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Distribution Boxes Connect Sensors and Actuators

December 16, 2008 10:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avoiding the use of parallel cabling and installation involving control units or switch cabinets, ERNI Electronics’ M8/M12 line of passive I/O distribution boxes allow for the direct connection of sensors and actuators. The UL- and CSA-approved devices are designed for IP65/IP67 protection, and are built for use in harsh and humid

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Magnetic Field Sensor Delivers Direct Analog Output

December 16, 2008 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Working on pneumatic cylinders, TURCK’s new WIM45 magnetic field sensor provides a direct analog output for determining the position of a piston magnet. The device detects the position of a piston on standard pneumatic cylinders by utilizing a series of Hall elements, which sense the piston magnet and send a signal back to

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Infrared Detector Demonstrates 25-µm Pitch

December 15, 2008 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Incorporating an on-chip ADC, ULIS’ UL 03 16 2 resistive amorphous silicon infrared detector exhibits a pitch of 25 µm in an array format of 384 × 288 pixels. The 24.2-mm × 24.2-mm × 4.10-mm unit provides a thermal time constant of <7 ms, spectral response from 8 µm to 14 µm, an operating temperature range from -40°C to 60°C, and

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Light-to-Digital Sensor Exhibits High Power Efficiency

December 12, 2008 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Coming in a translucent, 6-lead ODFN package, Intersil Corporation’s ISL29020 light-to-digital sensor uses <65-mA max. operating current. The component offers 4 selectable ranges of light sensitivity from 0.015 lux to 64,000 lux in direct sunlight and low-light conditions. The unit has an I²C output and interface, with the digital output being

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Encoders Offer Resolution/Bore Diameter Options

December 11, 2008 5:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Suiting DC motors, actuators, and motion control applications, CUI’s AME, BME, and LME Series modular incremental encoders demonstrate different resolution and bore diameter options, depending on model. The 2-channel AME Series exhibit resolutions from 100 ppr to 1024 ppr and bore diameters from 3 mm to 8 mm. The 3-channel BME Series includes an index pulse, resolutions from 100 to 1,024 ppr (2-channels and no index for 1,000-ppr and

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PCMA Benders Displace in Millimeter/Micrometer Range

December 10, 2008 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Containing buried internal electrodes in a monolithic ceramic housing, Morgan Electro Ceramics’ line of co-fired piezo ceramic multi-layer actuator benders (PCMA benders) provides controllable and repeatable displacement in the millimeter and micrometer range. The devices offer lengths from 10 mm to 30 mm, widths from 3 mm to 20 mm, thicknesses from

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USB Load Cell Handles up to 5,000 lbs

December 10, 2008 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Available with USB output and metric threads, the redesigned LCF400 Tension & Compression Load Cell from FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology is offered in versions capable of handling from 500 lbs to 5,000 lbs. The device provides a variety of voltage- or current-driven outputs to ease systems integration

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Submersible Pressure Sensors Measure from 50 mbar

December 10, 2008 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Consisting of capacitive ceramic pressure cells in stainless-steel construction, Sensortechnics’ KTE2000CS Series submersible pressure sensors offer hydrostatic low-level measurement from 50 mbar (0.5 water column) Full Scale. The transmitters are calibrated and temperature compensated from -20°C to 70°C while providing a 4-mA to 20-mA output signal. A cable with an integrated vent tube allows a true reference pressure to the

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Technology Integrates Inductive Touch into Existing Application Code

December 8, 2008 10:03 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Performing in a single standard 8-, 16-, or 32-bit PIC MCU or 16-bit dsPIC DSC, Microchip Technology’s mTouch inductive touch-sensing technology allows designers to incorporate inductive touch-sensing functionality with their existing application code. The product enables devices to work through plastic, stainless steel, aluminum, gloves, and surfaces containing liquid. Implementation details are available via a free download from

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Light-to-Digital Converter Performs Light/Proximity Sensing

December 5, 2008 8:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Incorporating an IR SSLD and an I²C/SMBus interface, Intersil’s ISL29015 ambient and infrared light-to-digital converter executes ambient light and infrared sensing. The 2-mm × 2.100-mm 6-lead ODFN-packaged component uses an internal 16-bit ADC with adjustable conversion time from 25 ìs to 100 ms and flicker noise rejection of 50 Hz and 60 Hz. For

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Pressure Sensor Lowers System Contamination Risk

December 2, 2008 9:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Utilizing Krystal Bond technology, American Sensor Technologies’ AST4900 MEMS-based SS pressure sensor contains no oil-fill, welds, or internal O-rings, which reduces the risk of system contamination in extreme conditions. The 316L stainless steel devices offer ¼” NPT male and ¼” VCR male fittings, and can be scaled with pressure ranges between

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Pressure Sensor Operates with High Accuracy

December 1, 2008 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Working in a pressure sensing range from 50 kPa to 150 kPa, Epson Toyocom’s QMEMS quartz crystal atmospheric pressure sensor offers a total pressure accuracy of ±10 Pa, or about 1/10,000 of a bar. The device performs measurements of barometric pressure in meterological observations; measures differences in elevation in ~1-cm increments using barometric pressure; and detects slight changes in internal pressure resulting from the opening and closing of

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Angular-Tilt Inclinometer Offers Flexible Mounting

December 1, 2008 8:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for angular tilt detection in reference to gravity, a dual-axis inclinometer from TURCK can be mounted at ±10°, ±45°, ±60°, and ±85° angles for more flexible deployment. The product incorporates a micro-electro-mechanical capacitive element that utilizes two parallel plate electrodes, one stationary and one attached to a spring-mass system. Movement causes acceleration that

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Rotary Position Sensors Endure 10M Cycles

November 26, 2008 7:21 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Enhancing the company’s SV01 Series, Murata Electronics’ SV3H Series SMT rotary position sensors achieve a rotational life of 10 million cycles. The component is appropriate for automotive applications, such as angular detection (steering wheel, seat position, gear-shift, and pedal positioning, as well as adaptive front lighting systems), selector switches

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Pressure Sensors Exhibit High Accuracy

November 25, 2008 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Using an internal ASIC, Sensortechnics’ HDI Series digital pressure sensors compensates sensor offset, temperature effects, and non-linearity to allow for a total error band of better than ±0.5% FSS. The SMT components offer digital interfaces with the I²C bus protocol, analog output signals from 0.5 V to 4.5 V, and absolute, differential, and gage pressure

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