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Electromagnetic Simulation Tool Features Hysteresis Solver Option

May 5, 2009 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cobham Technical Services is releasing a new version of its Vector Fields Software tool for designing rotating electrical machinery. The electromagnetic simulation software combines the accuracy of virtual prototyping using finite-element analysis with a rapid front-end design tool that allows users to create models of motors and generators in minutes.

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Variable-Speed Drive Offers High Motor Functionality

May 5, 2009 7:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Altivar 12 variable-speed AC drive from Schneider Electric offers nearly 150 application-specific advanced motor-control functions.

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Parallel Shaft Gearmotors Deliver up to 500 in-lbs

May 4, 2009 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

With hardened-steel helical and spur gearing in ratios from 108:1 to 266:1, the VWDIR104 AC gearmotor family offers fixed output speeds from 15 to 6 RPM with continuous torque ratings from 340 to 500 in-lbs (38.4 to 56.5 N-m). Features include built-in face mounting compatible with Genesis mounts and an overhung load capability up to 400 lbs. (181.8 kg.).

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Tactile Switch Offers Right-angle, Thru Hole Termination

April 27, 2009 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TL1250 illuminated tactile switch from E-Switch – Lamb Industries Offers right-angle, thru hole termination. Blue, red, green, and yellow single LED options are available. Features include: Force of 120 +/- 60gf; 180 +/- 60gf; or 280 +/- 70gf, Mechanical Life of 50,000 cycles min., travel of 0.2mm +/- 0.1mm

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Illuminated Pushbuttons Suit Avionics Displays

April 23, 2009 8:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed specifically for avionics applications, the PBA Series of miniature pushbutton switches from C&K Components has a robust design that includes gold plated contacts, IP64 sealing, and extended life cycles to 1,000,000 rotations.

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Push Button Provides up to 4.5 V Linear Output

April 20, 2009 1:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Based on Hall effect technology, the 145MA micro push button from Elobau Sensor Technology provides a 0.5 V to 4.5 V linear output proportional to the displacement of the actuator. It is designed to be incorporated in the knob of a joystick or a multifunctional handle for a shifter, or into a control panel

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Powered Exoskeleton Unveiled by Cyberdyne

April 13, 2009 5:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cyberdyne Corporation of Japan, in conjunction with Daiwa House, has begun mass production of a cybernetic bodysuit that augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold.

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Solid-State Relays Achieve High Power Density

April 9, 2009 6:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using an improved mechanical and thermal design, the Evolution Dual family of solid-state relays is rated for load currents up to 50 A/660 VAC per channel. Available with either zero voltage or random turn on, the RoHS compliant devices have IP20 "touch safe" covers and LED input status indicators.

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Metal Dome Switches Handle High Actuation Force

April 9, 2009 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using an improved 4-leg design, GX-Series metal dome switches from Snaptron can handle over 400 g of force in a 6-mm diameter at up to 5 million life cycles.

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Switch Is Vandal Resistant

April 7, 2009 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lamb Industries announced the PV8 anti-vandal switch. This new anti-vandal switch features a metal body and actuator with a 25 mm diameter panel cutout. Multiple functions are available with the PV8. It is available with or without illumination. The illuminated option includes the choice of a dot or a ring lens style.

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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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