ELECTRONICS: TURCK’s new A-Size 3- and 4-pin 7/8 16UN powerfastTM connectors provide up to 600V and 15A of power in a time-saving, modular wiring design. These IP67-rated connectors are manufactured to handle high-current applications for machine power distribution, while delivering resistance to vibration commonly associated with conveyors, motors and material handling applications. A-Size powerfast connectors are available in cordsets with tray-rated, exposed run PVC flexlife® cable, which provides durability and high performance on fast-paced production lines. These cordsets are additionally offered with or without STOOW rating and feature 14 AWG wires that allow users to replace hardwiring with a robust, quick disconnect system. This design saves significant installation time and money versus traditional conduit systems. TURCK’s A-Size powerfast line offers male and female, straight connectors, standard and custom lengths, and pigtails or extensions.
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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