ELECTRONICS: Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. is now stocking C&K Components’ ELUM Series switches. Designed to eliminate the need for separate LEDs and light pipes on printed circuit boards, these switches feature a 6 mm profile and are available in through-hole and surface-mount configurations. The ELUM features silver- or gold-plated contacts that range in ratings from 0.01 to 250mA and from 20mV to 50V dc. The latching version (push-push) can be specified for switching functions such as mode select and power on/off, while the momentary version is ideal for test, reset and notification functions. The ELUM Series device is one of the only push-button switches designed so the LED travels with the actuator, ensuring even distribution of light. The compact design saves space on the PC board, enabling product miniaturization and greater onboard functionality. ELUM Series switches are RoHS-compliant and compatible with high-speed reflow soldering processes. The 30,000-cycle life expectancy makes the push-button devices ideal for telecom, industrial, medical, automotive and consumer electronics applications.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.