A series of shock-, water-, and explosion-proof large-diameter air buttons features replaceable custom decals.
With a diameter of 2.8 in., the device features soft PVC sides with a rigid lexan decal center that accommodates a custom message or logo. Patented seamless construction ensures greater reliability over a lifetime of more than 1 million pushes. Typical applications include medical equipment, beverage dispensing for physically disabled, and emergency pushbuttons.
Pres:Air:Trol Corp., 1009 W. Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck, NY 10543. (914) 698-2026. Fax: (914) 698-9456.
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Series 7700 Class 2 laser sensors are housed in easy-to-mount enclosures measuring 2.5 x 1.3 x 0.5 in.
The compact units offer both proximity and reflective mode sensing. Features include user-selectable light or dark operation, adjustable power pot, and NPN or PNP output connection via a sealed standard four-pin Pico-style connector. The sensors accurately detect small objects at 12 in. in proximity mode, and at up to 150 ft in reflective mode. The bright laser beam provides a spot size of less than 1 mm at 2 ft.
Pricing is $125 each.
Automatic Timing and Controls, 1827 Freedom Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601. (800) 441-8245.
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The Bulletin 871R inductive ring sensors are self-contained, general-purpose, solid-state devices that sense metal objects passing through the enclosed sensing area. Especially effective in applications where objects fall into a bin rather than move laterally along a pre-determined path, the ring-shaped sensing area makes precise target movement less crucial. They are effective for applications involving a tube or pipeline.
Available in 12-, 20-, 50-, and 100-mm diameter ring sizes, Bulletin 871R ring sensors give uses a variety of sensing options for many applications.
Rockwell Automation, 10701 Hampshire Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55438. (800) 223-5354.
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The updated BusQuick T-Coupler I/O system provides complete RFI/EMI protection. Designed for all popular Fieldbus systems and applications, this modular interconnect system reduces installation time of Fieldbus cabling systems by 60 percent compared to ordinary screw-terminal technology.
The system allows users to adapt a single installation concept for all Fieldbus wiring with pre-assembled, standardized cables and connectors that minimize downtime and service.
Hirshmann Inc., 30 Hook Mountain Rd., Pine Brook, NJ 07058. (973) 830-2000.
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Patented technology enhances brightness and visibility in five-wire touchscreens used in demanding and high-volume industrial and medical applications.
Easy to read and use, the units provide brilliant colors, sharper images, and crisper text. The configuration of separator dots minimizes screen diffusion for improved visibility, reducing the grayness and fuzziness typical with traditional five-wire manufacturing. Designed for heavy use, the units offer more than 30 million actuations. The sensors respond quickly to bare fingertip, fingernail, stylus, or gloved hand. Touch point actuation provides accuracy from center to edges without additional calibration during processing or recalibration during installation
The Bergquist Co., Touch Products Div., 5300 Edina Industrial Blvd., Cannon Falls, MN 55439. (800) 798-6824
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The B Square Series of compact, flat cylinders features a square end-cap design for either flush-face or horizontal mounting to provide greater mounting flexibility. The end caps are made of aluminum alloy with a blackanodized finish for corrosion resistance. Split-design, oil-impregnated rod bushings are used in the standard model. These provide longer bearing length in a smaller space to increase load capacity and life.
Applications for the cylinders may be found in the robotics, machine design, and packaging industries. The Series is available in standard and non-rotating models. They are offered with magnetic and nonmagnetic pistons. The switch is mounted to the tie rods of the cylinder with a bracket, eliminating the need for a full-length switch rail. Mounting types include the basic model and pivot-mounts. Both mounting styles are available in double-acting, single-acting, and non-rotating types.
Numatics Actuator, 308 Mallory Station Rd., Franklin, TN 37067. (615) 771-1200.
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The HM57 Five-Valve Manifold combines two shutoff valves, two equalizing valves, and a vent/calibration valve into a single, compact assembly. The double equalizing arrangement insures against measurement error that can occur from equalizer leakage between high- and low-pressure connections, making the unit ideal for custody-transfer applications.
Shutoff, equalizing, and vent/calibration functions are provide in one compact valve body that weighs 3.75 lbs. Technicians can perform zeroing and calibration procedures at the manifold location with a minimum of tools. The HM57 is available in standard carbon steel and stainless steel, as well as exotic alloys including Monel, Inconel, Alloy 20, Hastelloy, and Titanium. A choice of mounting styles is also available to meet a variety of mounting requirements.
Hex Valve, 3170 Wasson Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209. (800) 543-7311. Fax: (513) 871-0105.
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Ecotrol Series Control Valves feature multispring pneumatic actuators and integral tubeless digital positioners. The series has a unique cast-in channel that allows users to plug in smart positioners and solenoids without the use of external tubing. The instrument air supply between the positioner and the actuator is transmitted through an internal cast-in-yoke circuitry that eliminates the leak joints commonly encountered with traditional designs.
The Ecotrol's seat design employs a reversible seat ring that can be flipped over to provide double seat life. Its geometric design is available in a range of materials including steel, ceramic, Tungsten Carbide, and in-hard and soft-seated configurations. It is produced in sizes in. through 4 in.
Jordan Valve, 3170 Wasson Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209. (800) 543-7311. Fax: (513) 871-0105.
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The R271 miniature rocker switch with double-pole, double-throw circuitry and quick and snap-in mounting is well-suited for computer equipment and office machinery. It snaps into place where it is held firmly with special serrated retention-type fingers.
The switch also features crisp on-off action, maintained action, and a choice of solder or printed circuit board right-angle terminals. Electrical characteristics include current ratings up to 5A at 125 Vac.
ITW Switches, 7301 W. Ainslie St., Harwood Heights, IL 60706. (800) 544-3354.
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A heavy-duty, single-die swivel-head holder for knurling tapered surfaces, an addition to the firm's SWS-20 swivel-head holder line, is adjustable to accommodate any angle. Made from 4140 heat-treated steel and secured with a carbide pin, the holder uses as 1.25-in. diameter by 0.50-in wide die. The holder is capable of doing tapers 0.50-in long and under. Stock alterations can be made to produce wider tapers.
Accu Trak Tool Corp., 490 Stafford St., Cherry Valley, MA 01611. (800) 433-4933. Fax: (508) 892-1789.
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This full line of self-sealing bolts is designed and manufactured with a groove under the head to accommodate a rubber O-ring which, when compressed, forms a complete seal and permits full metal-to-metal contact.
The bolts provide an air-tight, leak-proof seal against liquids, air, and other gases. They can be removed from equipment and reused without spoiling the sealing action.
Zago Mfg. Co. Inc., 190 Murray St., Newark, NJ 07114. (973) 643-6700. Fax: (973) 643-4433.
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The MSPX Series multi-stage vacuum pumps are air-powered units that operate using the venturi principle and feature built-in silencers that save space and run quietly at 60 to 65 dBa. Providing vacuum levels down to 27 in. Hg and flows to 42 SCFM, these pumps each have four vacuum ports for plumbing versatility and use industry-standard mountings for all sizes.
Designed for a range of applications requiring a high-flow rate at moderate vacuum levels, the pumps incorporate lightweight, yet precise aluminum and composite construction. All pumps include a vacuum gauge, ports for optional sensors and switches, BSPP and NPT adapter fittings, and two mounting brackets and screws./t1
Anver Corp., 36 Parmenter Rd., Hudson, MA 01749. (800) 654-3500. Fax: (978) 568-1570.
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This swing clamp can fit into closely packed machining setups. Its clamp arm can be extended or retracted and rotated 90 [degrees] at command, without the usual requirement of helical motion interfering with tooling. It provides and extension of 3 in., 90 [degrees] swing, and 374 lbs of clamping force on 350 psi hydraulic power, and works reliably up to 500 psi.
The unit is designed to mount flat against a machine base and is made with materials and finished that are unharmed by flood coolant. Other configurations to fit unusual needs are available.
Rotomation Inc., 11 Sunshine Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32174. (904) 676-6377. Fax: (904) 676-6379.
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The Touch Screen is a fully integrated Pentium MMX computer system with mouse-free Windows operation, a bright, colors-TFT active matrix with a 12.1-in. and 15-in. display. The Touch Screen also has multiple communication ports and an internal floppy drive or CD.
The system memory on the Touch Screen Station is 32 o 128 MB and features on a serial port and one parallel port. The unit is compatible with Windows 3.1, 95, 98, 2000, or NT. It is also available with PC/104 or ISA expansion slots. The Touch Screen has a 10/100 Base T Ethernet that is expandable to multiple communication ports. The units eliminates the time it takes the user to switch back and forth between a display and an input device, and the graphical-user targets minimize or eliminate the need for the user to read instructions.
Greco Systems, 372 Coogan Way, El Cajon, CA 92020. (800) 234-7326. Fax: (619) 447-8982.
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EASY-INSTALLING CABLE CLAMPS
Quick Cable Clamps are designed for one-handed installation.
An integrated ratchet fastener eliminates the need for a screw or other fastener. Parts, designed to fit a 3/16 in.-diameter hole, are self-aligning, and the built-in handle allows quick and easy installation without tools. Molded from Nylon 6/6, the units are suitable for many different wire, cable, and routing applications.
Micro Plastics, Hwy. 178 N., Flippin, AR 72634. (870) 453-2261. Fax: (870) 453-8676.
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PLUGGABLE SAFETY RELAYS
Pluggable PNOZ safety relays simplify wiring for series applications and meet the demand for reduced downtime with plug-in terminals.
Units with pluggable terminal blocks include Models X2P, X3P, X8P, X9P, 16SP, and XV2E Pluggable versions are also available for expansion contact blocks PZE 9P and PZE X4P and two-hand relays P2HZ X1P. Applications include emergency stops for safety gates and safety light barriers in Categories 2, 3, and 4 according to EN954-1.
Pitz Automation Safety L.P., 24850 Drake Rd., Farmington Hill, MI 48335. (248) 473-1133.
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LF Series closed-loop current transducers measure dc, ac, and complex waveforms present in many power electronics applications.
The compact transducers provide nominal currents from 300-2,000 A for medium to high-power industrial drives and UPS. Special versions are designed to meet EN50155 standards for traction applications.
LEM U.S.A. Inc., 6643 W. Mill Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53218. (800) 236-5366.
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ULTRA-THIN PIEZO SPEAKERS
MS Series ultra-thin piezo speakers, with a thickness of only 2.6 mm, are designed for applications requiring compact size and thickness.
A variety of sizes, configurations, and mounting styles are available. Sizes range from 14 x 17 mm to 25 x 27 mm in thicknesses of 2.6 mm. The entire series carries a frequency rating of i kHz with an output of 80-92 dB depending on specification. Input voltage is 20 Vp-p within an operating temperature of -20 [degrees] to +70 [degrees] C. All versions are housed in metal cases.
Transducers-USA, 2330 Brickvale Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. (847) 860-8550.
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COMBINATION BRAKE CASTERS
Combination brake casters feature a foot pedal that simultaneously locks both the swivel mechanism and the caster wheel when activated.
The chrome zinc-plated swivel caster features high-strength hardened double ball raceways for long service life. The upper raceway is specially engineered to serve as a dust cover to block out dirt and grit. The pedal assembly, constructed from sturdy space-age plastics, is ergonomically friendly and simple to engage/disengage from the standing position.
Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co., 1637 Dixie Hwy., Hamilton, OH 45011. (800) 733-7655.
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CNC, MANUAL CMM UPGRADE SOFTWARE
Virtual DMIS upgrade software provides PC-based 32-bit technology to update coordinate measuring machines (CMMs)to accommodate seamless CAD inspection.
Combining the latest software development tools, CAD, and CMM industry standards, the software allows users to seamlessly collect, analyze, visualize, and communicate quality data throughout the manufacturing environment. Features include an error-correction system, graphical programming, intelligent measuring, surfacing, pictorial output, and SPC to fully link 3-D CAD data with the CMM inspection process. Upgraded to every brand, model, and type of CMM, the program provides a complete engineering database.
International Metrology Systems Inc., 37100 Plymouth Rd., Livonia, MI 48150. (734) 591-3800. Fax: (734) 591-3850.
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ST3 dual digital thermometers provide fast, accurate simultaneous temperature measurements in two locations using two bead-style k-type thermocouples.
Velcro straps allow users to easily attach the thermocouples to pipes, and users can select Fahrenheit or Celsius scale and 1 or 0.1 degree resolution. Readings are accurate even when ambient temperatures are changing rapidly. A custom ceramic component ensures that the two points in the k-type thermocouple circuit that must be the same temperature are in sync and remain the same even when both ambient temperatures are changing.
Fieldpiece Instruments, 231 Imperial Hwy., Ste. 250, Fullerton, CA 92635. (714) 992-1239. Fax: (714) 992-6541.
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WTD05200 5-mm dome switches are designed specifically for applications requiring a minimal diameter with an attenuated contact life. The switches can be used where a momentary switch with tactile feedback is required.
The units are made of stainless steel with optional gold, silver, and nickel plating. The domes are SPST and have a switching voltage of 0.1 to 50 Vdc.
Snaptron Inc., 2468 E. 9th St., Loveland, CO 80537. (970) 663-2820. Fax: (970) 667-6261.
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The 0.89-in. wide PSM-ME Series offers conversion and isolation for serial data interface standards including RS232, RS-422, RS-485, and TTY (digital current loop). The user-selectable RS-232 to RS-422/RS-485 converter allows the extension of RS-232 signals.
The series was designed specifically for the harsh industry of industrial electronics. Features include 2kV, three-way isolation, surge protection, user-selectable and data rates up to 1.5Mbits/sec.
Phoenix Contact Inc., Box 4100, Harrisburg, PA 17111. (800) 322-3225. Fax: (717) 944-1625.
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The MBP-132 is a three-phase sensorless, brushless motor that uses ironless winding technology. The slotless design uses an enhanced magnetic circuit made of high-energy rare-earth magnets and high-grade laminations. It leads to a 13mm motor capable of delivering 2mNm of continuous torque (at speeds up to 20,000 rpm). The motor exhibits no detent torque, low-iron losses, and velocity smoothness.
API Motion, 45 Hazelwood Dr., Amherst NY 14228. (800) 566-5274. Fax: (716) 691-9181.
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The enhanced line of snap-on mount LWH position sensors for lower linear variation includes new features such as an improved resistance track with lower contact resistance, de-coupling the push rod and wiper mounting to provide higher tolerance versus misalignment, and a single-part connection flange to seal out contaminants.
The LWH can be snapped on to pre-mounted steel clamps for accurate axial adjustment. The transducers are anodized and gasket-sealed to IP 54.
Novotechnik U.S. Inc., 155 Northboro Rd., Southbrough, MA 01772. (508) 485-2244.
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Surface-mount pin receptacles are discreet sockets that permit leaded components to be plugged into SMT circuits. They are supplied on tape per EIA481 for assembly with industry-standard pick-and-place equipment.
Receptacles are made by press-fitting a stamped beryllium copper spring contact into a precision-machined housing. The units are offered in 35 sizes of contact to accept pins ranging in diameter from 0.12-0.102 in., with square and rectangular leads.
Mill-Max Mfg. Corp., 190 Pine Hollow Rd., Box 300, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. (516) 922-6000.
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Duro-Vue urethane-encapsulated, pressure-sensitive window/ nameplates are three-dimensional and highly durable.
Engineered to reduce the number of parts and assembly time required, the units feature a sleek appearance. The abrasion-resistant urethane construction reduces scratching and damage during assembly. Two parts measure 3 3/16 x 2 1/16 in. and 1 x 3 in., and each is printed in two colors. The product improved yield while reducing costs by 80 percent.
Signet, 3401 Aerojet Ave., El Monte, CA 91731. (626) 571-2770. Fax: (626) 573-2057.
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A line of harsh-environment bellows and waycovers are designed to protect expensive machine elements and components.
The covers offer good chemical resistance, protection from high temperatures or weld splatter, and extensive routine abuse. All models are designed to provide economical protection from the most demanding environments.
Gagne Inc., 41 Commercial Dr., Box 487, Johnson City, NY 13790. (800) 800-5054. Fax: (607) 729-7644.
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New models in the Net Series of low-power switchers feature compact packaging that make them ideal power solutions for 1.75-in. rack installations and other low-profile applications. With active power-factor correction to minimize input harmonic distortion, the new NTQ160 models accept universal ac input (85-264 Vac) and offer four dc outputs that vary depending on model.
The U-channel switchers have a compact footprint of 4.25 x 8.5 in. and are 1.5-in. high. They can be set up for lengthwise or crosswise airflow, giving designers layout flexibility. They include a built-in Class B EMI filter, remote sense, and single-wire parallel on the two primary outputs.
Astec America Inc., 5810 Van Allen Way, Carlsbad CA 92008. (760) 930-4600. Fax: (760) 930-0698.
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Spirally cut cable wrap for use in enclosed environments is self-extinguishing and does not produce toxic or irritating by products when exposed to an open flame. Hell-Tube cable wrap is available in three materials that will not support combustion: Teflon, which is non-flammable and operates from -450 [degrees] to +500 [degrees] F; Rulan fire-resistant polyethylene offered in white or black; and nylon, which is self-extinguishing.
Suitable for use in enclosed environments where the possibility of fire exists, the Teflon version is non-flammable per MIL-I-22129C, Rulan meets UL 94V-0 requirements, and nylon meets UL 94V-2. All three materials come in a variety of sizes.
M.M. Newman Corp., Box 615, Marblehead, MA 01945. (800) 777-6309. Fax: (781) 631-8887.
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The Type 1109 high-pressure gauge was de-signed for water-blaster and water-jet cutting equipment. It offers the Plus Performance option for better durability and steadier pointers.
Plus Performance solves pulsation and vibration issues and keeps pointers steady without liquid-fill, which can leak and decrease gauge readability. Plus Performance protects the gauge without liquid-fill.
Dresser Instrument, 250 E. Main St., Stratford, CT 06614. (800) 328-8258.
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The Delta S Series of high-performance all-digital drives and motors are SERCOS Class B compliant. Seven drives and a wide selection of motors is available from 30 W to 14.3 kW.
The compact drives feature two 32-bit RISC processors for tight servo control and 2-, 4-, 8-, and 16-Mbaud transmission rates. Advanced features include 24 Vdc onboard-isolated I/O and two high-speed isolated inputs. Industrial Indexing Systems, 626
Fishers Run, Victor, NY 14564. (716) 924-9181. Fax: (716) 924-2169.
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OEM HIGH-BRIGHTNESS DISPLAYS
STS-5000 Series OEM high-bright displays feature a low-power, energy-efficient design for use in a wide range of extended-life operations.
Drawing minimal current across each backlight bulb, the displays lengthen the life expectancy of the finished unit. Sizes include 6.4, 10.4, 12.1, 15, and 18.1 in., providing up to 2,000 nit brightness. Each unit can be customized to suit many dc power inputs or video input formats. A synchronous backlight controller eliminates monitor flicker, and each unit features built-in temperature sensor and full-range brightness adjustment.
Innova Electronics Inc., 9207 Emmott Rd., Ste. 105, Houston, TX 77040. (713) 690-9909. Fax: (713) 466-0210.
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2,000 W POWER SUPPLY/MULTIPLIER
SLS high-voltage power supplies provide up to 2,000 W with outputs of 160-360 kV.
Designed with high-frequency resonant inverter circuitry, the power supplies provide 0.1 percent p-p ripple and 0.5 percent stability. The lightweight multiplier unit consists of 20 kV interlocking wafers for flexible building for many output configurations. Overcurrent, overvoltage, and arc protection are provided. Applications include ion beam implantation, electron guns, and particle accelerators.
Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corp., 475 Wireless Blvd., Hauppauge, NY 11788. (516) 630-3000. Fax: (516) 435-1620.
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MiniMiser tank-mounted filters for small to medium mobile and industrial applications are designed for use in environments where contamination control, space limitations, and cost are key parameters.
A compact alternative to spin-on filters, the units can handle flows of 35 gpm and pressures up to 80 psi. The durable, lightweight design is easy to install and requires little maintenance. Optional visual and electrical change indicators are also available.
Schroeder Industries, Nichol Ave., Box 72, McKees Rocks, PA 15136. (412) 771-4810. Fax: (412) 771-1320.
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HIGH-RETENTION BATTERY HOLDERS
A family of high-retention AA, AAA, C, D, and N size battery holders and 9 V battery holders and snaps offers complete custom design capabilities.
Battery retention problems in difficult applications are eliminated with a choice of molded lips, covers, and special materials for the holders and high-retention phosphorus-bronze snaps. Special safety covers are also available for both holders and snaps. The holders come in one- to ten-cell configurations, stacked side by side or in-line. Features include pre-fitted mounting holes and standard polyethylene, UL94VO material or stainless steel housing. Snaps come with lead wires of any length for straight or perpendicular attachment, four- or six-prong snaps, 9 V terminals, and PC mounting.
Four-cell AA holders with UL94VO material and molded lip are 45 cents each in quantities of 1,000. Shogyo International Corp., 45 Executive Dr., Plainview, NY 11803. (516) 349-5200. Fax: (516) 349-7744.
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WIDE-INPUT DC/DC CONVERTERS
The 15 W 4EE Series of dc/dc converters features a wide 4:1 input voltage range of 9-36 and 18-72 V.
Allowing an unregulated input voltage to be used and producing isolated, regulated, low-ripple outputs, the device simplifiers circuit and system designs. Single, dual, and triple outputs are available, and a remote on/off control reduces power consumption in standby mode. An external output trim on single-output models allows users to set output voltage precisely within a [+ or -] 10 percent voltage adjustment range. Six-sided shielding and a nonconductive base provide EMI protection. Switching frequencies in excess of 200 kHz allow for compact design features and efficiencies up to 82 percent.
Pricing is $33.60-37.20 each in quantities of 100. D1 International Inc., 95 E. Main St., Huntington, NY 11746. (631) 673-6866. Fax: (631) 673-6893.
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HIGH-VOLTAGE POWER SUPPLIES
KV Series high-voltage power supplies deliver 0-1,500 Vdc outputs with 0.5 percent voltage and current regulation.
The constant-voltage/constant-current units feature automatic crossover and oiler up to 3 A current capacity over the full voltage range. Options include remote voltage programming, remote current programming, and remote turn on/turn off for use in applications such as manufacturing equipment.
Mid-Eastern Industries, Div. of Technology Dynamics Inc., 100 School St., Bergenfield, NJ 07621. (201) 385-0500. Fax: (201) 385-0702.
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FULLY ENCLOSED POWER SUPPLIES
An expanded line of fully enclosed CE switching power supplies provides 5-48 Vdc, 0.3-20 A of regulated power.
Fifteen UL-listed and CSA-approved models measure from 45-220 mm in width and are CE marked in compliance with EMC directives EN 50081-2 and EN 50082-2. All versions require no current derating in UL 508 applications. Units are DIN-rail mounted for fast assembly and accept a wide universal input ac range of either 47-440 or 47-63 Hz.
Entrelec Inc., 1950 Hurd Dr., Irving, TX 75038. (800) 431-2308. Fax: (800) 862-5066.
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Ultra-high-performance resistors for high-end audio applications are absolutely transparent in both low-signal applications such as microphones and high-power applications such as high-wattage amplifiers.
The units are designed to add nothing to the signal running through them. Features include low noise, good temperature coefficient of resistance, and sub-0.1 ppm voltage coefficient of resistance.
OhmCraft Inc., 93 Paper Mill St., Honeoye Falls, NY 14472. (716) 624-2610, ext. 105. Fax: (716) 624-2692.
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MINIATURE MANIFOLD PUMPS
P901 Series air-driven hydraulic pumps are available in seven models with pressures of 600-10,000 psi.
Measuring 5 x 4 x 3 in., the units bolt directly onto a manifold, eliminating the need for threaded pipe connections to valves. With no piston return spring, the double acting design can eliminate at least one element of mechanical shock.
Hydronic Corp., 32613 Folsom, Farmington Hills, MI 48336. (248) 477-2288. Fax: (248) 478-3689.
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SMALL DC-AC INVERTERS
INV Series dc-ac inverters deliver 1,200 VA of clean, regulated ac power from battery bank or dc sources.
The INV1200 circuit provides voltage foldback to maintain full rated current into an overload without clipping the ac output. Maximum output is 1,200 VA with 100 percent of the rated output available in any power factor load. Units deliver a continuously clean, well-regulated sine wave output voltage of 120 VRMS and frequency of 60 Hz [+ or -] 1 percent.
Behlman, 80 Cabot Ct., Hauppauge, NY 11788. (800) 874-6727. Fax: (516) 951-4341.
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The 200 Series of Euro terminal strips features a standoff base for improved insulation protection.
Four subseries configurations offer current carrying ranges of 6-25 A at 600 V and a wire acceptance range of 8-22 AWG. Three of the subseries come with a wire guard protection feature. Centerline spacing is 8-15 mm, and housing are single-mold Polyamide 6,6 (UL94V-2) with 2- to 12-position configurations and operating temperature ranges of -35 [degrees] to +105 [degrees] C.
BlockMaster, 2001 E. Devon Ave., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. (847) 595-6060. Fax: (847) 595-4545.
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LOW-PROFILE CRYSTAL RESONATOR
CM4 Series crystal quartz resonators measure 0.8 mm in height and are packaged in a surface-mount ceramic base with metal lid.
Frequencies range from the popular "Bluetooth" 32 kHz frequency to 1 MHz. The micro-miniature hermetically sealed ceramic packages measure 5 x 1.9 x .8 mm and are designed to fit small handheld wireless applications such as cell phones and smart cards.
Micro Crystal, Div. of SMH (U.S.) Inc., 601 Campus Dr., Ste. B4, Arlington Heights, IL 60004. (847) 8189825. Fax: (847) 818-9915.
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This series of poppet valves with integral-pilot actuators is available in either two-way or three-way configurations, normally closed or open with #10-32 or NPT ports.
With supply air to the poppet valve inlet, valve function (opening or closing) is controlled by the pilot. The valve is actuated by supplying a minimum pilot pressure of 15 psig. In three-way versions, exhaust is ported through the hole at the base of the mounting thread.
Clippard Instrument Laboratory Inc., 7390 Colerain Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45239. (513) 521-4261.
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Now available is a modular approach to connecting smart field instruments and a host control system through the MTL8000 Process I/O system to extend capability into harsh and hazardous processes. A typical MTL system could include: RS485 HART network, MTL4840 interface bus, MTL4841 HART communication module, and MTL4842 HART interface module.
Between one and 16 field connection units or IS backplanes can be connected to a single MTL4841 HART communication module node. Each field connection unit or backplane has 16 channels - 16 channel modularity matches I/O cards. Optionally it can be connected directly to I/O cables. A Class 1 Division 2 non-incendive field-loop connection is also optional. Resistors are provided where required for signal conditioning and filters are available for use in system where analog output signals interfere with data or may become unstable in the presence of the HART signal. Single-,or double-height terminals are available for easy wiring.
MTL Inc., 9 Merrill Industrial Dr., Hampton, NH 03842. (603) 9260090. Fax: (603) 926-1899.
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Torq-Tenders positive-drive couplings provide accurate overload protection in virtually any mechanical power transmission system, and are available in custom models and sizes. These are mechanical torque-limiter couplings that disengage motor drives when torque is exceeded to protect the entire system. When load exceeds the Torq-Tender rating determined by precision-tempered torque springs, the units' drive key pivots out of a slot to disengage the Torq-Tender coupling. Once the overload is removed and the speed reduced, the units automatically resets themselves.
Among the designs available is a through-shaft, bushed model where applications require a drive shaft extended through the complete Torq-Tender unit. There are designs that include face-mount, end-of-shaft models, end-of-shaft self-supporting models, and variations within each model to accommodate special input bores, splines, housings, and non-standard mountings. The smallest standard Torq-Tender is the TT1X with a 2 to 60 in.-lbs, torque rating. The largest is the TT4X with a 750 to 3,000 in.-lbs, torque rating. Zero-Max, 13200 6th Ave. N.,
Plymouth, MN 55441. (800) 533-1731. Fax: (763) 546-8260.
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A complete line of thermoplastic flow-regulating valves has been designed to maintain a constant rate of flow of corrosive or ultra-pure liquids in a process system. These Series FC valves feature a special diaphragm that changes shape with inlet pressure changes. As a result, the valves will automatically maintain a steady pre-determined rate of flow in the process system, despite inlet pressure changes of between 15 and 120 psi.
Normally used to replace more complex flow-control devices, these valves have only one moving part. Their tamper-proof design provides the added benefit or preventing wasteful overfill or overflow situations. The valves are available with flow rates from to 120 Gallons Per Minute (GPM), in 1 GPM increments, and can operate at temperatures up to 180 [degrees] F, depending on the diaphragm material selected. Pipe sizes are in. to 3 in. with a wide selection of body material.
Plast-O-Matic Valves Inc., 1384 Pompton Ave., Cedar Grove, NJ 07009. (973) 256-3000. Fax: (973) 256-4745.
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The PC7 is an embedded PC with a Celeron processor (400/500 MHz) in a compact, CE-certified metal casing (measuring 5.71 x 9.02 x 3.62 in.) ready for DIN-rail mounting. It contains a power-supply unit and requires a non-critical voltage range from 10 V to 30 Vdc -- making it suitable for mobile industrial control applications. All connections and interfaces are easily accessible. Monitors and displays can be connected via a VGA, LCD, or PanelLink interface.
Fast assembly and a compact design enable the PC7 to be easily swapped during routine service maintenance procedures. I/O modules with analog I/O (CAN-A) or digital I/O (CAN-D) are linked up to the PC7 via a CANopen protocol. Up to 64 modules (DIN rail) can be connected in order to control and monitor dispersed parts of the plant within a CAN network of up to 1,056 ft. Three PC/104+ interfaces are provided for either Interbus-S or Profibus connection.
SBS Technologies, Inc., 6301 Chapel Hill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607. (919) 851-1101. Fax: (919) 851-2844.
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BALL SCREWS AND LINEAR GUIDES
S1 Series technology for ball screws and linear guides features retaining pieces made of engineering plastic placed between balls, eliminating direct ball-to-ball contact.
The retaining pieces position, secure, and cushion balls as they travel through the grooves, reducing both noise and vibration levels. Torque characteristics are also improved, especially at low speeds. The design improves load-carrying capacity and rigidity for smooth operation.
NSK Corp., Precision Products Div., 250 Covington Dr., Bloomingdale, IL 60108. (800) 255-4773. Fax: (630) 924-8197.
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RTC-300 controller-amplifiers, measuring just 3.68 x 1.815 x 0.35 in. completely operate virtually any small brushed or brushless idc servo.
The credit-card-sized, free-standing units eliminate the need for bulky, expensive servo control for small dc servos. Operating on 24 Vdc, they provide controller, amplifier, logic power supplies, and program interpreter with 32 k of program memory and 32 k of data storage using a host utility. The host or PLC can also communicate interactively.
Animatics Corp., 3050 Tasman Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95054. (408) 748-8721. Fax: (408) 748-8725.
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A three-ported recoil actuator combines motion control and energy management features in a single unit.
Two integral valves are incorporated along with pressure sensors that allow users to maintain specified force profiles. One valve manages the flow across the two working ports, and the second valve manages energy absorption across the third port. This design lets the system absorb energy without using the pump. Typical applications include weapons positioning and recoil, military landing gear, and load stabilization on mobile equipment.
Microhydraulics Inc., 1 Automatic Rd., Brampton, ON L6S 4K6 Canada. (905) 602-9270. Fax: (905) 602-9279.
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The FGL15 Series linear actuator features a number of design advantages, including the SSR LM guide with breakthrough caged-ball technology. The SSR LM guide uses an elastomeric cage to separate and align the re-circulating ball bearings for a smoother and more consistent gliding motion. The caged-ball technology eliminates the heat associated with ball-to-ball friction for increased speed and longer product life.
The actuators are designed to accept NEMA 23 dimension motors/reducers without any adapter flanges. NEMA 34 dimension motors/reducers can be mounted with additional adapter flanges. The unit provides extruded T-slots. Two sensor kit types are provided depending on the interface logic requirements for the position controller used. And the actuators can be ordered with optional bellows covers for applications requiting increased internal component protection.
THK America Inc., 200 E. Commerce Dr., Schaumburg, IL 60173. (800) 763-5459. Fax: (847) 310-1182.
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HIGH-VOLTAGE RADIAL CAPACITORS
SK and SV Series radial leaded capacitors offer low equivalent series resistance solutions for a variety of power supply needs.
The SK Series replaces tantalum or aluminum electrolytic metal cans in many high switching frequency power supplies. The SV Series, designed for applications requiring capacitors with high-voltage, low-leakage current and low equivalent series resistance, offers designers alternatives for high-voltage filtering, snubber, and resonator circuits. Its internal design minimizes the electrical stress and partial discharge activity within the dielectric. Units are rated from 25-500 Vdc for SK Series in COG and X7R dielectrics with 1,000 pF to 33 [micro]F capacitance values and 1,000-5,000 Vdc for SV Series with capacitance values up to 2.2 [micro]F.
AVX Corp., 801 17th Ave. S., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. (843) 946-0414. Fax: (843) 626-5186.
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GAS OXYGEN TRANSMITTERS
FGA 311 in situ flue gas oxygen transmitters incorporate electronics and an oxygen probe in a single, compact weatherproof or explosion-proof design.
Proprietary coatings extend the sensor's life, and the design allows easy removal and servicing without removing the sensor from the flange mount. Units feature isolated linear analog output and digital interface as well as failsafe diagnostics, such as a watchdog timer, and are fully field serviceable and field programmable.
The new in situ transmitter is suitable for boilers, process heaters, and furnace applications. In addition, it offers an economical solution for multiple installation applications.
Panametrics Inc., PCI Div., 221 Crescent St., Ste. 1, Waltham, MA 02453. (800) 833-9438. Fax: (781) 894-8582.
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MODULAR PNEUMATIC VALVE MANIFOLDS
Type 8640 modular three- and four-way pneumatic manifold control systems feature a snap-together design for easy customization with electrical and pneumatic interfaces.
Available with multi-pin or FieldBus interfaces, the devices offer a service life of more than 100 million cycles. A wide selection of models in 10, 18, and 32 mm sizes allows users to configure a manifold system for nearly any application. All versions feature a diaphragm-seat design and are controlled by a rocker-design pilot valve. The high-quality thermoplastic construction is corrosion resistant in washdown conditions.
Burkert-USA, 2602 McGaw Ave., Irvine, CA 92614. (949) 223-3100. Fax: (949) 223-3198.
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The miniaturized RGH34 linear encoder readhead brings rugged, reliable, non-contact operation and high-speed, high-resolution capabilities to size-sensitive applications, even in shop-floor conditions. Advanced miniaturized electronics, component-style construction, and separate RG134 interface PCB allow significant size and mass reductions. The new readhead measures 0.63 x 0.63 x 0.35 in., yet delivers operating speeds of up to 48 ft. (15m)/sec. with resolutions as high as 0.2 micron.
An open, non-contact optical system eliminates friction, hysteresis and wear, while permitting high-speed and high-resolution operation. It runs on 40 [micro]m pitch scales with 1.5 mm ride height and wide-setup tolerances. The company's patented filtering optics average reflections from multiple-scale facets, ensuring excellent signal stability and accuracy, even with contamination or minor damage to the scale. Industry standard analog voltage and RS422 digital outputs are available. Scale installation is designed to be quick and easy at any stage of machine build without the need for drilling.
Renishaw Inc., 623 Cooper Ct., Schaumburg, IL 60173. (847) 843-3666. Fax: (847) 843-1744.
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Electromechanical linear actuator products are now available. The ET Series Electric Cylinder combines the ease of integration of pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders with the programmability and precision of electromechanical motion control. Ball or leadscrew driven and available in four sizes, the ET Series can produce up to 5,300 lbs. of thrust and 60in./sec. of speed.
The ER Series Rodless Actuator features the same robustness of design with a combination of options that allow it to be tailored to the application and retain a compact design envelope. Ballscrew, leadscrew, or belt driven, the ER Series features two bearing styles and strokes up to 10 ft.
The EM Series Multi-Axis Systems combine ET Series Electric Cylinder and ER Series Rodless Actuator products to form two-and three-axis systems customized to the application. Transition hardware is pre-engineered, reducing cost and delivery time.
Parker Hannifin, Automation Actuator Div., Chicago, IL. (330) 336-3511. Fax: (330) 334-3335.
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Available in brush and brushless models, these servo motors are suitable for high-speed, high-horsepower applications that require a constant repetitive motion and accurate positioning.
Brush servomotors are available in both 3.2- and 4.0-in. frames, and the brushless is available in a 3.75-in. frame. The brushless servomotors are more expensive, but are more efficient, quieter, produce less noise in high horsepower, and have no brushes to replace. Stock models of the brush and brushless servomotors are available. If a stock motor doesn't fit customer requirements, the company can build to design specifications and deliver in six to eight weeks.
Specialty Motors Inc., 25060 Avenue Tibbitts, Valencia, CA 91355. (800) 232-2612. Fax: (661) 257-7389.
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The Small Diameter Huck-Spin fastening system incorporates all the advantages of the original system in smaller diameter fasteners. The system features a low-swage system that requires a swaging action between the fastener collar and pin at a force less than half of a conventional lockbolt.
The system doesn't install by pulling on a pin until it fractures, so there is no pintail waste or exposed fracture surface to corrode. Once the fastener is swaged on -- no torquing needed -- a permanent clamp is provided. The fastener installs with a lightweight, ergonomically designed hydraulic tool that is quiet, safe, and simple to operate. This tool features a smooth, linear action that does not contribute to operator fatigue.
Huck International, Box 8117, Waco, TX 76714. (800) 388-4825. Fax: (254) 751-5259.
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EXPLOSION-PROOF SOLENOID VALVES
E50 miniature explosion-proof solenoid valves for hazardous locations are available in seven designs including two-way normally open and normally closed, three-way normally closed exhaust to atmosphere and piped exhaust, three-way normally open, three-way directional control, and three-way multipurpose.
Each configuration includes several models based on maximum operating pressure differential, orifice size, CV factor, and operating media. Built to UL standards for safe and continuous operation at maximum rated pressures, the general-purpose and safety devices for pneumatic and hydraulic applications are conservatively based on 85 percent of rated voltages and maximum pressure. Life expectancy is in the millions of cycles.
Peter Paul Electronics Co. Inc., 480 John Downey Dr., Box 1180, New Britain, CT 06050. (860) 229-4884. Fax: (860) 223-1734.
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SUBMERSIBLE, CENTRIFUGAL PUMPS
K Series pumps include submersible pumps to handle semi-dirty liquids, liquids with suspended solids, or transfer of clean water and end-suction centrifugal pumps for high-flow, low-pressure booster, spraying, and transfer applications.
The sump pumps, sewage pumps, and end-suction centrifugal pumps are built of stainless steel for long-lasting performance. Bulge-form technology provides uniform thickness with no sharp angles and weak stress points. The process also ensures high quality, greater strength, increased efficiencies, lighter weight, and continuous-duty performance. Submersible pump applications include draining or transfer of liquids from care wash pits and excavation sites. End-suction pumps are used as booster pumps and for beverage processing and fire protection.
Cat Pumps, 1681 94th La. N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55449. (612) 780-5440. Fax: (612) 780-2958.
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BRUSHLESS DC MOTORS
A line of autoclaveable brushless dc motors powers medical instruments and other devices requiring frequent autoclave cycles. The motors feature long life, maintenance-free operation, quiet operation, and many customization options.
Available in sizes 5, 8, and 10, the units offer operating voltages of 12-48 Vdc and speeds of 3,000-100,000 rpm. Gearheads are available in sizes 5 and 8, with ratios of 3:1 to 256:1. Customization and control electronics are available for all models. Typical applications include medical devices such as surgical tools and oscillating saws and devices used in clean rooms and sterile environments such as food processing.
Transicoil, Div. of Horizon Aerospace LLC, 2560 General Armistead Ave., Norristown, PA 19403. (610) 539-4400. Fax: (610) 539-3400.
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Lil' Gator control vanes provide higher flow rates than most control valves in their class, which means smaller valve sizes for most applications, says the manufacturer. The standard model is supplied with stainless steel trim in a choice of port sizes from to 2 in. Valve sizes to 2 in. are available in cast iron, cast bronze, carbon steel, and stainless steel with threaded-end connections for ANSI Class 150# and 300# service. It is also available in carbon steel and stainless steel with separable flanged-end connections for ANSI Class 150# and 300# service.
The control valve is engineered for industrial, commercial, and institutional use and is ideal for process control in the food, chemical, pulp and paper, and petrochemical industries.
Leslie Controls Inc., 12501 Telecom Dr., Tampa, FL 33637. (813) 978-1000. Fax: (813) 978-0984.
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PAINT-FREE INVERTER DRIVE MOTOR
Washdown-duty paint-free inverter drive motors in TEFC and TENV enclosures are available in 1/2-10 hp ratings in NEMA frames 56C-215TC for use with drives.
Lab-tested Matched Performance curves show peak and continuous torque, maximum speed and current, and more. Features include Inverter Spike Resistant 200-degree magnet wire; special processed cast endplates; stainless steel motor frame, base, shaft, and hardware; and sealed ball bearings with moisture-resistant grease.
Baldor Electric Co., Box 2400, Fort Smith, AR 72902. (501) 646-4711.
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ISOLATING SIGNAL CONDITIONERS
ActionI/Q Model Q446 isolating signal conditioners with TouchCAL technology accept bridge or strain gauge input and provide a selectable dc output.
The high-density, field-configurable, DIN rail-mount device accepts universal ac power from 85-265 V and is configured via DIP switches for 10-200 mA. Outputs can be field configured for the most popular dc signal ranges of 0-5, 0-10, 0-20, and 4-20 mA.
Action Instruments, 8601 Aero Dr., San Diego, CA 92123. (800) 767-5726. Fax: (858) 279-6290.
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Stycast 906-1 encapsulant protects critical emissions-related sensors from temperature extremes found in under-the-hood automotive applications.
The single-component material combines low coefficient of thermal expansion and high Tg to survive thermal cycling from -40 [degrees] to +150 [degrees] C. It provides good thermal shock performance and heat resistance, allowing on-engine device application. The material cures in as little as 30 min and at temperatures as low as 125 [degrees] C. Emerson & Cuming, I Matrix Dr., Monroe Township, NJ 08831. (800) 832-4929. Fax: (609) 409-5699.
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The size 14 harmonic drive gear with a 30:1 gear ratio is the lowest gear ratio available for harmonic drive gearing, says the company. The gear component measures 50 mm in diameter and 29 mm in length. Capabilities include a maximum output speed of 460 rpm, rated torque of 35 in.-lbs, and repeated peak torque of 80 in.-lbs.
These gears deliver 2 arc-min positional accuracy as well as smooth motion.
HD Systems Inc., 89 Cabot Ct., Hauppauge, NY 11788, (800) 231-4374. Fax: (631) 231-6803.
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Series B8496 high-isolation voltage magnetics are designed for use in switch-mode power supplies for IGBT and GTO motor-drive applications using up to 1,500 Vdc bus voltages. The working voltage isolation is 2,100 Vrms. The transformers are designed and tested for partial discharge of corona inception/extinction greater than 2,400 Vrms @ 60 Hz. AC HiPot is tested at 9,600 Vrms, 60 Hz for 5 sec. Both tests together significantly reduce the chance of insulation system defects that could lead to eventual catastrophic failure of the insulation system.
Four models are available: with either 48 Vrms or 100 Vrms input and either both 15 Vdc and 18 Vdc output, or only 17 Vdc
Bicron Electronics Co., 50 Barlow St., Canaan, CT 06018. (860) 824-5125. Fax: (860)824-1137.
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DIE CUT LIGHT GUIDES
Precision die cut foam light guides for PC board applications in the telecommunications industry are manufactured from low-density closed-cell neoprene sponge material.
The precision components channel light from LEDs on a PC board to an indicator panel. The foam material fits snugly over the LED array and is the proper height to prevent light bleed from a contiguous LED. Light is visible only at the appropriate location on the panel, resulting in a crisper, cleaner LED display. The flexible, lightweight foam allows easy assembly because it is supple enough to compensate for tolerance buildup between the position of the individual LEDs.
Presscut Industries, 2908 Commodore Dr., Carrollton, TX 75007. (972) 389-0615. Fax: (972) 245-2488.
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Hublock clamping devices attach components such as gears, sprockets, and pulleys to shafts in applications where high amounts of torque will be transmitted and a keyway is not desired. The devices allow shaft-mounted components to be positioned precisely and removed or repositioned without damaging the shaft. When screws are tightened in the device, the components' mating tapers are drawn together, simultaneously causing pressure to be exerted on the shaft and the hub of component being mounted.
The devices are made of components from overseas manufacturers and then a black oxide finish and high-performance socket-head cap screws are added. The result is a product with the smooth torquing of screws, corrosion resistance, high-torque and axial-load capabilities, and zero backlash.
Ruland Mfg. Co. Inc., 380 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472. (800) 225-4234. Fax: (800) 929-9205.
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A line of helical planetary gearheads is designed for ultra-high vacuum environments. They are suitable for semiconductor processing equipment and applications requiring high torque and smooth operation.
They withstand vacuum levels to [10.sup.-9] Torr. In addition, a special fluorinated, high-temperature, vacuum-rated lubricant is applied to the helical gears.
Bayside Motion Group, 27 Seaview Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050. (516) 484-5353.
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SB1291 combines an advanced programmable motion controller with an all-digital drive and power supply to offer single-axis control for brush, ac servo, and ac induction motors. The distributed control design incorporates a servo processor to execute real-time control algorithms and a separate motion processor unit to manage other activities.
ACS-Tech80 Inc., 658 Mendelssohn Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55427. (800)545-2980.
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Static Dissipative PTFE Wafer Carriers are molded and machined from material that has a surface resistivity between 105 and 1012 and provides a static decay rate of less than 1 sec. These seamless carriers can incorporate slots, bars, and precise hole locations with tolerances to 0.005 in. and have no pins, screws, or dovetails.
Engineering Plastics Inc., 190 Turnpike Rd., Westboro, MA 01581. (508) 366-4425. Fax: (508) 366-2575.
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The 1500 Series Eco-Trim variable capacitors are low-cost, high-performance air capacitors for applications where high Q and cost are a design criteria. This series is for use in impedance matching, filter tuning, interstage coupling, and antenna tuning.
The 1500 Series has a capacitance range of 1 pF to 10 pF with a rated voltage of 250 Vdc, and an operating temperature range of -65 [degrees] to +125 [degrees] C.
Johanson Mfg., Rockaway Valley Rd., Boonton, NJ 07005. (973) 334-2676. Fax: (973) 334-2954.
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Model 2000 short-flange Dynamometer torque sensors feature digital telemetry and a compact design for applications requiring non-contact operation, high torsional stiffness, and short length.
The digital telemetry system eliminates the need for bearings and slip rings, reducing maintenance costs and simplifying installation. Twelve capacities range from 150-8,000 ft lbs, and standard output is [+ or -] 10 Vdc with overall accuracy of 0.075% considering non-linearity, hysteresis, and repeatability.
Lebow Products Inc., 1728 Maplelawn Dr., Troy, MI 48084. (800) 803-1164.
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WIRE BONDED CIRCUIT CONNECTIONS
Low-power ignition module circuit and frame assemblies for V-8 engines consist of a glass-filled polyester picture frame shell with integral connector housing to contain stamped copper alloy circuits with aluminum-inlaid contact pads.
Jumper wires from electronic components installed by the end user are wire bonded to the frame circuit contact pads for a robust connection.
Tricon Industries Inc., 1600 Eisenhower La., Lisle, IL 60532. (630) 964-2330. Fax: (630) 964-5179.
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TOP 68 quick disconnect connectors are available as an option on pH electrodes.
The waterproof pH connector system enables replacement of electrodes in a fraction of the time required with fixed cable versions. Process safety is also enhanced, and the system performs reliably and accurately in laboratory and field testing. The waterproof design and its moisture-repellent insulation protect the connector and ensure accuracy.
Endress + Hauser Instruments, 2350 Endress Pl., Greenwood, IN 46143. (800) 428-4344.
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CUSTOMIZED ANALYSIS/SIMULATION SOFTWARE
Drop Test simulation software offers users with a customized graphical user interface that, using Ansys/LS-DYNA, can greatly simplify the process of simulating the effects of high impact and shock during the virtual product design. The module's user-friendly interface features a detailed menu system that enables step-by-step management of nearly any drop test simulations.
Drop Test software is suitable for applications in most consumer product industries, including electronics, power tools, appliances, sporting goods equipment, and toys. In addition, pre-existing models can be easily and quickly prepared for simulations.
Built on a robust and flexible architecture, the module offers users streamlined dynamic impact analysis capabilites. As a tool for simulating real-world events, the Drop Test software helps expand multiphysics technology.
Ansys Inc., 275 Technology Dr., Canonsburg, PA 15317. (724) 514-2931. Fax: (724) 514-3115.
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The Elite Series Valve Gate is designed for high performance and reliability in manifold or direct-feed applications. The design increases operational efficiency while maintaining a very simple setup and valve-pin adjustment.
The valve gate can process parts from 1 to 2,000 grams using standard manifolds and standard Elite LV Series bushings. The valve pin operates independently from the flow channel, and in-press maintenance allows for maximum uptime. The unit is available with hydraulic or pneumatic control, making it easily compatible with plant operations. Two gating options are available.
Fast Heat, 776 Oaklawn Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126. (630) 833-5400. Fax: (630) 833-2040.
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The S-8330 Series of switching regulators features electric volume. Electric volume means the output voltage can be adjusted with an 8-bit digital signal from a microprocesor or other control unit. This feature makes the S-8330 family suitable for use as a bias generator for LCD (dot matrix) graphic displays.
This LCD bias voltage is adjusted to change the contrast. The bias voltage always needs to be changed to maintain uniform contrast over the operating temperature range.
The S-8330 Series delivers digitally controlled output voltages from 8 to 30 V over a wide range of input voltages ranging from from 2 to 9 V. Because of its CMOS structure, the series has a low current consumption.
Seiko Instruments, 2990 W. Lomita Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505. (800) 934-9334. Fax: (909) 975-5699.
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Self-lubricating Graphalloy, a graphite/metal alloy used in bushings, functions without grease and oil, making it suitable for semiconductor manufacturing processes. The self-lubricating feature allows for cleaner environments for these critical applications.
Graphalloy works in temperatures ranging from - 450 [degrees] to 1,000 [degrees] F and even higher in non-oxidizing environments.
Graphite Metallizing Corp., 1050 Nepperhan Ave., Box 110, Yonkers, NY 10702. (914) 968-8400. Fax: (914) 968-8468.
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Model 510 low-cost mechanical encoder replaces less precise potentiometers and more costly optical encoder solutions for consumer and light-industrial applications including volume control, motor control, low-end instrumentation, and other position controls.
Precision digital output is produced by a special position-sensing element available with a two-bit gray-code in options of four, six, or nine cycles per-revolution (16, 24, or 36 detents per revolution).
Clarostat, 12055 Rojas Dr., Ste. K, El Paso, TX 79936. (800) 872-0042. Fax: (800) 223-5138.
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The new G8 Sparc CompactPCI System offers a flexible design and many options for redundancy, making it ideal for high-end applications in the telecommunications, telephony, vision systems, and medical markets. The system is fully integrated at the factory and ready to load the customer's application right out of the box.
I-Bus/Phoenix, 9174 Sky Park Ct., San Diego, CA 92123. (858) 974-8400. Fax: (858) 268-7863.
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COMPACT MAGNETIC CIRCUIT BREAKERS
The IPA family of magnetic circuit breakers measures 1.85 in. tall and 0.64 in. wide per pole. They are designed to provide precise protection in a small package to save space.
Available in one to three poles, the IPA Series is UL, CSA, and TUV approved to 25 amps at 65 Vdc and 250 Vac, making suitable for nearly any application. In addition, the IPA units are available with standard quick-connect and screw terminals as well as three PC board mount versions to maximize system design flexibility Auxilary switched for alarm functions are also available as well as isolated voltage trip constructions for emergency disconnect purposes.
Airpax Corp., 550 Highland St., Box 500, Frederick, MD 21701. (301) 631-5492. Fax: (301) 631-5483.
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Mastercam Version 8 delivers dozens of new features including full toolpath/geometry associativity, enhanced surface and solid machining, and high-speed machining motion.
Full associativity simplifies programming and modification of all milling operations including pocketing, contouring, drilling, multi-surface roughing and finishing, and multi-axis machining. Geometry and toolpath are linked so when the model or tooling information is changed, an updated toolpath can be generated with a single mouse click. Users can drag-and-drop parameters, toolpaths, and tool definitions from one operation to another, and can create a library of common operations to apply to new models. In addition, the software includes several methods for running standard toolpaths at high speeds.
CNC Software Inc., 671 Old Post Rd., Tolland, CT 06084. (860) 875-5006.
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IMAQ Vision Version 5.0 can be used to build versatile, easy-to-use vision applications that incorporate high-speed pattern and color matching. It can quickly detect common errors in the manufacturing process, such as misplaced or misaligned components and gross solder defects. The interactive environment of LabWindows/CVI, which is a component of the company's Measurement Studio, makes it easy to take advantage of the power and flexibility of C for vision applications. Finding objects with traditional techniques is slow when compared to IMAQ pattern-matching software, which in test cases using a Pentium III MMX 500 MHz computer, found objects in less than 20 ms.
The software can identify missing or misplaced components, misaligned parts, loose or skewed parts, rotated and reversed parts, incorrect component size, excess solder and solder bridges, bent or lifted component leads, and color discrepancy.
National Instruments, 11500 N. Mopac Expwy., Austin, TX 78759. (800) 258-7022. Fax: (512) 683-9300.
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The Phaser 750 Color Laser Printer offers superior networking, greater resolution, and faster speed for $200 less than comparable printers from competitors, says the manufacturer. The new printer is designed to boost the use of color in networked offices.
It offers increased printing and processing speeds and even more realistic color quality. A new, faster 200 MHz processor delivers 16 pages per minute (black and white) or 5 pages per minute in color. Capabilities of 1,200 dpi printing at 600 dpi speeds provide high color quality at every configuration. The printer is network ready with 10/100 Base T-Ethernet, native USB, and parallel connectivity standard on every configuration allows for fast connections and quick setup.
Xerox Corp., 100 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14644. (800) 835-6100.
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The Ministick Controller with optional momentary switch is a one-million cycle, two-axis unit that combines two long-life, 9-mm variable resistors in an easy-to-handle assembly that measures 21 x 21 x 13 mm. Series 252, for the computer game pad market segment, is more compact, contains fewer parts, and requires less printed circuit board space than competitive products currently on the market, yet it performs the same function as joystick assemblies 100 times larger.
CTS Corp., Elkhart, IN 46514; (219) 589-3111. Fax: (219) 589-3243.
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A smart sensing system, K[micro]DA, is now offered in a 19-in. Eurocard rack that can hold up to four dual-channel measuring modules.
Microprocessor-based and software-controlled, the system features high-performance eddy-current sensing technology that makes precise displacement measurements and performs math and other user-defined functions to capture and analyze events. Eurocard mounting allows single-point RS-485 communication connection with alternate individual module RS-232 communication connections. Other advantages include power-on interlock connection, built-in 110 Vac power supply, and 25-pin D connectors for measuring module I/O connections.
Kaman Instrumentation, 3450 N. Nevada Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80907. (719) 635-6979.
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Transparent liquid crystal display heaters are constructed with electrically conductive coatings and optical grade transparent film for maximum light transmission and readability even at low temperatures.
The transparent heaters feature a thin-film construction, and are available in thicknesses of 0.007 in. Because they do not rely on wire elements, the heaters provide even heat distribution. Light transmission can be as high as 82 percent, depending upon application requirements.
Invensys Sensor Systems, 500 Narragansett Park Dr., Pawtucket, RI 02861. (800) 356-9663. Fax: (410) 728-5390.
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This brushless axial cooling fan provides 50,000 hrs of trouble-free operation at 25 [degrees] C, a 25 percent improvement over alternative blowers, says the manufacturer. The miniature blowers, which measure 35 x 35 x 10 mm, weigh 18 grams. They provide a steady air flow of 1.5 CFM cubic ft./min. ([+ or -] 10 percent) at 7,000 RPM (20 percent), and operate at 4.5 to 5.5 Vdc.
Challenge Electronics, 1016 Grand Blvd., Deer Park, NY 11729. (631) 595-2217. Fax: (631) 667-5484.
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Series EK600 magnetic encoders provide high-resolution feedback of 3,000 cycles per revolution for any rotating shaft up to 140 mm in diameter. The new encoder also operates in harsh environments of shock, vibration, sawdust, oil, grease, salt spray, excessive moisture, and condensing humidity. Each kit consists of a custom-configured magnetic encoder wheel and a magnetoresistive sensor with differential line-drive outputs for two incremental channels.
Admotec Inc., 85 Mechanic St., Lebanon, NH 03766. (603) 448-7000.
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PaneLink features a powerful 200 MHz SH4 processor with 32 MB onboard SDRAM and 16 MB flash ROM. Other standard features include built-in Ethernet, RS-232 serial port, external alarm, remote reset, watch-dog timer, and analog touch screen. The paneLink family offers a range of flat-panel display options including 10.4-in. TFT, 12.1-in. TFT, and 6-in dual scan.
Ann Arbor Technologies Corp., Box 3083, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. (734) 995-1360. Fax: (734) 995-1593.
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An upgrade to the TLS2000 printer adds internal memory functionality to the system, allowing users to save time and money by creating, saving, editing, and printing frequently used label lists directly on the unit. Users in the telecommunications, electrical, and general industrial market segments employ the TLS2200 printer to meet a broad array of labeling applications.
Brady Corp., 655 W. Good Hope Rd., Box 2131, Milwaukee, WI 53201. (800) 537-8791. Fax: (800) 292-2289.
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PC BOARD TRANSFORMERS
A line of low-profile printed circuit board power transformers features power ranges from 2.5 to 24.0 VA. They use anchor, insulating, and crossover tapes. International units use shrouded primaries to maintain minimum creepage and clearance distances.
To assure product quality, every transformer is tested for induced voltage (shorted turns), exciting current, open-circuit voltage (turns ratio), polarity (phasing), and dielectric strength (HIPOT). These units require no electrostatic shield due to the three-flange bobbin design.
Prem Magnetics Inc., 3521 N. Chapel Hill Rd., McHenry, IL 60050. (815) 385-2700. Fax: (815) 385-8578.
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FLEXIBLE ABRASIVE TAPES
Flat abrasive tapes are flexible enough to deburr, grind, or polish hard-to-reach surfaces without tearing or fraying like sandpaper strips or emery cloth.
Fully impregnated with either aluminum oxide or silicon carbide abrasives, the tapes are reasonably stiff yet flexible enough to reach around intricate machined, drilled, or punched openings. Packaged on 50 ft. spools, they come in 1/16 and 1/4 in. widths and can be cut to length with heavy-duty shears.
E.C. Mitchell Co. Inc., 88 Boston St., Box 607, Middleton, MA 01949. (978) 774-1191. Fax: (978) 774-2494.
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Custom-engineered lithium-thionyl chloride batteries are designed for high-temperature down-hole oil and gas exploration applications.
Constructed from 304L stainless steel with reinforced hermetic glass-to-metal seals, the batteries power downhole tools that operate at 200 [degrees] C and withstand 20,000 g shock. The high-voltage, high-energy density units can be configured to outlast drilling tool bits. Capacities are 0.08-135 A-hrs with 3-3.6 V per cell and 600 Wh/kg energy density, and units can be custom fabricated with multiple cells in annular and cylindrical DD size configurations.
Battery Engineering Inc., 100 Energy Dr., Canton, MA 02021. (781) 5750800. Fax: (781) 575-1545.
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Type 925 multi-function supply manifolds are designed for end users and OEMs requiring dense I/O or E/O transducer groupings, simplified plumbing, and maintenance.
Units provide a common supply line, eliminating the need for individual supply lines and reducing setup time and cost. Patented individual shutoff valves allow safe online service or modification with supply pressure on. The device is easy to set up.
ControlAir Inc., 8 Columbia Dr., Amherst, NH 03031. (603) 886-9400. Fax: (603) 889-1844.
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CB3 surface-mount pushbutton switches, measuring 6 x 6 mm, are designed for use in applications requiring reliable performance in limited spaces.
Rated at more than 100,000 mechanical and electrical actuations, the devices feature sealed-body construction to prevent contaminants from compromising functionality. Completely washable, they are process-compatible with infrared reflow or convection soldering methods.
NKK Switches, 7850 E. Gelding Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. (480) 9910942. Fax: (480) 998-1435.
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DIN-rail-mountable, pluggable D-subminiature connector interface modules provide an easy, cost-effective interface between sensors and controllers in industrial control and automation applications.
The interface simplifies the transition from D-subminiature to individual wires. Featuring pluggable terminal blocks and either male or female D-sub connectors, the modules facilitate rapid system testing, reduce maintenance downtime, and simplify construction from subassemblies. In standard 9- to 50-position configurations, they mount on a DIN rail.
ASI, Box 1230, Carlisle, PA 17013. (877) 650-5160.
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DC INJECTION BRAKES
Dyna-Stop II high-performance electronic dc injection brakes monitor the rotation of any spinning ac induction motor and automatically stop it for improved operator safety and faster production cycle times.
The device applies current until the motor is completely stopped, regardless of load. Easy to install on virtually any rotating equipment, it protects operators by eliminating spin-down and permits faster tool changes for reduced production cycle times. A zero-speed circuit ensures that the braking current is shut off when the motor is stopped.
Waddington Electronics Inc., 25 Webb St., Cranston, RI 02920. (401) 781-3904.
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PMA brushless servomotors offer a voltage range of 240-480 Vac, frame sizes of 70-190 mm, and a continuous-rated torque range of 0.5-54 Nm to satisfy a range of requirements.
Selected models are IP67 rated, and most models are CE compliant with input voltages up to 480 Vac. Neodymium-iron-boron or samarium cobalt magnets offer high torque-to-inertia ratios, and the anti-cog stator design ensures smooth performance at low speeds. The series includes 16 models for global applications.
Pacific Scientific, 4301 Kishwaukee St., Box 106, Rockford, IL 61105. (815) 226-3100.
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SOFT SHIFT CONTROLLERS
Soft shift controllers provide a time delay for the soft start of directional, flow, and pressure control proportional solenoid valves.
The units ramp to maximum current over a selected ramp-on time, and output immediately falls to zero when the power is switched off. The design incorporates a superimposed dither to reduce friction effects and increase the linearity of the valve. Mounted directly on the coil with a DIN 43650 connection, the controller interfaces to a 9-28 Vdc power supply via a 2-m cable.
Axiomatic Technologies Corp., 5151 Everest Dr., Mississauga, Toronto, ON L4W 2Z3 Canada. (905) 602-9270.
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Featured on the JV Series inverter is a digital operator that uses quick-start LEDs for easy programming. The digital operator comes with a face-mounted speed potentiometer that makes it possible to start the inverter immediately after power is applied. The JV is compact, measuring 5-in. high, and it is easy to mount on an optional DIN rail bracket.
Ideal for small motor control (to 5 hp), it can be used in applications such as pumps, fans, conveyors, mixers, blowers, and compressors. The JV is easily customized for specific applications with 79 user-configurable parameters. Other features include soft start and optional RS422 and 485. The JV delivers precise V/Hz control with a starting torque of 150 percent at 3 Hz.
Omron Electronics Inc., I Commerce Dr., Schaumburg, IL 60173. (800) 556-6766. Fax: (847) 843-7787.
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A series of 3 or 4 decade, synchro to BCD converter modules with a complete choice of scale factor has been introduced. The new modules are 2.6 x 3.1 x 0.82 in. and are designed to be mounted on PC boards. They convert synchro or resolver inputs of 11.8 or 90 V, 400 Hz into 3 or 4 decade BCD data representing angle with an accuracy of [+ or -] 6 or [+ or -] 30 min. of arc.
These converters have isolated reference and Synchro Inputs and an optional zero offset adjustment. The digital outputs are DTL/TTL compatible and bi-directional input data is accepted. Part No. SBC40 requires a 26 V or 115 V, 400 Hz AC reference input and [+ or -] 15 Vdc @ 40 ma, and +5 Vdc @ 600 ma max. Operating temperature ranges are 0 [degrees] to +70 [degrees] C and-55 [degrees] to + 85 [degrees] C.
Computer Conversions Corp., 6 Dunton Ct., E. Northport, NY 11731. (631) 261-3300. Fax: (631) 261-3308.
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Hydra-Cell D 12 Series positive-displacement pumps are designed for vertical mounting to eliminate the space concerns imposed by conventional pumps. They are constructed of a variety of material options based on specific application requirements. Specifically engineered for harsh, industrial applications, the pumps are ideal for pumping machine-tool coolants, hot fluids, reclaim fluids, slurries, abrasives, wettable powders, chemicals, adhesives, transfer, and sea water.
The pumps have no cups, packings or seals, and offer smooth, quiet operation. The hydraulically balanced diaphragm pumps are self-priming and can run dry without damage. The D 12 Series pumps offer up to 8.0 gpm capacity, with pressure capability to 1,000 psi.
Wanner Engineering Inc., 1204 Chestnut Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403. (612) 332-5681. Fax: (612) 332-6937.
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The PCL-5023 is a programmable pulse generator LSI. It is a 100-pin QFP package that can support two-axis motion controls on both stepper motors and pulse input-type servomotors. Applications might include semiconductor manufacturing, inspecting systems, medical analysis machines, and biotechnical instruments.
The unit unburdens the host CPU from motion control tasks by generating motion control profiles and output pulses. Some features are a max output speed of 4.9 Mpps, an interface to Intel or Motorola (8-bit or 16-bit bus) host CPU, two-channel pulse output formats to motor drives, operation modes, five signal inputs available for machine interface, and 21-interrupt sources per axis to the host CPU.
Nippon Pulse Motor Co. Ltd., 1047 Norwood St., Ste. B, Radford, VA 24141. (540) 633-1677.
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20 A REFRIGERATION THERMOSTAT
WK Series thermostats rated at 20 A are designed to provide temperature control for a variety of commercial and consumer refrigeration applications.
The series is UL, CSA, VDE, and CCEE approved. Featuring a temperature range of -31 [degrees] to +104 [degrees] F with differentials from 4 [degrees]-10 [degrees] F, the cold capillary devices provide smooth adjustment, high reliability, and automatic reset for a range of refrigeration, freezer, beverage cooler, and display case applications.
Selco Products Co., 709 N. Poplar St., Orange, CA 92868. (800) 257-3526. Fax: (714) 712-6222.
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METRIC WIRING DUCT
Panduct Type MC metric wiring duct, manufactured to DIN 43 659, EN50085-1, and EN50085-2-3 standards, features rounded edges that protect both cables and installers' hands from abrasion.
A 12.5 mm slot pitch allows greater wiring flexibility, and double scorelines enable easy breakout of individual fingers or sidewall sections. A co-extruded liner inside the cover ensures firm, non-slip installation where the duct is mounted vertically.
Raceway Systems Div., Panduit Corp., 17301 Ridgeland Ave., Tinley Park, IL 60477. (888) 506-5400, ext. 8287. Fax: (815) 836-0551.
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LOW-PROFILE AC-DC POWER SUPPLIES
SC Series low-profile ac-dc power supplies have been expanded to include SCT401 and SCT601 triple-output models, offering outputs of 5, 3.3, and floating 12 V.
Both models use magamp control for tighter regulation on the 5 and 3.3 V outputs. Designed primarily for powering LAN/WAN and Ethernet switching systems, the series fits the 3 x 5 in. industry standard footprint with 1 and 1.5 in. profiles suitable for 1U racking systems.
Lambda Electronics, 515 Broad Hollow Rd., Melville, NY 11747. (800) 526-2324.
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MIP-10 four-quadrant PWM digital servo amplifiers are designed to control position, velocity, or torque.
Units integrate into customized OEM electronics and are compatible with brush motors up to 50 W, supplying 1.8 A continuously or 2 A for 5 sec. Approximately the size of a credit card, the plug-in modules measure 90 x 55 x 12 mm. Two analog and eight digital user-defined inputs plus stop, enable, and left and right limits are available as well as six user-defined outputs plus an error signal. RS485 networks can incorporate up to 127 units, and RS232 is available for single units.
Maxon Precision Motors Inc., 838 Mitten Rd., Burlingame, CA94010. (800) 865-7540.
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Aluminum solid-disk handwheels, available with or without a revolving handle or with safety retractable handles, feature gravity die-cast bodies, an inner disk with matte gray shot-blasted finish, and a turned rim that is highly polished on all sides.
The concentric, square-to-bore rim has special inch and metric bores as well as optional modifications such as keyways and set screw holes. The safety retractable handle is constructed from black phenolic plastic with a black oxide steel retracting mechanism.
J. W. Winco Inc., Box 510035, New Berlin, WI 53151. (800) 877-8351. Fax; (800) 472-0670.
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WMX Series audio transducers incorporate a patented design to produce good sound performance in a compact housing. Engineered for use in a wide variety of automotive applications such as warning devices, the units produce sound output of at least 85 dB at 10 cm. Units are rated for 5 V voltage and frequencies of 770 Hz. Mean current consumption is typically 57 mA. The compact 9 gm device meets the space restrictions of boards with an overabundance of components.
Star Micronics America Inc., 1150 King Georges Post Rd., Edison, NJ 08837. (800) 782-7636. Fax: (732) 623-5590.
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Two e-signature solutions, ePad ApproveIt for hand-signing Word and Excel files, and ePad Sign-it for capturing and binding e-signatures into Acrobat 4.0 documents, use an ePad signature input device designed for use with Windows 2000, 98, 95, and NT computing platforms.
ApproveIt enables Word and Excel users to create secure, signature-approved documents within the established corporate approval processes and meets all U.S. and international legislation and regulations for digital signatures and encryption.
Interlink Electronics Inc., 546 Flynn Rd., Camarillo, CA 93012. (805) 484-8855. Fax: (805) 484-8989.
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This Pneumatic Control System is designed to control any of the company's pneumatic position feedback actuators. This includes the Position Feedback Cylinder (PFC) for linear motion and the new Position Feedback Pneu-Turn (PTF) for rotary motion.
The system is a closed-loop electronic controller with pneumatic valves that can accurately position the actuator rod or shaft and hold it in position with various degrees of accuracy and force. They system uses pneumatic technology to accurately stop and hold the rod or shaft at any desired position. Bimba Mfg. Corp., Box 68, Monee, IL 60449. (800) 442-4622. Fax: (708) 235-4496.
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Loctite 3862 medium-viscosity epoxy potting compound provides thermal shock resistance and thermal conductivity in electronic applications.
The heat-curable material offers low thermal expansion, good wetting and flow capabilities, high heat transfer capabilities, and good electrical properties. It cures fully when exposed to 100 [degrees] C for 2 hrs or 180 [degrees] C for 1 hr. Highly resistant to weather, water, gases and vapors, petroleum lubricants, arid many mild acids and alkalis, the product is suitable for use in harsh environments.
Loctite Corp., 1001 Trout Brook Crossing, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. (800) 562-8483.
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FUSES AND CIRCUIT BREAKERS
An expanded line of circuit protectors for wiring, equipment, and subsystem protection includes fuses and circuit breakers.
The devices are designed for use in heavy-duty trucking, construction, agriculture, RVs, industrial applications, and marine systems. Fuses provide a low-cost disposable protection solution. The circuit breakers offer a robust, reusable system of wiring protection to minimize equipment downtime. All products conform to SAE regulations.
Cole Hersee Co., 20 Old Colony Ave., Boston, MA 02127. (617) 268-2100, ext. 329.
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FRC7 electromechanical relays with contact ratings of 20 A at 14 Vdc come with 6, 12, and 24 Vdc coils.
Featuring silver alloy contacts that can switch up to 75 Vdc, the devices can be supplied with spst and spdt contact arrangements and are available sealed or unsealed with quick-connect plug-in and PC board terminal types. Measuring 0.9 x 0.6 x 1 in., can be used from -- 40 [degrees] to +85 [degrees] C at 20-85 percent relative humidity.
Greenwich Electronics Inc., 5 Division St., East Greenwich, RI 02818. (888) 554-5561. Fax: (401) 884-4835.
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CUSTOM SHAFT COLLARS
A line of shaft collars can be custom engineered and produced for specific applications in the automotive, construction, assembly, medical, exercise equipment, power transmission, and packaging industries.
Available in prototype through production quantities, the units can be manufactured in a wide range of materials with various bore, face, or outside diameter modifications and tolerance up to [+ or -] 0.0005 in.
Stafford Manufacturing Corp., Box 2370, Woburn, MA 01888. (800) 695-5551. Fax: (978) 657-4731.
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Model HV high-performance sensors, configured specifically for high-volume applications, come in 10 pressure ranges from 0-25 to 010,000 psig and provide 4-20 mA or 1-5 Vdc output.
Four electrical connections and optional pressure port adapters provide flexibility and application-specific functionality. The rugged units are compact and lightweight for applications requiring reliability and stability. They can endure overpressures up to 2X and are rated for operating temperatures of -40 [degrees] to +185 [degrees] F. On-board electronics minimize signal degradation over distance and are CE approved. Sensotec Inc., 2080 Arlingate La.,
Columbus, OH 43228. (614) 850-5000. Fax: (614) 850-1111.
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A line of high-quality patch cords offers seven colors, six lengths, and three levels of performance.
Power Sum, GigaMax, and extreme styles are available in white, red, yellow, green, blue, gray, and black for fast and easy network additions, moves, and changes. The devices provide optimum headroom and return loss to maximize system potential. Power Sum and extreme version meet or exceed the latest industry standards, and GigaMax models with black strain-relief boots meet TIA-EIA TSP-95 guidelines for supporting 1000BaseT applications.
Leviton Telcom, 2222 222nd St. S.E., Bothell, WA 98021. (800) 722-2082.
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TRI-LOBE, SYMMETRICAL TOOLHOLDERS
The Tribox toolholding system features geometric clamping technology that uses the elastic deformation of steel to distribute uniform clamping force to three areas on the unit's inside diameter.
The precise tri-lobe, symmetrical profile is suited to high-speed machining applications such as tool and die, gear housings, and moldmaking. The slim design allows maximum clearance of the cutting tool and accuracy and concentricity within 3 microns, extending the tool life and improving surface finishes. The lightweight units are completely self-contained and operate without additional mechanical components or external power source.
Schunk Inc., 211 Kitty Hawk Dr., Morrisville, NC 27650. (919) 572-2705. Fax: (919) 572-2818.
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BACK-UP BATTERY CABINETS
Cabinets designed to protect back-up batteries from adverse indoor and outdoor environments feature a louver-ventilated design.
Natural convection and forced ventilation ensure proper air exchange and prevent buildup of hydrogen gas. The enclosures accommodate up to six strings of four batteries each in vertical or horizontal mounting configurations. External cable entry points allow easy entry from any side of the cabinet as well as cable management for multiple applications. The lightweight welded aluminum cabinets have an outdoor rated polyester powder coat finish, heavy-duty continuous door hinge, and a seamless weather-tight foam-in-place door gasket. Units meet or exceed all applicable Bellcore, UL, IEC, CSA, and NEMA standards.
Pricing starts at $1,500 each.
Pentair Electronic Packaging, 170 Commerce Dr., Warwick, RI 02886. (401) 732-3770, ext. 318.
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LINEAR POSITION SENSORS
The Temposonics E Series is a family of magnetostrictive linear position sensors. The E Series linearity performance is 1.5 kHz, the operating temperature range is -40 [degrees] C to +75 [degrees] C, and the environmental rating is IP-65.
The first model in the E Series, the Temposonics EP, is a profile-style sensor that is ideal for any application where linear potentiometers are currently used, and where simple and economical analog position feedback is required. The EP sensors are available with 0 to 10 Vdc output scale, and in-stroke ranges from 2-60 in. in 1-in. increments. A 24 Vdc power supply is required for operation. The position magnet is available in either a captive-sliding of floating-magnet configuration.
MTS Systems Corp., 3001 Sheldon Dr., Cary, NC 27513. (800) 633-7609. Fax: (919) 677-0200.
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MONOLITHIC SEMICONDUCTOR OP AMPS
CMV7101 and CMV7106 monolithic semiconductor op amps combine low operating current with a 20 percent reduction in supply voltage over prior models.
The units are guaranteed at 2.2 and 3 V supplies, reducing the size, weight, and cost of batteries in portable electronics. Both models have a rail-to-rail input/output topology and high-output drive capability for versatile design and improved performance. Units can operate from just two alkaline or NiCad cells, and power shutdown feature reduces supply current to 1 [micro]A when operated devices are idle. Available in five- and six-pin SOT (small outline transistor) packages, the units typically require low supply currents of 300 [micro]A in applications such as cellular phones, pagers, and two-way radios.
Pricing is 45 (CMV7101) and 50 cents (CMV7106) each in quantities of 10,000.
California Micro Devices Corp., 215 Topaz St., Milpitas, CA 95035. (408) 934-3108. Fax: (408) 942-9505.
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15-25 HP SUB-MICRO DRIVES
SCF Series sub-micro drives offer a broad power range including 15, 20, and 25 hp versions.
Designed to provide operating and programming flexibility in powering ac motors with full-featured but compact controllers, the units can be configured from the front or an optional remote keypad for almost any need including reversing, jog, and multi-speed. The control point terminal block has 18 terminals for serial communications, I/O log, analog inputs, and outputs.
AC Technology Corp., 660 Douglas St., Uxbridge, MA 01569. (800) 217-9100. Fax: (508) 278-7873.
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MULTIFUNCTION LEVEL SENSORS
LEVELtrol II flow computers integrate with a variety of level sensors to provide multiple tank geometries, fluid equations, and instrument functions.
The isolated analog output can be chosen from a menu to follow level, tank volume, corrected tank volume, tank mass, temperature, or density. Users can assign the standard RS232 serial port for data logging, transaction printing, or for connection to a modem for remote meter reading.
Kessler-Ellis Products, 10 Industrial Way, East Eatontown, NJ 07724. (800) 631-2165
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Compact 49 Series gauge and pressure transmitters for severe and harsh environments, measuring 4.64 x 1.5 in., offer flexibility in tight spaces.
The welded body, connector, and environmental adjustments ensure protection against contamination. For ranges of 2-100 psi, a silicon piezoresistive sensor provides accurate readings and high overpressure protection. Viatran Corp., 300
Industrial Dr., Grand Island, NY 14072. (800) 688-0030. Fax: (716) 773-2488.
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The P-Series line of open-frame switching power supplies provides output power over the range of 25-150 W. All models accept universal input from 85-265 Vac and 50 models are available to provide single, dual, and triple outputs from 3.3-48 Vdc.
The series provides a power solution in applications requiring a low-cost open-frame power supply, and offers power densities up to 5.2 W/In2.
Astrodyne, 300 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780. (508) 823-8080. Fax: (508) 823-8181.
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SELF-CLINCHING FLOATING FASTENERS
Self-clinching floating fasteners provide load-bearing threads in thin metal sheets and permit up to 0.03 in./0.8 mm adjustment for mating hole misalignment.
The steel or stainless steel fasteners are available with locking or non-locking threads. The floating nut that extends fully into the retainer shank provides extra strength and support in assembly. Types AS, AC, LAS, and LAC come in thread sizes ranging from #4-40 through 1/4-28 and M3-M6.
Penn Engineering & Manufacturing Corp., Box 1000, Danboro, PA 18916. (800) 237-4736.
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ALUMINUM ELECTROLYTIC CAPACITORS
UTOR Series toroidal-shaped aluminum electrolytic capacitors feature high ripple current capability as the core is cooled by forced air, a heat sink, or fluid convection.
The high ripple current capability permits downsizing of inverters or large power supplies which require fewer capacitors. The units also feature a long service life with a rated lifetime of 5,000 hrs at 105 [degrees] C with full rated ripple current applied.
United Chemi-Con., 9801 W. Higgins Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018. (847) 696-2000.
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The DA2200 polycrystalline diamond (PCD) insert has experienced from 10 to 20 times the tool life of the competitors' tool performance, and in certain jobs it can eliminate a two-pass operation, says the manufacturer.
With a transverse rupture strength equal to that of a cemented carbide, it performs best in both rough and finish machining of aluminum work pieces with the potential to replace carbide.
Sumitomo Electric Carbide Inc., 1001 Business Center Dr., Mount Prospect, IL 60056. (800) 880-0619.
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The In-Line Strain-Relief Bushing is designed to be used on the new, heavier SPT-2 cord, and used extensively on table, task, and floor lights for residential and commercial use.
Lighting manufacturers who previously tied UL knots in thinner, more flexible SPT-1 wire to provide necessary strain relief, find it difficult to tie knots with the heavier wire.
Schoenfisch Inc., 336 County Hwy. 24, Richfield Springs, NY 13439. (315) 858-8393.
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Surface-mount belMag shielded RJ45 connector modules with integrated magnetics for 10/100 BaseT Ethernet applications are engineered to optimize magnetics performance and comply with IEEE 802.3u standards.
Both surface-mount and throughhole versions satisfy the exacting requirements of Contech Research and interface with a broad spectrum of LAN transceivers. The space-saving design features a low profile of 0.502 in. and footprint of 0.67 in. Two pinout options provide maximum design flexibility A single-port jack is compatible with standard pick-and-place machines.
Bel Fuse Inc., 198 Van Vorst St., Jersey City, NJ 07302. (800) 235-3873.
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This line of power line conditioners is designed to protect today's highly sophisticated microprocessor-based equipment from damaging power disturbances. The SpikeShield power line conditioners incorporate patented Ground Zero technology to help eliminate problems such as system lockups, crashes, and other system problems.
The conditioners eliminate noise, interference, and other power disturbances that could have damaging effects on Pentium chips. In addition, they remove harmful ground spikes while maintaining a zero-ground reference at each terminal for reliable data access and transmission.
Hubbell Inc., 185 Plains Rd., Milford, CT 06460. (203) 882-4800.
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Series 75 are new 105-key keyboards with integrated mouse and the ruggedness and reliability needed for indoor and outdoor public access and process-control applications. These touch-sensitive keyboards can be sealed behind glass against chemical attack, operator abuse, vandalism, and hygienic washdowns. They are available in panel and through-panel styles. Their solid-state technology is intrinsically safe in hostile environments.
EAO, 198 Pepe's Farm Rd., Milford, CT 06460. (203) 877-4577.
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Heli-Guard threaded inserts provide an economical and efficient solution to the problem of galvanic corrosion. The Teflon-epoxy coating acts as a neutral barrier between the fastener, insert, and the parent material, isolating all three from each other.
An additional benefit of the coating is that it provides added lubricity while installing the start. The insert eliminates the need for the application of zinc-chromate primers.
Emhart Fastening Teknologies, 510 River Rd., Shelton, CT 06484. (203) 925-3176. Fax: (203) 925-3109.
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The Series PA and PAD disconnectable, 2.0 mm crimp-style connectors offer compact size and provide stable contact performance under vibration, distortion, and low voltage or current conditions.
The Series PA (single row) connector is available with 2 to 16 circuits. The Series PAD (double row) offers 16 or 20 circuits. Both connectors accommodate wire sizes AWG #28 to #22.
The PA current rating is 3.0 amp AC/DC (250 Vac/Vdc). PAD current rating is 2.0 amp ac/dc (250 Vac/Vdc). Housing are Nylon 66 rated 94 V-0.
J.S.T. Corp., 1957 S. Lakeside Dr., Waukegan, IL 60058. (800) 947-1110.
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Model 765M20 High Acoustic Sensor (Microphone) is designed for the measurement of gas-borne sound in the frequency range of 100 Hz to 30 KHz in industrial applications requiring operation up to +500 [degrees] F. The device is constructed for use in corrosive environments that are compatible with type 316 stainless steel diaphragms.
The isolated, hermetic, miniature, 10-32 connector is combined with the elements of piezoelectric material in a balanced and floating configuration to provide rejection of electrical noise.
Columbia Research Laboratories Inc., 1925 MacDade Blvd., Woodlyn, PA 19094. (610) 872-3900.
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This flexible, high-temperature epoxy system is used for general purpose bonding of ceramics, glass, plastics, metals, and other substrates in applications to 400 [degrees] F. The epoxy is a clear, unfilled, 100 percent solids, 1:1 mix ratio, flexible epoxy system that provides a temperature resistance of 400 [degrees] F. Flexural and tensile shear strengths are 8,000 and 1,200 psi, respectively. The volume resistivity is 2.0 x 1014 ohm-cm; dielectric strength is 860 V per mil, and the dielectric constant is 6.0 @ 1.0 kHz.
The epoxy demonstrates chemical resistance to acids, alkalis, organic fluids, and salts. It mixes easily in a 1-to-1 ratio, providing a mixed viscosity of 12,000 cps and cure time of 45 min. at room temperature. The Shore-D hardness is 70 and shrinkage is less than 0.008 in./in. upon curing.
Aremco Products Inc., Box 517, 707-B Executive Blvd., Valley Cottage, NY 10989. (914) 268-0039. Fax: (914) 268-0041.
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PCI MEZZANINE CARD
The PMC FA2 is a dual-redundant fibre channel PCI Mezzanine Card (PMC) adapter. The dual redundancy provides a system with fault tolerance in its network connectivity. The dual-redundant connectivity offers system-level fault tolerance by providing parallel paths through the transceivers and cable plant. This feature is capable of automatically switching to the alternative, available channel in the event of a failure.
The unit provides a dual-attach fibre-channel fabric connectivity in air-cooled and conduction-cooled environments. The unit is capable of fibre-channel data-transfer rates up to 200 Mbytes per sec. and supports Class 2 and Class 3 communications over all fibre-channel topologies. This offers the military and aerospace system designers access to fibre channel's high -speed, low-latency communications coupled with its flexibility to support any network topology.
Radstone Technology Corp., 50 Craig Rd., Montvale, NJ 07645. (800) 368-2738. Fax: (201) 391-2899.
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Two environmentally sealed load cells provide the user a choice of mounting configuration. The low-profile square body of the 9222 Load Cell features a radially positioned electrical connector and two axially located threaded mounting holes. The 9208 Load Cell has both electrical connector and threaded mounting stud positioned concentric with the axis of the cell body. The opposite mounting end of the 9208A contains a threaded hole to accommodate either a stud or bolt.
The performance characteristics of both are identical, and they are available in English or Metric models, with measuring ranges of 5,000 lbf (22,000 N) compression, 500 lbf. (2,200 N) tension. These load cells are suited for measuring both dynamic and quasi-static events; force applications where high sensitivity, high rigidity, and fast response are required.
Kistler Instrument Corp., 75 John Glenn Dr., Amherst, NY 14228. (716) 691-5100. Fax: (716) 691-5226.
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The L [degrees] 9 Fastening System is the highest mechanical strength off-the-shelf system available, according to the company It combines a specially designed high-grade alloy steel bolt that is heat treated to reach 180,000 psi minimum tensile strength with a compatible high-strength nut and two special-quality tension-control flat washers. The system is for use in high-stress service and severe-service environments.
The system includes QS 9000-quality approved special-alloy bolts, nuts, and tension-washer components in a variety of sizes from -in. dia. to 1-in. dia. in coarse and fine threads. The system also offers a thicker-than-standard bolt head for wrenching surface and a washer face that eliminates corner drag.
Brighton-Best Socket Screw Mfg. Inc., 3105 Medlock Bridge Rd., Norcross, GA 30071. (770) 368-2300. Fax: (770) 368-2315.
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Enhanced non-contact ST Series thermometers for diagnostic applications feature circular laser sighting for better identification of the measurement area and improved optical resolution for measuring smaller areas from the same distance.
The contemporary, rugged ergonomic design accommodates prolonged comfortable use in demanding environments.
Raytek Corp., 1201 Shaffer Rd., Box 1820, Santa Cruz, CA 95061. (831) 458-1110. Fax: (831) 458-1239.
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LIQUID FLOW SWITCHES
Series FS4 and FS8 liquid flow switches feature stainless steel paddles to improve reliability and performance in demanding applications.
The paddles are thicker and more durable than the monel paddles on previous models. The new design reduces the possibility of paddle breakage in areas of high fluid turbulence and paddle deterioration in harsh water applications. The devices are designed for systems with flow less than 10 ft/sec.
McDonnell & Miller, 3500 N. Spaulding Ave., Chicago, IL 60618. (773) 267-1600.
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DATA TRANSMISSION PATCH CORDS
TruePatch high-performance patch cords are designed to ensure uninterrupted flow of data and boost data transmission efficiency and quality.
Used with TrueNet structured cabling system, the entire physical layer between the NIC and server is guaranteed a zero bit error data transmission rate. Used to upgrade an existing installation, the devices improve network performance by increasing data throughput.
Krone Inc., 6950 S. Tucson Way, Ste. R, Englewood, CO. (800) 775-5766.
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CADDY CableCat J-hook fasteners, designed as cost-effective alternatives to cable tray to support Category 5 and other high-performance data transmission cables, feature an extra-wide base to support fiber-optic cable and innerduct.
The device provides the proper bend radius of 1 in. or larger on a flat surface, eliminating the problems associated with traditional bridle rings. Fast installation doesn't jeopardize long-term cable performance.
Erico Inc., 34600 Solon Rd., Solon, OH 44139. (800) 252-2339.
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PixiPoint Z Serial low-voltage, low-power encoders for strain gauge miniature joysticks feature z-axis functionality.
The device allows users to point and tap to select with a single finger. In cellular phones, users can navigate micro-web browsers with a single hand. The controller meets the electrical, low-power, and protocol requirements of products such as handheld devices.
USAR Systems Inc., 568 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. (212) 226-2042.
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Solid Teflon internal-wear surfaces make this Select-A-Flo stack vane a good choice when dependability and trouble-free service are important, says the company The stack vane is available in different porting arrangements and sizes. The valve lends itself to complicated or very simple flow patterns. A variety of other models and materials are available, such as brass, stainless steel, aluminum, and plastics.
Conant Controls Inc., 427 Riverside Ave., Medford, MA 02155. (800) 401-4647. Fax: (781) 395-2329.
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Series B8496 high-isolation voltage magnetics are designed for use in switch-mode power supplies for IGBT and GTO motor-drive applications using up to 1,500 Vdc bus voltages. The working voltage isolation is 2,100 Vrms. The transformers are designed and tested for partial discharge of corona inception/extinction greater than 2,400 Vrms @ 60 Hz. AC HiPot is tested at 9,600 Vrms, 60 Hz for 5 sec. Both tests together significantly reduce the chance of insulation system defects.
Bicron Electronics Co., 50 Barlow St., Canaan, CT 06018. (860) 824-5125. Fax: (860) 824-1137,
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CP-MRS OEM thermal printers feature built-in controller boards for multiple integrated capabilities.
The printing systems consist of three 5 V and three 24 V thermal line plug-and-play printers for 60 mm, 80 mm, and 114 mm paper widths. All models provide advanced features and fast, trouble-free printing for a full range of thermal media as well as an optional paper cutter. Print speeds are up to 90 mm/sec, and the compact design fits in areas required by standard mechanisms.
APS America, 2310 E. 4th St., Long Beach, CA 90814. (562) 438-1736. Fax: (562) 438-1797.
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LIQUID LEVEL SENSORS
Model ELS-1100TFE electro-optic liquid level sensors are constructed from chemically resistive materials such as PFA and FEP Teflon and Hypalon for corrosive applications.
A sealing boot serves as a vapor barrier to ensure chemical resistance and long-term performance. The UL-listed ultra-compact device measures just 2 in. long, saving valuable OEM design space and enabling liquid level sensing in places not ordinarily thought possible. Units accurately monitor liquids within vessels pressurized to 150 psi.
Gems Sensors, 1 Cowles Rd., Plainville, CT 06062. (800) 847-5961.
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Model 357 precision single-turn position sensors combine tight tolerances, long rotational life, and a wide operating temperature range.
Constructed form conductive plastic, the 7/8 in. round device has a rotational lie of 10 million shaft revolutions and resistance values of 1-50 Kohm with standard tolerance of [+ or -] .20 percent. The units are suitable for use in a wide variety of machine-to-machine interfaces and heating/air conditioning, linear and angular position, and motion control applications.
Spectrol Electronics Corp., 4051 Greystone Dr., Ontario, CA 91761. (800) 624-8902.
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The PCN21 Series, a 2 mm Hard-Metric connector system, complies with the requirements of IEC 61076-4-101. Type A, with 110 contacts, Type B, with 125 contacts, and Type C, with 55 contacts, are available with compliant press-fit terminations on plugs and receptacles. The receptacle-contact design uses a double contact point to assure high reliability, whether the project is for transmission systems, base stations, industrial computer boards, measuring instruments, control equipment, or other devices.
Ground connection on the PCN21 Series is assured by using metal covers (receptacle) and separate ground terminals (plug) Connections can also be polarized and color-coded as required in Compact PCI Applications.
Hirose Electric Inc., 2688 Westhills Court, Simi Valley, CA 93065. (805) 522-7958.
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MACHINE VISION BOARDS
PC-LineScan high-performance frame grabbers provide onboard acceleration for high-speed vision tasks.
Performance enhancements collect and analyze large amounts of data in real time and compensate for variations in lighting. Expandable open architecture supports integrated real-time processing functions, which provide increased speed and bandwidth allowing the host CPU to handle tasks such as motion control.
Imaging Technology Inc., 55 Middlesex Tpk., Bedford, MA 01730. (781) 275-2700. Fax: (781) 275-9590.
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MicroLens molded backlighting technology provides uniform high-output backlighting for very low power.
The technology provides 50,000-100,000 hrs or more time to half brightness with initial brightness similar to that of EL systems. Molded into the panel, the light extraction features maximize the lighting efficiency, providing highly uniform backlighting with only one LED for panels up to 1 x 5 in. No power converter is needed.
Lumitex Inc., 8443 Dow Cir., Strongsville, OH 44136. (800) 969-5483. Fax: (440) 243-8402.
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KHS Series torsion-resistant metal bellow couplings are tested to speeds up to 25,000 rpm and designed to operate even faster in high-speed applications.
Units feature four corrugated stainless steel bellow and aluminum conical bushing hubs. With low moment of inertia and high torsional stiffness, they are suitable for use in test stands and spindle drives.
Gam Enterprises Inc., 7333 W. Wilson Ave., Harwood Heights, IL 60706. (708) 887-5000. Fax: (708) 887-2822.
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The High-Versatility Controller joins the RMC family of motion modules to bring linear and/or rotary positioning and pressure control to plant automation projects with the benefits of increased efficiency and controlled production costs.
The new DIN-rail mounted controller includes a quadrature encoder interface, from the -Q1 module for fast, positive control of motors and linear actuators; an -S1 module providing increased immunity from noise, high resolutions and absolute positioning, while allowing the use of many types of transducers, absolute encoders, and laser measuring devices; a 16-bit analog interface from the -H1 module, allowing direct connection to any analog MDT; an -- A1, 12-bit module featuring four isolated 12-bit inputs; and more.
Delta Computer Systems Inc., 11719 NE 95 St., Ste. D, Vancouver, WA 98682. (360) 254-8688. Fax: (360) 254-5435.
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The RA 400 air pump was designed with a dual diaphragm and motor and was engineered with large applications in mind. The design features special curved baffling chambers that reduce noise levels to less than 30 decibels at 3 ft. The RA 400 can be used in applications such as large aquariums, display units, and consumer product applications.
Rena OEM Sales, 4425 Randolph Rd., Ste. 215, Charlotte, NC 28211. (800) 968-7362.
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A new semi-permanent mold release, XTEND 19HG, improves release and reduces scumming in closed-molding operations, particularly RTM. XTEND 19HG is a solvent-based proprietary resin solution that is designed to crosslink and cure on the mold surface. It is ideally suited to closed-molding operations because it offers excellent slip properties despite being a low-solids formulation.
AXEL Products Research Laboratories Inc., Box 77 0855, Woodside, NY 11377. (800) 332-2935.
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This high-contrast 240 x 64 pixel line of interchangeable RGB color and monochrome LCDs features on-board controllers and optional touchscreens. The new color version is a mechanical drop-in to the popular, industry-standard 240 x 64 monochrome displays. Each passive display was designed for Graphical User Interfaces (GUI) in bench top, rack, or panel-mounted instruments and applications requiring information content in limited space.
Color RGB transmissive and monochrome FSTN transmissive models offer CCT backlighting plus transflective, sunlight-readable versions with either LED or EL backlighting and optional extended-temperature operation. All models have the same industry-standard viewing area dimensions of 127 x 34 mm with matching mounting holes to facilitate a single mechanical design for both color and monochrome applications.
Apollo Display Technologies Inc., 19422 Morris Ave., Holtsville, NY 11742. (631) 654-1143. Fax: (631) 654-1496.
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Subfractional horsepower induction motors with a conduit box simplify connection to standard conduit pipe. All conduit-box models conform to ANSI/ASME b1.20.1 standard for pipe. Single-phase models include a built-in capacitor to ease the interconnections and provide the required phase shift. Having the capacitor inside the conduit box provides an added level of safety.
Single-phase 110 to 115 Vac, 60 Hz, and 220 to 230 Vac, 50/60 Hz induction-motor models are available with a frame size of 3.15 in sq and 25 W output power, as well as with a 3.54-in.-sq. frame size and 40 W, 60 W, or 90 W output power. Three-phase 200 to 300 Vac, 50/60 Hz conduit-box models are also available in a frame size of 3.15 in sq and 25 W output power, as well as in a 3.54 in sq frame size and 40 W, 60 W, or 90 W output power. All models can be provided with round or pinion shafts. Gearheads are available in 20 gear ratios ranging from 3:1 to 180:1 for use with pinion-shaft models. Right-angle gearheads are also available for some models.
Oriental Motor U.S.A. Corp., 2510 W. 237th St., Ste. 102, Torrance, CA 90505. (800) 406-7484.
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A new design of the DuraLobe industrial bi-rotor lobe pumps with O-ring shaft seals, instead of traditional mechanical seals makes frequent strip cleaning simpler and faster, and eliminates the possibility of damage to mechanical seals. O-rings are readily available, inexpensive to replace, and reduce the initial cost of the pump.
They are available in 12 sizes, from 1 to 390 gpm, at pressures to 200 psig.
Viking Pump, 406 State St., Cedar Falls, IA 50613. (319) 266-1741. Fax: (319) 273-8157.
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These hydraulic motors incorporate a new generation of speed sensor. The electric output signal is a standard voltage signal that can be used for regulating the speed of a motor. A sensor in accordance with the Hall principle measures the speed. Signal processing and amplification are performed in the sensor housing. A connection is provided in the housing for a Binder Series 713 plug or a plug with 16.4 ft. of cable. As an option, the sensor can also be supplied with 6.7 ft. of molded-in cable.
Danfoss Fluid Power Inc., 8635 Washington Ave., Racine, WI 53406. (262) 884-7400.
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CLOG-FREE viscous FLUID SENSORS
Clog-free sensors have an open face to measure pressures in thick, viscous fluids.
The broad, rugged ceramic diaphragm improves operation in liquids such as wastewater and paper pulp that contain particulate matter. The sturdy device stands up to the temperature variations, noise, and vibration associated with tough drilling applications or jacks.
Kavlico Corp., 14501 Los Angeles Ave., Moorpark, CA 93021. (805) 523-2000. Fax: (805) 523-7125.
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Type 8025 and Type 8035 paddlewheel flow transmitters are for continuous, highly accurate measurements and batch control for neutral and aggressive solid-free liquids. Designed for easy fluid control system integration on 1/2 to 16-in. systems, Type 8025 Insertion and Type 8035 Inline flow transmitters feature local flow display with two programmable set points, two totalizers, three dosing modes, local, external-binary input, and time proportional via PLC.
Burkert Contromatic Corp., 2602 McGaw Ave., Irvine, CA 92614. (949) 223-3100.
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POWDER METAL PROCESS
Components designed with the F2 powder metal process can benefit from its cost and performance advantages. Savings of 20 to 50 percent over current manufacturing methods are achievable, says the company. The F2 process offers an array of material properties, weight savings without sacrificing performance, and the unique ability to design a single part composed of two different materials. It is the only sintering process that can fully densify stainless steels and a variety of other alloys.
PM Krupp Technologies Inc., 13400 Luick Dr., Chelsea, MI 48118. (734) 475-4540.
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ERO modular rotary encoders are designed to fulfill the requirements of the electronics manufacturing industry, including higher positioning speeds and higher accuracy of the position value. They also meet stringent requirements for measuring systems. Besides their high-position and accuracy, these encoders are characterized by compact dimensions. ERO modular rotary encoders consist of a disk/hub assembly and a scanning unit that is adjusted to it.
Heidenhain Corp., 333 E. State Parkway, Schaumburg, I1 60173. (847) 490-1191.
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Two new NAiS brand power relays are being offered. The LE switches 16A are suitable for magnetron and heater loads for microwave ovens, refrigerators, and OA equipment. The new LF relay switches 20A are appropriate for compressor and inverter loads for air conditioners, refrigerators, and OA equipment.
The LE features nominal switching capacity of 16 amps at 277 Vac with excellent heat resistance, high-insulation resistance, surge withstand voltage min. 10,000 V, and low nominal operating power of 400 mW. It is available in PCB- and TMP-type terminals and comes in coil voltages from 5 to 48 Vdc.
The 1 Form A LF relay switches compressor loads of 20 amps at 250 Vac and inverter loads of 20 amps at 100 Vac.
Aromat, 629 Central Ave., New Providence, NJ. (800) 276-6289.
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The R4 Series of illuminated rocker switches offers a choice of colors and markings, including neon and incandescent lamp-illuminated versions featuring four different lamp-voltage options. This series of rocker switches features quick-connect termination, as well as 10 amp at 250 V, 15 amp at 125 Vac, and is UL, CSA, VDE, Semko, Nemko, Demko, and Fimko listed.
E-Switch, 7153 Northland Dr., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428. (763) 504-3525.
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The DS1831 Multi-Supply MicroMonitor is the first single-chip monitor that can track four system voltages simultaneously while providing 3.3 V, 5 V, and master manual reset inputs, says the manufacturer. An alternate version, the DS1831A, substitutes a watchdog function for one of the voltage monitors and master manual reset input, thus monitoring three system voltages and processor operation.
Dallas Semiconductor, 4401 S. Beltwood Pkwy., Dallas, TX 75244. (972) 371-4371.
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The Ultra Fast and Ultra Light-Weld lines of UV/visible light curing adhesives and coatings are said to form bonds to plastics faster than typical UV-curing adhesives. They offer a range of properties, including multiple viscosities, minimal shrinkage, and low outgassing.
Cures occur upon exposure to wavelengths from 200 to 500 nanometers, producing deeper and faster cures.
Dymax Corp., 51 Greenwoods Rd., Torrington, CT 06790. (860) 482-1010. Fax: (860) 482-1308.
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Vi-Sorb II Polymer Mounting Pads for the EMPCO Leveling Jacks reduce the damaging effects of machine vibration by up to 90 percent, according to the manufacturer. The general-purpose mounting pads simultaneously absorb shock and isolate vibration at broad temperature and frequency ranges and extremely heavy loads.
Constructed of a unique polymer, the pads provide effective damping and resistance to fatigue and creep.
Nu-Matic Grinders Inc., 19870 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44117, OH 44017. (800) 783-3786. Fax: (216) 531-6345.
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These high-accuracy pressure calibrators are designed for online calibration and verification of NetScanner pressure scanners, production testing or pressure transducers, and other applications requiring accurate measurement. Series 9030 Ethernet calibrators, which include the Model 9034 (absolute pressure) and Model 9038 (differential pressure) units, interface with the company's NetScanner system or with any pressure-measurement device that requires periodic calibration of pressures.
Pressure Systems Inc., 34 Research Dr., Hampton, VA 23666. (800) 678-7226. Fax: (757) 865-8744.
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Power moisture-chip resistors are for use in engine controls, navigation systems, and other applications where the circuits are exposed to excessive moisture or humidity that can damage components. The lightweight resistors come in 15 thick-film case sizes from 0.30 x 0.020 to 0.250 x 0.125 in. They are available in ten thin-film case sizes for 0.050 x 0.050 to 0.225 x 0.125 in.
State of the Art Inc., 2470 Fox Hill Rd., State College, PA 16803. (800) 458-3401. Fax: (814) 355-2714.
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The HMP 230 Series of smart [+ or -]1 percent RH accuracy transmitters are designed to meet unique needs and applications. Select output parameters include: temperature range, serial or analog output, and type of sensor head. Modules with cables and adjustable probe heads are available for wall or duct mount, small and pressurized spaces (10Mpa), and demanding high-temperature applications.
Vaisala Inc., 100 Commerce Way, Woburn, MA 01801. (781) 933-4500. Fax: (781) 933-8029.
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The Series THK 12 double shutoff couplers are available for use in applications with large fluid-volume pressure or return lines and other high-volume fluid-transfer applications. These ISO B-type couplers feature a 1-in. body size for maximum fluid flow and a working pressure rating of 1,500 psi. They are available in 303 stainless steel for chemical handling applications, in solid brass for water transfer, and steel to provide maximum working pressures and burst strength, as well as to prevent brinelling. They are available with 1-in. or 1-in. NPTF female thread sizes.
The couplings feature double O-rings for sealing and heavy-duty construction throughout.
Tomco Products Inc., 882 Callendar Rd., Painesville Twp., OH 44077. (440) 358-1000.
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A line of retaining tings has been made according to world standards, including inch, metric, DIN, and JIS (Japanese Industrial Standard) to fit virtually any application.
The retaining rings are as effective as traditional fasteners like screws, nuts, bolts, cotter pins, and washers, but cost less in installation and materials, says the company Retaining rings also reduce waste associated with machining shoulders and treads, making them an environmentally sound choice over traditional fasteners.
Rotor Clip Co. Inc., 187 Davidson Ave., Somerset, NJ 08875. (800) 557-6867. Fax (732) 469-7898.
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This new conversion module converts servo motor control signals to stepper motor control signals. It can control four independent stepper motors. The Servo-to-Step is an active termination panel that converts a [+ or -] 10 V signal to the stepper CW/CCW (direction) and STEP (clock) signals. If the stepper motor doesn't have an encoder for position feedback, the board can be configured to synthesize quadrature signals. The maximum stepping rate is user-selectable via a DIP switch from 7.6 Hz to 31.25 kHz. Motor direction and enable are also configurable.
The unit will work with any servo motor control software that uses analog voltage for velocity and incremental encoder pulses for position feedback.
Vigilant Technologies Inc., 4800 SW 51st St. #106, Davie, FL 33314. (954) 797-9277. Fax: (954) 797-9065.
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The DAX dielectric patch antenna is a low-profile, ceramic antenna element for use in portable GPS receivers and navigation systems. Designed specifically for 1575.42 MHz L1 reception, the antenna has an 18 x 18-mm footprint with a low profile of only 4.5 mm. This flat-patch antenna incorporates a rectangular micro-strip design for GPS C/A right-hand circular polarization wave reception. According to the company, the DAX has excellent stability and sensitivity through the use of high-performance ceramic materials well suited for GPS applications.
A silver-plated copper electrode provides excellent frequency characteristics. The DAX antenna has an impedance of 50 Ohms and a maximum temperature co-efficient of 20 ppm/[degrees] C. The DAX ships with double-sided adhesive tape for ease in mounting to the ground plane.
Toko America Inc., 1250 Feehanville Dr., Mt. Prospect, IL 60056. (847) 297-0070. Fax: (847) 699-7864.
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