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Mini ceramic motor automates in-vacuum alignment
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12/31/2004   Post a comment
New Scale Technologies Inc. has released a new vacuum-compatible version of its patent-pending mini ceramic SQUIGGLE motor for automating critical alignments in high-vacuum instruments without requiring mechanical feed-throughs or stepper motors. The new motors can be used for nanometer positioning in applications such as semiconductor manufacturing and testing, scanning electron microscopes, ion beam microscopes, and scanning ion mass spectrometers.
Emergency stop switch combines compact size with full functionality
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
The new Series 61 emergency stop switch from EAO meets the industrial industry's need for miniaturization and robustness. These new switches may be used in a variety of compact control panels for machinery, process control and access control equipment such as production lines, cranes, robots, moving platforms, security systems and emergency exits.
Preparing for the Next 'DARPA Grand Challenge'
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12/30/2004   Post a comment
Team Overbot designers are pushing development of their autonomous robot vehicle for next October's competition.
New Circuit Protection Options for Power Electronics
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12/27/2004   Post a comment
When a fault occurs in a linear transformer or power supply, some of the components may begin to overheat. In the case of the switch mode charger, some of the components that can fail are the magnetics or the switching FETs. A solution to this problem may be to use a polymeric positive temperature coefficient device that can help provide both overcurrent and overtemperature protection in one convenient package. A Raychem engineer offers these insights. (Thanks go to Paul O'Shea at powermanagment
Pushbutton switches serve many applications
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12/24/2004   Post a comment
NKK Switches offers a new series of standard-size illuminated and non-illuminated pushbutton switches with an extensive selection of options. The new LB series is available in a myriad of configurations, styles, and colors.
ATCA backplane offers full redundancy
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12/23/2004   Post a comment
Elma Bustronic Corp. offers a fully pluggable AdvancedTCA (ATCA) backplane. The company says the hot-swappable feature of the 14-slot Dual Star ATCA backplane reduces mean-time-to-repair (MTTR) and lowers cabling costs.
Sealed switches feature ultra-mini size
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12/22/2004   Post a comment
Featuring the company's sliding twin crossbar contact mechanism, the new G3T and G3B series of ultra-miniature, sealed toggle and pushbutton switches from NKK Switches provides logic level switching reliability. With every actuation, the gold-plated contacts are wiped clean to provide a smoother, positive detent actuation and increased contact stability.
ITT Cannon offers lead-free switches
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12/17/2004   Post a comment
Ahead of pending global environmental legislation such as the European Union's Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), ITT Industries, Cannon now offers a wide range of its switch products in lead-free versions. Cannon's portfolio includes many devices that also do not contain cadmium, mercury, or other toxic substances, such as hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls or polybrominated diphenyl ethers.
PartMiner offers RoHS-compliance data
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12/15/2004   Post a comment
Component database provider PartMiner Inc. announced Wednesday (Dec. 15) it has added detailed information on hazardous material content of electronic components to its CAPS online repository.
Rack-mountable 1U platform slated for development purposes
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12/15/2004   Post a comment
As a supplier of custom embedded systems, WIN Enterprises is now offering a Pentium-equipped rack-mountable 1U-sized development platform. Intended to help you achieve fast time-to-market, WIN's new product can be used for networking, so-called Internet appliance, industrial automation, and point-of-service applications. Significantly, it's priced at less than $600 a pop.
Where, Oh Where, Has the 42V Promise Gone?
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12/14/2004   Post a comment
What kept 42V systems from becoming widspread--so far?
Circuit breakers available with 10 to 50 amp ratings
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12/8/2004   Post a comment
Waytek now offers mid-range circuit breakers for use in marine, agriculture, construction, RV, chassis and specialized equipment market applications.
Fan guards offer durability
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12/8/2004   Post a comment
JFM Technologies LLC says its new billet aluminum fan guard offers greater durability than standard wire-formed versions. Constructed of machined 6061 aluminum, the machined cage distributes damaging loads evenly around the fan rim, said the company.
Switch targets white goods
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12/7/2004   Post a comment
Cherry Corp. has expanded its D4 miniature switch line to include a new RAST 2.5-mm connection system that is preferred by appliance manufacturers. This system includes a cable harness with standardized RAST 2.5-mm plugs.
Detection switches offer two-way detection
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12/7/2004   Post a comment
ALPS Electric Co. Ltd. has launched a series of high-contact reliability and two-way detection switches for consumer electronics products. Key applications include detection of mechanism operation in DVDs, digital cameras, and other devices, as well as detection of mode change and zoom operation in digital cameras and digital video cameras.
Component orders fell in November, says ECA
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12/7/2004   Post a comment
Indicative of the current uncertainty in the electronics market, the monthly order index compiled by the Electronic Components, Assemblies & Materials Association (ECA) dipped in November after rising in October.
Mini switches come loaded with options
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12/2/2004   Post a comment
Available with many distinctive features and accessory options, the new M series of miniature PC-board mounted rocker and paddle switches from NKK Switches can be specified with power, logic level or dual ratings.
Lightning & Surge RF Protectors - cover a wide bandwidth
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12/1/2004   Post a comment
The SXL series of surge and lightning protection units from Smiths Interconnect - PolyPhaser deliver high power RF protection across a wide bandwidth enabling the same units to be used for many different applications.


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