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  • August 6, 2015 Debut of 2016 Model-Year Cars & Keystone’s Part with Electric Car Builds There’s a keystone in every great invention. Moore’s Law Electrical parts for cars and transistors have something in common. In the mid-1960’s, one of Intel’s co-founders observed that the number of transistors that could be packed into a given area doubled about every two years, and correctly predicted that the trend would continue for some time....
  • July 9, 2015 Throwback Thursday: The Innovation Behind Keystone’s Website There’s a keystone in every great invention. Take a look at Keystone’s homepage of 20 years ago, and you might be amazed at the relative simplicity of its layout. That is often to be expected in the first edition of anything....
  • June 20, 2015 Keystone’s New Catalog is Now Available There’s a keystone in every great invention. Keystone Electronics Corp. is proud to announce to release its new, improved parts catalog.  This catalog, called Catalog M65, contains Keystone’s full line of parts and products, and is one of the most comprehensive resources to find quality interconnect components and other electronics hardware....
  • June 1, 2015 Lawn Sprinklers: An Innovation in Irrigation There’s a keystone in every great invention. Water is among the most frequently utilized resources in the world—especially during hot and humid summer seasons. Water is abundant; it can be found all around us as well as inside of us....
  • May 22, 2015 Winners Crowned at the 2015 FIRST World Championship For the last 23 years, the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) has challenged and inspired thousands of future design engineers. Often called “the hardest fun you’ll ever have” by past participants, the FRC helps young people discover the rewards of STEM education and technological prowess....
  • May 7, 2015 Alternatives to Traditional Beds There’s a keystone in every great invention. Sleep is a vital aspect of our daily lives. When we sleep at night (or in the morning depending on your schedule), we have the opportunity to wind down and replenish our energy for the next day; the best way to accomplish this is through solid, restful sleep....
  • April 20, 2015 Evolution of the Vacuum Cleaner There’s a keystone in every great invention. It’s always a great feeling when the spring season finally arrives. The long, cold winter—which seemed endless at times—is now a distant memory....
  • March 24, 2015 Meteorology Advances with the Barometer There’s a keystone in every great invention. It’s common knowledge that the weather affects people significantly. In many instances, different weather conditions will have a bearing on our day-to-day plans, which include commuting to or from work or school or participating in social activities....
  • March 11, 2015 March Madness and Cable Television There’s a keystone in every great invention. From the end of 2014 and well into the New Year, the Northeastern region of the U.S. has experienced grueling winter weather. After intense bouts with snowstorms and arctic winds, the end of March is nearly here....
  • February 18, 2015 Artificial Hearts: Life-Saving Medical Devices There’s a keystone in every great invention. Each year, Valentine’s Day reminds people to look inside themselves and truly cherish those who are close them. The main image invoked by this holiday is the heart shape, based on the human heart—considered the most vital organ in the body....
  • February 5, 2015 Thermostats: Keeping you Warm for Nearly Two Centuries There’s a keystone in every great invention. Now that February is here, the winter season is in full swing. Many people throughout the world are feeling the effects of winter’s inclement weather—transportation delays, office and school closings, and increased chance of sickness are just some of the issues associated with the season....
  • January 23, 2015 The Rechargeable Storage Battery There’s a keystone in every great invention. The impact of modern technology is undeniable. Regardless of what part of the world you inhabit, on any given day you’re going to see a plethora of electronic devices....
  • January 14, 2015 The Blu-ray Format Reinvents High Definition Storage There’s a keystone in every great invention. The use of digital technology has become increasingly prevalent since the late 1940s. As technology grew, so did the need for additional means to store digital information....
  • December 31, 2014 Game On! The Creation of the Video Game Console There’s a keystone in every great invention. Electronic entertainment comes in many forms, but few media can match the global popularity of video game consoles. These interactive machines engage users by offering boundless diversity; there are several genres of games to choose from, and each game has unique environments to explore and challenges to overcome....
  • December 15, 2014 The Integration of Cash Registers and Credit Cards There’s a keystone in every great invention. December is here again, and Christmas is right around the corner—the biggest time of year for shopping. Countless consumers will be filling stores to buy holiday gifts for their family and friends all month long....
  • November 30, 2014 Microwaves: The Instant Cooks of Our Generation There’s a keystone in every great invention. Many people feel that modern households are incomplete without a microwave oven, and that view is hard to disagree with. Microwaves are ideal for reheating foods independently from conventional ovens; when you’re really hungry, stove top reheating can seem to take an eternity....
  • November 17, 2014 What Would We Do Without Refrigerators? There’s a keystone in every great invention. Refrigerators are undoubtedly among the most significant inventions of the 20th century. The advent of the refrigerator had huge implications on food storage; the appliance’s inventive design stopped the development of bacteria and helped keep foods fresher for a longer period of time....
  • October 31, 2014 Keys to Manufacturing: Reflections on MFG Day There’s a keystone in every great invention. Manufacturing (MFG) Day month has come again, an occasion that gives manufacturing professionals across diverse industries the chance to discuss their challenges and successes—both past and present—with others....
  • October 15, 2014 Oktoberfest and the Pasteurization Process There’s a keystone in every great invention. It might be hard to believe that October is nearly over. Generally, the arrival of October sparks three different thoughts: the fall is coming into full swing; Halloween is right around the corner; and the annual Oktoberfest celebration is back! First held in 1810, Oktoberfest is the largest fair in the world....
  • September 30, 2014 How WWI led to the creation of Air Traffic Control There’s a keystone in every great invention. 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of World War I, a tremendously heated conflict that claimed millions of lives worldwide. As we look back at the so-called “Great War,” it’s hard not to focus on the destruction that was caused....
  • September 15, 2014 WWI and the growth of Stainless Steel There’s a keystone in every great invention. Stainless steel is used in a wide variety of applications due to its superior resistance to stains, rust, and corrosion. Metallurgists began investigating its benefits as early as the 1800s, but stainless steel didn’t truly rise to prominence until World War I....
  • August 31, 2014 Red Light, Green Light, 1, 2, 3: The History and Effectiveness of Traffic Lights There’s a keystone in every great invention. Sometimes the most important, life-saving uses of technology are those that we never even think about. Perhaps that’s because they work so well, yet are so common—we never have to think about life without them....
  • August 14, 2014 Live Life in the Fast Lane Thanks to an Electronic Toll Collection System   Are you one of the approximately 24 million drivers who zips through toll booths every day using your E-ZPass? (FYI: More than 880,000 drivers traveled through Delaware’s three toll plazas  alone over the July 4th weekend!) If so, you know that E-ZPass systems and others like it across the country save time and money....
  • July 31, 2014 The Printed Circuit Board: Its Long Journey and History Printed Circuit Boards (aka: PCBs) are used in almost all electronics today. They’re found in devices ranging from cell phones, security alarms, dishwashers, and radios -- to ultra-sophisticated radar and computer systems....
  • July 1, 2014 How Will You Celebrate the Fourth of July? It’s the day – and weekend – for parades, barbecues, picnics and fireworks. Maybe you’ll gather your family clan together for a reunion, or maybe you’ll grab the sunblock and hit the beach....
  • June 11, 2014 If Only Betsy Ross Had a Sewing Machine before Flag Day In May 1776 three representatives from a secret committee of the Continental Congress showed up at Betsy Ross’ upholstery shop. Betsy was able to hand sew the newly-designed flag for a new nation in advance of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in July....
  • June 4, 2014 Converting the Country's Highway System into a Solar System With the passing of the Memorial Day holiday, summer travel is officially begun.  Many Americans will be hitting the highways as they’ve done for generations since the creation of the United States highway system....
  • May 23, 2014 Remember the Wounded, Not Just the Fallen As we prepare to celebrate Memorial Day, we will be reminded of all of those that have given their lives in service to our country. Volunteers will place flags on headstones at Arlington National Cemetery and at cemeteries around the country....
  • April 4, 2014 March Madness – Satellite Radio is One Way to Keep Tabs on Your Bracket Selections! Are you one of the millions of Americans to fill out your bracket predicting winners of 67 NCAA games? Maybe you have money riding on your favorite schools? If that’s the case, you want to know what’s going during the entire tournament -- so you’re probably glued to your TV this month....
  • March 28, 2014 Radar Gun Used at Spring Training Helps Decide Pitchers’ Fates Some Yankees fans are concerned about CC Sabathia’s fastball this year at spring training. He’s been clocked at 86-87 mph -- and has failed to hit the 90 mph mark yet. The problem is comparing his fastball velocity this year with last spring; most of his fastball pitches in 2013 came in at an average of 89....
  • March 17, 2014 Keystone's President Troy David Interviews on Wireless Design and Development's Hotseat Program Keystone Electronics Corporation president, Troy David was a recent guest on Wireless Design and Development’s Hotseat program. During his interview, Mr. David discussed several topics including the introduction of the company’s latest line of enclosure coin cell contacts....
  • January 31, 2014 81,000 Connected Fans: How and Why the Super Bowl Will Be Seamlessly Wireless The Super Bowl is one of the most highly watched and eagerly anticipated events in the nation, and in the world of sports—and this year will be no exception. 81,000 fans will pour into MetLife Stadium to watch the athletes and entertainers do what they do best, and millions upon millions around the world will watch the spectacle unfold....
  • January 13, 2014 Protecting Against Alcohol Impaired Drivers Many holidays and events are marked by a festive evening full of celebratory food and drink. And with these holidays, they are often associated with high incidents of drunk driving; This past New Year’s Eve is one of the highest for drunk driving, second only to Thanksgiving....
  • December 28, 2013 Where’s There’s Smoke… The New Year is always a great time to reassess various elements in our lives.  Everything from health to money is pondered as the clock strikes midnight on January 1st.  One detail that many include in their “things to do” list for the New Year is to replace their batteries in their household smoke and carbon dioxide alarm detectors....
  • December 16, 2013 The Perfect Christmas Gift: A Quick History of the Toy Train When you think of your favorite toy from childhood, the odds are good it was your first electric train set. For generations, toy trains have filled the Christmas lists of children of all ages....
  • November 26, 2013 A Kitchen Wonder: The Invention of the Food Processor With the holidays here, some of us are going to be spending considerable time in the kitchen. What would the holidays be, after all, without a proper feast to celebrate them? So it seems only fitting to take a moment to commemorate an invention that has proven to be a real time-saver over the years for cooks of all descriptions: the food processor....
  • November 20, 2013 Crystals That Tell Time On November 3, the majority of the United States moved our clocks back one hour to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. Most of those clocks contain a quartz crystal oscillator.  Thanks to a keystone invention by Warren Marrison in 1927, quartz clock technology remains one of the most accurate ways to keep track of the passing seconds, minutes and hours....
  • October 28, 2013 The Continuing History of Ethernet Technology This year marks the 40th anniversary of Ethernet, a system invented by engineer and Brooklyn native, Robert Metcalfe. A pioneer in his field, Metcalfe changed the way people worked and communicated....
  • October 3, 2013 How Robots Have Changed Manufacturing There’s a keystone in every great invention With Manufacturing Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to reflect on how manufacturing has improved with the invention of the robot....
  • September 20, 2013 Cooling the World: The Birth of the Modern Air Conditioner There’s a keystone in every great invention Even with the transition from summer to fall, many locations of the U.S. and around the globe still require a need to stay cool from nature’s brutal heat, so a celebration of the 111th birthday of the air conditioner is still in order....
  • August 30, 2013 A Closer Look at Labor Day There’s a keystone in every great invention Hard to believe but summer is almost over! Despite the fact that the summer season does not official end until September 22, Labor Day weekend usually marks the unofficial end of summer....
  • August 20, 2013 I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for (Electronic) Ice Cream (Makers)! There’s a keystone in every great invention Whether it is from the supermarket, your favorite restaurant, or from a colorful truck driving through your neighborhood, ice cream is the treat that brings joy and refreshment to young and old....
  • July 22, 2013 GPS: Where Would We Be Without It? There’s a keystone in every great invention In today’s society, people no longer use maps to figure out how to get somewhere. All you have to do is plug in an address or intersection and press go....
  • July 8, 2013 Fireworks and Freedom There’s a keystone in every great invention The words to the Star Spangled Banner can evoke many emotions when singing or listening to them.  But, the one verse that many remember around the 4th of July is this: And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there....
  • June 26, 2013 A True Revolution: The Invention of the Digital Camera There’s a keystone in every great invention Life before many of today’s inventions cannot even be imagined.  Although the typewriter has some semblance to the current computer keyboard, its everyday functionality is far different from its present day use....
  • June 12, 2013 Blowing in the Wind: One Man’s Quest for Power There’s a keystone in every great invention The saying goes that ingenuity is the mother of all inventions and in the case of James Blyth this was very true.  Blyth was born in 1838 in Scotland....
  • May 23, 2013 Honoring Veterans: A History of Memorial Day May is the gateway to summer and to pass through it; the first step is Memorial Day Weekend.  Beaches, picnics, gardening are usually at the top of everyone’s agenda.  However, we often forget what the significance of this holiday is and why we observe it....
  • May 16, 2013 The Tractor: Pulling the World into the Modern Age Spring has arrived (or at least that’s what the calendar says) and that means another planting season is getting underway across the world’s northern hemisphere.  Unlike a century ago, modern farming is a complex science that relies on all modern technology has to offer....
  • April 23, 2013 FIRST Robotics Competition: This is more than Child’s Play April is the month for the popular FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). This educational and technical challenge pits thousands of groups from across the country in regional matches throughout the month of March....
  • April 17, 2013 How the Electronic Calculator Changed the World There’s a keystone in every great invention. Before the iPhone and the Kindle, there was the electronic calculator. If you are of a certain age, you remember the days when a calculator was just about the only piece of electronic equipment you would (or could) carry around with you....
  • March 26, 2013 March Madness and the Technology of Score-keeping There’s a keystone in every great invention. 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of College basketball’s March Madness, the single elimination tournament that has become almost as famous as the Super Bowl....
  • March 1, 2013 How World War I Tank-Treads Led to the Invention of the Snowmobile There’s a keystone in every great invention. Joseph Armand-Bombardier was born in 1907 in a small village in Quebec, QC. His birth took place during a rare April blizzard. If you lived far enough from the big city like the Bombardiers did, winter had a nasty habit of making simple cross-country feel a bit like “Arctic Exploration....
  • February 14, 2013 Valentine’s Day, Invention of the EKG, and a Happy Heart There’s a keystone in every great invention. It’s one of the most popular holidays in human history, celebrated around the world. But behind all the chocolates, flowers, teddy bears, and corny romantic movies that form the bulk of Valentine’s Day, in the end it truly is a celebration of the human heart....
  • January 28, 2013 From Ploughshares to Primetime: How an Idaho Farm-Boy Invented Television There’s a keystone in every great invention. The initial seeds of genius of any great invention often begin in some obscure place, in a passing conversation, or through a strange set of circumstances....
  • January 17, 2013 Emile Berliner and the Invention of the Microphone The use of microphones is fairly commonplace, even in the cold winter months, whether it’s used by an announcer at an NFL game, at one of the many winter award shows, or at the 2nd inauguration of the President of the United States, it is clear that microphones have become an important means for communicating to large crowds whether inside or out....
  • December 28, 2012 Let There Be (LED) Light on New Year’s Eve! We’re a New York, NY company, so it isn’t a surprise that we’re huge fans of the New Year’s Eve Ball drop in Times Square. We aren’t alone: time and again, the annual event draws a standing crowd of roughly one million, with over a billion watching worldwide....
  • December 27, 2012 The Surprisingly Ancient History (When It Comes to Computers) of the Touchscreen There’s a keystone in every great invention Once upon a time, believe it or not, there was a land before Apple, Inc. and iPads, iPhones, Androids and Kindles. In that age, there was a man – a scientist – from Kentucky – named Dr....
  • November 29, 2012 How One Man Launched a Global Video Revolution Life before video cameras embedded into a smartphone seems far removed as we go about our daily lives. We get instant videos and pictures sent to our phones, posted on Facebook, and even downloaded to our computers....
  • November 12, 2012 Saluting Our Country’s Veterans: the Invention of Powered Prosthesis There’s a keystone in every great invention For thousands of years, artificial limbs have played a storied role in human history – and much of that role has been in relation to soldiers wounded on the battlefield....
  • November 5, 2012 X-Rays: the Century-Long History of Your Trip to the Dentist There’s a keystone in every great invention What if – whenever you next went to the dentist– there weren’t any X-ray machines to help scan for residual tooth decay? Quite simply, you wouldn’t have modern civilization....
  • October 17, 2012 How a Small Magnetic Pickup on a Hawaiian Guitar Revolutionized 20th Century Music There’s a keystone in every great invention Can you picture a world without Elvis, The Beatles, The Who, Van Halen or Aerosmith? Not the easiest thing to do, right? Think again....