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PROFINET I/O fieldbus couplers target automation applications

December 24, 2013 9:22 am | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

To support end users that leverage Ethernet-based industrial networking, WAGO's PROFINET I/O Fieldbus Couplers 750 Series operate as I/O devices in the PROFINET network. The couplers identify connected I/O modules and create local process images for one or more controllers. The device ID can

Digital hall-effect sensor ICs include built-in pull-up resistors

December 23, 2013 3:12 pm | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell Sensing and Control’s SS360PT and SS460P high sensitivity latching Hall-effect sensor ICs with built-in pull-up resistors are suitable for demanding, cost-sensitive high-volume applications, such as commuting brushless DC motors used for medical equipment and appliances as well as for

Photoelectric sensors operate in tight spaces

December 23, 2013 11:47 am | Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs introduced R2 Series Ultra-Small Sensors - a complete family of ultra-miniature photoelectric sensors available in four sensing modes to suit varied application needs. These sensors feature a 24 mm x 7.5 mm x 11.2 mm housing, industry standard

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DO-35 thermistor features wide Ohmic resistance range

December 23, 2013 10:24 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties is offering the DO-35 Series thermistor temperature sensor that provides accurate measurements across a wide resistance range of 5K Ohms to 200K Ohms at +25°C. The glass-packaged thermistor enables

Positioning module achieves superior battery life performance

December 20, 2013 3:39 pm | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the market introduction of Jupiter SL869 V2, the second generation of one of its top performing positioning products. The new module is based on the low-power MT3333 from MediaTek. The complete multi-GNSS receiver features easy integration and superior battery-life performance....

Schottky diodes feature zero recovery time

December 20, 2013 3:17 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD announces availability and full design support capabilities for four new 650V Silicon Carbide (SiC) Schottky diodes from Microsemi Corporation (Microsemi). The new devices are the latest addition to Microsemi's SiC Schottky product family.

High-efficiency DIN rail-mount power supplies feature compact sizes

December 20, 2013 3:08 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces the introduction of the TDK-Lambda DRB series of DIN rail power supplies for low power applications that require less space on the mounting rail. Designed to support the growing trend for simple and economic DIN power solutions in industrial, building automation and process control applications...

Ethernet switch module offers twelve 10/100/1000 Mbps copper twisted pair ports

December 20, 2013 2:51 pm | Diamond Systems Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Diamond Systems unveiled Epsilon-12G2. The rugged, managed Layer 2+ Ethernet switch module offers twelve 10/100/1000 Mbps copper twisted pair ports and two small form factor pluggable (SFP) sockets in a compact COM Express form factor.

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Factory programmable digital Hall effect sensors promise custom solutions at off-the-shelf prices

December 20, 2013 10:39 am | Melexis | Product Releases | Comments

Melexis Technologies NV introduced two parts to its programmable digital Hall effect sensor line. The MLX92231 and MLX92211 feature EEPROM memory, allowing magnetic switching thresholds to be configured (including hysteresis). Both are factory pre-programmed to precise Hall effect switch or latch

10 must-have products to survive the Walking Dead

December 17, 2013 12:42 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The EXP-LED-F4W is an intrinsically safe 4 watt LED flashlight that has a very tight, well focused pencil beam of light. The light beam on this LED flashlight reaches 100 feet in distance. With its great runtime on three AA batteries, you won't have to worry about it going dead....

1W DC-DC converter designed for industrial automation applications

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Murata today announced the MEF1 series of 1 Watt regulated DC-DC converters from Murata Power Solutions. Suitable for use in industrial, automation and instrumentation applications, these tightly regulated single output converters, rated to better than 1% of nominal output voltage, are packaged in a fully encapsulated single-in-line through-hole format....

Hazardous area encoder offers high versatility in challenging application environments

December 16, 2013 9:58 am | Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The new 78E Series Ex Encoder from Pepperl+Fuchs is especially designed for applications in hazardous areas. The 78E Series with its “flameproof enclosure” has ATEX and IEC Ex international approval in addition to third-party approval by TÜV. It is designed for the oil/gas, refineries, mining and material handling (agriculture, chemicals) industries.

Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 13, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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Light-measurement sensor designed for industrial automation and factory assembly applications

December 13, 2013 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

EMX Industries has announced the global market introduction of its LEX-1000 color light measurement sensor. The LEX-1000 is used within industrial automation and factory assembly related applications, providing fast, high-resolution comparative measurements of the color characteristics of a variety of light sources and illuminated objects.

IC is ideal for larger systems implementing IO-Link

December 11, 2013 12:28 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC2874, an IO-Link master IC, combining a power and communications interface to four remote IO-Link devices (slaves).  A rugged interface and rich feature set make the LTC2874 ideal for larger systems implementing IO-Link (IEC61131-9) in harsh, industrial environments.

Piezoelectric MEMS timing product targets communications infrastructure, industrial and military apps

December 6, 2013 4:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Sand 9 announced it is the first MEMS company to achieve the stringent low-noise, high-stability and harsh environmental requirements for communications infrastructure, industrial and military applications. The TM651, based on Sand 9’s Temperature Compensated MEMS

Arduino-compatible ecosystem adds WiFi development board, IoT cloud software and motor control shield

December 5, 2013 5:23 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the expansion of its Arduino-compatible chipKIT ecosystem, with two new development tools from Digilent, Inc., and an embedded cloud software framework. Digilent’s chipKIT WF32 board minimizes the need for users to

Brushless DC motors feature low inertia and minimal detent

December 5, 2013 5:05 pm | Maxon Precision Motors, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

In automation and robotics, many applications are characterized by high energy and high torque at the same time. Spatial restrictions also mean that drives must be short, have a long service life and be maintenance-free. The newly redesigned EC-i motors from maxon motors offer solutions that fit these requirements perfectly.

Evaluation kit lets designers spin BLDC motors instantly

December 5, 2013 5:00 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC introduced a new product evaluation kit for its A4915 three-phase MOSFET controller IC featuring an on-chip hall commutation and a unique speed control input. The speed input takes an analog voltage and generates

Active harmonic filter improves efficiency while reducing harmonic pollution

December 5, 2013 2:10 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer is proud to introduce their new PB Series three-wire and four-wire active harmonic filter modular systems that are designed to meet IEEE-519. The Power Balance (PB) family is scalable and offers a practical solution for improving power quality for tower buildings....

Semiconductor parts: Distinguishing real from fake requires a trained eye

December 5, 2013 1:40 pm | by Steve Martin, EVP of Sales for Components Direct, an Avnet Company | Components Direct | Articles | Comments

Detecting counterfeit electronic components is not easy — if it was, our industry would not be suffering the $160 billion in annual risk identified by IHS Research. The industry is being forced to take action, with recent federal legislation setting an example for the entire supply chain....

LED A19-style bulb provides 1050 lumens from only 10 watts

December 3, 2013 12:29 pm | Larson Electronics Llc | Product Releases | Comments

The Magnalight LED-A19-10W-E26 Directional 10 Watt LED A19 Style Bulb is designed to fit in standard light bulb sockets but provides durability and multi color adjustability that makes it ideal for industrial and commercial applications. This 10 watt LED provides 1050 lumens from only 10 watts.

Mini-USB connector includes insertion life of 5,000 times

December 3, 2013 9:39 am | Omron Electronics Components Llc | Product Releases | Comments

OMRON announces the release of the new XM7D Mini-USB Connector, designed to supplement its current USB Connector lineup and I/O Connector portfolio. The Mini-USB connectors are widely used in a variety of devices found within the Office Automation, Consumer Electronics and PC Peripheral markets. They’re also found within Factory Automation applications and Industrial Equipment.

Protecting industrial PCs: Early discovery and containment with CIFS monitoring

November 26, 2013 1:59 pm | by Dan Schaffer, Phoenix Contact | Articles | Comments

A large number of legacy industrial PCs (IPCs) are still deployed in active control and monitoring roles. Most of these IPCs are running older, out-of-support operating systems such as Windows 2000 or XP. Microsoft Windows 2000 support expired July 2010, and Windows XP support ends April 2014.

Gauge promises easy pressure monitoring

November 25, 2013 12:44 pm | Ashcroft Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

The Ashcroft DG25 digital pressure gauge provides a five full-digit LCD in ranges up to 25,000 psi. Available in accuracies of 0.5% percent and 0.25 percent FS, this new design boasts a minimum battery life of 2000 hours. Standard features include

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