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BGA socket adapter constructed with high temperature FR-4 substrate

November 25, 2014 4:28 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics (Eagan, MN) released a new BGA socket adapter for 724 pin BGA, 1mm pitch, 35x35mm IC size. The BGA socket adapter consists of two modules (female socket module and male adapter module). The patented female socket ...

Airport parking valet robots take flight

November 19, 2014 10:41 am | by Chris Warner | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret to travelers that navigating the airport can be a stressful experience, and...

MEN Micro announces rugged display computers for railway environments

November 18, 2014 2:35 pm | Videos | Comments

MEN Micro, a provider of embedded computing and I/O solutions for mission-critical industrial,...

Linear sensor measures the ram position of hydraulic and pneumatic cylinders

November 17, 2014 3:36 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) announces the ME Series Linear Position Sensors for...

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Pushbutton switches feature independent LED illumination

November 10, 2014 2:01 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has announced that it will add painted and laser-etched custom graphics or symbols to the backlit caps on the illuminated versions of its AP Series industrial pushbutton switches. Available illuminated by either blue ...

Ethernet module maximizes process efficiency, boosts reliability

November 10, 2014 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

On the PLUG-IN Electronic stand at Electronica, Brainboxes (Liverpool, England) launched the ED-504 3-in-1 industrial Ethernet networking solution, which combines four digital input or output (I/O) channels, a software-selectable RS232/422/485 ...

Circuit protection diode targets industrial equipment CAN bus lines

November 10, 2014 9:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices (Tempe, AZ) debuts a new electrostatic discharge (ESD) circuit protection diode for industrial applications such as assembly line automation, access control systems, machinery, and more. The new overvoltage protection component ...

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MOSFETs feature ultra-low Rds(on) for industrial applications

November 6, 2014 1:26 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its StrongIRFET MOSFET portfolio to include 75V devices for a wide variety of industrial applications including power tools, Light Electric Vehicle (LEV) inverters, DC motor drives ...

LED rig light fixture withstands the rigors of offshore operation

November 5, 2014 1:58 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a powerful new LED fixture designed to provide powerful output combined with rugged construction capable of withstanding the rigors of offshore operation. The HAL-48-2L-LED-BMSW-BL ...

Robotic snake-arm slithers into extreme environments

November 5, 2014 9:31 am | by Anja Schütz, maxon motor ag | Articles | Comments

Robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a snake-arm robot has no issue. As if it’s in a science fiction film ...

Image sensors enable exceptional low-light video capture

November 4, 2014 1:24 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) has set a new benchmark in low-light imaging for industrial markets with the introduction of a new class of CCD image sensor technology. Combining ON Semiconductor’s industry-leading Interline Transfer (IT) CCD ...

IGBT modules intended for high-power industrial applications

November 4, 2014 1:10 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced a comprehensive family of IGBT modules for high power industrial applications including motor drive inverters, switch mode power supplies (SMPS), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), solar inverters ...

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Photos of the Day: The Army's new "smartsuit"

November 4, 2014 10:48 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering is taking the lead on the biologically inspired smartsuit with the aim of reducing injuries and fatigue, while improving mission performance. The undersuit won’t exactly augment troops’ physical capabilities....

LED light fixture acts as an alternative to traditional luminaries

November 3, 2014 11:32 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The Larson Electronics’ (Kemp, TX) EPL-IBM-150LED-RT explosion-proof high-bay light fixture provides operators with a powerful and energy efficient alternative to traditional hazardous location luminaries. LED technology and a compact design ...

Plug-in connector series streamlines assembly, installation, and maintenance

October 30, 2014 4:23 pm | Hirose Electric Usa, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Hirose (Simi Valley, CA) has expanded its plug-in connector series to include slim designs for ESS storage batteries, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), and industrial machinery. The PS3 Series plug-in connector's slim design is achieved by employing ...

AI is summoning demons

October 29, 2014 10:14 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium....

October 2014: Equipment Protection

October 28, 2014 3:53 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

Oil and gas drilling offers some of the most challenging and intense rugged environments in the industry. As the projects call for deeper drilling, engineers are encountering even more difficult geological conditions with increasing temperatures and a need for long-lasting equipment.

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Simulation software designed for engineering, manufacturing applications

October 24, 2014 2:08 pm | Comsol Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

COMSOL, Inc (Burlington, MA) announced the pre-release of COMSOL Multiphysics® software version 5.0. Version 5.0 features extensive product updates, three new add-on products, and the Application Builder. With the Application Builder, the power of COMSOL Multiphysics is now accessible to everyone through the use of applications.

Linear position sensors ideal for industrial testing laboratories

October 24, 2014 12:17 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The LR-19 series inductive linear position sensors by Alliance Sensors Group are contactless devices and designed for factory automation, motor sport vehicles, automotive testing, solar cell positioners, and packaging equipment. With their superior performance ...

Push button switch provides the appearance and “feel” of stainless steel

October 24, 2014 9:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

Foremost Electronics (Essex, UK) is now stocking the YB2 Half-mirrored push button switch family from NKK Switches. This new switch is suited to applications including machinery, medical devices, kitchen equipment, measurement instruments ...

The most creative way to use LEDs

October 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly popular due to falling prices and increasing life spans. We want to know what you are designing them into or what the coolest implementation you've seen is!

Engineering Newswire: Industrial keyboard goes through the wringer

October 20, 2014 9:07 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Man and Machine introduced a new keyboard at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago this year. Dubbed the, Really O’Cool, The keyboard has laser etched keys and a sealed silicon design. The company also offers optional features....

Power connectors eliminate need for mating headers

October 17, 2014 2:16 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

 Molex Incorporated announced its economically priced 3.96mm pitch EdgeMate TM Wire-to-Edgecard Power Connectors eliminate the need for mating headers, resulting in cost and time savings. This system supports power applications of up to 7.0A with UL 94V-2 flammability rating requirements.

IGBTs optimized for fast switching applications

October 16, 2014 4:46 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the expansion of its portfolio of insulated-gate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) with the introduction of a family of rugged, reliable 650V devices optimized for fast switching applications including solar inverters....

The skills gap & why we need a modern Rosie the Riveter

October 16, 2014 9:33 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.Net | Blogs | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in the United States ...

Explosion-proof tank light draws only 400 watts of power

October 14, 2014 9:10 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a new 400 watt explosion proof metal halide tank light. The EPL-18C-1X4 cart mounted portable light produces 75,000 lumens of light while drawing only 400 watts of power. The EPL-18C-1X4 ...

Current-loop transmitter board provides channel-to-channel isolation

October 10, 2014 1:23 pm | Sealevel Systems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Sealevel Systems, Inc. (Liberty, SC) adds a new 4-20 mA current loop board to the SeaRAQ family of I/O expansion designed for Relio industrial computers. The 4-20 mA signal standard remains a popular method for signal transmission in harsh environments....

Colored LED offers high light output from a compact form factor

October 10, 2014 9:38 am | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) announces the release of a new low profile LED wall pack light with an optional red, blue, green, amber, purple, pink and white color output. This 60 watt LED light offers high light output from a compact form factor....

RF development platform targets advanced metering infrastructure and industrial applications

October 7, 2014 9:48 am | Semtech Corp., Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corp. (Camarillo, CA) announced it has joined with other members of the Wi-SUN Alliance to produce a radio frequency (RF) development platform targeting advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and industrial applications. The development platform ...

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