Degree Controls, Inc.'sF600 airflow sensor has a small
form factor of 0.5 high X 0.25 wide and X 1.0 inch long with a 0.1 inch pitch
design and can anticipate thermal rise before it occurs by directly monitoring
airflow at critical board locations.
components are protected by the F600 by
using the output to sound an alarm or to reduce system power if there is a loss
of air velocity. Communication to the F600 is done via an I2C or
UART interface. User configurable outputs include PWM, tach or alarm open drain
an air velocity range of 0.5 to 5.0 m/s (100-1000 fpm) and an operating
temperature range of 10 to 60C, the F600 accepts a power supply of 12V dc and
has a Â±45 degree airflow acceptance angle. A temperature output is also
included. With internal factory calibration, the F600 sensors are
fully interchangeable with one another. No field calibration is required.
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.