ELECTRONICS: ITT Interconnect Solutions‘ APD Series plastic circular connectors are now specified for use in wheeled armored vehicles. A leading global manufacturer and supplier of connectors, interconnects and cable assemblies, ITT’s APD Series connectors were originally designed to meet the automotive DIN 72585 (now ISO 15170) specification, and are now being specified for use in wheeled armored vehicle applications where military qualifications aren’t required.
ITT’s APD Series circular plastic connectors are lightweight, cost effective, easy to assembly and offer the additional security of a secondary locking system for high pin counts. The connectors are capable of handling up to 48V and are available in a wide range of layouts ranging from 1 to 51 contacts. The APD Series connectors feature high vibration resistance and are sealed to IP67/IP69K ratings. Specified to ISO 15170 standards, the connectors are offered with stamped or machined contacts, along with mechanical and color coding.
Typical pricing for the APD Series circular connectors ranges from $5 to $25 per mated pair. Lead time is six weeks.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
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?
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.