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Gate-drive optocoupler includes integrated flyback controller for DC-DC converters

July 23, 2014 1:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) unveiled the ACPL-302J, a new smart gate-drive optocoupler device that improves isolated power supply and simplifies gate drive design. The ACPL-302J features an integrated flyback controller for DC-DC converters and a full set of fail-safe IGBT diagnostics....

Automotive HVAC actuators feature very low noise

July 23, 2014 11:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Johnson Electric (Hong Kong) announced an actuator platform for automotive HVAC air flow control...

Low-loss, flexible cables rival semi-rigid

July 23, 2014 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

High Speed Interconnects (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced a new range of flexible cable assemblies...

UV-stable handheld enclosures suit outdoor electronics

July 23, 2014 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

OKW (Bridgeville, PA) has launched DATEC-COMPACT, a brand new range of UV-stable IP65 (NEMA 4)...

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Pressure regulators intended for air, nitrogen, natural gas, and propane monitoring

July 22, 2014 4:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Marsh Bellofram Corporation (Newell, WV) announced the global market introduction of its Type T289 industrial gas back pressure regulator. Type T289 offers dual functionality as both a back pressure regulator and high-flow relief valve with an adjustable set point....

Silicon carbide schottky barrier diode series designed to minimize power supply loss

July 22, 2014 1:03 pm | Allegro Microsystems, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, LLC (Worcester, MA) announces the release of the next generation series of silicon carbide schottky barrier diodes. The FMCA series achieves low leakage current and high speed switching at high temperatures. This new series is targeted at the industrial and computer markets....

Industrial grade filters for AC/DC power supplies are offered in 10-A and 20-A versions

July 18, 2014 12:42 pm | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. (Hopkinton, MA) has introduced 10-A and 20-A industrial filters for its TER Series of low profile, AC/DC power supplies. The TER-10ASF and TER-20ASF are designed to attenuate high frequency noise on AC lines thereby reducing the level of conducted emissions.

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Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 18, 2014 11:33 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Articles | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...     

Eight-channel Type K thermocouple amplifier signal conditioner suits industrial applications

July 16, 2014 2:15 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Sensor Connection (Troy, MI) has expanded its line of measurement and control instrumentation with the addition of the model TCA-MS-K-8-A4.  This eight-channel Type K Thermocouple Amplifier Module converts the low output voltage signal from 8 Type K thermocouple probes to eight…

High-speed, backplane connector system is presented as future-proof

July 16, 2014 9:46 am | Molex Incorporated | Product Releases | Comments

Molex (Lisle, IL) announced today its Impel backplane connector system is available for use with the company’s Backplane Pin Map Configurator. This connector solution provides equipment manufacturers with the ability to have systems operate at today’s data-rates and costs, while providing…

NTC chip thermistors come in compact sizes with high temperature ratings to +150°C

July 15, 2014 4:10 pm | Ametherm | Product Releases | Comments

Ametherm (Carson City, NV) introduced four new series of NTC chip thermistors for high-accuracy temperature measurement. The STC0134-X, STC0138-X, STC0143, and STC0144-X Series devices are available in a variety of compact sizes, while providing…

Encapsulated PCB mount AC/DC linear supply offers tight regulation

July 15, 2014 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Calex Mfg. Co., Inc. (Concord, CA) announced the Model 3.15.5-115, a low noise linear power supply which provides outputs of +/-15 VDC at 100 mA and 5 VDC at 500 mA. The 3.15.5-115 is powered by 115 VAC.

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How has rapid prototyping affected your job or industry?

July 15, 2014 10:51 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

The need for rapid prototyping has always existed, however with the development of new tools and technologies, many of the traditional hurdles of prototyping have been eliminated. For instance, LCD display design, GUI development, MEMS sensing, motor control, RTOS or OS usage, and cap touch sensing are just a few of the obstacles....

Image sensor targets traffic, surveillance, medical imaging and industrial inspection

July 15, 2014 10:01 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor (Phoenix, AZ) is enhancing its charge-coupled device (CCD) image sensor portfolio with new technology for industrial applications. The new KAI-08051 Image Sensor provides improved light sensitivity, reduced read noise, and improved color accuracy compared to the previous generation...

Zero-drift instrumentation amplifier provides low power, high accuracy

July 15, 2014 8:42 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced the expansion of its instrumentation amplifier portfolio with the new zero-drift MCP6N16. This self-correcting architecture is positioned to DC performance by enabling ultra-low offset, low-offset drift, and desirable common-mode and power-supply rejection, while…

Electrically conductive, sodium silicate, aqueous based coating system suits shielding applications

July 14, 2014 5:54 pm | Master Bond Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Appropriate for electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference shielding applications, Master Bond’s (Hackensack, NJ) MB600G is an aqueous based, sodium silicate system with graphite filler. MB600G was tested with aluminum as the reference material…

Two-in-one LED driver features adjustable current and voltage

July 14, 2014 4:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

GlacialPower (Taipei, Taiwan) announced a new dual-mode LED driver powering LED lighting from 7 W to 20 W. Featuring either constant current or constant voltage operation, the LED driver mode and power output can be easily adjusted to fit a variety of lighting and signage applications.

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Current sensing contact switch offers easy adjustment

July 14, 2014 3:01 pm | Nk Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

NK Technologies’ (San Jose, CA) new ASD Series Current Sensing Switches provide a limit alarm contact an easy adjustment method. These current sensing switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip

AETI launches subsidiary in Brazil

July 14, 2014 10:50 am | News | Comments

American Electric Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of a new company subsidiary, M&I Electric Brazil. M&I Electric provides a full range of turnkey power delivery solutions including power distribution, power conversion, power control/automation systems, and power construction and

Data loggers features wireless two-way communication with pulse input

July 14, 2014 10:30 am | Omega Engineering | Product Releases | Comments

Omega’s (Stamford, CT) new series of wireless pulse data loggers features wireless two-way communication with pulse input for monitoring wind speed, energy or flow rate. The data logger has a digital display that shows data in real time, a battery life indicator and audible and LED alarm indicators.

LED replacements for incandescent lamps aim to increase the lamp life by 10 times

July 11, 2014 10:49 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VCC (Poway, CA) has enhanced its series of LED replacements for traditional incandescent lamps. Providing a complete drop-in replacement solution, the company’s expanded offering of LED replacement lamps and holders combine simple and fast assembly with…

Current sense resistors combine low TCR down to ±2 ppm/°C with power ratings to 80 W

July 11, 2014 8:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

VPG (Malvern, PA) announced that its Powertron resistor brand has introduced the first seven devices in its S Series of precision foil current sense resistors. Offering a TCR of ±2 ppm/°C — said to be the industry's lowest for high-power current shunts…

Hardware obsolescence

July 11, 2014 1:08 pm | by Michael Carter, Sabtech | Blogs | Comments

Change in electronic technology is accelerating throughout all industries. Hardware technology goes out of manufacture because of lack of demand. Lifetime buys to address obsolescence are shortsighted. The solution is to design out technology going obsolete before it affects product availability....

Rotary joints accommodate signal transmission between rotating RF devices

July 11, 2014 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave, Inc. announced a line of single-channel/single-axis and single-channel/multi-axis RF Rotary Joints. These rotary joints are needed wherever RF signals have to be transmitted between stationary and moving parts of a system.

Kasey's Korner: This 3D-printed material will replace Balsa wood

July 10, 2014 2:57 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

When it comes to materials, high density usually equals high strength, while light low density materials are generally pretty fragile. However researchers at Harvard were able to 3D print a composite material using epoxy resin that they claim is even better than Balsa wood, generally revered for its lightweight, but strong properties.

AC & DC axial fans available for harsh environments and IP56 rated

July 9, 2014 3:31 pm | Qualtek Electronics Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Qualtek (Mentor, Ohio) introduces its series of high-performance, low-cost HPLC series, AC and DC axial fans tested to withstand harsh environmental conditions, including dust and water. The axial fan series, with sizes ranging from 172mm to 280mm, have met or exceeds the international standard IEC 60529....

RFID light detector is battery-free

July 9, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SHADOW from Farsens S.L., (San Sebastián, Spain), is a battery free RFID ambient light detector tag. These tags are compatible with commercial EPC C1G2 readers. It features a LPRS N5AC501085 Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) to detect exposure to light or darkness.

Miniature diffuse mode photoelectric sensors suit complex applications

July 9, 2014 12:34 pm | Pepperl+Fuchs Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) has added three high performance diffuse mode sensors to its family of user-friendly and field-proven ML100 Series photoelectric sensors. These new versions are designed to provide advanced performance for increasingly complex and space-constrained applications.

Lighting control sensors available with Passive Infrared, Ultrasonic (US), and Dual Technology

July 9, 2014 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, SC) announced today that Hubbell Building Automation (HBA) has enhanced its popular wall switch vacancy and occupancy sensor family with the introduction of the LightHAWK2. From conference rooms, offices, and hallways to storage areas, restrooms, and hotel guest rooms ...

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