ELECTRONICS: Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corp. now stocks Stackpole Electronics’ RNCS series of passivated Nichrome chip resistors, a low-cost alternative for expensive and hard-to-find tantalum nitride chip resistors. Digi-Key is stocking the most commonly used values of this series in sizes 0603, 0805 and 1206 packaged on 1K reels. These products are also available in cut tape quantities. A smaller quantity can also be ordered for same-day shipment on a custom Digi-Reel®. The RNCS series employs a special manufacturing process to ensure high precision, ultra-stable performance and long life in the harshest environments. In moisture comparison testing, the lead-free and RoHS-compliant RNCS series outperformed Nichrome chip resistors and demonstrated the anti-corrosive claims characterized by tantalum nitride resistor products.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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