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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Whether you are attaching the skin of an aircraft or creating robust assemblies for infrastructure, fasteners serve as a critical aspect of construction. As hardware components that can affix two or more parts together in permanent or non-permanent fashion, fasteners are used in countless industries for a wide variety of applications. Blind rivets and pop rivets are two fastener types that are regularly used in construction, and they are often confused with one another for their many similarities. As each rivet type slightly differs in its characteristics that benefit certain situations, understanding the functionality and application of each can be very useful for anyone who regularly uses fasteners.


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There is a vast and diverse range of connector types available today. As such, it can be difficult to differentiate each kind. While most people can tell the standard connector types, many, even experts, can have trouble identifying the gender of reverse polarity connectors. This blog will explain the difference between male and female polarity connectors, whether standard or reverse.


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Solenoids are a common type of electromagnet that are often presented in the form of a wire coiled around a metallic base or housing. By creating a magnetic field through the induction of electricity, a solenoid may benefit applications that are medical, automotive, industrial, and more with their capabilities. In this blog, we will discuss how solenoids work, allowing you to best understand how they benefit various industries and applications through their use.


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Automobile assembly lines and other factory operations are massive, intricate undertakings. Each individual part must properly carry out its task to contribute to the entire system. More often than not, small and large mechanical processes are controlled by something called an electrical control panel. This blog will explain what electrical control panels are and the many components and make up the panel as a whole.


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An RF (radio frequency) filter is an electronic component used to allow signals to pass through at certain frequencies but reject signals at any frequency outside the approved range. RF filters are commonly used as a base for duplexers and diplexers to combine or separate frequency bands. One problem that can occur when sending and receiving signals is load impedance on the circuits. The load impedance should match the internal impedance of the lowpass and highpass filters. This minimizes the amount of signal reflections when many frequency signals are being sent out or received. This blog will explain the types of RF filters and their characteristics.


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When designing an electronic device or system, ensuring that proper resistance is in place is paramount to safe operation. Resistance refers to a material’s ability to impede the flow of electric current, allowing for the limitation of electrical flow in order to protect sensitive components and those that are operating the system. Resistors are the component or device that is implemented to oppose electric current, and there are various types that are commonly used across different electronic applications depending on the amount of electricity present and the need for impeding electricity.


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The terms wire harness and cable assembly are often used interchangeably but what many people do not know is that they are very different and distinct. The actual items themselves have very similar functions but their function and design operate significantly differently. Note that they are unique in their own way because a wire is basically a piece of material that can conduct electric currents, with some examples being copper and aluminum. On the other hand, a cable is not the same because it consists of two or more wires that are bonded together. You can sometimes find them to be braided or melded together as one, which explains why you might see cables that appear like bundles of intertwined wires. For more information on the difference between a cable assembly and a wire harness, read the article below.


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Electronic assemblies and systems can be complex, containing a variety of parts and components that all work together to provide for operations. Connectors, terminals, and connector assemblies are all critical electrical components to many systems, and some may be unaware of their independent functions, capabilities, and applications. To help you understand the three and further your knowledge on electrical systems, we will discuss each and their individual functions.


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