ELECTRONICS: Tech9 Corp.’s 1A buck-boost dc to dc power converter accepts input ranging from 6 to 70V while output remains constant. The power converter can be ordered in 3V, 5V, 9V, 12V and 15V output models. Other outputs are available on request. These power converters are designed for use in mobile and portable devices in industrial, commercial, medical, military and process control as well as telephone applications. The new power converter offers + 2 percent output voltage tolerance with excellent line and load rejection characteristics (60DB typical). The units are short circuit proof. The power converters can be operated in ambient temperatures as high as 85C. Extended input range down to 4V is available. Extended temperature range is also available.
The company offers power converters with other voltage outputs down to 1.5V dc and other amperage ratings, including 0.5A, 1.5A and 3A and special orders. The power converters are available with or without enclosures, and the enclosures are available with or without flanges. The unit measures 2.13 x 3.27 x 1.21 inches. Add 1 inch for unit with flanges. Distributor/rep inquiries are invited.
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.