AVX Corp. has developed a power
film capacitor series specifically for dc filtering applications. Designated
the FFLI Series, the advanced power film capacitor has a life expectancy of
100,000 hours, and unlike aluminum electrolytic devices, the FFLI Series
devices employ controlled self healing where end-of-life is defined as the time
taken for the capacitance to lose about 5 percent of its nominal value.
Series power film capacitors feature CV ratings of up to 3000F and 1900V dc/100Arms,
and can operate in temperatures of up to 95C. Qualified to IEC 61071 for power
electronic capacitors, the FFLI Series also meets IEC 60068-1 environmental
testing requirements and IEC 61373 shock and vibration tests.
AVX's new film metalized
products are useful for use in modular banks of capacitors for applications,
such as solar panel installations or wind turbine energy generators.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
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.