bisco industries Blog

Industry News Wrap-Up: November 14th-20th

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Income Numbers on the Rise

According to IEEE-USA’s annual survey, the median income of electrical and electronics engineers increased 3% increase in 2014, the largest increase since 2008. The survey shows income gaps closing between women and men as well as between African Americans and Caucasians. In addition, the recently released survey shows that the highest median income numbers came from California while the lowest came from Arkansas. The future is looking bright for electronics/electrical engineers and bisco continually developing content to support them.  Microsites like bisco’s Southco and Panduit pages allow engineers to find the exact part number you need based on product attributes and specifications.

Why ISO Matters

Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. recently released an article emphasizing why all manufacturers should invest in obtaining an ISO certification. One of the many reasons given is that most high-profile customers now require both manufacturers and their subcontractors to be ISO certified. The article also provides tips for getting ISO certified.  As an industry leader in customer service, bisco is proud to be both ISO9001 and AS9100 certified.

Volvo teams up with Microsoft’s HoloLens to make Virtual Showrooms a Reality

Swedish automaker, Volvo, recently announced that they are partnering with Microsoft to utilize their digital reality headset – HoloLens. HoloLens will allow future shoppers to wear the headset and experience a high-def hologram image of the vehicle they’d like in different colors and body styles. The HoloLens will also allow shoppers to view the vehicle’s drivetrain and transmission in action. This partnership is a great demonstration of the technological advances that are rapidly taking place throughout the automotive industry.

What is a Circuit Breaker?

Circuit breakers act as automatic switches that prevent damage from spikes in electrical current or the incorrect flow of electrical current (short circuit). Circuit breakers do this by detecting irregularities in the flow of electricity, interrupting the current and then controlling the current arc. Interruption and containment of the electrical current (arc) can be accomplished through a variety of means including air pressure, and pressurized gas. While they perform the same function as fuses, circuit breakers can sustain repeated use as long as they are reset. An everyday example of a circuit breaker is a standard power strip. Like their commercial counterparts, power strips prevent power surges from damaging connected devices by switching off the flow of electricity. Key variations to keep in mind when selecting a circuit breaker include voltage range, current rating, and type (low voltage, magnetic, etc.).

Common Circuit Breaker Applications

  • Solar Installations
  • Commercial lighting
  • Data centers
  • Oil rigs
  • Aircraft

Circuit Breaker Manufacturers

The circuit breaker marketplace is extremely competitive but a few of the top players include:

Looking to learn more about circuit breakers? Check out free this 20 minute training courtesy of ABB.

This blog is part of bisco industries’ weekly blog series, What is it Wednesday?, which focuses on providing foundational product knowledge to procurement professionals. Click subscribe to stay up to date on the latest news from bisco industries.

%d bloggers like this: