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.
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.