As an occasional installer of alarm systems, David covered a lot of ground testing the integrity of the four-conductor cables commonly used as wiring. Each wire has four conductors and must be checked for shorts and opens. To cut down on all of the back and forth, he built a simple voltage divider that sends a different voltage down three of the wires with respect to the fourth one—requiring only a single trip to the panel for each wire. Low resistor values ensure the 9V battery isn't killed if the wires are shorted.
At the Design News webinar on June 27, learn all about aluminum extrusion: designing the right shape so it costs the least, is simplest to manufacture, and best fits the application's structural requirements.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.