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Wave Relay Product Training

We’re Europe’s leading provider of training services for the Wave Relay® product range, with support direct from Persistent Systems.

Our courses give users the skills to successfully design, configure, deploy, operate and maintain a functioning Wave Relay® MANET solution. Essential learning for anyone responsible for mass configuration, network administration, and implementation of the MPU5 and Wave Relay. 

Find out more: https://steatite-communications.co.uk/support/training/ 

New Steatite logo alongside old logo

Steatite launches fresh new logo

We’re thrilled to share some exciting news with you – the launch of our brand new logo, aligned with our extended group’s fresh visual identity! As a Solid State plc group company, we’re proud to present our unified brand identity, alongside our sister companies Solsta and Custom Power which have already undergone this transformation.

We recognise the importance of a strong visual identity that reflects our commitment to innovation and excellence. The new logo reflects our shared values, vision, and dedication to delivering excellence across all aspects of our operations.

This fresh new look not only modernises our brand but also reinforces our position as a trusted industry leader in the field of electronics manufacturing. We’re excited to share this new chapter with you and are confident that our new logo will resonate with all who interact with our products and services.

New Managing Directors at Steatite and Custom Power

Changes at the top for Steatite and Custom Power

This financial year sees some exciting management changes in the Solid State group.

Alastair Wallace steps up to the role of Managing Director of Steatite. Alastair joined Steatite in 2019 and after consistently driving sizeable growth through the business as Commercial Director now takes on full responsibility for our Computing, Communications, Antennas and Imaging Business Units.

Steatite’s former Managing Director, Matthew Richards, now becomes MD of Custom Power to support our teams in Somerset and Newcastle in the UK and California in the US, offering a seamless international experience for our global battery customers. Matthew has enjoyed 8 years guiding Steatite from strength to strength, and is looking forward to focusing on further developing our custom battery design expertise on both sides of the Atlantic. He will also continue as a Solid State plc board member.

It’s going to be a busy year as we’ll also share information on a new UK site in the coming weeks, follow our social media channels to stay up to date.

Steatite Batteries rebrands as Custom Power

Steatite’s Battery Business Unit rebrands as Custom Power

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our rebranded Battery Business Unit as Custom Power. This change of name marks a strategic decision to align our UK battery design and manufacturing capabilities with our sister company in the United States, already trading as Custom Power, and present a unified global identity. 

Also included in the rebrand is eTech Developments, the consultancy and product development business specialising in electrified powertrain components and systems which was acquired by Solid State in 2022.

Our world-class operations now extend globally, encompassing diverse international markets and a multitude of applications.

Under the new brand, Custom Power in the UK will continue to offer a comprehensive range of custom battery solutions tailored to meet the unique needs of its diverse customer base. From powering industrial machinery to supporting critical medical devices and enabling cutting-edge UAV technology, Custom Power remains at the forefront of innovation in the battery industry. 

“Our decision to rebrand as Custom Power is a reflection of our dedication to providing a seamless experience for our customers worldwide,” said Matthew Richards, Managing Director of Custom Power. “By aligning our branding with Custom Power in the US, we are streamlining our operations and expanding our global presence. While the name of the UK operation may be changing, the commitment to excellence, innovation, and unparalleled customer service remains unwavering. Custom Power will continue to deliver the same high-quality products and solutions that our clients have come to trust over the years.” 

Custom Power is now positioned better than ever to deliver bespoke power solutions to a global customer base across sectors including UAV, medical, industrial, marine, energy and defence.

Take a look through the revamped website to understand how our specialists can design the reliable primary or secondary power your application needs.

Two ultrasound scanners and an ultrasound image

Case study: Power for Portable Ultrasound

Partnering with IMV, the leaders in veterinary imaging, we supply cutting-edge battery technology to
power their reliable handheld bovine ultrasound devices. IMV approached us to design and manufacture
a battery solution for their Easi-Scan:Go scanner, and our experienced team got to work.

Read the full case study.

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Product Launch: Cincoze unveils its latest Alder Lake-P high-performance panel PCs

Rugged embedded computing brand, Cincoze, has launched the high-performance panel PC P2202 Series & CO-119C, the latest additions to the Display Computing CRYSTAL product line.

The highlight of this series is the Intel 12th gen Core U-series Alder Lake-P processor, which provides computing performance rarely seen on the market. With Cincoze’s exclusive CDS technology, it can be applied to a wide range of scenarios with differing requirements, such as harsh industrial applications, outdoor high-brightness settings, or seamless integration with equipment and machinery, making it an ideal choice for HMI applications.

The P2202 Series are thin embedded computers, particularly recommended for applications with limited installation space or mobile devices. Besides standalone use, Cincoze’s exclusive CDS patented technology enables the addition of a convertible display module to form a panel PC for different environments and application requirements, such as a general-use industrial panel PC, high-brightness sunlight-readable panel PC, or an open frame panel PC, with a variety of sizes, display ratios, and touch methods to choose from.

Find more on our Computing website

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Steatite Winter Newsletter and Season’s Greetings

From all of us at Steatite, we hope you have an enjoyable festive break and a successful 2024. We’re wrapping up an immensely busy year and looking forward to a few days of down time before opening up again for business with our batteries recharged in the new year.

So what have we been up to this year? Read our newsletter for an update on the last half of 2023.

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Computing website gets new functionality

Our new Embedded Computing website launched with a fresh new look plus additional functionality. It now enables users to get immediate pricing and individual configurations on many of our industrial and military grade PCs.

With a few clicks, it’s now possible to select your model, configure the options including processor, memory, storage and I/O, see the price and order online. For additional customisation, there’s a Quote Request tool for a quick response from our UK-based, knowledgeable team.

Get the unique industrial PC you need for your unique application, try it out on our Computing website.

Cincoze DS-1400 series and M1101 monitor module

Product launch: new industrial computers and monitor module from Cincoze

Cincoze, the leading manufacturer of rugged embedded computers, has unveiled two new products under its Rugged Computing – DIAMOND (DS-1400 Series) and Display Computing – CRYSTAL product lines (M1101).

The DS-1400 series (DS-1400, DS-1401, DS-1402) has significantly upgraded performance and features, meeting the demands for large-scale and real-time image processing and computation required by the rapidly emerging Edge AI. And the newly introduced M1101 monitor module, with its high reliability and optimised performance, injects powerful new energy into Cincoze’s range of industrial-grade touch monitors.

For Edge AI computing: DS-1400 series of high-performance and PCIe Expandable computers

The newly launched DS-1400 series stands out for its robust performance and remarkable PCIe expandability. Features include:

  • 12th gen Intel® Alder Lake-S processor with the Intel 7 process, offering a maximum of 16 cores (8P + 8E), and delivering 1.35x the processing performance of the Comet Lake-S processors.
  • Supports DDR5 memory up to 64GB and 4800MHz, including ECC technology for the high stability and reliability demands of industrial automation.
  • Rich native I/O plus additional I/O and special functions can be added through Cincoze’s exclusive expansion modules.
  • Up to 2x PCI/PCIe expansion slots, a maximum of one 110W add-on card with dimensions of 111 x 237 mm. To withstand continuous vibration, expansion cards are held secure with the patented PCIe card retainer.
  • Wide temperature (-40–70°C).
  • Wide voltage, overvoltage, overcurrent, and ESD protection.
  • Complies with the U.S. military standard for shock and vibration resistance MIL-STD-810G and the rail standard EN 50155 (EN 50121-3-2 only).

M1101 Monitor Module enhances industrial touch monitors

Including the exclusive patented technology – Convertible Display System (CDS, Patent Number: M482908), the M1101 is Cincoze’s latest monitor module. It pairs with various display modules to create different types of touch monitors based on application requirements. Options include:

  • Industrial touch monitors for harsh environments
  • High-brightness (up to 1,800 nits) sunlight-readable touch monitors for outdoor use
  • Open-frame touch monitors that perfectly integrate into machinery.

These monitors all feature multi-language OSD menus and three signal input interfaces (HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA) when paired with the M1101. The M1101 meets EMC protection (EN 61000-6-2/4), shock and vibration proof (EN 60068-2), and the safety standard UL/c-UL 62368-1.

Contact our computing team to arrange for a sample, or find out more details.