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Specs for Class 2 Electronic Product Design

When introducing a new electronic product design, many OEMs don’t fully understand the differences between IPC classifications -- or understand them at all....

RS485 Vs. RS232: What's the Difference?

Mar 20, 2019
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Trends, Dynamic, Matric

Among the serial data interfaces -- SPI, Flex I2C, and many more -- available for electronic equipment, two stand out for their longevity. In spite of the dozens of new kids on the block, RS232 and RS485 remain popular....

Why an ISO 13485 Certified Manufacturer Is Vital for Medical Devices

Medical device companies looking for a PCB design and assembly partner have many important factors to consider, all with the end user’s well-being at risk. Finding an experienced, ISO 13485 certified manufacturer is one of the most important....

How Does a Wind Farm Work?

Starting a wind farm is a massive project, one that requires careful research, planning, and negotiation.  ...

Wind Turbine Glossary of Terms -- Pitch System & More

Understanding the guts and inner workings of a wind turbine requires being up to speed on electronics, physics, and mechanics. Depending on how involved a wind farm owner is on day-to-day operations, it may be hard to keep up with the lingo when seeking repairs, ...

Tariffs on Electronics From China: Another Delay

Feb 27, 2019
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Components, Trends, Costs, Dynamic, Matric

If there's anything certain in the U.S.-China tariffs staredown, it's uncertainty....

Moving to a Wireless Industrial Control: IoT & More

Many industrial and manufacturing operations are looking closely at wireless industrial controls to see what benefits they offer. These wireless systems definitely have advantages -- enabling your systems to communicate more effectively with one another and with ...

Best Types of PCB Material for Your Board

Most often, the foundation, or base, of a printed circuit board (PCB) consists of a substrate and laminate. Different substrate and laminate materials determine how the PCB will perform. So, selecting the right types of PCB material for the intended purposes is ...

Wind Energy Prices Drop as Turbine Technology Improves

Feb 22, 2019
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Trends, Windurance

Converting wind into an energy source has proven to be a viable and profitable solution for sustainability. It’s also an inexpensive energy source -- and prices keep going lower, thanks to emerging wind turbine technology. After topping out at 7 cents per kilowatt ...

Wind Turbine Pitch Control Systems as a Fault Diagnosis Tool

An underappreciated part of your wind turbine system, the pitch actuator is mainly responsible for adjusting the wind turbine pitch angle. But when the pitch actuator faults (often through no fault of its own), the dynamic response of the pitch angle either slows ...