Ugh! Seems like a classic case of shortsighted design thinking and cutting corners. We had a number of ceiling fans in our former house and we pretty much universally had problems with all at some point in time with the various settings being off kilter. That said, the fans were not the same model and not even from the same manufacturer. With one, the settings for low, medium, and high speed were actually backwards. It wasn't anything that was dangerous or that we even took time (and expense) to fix. The bother was we had to create kludgy workarounds just to keep them going.
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.