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Conducting polymer films decorated with biomolecules for cell research use

May 12, 2014 9:02 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The ability to create conducting polymer films in a variety of shapes, thicknesses and surface properties rapidly and inexpensively will make growing and testing cells easier and more flexible, according to a team of Penn State bioengineers.

Flexible supercapacitor raises bar for volumetric energy density

May 12, 2014 8:59 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Scientists have taken a large step toward making a fiber-like energy storage device that can be woven into clothing and power wearable medical monitors, communications equipment or other small electronics. The device is a supercapacitor—a cousin to the battery. This one packs an interconnected network of graphene and carbon nanotubes so...

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: EAO Corporation wins for Electromechanical/Mechanical Devices

May 9, 2014 1:03 pm | by ECN Staff | Product Releases | Comments

With an improved design to meet an IP67 level of environmental protection, the Series 04 Illuminated Selector Switches from EAO (Shelton, CT) feature optional bright LED illumination and an ergonomic actuator designed to DIN5566-1 standards. The product is also suitable for a wide range of applications....

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Engineering Newswire: Snake robot enables automated aircraft wing assembly

May 9, 2014 8:19 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Thanks to a snake-like robot produced by the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU, automated aircraft wing assembly may be in the near future. Until now, aircraft assembly has involved a high proportion of manual processes, which limits production output....

Aerial cable available with aluminum or copper conductor

May 8, 2014 12:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Kerite (Seymour, CT) has announced a full line of preassembled aerial cable composed of three shielded conductor cables banded together plus a messenger wire. The cable’s insulation shield is a free-stripping design and the metallic shield consists of a 5 mil cupronickel or copper tape and/or copper concentric wires.

Digital to analog converters offer increased accuracy

May 8, 2014 9:54 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) (Dallas, TX) introduced a new family of digital-to-analog converters (DACs) that enables engineers to increase the accuracy and performance of programmable logic controller (PLC) I/O modules, field sensors and transmitters, and building automation systems, while decreasing overall system size and cost.

Fixed length RF cable assembly line includes standard metric lengths

May 8, 2014 9:47 am | Amphenol | Product Releases | Comments

Amphenol®  Connex (Danbury, CT) is pleased to announce the expansion of their pre-configured fixed length RF cable assembly line to include standard metric lengths.  These assemblies are ideal for a variety of commercial and industrial applications that require standard configurations or lengths. These configurations are cost effective and many are in stock and ready to ship.

Water Flows Uphill? Maybe, in California Drought

May 8, 2014 9:17 am | by Garance Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Water has flowed from Northern California's snow-capped peaks to the south's parched cities ever since the California Aqueduct was built in the 1960s. Now, amid one of the worst droughts in history, state officials are considering an audacious plan to send some of the water back uphill.

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GE Offer for Alstom Not Good Enough

May 6, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French President Francois Hollande says that an offer by General Electric Co. for troubled French engineering company Alstom is not good enough and wants the U.S. company to come up with a better deal. The $17 billion bid for Alstom's...  

Genetic approach helps design broadband metamaterial

May 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Penn State | News | Comments

A specially formed material that can provide custom broadband absorption in the infrared can be identified and manufactured using "genetic algorithms," according to Penn State engineers, who say these metamaterials can shield objects from...

Terahertz Imaging on the Cheap

May 6, 2014 9:27 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Terahertz imaging, which is already familiar from airport security checkpoints, has a number of other promising applications — from explosives detection to collision avoidance in cars. Like sonar or radar, terahertz imaging produces an image...

Paper Examines Clues for Superconductivity in an Iron-Based Material

May 6, 2014 9:22 am | by ORNL | News | Comments

For the first time, scientists have a clearer understanding of how to control the appearance of a superconducting phase in a material, adding crucial fundamental knowledge and perhaps setting the stage for advances in the field of...   

Electronics that Stretch at the Molecular Level

May 6, 2014 9:12 am | by University of California - San Diego | News | Comments

Today's flexible electronics are already enabling a new generation of wearable sensors and other mobile electronic devices. But these flexible electronics, in which very thin semiconductor materials are applied to a thin, flexible substrate...

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Board-to-board contacts provide off-the-shelf connector solutions for harsh environment applications

May 2, 2014 2:04 pm | News | Comments

AVX Corporation (Greenville, S.C.) has introduced a new series of single pogo pin board-to-board (BTB) contacts designed for use in high-lifecycle commercial, industrial, medical, and military applications that demand robust, high-reliability components. Available in five standard compressed stacking heights....

Motor kits cover a wide range of applications in direct drive motion control

May 2, 2014 11:49 am | Applimotion, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Applimotion’s (Loomis, CA) ULT, UTH, and UTS frameless brushless motor kits cover a wide range of applications in direct drive motion control. New sizes recently introduced have large center through-holes and thin radial cross-section. Coupling this to the…

150 watt portable LED work light features adjustable aluminum frame

May 2, 2014 9:27 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 150 watt portable LED work light, the EPL-TFM-150LED-RT-100-2023, mounted to an adjustable aluminum frame. This portable LED unit produces 12,000 lumens of light while drawing only 150 watts of power....

Watch five monster machines battle it out for Jenga champion

May 2, 2014 6:59 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I love Cats. I just find them to be awesome in their majestic beauty. I am, of course, talking about Caterpillar machines. (I’ve been strictly a “dog” girl from day one.) My obsession with these beauties requires a little background. My dad is a builder, so it was just part of growing up to have big toys everywhere....

Instrument measures temperature, velocity and pressure at same time

May 1, 2014 5:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Thermal Solutions’ (Norwood, MA) iQ-200 instrument measures the temperatures of solid materials and surrounding air, while also tracking air velocity and air pressure. This laboratory-grade instrument simultaneously captures…

Carrier card offers scalable data acquisition to PCIe

May 1, 2014 5:41 pm | Product Releases | Comments

4DSP (Austin, TX) announced the release of a new PCI Express product featuring the Xilinx Kintex-7 combined with the highest performance analog I/O card available in the marketplace, according to the company. With a single-channel…

Hall-effect joystick features momentary rotation

April 30, 2014 3:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Grayhill, Inc. (LaGrange, IL) has introduced the compact Series 67B Joystick, a Hall-Effect joystick with a pushbutton and momentary knob rotation for additional interface options. The joystick travels 20 degrees in each X and Y direction as well as momentary rotation around the Z axis....

Pluggable, tension-spring connection system provides quick installation and wiring safety

April 30, 2014 2:52 pm | Conta-Clip Inc | Product Releases | Comments

The ZST pluggable, tension-spring connection system from Conta-Clip (Somerset, NJ) features modular and flexible connection technology for quick installation and wiring safety. Using the ZST tension-spring connection, pluggable wiring is possible up to...

Capacitive touch switch offers multiple options and features

April 30, 2014 12:35 pm | Cit Relay & Switch | Product Releases | Comments

CIT Relay & Switch (Minneapolis, MN) announced the addition of the ARL capacitive touch switch to its product line. This switch provides an embedded capacitive touch slider functionality with multiple options and appearances. Options include…

Choke integrates common and differential modes into one component

April 30, 2014 12:29 pm | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics (San Diego, CA) released a series of chokes which integrate a common mode (CM) and differential mode (DM) choke into the same component. Combining two separate magnetic components into a single integrated component is asserted to…

Explosion-proof LED strobe light includes magnetic base and 25’ cord

April 30, 2014 11:04 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of an explosion proof 10 watt LED strobe light, the EPSLED-80-M-25, with a magnetic mount base. Waterproof and IP67 rated, this LED light is magnetically mounted for temporary use and is available in several different color options....

Dual-output sensor targeted at the automotive, industrial, white goods, and commercial markets

April 30, 2014 10:55 am | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces the release of a unique dual-output sensor solution, the ATS605, that provides a single IC to rotational position sensing applications with a ferrous gear target. Providing a single IC allows for uncomplicated mechanical design and installation....

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