Automation is a method of controlling machines or equipment through electronic and automatic devices with as little human interference as possible. It has become especially prevalent within the industrial manufacturing field due to rapid innovations in computerized technology. Automated systems were developed as a way to minimize human error and maximize production efficiency, and they can take on many forms. From computer-controlled test equipment to automatically operated household appliances, automation can serve as a substitute for manual control in numerous ways. It has become an important part of both commercial and private life, and its range of applications only continues to grow.
Like automated systems, electronics technology is becoming more advanced and expanding its field of use. Electronic systems largely deal with device applications and electrical power distribution. But despite significant technical progress, electronics still focuses on the same fundamental aspects it encompassed since its beginnings in the nineteenth century: inputs, signal processors, and outputs.
Electric Double-Layer Capacitors (Supercapacitors) Despite their apparent similarity to batteries, capacitors are actually designed and used in markedly different ways. A capacitor is an energy storage device that, unlike a battery, generates an electrical field between two parallel conductor plates.
Electrical Standoff Insulators Although standoff insulators perform an ancillary function within most electrical systems, they can be critical for maintaining a devices operational capability.
Harmonic Oscillators Buying Guide Oscillator circuits produce repetitive signals to control periodic activities of devices like watches and lights. Harmonic oscillators are a type of oscillator that produces these signals at a steady rate.
Inductors This article offers a brief introduction to how inductors work, as well as several common types of inductor cores. Basic applications are also discussed.
Unfilled Liquid Crystal Polymers Highlighting that unfilled liquid crystal polymers (LCP) have excellent thermal and dimensional stability, and high strength, this paper presents the end-use and processing advantages of LCPs along with the help of a table. It briefly explains how blends and processing aids improve LCPs stiffness, impact resistance, and impermeability, and how LCP...
The Problem with UL Approval of Rigid Flex Circuits Listing out all the various advantages and applications of flex circuit boards, this paper explains how rigid flex circuit boards offer product differentiation with greater reliability for OEM's and designers. It highlights some sample requirements like dielectric thickness and circuitry dimension which are to be maintained by the fabricator to...
Automating Water Jet Process Is a Smart Business Decision Explaining about flexible automation systems, this paper presents an introduction to the concept of robot based flexible automation systems by exploring business case for robotics, along with some unique considerations for deploying this type of equipment in the water jet process environment. It illustrates how operation cost could be decreased by...