NKK Switches is doing its part to save engineers time. The manufacturer of electromechanical switches just announced single-click access to 3-D CAD models for the majority of its switches and pushbuttons to be available on electronics component distributor Digi-Key’s Web site. The benefit to engineers, according to NKK, is the ability to easily integrate part number-specific models directly from the Digi-Key product Web pages directly into product designs. NKK claims to be the first switch manufacturer and only one of two electronics components makers to implement this capability on the Digi-Key Web site.
NKK’s library of 3-D CAD models, which is powered by PARTsolutions, contains more than 500,000 switch models, and Digi-Key will have 3-D CAD models for the majority of the project line, including the popular programmable OLED switches and displays. The NKK 3-D CAD models, available in over 85 native and neutral CAD and graphics formats, let engineers configure components with the right sizes, features and colors they desire, and the system creates high-quality, native CAD data (including accurate NKK part numbers), which can then be downloaded by the engineer.
According to a study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, one of the factors in the collapse of the original World Trade Center towers on Sept. 11, 2001, was the reduction in the yield strength of the steel reinforcement as a result of the high temperatures of the fire and the loss of thermal insulation.
Robots are getting more agile and automation systems are becoming more complex. Yet the most impressive development in robotics and automation is increased intelligence. Machines in automation are increasingly able to analyze huge amounts of data. They are often able to see, speak, even imitate patterns of human thinking. Researchers at European Automation
call this deep learning.
The promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) is that devices, gadgets, and appliances we use every day will be able to communicate with one another. This potential is not limited to household items or smartphones, but also things we find in our yard and garden, as evidenced by a recent challenge from the element14 design community.
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