The Texas Instruments Sensors & Controls group has introduced a low-cost, hermetically sealed pressure transducer/transmitter, available in both 4-20 mA or voltage outputs. With electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) protection at levels to 100 V/m, the transducer also features vibration tolerance rated at 20g (up to 1 kHz), a wide operating temperature range of -40 to 135C, and pressure ranges from 50 to 750 psi. Applications include medical systems monitoring and pneumatics, HVAC regulators and compressors, pumps and flow systems used in process industries, and hydraulics for off-road vehicles. For more TI S&C products, go to www.tisensors.com.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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