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Daisy Data Digest

Continuing our collaboration with HazardEx magazine, here is a summary of the various Daisy Data articles we have on our site.

Part of the Daisy Chain – A brief description of the various sectors Daisy Data works with, including videos showcasing their processes, and some of their products.

Finding NEMA – A Guide to Hazard Ratings.

And take a look at this page, dedicated to Daisy Data Displays on the HazardEx website.

The August edition of the HazardEx magazine is available now.

Daisy Data is a long standing manufacturer of industrial computer equipment, designed for hard wearing and rugged conditions. They are ideal for use on drilling platforms, or military vessels, to name but two examples. As standard we only have available in our store the keyboards offered by Daisy Data. The reason for this is because the PCs have far too many options to keep a regular stock.

If you would like to discuss an industrial PC, please do not hesitate to contact us. Daisy Data can accommodate many requirements, covering both hardware and software.

The Paperless Jigsaw Puzzle

Going paperless is no easy task; here at Steadlands, we have some products which could help you achieve these goals:


Diktamen Digital Dictation and Document Management

Diktamen improve patient care with both desktop and mobile data input interfaces, these enable physicians to dictate and use simple actions with natural speech to manage complex diagnostic workflows of Hospital Information Systems for secure and faultless real time patient document creation. They reviewed the big picture of patient data production and as a result, they changed everything. They started by changing the way clinicians could record notes by pairing their desktop interface with their native mobile applications. They then changed the way the patient data is transcribed by giving device and location independence with the cloud. And lastly, they changed the way management oversees production of data by delivering more control over the workflow and resources.

Benefits Include:
• Healthcare organizations can streamline the production of patient data while saving time and money
• Data entered directly into hospital information systems
• Manage their resources more efficiently
• Healthcare professionals can put of their time towards patient care rather than paperwork.
• The patients are the major beneficiaries of our software as they are getting more accurate and up-to-date records sooner than ever before.

Electronic Signatures

Electronic Signature Devices and Software

Steadlands have been providing Electronic Signature products for around 20 years. We offer expert advice and we only provide solutions which offer legally binding, biometric signatures to ensure the legality of the signature being added to your important documents. According to the press, some web-based Electronic Signature solutions have been hacked recently. Our solutions use encrypted technology which provides extremely high security. Whether you are signing out medication internally, or you are having patients sign for medication or treatment we can help. We offer hardware and software support on site at no additional charge.

Benefits Include:
• Legally-binding Electronic Signatures which can be used in the courtroom
• Flexible software and hardware options
• Time, money and storage savings from the very start
• Desktop and Mobile Solutions available


At Steadlands, we like to make sure that the product you are choosing is right for you, product demonstrations are available.

If you have any questions on any of the above products please email [email protected] or call 01670 361 261

For Your Hazardous Computing Needs


Steadlands have teamed up with HazardEx, a leading magazine in the field of hazardous environments and industrial computing, to bring Daisy Data to the attention of all their readers.

We have an advertisement placed in their magazine. Read their magazine online, here. You will find our ad on page 11.

And take a look at this page, dedicated to Daisy Data Displays on the HazardEx website.


Road Safety Hits The Road

Steadlands relationship and representation of Luxembourgish automotive technology pioneers, IEE, spans for over over 20 years.

It really is an honour to represent a company involved in new, up and coming safety technologies for the motor industry.

On the 25 and 26 April 2017, we hosted the IEE Technology Roadshow at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

This event will always be special to me, my first ever day at Steadlands was setting up the original roadshow and learning about IEE’s products and innovations back in 2015.

It was amazing to come back, this time armed with plenty of key contacts and product knowledge, being competent at presenting products instead of feeling a little out of my depth and anxious.

Having so much know-how for technology and commercial commodities in one room is rare and very useful for clients and potential clients alike.

The idea of the Technology Roadshow is to invite contacts from all UK car manufacturers to come down to the Roadshow to view not only current trending technologies, but also to get a glimpse into what is coming soon.

This time IEE were accompanied by MSL, one of their manufacturing partners. MSL are based in France and produce parts solely for the automotive sector.

We had Radar, Gesture Recognition, 3D and 2D camera, Capacitive and heat products on show amongst others, featuring two amazing demonstrator cars which our clients were more than impressed with.

Some of the other guys and myself even managed to spend a short amount of time in the Museum itself, learning about the history of British Motor Vehicles and taking a few photos of some of the amazing exhibits on show.  The highlights for me were the V6 Austin Metro Group B Rally Car from 1984 and 16 of serious car collector James Hull’s collection including an amazing John Coombs Jaguar E-Type from the 1960’s.  It really is an amazing venue and a must for anyone interested in motoring.


For further information on IEE’s products or Steadlands, please visit or email me: [email protected]

What Is a Thermoelectric Cooler?

Before we can go into detail about what a Thermoelectric Cooler is and does, we need to take a quick history lesson.

The thermoelectric phenomenon behind TEC technology was first discovered by a French physicist and meteorologist named Jean Peltier. This Peltier effect is such that whenever a direct current is passed through the circuit of different conductors, heat is either absorbed or released at the conductors’ junctions, depending on the current’s polarity. The amount of heat generated or absorbed is proportional to the current that is passed through the conductors.

Thanks to work completed by Russian academic, A.F. Iotte and his colleagues, semiconducting alloys were created, allowing us to apply the Peltier effect in practise, and begin full scale production of thermoelectric refrigerating devices for wide use in various fields of industry.

The basic thermoelectric cooler unit is a thermocouple consisting of p- and n-type semiconductor elements, or pellets. Copper commutation tabs are used to interconnect pellets that are traditionally made of a Bismuth Telluride-based alloy.

So, your typical thermoelectric cooler consists of thermocouples connected electrically in series and sandwiched between two Aluminium Oxide ceramic plates. The number of thermocouples will vary greatly, ranging from several elements to hundreds of units. This allows Kryotherm to construct a thermoelectric cooler with a desired cooling capacity ranging from fractions of a Watt, through to hundreds of Watts.

When a direct current moves across a thermoelectric cooler (also called a Peltier cooler), it causes a difference in temperature between the two sides of the thermoelectric cooler. This results in one side being cooled (the ‘cold’ side), and the other being heated (the ‘hot’ side). If the heat generated on the ‘hot’ side of the thermoelectric cooler is dissipated properly through the use of heatsinks, then the temperature of the ‘cold’ side will be a lot colder than the ambient room temperature, by a factor of up to dozens of degrees.

Kryotherm’s TECs are even used in the creation of satellites, to help protect delicate machinery from the cold of space.

Kryotherm single stage thermoelectric coolers allows for temperature difference of 74-76 degrees Kelvin. For greater differences, multi stage thermoelectric coolers are used. For example, the maximum temperate difference of one of the serial Kryotherm thermoelectric coolers is 140 degrees Kelvin.

Part of the Daisy Chain

For over three decades, Daisy Data Displays has been one of the leading manufacturers of toughened or ruggedized computer hardware. Over the years since they were founded, they have spread their reach over four key sectors.


Rugged computers designed to meet MIL-STDs, as well as related standards for temperature variance and shock resistance, these machines are built for military or marine applications. The various models are available off the shelf, but can also be customised, just the way you want it.

Oil and Gas

Daisy Data’s industrial computers delivery the critical performance necessary to keep oil and gas operations running smoothly. Daisy Data personnel work closely with their counterparts in the oil and gas industry to ensure that their ruggedized computers and displays operate efficiently and safely on offshore rigs and remote pipeline operations.

Food and Pharmaceutical

Daisy Data Displays provide food and pharmaceutical companies with computers and displays that have been independently tested and certified for use in aseptic areas, and other hazardous locations. They are specifically designed to withstand corrosive chemicals used in decontamination processes. Oversized touchscreen displays allow operators to collect data more accurately, and experience seamless process control.

Flight Simulation

The flight simulation industry uses Daisy Data’s computers and displays for training purposes. They rely on features such as integrated touchscreens, or impact-resistant viewing windows. The industry has even gone so far as to utilize some NVIA-compatible displays, for use with night vision goggles.

It doesn’t really matter which industry you are in though, Daisy Data Displays will work closely with you to solve problems you might be facing by manufacturing industrial computing solutions that not only fit your needs, but are also intrinsically safe, and meet specific standards and certifications, including MIL-STD, FM/UL, ISO 9001, and IECEx QAR.


If you are not sure what all these hazard ratings mean, check out one of our other articles, Finding NEMA, by clicking on this link.

Davies Molding Dailies

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Davies Molding make daily announcements through social media. We will select some of the best and periodically include them here on the Steadlands website.

Davies Molding Goes Metric!

First and foremost, by popular demand, Davies Molding have expanded their capabilities and are introducing metric measurements to complement the imperial measurements already available. This is now spreading across their products, and will eventually cover the majority of their product ranges.


Get A Grip!

Davies Molding announce the expansion of their range of Two Point Pull Handles. Molded with a glass reinforced Nylon substrate and a Thermoplastic Elastomer rubber (TPE) overmold to provide extra comfort and style, they also have a non-slip comfortable grip that is both durable, and scratch-resistant.

New support for this range means they are now available in multiple centre-to-centre dimensions, and come in six colours.

Davies Molding Handles


Keep Your Distance!

Davies Molding has launched the SH1000 series, a durable and versatile range of insulating stand off spacers capable of withstanding up to 130°C. The series has multiple combinations of male and female inserts, and is available at a variety of spacing lengths, to fit whatever gap you need.

These standoffs consist of molded-in metal inserts with a Nylon UL94 V-2 hexagon spacer body. This hybrid design produces higher tensile/shear strength, and exceptional insulation. As mentioned earlier, it can handle temperatures of up to 130°C. With the default components in this range, the spacing gap can be between 10mm and 85mm.

Davies Molding SH1000

Davies Molding are world leaders in molded solutions, and offer a range of products including handles and spacers like those mentioned here, as well as control and clamping knobs, enclosures, containers, and more. For more information on these, or any of Davies Molding‘s products, please call us on (+44) (0) 1670 361261, or email Jimmy by clicking here.


Paper-Lite NHS – How Can We Help?

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In this time of austerity, especially where the NHS are concerned, what can be done to help reduce costs? Aiming for a paper-lite NHS could be a good start.

With an esignature pad on their desk, and Diktamen installed on their PCs or mobiles, doctors will see an increase in their productivity, meaning they can deal with patients without having to constantly stop to type up notes, and without having to deal with printers for prescription slips.

Unsure what esignatures are? Find out here.

Instead, any notes the doctor wishes to make will be made verbally, with Diktamen whisking away their words to a transcription team who will type them up and apply them to the correct patient file; and any letter or prescription that needs to be signed can be dealt with electronically, allowing for faster communication between the doctors and the pharmacists, or the doctors and their patients, since letters and prescriptions can now be emailed to their final destination, instead of having to rely on the postal service, or sending out a member of staff in their car.

Learn more about Diktamen here.

Our esignature solutions could also be installed at the pharmacists, meaning that any prescriptions can now be created, sent, dispensed, and signed by both doctor and patient, all electronically. This completely cuts out printing costs, and increases the speed at which a prescription can be dispensed.

All of our esignature solutions are legally binding, capable of being held up as evidence in court. Click here to learn more about esignatures and their legality.

So not only would a paper-lite NHS make life easier for your doctors, and the pharmacists, but streamlining the care process will also mean your patients are happier and, we hope, healthier.

If you are still unsure if this is the right path for you to take, might I recommend you take a look at one of our other articles – The Paper-Lite Office? It goes into a bit more detail about why you should consider reducing your paper usage.

eSignature Verification – ePad/IntegriSign

Say you’ve used an ePad-Ink to sign a Word document. What do you then do for esignature verification?

The signature is now bound to the spreadsheet, and will be able to verify whichever worksheets were selected for authentication.  If you double click on the signature, it will tell you if the document is verified (and thus has not been altered), or if the document has been altered at all, in which case, the signature is invalidated.

IntegriSign eSignature Verification 1


If a spreadsheet has been altered, the esignature verification will be invalidated. You can tell at a glance is the signature is valid or not. If invalid, it appears with a cross through the signature, like so.

IntegriSign eSignature Verification 2

If a signature is invalidated, you cannot remove the invalidation by removing the changes made. Once invalidated, it is always invalidated.

Give Doctors the help they need to keep our health service listed among the best in the world.


At a time when public spending is decreasing, and the NHS is in the middle of a crisis, why should you think about investing in something new? What could possibly save you enough time or money to make it worthwhile?

The answer is Diktamen.

Diktamen is a digital dictation tool that installs onto your smartphone or PC, and links whatever you dictate into it through to a team of transcribers who will take what you say, and apply it your Hospital Information System.

This will free your user from their keyboard, allowing them to spend that time focused on the most important aspect of their job – their patient. What’s more, Diktamen is simple to install and use, meaning you don’t need to worry about your IT being out of action for long while the software is configured, and you don’t need excessive or expensive training so your staff can use it.

Diktamen also works on the go, meaning it is just as simple for Doctors to update the records of patients they need to visit at home, as it is to update those who visit the surgery. Thanks to the Diktamen system, there is no delay in having these mobile notes added to the transcription queue.

As soon as your dictation is complete, it enters the transcription queue, where it will be assigned to a transcriber depending on how busy the system is, and the priority of the document. You can even use the Diktamen app to keep track of your note’s progress towards the Hospital Information System.

Diktamen’s transcription service is just as important to the success of this program as is its app. Not only can it be used to streamline your own in-house transcription process to make it more efficient, but also offers on-demand access to an outsourced transcription team to help manage and eliminate overflow or backlog queues. Even the outsourcing is handled in-house, with your doctors deciding exactly how long it is acceptable for a document or note to stay in the transcription queue before being automatically outsourced.

Because we understand how important it is to properly allocate resources within the healthcare system, we offer a bespoke service that will provide a solution that has been tailored specifically for your organization, complete with system monitoring tools.

Removal of unnecessary features means that we limit any excess costs that would normally be associated with a more bloated piece of software, and also means we can provide you with higher quality and more comprehensive workflow documentation. This will allow your administrators to examine the system, identify potential flaws or bottlenecks, and make appropriate changes to counter them.

This system is already seeing use across 200 organisations in Europe, with over 14,000 users. Now, Diktamen is coming to the UK, where it is time for a rethink in the way our surgeries work. Please contact Jimmy Craik for more details.