APEM recently introduced its MT Series of toggle switches. The new environmentally sealed switch functions as a rocker or rotary switch. The switch is IP68 rated and is available in two or three positions.
The MT series toggle switches feature silver- or gold-plated brass contacts and an 11/16 threaded bushing. The switches also feature a rating of 3A at 250V AC or 6A at 125V AC for an expected 50,000 cycles over their life and 0.4 VA at 20V DC for an expected 100,000 cycles over their life.
Applications include portable handheld devices such as radio remote controls. The switches are suitable for medical, security, marine, military, transportation and agricultural industries. The MT series switches come in either a standard chrome finish or a matte black finish. Pricing is not defined yet but will be approximately $20 per switch at item one.
Wal-Mart will hold its second Made in the USA Open Call July 7-8, at its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The event will be a repeat effort by the world’s biggest seller of consumer goods to increase the amount of US-made products it sells in Wal-Mart stores, in Sam’s Club members-only wholesale outlets, and on walmart.com.
From design feasibility, to development, to production, having the right information to make good decisions can ultimately keep a product from failing validation. The key is highly focused information that doesn’t come from conventional, statistics-based tests but from accelerated stress testing.
There’s a good chance that a few of the things mentioned here won't fully come to fruition in 2015 but rather much later down the line. However, as Malcolm X once said, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today."
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