- Hermetic and/or explosion-proof custom bulkhead cable assemblies from Pave Technology Co. Inc. are for low or high pressures and are available in 100%-shielded EMI/RF or non-shielded versions. A wide variety of cabling is available. Miniature designs can offer up to 37 #22 shielded Teflon wires through a 7/8-inch through hole.
- Hasco Components Int'l Corp. has increased its rating on the SPDT KLT Series relay. The new smaller dimensions measure 15.5 x 19 x 15 mm. The relays are rated to 6, 12, 15, and 20A with a switching voltage of 120V ac and 277V ac. This relay carries a tungsten and ballast rating. The KLT also carries a 40A in-rush rating, and is available with both Class B standard and Class F (optional) ratings.
- Power-Sonic Corp. has added a AA cell to its line of sealed, cylindrical, nickel-cadmium batteries. The PS-940AA has a rated capacity of 940 mAh and can deliver 188 mAh for five hours, or 2.8A for 16 minutes. This high-energy cell is engineered with the latest nickel-foam electrode technology, the company says. Charge and discharge characteristics make it suitable for use as a power source in consumer electronics, communications equipment, portable instrumentation, and back-up power applications.
- The development of a "1/3-N" PC battery holder expands the variety of battery holders and clips manufactured by Keystone Electronics Corp. The company says this latest entry is engineered for easy "N" battery insertion or withdrawal and offers highly reliable spring tension for low contact resistance. Features include glass-filled, nylon-molded black bodies, UL-rated 94V-O, and nickel-plated steel contacts with clearly marked polarities.
A new service lets engineers and orthopedic surgeons design and 3D print highly accurate, patient-specific, orthopedic medical implants made of metal -- without owning a 3D printer. Using free, downloadable software, users can import ASCII and binary .STL files, design the implant, and send an encrypted design file to a third-party manufacturer.
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.