The Electrak 150 is the first of a new series of low priced, quiet, linear actuators from Warner Electric. A key feature--and one that helps achieve an IP-55 rating for outdoor use--is the lightweight plastic housing made from recyclable material. However, on the inside and all-metal thrust system carries all of the load. They are available in three sizes with maximum dynamic load capacities ranging from 110 lbs to 450 lbs, and maximum static loads from 330 lbs to 900 lbs. Speeds of up to 2.8 in/sec are offered with strokes up to 16 inches. Other features include: a breather tube in the wiring harness to allow operation without drawing water through the seals on the cover tube; an anodized, corrosion-resistant aluminum cover tube; and optional potentiometer or optical encoder. Warner Electric, Product Code 4234.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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