HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
  |  REGISTER  |  LOGIN  |  HELP
naperlou
User Rank
Blogger
Go solid state
naperlou   11/1/2012 11:57:31 AM
NO RATINGS
Whenever a solid state component is available it will generally be superior to an electromechanical one in most modern applications.  I ran into this years ago with amplifiers for communications for satellites.  Typically klystron tubes were used.  Advances in solid state amplifiers allowed the replacement of these in many cases.  They were more reliable, lighter and used less power.  I see the same thing with this class of relay.  They also, as is pointed out, avoid some of the pitfalls of electromechanical relays.  There was an article in Design News about a problem with such a relay recently. 

akwaman
User Rank
Gold
Re: Go solid state
akwaman   11/2/2012 10:21:32 AM
NO RATINGS
 I couldn't agree with you more, naperlou. Solid state is the way to go whenever is makes sense, as far as I'm concerned. In noise sensitive data aquisition matters, electromechanical relays can introduce unwanted noise into a system.  These kinds of optical relay technology has many uses.  Of course the obious power savings is a plus as is the reliability factor.

mrdon
User Rank
Platinum
Re: Go solid state
mrdon   11/3/2012 11:09:23 PM
NO RATINGS
akwaman, Nicely explained, I agree totally with all the points you've made. I wanted to use SSRs(solid state relays) in wireless Hunter Fan Ceiling Controls but management was against it because of cost. As you discussed in your post, yes the intial cost investment is somewhat pricey but the ROI would have been substantial in terms of reduced customer warranty claims due to failing electromechanical relays. I'm definitely will be sharing this article with my Control Systems class at ITT Tech.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Following in the tracks of the fabled rocket plane programs of the 1940s, NASA engineers are now laying the plans for a new twist on the future of aviation -- a battery-powered airplane.
Laser engravers can be great tools for DIY projects. But they can also be pricey. Gadget Freak shows you how to build your own CNC laser engraver using an Arduino board.
Your home could someday be filled with hundreds of connected devices. What's going to coordinate it all? According to iRobot, it could be a vacuum with machine vision.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo have developed a nanocavity to potentially improve the design of ultrathin solar panels, video cameras, and other optoelectronic devices.
The Industrial Internet of Things may be going off the deep end in connecting everything on the plant floor. Some machines, bearings, or conveyors simply donít need to be monitored -- even if they can be.
More:Blogs|News
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6 |  7 | 8 | 9 | 10


Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.
Next Course June 28-30:
Sponsored by Proto Labs
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Technology Marketplace

Copyright © 2016 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service