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Linear Drive Touts High Resolution

February 2, 2009 8:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Featuring pure analog throughput for high brushless motor resolution, the TA333 High Power Linear Drive from Trust Automation can be configured to interface with any motion controller with a ±10 VDC command output. Able to achieve currents up to 25 A, the drive uses an external 24 VDC source of power for the internal logic. With ±100 Volt, the drive measures 14.9” x 7.7” x 4.7.”

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Motion-Control Cards Operate in Multiple Modes

January 30, 2009 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Accepting a control voltage from 5 VDC to 24 VDC, the VMC-3000 Series of single-axis plug-in motion controller modules from Varedan are DSP-based cards that configure in a variety of modes including position, torque, and a frequency-locked velocity mode. The controllers accept quadrature encoder feedback

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Pushbutton Presents High Power Rating

January 30, 2009 5:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Offering single- and double-pole versions, Phaseda’s RL5 pushbutton switch exhibits a UL rating at 16 A at 125 VAC and ¾ hp at 250 VAC for high-power and motor applications. The RoHS-compliant device demonstrates a VDE rating of 16(4) A and 10(4) A at 250 VAC with over 50,000 loading cycles. The lighted model has

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Motor Drives Offer Triple Stack Option

January 28, 2009 5:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combining a NEMA size 14 brushless 1.8° stepping motor with electronics, Intelligent Motion Systems’ MDrive14Plus motor drives present a NEMA size 14 triple stack motor option. The instruments exhibit height of 2”, width of

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Membrane Switch Keypads Target Interface Designs

January 28, 2009 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Said to replace multiple mechanical switches, soldered wires, and cable assemblies, NKK Switches’ FM Series membrane switch keypads perform in human-machine interface designs. The dot-illuminated configurations offer 12 or 16 keys, pre-configured legends on embossed keypads; and stroke from 0.5 mm to 1.2 mm. The

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Motor Starters Suit Industrial Apps

January 27, 2009 5:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Moeller’s SYST-M line of ready-to-use industrial enclosed motor starters are rated to 60 HP at 575 V. The three-part non-reversing and reversing starters are UL/CSA approved and come in both non-combination and fused-combination configurations. All starters are housed

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Development Board Serves Motor Control Applications

January 27, 2009 4:00 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Supporting the dsPIC33F family of motor control DSCs, Microchip’s dsPICDEM MCLV development board (part # DM330021) provides a method for evaluating and developing sensored or sensorless BLDC and Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor (PMSM) control applications. The product contains a three-phase inverter bridge

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Power Entry Modules Fit in 1U Enclosures

January 26, 2009 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a combination of appliance inlet and circuit breaker in a single module, the Series 6135 and 6136 families of power entry modules from Schurter are compact enough to be mounted in 1U-sized products and enclosures. The 6135 offers a C14 appliance inlet and the 6136 a C20 inlet, according to IEC 60320. The 6135 offers a 2-pole switch with or without 1- or 2-pole overcurrent protection, while the 1-pole 6136 is offered with

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Motor Driver Integrates Hall Commutation

January 26, 2009 5:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to power low-voltage brushless DC motors, Allegro MicroSystems’ A1448 motor driver uses a CMOS semiconductor process to incorporate a Hall sensor, the motor control circuitry, and the full output bridge. A single input control pin allows for direct input PWM for speed control, initiating the active braking function, and

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Relays Offer 50-A Option

January 23, 2009 5:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using a longer yoke and armature, as well as a stronger spring structure than the 40-A standard model, Hasco Components' HAT Series relays have a 50-A current option. The SPST version had a 3-mm contact gap for arc suppression. Switch coil voltages will be available for both DC and AC current. A SPDT version is

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Solid-State Contactors Present High Power Ratings

January 22, 2009 6:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

At 40-A or 50-A load ratings per phase at 65°C ambient temperature, Crydom's RHP line of hybrid solid-state contactors offer configurations with power ratings of 120 VAC, 240 VAC, 280 VAC, or 600 VAC. The devices demonstrate full-load life cycle ratings of >2M operations, control voltages of 24 VAC, 120 VAC, or 220 VAC, and logic-compatible, 5-VDC, 12-VDC or 24-VDC input control options. The units mount identically to a

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Key Switches Enhance Tactile Feedback

January 21, 2009 6:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using silver- or gold-plated dome inserts, C&K Components’ K5G and K5A2 snap-acting key switches are said to allow for enhanced user feel for tactile feedback. The 8.20-mm × 8-mm × 6-mm K5G exhibits mean operating force of 3.7 N for the first stroke and 6.5 N for the second stroke, and travel of 0.50 mm and 0.85 mm for

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DC Motor Controller Serves Mobile Robots

January 20, 2009 4:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Directly driving up to 120 A on each channel at up to 60 V, Roboteq’s AX2860 dual-channel DC motor controller functions in Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV), Underwater Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and mobile robots for exploration, hazardous material handling, and military and surveillance applications. The 9” × 5.5” × 1.6” device accepts

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Pushbutton Switches Offer Multiple Caps and Colors

January 19, 2009 6:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

With electrical life of 200,000 cycles the LP11 Series of illuminated pushbutton switches from E-Switch, offer options such as tactile feel, multiple cap types, and LED color options. Requiring an operating force of 250 +/- 100 gf, switch travel is 4.50 +/- 0.2 mm. Other specs include

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Best of CES 2009(2)

January 16, 2009 9:50 am | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The International Consumer Electronics Show 2009 didn’t exhibit a great deal of innovation. There were product announcements aplenty, as always at CES. But everything, from the keynotes to the exhibition floor, seemed very low-key (another victim of our lousy economy). Nonetheless, with 2,700 exhibitors catering to over 130,000 attendees, some products and/or technologies are bound to distinguish themselves.

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