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Setting up a non-ESD area in a lab

this question is regarding standards and/or best practice guidelines for ESD control in a professional lab environment. We are currently tightening up our (admittedly too lax) ESD control in the ...
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How do I connect my AKM Servo Motor through the Kollmorgan WorkBench?

I have an AKM21C servo motor from NI, connected to a AKD P00306 drive, which is connected to a UMI-7774 board. And I'm trying to connect it through Kollmorgen Workbench, but it doesn't detect a ...
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How do variable current limiters work in power supplies?

Bench top power supplies often enable you not only the set the voltage, but the maximum current. How do these bench supplies provide this variable current?
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LM317 based power supply with current limiting

I'm trying to build my own Bench Power Supply but I'm having a hard time to find a good design (circuit/project) for it. Here are my requirements: Input: main using a 18V 2A transformer Output: ...
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How does a first-timer set up a correctly-grounded workbench / work-station?

I'm new here, and new to electronics in general. (for the most part … my [awesome] father had me building some simple robot-kits with him when I was a kiddo, but I'm getting into it “4srs” for the ...
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Are the ratings on a bench supply absolute or do they imply total power output?

If a bench supply is rated as "30V, 5A", does that does that imply a 150W total output (meaning it could supply say, 10A at 15V), or does it mean that 5A is the maximum it can supply at any voltage in ...
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Electronics Workbench file structure [closed]

I have searched for information about the .ewb file structure, but I have come to nothing. I opened it with notepad and it´s ciphered, by no known public cipher I know. Can someone give me an advice ...
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how to use a spectrum analyzer?

This is a new topic to me so it would be great if someone could give me a few pointers. I have an amplifier that I would like to get the frequency response for and a spectrum analyser with Probes A, ...
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What should I look for when shopping for an ESD bench mat?

I would like to get an anti-static mat for my bench top and found these two: DigiKey: Table mat ESD blue 2X4' rubber Mouser: Antistatic Control Products 2X4' blue table mat What should I look for ...
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Prepackaged solutions for voltage step-down [closed]

I want to buy this eventually; http://www.vellemanusa.com/products/view/?id=524708 Howver, it's rated for 10V max. Is there a more or less prepackaged solution for voltage stepdown? I can build ...
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How can I identify lead-free solder if it's unpackaged?

Is there a test to determine whether solder is leaded or lead-free? Perhaps conductivity/resistance?
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What do people use to hold an object in place while being worked on?

I would like to know what people usually do when trying to solder wires together, and hold small things in place while you fasten them together, etc. I can picture one or more vices attached to a ...
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EMI: CFLs vs Incandescent Lights in Your Lab?

Being a green-oriented treehugger, I've put in all CFL lights in my house. Just as much light for about 1/4 or 1/3 the power. Nice, but flourescent lights put out a lot of EMI. Does this cause ...
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What is the best Magnifier to use for general electronics duties

I am looking for a magnifier tool for an electronics workbench and was wondering what sort of product would be best. The device must be an all-rounder capable of doing some SMT as well as through ...