For electronic enclosures that require the tightest access control— like those found in data centers—EMKA Inc. (www.emkausa.com) has added a cell-phone alarm feature to its electronic locking and monitoring (ELM) system. It can now send an alert by cell phone whenever the enclosure is opened or closed. It can also alert users to other conditions, such as internal temperature.
Most machine design engineers will survey existing component manufacturers for standard linear guide products, limiting what they can do with their designs. Using extruded aluminum profile guides can customize machine designs while shrinking the bill of materials.
Practically all electronic devices today contain metals that may
be coming from conflict-ravaged African countries. And political pressures will increasingly influence how these minerals are sourced and used in products.
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