Built for low to medium-volume electrical production environments, this instrument combines seven different electrical safety tests into one compact unit. It can be used both as a simple manual tester or with varying degrees of automatic test sequencing. It has on-screen user instructions and a QWERT keypad, and can perform insulation resistance, flash/hipot, earth/ground bond, leakage, short-to-line and run/load tests. They are all individually user selectable, and results from up to 6,000 tests can be stored in the instrument's internal memory. It includes special safety interlocks and protection routines, and there are a number of available test station accessories, including warning beacons. There is also an optional safety label printer available to make test bags, labels and test reports.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Microchip recently released the 3D TouchPad, the first USB PC Peripheral device that couples 2D multi-touch input with 3D air gesture technology. The company seeks the help of developers to further enhance the capabilities of the technology.
To give engineers a better idea of the range of resins and polymers available as alternatives to other materials, this Technology Roundup presents several articles on engineering plastics that can do the job.
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