Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

October 2019
Resettable PPTC Fuses Designed for Automotive Applications
Bel Fuse-Circuit Protection announces their 0ZRS Series of radial resettable PPTC fuses for automotive applications. These AEC-Q compliant fuses have an operating range of 500mA – 10A, a max. current of 100 A and continuous use at voltages up to 32 V DC, with an operating temperature of -40ºC to +125ºC. Featuring
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Date:
10/31/2019
Moving from Electromechanical to Solid-State in Relays and Circuit Breakers

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Figure 1: Contact wear in an electromechanical relay

As a mature technology, electromechanical relays and circuit breakers are well established, however they continue to suffer from some inherent weaknesses. Moving to solid-state technology can address these but introduces its own challenges. So, what is the right solution? In the movies, whenever the
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10/31/2019
Marshall Electronics Expands Popular OEM Lens Line
TORRANCE, Calif. -- Marshall Electronics' Optical Systems Division has announced the release of a new series of high-performance 5MP miniature lenses for industrial OEM applications, including automated robotic warehouses, robotics manufacturing and inspection, machine vision, automotive Tier-1, and visible
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10/30/2019

Commutation Encoder for 9 mm to 15.875 mm BLDC Motor Shafts
TUALATIN, Ore. — CUI Devices’ Motion Group announced the introduction of a new model to its AMT commutation encoder family that supports larger motor shaft sizes from 9 mm to 15.875 mm (5/8 inch). The AMT33 series generates standard U/V/W communication signals for commutating brushless dc motors in industrial,
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10/29/2019
Cutting-Edge Robot Makes Short Work of Gardening Chores

The Trimbot robot trims a bush.

A gardening robot has been developed that can self-navigate and automatically prune roses and trim bushes. The green-fingered device - known as Trimbot - uses cameras and 3D mapping technology to find its way around gardens and perform precise tasks with cutting tools. Prototype robots
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10/25/2019
Traco Power - new 0.6 and 1A POL converters
The TSR-WI line is a set of non-isolated POL converter series with an ultra wide 8:1 input voltage range which come in standard SIP-3 packages. Covering the majority of standard bus- and battery voltages this POL converter line is a versatile solution for many applications
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10/15/2019
Lower-Power Family of Isolated, Regulated DC-DC Modules
Power density, low weight and ease-of-use are critical considerations when designing isolated, regulated DC-DC converter systems for a broad range of robotics, UAV, rail, communications and defense/aerospace applications. The new DCM2322 ChiP family, a lower-power variant of the Vicor DCM3623 series, are targeted
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Date:
10/09/2019
Position Sensor Offers Robust, High-Resolution Performance
MALVERN, Pa. — Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. introduced a new high precision position sensor that offers more robust performance than existing absolute encoders and better resolution and accuracy than traditional Hall effect sensors for industrial robotics and other demanding applications. The new RAMK060
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10/08/2019
Squid-Inspired Robots Might Have Environmental Applications

Xiaobo Bi and Qiang Zhu discuss their work developing an aquatic robot inspired by cephalopods. (Left) Envisioned squid-inspired robot that combines fin flapping and jetting for locomotion. (Right) Numerical simulations provide insights of the underlying physical mechanisms.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Inspired by the unique and efficient swimming strategy of cephalopods, scientists developed an aquatic robot that mimics their form of propulsion. These high-speed, squidlike robots are made of smart materials, which make them hard to detect -- an advantage that has potential military
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Date:
10/01/2019