SAE 2 Pin

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Electronics, Prototyping, Open Source, and Capitalism

by on Oct.28, 2016, under USA #1

While recovering from an illness (double pneumonia) almost ten years ago, I managed to do a significant amount of reading. There was a growing list of books I’d seen referenced (many while reading the “Rich Dad / Poor Dad” series) that I had long had intentions of reading. The list included such works as “The World is Flat” by Thomas L. Friedman, “Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell, and “Wikinomics” by Anthony D. Williams and Don Tapscott. These books had great impact on my perspective, and as a result my, “post recovery” path forward.

The “Rich Dad / Poor Dad” series left me determined to pursue being a business owner – “minding my own business”, as Robert Kiyosaki put it.

“The World is Flat” opened my eyes to how the world was changing as a result of the Internet. “Tipping Point” enlightened me about how the mechanism of change was occurring in today’s world.

In “Wikinomics” I learned the role the “wiki concept” would play in leveraging the input of virtually anyone, in solving virtually anything. I had heard of “Open Source” before, and had a vague understanding, but my understanding was broadened by the “wiki concept”.

Being a Patriotic American with a strong belief in the benefits of Capitalism, although I saw the light with respect to these concepts, they were somewhat confronting. Having worked for General Electric during the tenure of “Neutron Jack” Welch, I was tasked with “protecting the family jewels”, as in “proprietary information”. So, concepts involving the sharing of information regarding developments was a stretch.

Meanwhile, seeing the reality of a developing Global Economy, and the participation of those far beyond Our shores, clearly long held concepts were going to be challenged. Having become interested in solar power, I had begun paying close attention to the manufacturing capacity for solar cells developing worldwide. This emerging solar marketplace was an example of a product’s refinement and production occurring in the competitive global economy.

Creations developed and refined on an “open source” basis leveraged by the Internet, are certainly going to continue to be a formidable challenge to past attitudes toward proprietary information.

Consider the Arduino microcontroller, developed and refined on an “open source” basis, making it not only possible, but within relatively inexpensive reach for individuals worldwide to prototype and test their problem solving gizmo.

The initial development of the Arduino microcontroller emerged in followup to “Wiring” and “Processing”. In 2001, Casey Reas and Benjamin Fry started “Processing” (a processing language based on Java). “Processing” was developed with the intention of getting non-programmers programming, via a digital sketchbook to facilitate them trying and experimenting with their ideas. In 2003, Hernando Barragan began developing a microcontroller called “Wiring”, with the intention of getting people involved with electronics. Then in 2005, Massimo Banzi and David Cuartielles embarked on the development of the Arduino microcontroller.

Being an Engineer, I’ve always been intrigued by Electronics, but haven’t had occasion to delve very deep into actually assembling electronic components into a functioning apparatus.

Most of my career spent in oil, chemical, and nuclear power industries, has been in plant construction and maintenance. Both construction and pipe replacement projects had me involved in welding. Due to the radiation exposure, more specifically – remotely controlled (from a clean environment) automated welding aided by video and audio. Electrical equipment later became another area of specialty.

Ultimately, I came to carve out this niche around SAE 2 Pin connectors and connector assemblies in a wide range of configurations – especially heavier gauge conductors.

More recently coming to be more familiar with the Arduino microcontroller, I’ve become all the more intrigued with electronics.

Clearly, a focus of mine are applications in which an SAE 2 Pin connector assembly will fill the bill. Certainly, power circuits for apparatus controlled by a microcontroller will precipitate applications for SAE 2 Pin connector assemblies.

As the Premier Supplier of SAE 2Pin Connector Assemblies, a mission is to assist the interested by facilitating pertinent interaction. The intention is to open eyes to possibilities, inform, and educate, as well as facilitate. As in facilitate the sharing of knowledge by those possessing it, and encourage the asking and answering of questions.

We look forward to comments from a diverse group of interested contributors, and welcome questions and suggestions, as well!

Feel free to call or text Ray Bowers at 302-562-1706, or email at: solaray@solarcapitalist.com

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