DIRAK Inc. (Chantilly, VA) has developed a new padlockable "L-Handle with defeater," whose design offers a keyed cylinder barrel or slotted-insert access mechanism as well as a padlock. The automatic defeater, which closes and locks the handle without any secondary latching operation on the part of the user, provides security even in the absence of a padlock. The padlockable L-Handle targets indoor and outdoor enclosure applications in industries requiring restricted access—including networking, telecommunications, medical, food equipment, HVAC, and industrial machinery. For more information, visit www.dirak.com.
California State University, Chico was the first school in California to offer an ABET-accredited degree program in mechatronic engineering. Now its California Mechatronics Center works with industry on machinery, robotics, and surveillance vehicles.
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