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Answering the reshoring question

February 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Pramod Gupta, Aakash Gupta, Hector Gutierrez, and Patrick Van den Bossche, A.T. Kearney | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has become a more attractive destination for manufacturing over the last few years. That’s a fact. And several U.S. companies are indeed bringing back their manufacturing operations. Several others are asking the question: “Should we reshore our activities as well?”

Overmolded backshells on connector interfaces offer improved reliability

February 24, 2014 4:17 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) now offers overmolded backshells on connector interfaces from its Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS) product line, the leader in EMI/RFI components and interconnects. Ideal for use in military, aerospace, high-end industrial, oil and gas, as well as medical applications...

Ambient light sensors feature sensitivity over a range of 57,542 lux to 0.001 lux

February 24, 2014 12:50 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using the Santa Cruz ambient light sensor (ALS) from Maxim Integrated Products (San Jose, CA), factories can quickly configure and monitor multiple red, green, blue (RGB) and infrared (IR) ambient light sensors with the high accuracy required in industrial applications.

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Engineering Update 46: The United Arab Emirates' drone delivery service

February 24, 2014 8:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Consumers who fell in love with Amazon's 30-minute drone delivery service but can't wait for the mountain of red tape and regulations standing in the way of "Amazon Prime Air" now have an alternative — move to the United Arab Emirates!

LED light ideal for use in mining applications

February 21, 2014 4:56 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 160 watt high intensity LED light that is ideal for use in mining applications as well as heavy equipment, hunting, boating, vehicle, military, law enforcement, and industrial manufacturing uses.

Photo-etching precision parts enable minimal tooling cost

February 21, 2014 3:53 pm | Tech-Etch Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

In addition to materials such as tungsten, titanium, elgiloy, MP35N, nitinol, and polyimide film, Tech-Etch (Plymouth, MA) has now developed a process to photochemically etch polyester sheets up to .010" thick. All of the advantages of photo etching, clean burr-free edges, the ability to create intricate features with minimal tooling cost, and fast delivery...

Scientists create powerful artificial muscle with fishing line

February 21, 2014 3:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers are using fibres from fishing line and sewing thread to create inexpensive artificial muscles that could be used in medical devices, humanoid robots, prosthetic limbs, or woven into fabrics. In a study published today in Science, international researchers...

Power MOSFETs offer fast switching performance

February 20, 2014 4:39 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) has recently launched new N-channel enhancement-mode power MOSFETs offering a fast switching performance and very low on-resistance. The AP99T03GS-HF-3 MOSFET comes in a TO-263 package.

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Why are we being plagued by product recalls?

February 20, 2014 10:35 am | by Keith Nichols, Research Analyst, Cambashi, www.cambashi.com | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing companies build their reputation on the quality and safety of their products. Serious design faults, manufacturing errors and even incorrect labelling often result in widely publicised product recalls, which carry the risk of unwelcome commercial and brand image fall-out.

Air to Air heat exchangers offer increased heat power transfer within the industry standard footprint

February 20, 2014 10:01 am | Marlow Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new Climatherm range of Air to Air heat exchangers from Marlow is said to bring increased heat power transfer while remaining within the industry standard footprint. Using Thermo Electrics at its core, these compact and modern designs give

Rotary encoders combine optical encoder characteristics with ruggedness and compact form factor

February 20, 2014 9:10 am | Fraba / Posital | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL-FRABA’s (Hamilton, NJ) IXARC encoders combine the accuracy and dynamic response of optical encoders with the ruggedness and compact form factor of magnetic encoders. Building on the company’s

Extendable quadpod mini light tower produces 575,000 lumens of light

February 19, 2014 3:30 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has released a new 6000 watt extendable light tower. This portable light tower is equipped with four 1,500 watt metal halide lamps that produce 575,000 lumens of light. The WAL-C-4XM Quadpod Mini Light Tower is adjustable from seven to fourteen feet.

SiC modules are now RoHS compliant

February 19, 2014 1:26 pm | Powerex | Product Releases | Comments

Several Powerex (Youngwood, PA) SiC Modules have now been certified RoHS (Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances) compliant. RoHS regulations ban new electrical or electronic equipment containing more than agreed upon levels of specific substances, including lead....

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Digital temperature recorder ideal for industrial and commercial applications

February 18, 2014 4:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The EDL-LN2 from the Paul N. Gardner Company (Pompano Beach, FL) is a reliable and cost-effective digital temperature recorder for all industrial and commercial applications. Features include high-accuracy sensors and real-time viewing of ambient and remote temperature while using the RTD probe.

Pressure switches feature 2 million lifecycle rating

February 18, 2014 3:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) announced the addition of three new series to its pressure switch portfolio: the HP Series, HE Series, and LE Series. The new Pressure Switches from Honeywell Sensing and Control provide high burst pressure ranges, a long life cycle rating and IP67 sealing, enhancing durability and reliability.

Rechargeable lithium polymer batteries designed for portable medical, industrial, and consumer electronic devices

February 18, 2014 2:44 pm | Renata Batteries U.S. | Product Releases | Comments

Providing design engineers with new options for compact and higher power capacity rechargeable power sources for portable medical, industrial and consumer electronic devices, the Renata Batteries (Dallas, TX) division of the Swatch Group (Switzerland) recently added three new types to its family of lithium polymer batteries....

Relay system promises increased flexibility

February 14, 2014 12:14 pm | Phoenix Contact | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact (Middletown, PA) introduced RIFLINE Complete, a modular ice cube-style relay system with a broad range of accessories. The system is available as either completely assembled modules, which can save assembly time and labor costs, or as individual components, to

Power connectors aim to fill a critical power gap with a small footprint

February 14, 2014 11:45 am | Molex | Product Releases | Comments

Molex’ (Lisle, IL) Mega-Fit wire-to-board, mid-range power connector is presented as filling a significant power void in today’s interconnect marketplace by delivering 23 A in a small 5.7-mm footprint. The connectors are appropriate for

Development platform for NFC/RFID tags promises to jumpstart IoT designs

February 13, 2014 11:51 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics (Geneva) announced an easy-access development platform for its M24SR dynamic NFC tags that are now entering volume production in all memory densities and package options. Aiming to accelerating the design of IoT applications, the M24SR Discovery Kit contains

2100 watt DC/DC converter offers efficiency up to 97%

February 12, 2014 4:40 pm | Calex Mfg | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) introduces the MBH Series DC/DC Converters. The MBH offers up to 2100 Watts in a low-profile 9.0" x 6.5" x 1.25"H ruggedized chassis mount package. The module weighs only 3.3 lbs. making the MBH ideal for harsh shock and vibration environments in both COTS military and industrial applications.

Interior permanent magnet (IPM) brushless motors cover a wide range of applications

February 12, 2014 11:50 am | Applimotion, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion’s (Loomis, CA) ULT, UTH, UTS, and UTO frameless motor kits cover a wide range of applications in direct drive motion control with their large through-hole surface permanent magnet (SPM) rotor configurations.

50 Watt Zener diodes provide voltage regulation protection

February 12, 2014 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

America Semiconductor (Union, NJ) announces the availability of a full series of power Zener diodes (part numbers: 1N3305 thru 1N3350) packaged in a DO-5 case. The robust 50 Watt devices are engineered to provide voltage regulation protection in a broad array of alternative energy....

General purpose accelerometers meet the needs of test applications

February 11, 2014 3:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems (Irvine, CA) has announced a significant extension of its family of Endevco brand Isotron accelerometers. This new line of general purpose IEPE accelerometers is designed to meet the needs of a wide range of test applications. Applications include general laboratory vibration testing....

Obtaining low power for industrial devices: Energy harvesting, batteries or hybrids?

February 11, 2014 8:03 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The concept of energy harvesting has been around for as long as windmills and waterwheels were used to harness energy. In the last decade, the possibilities of using low-power harvested energy have greatly expanded in the industrial market as devices became smaller, autonomous and required less power.

Explosion-proof LED light features magnetic mounting capabilities

February 10, 2014 2:57 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a new pedestal mount LED light designed for high output and versatile operation. Featuring a powerful 150 watt LED lamp assembly and a simple aluminum base stand with magnetic mount capabilities, this light effectively illuminates 8,000 square feet....

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