E-T-A Circuit Breakers recently announced that its ESX10-T Electronic Circuit Protector now has CSA Approval C22.2 and Class I, Division 2 Hazardous Location Certification - Group A, B, C, and D - in Richmond Hill, Ont.The hazardous location approvals will allow the ESX10-T to be used in applications such as mining, petro/chemical, pharmaceutical and food and beverage industries where selective disconnection is vital and where an integral safety technology exists, such as a safety PLC or similar system.The electronic circuit protector combines purely electronic trip characteristics and active current limitation to allow selective disconnection of loads connected to 24 VDC power supplies. Selective load protection prevents complete shutdown of the system by quickly disconnecting the faulty path when an overload or short circuit occurs.Active current limitation allows the ESX10-T to respond much faster to overload or short circuit conditions than the power supply. It limits the highest possible current to 1.3 to 1.8 times the rated the capacity, and is capable of switching on capacitive loads up to 20,000 uF - with disconnection only in the event of an overload or short circuit. Upon detection of an overload or short circuit in the load circuit, the power-MOSFET switching output of the ESX10-T interrupts the current flow at 1.1 times rated current after three seconds. Failure and status indication are provided by a multi-colour LED and status output signal.For more information, visit
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Don Walker compared the current auto industry to living in a tornado. "It's unbelievable what's happening," the co-CEO of Magna International told attendees at the APMA-AUTO21 conference, particularly when you see the impact on the supplier community. It's staggering to see the number who haven't survived, he added, thanks to the consumer credit crunch, rising oil prices, the banking crisis and the liquidity crisis.
India's economy is booming and has great strengths to offer, said Deep Kapuria, chairman of the Hi-Tech Group and chairman of Globalization and India Brand Building with the Automotive Component Manufacturers Association.
The success of electric transportation depends on battery technology. That was the message panelists shared with attendees during the Electrification of the Vehicle session at the APMA-AUTO21 conference.
An integrated design strategy can lead to more effective market penetration, said Luigi Ferrara, with George Brown College, presenting at the APMA-AUTO21 conference. The discussion took place as part of the AUTO21 Innovation Panel: Bringing Research to Market, and Ferrara discussed the process behind Magna's clek booster seat, released in 2006.
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Technology is growing at an ever-increasing pace, and collaboration is key to keeping up with this, Gerry Fedchun, president of the APMA, said while kicking off the APMA-AUTO 21 conference.
The new era of supplier relations will see suppliers' innovation and investment increasing - but only under the right conditions.
The automotive market can be expected to grow 34 percent between 2010 and 2016, but change will be slow and cautious, said Bill Pochiluk, president of AutomotiveCompassLLC, speaking at the APMA-AUTO21 conference's Automotive Insight Panel.
Product innovation and globalization are key to surviving the economic downturn, Woodbridge Group senior vice-president of marketing and global sales, Martin Mazza, told attendees during the lunch keynote address at the APMA-AUTO21 conference. Mazza stepped in at the last minute for the Honourable Michael Wilson, Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America, who was held up in Washington dealing with the current automotive crisis.
While the recession is not yet over, slow economic growth is not far off, said Kenrick Jordan, senior economist, BMO Capital Markets, during the APMA-AUTO21 conference in Hamilton, Ont.
The Linamar Corporation is facing the current economic challenges head on and is already seeing progress, the company's CEO, Linda Hasenfratz, told attendees during the APMA-AUTO21 conference in Hamilton, Ont.
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