ELECTRONICS:Phoenix Contact’s new high-current connectors use secure ring lug/bolt connection technology to ensure a safe and secure termination. HV connectors are available in a wide range of bolt sizes and allow multi-conductor connection.
The connectors feature an integrated spring lock washer that prevents hexagonal nuts from loosening. Both single and double volt versions are available, with bolts ranging in size from 13 to 16 mm. The connectors are certified to U.S. standards under CSA International for 1000V with a range of electrical current ratings from 50 to 240A.
Two and three-position connection rails are available for power distribution. Configurable partition plates with feed-through windows allow easy mounting of connection bars. Other accessories include touch-safe covers, rugged end brackets and ZB or UC markers.
The HV series supports switchgear and control applications across a wide variety of industries, including the railroad, power and utility markets.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.