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04 Dec 17. Ulverston firm’s contribution to Britain’s most advanced warship. An Ulverston firm has been involved in the building of Britain’s largest and most advanced warship. HMS Queen Elizabeth, a 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier, will be formally commissioned into the Royal Navy tomorrow by Her Majesty the Queen. At 918ft, the ship is larger than Blackpool Tower and the Ministry of Defence said its construction would never have been possible without the 700 firms across Britain which undertook essential work. The family-run Oxley Group, based at Priory Park, offers design, manufacturing and test facilities for electronic and electro-optic systems and components for defence, aerospace, rail and telecommunications firms across the world. Its 150-strong team created a set of navigation and signaling lights for HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Martin Blakstad, group chief executive of Oxley Group, said: “It’s been a really prestigious programme to be involved in that we are extremely proud of.
“Locally there is a lot of pride and awareness of the programme due to the design work that has been completed in Barrow.”
Defence Minister Harriett Baldwin today recognised the vital contribution that businesses of all sizes from the North West have made to the construction of the Royal Navy’s largest ever ships.
Defence Minsiter Harriet Baldwin paid tribute to the contribution of companies across Britain made to the construction of HMS Queen Elizabeth.
She said: “On behalf of defence, the Government and the whole of the United Kingdom, I would like to thank the hundreds of businesses around the country for the millions of hours they’ve spent equipping our ships in what has been an immense nationwide enterprise.
“Their Herculean efforts showcase our great British talent and saw HMS Queen Elizabeth complete her 2017 sea trials with flying colours as she prepares to project our interests right across the world.”
Mrs Baldwin launched initiatives like the supplier portal, which brings together information for new and prospective suppliers in one place for the first time and a dedicated Twitter account to flag opportunities to SMEs to help firms like the Oxley Group bid for work on projects such as the HMS Queen Elizabeth.
Flight trials from the ship are due to start next week and HMS Queen Elizabeth is due to be fully deployable anywhere in the world by 2021. (Source: Google/North West Evening Mail)
07 Dec 17. Global technology leader Laird (LRD: London) has developed a thermoelectric module (TEM) that accommodates a laser diode butterfly package. Primarily used to stabilize the temperature of sensitive optical components in telecom and photonics industries, the miniature OptoTEC Series is designed for applications that have lower cooling requirements of 10 watts or less. The OptoTEC Series combines a small geometric footprint of less than 13×13 mm with reliable and efficient heat pumping capacity.
A laser diode is used to create a light wavelength that travels long distances for communications. Signal loss can occur at this distance and a pump laser is used to strengthen the signal as it passes thru an optical device. Laser diodes are also bundled together to form a high-power laser than can cut thru materials. While the temperature of the package may reach 85 degree C, in order to maintain peak performance the OptoTEC Series is used to keep the laser diode operating temperature stable at around 25+/-0.5 degree C. TEMs offer precise temperature control accuracy achieving ±0.01°C. The OptoTEC thermoelectric module dissipates heat generated by the active optical component, which is around 1 to 2 Watts.
The OptoTEC design features reverse polarity that enables the thermoelectric module to heat or cool dependent on outdoor temperature. Providing a high coefficient of performance (COP) to minimize power consumption