ELECTRONICS:C&K Components is now providing OEM customers with complete packaged switch solutions. For applications in the automotive, consumer electronics, medical, marine and other industries, C&K is supplying the complete module including the switch, fully-decorated face surface with painted and laser-etched buttons and company graphics, as well as wire harnessing.In the automotive industry, C&K has developed a complete module for automatic shifters for simplified integration into the application in a number of automobiles. In this instance, C&K’s solution can be carried from platform to platform, easily integrating into each vehicle.
In the consumer electronics arena, C&K has developed a complete module for a Satellite-Navigation software company consisting of four tactile switches with uniform backlighting, with one of the switches recessed to prevent accidental actuation. The end product included a device with a fully decorated face surface, including painted and laser-etched buttons and company logo graphics, with a wire harness to plug into the receiver box, thus providing a complete module and solving a major challenge for the customer.
In the medical and marine industries, C&K has developed complete modules for electronic staple counting mechanisms and a solution to replace a mercury float switch that included a connector and gasket in a sealed module, respectively.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.