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Ethernet module designed for cost-effective control of CNC machines

March 10, 2014 10:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Brainboxes (Liverpool, England) announces the launch of the ED-204, a new flexible, highly-integrated digital networking module for industrial machine control. This device combines a dual-port Ethernet switch, an Ethernet to RS-232 serial interface, and an Ethernet to 4-channel digital I/O....

Currently sensible

March 10, 2014 9:47 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Sensing physical phenomena and preserving the fidelity of the resulting, often-tiny, sensor signals is a craft of its own within the broader discipline of analog circuit design. One of the most common and, counter intuitively perhaps, more challenging sensing tasks is that of measuring electric current.

Engineering Newswire: Body mounted joystick gives astronauts touch feedback

March 10, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're getting touchy feely with a body-mounted joystick, 3D-printing heart attack predictors, and installing a fifth eye. This episode features touchy feely body joysticks: To help astronauts experience touch-based feedback in weightlessness...

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"Invisible bar codes": The next generation of product identification?

March 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by Kent Mansfield, TruTag Technologies, Inc., www.trutags.com | Articles | Comments

Electronic manufacturers have long battled counterfeit goods where billions of dollars are lost each year to fake and substandard products. One solution on the horizon to help manufacturers combat this growing problem — whether in the supply chain or during the products’ natural lifetime....

16-foot telescoping light mast includes 360° rotating capabilities

March 7, 2014 12:19 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Industrial lighting specialists Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) have announced the release of a 16-foot telescoping light mast with 360° rotating capabilities that is equipped with two Class 1 Division 1 150 watt LED light fixtures. The LM-16-EPL-2X150RT is a fold-over light mast....

How to please everybody - ECN's new Editor-in-Chief

March 7, 2014 10:54 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Articles | Comments

You can’t ... thank you for reading. Before I begin shooting down the theory of every shiny, happy person in tireless pursuit of a society built upon shiny, happy people, let me formally introduce myself. I’m David Mantey, ECN’s new editor-in-chief, and, to exhaust the word in the second sentence, I couldn’t be happier to be here.

Blink your eyes or wag your tongue to operate this PC

March 7, 2014 8:39 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

It's small, subtle, and appears to be a lot less distracting than other wearable tech seen today. It can be controlled by the blink of an eye or a twitch of the nose. The “Earclip-type Wearable PC,” hopefully a tentative name, is being developed and tested by Japanese engineers....

Self-monitoring AC-DC converter with auxiliary DC input delivers portability, high reliability for outdoor industrial systems

March 6, 2014 4:22 pm | Bear Power Supplies | Product Releases | Comments

BEAR Power Supplies (Phelps, NY) introduced a self-monitoring AC/DC converter for outdoor industrial applications. An auxiliary 24 VDC input provides back-up power to the universal AC input, and facilitates operation in remote areas

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Snap-action switch includes electrical life of 100,000 cycles typically

March 6, 2014 3:47 pm | Cit Relay & Switch | Product Releases | Comments

The CIT Relay & Switch (Minneapolis, MN) SM3 Series snap-action switch offers choice a of single pole single throw or a single pole double throw circuit. This UL/CUL recognized switch is available in 0.110" quick connect, solder lug, PC terminal and right angle PC termination.

Standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers supplied in current ratings from 150A to 400A

March 6, 2014 3:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

America Semiconductor (Union, NJ) introduced the new series of standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers in DO8 and DO9 packages. Used to convert raw alternating current (AC) mains' electricity into direct current (DC) power, the robust devices are hermetically sealed....

Valve controller features 24 watt temperature controllers for J-type thermocouples

March 6, 2014 3:27 pm | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD (East Providence, RI) introduces the new ValveMate 9000, state-of-the-art precision valve controller. The intricate microprocessor circuitry ensures the dispensing of precise, accurate, and repeatable amounts of the adhesives, lubricants, and other assembly fluids....

Single output switching power supplies from 25 W to 100 W have high operating temperature to 70°C

March 6, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Stadium Power’s (Norfolk, UK) JSF Series of single output enclosed switched mode power supplies offer a compact and low cost unit with a high operating temperature up to 70°C for industrial, instrumentation, telecoms and IT systems. The JSF Series is

Aluminum polymer capacitors rated at temperatures up to 125°C

March 6, 2014 2:42 pm | Illinois Capacitor | Product Releases | Comments

Illinois Capacitor (Lincolnwood, IL) AVG Series aluminum polymer capacitors offer the very-low ESR benefits of polymer with greater maximum operating temperature and voltage rating.  Compared to most other polymer capacitors, the AVG Series is rated at higher temperatures (up to 125°C)....

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650-W AC-DC supply complies with MIL-STD-810F and ANSI/ISA standard for demanding applications

March 6, 2014 2:17 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power’s (Sunnyvale, CA) HHP650 Series of fan-cooled rugged AC/DC power supplies is designed for heavy-use industrial applications. These single output 650-W units can accommodate the extended voltage input range from 85 V to 305 VAC, and can

Amplifiers offer high sensitivity input, wide programmable thresholds

March 6, 2014 2:11 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel (San Jose, CA) launched the SY88073L and SY88083L, two new limiting post amplifiers. The devices are ideal for FTTH XGPON.2 ONU/ONT (Optical Network Unit / Optical Network Terminal) applications supporting the build out of next-generation PON networks.

Wire-to-board connectors designed for on-board automotive instrumentation

March 6, 2014 1:48 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) has released a vertical configuration version of its DuraClik 2.00mm pitch wire-to-board connectors. The new vertical DuraClik connector is designed for on-board automotive instrumentation, including steering wheels, shift levers, wiper/blinker levers, headlights...

Power MOSFET delivers benchmark performance for telecom power supply applications

March 6, 2014 1:37 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) announced the introduction of the IRFH7185TRPbF 100V FastIRFET power MOSFET that delivers benchmark performance for DC-DC power supplies used in telecom applications. Features include a new 100V FastIRFET process, which offers a benchmark Rds(on)*Qg figure.

Step-up, micro DC/DC converter includes integrated coil

March 6, 2014 1:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TOREX SEMICONDUCTOR (Tokyo, Japan) has developed the XCL101 series, the first step-up type converter in the XCL series of micro DC/DCs with integrated coil. The XCL101 series is a step-up micro DC/DC converter with integrated coil in an ultra-small CL-2025 package....

Why is ZigBee green?

March 6, 2014 11:44 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak, ZigBee Alliance Member | Blogs | Comments

One of the biggest challenges that consumers and service providers will have in the future is maintaining a wide range of sensor and control devices located throughout the smart home. For ease of use and installation, it makes much more sense to have these powered by either batteries or by energy harvesting technologies.

Engineering Update Episode 48: Jet-powered UAV can roam up to 1,800 miles

March 6, 2014 10:59 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The Predator C Avenger is a jet-powered UAV with the firepower, range, and capabilities to set a new gold standard for unmanned vehicles. Whereas the Predator and Reaper were powered by a relatively primitive turboprop engine, with a top speed of 300 mph, the Avenger uses a Pratt & Whitney turbofan engine ...

Engineering Newswire: Multicopter flies like chopper, drives like car

March 6, 2014 9:39 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we're using nanotubes to reduce flammability, test-driving BMW's i3 in Las Vegas, and creating real-life transformers with a multicopter. This episode features robots in disguise: Advanced Tactics has developed a vertical take-off and landing aircraft that also features off-road automobile capabilities, which leverages the simplicity and robustness of a multi-copter at a full-scale size.

What would you do without your smartphone?

March 5, 2014 4:56 pm | by Daniele DeAngelis Walker, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

Imagine a world without smartphones. Everybody you see is talking into thin air. Holograms of people are popping up everywhere. You bump into everything, not because you’re too busy texting but because you’re too busy looking at your glasses instead of through them. That world might soon become a reality.

Quarter-brick DC-DC converter intended for wireless backhaul, smart grid, and networking applications

March 5, 2014 3:40 pm | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata (Mansfield, MA) announced the UWQ 240 Watt quarter-brick DC-DC converter from Murata Power Solutions designed for wireless backhaul, smart grid, and a broad range of networking and other telecommunications applications. With a fixed 12 VDC/20 A single output...

LED light guides designed for general illumination

March 5, 2014 3:26 pm | Global Lighting Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Global Lighting Technologies (Brecksville, OH) has introduced a new light guide that produces distinct customized emission patterns of light from the top and bottom surface. This enables lighting fixtures to emit light upward and downward using a single light guide with LEDs on one or two edges....

Europe rethinks renewable energy standards

March 5, 2014 12:14 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Blogs | Comments

For the past decade or more, as Al Gore and the majority of climate-change scientists have insisted that the world is speeding headlong toward an environmental catastrophe of epic proportions, European countries have adhered to stringent emission controls....

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