Wire-to-board connectors have metal backshells with EMI shielding

A comprehensive range of backshells with a rugged aluminium alloy construction and electroless nickel plating can be applied to new connector installations or alternatively for carrying out mid production modifications. Developed by Harwin for wire-to-board connectors, the metal shells make connectors more mechanically robust and provide EMI/RFI protection. Incorporated into the female cable versions is […]

Microcoax connectors carry EMI-shielded covers

The new CABLINE brand VS II Micro-Coaxial Cable Connector from I-PEX is an extension of the CABLINE brand VS Micro-Coaxial Cable Connector which was adopted as the VESA standard connector in 2009. The high-speed contact design is being used for data rates as high as 20 Gbps and supports the latest Thunderbolt 3 and IoT […]

Last days of the car guys

Leland Teschler • Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @ DW—LeeTeschler The time when autonomous vehicles dominate the roads will mark the end of the auto industry as we know it. That was the message from now-retired GM vice chairman Bob Lutz who spoke recently at an automotive electronics forum sponsored by Mentor Graphics, a Siemens

Anti-vandal switches are UL approved

New UL approved Anti-Vandal Pushbutton switches called the DHU Series come in 25, 28 or 30 mm diameterss. All sizes offer both ring and dot illumination and non-illuminated options. Choices of body and actuator colors include stainless steel and anodized aluminum in black, green, red, blue or yellow. Bi-color illumination and multiple actuator styles offer

Trust me — My spreadsheets are perfect

Leland Teschler – Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @ DW—LeeTeschler I recently heard an application engineer describe a new spreadsheet calculator his Tier Two automotive employer had devised. The spreadsheet helped calculate several technical parameters that went into sizing and selecting a new high-tech automotive component. Meant to be filled out by design engineers at

HMI terminal provides Wi-Fi communication link

The MT8103iE HMI incorporates a secure, safe, seamless built in Wi-Fi capability designed for harsh and/or IIoT environments. The MT8103iE HMI solution provides a Wi-Fi communication link that complies with the 802.11b/g/n wireless communication standard and therefore offers a secure connection via WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK, allowing the HMI to collect and send data in a safe and

Encoded rotary DIP switches sealed to IP67

New Encoded Rotary DIP switches come in two sizes. The 7-mm RD07 Series is sub-miniature in size, offering a flush arrow, 4.9-mm knurled slot or 4.2-mm flat slot actuator style option with three positions from 4 to 16. The RD10 is 10-mm in size with five positions from 4 to 16. Actuator style options for

Are engineers really becoming less innovative?

Leland Teschler – Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @DW_LeeTeschler Pundits have made headlines in recent years by claiming there is a slowdown in innovation. The evidence they usually cite comes from statistics about patents. The information firm Thomson Reuters, for example, recently used patent volume to conclude that the rate of innovation is slowing. The

Sensors in the driving seat

Advances in sensor technology help make autonomous vehicles safe and reliable. RALF BORNEFELD | Infineon Technologies Many drivers on today’s roads are already supported by advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) for functions such as parking assist, cruise control and automated lighting. Now, more intelligent and connected environmental sensors are making autonomous vehicles the next logical step […]

Engineers and the fate of all plastics ever made

Leland Teschler – Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @ DW—LeeTeschler A research paper made headlines recently when it claimed 79% of all plastics made since the invention of polymer resins now reside in landfills or are scattered around the landscape. All in all, the researchers figure that we’ll be sitting on roughly 12,000 metric tons

D-connector gaskets come in wide variety of materials

EMI shielding D-Connector gaskets come in five standard sizes of 9, 15, 25, 37, and 50-pin configurations in stainless steel, beryllium copper, X, Y, Z-axis conductive foam, and metalized fabric consisting of a metalized fabric over a polyurethane foam core. Additionally, four conductive elastomers fill out the D-Connector product line from Tech-Etch Inc. Series 1000 […]

Process sealed slide, toggle and rocker switches

IP67 Process Sealed slide, toggle and rocker switches include the SMS Series slide switch which is sub-miniature in size, offering a choice of single or double poles, termination in standard PC pin or horizontal mount, right angle PC pin. The CST Series toggle switch has gold contacts with single or double pole option. Sub-miniature in

You can’t control your way out of poor mechanical design

Leland Teschler, Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @DW_LeeTeschler With all the hoopla surrounding software startups, you might think the only innovative technology these days involves C++ programs and SIM cards. Worse, a lot of software-types seem to have the same opinion: A product that doesn’t depend on some kind of esoteric algorithm in software can’t

UL-listed NEMA 4X polycarbonate enclosure billed as largest on the market

The ARCA IEC from Fibox is said to be the largest UL-listed NEMA 4X Polycarbonate Enclosure. Made in the European IEC standard sizes, this enclosure is available up to 31.5x 23.5 11.5 in. The ARCA IEC cabinet enclosure is made of impact-resistant polycarbonate and will not dent, rust, crack or bloom like steel or fiberglass.

Do engineers deserve the blame for big mistakes in big projects?

Leland Teschler, Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @ DW—LeeTeschler Governments today struggle with budgetary overruns and deficits, and the resultant wrangling has put what might be called megaprojects in the spotlight: Big bridges, high-speed rail lines, and new fighter jets that are all large-scale, complicated undertakings typically having price tags in the billions. Of course,

Image gallery: The engineering eye candy at NIWeek 2017

National Instruments Corp. held its NIWeek event in Austin, Tex. last week. The get-together of LabVIEW programmers and instrumentation users always includes interesting new products and clever applications for the LabVIEW system design software and instrumentation hardware. Here are a few of the developments highlighted there that had eye appeal. NEXT PAGE: Stacking cups with

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“Alexa, run LabVIEW.”

NIWeek run-down National Instruments unveils the next generation of its LabVIEW program with features that include a toolkit for hooking into Amazon web services. National Instruments Corp. kicked off its NIWeek event in Austin, Tex. with the debut of a significantly upgraded version of its Laboratory Virtual Instrument Engineering Workbench (LabVIEW), a system-design platform and

Next generation of LabVIEW engineering system design software

The first release of the next generation of LabVIEW engineering system design software has been developed by National Instruments Corp. LabVIEW NXG 1.0 is said to bridge the gap between configuration-based software and custom programming languages with an innovative new approach to measurement automation that empowers domain experts to focus on what matters most –

LEDs light up industrial enclosures

LEDs have become bright enough, rugged enough, and inexpensive enough to handle illumination chores inside industrial control cabinets. Slavco Anastasov • Rittal Corp. For many years, fluorescent technology was the only option for the internal lighting of industrial enclosures. Fluorescent light sources have many positives and are relatively inexpensive. But they have their share of

Anti-vandal pushbutton switches include illumination

A broad line of sealed illuminated anti-vandal switches come in styles that include ring and dot illumination as well as non-illuminated versions. IP67 sealing is available, along with raised and flat actuators on most series. Mushroom actuators are available on some versions. Ranging in size from 12 up to 4 0mm, body and actuator color

The frustrations of dealing with those convinced by false facts and fake news

Leland Teschler, Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @ DW—LeeTeschler The March for Science recently wrapped up in more than 600 cities worldwide. Estimates are that marchers numbering in the hundreds of thousands took to the streets partly because of “an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery.” The more prosaic expression of

No respect for manufacturing jobs

Lee Teschler @dw_leeteschler You would have had to live under a rock for the past year to not hear the political posturing about U.S. manufacturing jobs. The President has promised to bring back. manufacturing jobs. Candidate Clinton had a “Make it in America” plan with effectively the same aim. The campaign rhetoric might lead you

Sightings of cool technology at SAE’s WCX2017 World Congress

The recently renamed SAE show in Detroit featured displays of interesting automotive technology. On the pages that follow are a few of the more noteworthy examples we found while cruising the aisles. NEXT PAGE: How to boost fuel economy in AWD systems

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The likelihood of ending up as a white-collar crook

Leland Teschler – Executive Editor lteschler@wtwhmedia.com On Twitter @ DW—LeeTeschler Suppose you were the one who set the prices your company charged for its products. Further suppose two of your chief competitors called and suggested the three of you collude on a bid for an upcoming contract. Simply put, they wanted to engage in price

Miniature electromechanical switches excel at handling dc loads

The SS-3FP/SS-5F Subminiature Basic Switch from Omron features a 1-mm contact gap. The switches comply with the IEC standard for insulation distance required in secondary circuits of interlocks. This switch can be used in a variety of applications such as door interlocks and secondary interlock systems for office equipment and security devices, among many others.