Testing times at ERA

Until recently the DTI had ultimate responsibility for issuing certification of radio transmitting equipment. Now, following a recommendation by the UK Accreditation Service, ERA Technology has been appointed as a Radio Equipment Conformity Assessment Body (RECAB) to test and certify radio equipment.

FPT launches direct sales operation

FPT UK, formed out of the acquisition of Fenner Power Transmission by the FPT Group, is the distributor behind the launch of a new direct sales operation. First Choice Direct is a catalogue based service accessible by phone, fax or over the internet which offers bearings, motors, hydraulics, tools and power transmission equipment. Check out the website at

Dawn of a new era

ZF MicroSystems has signed an agreement with National Semiconductor under which the two companies will jointly develop components which will enable post-PC era products, including information appliances. New products under the partnership will incorporate ZF MicroSystems’ patented technologies with National Semiconductor’s x86 core design.

RadiSys keeps expanding

Following the acquisition of the ARTIC communications business from IBM, RadiSys has added Texas Micro to its fold. RadiSys chairman and CEO, Glen Myers, claimed: “This acquisition is the next major step in our being the leading building block and subsystem supplier to communications equipment and manufacturers.”

Cetrek strengthens its product base

Cetrek has added to its range of products for engine monitoring and diagnostic applications with the acquisition of Stewart Warner Instruments.