A wide gap optical emitter-sensor pair from TT electronics Optek Technology operates efficiently over distances up to 12 inches in harsh industrial environments.
The RoHS-compliant, panel mount parts fit in a 12mm (0.473 inch) hole. “The emitter and sensor housings are color-coded and the components are easily panel mounted with standard connector fittings," says Roland Chapa, assemblies business unit director at Optek of Carrollton, TX, during the introduction at National Manufacturing Week.The 935 nm LED has a maximum continuous forward DC current of 40mA, a reverse voltage of 2V, and power dissipation of 100mW. The on-state collector current for the phototransistor is 1.8mA or higher. Its operating temperature is -40C to +85C. Pricing starts at $16.98 each in quantities of 1,000. Customized versions are available.
An optical emitter-sensor pair from Optek works efficiently over distances up to a foot.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.