MOTION CONTROL: AutomationDirect has added supplementary circuit breaker terminal blocks and sockets to its Dinnector line of terminal blocks and accessories. The blocks are available in ¼ to 10A sizes and are sold in packs of 20. Terminal block sockets, available in 12 and 24V models with or without LED indicators, are sold in packs of 50. Also available are disconnect terminal blocks in 12 and 24V models. Sold in packs of 50, disconnect terminal blocks start at $74.25. Disconnect knife blades are available in packs of 50 for $21.50.
A new series of single and double level plug-in style terminal blocks are sold in packages with 32 blocks and four pin protectors. Prices start at $31 for single-level and $45.75 for double-level block packages. New accessories available include end covers, spacers, pin protectors and marking tags, as well as two-pole and three-pole jumpers. Thermocouple terminal blocks have been added in 50 and 300V models. Sold in packs of 50, thermocouple terminal blocks start at $119.
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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