Corp.'s new series of self-retaining, T-1 LED mounting spacers are designed
for uniform and perpendicular LED positioning and can reducing assembly costs. The
self-aligning LED spacers feature internal retention "teeth" that secure spacers onto LED leads, prior to assembly on PCB's.
The design also eliminates the possibility of LED lead shorting by separating
and retaining component leads while inserting into a PCB. No special tools are
required to preassemble LED's to spacers. The new spacers feature 0.020 inch (0.5 mm) legs incorporated into
the molded Nylon 6/6 structure to serve the dual purpose of heat dissipation
and easy post-solder cleaning. Overall height
of the spacers range from 0.120 to 0.925 inch (3.0 to 23.5 mm). Keystone also has "Universal" and
"Self-aligning" LED spacer mounts for Tri-lead and Bi-lead T-1 and T-1 3/4
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.