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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Saelig April Newsletter: Enter to win a $119.00 HPG1 - 1 MHz Pocket Function Generator - http://bit.ly/ZFRWrw
April Newsletter: New Handheld RF & Benchtop Spectrum Analyzers & New Makerbot 3D Printers In Stock - http://bit.ly/ZFRWrw
How To Avoid The Threat Of Counterfeit ICs (EEWeb Pulse p.12-13) http://bit.ly/16N4s7R
Monday, February 4, 2013
National Marriage Week
"Small town stories across the nation are exciting!" says Sheila Weber, executive director of the national campaign. A group in Kankakee County, Illinois is setting up a booth in a shopping mall from February 7 to14, offering free marriage counseling services. A team in the Chicago area has 500 churches sponsoring Date Night events. A Louisiana group is seeking its state's top 10 longest married couples to be publicized as was last year's honoree couple, who were married for 81 years! A Sweetheart Dinner and Dance in Ohio will offer a renewal of vows ceremony.
United Marriage Encounters and NMWUSA are co-sponsoring a 2-Minute Video Contest with a Winner's Free Trip to Hawaii for the couple with the winning marriage story.
"It has been long proven that children fare best at every level if they can grow up with both their father and mother," said Mrs. Weber. "Since more than 40 percent of U.S. babies today are born out of wedlock, which is the greatest predictor of poverty for women and children, and we have an alarming drop in marriage rates—nearly 80% of all adults were married in 1970, only 52% today—the need is greater than ever for a positive campaign to strengthen marriage," she continued.
The Brookings Institution says that if the U.S. had the marriage rate today that it had in 1970, there would be a 25 percent drop in poverty. The Heritage Foundation says that marriage drops the probability of a child living in poverty by 82 percent, cites Mrs. Weber.
The NYC Human Resources Commissioner was recently reported to be planning a local campaign about the benefits of marriage "for the outcome of the child," motivated by the fact that 70 percent of all babies born in the Bronx are to unwed moms—news Weber cited as "quite an extraordinary development."
"We encourage citizens, organizations, and houses of worship to launch marriage strengthening classes and events, list them on the National Calendar at National Marriage Week, and for individuals to find an event near them to help their own marriage, or help others," explains Mrs. Weber.
Source: National Marriage Week USA
Monday, January 14, 2013
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week was jammed-packed with the latest consumer gizmos. But I was looking for the latest industrial products for our customers. The Makerbot Stand was extremely busy. They had multiple Replicator 2s in operation, a well as the new 2X (dual extruders, heated platen, enclosed build space). I posted a video clip here: http://youtu.be/zglw7ZNYmn4
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Willian Santos, business development manager at ABI, explains: “In most countries, it is evident that companies have become much more conscious about their maintenance processes and related costs. Budget restrictions and the ever-increasing pressure from local governments to be more ‘green’ are driving businesses towards a “repair, not replace” strategy. This is creating a demand for people capable of managing electronics maintenance in a more effective way - producing an increasing pressure on education and training providers, forcing them to keep pace with the industry demands for qualified graduates with strong abilities in the fields of electronics fault finding and repair”.
In Colombia, SENA identified these requirements through their local industry partners but also via the free trade agreement signed with the USA. The research conducted within this agreement indicated that a long downtime of production equipment would have a negative impact on the country’s competitiveness.
Thus, the national directors set about modernizing the education infrastructure through country-wide projects incorporating all disciplines. In order to keep with the slogan “SENA, a world class organization”, SENA turned to worldwide companies with a proven success in education and an ability to provide internationally recognized training.
ABI Electronics has long been a major partner of education organisations around the world, supplying proven quality equipment for the teaching of basic and advanced fault finding techniques in electronics. In addition, ABI has formed strong ties over the years with key influential organisations in this sector, including WorldSkills and SENAI (Brazil).
A range of ABI equipment was carefully reviewed and selected in order to supply 10 technical schools initially, with a further 15 schools in the second phase of the project (2013). In return, ABI Electronics also offered a complete training package, including IPC 610 (through Electronics Yorkshire) as an internationally recognised certification.
Selecting ABI as a supplier was driven not only by the quality and capabilities of the equipment but also by the extended support that ABI offered during the whole process. For instance, the software platform was redesigned to offer a version in Spanish, which is available “offline” for students to work at their convenience without hardware. Users will also benefit from a training package with a range of interactive exercises (also in Spanish) that can be implemented live using a special training board.
SENA ordered 30 sets of the following equipment package:
This modular package, highly popular in many fields of applications, offers in-circuit functional testing of components for both digital and analogue electronics. Other capabilities include power-off signature analysis and many re-designable traditional instruments, such as a digital storage oscilloscope and a function generator.
This versatile solution is capable of in-system programming and boundary scan testing for JTAG-enabled devices, a common configuration on recently designed PCBs.
The RevEng package enables users to produce professional quality circuit diagrams from a sample board.
Product package (above): SENA ordered 30 sets for their technical schools
Monday, December 10, 2012
Microscope from @Saelig Good advice going with 200x + polarizer w stand. This is perfect for soldering / Inspection.