Measuring 7.2 x 7.2mm, these RoHS-compliant have a spherical actuator design for multi-directional, off-center actuation of ± 30. They come in a choice of silver of gold-plated contacts over nickel-plated stainless steel, with terminals made out of either silver or gold, both over nickel-plated brass. Electrical ratings have a maximum power of 0.4W for the gold and 1W for the silver. Both metals have a current range of 1mA-50mA, and a voltage range of 20mV-50VDC. All versions have 0.4mm travel to make. The STJ Series has 130gF, 200gF, 300gF, and 500gF actuation choices. The STJV, the right-angle version, has 200gF or 300gF actuation force. The STJ and STJV both have a stainless steel actuator and actuator cover with 6/6 Nylon switch housing, and the STJV's bracket is tin-plated steel.
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
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.