These breakers come in two versions — one with magnetic trip element for short-circuit protection and the other with thermal and magnetic trip elements for overload and short-circuit protection. They can be used by themselves as manual motor controllers, and they also work well with Series 300 contactors in group motor installations. An ON/OFF manual operator makes it easy to isolate motor circuits without disconnecting all of a control panel's circuits. They have visual trip indicators for easy spotting of tripped circuits, and a test function for verifying device performance and proper control circuit operation. They have a modular design and come with accessories such as auxiliary contacts, shunt and undervoltage release modules, and wiring accessories. They come in universal ratings and markings: A, kW and HP ratings, plus applicable third-party certification markings.
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.