Anaheim, CA -- Phoenix Contact introduced its new online
selection and design software, called Combicon Select, at Wescon this week. The
service helps designers choose printed circuit board terminal blocks, and
provides them with downloadable 2D or 3D layout data that is ready to import
into their CAD designs via DXF, IGES, STEP, and VRML.
The service aims to help customers save design, production, and
installation time, says Greg Jerrehian, Product Manager. Engineers can use the
software online, or on CD-ROM. One benefit to the online approach is that it is
A series of menu choices walks users through the current, voltage,
pin spacing and position, conductor connection system, and direction and type of
mounting in order to narrow down the available options. Once a user finds the
product needed, he or she can download a solid model of it with just a click.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.