SENSORS: Kavlico’s newly released combined pressure & temperature sensor is for use with the natural refrigerant R744 (C02) for pressure and temperature sensing in mobile air conditioning systems. This rugged, low-cost sensor has a 17-4 PH hermetically sealed, stainless housing. The sense element is based upon Kavlico’s patented TiON (Titanium OxyNitride) thin film technology which is capable of withstanding high media temperatures. The sensor’s high operating pressure range of 0 to150 Bar with a proof pressure of 210 Bar and a burst pressure of 320 Bar is well-suited for this demanding application. The operating process media temperature range is -40 to 180C, while the ambient operating temperature is -40 to 135C. Highly stable and accurate, the sensor can be specified with either an analog, SPI, LIN2.0 or CANbus output. The sensor tolerates high vibration environments and has built-in reverse polarity protection, as well as over-voltage protection.
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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