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.
Two researchers from Cornell University have won a $100,000 grant from NASA to continue work to develop an energy-harvesting robotic eel the space agency aims to use to explore oceans on one of the moons of Jupiter.
Is the factory smarter than it used to be? From recent buzzwords, you’d think we’ve entered a new dimension in industrial plants, where robots run all physical functions wirelessly and humans do little more than program ever more capable robotics. Some of that is actually true, but it’s been true for a while.
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