Electromagnets are a common component found in a widely diverse set of applications, enabling the operations of concert speakers, wrecking yard equipment, and even building doors. Electromagnets may come in various forms, but at their most basic, they are simply devices that form magnetic fields through the induction of electricity. Nevertheless, they support the functionality of countless processes that modern societies depend on, making them extremely important. To help you better understand electromagnets and the impact they have in various settings, we will discuss their functionality in this blog.


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Washers are a popular form of hardware component for assemblies, generally being used alongside a nut or threaded fastener to distribute loads, protect surfaces, act as a spacer, and to perform other such roles. The abilities of a particular washer are based on its design and intended application, making it crucial that you have a basic understanding of common options. For example, lock washers are used in a wide variety of applications, and you may have even used one without knowing if you commonly work on assemblies for hobbies, home maintenance, or work. In this blog, we will discuss lock washers in more detail, allowing you to have a better understanding of their functionality and potential uses.


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If you have worked with fastened assemblies that involve the use of bolts and nuts, there is a good chance that you have handled washers at some point. These components typically come in the form of flat, circular disks that contain a hole in the middle, and they are generally placed between the head of a bolt and the surface of a workpiece. With a washer, one can achieve a number of goals, ranging from the distribution of fastener loads to creating space between two surfaces. Based on one’s needs, there are a variety of washer types that one may choose from. In this blog, we will discuss the spring washer in particular, that of which is a unique type that can protect assemblies from a variety of stresses and forces.


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Since the advent of the induction motor, variable frequency converters have been around in the form of AC generators. When you change the rotational speed of a generator, you can change the output frequency. In fact, frequency converters were used until high speed transistors were invented in order to vary motor speed. Unfortunately, frequency changes were limited due to generator speed reduction lowering the output frequency but not the voltage.


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When navigating the skies, there are a lot of systems in place to aid pilots in determining their exact location. Given the fact that there are virtually no landmarks or reference points in the air to indicate an aircraft’s position, pilots rely on interactions with air traffic control (ATC) and other systems on the ground to determine their positions. One important system in place that pilots rely on is the distance measurement equipment (DME) system. For your better understanding of how such equipment is used in practice, this blog will cover the basics of distance measurement equipment.


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When dealing with electrical systems, communication systems, or other various apparatuses that deal with the transfer of current or signals, it is important that you have the right connectors to ensure proper mating between various cables, parts, and assemblies. There are many types of couplings that one may procure when attempting to establish connections, each of which presents its own capabilities, advantages, and disadvantages based on the application in question. Circular connector couplings are quite common, and they may be found in many military, aerospace, and business settings alike. To help you determine what type of coupling is the best fit for your needs, we will discuss the common types of circular connector components that are on the market.


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            Valves are components found in countless applications and industries, serving for the regulation, direction, and management of fluid flow. Depending on the type of valve, such devices may operate by opening, closing, or partially obstructing the path of fluids. While many valves are manually operated, a wide number of applications benefit from automation and actuation systems that make the adjustment of valve settings much easier. In this blog, we will be specifically discussing valve actuators and their common types, allowing you to better understand the importance and usefulness of such devices.


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Resistors are commonly used electronic components that are available in various sizes, ranging from small surface mount chip resistors to large, wire-wound power versions, and such products are found in nearly every circuit board and electronic device you use. A resistor is a two-terminal electrical component, and its primary purpose is to introduce resistance in an electrical circuit, reducing current flow. However, resistors are also applicable for other purposes such as adjusting signal levels, dividing voltages, biasing active elements, and terminating transmission lines. The range of resistors used is expanding with new applications; new series combinations and parallel networks are being created to establish complex circuits that work as droppers, dividers, or limiters for voltage levels in a circuit.


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MOSFET is an acronym for “metal–oxide–semiconductor field-effect transistor,” which is an important element in embedded system design that is utilized to control the loads as per a user’s requirements. Many electronic projects such as light intensity control, motor control, and max generator applications take advantage of the MOSFET. Additionally, the MOSFET provides key features for circuit designers in terms of overall performance.


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Voltage regulation is a necessary element of any electronic system. Without this technology, electronic circuits and their associated components would be prone to damage and failure, while also risking operator safety due to an increased fire hazard. Voltage regulation is achieved through the implementation of several components, those of which may vary in design between applications. In this blog, we will discuss how voltage regulators work and the most common types available on the market.


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