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Switches Target Appliance, Medical Device, Security and Instrumentation

April 14, 2008 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for use in applications such as security and detection, medical device, appliance, instrumentation, and power tools, the TS series of sub-miniature snap action switches from E-Switch have a contact rating of 0.3A at 6V DC, an insulation resistance of 100 M?, (min) at 100V DC, and a dielectric strength of 250V AC. The switches have a typical lifetime of 50,000 cycles and an operating temperature range from –25°C to + 85°C.

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SPDT Surface Mount Switches Target Military Applications

April 11, 2008 9:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

RLC Electronics announced the MIL-DTL-3928 QPL Series of SPDT surface mount switches that operate within a frequency range from 8 GHz to 18 GHz. The nominal operating voltage is 5V DC, 12V DC or 28V DC, depending on model. The insertion loss at DC to 8 GHz is 0.4 dB maximum and at DC to 18 GHz is 0.7 maximum.

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Silent Detect Switch Accepts Wide-Angle Actuation

April 11, 2008 4:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting tactile-switch applications where input may come in from a variety of angles, the KSJ Series of normally-open SPST detect switch has a spherical actuator for a ±30° force angle offset with a maximum stroke of 1.2 mm. The voltage range is from 20 mV to 32V DC at from 1 mA to 50 mA. With a contact resistance of less than

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Tactile Switches Provide Illumination Choice

April 10, 2008 8:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

With seven different cap options and a choice of LED, the JS Series of 12mm2 illuminated momentary tactile switch provides cosmetic design choices for control in applications such as A/V equipment, consumer electronics, and test instruments. Made of polycarbonate in a nylon housing, the 12V DC logic-level switch has a tested electrical life of 100,000 cycles. Additional features include a contact resistance of less than 50mW (initial) and a dielectric strength of 1000Vrms (minimum) with an insulation resistance of over 100mW (minimum).

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Crosspoint Matrix Provides High Current Capacity

April 10, 2008 5:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 60-600 high current capacity 256-relay crosspoint matrix from Pickering Interfaces can switch voltages up to 30V DC or 250V AC. With features including a 10A rating per channel the 1U rackmount device is deployable in a variety of matrix configurations, from 64 × 4 to 16 × 16, one pole, with 8-way high-power D-Type connectors for both the X- and Y-axis connections.

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Servo Motor Drives Large Loads with 4.5A Input

April 9, 2008 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suited for driving large flywheel loads without additional gearing, the QCI-A34L-1 servo motor can handle inertial miss-matches as great as 100:1. Providing a 185 oz-in (1.3Nm) of continuous torque, 260 oz-in (1.8Nm) of peak torque, and 100W of continuous mechanical power from an input of 4.5A, the motor can operate at speeds of up to 2000 RPM.

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Snap Action Switch Targets Multiple Applications

April 3, 2008 8:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components announced the ZMS Series single pole, double throw compact sealed snap action switch featuring a variety of actuators and terminal styles including PC, solder, potted leads, and positive and reliable snap action mechanism. Designed for use in applications and environments, including communication devices, testing equipment, and motor controls. The RoHS-compliant and dust and splash-proof switch offers a life span of over 100,000 cycles, and electrical performance of up to 3 A at 125V AC with an operating temperature of -25°C to +85°C.

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Stepper Drive Accepts Direct AC Input

April 3, 2008 8:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suitable for laboratory, assembly, medical and packing environments, Copley Controls’ StepNet AC drive runs directly on 115/240 AC at 7A peak current to eliminate a separate DC supply. Features include servo mode operation as well as Command, Encoder, and Communications interfaces to suit different stand-alone and networked architectures and applications, including CAN/open, DeviceNet, and ASC11/Discrete I/O. Stepper commands include a ±10V position/velocity/torque command and PWM velocity/torque command. The 146 mm × 119  mm × 55 mm drive may be mounted flat or sideways and includes several built-in motion control modes such as indexing, PVT trajectory tracking, camming, and electronic gearing.

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Custom, DC Gearmotors with Cut Steel Gears for High Strength

April 2, 2008 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Low cost DC gearmotors for OEM applications are available from Source Engineering, Inc. These 12 mm to 50 mm DC gearmotors are available with cut steel gears for high strength applications, plastic gears for low noise requirements, and low cost, powered metal. Available in ratios from 5:1 up to 3000:1, these low cost DC Brush type gearmotors are appropriate for pick-and-place, medical testing equipment, robotics, toys and games, valve and door actuation, ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) fin and steering actuators, appliances, manufacturing, security applications, and assembly operations. The inline and offset output shafts of the gearmotors can be custom machined with cross holes, splines, keyways, and flats, or end drilled and tapped.

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Brush DC Motors Feature Quiet Operation

April 2, 2008 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

AMETEK Technical and Industrial Products introduced the PITTMAN Series 9000 brush-commutated DC motors that deliver quiet and smooth operation for equipment used in data storage, medical/biotech, semiconductor processing and automation applications. Their modular construction promotes customization to satisfy specific requirements. These motors, with 2-pole stators, incorporate 7-slot skewed armatures to minimize magnetic cogging (or reluctance torque), and they enable smooth and quiet running performance. Commutators are diamond-turned after armature assembly to ensure optimum concentricity and long brush life. Windings are resin-impregnated for greater reliability in incremental motion applications. Standard features include ceramic magnets, silicon steel laminations, copper graphite brushes and heavy-gauge steel housing. Speed, voltage, current and torque characteristics can be varied to meet application demands.

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Electronic Timer Relays Perform in Universal Applications

April 2, 2008 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Phoenix Contact introduced its family of electronic timer relays (ETDs) that offer a range of timing settings and other practical functions. Featuring easy set-up and diagnostics, the ETDs are appropriate for use in universal applications. They monitor different time functions without using complicated controllers. The timer relays can be adjusted to an array of timing settings ranging from milliseconds through several days. ETD devices equipped with special functions, including star/delta (or Wye/Delta) and watchdog, are also available.

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Round Rocker Switches Offer Multiple Functions

April 2, 2008 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

A snap-in fit for a 20 mm panel hole, Phaseda’s single-pole RL3-5 round rocker switch is configurable as a SPST or SPDT device and the double-pole RL3-4R rocker switch offers DPST functionality. The switches can handle a UL-approved 16A or 1/3HP at 125V AC for high power and motor applications, and 10A at 125V AC for small appliances and normal usage with cUL and VDE approvals, and are RoHS compliant.

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Serial Control Switch Relay Features Series 24 Serial Communications

April 1, 2008 12:48 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Electroswitch announced its Series 24 serial control switch relay (SCSR) that facilitates remote control and monitoring of circuit breakers while retaining local control through a manual trip/close handle. An addressable network device with certified DNP 3.0, the SCSR combines the functions of various other devices and provides remote trip-coil monitoring (single or dual), sequence-of-events reporting, system battery monitoring and self-diagnostic reporting. The SCSR’s color LEDs indicate breaker position (also indicated with a built-in mechanical target flag), breaker-trip-coil integrity, serial-bus transmission/reception and local/remote mode.

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Modular Switch Series Extends Operating Life

April 1, 2008 11:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

E-Switch announced its Model RP8100 round illuminated pushbutton switch that is available with either a threaded or snap-in panel mount. It is sealed to IP65 standards, and it comes with an LED illumination option. Specifications include an electrical life of 500,000 cycles at full load, operating force of 300 gf ±100 gf, dielectric strength of 1,000V AC rms., operating temperature of -30°C to +85°C, contact rating of 125 mA at 125V AC (100 mA at 50V DC), contact resistance of 5 m? max. (initial), insulation resistance of 1,000 m? (min. at 500V DC) and contact bounce of 10 ms max.

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Snap-In, Panel Mount Pushbutton Switch Offers Bi-color Illumination

March 25, 2008 12:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Available in a choice of silver-plated or gold over nickel plated copper alloy, the DG Series snap-in, panel mount pushbutton switch offers design engineers bi-color illumination. The RoHS-compliant switch suits applications, such as audio/video equipment, consumer electronics, and test instruments. With a tested electrical life of 100,000 cycles with an electrical rating of 100 mA at 30V with silver contacts and 0.4V A max at 20V max with gold contacts, the device has a contact resistance is <50? initial and a dielectric strength of at least 750Vrms with an insulation resistance of over 100?.

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