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 Schurter’s 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.
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
The word “smart” is becoming the dumbest word around. It has been applied to almost every device and system in our homes. In addition to smartphones and smart meters, we now hear about smart clothing and smart shoes, smart lights, smart homes, smart buildings, and every trendy city today has its smart city project. Just because it has a computer inside and is connected to the Web, does not mean it is smart.
Are you being paid enough? Do you want a better job? According to a recent survey Manpower released just before Engineers Week, employers and engineers don't see eye-to-eye about the state of US engineers' skills and experience.
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