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A screw is an externally threaded fastener that consists of a head and shank. They are designed to align and hold two or more components together in countless applications. In order to install screws, you can drive them directly into a workpiece via the head using a screwdriver or another specialized tool. In this blog, we will discuss two different screw types: truss head and pan head screws. Though they feature a similar shape, they are not necessarily the same in terms of their function.


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With all the information present on personal and business computers, it’s important that all their data is somehow backed up in the event of a crash. Tape drives, one of the oldest data storage devices out there, store computer information on a magnetic strip of tape to archive information from the device. The tape is a gum pack-size, malleable, celluloid-type material which can be both read and erased. It is typically protected by a plastic cover to avoid damaging the actual tapes. They are either built into the computer or used externally and are available in several sizes, starting in the 20-80 GB range for individual users to terabytes for servers and bigger computer networks. They are typically used as a last resort storage option in order to back up data including files, folders, drives, and more.


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A thermistor, or thermal resistor, is defined as a passive component whose resistance fluctuates when the temperature in a system changes. For this reason, they are an inexpensive, accurate, and dynamic method for measuring temperature. It is worth noting that a thermistor’s resistance is determined by the material used to produce it.


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A MOSFET (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor) is an integral element in embedded system design that is utilized to control the loads according to an application’s requirements. More than that, it is a high voltage controlling device that provides circuit designers with some key features in terms of overall performance. For instance, many electronic projects benefit from the incorporation of a MOSFET such as light intensity control, motor control, and max generator applications.


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Across a myriad of industries, ranging from aerospace to construction and countless others, fasteners are required to securely hold appliances together. There are dozens of fastener types that can be used for industrial jobs, such as screws and bolts, but machine screws in particular play an important role in various applications. Machine screws can be further broken down into their different models, sizes, materials, and configurations, all of which offer different benefits for different requirements. For your better knowledge, this blog will explore the types of machine screws available on the market and the applications in which they are beneficial.


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For a majority of modern aircraft, the thrust and power necessary for achieving flight are generated through the combustion of compressed fuel-and-air mixtures. In order for proper combustion, a system must be in palace for the mixing of jet fuel and compressed atmospheric air. Most general aviation aircraft utilize a carburetor for this, that of which is a mechanical device that atomizes and mixes liquid fuel with air to achieve an optimal ratio. In this blog, we will discuss the general functionality of the aircraft carburetor, as well as the common types that one may find on an aircraft.


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Modern aircraft are designed to effectively operate in a wide range of unfavorable environments, including high-trafficked and low-visibility states. In order to help pilots navigate through such conditions without collision, aircraft are equipped with a series of lights. These multi-color lights, which are uniform across planes of all variations, play a critical role in safety. In this blog, we will discuss the nuances associated with airplane lights, highlighting the recommended configuration for color coordination and location.


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A sensor is an important part of any measurement device that collects data from the physical environment and converts it into an electrical signal for providing inputs to a device. Position sensors are a type of sensor that is used in many systems like injection molding machines, drive-by-wire cars, fly-by-wire aircraft, medical equipment, packaging machines, bullet trains, and much more. To better understand the function of position sensors, in this blog, we will discuss what a position sensor is, its types, advantages, and disadvantages.


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Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) is defined as the approval granted by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to an aircraft parts manufacturer. In fact, it is illegal in the US to install replacement or modification parts on certified aircraft that lack an airworthiness release like PMA or a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC). To better understand the importance of PMA, this blog will provide a brief overview of its conditions, stipulations, and more.


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