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First Look at the Stunning Tesla Model S

March 27, 2009 7:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tesla Motors' Model S is a stunningly beautiful car that that builds upon the cachet of the Roadster and proves the company is serious about pushing electric vehicles into the mainstream. Company CEO Elon Musk compared the luxury and practicality of his car to the BMW 5 series and Mercedes Benz CLS sedans and said history will place it alongside the Ford Model T.

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Stretchy Nanotube Material Promises More than Muscle

March 24, 2009 4:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Carbon-nanotube ribbons developed by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas are stronger than steel, as stretchy as rubber, and as light as air. The ribbons, which are made of long, entangled 11-nanometer-thick nanotubes, can stretch to more than three times their normal width but are stiffer and stronger than steel or Mylar lengthways.

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NEMA 34 Motor Delivers Over 1 Horsepower

March 19, 2009 11:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using an 8-pole segmented-stator design for increased energy density and efficiency, the SmartMotorsT SM3416DT-PLS2 integrated servo motor from Animatics packs greater than 900 Watts of peak power, over 1 HP, into the cube-shaped NEMA Size 34 package.

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Walking, Talking Female Robot to hit Japan Catwalk

March 16, 2009 6:38 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

A new walking, talking robot from Japan has a female face that can smile and has trimmed down to 43 kilograms (95 pounds) to make a debut at a fashion show. But it still hasn't cleared safety standards required to share the catwalk with human models. Developers at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, a government-backed organization, said their "cybernetic human," shown Monday, wasn't ready to help with daily chores or work side by side with people — as many hope robots will be able to do in the future.

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Pushbutton Switch has Vertical and Right-Angle Termination Options

March 12, 2009 12:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LP4 series illuminated pushbutton switch from E-Switch-Lamb Industries has two termination options: a vertical PCB mount and a right angle PCB mount. LED color options are blue, green, red, white, and yellow. Other features include: electrical life of 50,000 cycles; operating force of 250 +/- 100 gf; contact rating of 100 mA @ 30 VDC; contact resistance

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Lockheed Martin Debuts Military Exoskeleton

March 11, 2009 4:25 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Lockheed Martin debuted an advanced robotic exoskeleton designed to augment Soldiers’ strength and endurance and prevent their premature fatigue. The Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) exoskeleton, introduced at the Association of the United States’ Army Winter Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, FL, will meet future mobility and sustainment needs of Warfighters by providing strength and survivability.

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Size 23 Stepping Motor Delivers Torque Comparable to NEMA 34

March 6, 2009 8:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

A quad stack NEMA size 23 brushless 1.8° stepping motor from Intelligent Motion Systems delivers speed-torque comparable to a single stack NEMA 34, but with a footprint 1/3 smaller (29 vs. 46 in3 / 187 vs. 297cm3). The MDrive23Plus with quad stack motor is capable of full (256 x 200) microstepping with a +12 VDC to +60 VDC integrated driver. Three (3) versions are available

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Keypads Perform in Harsh Environments

March 6, 2009 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sealed per IP67 standards, EAO Switch’s S.series Zamac keypads are appropriate for security and access control applications within harsh environments. The RoHS-compliant devices offer 12 or 16 keys, telephone or hexadecimal II configurations, a library of >20 different illuminated key characters, and a lifetime of up to

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Rockers Snap into Panel Cut-Out Hole

March 5, 2009 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering single- and double-pole versions with UL, cUL, VDE, and RoHS approvals, Phaseda’s RL3-2 Series rocker switches fit into a standard panel cut-out hole. The devices have UL ratings of 16 A and 1/3 hp at 125 VAC for high-power and motor applications, and 10 A at 125 VAC for small appliances and test equipment usage. The rockers demonstrate a VDE rating of 10(4) A and 6(2) A at 250 VAC, and can be

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Slides Handle Heavy Loads

March 4, 2009 4:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Demonstrating ¾ and full extension, respectively, Accuride’s AL4120 and AL4140 slides exhibit load ratings of up to 966 lbs per pair and 882 lbs per pair, respectively. The non-disconnect devices are tested to 10,000 cycles, and are appropriate for

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Speed Control Attaches to PMDC Motors

March 3, 2009 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting a 20:1 speed range with maximum output of 90 V, Bison Gear & Engineering’s TightDrive speed control can be field mounted on Bison permanent magnet DC (PMDC) gearmotors up to 1/6 hp (124 W) in 90° increments. Speed is controlled via a combination on/off switch and speed potentiometer, and 3 adjustable potentiometers provide

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Micro-miniature Detect Switch Delivers 2 mm Overtravel

March 2, 2009 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed a micro-miniature, side-actuated, right angle detect switch in a low profile package. Designated the SDS Series, the detect switch sits 2 mm off the PCB while delivering 2 mm overtravel and a low actuation force of 75 g max. In addition to medical and consumer electronics, these detect switches are appropriate for

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Motion Controller/Driver Uses 64-bit Processor

February 26, 2009 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Driving and controlling up to 3 axes of motion using any combination of DC or 2-phase stepper motors up to 3 A per axis, Newport’s ESP301 3-axis motion controller and driver utilizes a 64-bit, floating point, DSP processor. The instrument includes a USB interface, a manual front panel interface, a digital PID-FF (feed-forward)

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Toolkit Integrates Mechanical System/Control Software Design

February 25, 2009 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Enabling software and mechanical engineers to work together to design, test, and modify custom motion algorithms, Danaher Motion’s MechaWare 3.0 mechatronic toolkit seamlessly integrates mechanical systems and control software design. The product includes capture, logging, and visualization tools that allow mechanical, I/O, and software data to be integrated into one measurement environment. The toolkit delivers

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Tactile Switches Last to One Million Actuations

February 25, 2009 5:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

With an extended life to one million actuations, the KSC741 and KSC721 tactile switches from C&K Components are intended for high reliability applications. Current rating for the momentary action, SPST, normally open devices ranges from 1 mA to 50 mA for silver plating and 1 mA to 10 mA for the gold plating

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