ELECTRONICS: With the introduction of a new selection of rugged, 1/3N Lithium Battery Holders for surface or through-hole mounting, Keystone Electronics Corp. continues to expand the availability of premium battery holders. These new battery holders are supplied with durable, heat-resistant, UL 94V-0- rated nylon housings ideal for all soldering and reflow operations. The SMT version (Catalog #498) features gold-plated phosphor bronze contacts. The THM version (Catalog #497) incorporates tin-plated phosphor bronze contacts and the heat-resistant nylon housings. The THM types mount directly on PCBs, securely positioned during wave soldering and placement. Both holders accept 1/3N 3-V Cell Lithium batteries from major manufacturers and are part of the company’s continuing growth selection of battery hardware specialties including contacts, holders, retainers and straps in a variety of materials for coin cell, button cell and cylindrical batteries. In addition to a broad line of quality interconnects, hardware and components, the firm maintains an application engineering group which is supported by expert stamping, machining and assembly operations.
Solar and wind energy are becoming more viable as a source of energy on the electric grid. For decades, the major drawback to solar and wind was that they’re temperamental. A cloudy day kills solar and a still day renders the wind turbines useless. Automation tools, however, are providing a path to help these renewables become practical.
In honor of Earth Day, the National Security Agency has launched the STEM Recycling Challenge in Maryland schools to encourage kids to think about where the garbage they throw out every day actually goes. The agency has also introduced “Dunk,” a muscular blue cartoon recycling bin wearing shorts and sneakers.
Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones used to fare quite well in the repairability department, but last year's flagship S5 model took a tumble, scoring a meh-inducing 5/10. Will the newly redesigned S6 lead us back into star-studded territory, or will we sink further into the depths of a repairability black hole?
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