A Canadian company is hoping to help the military solve the problem of inductors, which are used in all sorts of electrical equipment.
The Inductors for Military Applications Program is a program to help make inductors for the Canadian Armed Forces and other defence-related industries more durable and easier to maintain.
“We’re hoping to have inductors made by the end of the year that are safe to use in the field,” said Mike Pritchard, a project manager with the company.
“It’s just like magnets.
You apply enough force to them and they start to bend.”
The problem is that most of the time, these inductors aren’t made with a very high quality material.
They’re made of a lot of cheap plastic and they don’t have a good electrical conductivity.
“If you put a very, very thick plastic layer over them, the inductor will get really hot,” said Pritcherson.
“So they can break.”
It’s not just the military, either.
In addition to the Canadian military, companies are trying to help build the new Defence Science and Technology Laboratories (DSTL) in Edmonton, Alberta, which has a huge research and development facility.
According to Pritcher, the company is working on a new generation of inductor that’s better-performing than what is currently used in the labs.
He said he hopes the new type of induction will be available for the military within two years.
While it’s not the only project in the pipeline, Pritbeck said it’s one that he believes will make a big difference to the lives of the Canadian public.
“We’ve got to be realistic,” he said.
“We have to do something to make it more durable.”