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In the world of electrical systems, relays and contactors are essential components that play crucial roles in controlling circuits and ensuring the smooth operation of various devices and machinery. Although these devices are often mentioned together, they have distinct differences that make them suitable for different applications. In this blog, we will address the particular functions and types of relays and contactors, which is vital information to know for anyone involved in designing or maintaining electrical systems. Read more >>

Posted on June 25, 2024 John Smith Electronics

The efficiency and safety of aircraft rely heavily on complex systems working seamlessly together, with one such critical system being the aircraft hydraulic system. Understanding its functionality is key to appreciating the sophistication behind modern aviation technology. With that in mind, in this blog, we will dive into how an aircraft hydraulic system works. Read more >>

Posted on February 7, 2024 John Smith Aviation Components

Aircraft electrical systems play a crucial role in modern aviation design, powering various electronic systems that are essential for the safe and efficient operation of an aircraft. These systems are intricate and rely on a combination of components such as aircraft alternators, aircraft generators, regulators, airplane engines, aviation batteries, and electronic capacitors to produce and manage electrical power. To better understand them, we will delve into aircraft electrical systems and their features to convey how they generate power. Read more >>

Posted on July 27, 2023 John Smith Aerospace Electronic Parts

When discussing electronics, it is common to come across the terms "integrated circuits" and "chips." For the most part, these are used interchangeably, and while this is usually not an issue, there are several differences that go above pure semantics. In this blog, we delve into the world of semiconductors to understand the difference between integrated circuits and chips. Through this, we will explore the definition, manufacturing process, effects, shapes, packages, and historical significance of these electronic components, allowing you to have a clearer understanding of these crucial building blocks of modern technology. Read more >>

Posted on July 12, 2023 John Smith Electronics

In the world of electronic components, ensuring the protection of sensitive circuits and devices from damaging power surges is paramount. While there are a variety of protective equipment and devices available, one of the most popular options comes in the form of the surge suppression integrated circuit (IC). In this blog, we will explore what surge suppression ICs are, their significance in safeguarding electronic systems, and how they work so that you can best determine whether or not they are a good fit for your individual needs. Read more >>

Posted on June 20, 2023 John Smith Electronics

AFR Enterprises has built its reputation as a leading supplier of electronic components and accessories across the globe. With a broad range of products and services, our company caters to the needs of DIY enthusiasts, professionals, and businesses alike. In this blog post, we will take a closer look at how AFR Enterprises, owned and operated by ASAP Semiconductor, serves as a premier distribution platform of electronics parts of all types. Read more >>

Posted on April 12, 2023 John Smith Electronics

When an analog switch is turned on, it will conduct analog and digital signals from the input pin to the output pin. It performs like a solid-state relay, which means it features no moving parts and is capable of isolating devices at their terminals when the switch is off. When the switch is on, it will conduct analog signals without consideration of the direction the signal travels in. Moreover, analog switches are capable of passing or isolating analog signals, and they are often used in place of mechanical switches because they are smaller, more reliable, and more convenient. Read more >>

Posted on December 5, 2022 John Smith Electronics

Across many optical communication systems, signals are prone to disruption, compromising the data received. In these systems, data is transmitted in the form of light through a fiber cable, and when the signal travels, it is often distorted. As such, an optical amplifier should be used to boost the electrical signal without altering its form. While electronic amplifiers may be used for a similar purpose, optical amplifiers are less time consuming and do not require signal conversion. For all of your optical fiber communication applications, consider integrating one of the following optical amplifiers for a distortionless data signal. Read more >>

Posted on October 28, 2022 John Smith Electronics

When setting up an electrical assembly and attempting to organize wires, terminal blocks are useful devices to implement more optimal and efficient connections. Terminal blocks are simply modular, insulated blocks that secure two or more wires in an assembly, bolstering organization while protecting wires from damage. With several individual terminals arranged in a strip, terminal blocks open up more opportunities to connect wiring to a ground, connect electrical switches and outlets to mains, and more. As terminal blocks can work with multiple types of connector components while deterring corrosion, damage, and other issues, it can be quite useful to have a general understanding of common variations and options. Read more >>

Posted on October 3, 2022 John Smith Aviation

Whether from internal causes like switching surges, or natural causes such as lightning strikes, overvoltage can seriously damage a circuit. To account for this risk, many electrical components have been created to manage or suppress the flow of current in the event of a power surge. A varistor, also called “Voltage- Dependent Resistor” (VDR), is one such device which has an electrical resistance that varies with applied voltage. Due to their ability to adapt to the voltage of a current, varistors are mainly used to clamp the voltage when a circuit is subjected to overvoltage and to absorb excess current to protect sensitive devices. The material of the resistor body is a semiconductor, meaning it will go from being an insulator to a conductor when subjected to a specific voltage. Read more >>

Posted on August 19, 2022 John Smith Electronics

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