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Panel-Mount Display for Inspection Sensors

October 31, 2007 6:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation announced its SensorView 350, a compact industrial, panel-mount display for its Checker 200 series inspection sensors. The display allows operators to view production images of the parts that Checker is inspecting without a PC. It features an interface for displaying images of passed or failed parts, along with status indicators and results statistics to monitor the production process.

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Design Center for Touch Sensing Applications

October 30, 2007 11:11 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology, Inc. announced its mTouch system that provides a method for adding a touch sensing user interface to applications using PIC microcontrollers. The free kit is available for download from www.microchip.com/mtouch, and it provides full access to the source code so that designers can customize the algorithms and integrate them into their main application.

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Piezo-Resistive Three-Axis Sensor is 1/5th the Size of Previous Generation

October 19, 2007 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

HDK-America has announced its piezo-resistive three-axis acceleration sensor that measures 3 mm × 3 mm × 1 mm. The HAAM-325B is 1/5th the size of the previous generation product, and it offers a fully comparable performance. Based on a silicon substrate and fabricated by means of a micro-machining MEMS technology

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Scroll Ring Interface has the Feel of a Capacitive Touch Switch

October 19, 2007 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SimScroll interface from White Electronic Designs (WEDC) is a circular switch array using the company’s SimTouch switch technology. It is suitable for products requiring effective navigation of large menu lists. Typical applications include universal remote control, MP3 players and A/V media system control. Using WEDC’s conductive ink technology, designers can create user interfaces

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Contact-free DC-Operated Rotary Position Sensors Features 0.1 Percent Linearity Over 120° Measurement Range

October 11, 2007 5:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Macro Sensors introduces its RS 1500-120 series of fractional-turn contactless rotary position sensors for measuring the angular displacement of rotating elements such as quarter-turn ball and butterfly valves, air flow dampers, and diverter gates used in packaging and postal sorting machinery. Available as the RSE 1500-120 with a 24V DC input and a 0-to-10V DC output, or as the RSI 1500-120 with a 2-wire 4-20 mA loop-powered transmitter I/O

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Miniature Accelerometer for Vibration Screening of Circuit Boards and Mobile Phones

October 8, 2007 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

PCB Piezotronics introduced the Model 357A19, a miniature charge output accelerometer, designed for performing shock and vibration studies in space-restricted locations and on small, lightweight structures. The unit occupies a 0.11" × 0.16" × 0.27" envelope, and weighs 0.007 ounces (0.20 grams), for minimal mass loading of a test article. The unit connects to laboratory-style charge amplifiers or in-line charge converters, which

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Accelerometer Alarm Transmitter for Monitoring Unbalance and Misalignment on Rotating Equipment

October 4, 2007 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 682A08 Vibration Transmitter from the IMI Sensors division of PCB Piezotronics (PCB) is an ICP accelerometer signal conditioner, complete with dual semiconductor relay alarms and 4 mA to 20 mA signal transmission, for continuous monitoring of critical machinery. The device is suitable for monitoring unbalance and misalignment on motors, pump sets and other rotating equipment. This module provides excitation power for industry standard accelerometers

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Pressure Transducers Provide a Full Scale Accuracy of 0.25 Percent

September 26, 2007 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gems Sensors & Controls introduced the 3100 Series Pressure Transducers which provide a full scale accuracy of 0.25 percent. Long term drift is limited to 0.1 percent over the full scale per year. This performance and stability is achieved using sputtered thin film sensing technology, and has less than 1" in diameter, weighing 32g

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Single-Chip Automotive CMOS Image Sensors

September 24, 2007 12:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. unveils its near infrared (NIR) capable single-chip automotive CMOS image sensors which can operate in dual mode, allowing them to function equally well in both day and night vision applications. The NIR capability improves functionality for automotive safety and security applications while allowing OEMs and automotive manufacturers to simplify system designs. This dual mode night vision capability is useful in driver assistance and safety applications

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Ambient Light Sensor Works in Direct Sunlight

September 24, 2007 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies announces its model APDS-9007 ambient light sensor with a logarithmic output response over a range of lighting conditions that covers a range of brightness from 3 lux to 70 K lux, making it suitable for mobile applications as well as outdoor lighting and solar panels which may be operated under direct sunlight. Designed to closely follow the human-eye spectral response curve, the sensor reduces power consumption and saves battery life in portable and mobile devices

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Hazardous Area Vibration Sensors

September 24, 2007 12:34 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Wilcoxon Research introduces a range of sensors rated for operation in hazardous areas and in machinery health monitoring applications. With the Intrinsic Safety (IS) certification, they can be used where flammable or explosive materials are present without causing electrical sparks or “hot spots” strong enough to cause ignition of gases or dusts in the air. The sensors meet the standards for IS and explosion-proof certification that are established by the NFPA in the U.S., the CSA in Canada and CENELEC in the European Union.

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Embeddable Presence Sensor

September 24, 2007 12:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Banner Engineering Corp. introduces its M-GAGE wireless sensor node for vehicle sensing using the SureCross Wireless Network. This specially optimized sensor is encapsulated in a rugged, IP67 SureCross Node enclosure and accompanied by a FlexPower battery that supplies power for both sensing and wireless connectivity for up to 10 years. The sensor offers greater durability and reliability than inductive loops.

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Miniature Precision Mass Airflow Sensor

September 24, 2007 12:21 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omron Electronic Components LLC announces its D6F-03 uni-directional MEMS mass flow sensor which uses a thermopile element that converts thermal energy into electrical energy. It is capable of measuring mass airflow up to 3 LPM with a ±5 percent full-scale repeatable accuracy. These sensors exhibit stable output performance across the entire scale. Through packaging that uses miniaturization techniques, these devices measure 16.8 mm × 8 mm × 36.6 mm

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Programmable Encoders for Miniaturized Applications

September 24, 2007 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sick Stegmann, Inc. introduces its user-programmable DiCoder CKS 36 programmable motor feedback system which provides resolution up to 2,048 pulses per revolution and commutation signals of up to 32 pole pairs. It provides rugged operation and precise performance in applications with operating temperatures ranging from -20°C to 110°C. These encoders feature Mini-Disc (MiDi) technology, a very small code disc that includes a track radius of 2 mm

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Analog Accelerometer for Portable Applications

September 24, 2007 11:59 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics announces its LIS244AL ultra-compact 'low-g' linear accelerometer. Its ultra-compact square footprint and low power consumption makes the motion-sensing device well suited for battery-powered portable applications such as mobile phones, portable multimedia players or remote controls. The device incorporates in a single package a robust, dual-axis MEMS sensor and a CMOS interface chip that provides two simultaneous, real-time analog outputs

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