Meet Abigail, our new gap year student!

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Hi There!

My name is Abigail, I’m a 3rd year student at Northumbria University, currently on a placement year with Martel.

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I’m studying towards a MEng degree in Electrical and Electronic engineering which is a 5 year sandwich course, including a placement year. I was given the opportunity to work with Martel for the year and I am now half way through my placement with Martel.

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I have learnt and gained a lot from working here, from professional competencies to technical skills. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time so far at Martel, one of my greatest accomplishments from my placement has been integrating the Raspberry Pi with one of Martel’s printers.

The Raspberry Pi printer has been my main focus here at Martel. I have developed the project to enable capabilities such as Wi-Fi printing, air print, Bluetooth connectivity, network printing and remote connectivity through the Raspberry Pi to one of Martel’s printers.

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The Raspberry Pi is a miniature single board computer with low power draw that can be controlled and used remotely. It enables the use of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and network printing with Martel printers.

Usually I am busy programming the Raspberry Pi, solving any issues with it and researching methods of communicating to the printer and different ways to print. I have also work on the DIN RAIL product, helped make a demonstration pack, produced guides, created reports, been involved in creating an Ethernet to serial interface or a Martel printer and spent time in the production department.

Stay tuned to Martel’s blog for future updates about my year in industry here!

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Meet Yatong, A gap year design student at Martel!

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Hi there……………

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My name is Yatong Wang, and I am a female student from Shanghai, China.
I am studying for a Degree at Northumbria University, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.
My major is in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

I spent my placement year at Martel Instruments Ltd, who design and manufacture
Cased Printers and Panel Printers, for a range of sectors, including automotive, medical, and retail, from July 2014 to August 2015.

My one year internship with Martel started with the industry training in the Assembly area, downstairs, for one week, where I learned a lot about the Thermal Printers they make. This was an excellent grounding for the rest of my year spent at Martel.
After the initial Training, I moved upstairs into the Design Department, and very quickly got involved in the day to day work that goes on there.

In my year at Martel, I was involved with:
• Research into touch screen technology for future Product Development
• Creation of QR codes for some of the Thermal Printers
• Testing of Prototype Printers built by the Design Team
• Modification of the Datasheets for the Martel Panel Mounted Printers ranges
• Condensed some Datasheets into “1 page flyers” for exhibitions in the USA
• Undertook ‘Competitor Analysis’ for the Martel Commercial Team
• Participated in daily “Design Review” prioritization meetings with the Team
• Made some Customized leaflets to send to the overseas distributors
• Helped Martel with some Chinese Translations

I also did some tasks related directly to my University course, such as:
• Updating of the existing software
• Doing some programming work on the Printer PCB’s.

I really did enjoy my placement year in Martel a lot. Not only did it help me gain employable and technological skills, but also it improved my comprehensive abilities in several areas, such as Self Management, Teamwork, Collaboration, Innovation and Communication.

I would definitely recommend Martel Instruments Ltd to any gap year students looking for a worthwhile, and interesting, work placement, and I look forward to seeing how their range of products develops in the future.

Miss Yatong Wang

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