SENSORS: The newly issued “POSIWIRE® Cable ExtensionPosition Sensors WS” catalog includes a comprehensive overview of ASM’s entire range of cable extension or “string pot” sensors for position measurement ranges between 4 inches and 197 ft. These linear sensors offer compact design, quick installation and reliable operation. They are ideally suited for industrial, instrumentation, heavy duty or offshore applications. These string pot sensors are available with several types of analog outputs as well as absolute and incremental digital outputs including SAE J1939 CAN bus. These sensors feature linearity up to ± 0.01 percent full scale and enclosure ratings up to IP 68 and IP69K for extreme environmental conditions. The complete catalog is now available for order and can be downloaded online at www.asmsensors.com.
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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