UL really trusts thermal fuses, they're reliable and can not be reset which calls attention to the user that something is very seriously wrong. If the oven was getting hot enough to trip the thermals, then something was seriously wrong and replacing the thermals would not be the cure.
I'm sure that replacing the firmware was the real cure, and that's scary. What if self-clean code was causing a runaway condition? There might be consumers that jumper out the blown thermal fuses rather than paying $260 for the proper repair and then they have a runaway oven with no way to shut it down.
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.
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.
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.