In road-going form the truck is a standard 35-tonne tractor/trailer; at each location it extends to form a complete mini-exhibition and hands-on demonstration space (plus roof terrace), with content that RS will tailor to each venue. In its first tour the truck will visit locations in the UK, Eire, across Scandinavia, then through Germany to arrive in Munich for the electronica show in November (8 th-11th).
On the design side, the truck showcases RS' free DesignSpark software (circuit, PCB and 3D), with 3D printing. The displays continue with a focus on IoT, industrial automation, an on through all aspects of the innovation process, to production and maintenance.
When located at academic venues – schools and universities – the displays will feature Raspberry Pi, with a number of Pi Top laptops to engage interest. RS aims present, “a series of interactive display zones highlighting the whole gamut of engineering disciplines... the aim of RS Live is to bring engineering and technology to everyone, and to capture the interest of future engineers.”
Lindsley Ruth, Group Chief Executive at Electrocomponents, commented: “As a business that serves a very broad engineering community, we have a responsibility to promote the importance of engineering as an academic discipline and to nurture the next generation. RS Live is enabling us to reach out to youngsters from an early age, to enthuse them through technology in action.”
Exact locations will be decided by RS' local management in each region. RS adds that RS Live kick-starts a major effort by the distributor to give customers a more personal experience, providing valuable insight into how the business operates, from engineering design and machine and panel build, to production maintenance, stores management and purchasing solutions.
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