ELECTRONICS: Johnson Electric introduces Ledex® B12 Series Box Frame Solenoids. At just 2.0 (50.8 mm) x 1.25 inches (31.75 mm) the B12 are the company’s most compact linear open frame solenoids available to date. They are specifically engineered to fit where space is at a premium and to provide fast actuation times and high performance in applications where battery powered operation may be required. Pull versions are standard; push versions are also available.
B12 Series box frame solenoids weigh just 0.3 oz. (8.5 g), provide dielectric strength of 500 VRMS for one second with holding force of 7.7 oz. (2.1 N) at 20C, and provide 100 percent continuous duty cycle operation at 20C ambient temperature. A magnetically latching version will be launched later in 2010.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
PowerStream is deploying the microgrid at its headquarters to demonstrate how people can generate and distribute their own energy and make their homes and businesses more sustainable through renewables.
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