Electronic Products & Technology


May 1, 2013 by Colin Plastow, industrial product manager, Fluke Electronics Canada

A million and one uses for today’s voltage detectors

The first electrical tester had a simple solenoid that pulled an indicator attached to a spring across a special voltage scale. The higher the voltage applied to the solenoid, the further the indicator would be pulled against the spring. High

May 1, 2013 by Jordan Wosnick, Ph.D., senior scientist, Xerox Research Centre of Canada

Printable electronic materials show considerable promise

Rapid progress in microelectronics has led to exponential increases in computational power over the last 40 years, accompanied by comparable decreases in both the size and cost of electronic devices. This has enabled the spread of electronics and computer technology

May 1, 2013 by David R Hearn, managing director, Scitax Advisory Partners LP

Delayed reaction: How imminent changes in SR&ED tax credits are going to change your business

Both the 2012 and 2013 federal budgets contained changes to Canada’s Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit program. By far the most significant of these were a series of cuts announced in the 2012 budget the first of

May 1, 2013 by Kooltronic Inc.

Increasing the lifespan and reliability of components

Heat is both a by-product and one of the greatest enemies of electrical and electronic components. If not dissipated, this heat has the potential to cause early failures and malfunctions. Components commonly packaged in electrical enclosures, computer server racks, and

March 1, 2013 by Kian Sanjari, P.Eng., product management - I/O & networking, Phoenix Contact Canada

The new era of information exchange in the industrial world

We are all available 24 hours a day. We have at least one cell phone, use the Internet on the go every day, and learn about the latest global news through our communication media. Having information at one’s fingertips is

March 1, 2013 by Steve Moehling, director of engineering, OTTO

CAN bus standard evolves operator control module functionality

Since the dawn of space travel, around the time when OTTO was founded, control switches have played an integral part in providing the interface between the decision making capabilities of the operator and the response of the device being operated.

March 1, 2013 by Ken Manchen, corporate director EHS, Newark element14 and Gary Nevison, head of legislation and com

ROHS 2 and other regs you need to know about right now

We live in a fast-changing world, and companies selling products globally are subject to ever expanding regulations both at home and abroad. Staying abreast and assuring compliance is more challenging than ever for electronics distributors, manufacturers, and suppliers. Most regulations

March 1, 2013 by Don Knowles, vice-president engineering, N2Power (a division of Qualstar Corp.)

Understand efficiency ratings before deciding on an ac-dc supply

Greater efficiency in an ac-dc supply: what’s not to like? Everyone knows it’s “a good thing” and increasingly a priority virtue. Your decision process is straightforward: look for the supply with the dc output (volts/amps) you require, in a suitable

February 1, 2013 by Fred Kozlof, general manager, Conec Corp.

Clarifying the misconceptions of filter connectors

Filter connectors are a misunderstood product for many components engineers today. The lack of understanding is the result of the fact, that filter connectors are seldom on the ‘what’s new’ headlines and because most engineers don’t think they need them

January 1, 2013 by Ila Pal, VP marketing, Ironwood Electronics Inc.

Socket technology simplifies functional testing

Introduction Today’s electronic packages have high clock speeds (multi GHz range), fine pin densities (below 0.4mm pitch) and high pin counts (over 1000). When these packages assembled onto a printed circuit board (pcb), they perform certain functions at certain speed.

January 1, 2013 by Paul Semenza, analyst, NPD DisplaySearch

Big changes in small displays

Small and medium sized displays (9 inches and smaller in diagonal) are used widely in a variety of medical and industrial equipment, as well as transportation and other infrastructure. Because these applications represent a small fraction of the demand for

January 1, 2013 by Tom Lee Ph.D., chief education officer, Quanser Inc., Markham ON

Bringing the real world into the undergraduate lab

At the annual NIWeek Conference in Austin, the Canadian control systems hardware company Quanser and the technology giant National Instruments (NI) demonstrated a series of new products that streamlines the hardware and software tool chain for control systems applications in