When bikers want one-of-a-kind cycles with hand-built frames, elements like wiring harnesses must also be customized. Wiring is already a weak point for many bikes, so when Finch Customs is building its unique frames, like the Double Cross featured in the Discovery Channel’s “Biker Build-Off,” making sure wiring is not an issue is a key design parameter. Ron Finch and his co-designer, called Screwy, check wires hidden inside the frame using Fluke Corp.’s 88V, which features a beeper to signal continuity. The DMM helps the team understand the impact of using LEDs and incandescent bulbs, which have dramatically different current and resistance levels.
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.