One product seen at Wescon 2000 last week in Anaheim, CA was
eye-catching in more ways than one. The IS series of programmable switches from
NKK Switches (Scottsdale, AZ) features an LCD display built into the push-button
switch tops. In response to inputs on several such switches on a panel, the
display on each pushbutton can change the text/pictorial message it displays as
well as its background color (red, green, orange, blue, and pink).
The overall number of switches on a panel can thus be reduced
while furnishing touch-screen-like functionality, allowing users to walk through
menus, functions, and options. Applications range from control panels to
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.