiyan which struck on 8th November 2013, was the strongest tropical storm to ever make landfall and affected hundreds of thousands of people across the Philippines.

The Disaster Emergency Committee agencies and their partners have now delivered aid to more than 700,000 people across affected areas but aid has still yet to reach some of the most isolated communities.

To keep up to date with the appeal or to make a donation, please visit the DEC website and click on the red 'Donate Now' button.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the dress down day to raise money for this very worthy cause.