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The science behind cooking that turkey!

Posted on November 27, 2019

As we approach Thanksgiving, we here at ACT believe it is extremely important for the world to fully understand the thermal dynamics of cooking a turkey. Too many times we have been faced with a dry and overcooked bird or run into the ‘forgot to take it out of the freezer’ conundrum. Here we aim to solve all thermal challenges (or at least...

Are You in Control?

Posted on August 26, 2019

 

Last Fall, a building manager stopped at ACT’s booth at the WEEC tradeshow and explained that he was getting ready to contract a design for an HVAC system and that new environmental regulations required energy recovery to be considered in the design. He was hoping that we could provide him information that would enable him to make this an...

Electronics are Sensitive, Budgets are Too (Sealed Enclosure Coolers)

Posted on July 31, 2019

How to protect your electronics within a cabinet while reducing your maintenance budget.

How Thermal Engineering Makes Holidays Awesome

Posted on June 28, 2019

The fourth of July is quickly approaching and soon we will look to the sky in awe at the beautiful eruption of color. But do you know how fireworks are able to make such magnificent displays in the night sky?

Too Much Power, Not Enough Space: The Embedded Computing Challenge

Posted on June 17, 2019

Avionics box design is not quite as difficult for designers as trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. It does, however, often seem impossible, with the amount of electronics, connectors, etc. being forced into small volumes. This is especially true on military aircraft, where space and weight are at a premium, while functionality and...

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Making the Future Attainable via Flight

Posted on June 05, 2019

As this technological age surges on, so does the evolution of aircraft which over the past 10+ years has led to the development and optimization of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Commonly referred to as drones, these vehicles have caught the attention of many military and commercial users for various purposes. UAVs are now commonplace in a...

The Power Electronics Market is Heating Up (Literally)

Posted on May 01, 2019

Power Electronics is a general term that refers to the technologic control of the flow of electrical energy. If you’re not familiar with the term, you’ve still probably heard of a few products that rely on the technology such as power converters, inverters, motor drives, or motor soft starters.  We live in an energy-conscious age with...

A Look at the Space Industry – Review from the 35th National Space Symposium

Posted on April 16, 2019

The 35th National Space Symposium provided a lot of good insights to the space industry. A strong combination of well-established industry leaders and new entrants into the market were introducing innovative designs. Several noticeable advancements include propulsion systems, launch vehicle reusability and micro and CubeSats. There was also a...

ACT Testifies at the House Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Energy Subcommittee Hearing

Posted on March 18, 2019

Recently, ACT’s very own Dr. Richard Bonner, Vice President of Research & Development, was invited to testify in front of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Energy subcommittee. Representatives from several organizations with links to the energy and water industries (pictured) provided compelling testimonies on the topic, “The...

Common Heat Pipe Combinations

Posted on February 12, 2019

ACT’s most popular video on YouTube happens to be one of the first videos we posted (way back in 2012) titled “Heat Pipe Basics and Demonstration.”  In may not be the most visually appealing, but what it does do is provide a high level overview of heat pipe operation and opens the door for viewers to want to know more.