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Top three reed switch no-no's

March 26, 2014 10:02 am | by Lawrence McClure, HSI Sensing | Blogs | Comments

The reed switch: A simple electro-mechanical device with a contact area and two to three leads that, when the correct magnetic or electrical force is applied, facilitates continuity through the switch. Although simple in nature and application, we engineers sometimes can get a little creative....

Lockheed Martin and Rowan University partner on radar technology

March 19, 2014 4:01 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin and Rowan University are kicking off an innovative, strategic partnership to...

Reference design features better than ±0.1% accuracy

February 25, 2014 3:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Factories can transmit industrial temperatures with the Novato (MAXREFDES16#) reference design,...

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

February 24, 2014 12:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Using the Santa Cruz ambient light sensor (ALS) from Maxim Integrated Products (San Jose, CA),...

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Magnetometer sensor outputs 13-bit data over a magnetic field range of +/- 1000uT

February 21, 2014 1:41 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company, Inc. (Fairport, NY) has announced the IST8301C, a single-chip 3-axis digital magnetometer sensor, housed in a form factor of 2.5 x 2.5 x 1.0mm, a 12-pin BGA package. The IST8301C is an integrated chip containing 3-axis magnetic sensors with an ASIC controller.

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

Linear sensor helps prevent train derailment

January 22, 2014 1:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Alliance Sensors Group’s LV-45 series linear sensors is being used in the Metrom Rail LLC SafeStructure System for road and rail bridge monitoring to help prevent train derailment. Bridge expansion and contraction due to seasonal heating and cooling is a common problem found in civil engineering.

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Sensor hub offers low-power, flexible option

January 7, 2014 9:05 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced the SSC7102—a low-power, flexible and turnkey sensor hub that makes implementing sensor fusion easy and provides an extremely large selection of supported sensors.  In fact, Microchip directly partnered with multiple industry-leading sensor manufacturers and sensor-fusion specialists to create this solution, enabling faster time to market without the need for sensor-fusion expertise.

Sensor combines pressure, humidity and temperature measurement

January 6, 2014 12:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bosch Sensortec announced the BME280 Integrated Environmental Unit, which combines sensors for pressure, humidity and temperature in a single package. This sensor has been developed to support a broad range of emerging high performance applications such as

Accelerometer designed for aerospace and industrial testing applications

August 22, 2013 1:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems has announced the global market launch of the Endevco model 7253D triaxial Isotron accelerometer designed for applications requiring the measurement of shock and vibration simultaneously in three mutually perpendicular axes.

Pressure transmitters/transducers designed for marine applications

August 21, 2013 12:50 pm | Product Releases | Comments

American Sensor Technologies has received ABS (American Bureau of Shipping) Type Approval for its pressure instrumentation. Through a factory audit of its New Jersey manufacturing facility, ABS confirmed AST’s manufacturing site, quality management system and conformance to ABS standards.

Mechanical-mount rotary position sensor includes integral PCB

August 20, 2013 3:02 pm | Piher North America | Product Releases | Comments

Piher Sensors & Controls has introduced the MTS-360 Mechanical Mount Rotary Position Sensor with integral PCB for fast and easy mounting. Designed with the sensor directly mounted onto a PCB, the sensor/PCB combo package allows engineers to easily install a fully featured rotary sensor....

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Sensor performs in high temp and pressure environments

August 20, 2013 10:06 am | Macro Sensors | Product Releases | Comments

Vented versions of Macro Sensors CD 375 Series of Miniature AC-Operated LVDT Position Sensors withstand high pressures and temperatures in applications where space is at a premium and the environment is hostile. As the coil assembly of the sensor is vented to equalize pressure inside and outside the LVDT linear position sensor...

NTC thermistors tout precise temperature measurement

August 14, 2013 6:30 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces two new series of narrowly toleranced EPCOS NTC thermistors in EIA 0402 and 0603 SMD case sizes. These components have a rated resistance of 10 kΩ in tolerance classes ± 1 percent, ±3 percent and ±5 percent. The narrow tolerances were achieved with a

Sensor assembly solutions simplify design decisions

August 14, 2013 3:11 pm | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Product Releases | Comments

Honeywell announced that it has launched new customizable pressure and thermal sensor solutions – including modules with multiple sensors and technologies integrated inside. Heaters, magnetic, Magneto-resistive, infrared, optical, pressure, thermal, and humidity options are all available for customization.

Temp sensors offer 1.8V SMBus and I2C Interface for the latest smartphone, tablet and PC chipsets

August 13, 2013 6:53 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a six-member family of temperature sensor ICs called the EMC118X. The family is presented as the world’s first family of temp sensors with 1.8V SMBus and I2C communications, which is required for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet

Current sensor includes dimensions of 13.4 × 15.7 × 7.2mm and weight of 3g

August 12, 2013 9:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GCBC Series is a current sensor for PCB mounting and is the smallest and lightest in the industry. Use of a proprietary high-sensitivity magnetic sensor element (GMR element) eliminates the need for a core to concentrate magnetic flux, enabling compact dimensions of 13.4 × 15.7 × 7.2mm (W×D×H) and weight of 3g.

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Accelerometer suitable for 3-input oscilloscopes

August 5, 2013 2:12 pm | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company has introduced the PP877 Three-Axis Accelerometer, which includes a signal conditioning interface suitable for any 3-input oscilloscope, but is especially suited to Pico Technology's four-channel PC oscilloscope adapters.

RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier without a battery

July 31, 2013 11:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Kineo1 from Farsens S.L., San Sebastián, Spain, is a battery-free RFID sensor tag capable of transmitting a unique identifier and the associated orientation data to a commercial EPC C1G2 reader without the need of a battery on the sensor tag. The Kineo1 tags can communicate to around 1.5 meters (5 feet)....

Pressure sensors created for demanding industrial applications

July 31, 2013 11:46 am | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties  has expanded its line of pressure sensors with two compact, high-performance units for demanding industrial applications.  The M7100 and U7100 feature high reliability at a low price point. The new IP67-rated pressure transducers withstand high vibrations as well as harsh conditions, such as dust particles, contaminated water and corrosive fluids, making them ideal for use in demanding engine, vehicle and industrial applications.  

Linear position sensors critical to connectivity solutions

July 30, 2013 10:31 am | Fraba / Posital | Product Releases | Comments

POSITAL-FRABA’s LINARIX linear position sensors have been added to the list of products referenced by the Rockwell Automation PartnerNetwork™. Through Encompass™ Product Partners, customers can quickly locate complementary products that best solve any application challenges.

A guide to ZigBee device developers for the smart connected home

July 29, 2013 11:15 am | by Cees Link, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, www.greenpeak.com | Articles | Comments

For decades, technology experts and home automation enthusiasts have been talking about and promising the emergence of the smart, connected home. They have foretold a home connected by multitude of sensors, monitoring applications such as HVAC, home security, and even the health of the inhabitants, and all controlled remotely over the web via a smartphone or a tablet.

Non-contact infrared temp sensors monitor heat sinks and pipes

July 15, 2013 9:13 am | by Vasco Polyzoev, Systems Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Measuring temperatures using infrared (IR) sensors without direct contact with an object, is the new paradigm in optimizing thermal monitoring and control. In this article we introduce the idea of this approach by taking advantage of new and very small IR temperature sensors available on the market.

The role of sensors in stable HVAC systems: Heavy duty pressure transducers

July 15, 2013 9:05 am | by Ketan Mehta, Honeywell | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Articles | Comments

Whether it’s a high-rise office tower or a manufacturing floor, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems are designed for building occupants’ comfort. When systems operate at optimum levels, they’re energy efficient and go unnoticed. When they’re not, efficiency drops and complaints rise.

Energy, cost-efficiency biggest concerns for LEDs, sensors

June 7, 2013 10:53 am | by Editors | Articles | Comments

LEDs are a hot topic in the world of electronic components. Ardent supporters claim LEDs are the future while other designers cite cost and environmental impact as negatives. We turned to our readers for the inside scoop on LEDs and the industry. When asked about the biggest trend impacting specifications for lighting components, readers were torn....

Evolution of light sensor integration

May 21, 2013 10:59 am | by Darrell Benke, Sr. Marketing Manager, Opto Sensors and Lighting, ams AG | Articles | Comments

Light sensing technology, in the form of photodiodes and phototransistors, was invented around the 1950s. Since the inception of the first optosensors, the devices have gradually found their place in commercial and industrial applications, but their adoption was limited due to the size, cost and overall performance.

Implementing remote tamper detection with wireless and capacitive sensing technologies

May 8, 2013 1:51 pm | by Parker Dorris, Senior Applications Engineer, Microcontroller Products, Silicon Labs | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Articles | Comments

The advent of wireless connectivity in the home automation market has enabled developers to create many innovative products that make end users feel safer and more aware of their personal property. Remote tamper detection is one example of innovation made possible through wireless connectivity.

Wireless switches solve the remote sensor connection conundrum

August 16, 2012 6:28 pm | by Todd Hanson, Honeywell Sensing and Control (S&C), http://sensing.honeywell.com | Articles | Comments

Many large facilities, campuses, warehouses and industrial organizations face a challenge. How do you efficiently install and manage a sensor and/or switch network distributed across a large area? How can you manage and control the troubleshooting and maintenance costs and time involved? How do you handle retrofits and changes to the network without extensive downtime and expense?

New tech center has big plans for small devices

August 1, 2012 11:40 am | by Chris Warner | Blogs | Comments

This week I learned about an exciting new facility that promises to help microsystems vendors meet their manufacturing challenges head-on and get their devices to market faster. Lorain County Community College’s (LCCC) SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems

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