APEM Components Inc. is showcasing its innovative Q-Series of LED indicators, at National Manufacturing Week. The Q-Series is intended for industrial panels, panel indicators, and automation equipment and instrumentation applications in a variety of industries. They come with optional bicolor, tricolor and flashing LED’s, solder lug/quick-connect terminals, wire terminations and 200-mm elongated wires. Package sizes are offered in 6-, 8- and 14-mm sizes. Bezel styles include prominent, recessed and flush, and bezel finishes include bright chrome, black chrome and satin grey. Integral resistors allow for direct connection to 12V dc, 12V ac/dc, 24V dc, 24V ac/dc, 110V ac and 220V ac. Additional specifications include viewing angle ranging from 70 to 100 degrees (depending on model), a life expectancy of 100,000 hours, and operating temperatures of -40 to +85C. APEM Components
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
If you see a hitchhiker along the road in Canada this summer, it may not be human. That’s because a robot is thumbing its way across our neighbor to the north as part of a collaborative research project by several Canadian universities.
SpaceX has 3D printed and successfully hot-fired a SuperDraco engine chamber made of Inconel, a high-performance superalloy, using direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). The company's first 3D-printed rocket engine part, a main oxidizer valve body for the Falcon 9 rocket, launched in January and is now qualified on all Falcon 9 flights.
Stanford University researchers have found a way to realize what’s been called the “Holy Grail” of battery-design research -- designing a pure lithium anode for lithium-based batteries. The design has great potential to provide unprecedented efficiency and performance in lithium-based batteries that could substantially drive down the cost of electric vehicles and solve the charging problems associated with smartphones.
UK researchers have come up with a method for machining aerospace-grade, carbon fiber-reinforced composites, along with high-strength aerospace alloys, using an ultrasonically assisted machining device. It also works on high-strength aerospace alloys.
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