Encoders are sensing devices that operate with high speed and accuracy to provide feedback about the motion of objects to control systems. The feedback allows the control system to determine whether the observed object is being positioned correctly, permitting adjustments as necessary. These devices are also used to measure speed, position, direction, and have the ability to provide a count of the object at hand. Due to their versatile functions, there are many types of encoders, a few of which will be covered in this blog.


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Drills are a commonly used tool for countless projects, capable of creating pilot holes and rapidly installing fasteners into surfaces. Depending on the type of job that is being carried out, there are various types of drill bits that one can utilize, each differing in characteristics such as size, length, and design. In this blog, we will provide a brief overview of the most common drill bit types, allowing you to better understand the roles that they serve and how they are used.


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A type of electrical component, a diode allows current to flow in a single direction, but can emit or sense light based on which specialized model is used. Important for assisting the necessary functions of semiconductors in various digital and linear circuits, diode arrays are discrete electrical diode devices often consisting of unconnected diodes assembled along a linear package. Also referred to as a semiconductor package, diode arrays typically come with four diodes in a single assembly, but are available in a variety of designs and configurations for optimal part compatibility. To better answer any questions you may have on diode arrays, we will discuss how they amplify electrical processes to provide improved reliability, high density packaging, faster assembly speeds, and fewer parts in comparison to individually packaged diodes.


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Washer components are common hardware pieces, typically coming in the form of a thin plate that has a hole in the middle. When paired with a threaded fastener such as a bolt or nut, the washer serves to distribute loads for the benefit of an assembly. Beyond such a role, washers may also operate as a spacer, wear pad, locking device, preload indicating device, or vibration reducer. Washers may be constructed from various materials such as metal and plastic, and they come in numerous forms to facilitate the operations of different systems. Plain and spring washers are two common variations, each of which differ from one another to benefit varying needs. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between each so that you may better understand the roles that they play.


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A classification of washer, lock washers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each uniquely designed for a specific application. Easily identifiable by their star-shaped body and rigid teeth, or a ring-like shape constructed with bent, spring-like ends, lock washers are used to hold fasteners in place through the application of tension. Providing axial flexibility when attached to the nut side of a fastener, all forms of lock washers are capable of exerting tension while remaining in place when exposed to vibrational forces. Often used for transportation vehicles within the automotive, aviation, aerospace, and marine industries, without the implementation of lock washers, fasteners employed for such jobs face issues in security. When choosing the next set of washers for your project, here are the primary facts you need to consider about lock washers, their common types, and the importance of their individual applications.


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Printed circuit boards (PCB) serve as the mechanical support and electrical connection hub for the communicating electronic components of devices, and they may be assembled together to create multi-board designs. When creating more complex assemblies that contain numerous components and printed circuit boards, it is important that the correct connectors are chosen to facilitate communications, power supply, and more. In this blog, we will discuss how to choose the right connectors for a multi-board design, ensuring that your devices function efficiently and as intended.


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Circuit breakers and fuses are electrical protection devices that may be interchangeable with one another based on the application they are used for, and they both commonly serve as a precautionary measure against overload conditions. Serving a similar purpose, both devices help safeguard the integrity of an electrical circuit from fires and electrical damage caused by surges in electricity. As devices that can prevent your home, workplace, appliances, vehicles, infrastructure, and more from potentially disastrous scenarios, we will break down how and why circuit breaker and fuse devices are not only advantageous, but can potentially save lives.


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When discussing display technologies, cathode ray tube (CRT) and liquid-crystal display (LCD) technologies are often the most talked about types. While CRTs and LCDs have dominated the display market for many decades, plasma is an alternative that may be useful for certain applications. Plasma display panels (PDP) are displays that utilize small cells containing plasma for creating images, and they are an upgrade from CRT technology with their performance and characteristics. In this blog, we will discuss plasma displays, allowing you to have a better understanding of their functionality.


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When designing embedded applications for the operation of automobile engine control systems, office machines, power tools, medical devices, and other such systems, a microcontroller is a component that is paramount for such assemblies. As a small computer placed onto a MOS integrated circuit, a microcontroller functions with the use of its processor cores, memory, and peripherals. As devices that are capable of governing parts of a larger component without the need of an operating system, understanding how microcontrollers function can be useful for various types of manufacturing and system design.


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When purchasing locks, the amount of options can quickly become overwhelming. There are many different types of locks that provide different security factors, and all should be considered before purchasing. Of the many types of locks, the four most common are padlocks, deadbolts, knob locks, and lever locks. This blog will discuss each type.


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