Electronics introduces a new series of insulated low-profile Coin Cell Retainers
designed to protect the battery from shorting if inserted incorrectly. These
new retainers also allow the user to stack two 20 mm cells on top of each other
to achieve 6V of power from the same board footprint or for single cell 3-V
applications. The retainers are rugged yet lightweight, with clearly marked
polarity, and are designed for both lead free solder and traditional reflow
processes. The solder tails, located outside the insulating material, support
visual inspection systems. There are no other battery-holder products like it
available on the market with the durability and design flexibility.
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.