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Mechanical-mount rotary position sensor includes integral PCB

August 20, 2013 3:02 pm | Piher North America | Product Releases | Comments

Piher Sensors & Controls has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the sensor/PCB combo package allows engineers to easily install a fully featured rotary sensor....

Sensor performs in high temp and pressure environments

August 20, 2013 10:06 am | Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Vented versions of Macro Sensors CD 375 Series of Miniature AC-Operated LVDT Position Sensors withstand high pressures and temperatures in applications where space is at a premium and the environment is hostile. As the coil assembly of the sensor is vented to equalize pressure inside and outside the LVDT linear position sensor...

Engineering American energy independence

August 20, 2013 9:37 am | by Bill Kerney, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Fracking is dramatically increasing the recoverable reserves of America carbon-based energy supplies. but yesterday I just paid $4.15 to fill up my car at the USA gas station in Cardiff, Calif. There is a huge disconnect between supply and the price at the pump. Bottom-up solutions need to scale to make an impact.

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Newly discovered ocean plume could be major source of iron

August 19, 2013 2:02 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have discovered a vast plume of iron and other micronutrients more than 1,000 km long billowing from hydrothermal vents in the South Atlantic Ocean. The finding, soon to be published in the journal Nature Geoscience, calls past estimates of iron abundances into question, and may challenge researchers' assumptions about iron sources in the world's seas.

Digital radio test set features low phase noise RF signal generator

August 19, 2013 1:47 pm | Aeroflex | Product Releases | Comments

Aeroflex Incorporated announced the introduction of the new 3920B Digital Radio Test Set for Analog AM and FM, Digital P25, P25 Phase II, DMR, NXDN™, dPMR, TETRA and TEDS technologies. The 3920B features a new low phase noise RF signal generator in addition to the already advanced functionality available on the Aeroflex 3900 Series Radio Test Sets.

2-Channel relay output module directly activates Intrinsically safe circuits

August 19, 2013 10:00 am | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Via internal system voltage, WAGO Corporation’s new 2-Channel Relay Output Module directly activates Intrinsically Safe circuits, powering actuators in hazardous locations. Unlike traditional solid-state hazardous location relays, the unique 750-538 carries two changeover contacts for activating Zone 0/20 and 1/21 devices, e.g., relays...

Design software enables engineers to accelerate analysis time

August 19, 2013 9:50 am | Cobham Technical Services | Product Releases | Comments

Cobham Technical Services has released a new version of its Opera electromagnetics and multiphysics design software that enables design engineers to considerably accelerate analysis time. By harnessing the parallel processing capabilities of multi-core processors, computational time can be significantly reduced using Opera-3d version 16.

Try clapping your wet hands; a physics lesson from Virginia Tech engineers

August 19, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

Sunny Jung continues to redefine the views on the laws of physics, and in doing so, impacts the research on topics as varied as drug delivery methods to fuel efficiency.In a paper appearing this month in Physical Review E, Young and five colleagues reported on the dynamics of squeezing fluids using a simple experiment of clapping with wet hands.

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NTU to trial Singapore's first driverless vehicle on the roads

August 19, 2013 9:22 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Singapore's first clean and green driverless shuttle transportation system will soon see passengers shuttling between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and JTC Corporation's (JTC) CleanTech Park. In a partnership between  NTU, JTC and Induct Technologies, and supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB)...

Nanosensors could aid drug manufacturing

August 19, 2013 9:19 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

CAMBRIDGE, MA - MIT chemical engineers have discovered that arrays of billions of nanoscale sensors have unique properties that could help pharmaceutical companies produce drugs — especially those based on antibodies — more safely and efficiently.

Equipping a construction helmet with a sensor can detect the onset of carbon monoxide poisoning

August 19, 2013 9:15 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Research calling for the use of a wearable computing system installed in a helmet to protect construction workers from carbon monoxide poisoning, a serious lethal threat in this industry, has garnered the Virginia Tech investigators a Best Paper Award from a prestigious scientific and engineering community.

Handheld, 2 kV electrostatic voltmeter targets semiconductor industry and materials research

August 15, 2013 10:43 am | Trek, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

TREK, INC. introduced a handheld 2 kV electrostatic voltmeter which enables high-accuracy voltage measurement – in contacting or non-contacting mode – with virtually zero charge transfer. This level of technical capability is important to the semiconductor manufacturing industry....

NTC thermistors tout precise temperature measurement

August 14, 2013 6:30 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces two new series of narrowly toleranced EPCOS NTC thermistors in EIA 0402 and 0603 SMD case sizes. These components have a rated resistance of 10 kΩ in tolerance classes ± 1 percent, ±3 percent and ±5 percent. The narrow tolerances were achieved with a

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Samsung faces Brazil lawsuit over labor conditions

August 14, 2013 10:27 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A labor group said Samsung Electronics Co. is facing a lawsuit from Brazil's government seeking damages over poor working conditions at the company's assembly lines. Reporter Brasil, a labor rights group, said on its website that Brazil's labor ministry found "serious" labor violations...

2 Koreas move closer to reopening factory park

August 14, 2013 10:14 am | by HYUNG-JIN KIM & YOUKYUNG LEE, Associated Press | News | Comments

North and South Korea on Wednesday moved closer to reopening a jointly run factory park, raising hopes for an improvement in ties between rivals that were trading war threats this spring. There was no word about when operations might resume, but the Koreas' meeting, while not conclusive, can be considered progress...

Temp sensors offer 1.8V SMBus and I2C Interface for the latest smartphone, tablet and PC chipsets

August 13, 2013 6:53 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a six-member family of temperature sensor ICs called the EMC118X. The family is presented as the world’s first family of temp sensors with 1.8V SMBus and I2C communications, which is required for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet

Custom direct-drive motor assemblies include sizes from 10 mm to 500 mm

August 13, 2013 5:07 pm | Applimotion, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion offers custom direct-drive motor assemblies with its popular ULT, UTH, UTS and UTO brushless frameless motor kits inside. These assemblies typically include precision bearings, special encoders, special mounting features, and cabling to provide you with a low profile direct drive solution.

Pedestal-mounted hazardous location light produces a total of 29,580 lumens

August 13, 2013 4:14 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics’ has released a LED hazardous location pedestal light designed to provide high power illumination in an easily deployed package. The HAL-PM-2X150-LED-100 dual LED portable lamp provides protection in atmospheres where flammable gases and vapors may occasionally be present while offering the durability and longevity of LED solid state technology.

Mixed-technology connector series available as standard off-the-shelf products

August 12, 2013 2:52 pm | Harwin, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Harwin has broadened the range of its Datamate Mix-Tek mixed-technology connector series that is available as standard off-the-shelf products. Now horizontal and coax versions of the popular 2mm pitch hi-rel family are immediately available for designers, reducing design time.

Will 3D-printing change the world of engineering?

August 12, 2013 2:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. This month we're focusing on Time-to-Market strategies. We're looking at it a little bit differently and discussing the issues from the viewpoint of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.

18-foot LED light tower features rotating base

August 12, 2013 9:37 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Longtime leading producer and distributor of industrial grade lighting equipment Larson Electronics LLC has introduced a new LED light tower that provides adjustable height and a rotating base combined with the power of LED lamp fixtures. Producing approximately 48,000 lumens of light output...

Conduction-cooled ecosystem designed for rugged applications

August 8, 2013 3:34 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech has released a complete ecosystem of boards and chassis in the MicroTCA architecture that is conduction-cooled. Designed for rugged applications, the products include Air Transport Racks (ATR), MicroTCA Carrier Hubs (MCH), Power Modules, and Advanced Mezzanine Cards.

4000 lumen LED module is designed to obsolete 70-Watt ceramic metal halide lamps

August 7, 2013 4:55 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Cree introduced the new 4000 lumen LMH2 LED module that is presented as producing the same or better quality light as 70-watt Ceramic Metal Halide (CMH) lamps while consuming half the power and lasting three times longer – a first in the LED industry.The LMH2 LED module lets lighting manufacturers

Low-loss chokes developed for use in railway technology

August 6, 2013 2:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SMP Sintermetalle Prometheus GmbH & Co KG (SMP) has developed a range of chokes for use in railway technology. The inductive components are installed in the inverters for three-phase asynchronous motors and on-board units. They are low-loss, resistant to temperature and impact, and quiet.

Ban open-source blueprints for guns, save the world

August 6, 2013 10:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There is now a 3D-printed rifle that can fire multiple rounds WITHOUT breaking. We’ve moved beyond the one-and-done 3D guns of the past. Now, we’re talking FOURTEEN shots before the gun fell apart.Last time we visited this topic, many commenters reminded me that people have been making guns out of random bits of things forever.

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