All winter long, Robert basks in tropical temperatures right at home in upstate New York—thanks to an ignition timer system he designed for his ancient (1928) but efficient hot water boiler. At startup, the timer keeps the ignition on for 90 seconds while the burner comes to temperature. Tolerant of line noise and sags, it's designed to restart in the event of a line interruption longer than one second. Click here for details.
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Applied Research Associates has delivered several of its Pointman Tactical Robots to the CBP in Tucson, which the agency is using to explore drainage tunnels that run between Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Mexico. These tunnels are out of sight from border surveillance and are increasingly being used for illegal activity.