Rotary switches are devices that can also be referred to as multi-functional electrochemical switches. Classified as human-machine interface components, they allow operators to control and interact with equipment. Rotary switches are a perfect alternative to push-button switches, and they are designed to turn with 360 degrees of freedom and they switch between their various positions by rotating.


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The industrial pneumatic system is a popular way for companies across many industries to remain cost-effective on maintenance and prolong their machine lifespans. The function and design of a pneumatic system might sound complex at first, but once you break it down to its most basic processes and components, like the pressure or volume regulating valves, it becomes easier to understand its importance.


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When one operates a motor system that features a variable frequency drive (VFD), one runs the chance of damaging their running motor over time. This is a result of electrical currents and harmonics that are detrimental, and it is important to have a solution in place for the wellbeing of the assembly. The most common solution is to use a compact component known as a line reactor, that of which is an electromagnetic device that utilizes inductors to guard assemblies from voltage spikes, surges, transients, and other such disturbances.


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Variable transistors are used to control electrical voltage and power through simple and reliable operations. Used for speed control in AC and DC motors, heater control, light dimming, and other applications, variable transistors have become a staple as a practical electronic component. In this blog, we will discuss everything you need to know about variable transformers, including their design, function, and various applications.


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A gearmotor is considered to be a combination of an electric motor and gearbox, the motor either being AC or DC in type. By combining such elements together, a gearmotor may be used to generate a high amount of torque for an operation while operating with low horsepower or speed. Since their initial inception, gearmotors have situated themselves as a commonplace integrated system type. With the potential efficiency and cost savings provided by gearmotors, it can be useful to have a general understanding of their functionality and applications.


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Surge protection is typically carried out by appliances intended to protect electrical devices from voltage spikes. As such, surge protection components work by blocking or shorting any unwanted voltages before entering a network. While surge protection can prevent power surges by absorbing increased power, it does not always work alone to protect one’s devices. Power conditioning, on the other hand, consists of a device that improves the quality of the power that is being delivered to electrical load equipment. Surge protection often works in tandem with power conditioning to meet the same ends.


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Communication networks are typically used in control systems to transfer data between field devices, PLCs, and personal computers, providing the backbone of smart grids tasked with data processing and storage, operator interfacing, and information management. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of how these communication networks work and the diverse set of industries that use them.


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When carrying materials such as fluids over distances, one will commonly employ the use of hoses, tubes, and pipes. While serving similar roles and being fairly close in appearance, there are important differences between each. As such, one should have familiarity with such part types so that they can properly establish and maintain their systems or equipment. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of each so that you can best understand their differences and capabilities.


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Whatever its intended use is, tape comes in a variety of materials, strengths, and properties that best support certain cartons, materials, and environments. When needed for heavy-duty or industrial applications, it is imperative that the specific tape being used is capable of supporting fluctuations in temperature and other environmental stressors. As such, pressure sensitive packaging tapes and water-activated tapes (WATs) are commonly used for their performance in packaging and shipping applications. To best choose the right tape fit for your parcel, we will go over the key differences between pressure-sensitive tapes and water-activated tapes, as well as how they can best be applied to your advantage.


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Surge Protection Devices (SPDs) are extremely common and important appliances that protect electronics from a phenomenon called a surge or transient overvoltage. These surges can either slowly deteriorate or immediately damage sensitive electronic devices, create a fire risk, and can cost businesses and individuals greatly. This blog will discuss the causes and impacts of surges, the classification system for SPDs, and how these devices protect against surges.


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For a standard electronic device to function as intended, it must be assembled from a variety of circuits and circuit elements that work together to facilitate operations. Electronic components in particular regularly make up circuity, coming in the form of active and passive parts. Active components are those that are capable of possessing gain, serving to provide energy to the circuit for varying needs. Meanwhile, passive components are incapable of possessing gain and are unable to provide continuous energy to a circuit. To better understand electrical circuits and electronic device assembly, we will discuss some of the most common active and passive electronic components that are used.


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A slip ring is a common component of many electromechanical systems, permitting power and electrical signals to be transferred from a stationary structure to one that is rotating. When implemented within a system, a slip ring may benefit mechanical performance, streamline operations, or mitigate the amount of dangling wires that may be present within an assembly. Slip rings can also come in a variety of designs, typically varying depending on the application that they were made for and the role that they serve.


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Human-machine interfaces (HMIs) are graphical interfaces that allow for interaction between humans and machines. In the industrial sector, HMIs are commonly used to control manufacturing lines and industrial equipment. They are traditionally connected to a programmable logic controller (PLC) in order to carry out commands once they are implemented on the HMI device. Nevertheless, using HMIs with PLCs has multiple inherent shortcomings, forcing engineers to explore alternative options.


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A sensor is a device used to detect the presence of a physical object in its vicinity and provide information about said object. They are most commonly used with other electronic devices to identify pressure, force, strain, light, etc., and convert it into a desired electronic signal. Sensors are broadly classified as digital or analog, though there are many other more specific types. In this blog, we will cover the twelve most common types of sensors.


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The aircraft electrical system is crucial for the operation of many devices and parts, allowing for pilots to operate aircraft instruments, communicate with ATC, and more during flight. As aircraft are isolated from any other system during their operations, the electrical system is capable of generating, supplying, and controlling electrical power. To best understand how the aircraft electrical system functions, it can be useful to learn about the various circuits, generators, batteries, and other components that they are composed of.

When discussing electrical systems, it is important to be aware of some basic terminology. Voltage refers to electrical pressure, and it may be measured in volts. Current is the movement of electrons, and it can be measurable with amps. Resistance is the opposition to current flow, ensuring that electricity is governed throughout the system. Lastly, power is the rate of electricity, often expressed in Watts.


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An electronic component is a basic discrete device in an electrical system used to design a circuit. Electronic components are generally grouped into three categories: basic electronic components, power sources, and test & measurement devices. This blog will cover each group and some of the components within each group.


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