ELECTRONICS: Lamar Lighting’s new AVR series of advanced vandal resistant luminaires are constructed of heavy gauge extruded aluminum with cast aluminum end caps, which fully envelope the .156 thick extruded polycarbonate linear ribbed clear diffuser. Parts are powder coated in a durable matte white finish and the lens is retained by recessed tamper resistant set screws. The AVR series is available in 2-4 ft lengths, and can accommodate up to three T5 or T8 lamps. To maximize energy savings, two lamp units are available with Lamar Lighting’s Occusmart HF technology incorporating a fully concealed motion detector, capable of sensing motion even when mounted behind the diffuser. When equipped with Occusmart HF, units can be either bi-level or full on/off, with daylight hold off option. The AVR is the industry’s first truly vandal resistant bi-level sensor equipped luminaire.
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.