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.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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