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Choosing the Right Joystick
Publication Date: 6/2/2010


Joysticks have become the user interface of choice for many industrial and high-performance control systems. For applications as diverse as security-camera surveillance, motorized wheelchairs, microscopes, construction equipment and submarines, joysticks provide the flexibility and ...
HSI Sealed Reeds Solve Medical Problems
Publication Date: 6/2/2010


Syncro Medical, a medical device company, wanted to pioneer a smarter, better, and easier-to-administrate small bowel feeding tube for critical care patients.
 
Historically, feeding tubes had markings to indicate a certain insertion position length into the human body. Doctors would mark their measurements of the length on the tube that had...
Counterfeit Products: Just Say No
Publication Date: 6/2/2010


Once upon a time, you could buy a "genuine" Rolex watch on a New York City street corner for $25 — right next to the pushcart vendor selling Sabrett hot dogs. It looked good, and might even tell time — for a while. When you bought it, you knew for sure it was a fake, and would ...
Stopping ESD in Today's SMT Manufacturing
Publication Date: 4/1/2010


A blank printed wiring board (PWB) by itself is not considered to be an ESD risk and it isn't. However, the board can become charged, and when an ESD-sensitive component touches it, a discharge is imminent. Often, PWBs arrive at the factory wrapped in a regular plastic wrap. When the boards ...
Getting Help with Bare Die
Publication Date: 4/1/2010


Specifying and obtaining the correct bare die to build hybrid microcircuits and multi-chip modules presents some specific problems. Dominant design factors here are hermeticity, size, and weight. However, the special needs related to the supply of bare die continues to mystify much of the ...
Passive Components for Critical-Use Applications
Publication Date: 4/1/2010


It is often taken for granted that Military Specification "Mil-Spec" passive components are the best choice for critical-use applications due to the special testing that each piece is subjected to. But are all Mil-spec components the same? Do all military specifications ensure highest reliability ...
Distributor Turns Contract Mfgr. & Does It All
Publication Date: 4/1/2010


In the late 80s and early 90s many Tier 1 aerospace, aviation, and defense systems providers redefined their own roles in the industry and subsequently that of their supply chain. These Tier 1 suppliers began to identify themselves as System integrators and as such focused their efforts ...
Discretes Aren't Always Passive
Publication Date: 4/1/2010


As a specialist distributor, our mission is to field technically informed salespeople who provide assurance of supply and product of high quality from leading component manufacturers. While there are some similarities between our model and other component distributors, we tend to maintain ...
Design Considerations for Switches
Publication Date: 7/2/2009


In human-machine interface devices, the individual electromechanical switching mechanisms are where the rubber really meets the road. After all, it is with the individual switches that the machine's human counterpart actually interacts with the device and controls its processes. As such ...
Improving Testing of Solar Energy Photovoltaics
Publication Date: 7/2/2009


Photovoltaic (PV) production is the world's fastest-growing energy technology, increasing by an average of 48 percent each year for the past six years. Evolving wafer-based photovoltaic technologies demand specialized machinery to accommodate these fragile and ever-thinning PV cells ...
Danger: Counterfeit Components Having Population Explosion
Publication Date: 7/2/2009


Whether designing a new system or redesigning an old one, engineers often use components that have worked well for them in past — most often to reduce the risks of a delayed system introduction due to open supply channels for new, and recently released product...
How Mazak Upgraded its World-Class Parts Distribution Center
Publication Date: 7/2/2009


Mazak is the largest metal cutting machinery builder in the world, with eight manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, the UK, Singapore and China along with 30 technology centers world wide. By producing machines close to its major markets in the world Mazak better understands ...
Solving Design Problems with Flat Pack Transformers
Publication Date: 7/2/2009


Magnetic components are often viewed as constraints to power supply innovation. Today, market forces and research are driving power supplies to new levels of efficiency and power density. However, along with all this innovation comes a new level of circuit complexity complete with its own issues of ...
Robotic Soldering Station Adapts to Special Needs
Publication Date: 2/5/2009


There has long been a need to automate the labor-intensive process of hand soldering. There are several possible approaches to meeting this need in order to increase output and quality. One method that has been very successful has been to provide...
New Inspection Help in the Lab
Publication Date: 2/5/2009


As workbench space becomes increasingly cluttered, new ways must be found to provide the working tools needed by development and design engineers, without weighing them down with too much scattered...
Integrating Human-Machine Interface Components
Publication Date: 2/5/2009


As technology systems grow more complex, issues of end-product equipment safety, ease of operation and reducing the risk of human error are becoming extremely important. Designers today know that ...
Eight Ways to Reduce Product Costs
Publication Date: 2/5/2009


While severe economic pressures can result in budget cutbacks and personnel layoffs, these changes fail to produce the organizational, process or product improvements that are necessary for gaining a competitive advantage. Far too often, they may turn out to be inhibitors of change. In his study of ...
A New Approach To Component Stacking
Publication Date: 2/5/2009


One of the most innovative concepts in electronics assembly is the idea that both active and passive devices can be moved from the surface of the printed wiring board to new locations inside the board itself. The concept has existed for decades...
The Expanding Role of Distributors
Publication Date: 10/30/2008


The role of electronic component distributors in the industry has undoubtedly expanded over the years. While the overall function of distributors has not changed greatly, the way distributors conduct business and how they meet ever changing customer needs has evolved. Engineers and purchasers ...
Surface Mount and Thru-Hole Jumpers
Publication Date: 10/30/2008


Jumper wires are as important to the circuit designer as the adjustable Crescent wrench is to the mechanic. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and serve many purposes and have proven over the years to be one of the most reliable and versatile tools a circuit designer can have in ...
 
 
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