Robot theme park to break ground
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/24/2009 1 comment
Robot Land, a robot theme park housing entertainment, education and corporate facilities expects to be open to the public by 2013.
Can you help find this industrial switch?
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 2/17/2009 Post a comment
When you combine Max Maxfield (of Programmable Logic DesignLine) with a fun project you never know what to expect - in this case an unusual request concerning a mono-lever industrial switch.
Flared pin heat sinks offer 30 percent performance benefits
Product News 2/16/2009 Post a comment
A new line of flared pin fin heat sinks have been introduced by Cool Innovations Inc., (Toronto, Canada) that are designed to provide enhanced cooling power performance due to an innovative structure that was specifically optimized for natural convection environments.
Valeo, Michelin cooperate on electric, hybrid drives
News & Analysis 2/16/2009 Post a comment
French automotive tier ones Valeo and Michelin have announced to bundle their forces in the development of electric drives and hybrid drives. The move includes the development of recharcheable elements in the power train as well as other technology segments relevant for reducing CO2 emission and improving the power efficiency.
Westcode launches water-cooled heatsink
Product News 2/13/2009 Post a comment
Westcode Semiconductors Ltd. (Chippenham, England) has introduced a water-cooled heatsink for its power semiconductors. The nickel-plated copper heatsink has a 127-mm diameter contact plate, making it suitable for press-pack devices with electrode contacts up to 125-mm diameter.
Volkswagen, Toshiba bundle forces for e-cars, batteries
News & Analysis 2/13/2009 Post a comment
Volkswagen AG (Wolfsburg, Germany) and Toshiba Corp. (Tokyo) have agreed to jointly develop electric automotive drives and the respective control electronics. In addition, the companies will cooperate in developing high-density battery systems for next-gen electrically-driven cars.
dSpace expands signal generator for ECU tests
Product News 2/12/2009 Post a comment
dSpace GmbH (Paderborn, Germany) has added new options to its DS2302 Direct Digital Synthesis Board. The enhancements aim at more powerful signal generation, enhancing the range of application cases, in particular when it comes to simulate intelligent wheel speed sensors.
Opinion: The illegitimacy of electronics
Blog 2/11/2009 2 comments
What do Leica, Olivetti and the Swiss watch industry have in common? All these companies and industries encountered difficulties in achieving the technological shift from mechanics to electronics, despite recognizing the threat at an early point.
Design How-To 2/10/2009 1 comment
This article provides an overview of regeneration - what it is and how it occurs - and managing it in RoboteQ controllers.
Shock absorber harvests energy
Product News 2/10/2009 4 comments
By harvesting the energy wasted by ordinary shock absorbers, a prototype device developed by MIT researchers aims to take over much of the work now performed by alternators.
Giving energy harvesting the bump test
Power Management DesignLine Blog 2/9/2009 1 comment
Energy harvesting is without doubt going to be one of the power management themes of 2009. Throughout the year we are going to be bombarded with new techniques to harness energy from all kinds of unusual power sources. Some will be clever and some will be downright whacky.