SENSORS: The U003 from Innovative Solutions is a compact and low-cost liquid level switch that uses ultrasonic technology to detect the presence of fluid between two piezoelectric crystals sealed within the sensor gap.
The all 316 stainless steel, all solid-state U003 has no moving parts, may be mounted vertically or horizontally, and provides a simple and reliable alternative to float type level controls. It mounts with a standard ¾-inch NPT fitting (optional threaded connections or flanges also available) never needs calibration, can be provided with actuation lengths up to 100 inches from the mount and is available with an NPT male conduit connection, NEMA enclosure or other connector options.
The U003 is offered with a standard current shift output, (8mA “dry”, 16mA “wet”) or a SPDT relay, 0.5A output. The 1-inch diameter stainless probe is easy to clean, fits easily into confined spaces in any orientation and can operate in system pressures up to 800psig.
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.