Fit Anywhere: New panel top version
of HAND-TRAK--an optic mouse with no moving parts--can operate at any
With a proven technology that's resistant to sand, dirt, mud, and vibration, the new panel top version of HAND-TRAK™, an optical input device from ITAC Systems Inc., has attracted close looks from military contractors, says Jim McKinney, ITAC's VP of sales. McKinney asserts that HAND-TRAK is fit for harsh-environment operations, such as on a navy ship or a desert HumVee, thanks to its Gestural Input Engine™ design (http://rbi.ims.ca/4390-533), which is sealed, NEMA 4/IP66-compliant, and has no moving parts. HAND-TRAK can operate under high G forces and at any angle, McKinney adds, and can be attached with screws, double-sided tape, Velcro®, or placed loose on an existing control panel.
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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