Suppose you are designing an inspection drone for an offshore oil platform where human inspection is dangerous and precision flight is key. In your developmental testing, you realise that the flight control is becoming unstable as the drone flies near and under the steel structure. You determine this loss of control is due to GPS outages and magnetic inference from the bridge both of which negatively impact the drone’s attitude control system.
ABB´s new shore-to-ship technology minimises environmental impact and secures reliable electricity to Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Portsmouth.
Transformers are among the most basic electrical devices in a power distribution system. Essentially, it's a chunk of iron wrapped with wire.
Back in June, I had the pleasure of visiting Digi-Key Electronics in its home town of Thief River Falls, Minnesota. Three flights totalling around 10+ hours and an hour car ride later, I arrived!
With long design cycles and operational life of aircraft, designers have to be assured that parts they design in can be sourced for a long time. 10 years is a minimum, and probably in the end support will be required for multiples of that.
DALI (digital addressable lighting interface) is a form of lighting control which allows customised preferences to be programmed. The key benefit of DALI for a designer or installer is that it provides two-way communication, allowing devices such as ballasts, transformers and emergency fittings to report back on their status. This can help speed up installation compared to non-DALI lighting, and makes fault diagnosis much quicker and easier.
Here Denis O’Sullivan of Molex looks at the subject of downtime in commercial vehicle sealed connector systems and highlights the new solution from Molex.
Long-term, reliable solutions are in high demand within the nuclear industry. What does this mean for components such as connectors? And how are connector companies evolving to meet these increasingly extreme requirements? DPA asked Peter Dent, MD LEMO UK LTD, for his thoughts.
Michele Windsor, global marketing manager at Ultralife Corporation, looks at what the rise in wearable medical devices means for power requirements.