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Vision Sensors Perform in Complex Inspection Applications

April 4, 2008 6:10 am | 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.

Guide Details Sensing Systems for Process Control

April 4, 2008 6:05 am | 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.

High Resolution Analog Output Encoder for Harsh Environments

April 4, 2008 5:57 am | 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 | 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.

Compact Module Is Based on the Intel Atom Processor Z500 Series

April 3, 2008 12:43 pm | Comments

congatec AG added the conga-CA to its COM Express product line. It features the Intel Atom processor Z500 Series and the Intel System Controller Hub US15W. The complete design of this 95 mm × 95 mm, 3¾" × 3¾" sized COM Express module is geared around low power consumption. Typical power requirements for this module will be less than 5W which, when combined with ACPI 3.0 battery management, ultra mobile embedded applications

Solid State Lamp Challenges T-8 Fluorescent Tubes In Large-Scale Refrigerators, Freezers

April 3, 2008 11:58 am | Comments

American Bright Lighting's UL Listed (UL file number E315644) SimpleTube LED replacement lamp is presented as being capable of replacing T-8 fluorescent tubes in large-scale retail refrigerators and freezers. According to the company, independent laboratory testing performed

Synchronous Buck Regulator Features Built-In Sequencing

April 3, 2008 11:45 am | Comments

Micrel, Inc. introduced its Model MIC22400 fully integrated 4A synchronous buck regulator for powering systems from 3.3V and 5V supply rails. With operating frequency programmable from 800 KHz to 4 MHz, it features built-in sequencing, tracking and ramp control, enabling all power-up sequencing and tracking protocols. Targeted at the communications, computing peripherals and high-end consumer markets, the regulator is suitable for servers/routers, HD DVD recorders, wireless base stations, FPGAs, DSPs and low voltage ASICs. The regulator features fully integrated 60 m? P-FET and 35 m? N-FET switches that deliver a 4A output current with an input voltage range of 2.6V to 5.5V.

Metered Power Distribution Units Feature Centralized Configuration

April 3, 2008 11:40 am | Comments

Tripp Lite expanded its line of power distribution units (PDUs) to provide options in power capacity, form factor and management. Most of the models feature a proprietary built-in network interface that allows users to remotely monitor and control individual outlets and connected devices via SNMP, Web or Telnet. For greater functionality, free PowerAlert network management software centrally monitors and controls power for up to 250 UPS systems or PDUs on their network. The software allows managers to mass-configure multiple remote device settings from a single location, and they can also be set to auto-discover UPS and PDU devices in specific network segments or IP address ranges.

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MOSFETS Target DC/DC Applications

April 3, 2008 11:34 am | Comments

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. expanded its power semiconductor line with a family of high-speed switching MOSFETs based on UMOS VI-H which enables a reduction in gate switch charge and on-state resistance (RDS(ON)), resulting in greater power efficiency. The Models TPCA8028-H and TPC8035-H MOSFETs are intended for use in high efficiency DC/DC converter applications in notebook PCs and other electronic applications.

Inverter Provides Power for Cold Start Displays

April 3, 2008 11:29 am | Endicott Research Group | Comments

Endicott Research Group released its E220 series DC/AC inverter that combines up to 12W of output power with a vacuum-encapsulated design to ensure reliable CCF lamp ignition for LCDs used in outside, cold storage or other low-temperature environments. The inverter provides starting voltages of up to 2,300 Vrms in a compact, low-profile, PCB-mountable package for LCDS ranging in size from 5.7"to 15" diagonal. The inverter uses the proprietary EFD 20 low-profile transformer for a form factor of 0.60" × 1.2" × 1.56" in a fully vacuum-encapsulated design that ensures maximum resistance to shock, vibration and humidity. Operating range is -20°C to +70°C.

DC/DC Converter Features a Small Footprint

April 3, 2008 11:24 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Comments

Murata Electronics North America introduced its Model MPD6S022S DC/DC point-of-load (POL) non-isolated converter that measures 21 mm × 9 mm × 21 mm in a SIL package, minimizing layout real estate. It delivers 10.8W with high efficiency (up to 95 percent) and zero de-rating. These attributes, combined with the 3V to 5.5V input voltage range, adjustable 1.1V to 3.6V output range and 0° to +70°C operating temperature range make it suitable for use in digital consumer home electronics such as televisions and DVD players. The DC/DC converter does not require an external capacitor, further saving board space.

Power Supplies for Server and Industrial Computer Applications

April 3, 2008 11:18 am | Comments

Lambda launched its ZWX series of industrial low profile ATX open frame AC/DC computer power supplies for server and industrial computer applications. These supplies provide the five voltages needed for high-end industrial computers including +3.3V, +5V, +12V, -12V and +5V (standby), and they are 1U rack/enclosure mountable. The ZWX300 includes a sixth output (a second +12V) to support extra drives, memory and fans. The supplies are suitable for applications where convection cooling is preferred, and they can provide higher power when fan cooling is desired.

Molded-On Socket Has a One-Piece Design

April 3, 2008 11:01 am | 3M Electronics Solutions Division | Comments

The 3M Electronic Solutions Division extended its product line for interconnect products to include an RoHS-compliant, 34 position, 2 mm Molded-On Socket for the 2M Series. The 34-position molded-on socket cable assembly, along with the rest of the product family, has a rugged, one-piece design with integral strain relief and closed connector ends. With a 2 mm × 2 mm pitch, it is fully customizable to customer specifications, and it offers a space-saving, lower height profile that stands up to repeated insertions and withdrawals, helping with airflow in high density applications.

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Modular Power Terminal Block Saves Panel Space

April 3, 2008 10:53 am | Comments

BlockMaster introduced its Model OTB-351 modular thru-panel modular power terminal block that saves panel space with its tight 8.5 mm terminal spacing. Standard SEMS screws with terminals of nickel plated brass makes the series suitable for easy field service and product assembly usages. They are appropriate for power supplies, motor drives, industrial controls, electric heating, lighting and almost any other thru-panel medium power/current applications. The series is specified for use within an operating temperature range of from –30°C to +80°C, accepting wire sizes of 12 AWG to 22 AWG. Housing material is a polycarbonate (UL94V-O) with black as the standard color.

Cable Assemblies Perform in Space Critical Applications

April 3, 2008 10:46 am | Comments

Lighthorse Technologies, Inc. released its IPX series of connectors and cable assemblies. The micro-miniature connector is 100 percent form, fit and function compatible with all U.FL Hirose series interfaces. Because if their small size, the connectors are suitable for a variety of space critical applications. Operating up to 6 GHz, the low profile (2.5 mm) series has a 3 mm square PCB footprint. The cable assemblies can be cut to any length and attached to a variety of RF coaxial connectors.

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