ELECTRONICS: LEM announced a distribution agreement with Graybar, a provider of related supply chain management and logistics services. As part of this agreement, Graybar will match its customers’ needs with the wireless sub-metering capabilities provided by LEM’s Wireless Local Energy Meter (Wi-LEM) network.
Wi-LEM is quick and easy to install and is a complete sub-metering platform for energy monitoring. The product measures and transmits various electrical parameters through a wireless mesh network. With its compact size, Wi-LEM is suitable for limited cabinet space and is flexible enough to fit anywhere in the cabinet. It is scalable and easy to add additional meters if needed.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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