Sporting a built-in Ethernet interface, 24 Mbytes of RAM, and a 100-MHz RISC processor, the Phaser 360 color printer from Tektronix costs $3,695. The 800-dpi unit uses solid inks, which users drop into slots and can reload on the fly. Printing rates are 6 full-color pages per minute and up to 5.5 color transparencies per minute--rates the company says exceed those of liquid-ink jets and color laser printers. As an incentive to make the move to color, Tek is offering free black ink indefinitely, which it says will let users create typical color office documents for five cents per page. Another plus: e-mail notification of paper jams, ink low, and paper out. Tektronix Inc.: Product Code 4204
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.