At the same time you can be sure of a set temperature and a long-term stability that´s why it´s suitable even for the most demanding usage.
Production of company Weller (member of Apex Hand Tools) represent a synonym for top quality soldering stations intended even for a continuous 24h usage. In the Weller portfolio can be found several series, from which we can choose the right type for our usage. Right to the top belong for example series WX, WX2, WXD, introduced to you some time ago. This time Weller comes with an innovated version of station WSD81 – WSD81i.
WSD81i soldering station hides behind a relatively plain classic design a top level technique. WSD81i uses „Silver line“ technology of a heat transfer to a relatively short tip with a copper core, ensuring excellent heat transfer and excellent temperature accuracy. LT series tips usable with WSD81i provide a wide selection for absolute majority of joints. Thanks to a precise construction, they have a prolonged lifetime and even thin tips lead heat very well and we´ll succeed with them even on solder pads, which appear to be small, but they require a lot of heat (ground connections with a lot of vias on a PCB and similar).
Platinum thermal sensor built-in right beneath an exchangeable tip ensure a long-term stability, what results in a fact, that WSD81i doesn´t require calibration even after a long-term operation (IPC compliant).
WSD81i also contain electronics checking usage of a soldering tool and in case of rest, the station goes to a standby mode (adjustable in a range of 1-99min). If we decide to change a real temperature of a tip, we can make it by means of an “offset” function. This can be advantageous for example in plants, where workers were used to set say 380°C but at WSD81i even 360°C would be sufficient (thanks to excellent heat transfer to a tip). In this case a worker doesn´t have to differ which soldering station he uses and he can use a unified setting for all types.
At the same time, it´s possible to lock a station by your own code or to set a “window” in which a temperature can be changed.
Comparison of three main technologies and also a comprehensive description of particular tips can be found in the „Weller soldering tips” brochure. Detailed description of the WSD81i station can be found in the WSD81i user guide.
WSD81i is available in 3 basic versions (80W tool + dry/ wet cleaning stand or a 65W tool + dry cleaning stand), from which we bring you type T005 32 946 99, i.e. 80W tool WSP80 + stand for wet cleaning (sponge).
Weller WSD81i soldering station doesn´t need a calibration - [Link]
by wavelet_spaghetti @ instructables.com:
Ever wanted to visualize your brain activity in real-time? Move an object on a screen with your mind? EEG devices are fantastic fun and allow you to do such things!
This tutorial will show you how to make an illumino: an easy-to-use recreational EEG device hidden inside a comfortable beanie, that turns your brain activity into an array of colorful light. Colors and brightness are manually selectable and adjustable via a small discreet pushbutton switch. The custom Arduino software is accessible via a USB port, allowing you to easily change it as you wish. The hat also works fine without the lights, should you wish to use it only as an EEG device. I recommend using Processing to create beautiful real-time moving graphical visualizations of your brain activity (code included in tutorial).
Build an EEG hat that turns your brainwaves into light! - [Link]
by jollifactory @ instructables.com:
We have created two game project instructables so far using the jolliFactory Bi-color LED Matrix Driver Module D.I.Y kits we designed. This LED Matrix module is designed to be chain-able so you may daisy-chain the modules together to the number of modules you need to suit your project.
Arduino based Bi-color LED Matrix Pong Game - [Link]
An app note on Gamma-photon radiation detector (PDF) by Maxim:
A PIN photodiode, four low-noise op amps and a comparator are used to detect individual photons of gamma radiation. The schematic, design considerations and component selection are discussed.
Gamma-photon radiation detector - [Link]
Professionals, school laboratories and amateurs can now gain this new, extra affordable digital MSO oscilloscope in a limited offer.
Probably you may have noticed, that company Hameg became a member of Rohde&Schwarz group and new oscilloscopes already carry only an R&S logo. However the name of series HMO remains, which represents for several years products with an excellent price/ performance ratio. This time a new member was added to the HMO series – HMO1002, further decreasing a price level while maintaining many features, which usually can´t be found in this price level. For a standard recommended retail price of 798 Euro it provides really a lot.
Moreover, now we offer you a special limited offer in which you can purchase this oscilloscope for only 610 Eur. The offer is valid for the first five pieces and only until stock sell-out.
The 2-channel 2×50 MHz oscilloscope offers a full MSO functionality and after buying an external logic probe HO3508, we´re able to watch analog and digital signals on one screen at once (ideal for measuring AD/DA converters and similar). With a 1Gsample/s sample rate (512Mhz/ channel), 128k FFT, function generator and various math functions, it provides wide possibilities for analysis of circuits. Unique in this class is a 50 MBit/s arbitrary generator, allowing to create 4 bits wide and 2k long custom samples. At the same time, this generator can be set for example in a way to obtain 25 MHz signal (clock) on its output.
Another unique in this price level is a possibility to precisely measure even weak signals thanks to a real sensitivity of 1 mV/division.
HMO1002 is also available in 2×70 MHz and 2×100 MHz versions, but perhaps the mos interesting is a possibility to upgrade the basic type (with 2×50 MHz inputs) anytime later to 70Mhz or 100MHz bandwidth by means of SW Vouchers.
Detailed information will provide you the HMO1002 brochure.
It´s hard to resist to R&S HMO1002 oscilloscope for 610 Euro - [Link]
Who is the winner of umodule demoboard from Linear technology? In addition to getting to know the winner, you can also watch the video record from webinar…
Linear Technology’s family of DC/DC Module products simplifies your analog design. By integrating the DC/DC controller, power switches, magnetic, and a modest amount of capacitance, uModules power products will save precious space on the PCB and reduce the solution weight, development time, BOM qualification and procurement effort. You could find this out during webinar about Linear technology modules.From all of those who filled in our questionnaire after webinar we have drawn winner of the uModulu demoboard. The winner is František Bulko from EVPÚ a.s.
Congratulations to the winner.
Your way to simple and efficient power supply design with Linear Technology - [Link]
Colin Johnson @ nextgenlog.blogspot.com:
Hybrid solar cells that harvest all of the suns energy, instead of just a few narrow bands, could transform the energy economies worldwide: R. Colin Johnson @EETimes
Hybrid Solar Cells Promise 95% Efficiency - [Link]
by ajoyraman @ instructables.com:
USB connected TI TMS320F28027 based ZRLC Tweezers with
Most Digital multi-meters measure Resistance and Capacitance and LC-meters can measure Inductance and Capacitance. Presented here is a ZRLC meter which can measure Resistance, Capacitance, Inductance and Complex Impedance.
The hardware is built around a TMS320F28027 micro-controller an 8-port-analog-switch ADG714 from analog-devices and a Microchip rail-to-rail dual operational-amplifier MCP6022.
USB Tweezers for ZRLC measurements - [Link]
by TheSignalPathBlog @ youtube.com:
In this episode Shahriar reviews the new Keithley 2450 Source Measure Unit (SMU). This model, which is the successor to the widely adopted Keithley 2400, offers performance improvements as well as a brand new interface platform with multi-point touch screen.
The review demonstrated the instruments GUI, scripting capabilities through the TSP interface and various performance parameters. Furthermore the scripting features are used to measure super capacitor capacity, the performance of a wireless charging system, characterization of optoelectronic components and semiconductor elements.
Keithley 2450 Source Measure Unit (SMU) Review and Experiments - [Link]