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Interface IC Addresses Capacitive Sensors

February 13, 2009 4:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Exhibiting a noise level of 30 aF, e2v’s CPIC2.0 interface IC enables acceleration, pressure, altitude, humidity, rain, level, and gas measurements in MEMS transducers with a base capacitance from 1 pF to 32 pF. The component contains a dual capacitor input enabling several configurations, including "Delta"Csens/"Sigma"Csens. The device embeds a temperature sensor and an EEPROM for storage of calibration parameters, temperature, and

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Ultrasonic Sensor Addresses Car Reversing Aids

February 12, 2009 4:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Generating asymmetrical beam patterns approximately ±80° about the horizontal axis and 40° about the vertical, LPRS’ Pro-Wave US040015 ultrasonic sensor meets the requirements of most car reversing aids. The component has 3

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Reflective Object Sensor Detects to 1 Inch

February 11, 2009 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coming in a 0.300" × 0.160" × 0.114" SMT package, OPTEK Technology’s OPB733TR reflective object sensor exhibits an optimizing detection range from 0.400" to 1". The component contains a lensed IR LED with a typical peak emission wavelength of 890 nm. The sensor uses a NPN silicon phototransistor offering output on-state

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Accelerometer Serves HUMS and AVC Applications

February 10, 2009 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to avoid ground loops, Dytran Instruments’ Model 3232A2 piezoelectric biaxial accelerometer targets Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) and Active Vibration Control (AVC) applications typically found on commercial and military aircraft. The accelerometer elements are mounted orthogonally within

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Photoelectric Sensors Offer Remote Teaching Options

February 6, 2009 4:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using push-button programming, Carlo Gavazzi’s PD30 Series photoelectric sensors allow remote teaching options in most models, so setup and programming of the sensor can be done away from the application. These same models also provide an option for locking the sensor settings. A muting version exhibits mutual interference protection, sensor alignment aid, and the ability to verify the sensor’s proper operation remotely via

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High-Torque Actuators Withstand High Axial Loads

February 5, 2009 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Delivering up to 484 in-lbs of torque at 100 psi, VRX rotary vane actuators from Tolomatic can withstand high axial loads of up to 23 lbs. The pneumatically-operated devices come in bore sizes of 1”, 1.75”, and 2.5”. Each model is available in single-vane models that rotate to 280° and produce up to 242 in/lbs of torque or double-vane models that rotate to 100° with up to 484 in/lbs of torque.

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Diffuse Mode Sensors Evaluate Welding Caps

February 3, 2009 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detecting faults including inclusion, faulty dressing, or burrs, Pepperl+Fuchs’ WTS10 diffuse mode sensors provide non-contact evaluation of the quality of welding cap fronts. The devices check upper and lower welding caps simultaneously and present pre-fault (near the limit) indication for proactive maintenance. The units offer a scratch-resistant mineral glass lens, position tolerance of ±2 mm, tilt angle tolerance of ±1.5°, coaxial optics with

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Ultrasonic Range Sensor Kit Connects to PC

January 30, 2009 5:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Combining all the standard functions of an ultrasonic ranging module plus the addition of a multi-channel USB based oscilloscope, the X1 Ranging Module Pro developers kit from SensComp facilitates and expedites the development process by providing live sensor data conveniently on a PC. The kit includes the X1 module, electrostatic

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Rotary Encoders Offer Improved PROFINET IO Support

January 29, 2009 5:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ertec200-based OPTOCODE family of rotary encoders for PROFINET IO networks from FRABA support RT (real-time) and NRT (non-real-time) data transfer according to the PROFIDrive profile with cycle times as short as 10 ms. Allowing users to assign IP addresses via the control system during start-up, the units are parameterized via the control system with a GSDML device file for easy configuration

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Evaluation Kit Identifies Colors

January 29, 2009 4:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using a light reflection technique, Optek Technology’s OPB780 color sensor evaluation kit recognizes colors over the full wavelength from 300 nm to 1,100 nm. The product includes the OPB780 Series full-color sensor with four different frequencies relating directly to a specific color seen by the sensor. The sensor uses a programmable light-to-frequency converter that combines 64 configurable silicon photodiodes and a

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Laser Navigation Sensors Operate in Harsh Environments

January 29, 2009 4:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting automated guided vehicles, Danaher Motion’s LS5 Navigator laser navigation sensors are designed for use in outdoor and indoor environments. The devices withstands variations in temperature from -30°C to 50°C, <95% relative humidity, and mechanical stress, such as vibrations and shock. The product comes with a direct drive motor and an optics system, and works with the AutoSurveyor software tool for automatic

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Rotary Torque Sensor Systems Address Automotive Applications

January 28, 2009 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Utilizing an onboard transducer, PCB Automotive Sensors Division’s Series 5300D TORKDISC in-line rotary torque sensor systems designed serve automotive engine, powertrain, and chassis dynamometer testing, torque studies, and gearbox efficiency testing. The devices incorporate dual analog outputs, AC and DC coupled, providing static and dynamic torque measurement capabilities that can be recorded separately and

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Plastic Ice Sensor Serves UAVs

January 27, 2009 5:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing RF transparency for installation in close proximity to radio antennas, the Model 9732-UAV ice detecting transducer probe from New Avionics also solves the problem of conductive metallic interference with mission-critical RF gear on unmanned aerial vehicles and other small aircraft. Weighing less than 10 grams, the sealed sensor consumes less than 2 watts and has an ice sensitivity of 0.001 inch or better.

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Rotary Encoder Exhibits Small Footprint

January 27, 2009 5:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Being billed as the world’s smallest, Avago Technologies’ and the FAULHABER Group’s PA2-50 rotary encoder measures 3 mm × 3.28 mm × 1.26 mm. The component incorporates the AEDR-8400 optical IC with a transmitter and emitter located on the same SMT surface. The motor connections are integrated into the flex circuit. The 6-mm D unit demonstrates power consumption of 8 mA at 3 VDC, making it suitable for

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Thermal Imaging Array Measures 256 Elements

January 26, 2009 4:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Including an integrated electronics system with a ROIC chip, Cal Sensors’ LIRA5S lead-selenide (PbSe) thermal imaging array senses up to 256 elements in the wavelength region from 1 µm to 5.5 µm. The 28-pin-packaged device exhibits

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