Scottsdale, AZ--Before the month slips away, it's worth
noting that March marks the 20th anniversary of NKK Switches of America. The
company's parent has been manufacturing switches for 50 years and established
its U.S. headquarters here in 1981.
President Kiyoko Toyama says, "Over the past 20 years, we've seen
many ups and downs in the industry, and many companies either lose their
identity or completely disappear. NKK continues to be a stable force in the
industry." She goes on to tell Design News that the first switch developed by
the company is still being sold. The company now has 76 switch families with
more than 3 million part numbers.
Toyama sees future switches becoming more programmable to allow
single switches to have multiple functions-the concept behind NKK's IS switches
that feature an LCD display on top of the push button.
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.
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