Snaptron Inc. has developed a new metal tactile dome switch that features dual switching properties. This patent-pending DT Series switch allows users to apply low-level force to engage one switch function and a greater force to engage the second. According to Snaptron, the switches, using IntelliTac technology, boast over 5 million cycles per piece.
The DT06180 is a 6-mm contact switch requiring 120g of force for the first connection and 180g for the second. The DT08400, an 8.5-mm contact switch, requires 280g of force for the first connection and 400g for the second. Snaptron Inc. recently added 10- and 12-mm pieces to the line.
Applications for these switches include still and video cameras, camcorders, camera phones, electro-medical devices and audio equipment. Price varies by size and quantity, but price based on a 10,000-piece order can range from $.12 – $.15 per piece.
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.