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.
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A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
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