Omnetics’ circular connectors, often used for military and aerospace applications, are now also being used in the medical field. According to the company, the connectors are being applied to medical components and applications including catheters, cochlear implant hearing aides and blood perfusion monitors. The shrouded circular connectors come in a variety of sizes and pin configurations, ranging from 5 to 27 pins, and are D-shaped to prevent connector mismatching.
The connectors are available off the shelf or with custom configuration. “You can use the standard plastic enclosing or we can take that standard assembly and put it in a metal housing,” says Paul Reighard, design engineer for Omnetics. “We have our COTS (Commercial Off The Shelf) program where we provide our 5- to 27-pin connectors, which are available as golden cups, straight tail or pre-wired.”
Omnetics has also started to develop circular nano-connectors, which are set to be available in the fall.
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.