MOTION CONTROL: Honeywell’s new line of handlebar controls meet off-road vehicle manufacturers’ desire for controls that are easily customized, incur low upfront tooling costs, enhance safety and increase design flexibility. The new 1080HD Series provide off-the-shelf, SAE spec-qualified handlebar controls that provide a greater number of functions per package volume and are easily configured in different ways. With little up-front investment for the OEM, Honeywell’s platform approach creates a customized right- or left-hand control in a cost-efficient, qualified handlebar control to support short OEM product design cycles. The 1080HD Series offers enhanced safety through an optional runaway prevention switch and through a smaller form factor that enables easier user access to critical vehicle functions. To meet additional requirements for design flexibility and aesthetic differentiation, Honeywell developed three patent-pending designs that can be applied to the new handlebar controls.
The company says it anticipates high-definition video for home security and other uses will be the next mature technology integrated into the IoT domain, hence the introduction of its MatrixCam devkit.
Siemens and Georgia Institute of Technology are partnering to address limitations in the current additive manufacturing design-to-production chain in an applied research project as part of the federally backed America Makes program.
Independent science safety company Underwriters Laboratories is providing new guidance for manufacturers about how to follow the latest IEC standards for implementing safety features in programmable logic controllers.
Automakers are adding greater digital capabilities to their design and engineering activities to promote collaboration among staff and suppliers, input consumer feedback, shorten product development cycles, and meet evolving end-use needs.
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