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.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diegoís Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a personís sweat.
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