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.
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. Iíve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
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