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650-W AC-DC supply complies with MIL-STD-810F and ANSI/ISA standard for demanding applications

March 6, 2014 2:17 pm | XP Power | Product Releases | Comments

XP Power’s (Sunnyvale, CA) HHP650 Series of fan-cooled rugged AC/DC power supplies is designed for heavy-use industrial applications. These single output 650-W units can accommodate the extended voltage input range from 85 V to 305 VAC, and can

Wire-to-board connectors designed for on-board automotive instrumentation

March 6, 2014 1:48 pm | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex Incorporated (Lisle, IL) has released a vertical configuration version of its DuraClik 2.00mm pitch wire-to-board connectors. The new vertical DuraClik connector is designed for on-board automotive instrumentation, including steering wheels, shift levers, wiper/blinker levers, headlights...

Photos of the Day: Botball robotics competition

March 6, 2014 8:55 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Botball is a series of workshops and worldwide competitions that, according to their site, engage "middle and high school aged students in a team-oriented robotics competition, and serves as a perfect way to meet today’s new common core standards."

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March 31st is deadline to apply for ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering scholarships

March 5, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

March 31st is the deadline for U.S. students pursuing a degree in engineering to apply to the 2014 ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering Scholarship program, sponsored by ASCO Numatics, the world’s leading manufacturer of comprehensive fluid automation, flow control, and pneumatics solutions.

40G MicroTCA chassis platform is presented as industry’s first

February 28, 2014 12:17 pm | Vadatech, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

VadaTech (Henderson, NV) announced a 40G MicroTCA chassis platform. The 5U chassis holds up to 12 full-sized Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) modules in the single width format. The VT866 is designed for 40GbE (10GBASE-KR) signals. 

3D-MID technology advances component and system miniaturization

February 27, 2014 10:26 am | Harting, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING (Elgin, IL) has brought a one-stop concept for designing and manufacturing 3D-MID components to North America. 3D-MID (3D Molded Interconnect Device) components are injection-molded plastic parts with integrated electrical circuits. These circuits can

32 HD motor designed for rough operating conditions

February 26, 2014 3:21 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new maxon (Fall River, MA) EC-4pole 32 HD motor has been designed for extremely rough operating conditions, particularly applications in deep drilling. Deep drilling technology (called “downhole drilling” in the field of oil and gas exploration) makes it possible to recover oil and gas from depths of more than 2500 m.

Blasting gun light produces 860 lumens

February 25, 2014 3:41 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a 10 watt high output LED blasting gun light that produces 860 lumens of intense illumination. This unit is IP66 watertight and able to withstand the rigors of aggressive and heavy duty use applications. The BLG-LEDP1X10W blasting gun light from Larson Electronics is designed for extreme durability....

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Reference design features better than ±0.1% accuracy

February 25, 2014 3:08 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Factories can transmit industrial temperatures with the Novato (MAXREFDES16#) reference design, a 4–20mA loop-powered temperature transmitter with the HART communication protocol from Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose, CA). This smart transmitter enables low-power temperature measurement from -200°C to +850°C with accuracy better than ±0.1% or ±1.0°C.

Microcontroller exhibits 2.93DMIPs/MHz processing power

February 25, 2014 12:49 pm | Ftdi Chip | Product Releases | Comments

FTDI Chip (Tigard, OR) releases the FT900, a 32-bit microcontroller unit (MCU) which is one of two initial devices in the company’s new application oriented controller (AOC) product lines. The FT900 has been developed for high-speed, computational intensive tasks.

Answering the reshoring question

February 25, 2014 11:08 am | by Pramod Gupta, Aakash Gupta, Hector Gutierrez, and Patrick Van den Bossche, A.T. Kearney | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has become a more attractive destination for manufacturing over the last few years. That’s a fact. And several U.S. companies are indeed bringing back their manufacturing operations. Several others are asking the question: “Should we reshore our activities as well?”

Overmolded backshells on connector interfaces offer improved reliability

February 24, 2014 4:17 pm | Api Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

API Technologies Corp. (Orlando, FL) now offers overmolded backshells on connector interfaces from its Electromagnetic Integrated Solutions (EIS) product line, the leader in EMI/RFI components and interconnects. Ideal for use in military, aerospace, high-end industrial, oil and gas, as well as medical applications...

Ambient light sensors feature sensitivity over a range of 57,542 lux to 0.001 lux

February 24, 2014 12:50 pm | Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Using the Santa Cruz ambient light sensor (ALS) from Maxim Integrated Products (San Jose, CA), factories can quickly configure and monitor multiple red, green, blue (RGB) and infrared (IR) ambient light sensors with the high accuracy required in industrial applications.

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Engineering Update 46: The United Arab Emirates' drone delivery service

February 24, 2014 8:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Consumers who fell in love with Amazon's 30-minute drone delivery service but can't wait for the mountain of red tape and regulations standing in the way of "Amazon Prime Air" now have an alternative — move to the United Arab Emirates!

LED light ideal for use in mining applications

February 21, 2014 4:56 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has announced the release of a 160 watt high intensity LED light that is ideal for use in mining applications as well as heavy equipment, hunting, boating, vehicle, military, law enforcement, and industrial manufacturing uses.

Photo-etching precision parts enable minimal tooling cost

February 21, 2014 3:53 pm | Tech-Etch Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

In addition to materials such as tungsten, titanium, elgiloy, MP35N, nitinol, and polyimide film, Tech-Etch (Plymouth, MA) has now developed a process to photochemically etch polyester sheets up to .010" thick. All of the advantages of photo etching, clean burr-free edges, the ability to create intricate features with minimal tooling cost, and fast delivery...

Scientists create powerful artificial muscle with fishing line

February 21, 2014 3:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers are using fibres from fishing line and sewing thread to create inexpensive artificial muscles that could be used in medical devices, humanoid robots, prosthetic limbs, or woven into fabrics. In a study published today in Science, international researchers...

Power MOSFETs offer fast switching performance

February 20, 2014 4:39 pm | Advanced Power Electronics Corp. USA | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics Corp. (San Jose, CA) has recently launched new N-channel enhancement-mode power MOSFETs offering a fast switching performance and very low on-resistance. The AP99T03GS-HF-3 MOSFET comes in a TO-263 package.

Why are we being plagued by product recalls?

February 20, 2014 10:35 am | by Keith Nichols, Research Analyst, Cambashi, www.cambashi.com | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing companies build their reputation on the quality and safety of their products. Serious design faults, manufacturing errors and even incorrect labelling often result in widely publicised product recalls, which carry the risk of unwelcome commercial and brand image fall-out.

Air to Air heat exchangers offer increased heat power transfer within the industry standard footprint

February 20, 2014 10:01 am | Marlow Industries Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new Climatherm range of Air to Air heat exchangers from Marlow is said to bring increased heat power transfer while remaining within the industry standard footprint. Using Thermo Electrics at its core, these compact and modern designs give

Rotary encoders combine optical encoder characteristics with ruggedness and compact form factor

February 20, 2014 9:10 am | Fraba / Posital | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL-FRABA’s (Hamilton, NJ) IXARC encoders combine the accuracy and dynamic response of optical encoders with the ruggedness and compact form factor of magnetic encoders. Building on the company’s

Extendable quadpod mini light tower produces 575,000 lumens of light

February 19, 2014 3:30 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has released a new 6000 watt extendable light tower. This portable light tower is equipped with four 1,500 watt metal halide lamps that produce 575,000 lumens of light. The WAL-C-4XM Quadpod Mini Light Tower is adjustable from seven to fourteen feet.

SiC modules are now RoHS compliant

February 19, 2014 1:26 pm | Powerex | Product Releases | Comments

Several Powerex (Youngwood, PA) SiC Modules have now been certified RoHS (Restriction of Use of Hazardous Substances) compliant. RoHS regulations ban new electrical or electronic equipment containing more than agreed upon levels of specific substances, including lead....

Digital temperature recorder ideal for industrial and commercial applications

February 18, 2014 4:05 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The EDL-LN2 from the Paul N. Gardner Company (Pompano Beach, FL) is a reliable and cost-effective digital temperature recorder for all industrial and commercial applications. Features include high-accuracy sensors and real-time viewing of ambient and remote temperature while using the RTD probe.

Pressure switches feature 2 million lifecycle rating

February 18, 2014 3:45 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) announced the addition of three new series to its pressure switch portfolio: the HP Series, HE Series, and LE Series. The new Pressure Switches from Honeywell Sensing and Control provide high burst pressure ranges, a long life cycle rating and IP67 sealing, enhancing durability and reliability.

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