ELECTRONICS: Dietz Models 170D and 171D Low Differential Pressure Switches are now manufactured exclusively by World Magnetics. These heavy-duty designs are ideal for use in construction equipment, marine and rail transportation applications, mining equipment, and a wide range of challenging industrial process applications. Dietz switches combine extremely low pressure actuation and rugged construction to deliver precise and repeatable performance in harsh environments. A highly resistant epoxy finish provides protection where corrosive fumes or acids are present, such as in chemical plants, plating rooms, and sewage treatment plants. The Dietz Model 171D is vibration resistant, and conforms to MIL-STD-167-1 and MIL-STD-901-D.
A number of models with factory set actuation points ranging from 0.05 inch H2O (Model 171D) to 40.0 inch H2O are available.
In addition, World Magnetics manufactures a variety of Dietz pressure switches with actuation points that range from 0.7 inch H2O to 415.6 inch H2O. All feature heavy-duty steel, brass, or aluminum housings and mountings for reliable performance in extreme environments. The product line also includes Dietz airflow switches designed to guard against equipment damage from blower failure or air passage obstruction.
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.