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Handheld, 1g Shaker Performs On-site Troubleshooting, Sensor Calibration and Performance Verification

May 7, 2008 9:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IMI Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) has released the Model 699A02 portable, lightweight, battery powered industrial handheld shaker. It is designed to verify accelerometer and vibration system performance, as well as confirm the operation of interconnecting cables, switching devices and monitoring systems. The unit operates at 159.2 Hz and delivers a controlled, 1g rms or 1g  peak acceleration to

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Novel Chipscale Sensor Detects Both Proximity and Ambient Light

May 1, 2008 7:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Promising to extend the battery lifetime and reduce circuit complexity and component count in advanced portable devices, the CM3612 from Capella Microsystems combines proximity and ambient light sensor functions in a single chip. The proximity detector in the chip is topped with a microscopic 830- to 880-nm IR filter and the ambient light sensor diode has a filter that passes

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Rotary Magnetic Encoder Boasts Long Life Expectancy

April 25, 2008 5:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

The EMS22 non-contacting magnetic encoders from Bourns, Inc. are suited for environments where extreme range of temperatures and harsh conditions like moisture, particles, grease and oil are present. Typical applications include factory automation, fuel dispensing, marine, metal working and instrumentation and material handling. The RoHS compliant magnetic encoder family performs in a temperature ranging from -40°C to +125°C and

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Ambient Light Sensor Mimics Human Eye Response

April 24, 2008 10:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intended for use in consumer, industrial and automotive applications, Avago’s APDS-9300 digital ambient light sensor is designed to approximate the spectral response curve of the human eye. Using an I²C interface with a 16-bit digital output at 400 kHz, the chipLED-packaged device has a programmable interrupt function with user-defined upper and lower threshold settings. The RoHS-compliant ambient light sensor accepts a 2.5-V input voltage at 0.6 mW (typical) with a power-down mode

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MEMS-based, High Amplitude 20,000g Shock Accelerometers Among the Industry's Smallest

April 11, 2008 12:31 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Aerospace & Defense division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) introduced its Series 3991 & 3993, a family of MEMS-based, miniature high amplitude 20,000 g shock accelerometers, which are among the industry’s smallest. These accelerometers are available in both single axis and triaxial configurations and are capable of

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Multilayer Ambient Sensors Feature Fast Response and Interchangeability

April 8, 2008 11:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

The UPSICAP passive and active sensors measure ambient temperature and relative humidity. The tiny (9 mm × 8 mm) passive elements vary their capacitance with humidity and their resistance with temperature, and they are fully interchangeable without recalibration.

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Precalibrated Position Sensor Serves as Potentiometer Replacement

April 4, 2008 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors introduced its LP750 series position sensors that are hermetically sealed, frictionless, and they can serve as long-life replacements for failing potentiometers in a range of industrial position measurement applications such as machine tool positioning, hydraulic cylinder positioning, valve position sensing and automatic assembly equipment. Offering frictionless position feedback similar to the potentiometer, these sensors have no parts that wear out, offering unlimited cycle life and greater performance than a potentiometer.

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Vision Sensors Perform in Complex Inspection Applications

April 4, 2008 6:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced its Model VOS300 series vision sensors that combine a camera, illumination, digital outputs, process data and five evaluation methods into a single, rugged sensor housing. The result is an out-of-the-box vision sensing system that is easily configured without programming knowledge and operated without the need for detailed image processing experience. The sensors deliver advanced functionality in a number of complex inspection applications where traditional photoelectric sensors are unsuitable for use.

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Guide Details Sensing Systems for Process Control

April 4, 2008 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG) released its Guide to Ultrasonic and Level Sensors that details the company’s ultrasonic, liquid level and solid level sensing systems for process control. Each product section includes a full operational description, list of potential applications, detailed specifications and dimensions, and ordering information.

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High Resolution Analog Output Encoder for Harsh Environments

April 4, 2008 5:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micronor, Inc. announced its ENA361M (hollow shaft) and ESA361M (solid shaft) series ruggedized high resolution analog output absolute encoders that provide 12-bit resolution with a choice of analog output for high reliability industrial automation and process control applications. These single-turn absolute encoders are offered with a choice of 4 mA to 20 mA or 0V to 10V output, and measuring range options of 45°C, 90°C, 180°C or 360°C.

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Dual Output Drawworks Encoder for Oil Field Applications

April 4, 2008 5:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

BEI Industrial Encoders introduced its dual output drawworks HS35 encoder for oil field applications that combines rugged, heavy-duty features into a through-shaft style for use as a winch-turns counter in the drawworks system of oil rigs. The encoder can supply simultaneous position feedback to two separate systems from a single encoder. The hard-anodized metal housing, sealed connector, IS rating, dual bearings and shaft seals for NEMA 4 and 13 (IP65) ratings combine to provide a rugged encoder that performs in the harsh oil field environment.

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Three-Channel Encoder Suits Industrial Automation Applications

April 3, 2008 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing a resolution of up to 1000 counts per turn, the HEDM-5540 optical transmissive three-channel encoder from Avago Technologies can operate in temperatures from -40°C to 100°C, suitable for use in industrial environments. The TTL-compatible devices accept 5V and provide a third-channel index output in addition to two-channel quadrature, with a 90 electrical degree, high true index pulse output with up to 100 kHz frequency response.

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RTD Sensors Suitable for High Vibration Environments

April 3, 2008 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Red Lion Controls Inc. announced the TMPRT00 (SMT) and TMPRTOO2 (pipe plug) RTD sensors, with high vibration resistance and the ability to operate in pressure vessel applications. The sensors can easily be combined with temperature meters, controllers, and various accessories, such as connectors, transmitters, and extension wires for different temperature measurement and control requirements. Features include a quick-disconnect temperature probe with miniature, standard and optional connector terminations in various calibration types, sheath materials and diameters.

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Digital Potentiometer IC Provides Simple Up/Down Control

April 2, 2008 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Well-suited for control and calibration applications such as digital volume control and display adjustment applications in portable, consumer, and industrial electronic products, the CAT5128 digital potentiometer IC from Catalyst Semiconductor is a volatile, single-pot device with up/down control to provide a simple digital interface. Housed in an 8-lead SOT-23 package, the device powers on at the midscale setting and provides a 32-position linear taper

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Sensors Address High-Changeover Environments

March 31, 2008 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Able to consistently detect targets at up to 50 mm regardless of target color or reflectivity,  Pepperl+Fuchs’ Tru-Vue photoelectric background suppression sensor is unaffected by potentially distracting background objects without using reflectors or thru-beam alignment. The sensors are 29 mm deep, giving them flexibility for tight-confined mounting and offer tamper-proof operation in industry-standard housings, with versatile side-mount or snout-mount options to satisfy various application needs.

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