Swiss company Schurter Inc. released its new high-current appliance inlets with PCB (printed circuit board) mounting capabilities. The new inlet, series 1601, follows IEC/EN 60320-1, C20 standards and is the first of Schurterís to incorporate PCB mounting.
The 1601-X-4460-A-20 has an additional quick-connect terminal that extends 6.3 mm from the ground pin, and the 1601-X-4460-A-29 has additional quick connects from the line and neutral pins. The live parts on the outside are a copper alloy, the pins are nickel-plated and the terminals are tin-plated. The 1601 has a flame-resistant thermoplastic body and is approved for UL and CSA at 21A/250 VAC and ENEC at 16A/250 VAC.
The amount of plastic clogging the ocean continues to grow. Some startling, not-so-good news has come out recently about the roles plastic is playing in the ocean, as well as more heartening news about efforts to collect and reuse it.
Some of our culture's most enduring robots appeared in the 80s. The Aliens series produced another evil android, and we saw light robot fare in the form of Short Circuit. Two of the great robots of all time also showed up: The Terminator and RoboCop.
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