Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Deeter Group has introduced a temperature-compensated liquid volume dispenser for applications, including the dosing of chemicals, colours or flavourings or the control of any liquid being dispensed in a manufacturing or laboratory process.

Users can control the dispenser externally and collect data for logging and archiving using the provided USB datalink and control software suite. The dispenser — which is powered by a low-voltage supply — can measure volumes over a flow rate range of between 0.6 and 5.0 litres per minute.

Dytran Instruments has introduced the 3326A series of low-noise accelerometers, which are particularly targeted for use in flight-testing applications, being compatible with standard aircraft onboard power supplies (20 to 32V DC). The products are part of Dytran’s line of VDC-powered instrumentation and, as such, may be compatible with existing installations from other manufacturers that use similar principles, the company claims.

Available in two different models with sensitivities of 10 and 100mV/g, the 3326A series accelerometers feature ceramic sensing elements operating in shear mode and packaged in a rugged titanium housing.

LPRS introduce 2.4 - 2.7GHz WiMax and WiFi antenna for Broadband and Telecoms markets. Rugged design for high volume applications- 4G Ready. As Ofcom announces its auction plans for the wireless spectrum designated for 4G services such as high speed mobile broadband access, LPRS, Europe’s leading supplier of short-range radio devices, announces the introduction of the ARW-2400-2700-10 directional antenna for WiMax and WiFi applications. Operating in the 2.4-2.7GHz frequency band and already selling in quantities of tens of thousands, the ARW-2400-2700-10 antenna meets the existing requirements of wireless communications infrastructure and 3G communications operators and is also designed to meet the needs of 4G systems as they become available from 2014.

WiMax is the latest generation of wireless broadband and offers improvements in stability and reliability over existing systems. Major deployment of WiMax is set to roll out in the UK once Ofcom make available the 2.6GHz spectrum and operators and infrastructure vendors are gearing up to take advantage of the improvements it will offer users. Developments taking place in the WiMax 2.4-2.7GHz frequency band include systems intended to expand network capacity, lower operating costs, reduce energy consumption and increase connectivity by deploying a mesh of multi-frequency, multi-standard low power communications devices which can be mounted on buildings, poles or wherever there is power and a broadband connection.

John Sharples, Managing Director of LPRS, comments;”This new antenna gives our customers the opportunity to develop WiMax & WiFi systems and be ready for the release of the required wireless spectrum for 4G services. We can offer very competitive pricing to support OEM sales when installations begin.”
The LPRS ARW-2400-2700-10 antenna has a frequency range of 2400 – 2700MHz, has an operating temperature range of -40 - +60ºC, measures 140x120x20mm and weighs just 600gm.

Short-range radio device specialist, Low Power Radio Solutions (LPRS), has introduced the latest generation of its market-leading low-power wireless modules, easyRadio Advanced (eRA). The newcomer continues to offer simple-to-use, out-of-the-box wireless communication as previous versions, but with a number of new, innovative, features while still offering back compatibility with earlier easyRadio modules if required.

Key new features of eRA include the ability for users to change the bandwidth of the radio from 150KHz down to 12.5KHz, providing narrow-band performance at a wide-band budget. Internal temperature measurement of the wireless modules ensures less than 1.5KHz frequency drift from ambient 20C over a range of -40C to +85C. This new feature may also be used as a thermometer to measure the temperature of the end user equipment, accurate to within 1C.

Modes of data transmission include the proven easyRadio protocol with 16-bit encryption and anti cross talk software (DCS) and a new raw data mode that allows customers more flexibility to use their own coding system on any frequency they choose, enabling direct compatibility with other ISM raw data modules from any manufacturer. With the addition of three more (total 4) separate data buffers, easy-Radio performance and data throughput has been greatly improved by up to 25% when compared to 02 versions.

Other new features of LPRS’s eRA include digital RSSI (Received Signal Strength Indication), accurate internal level measurement of signal strength removing the requirement for the host system to handle A-D measurement. A simple command for either the current RSSI level or the signal strength of the last received data packet is used. Temporary channel selection is another new command allowing the user scan other channels if required without storing the settings in the internal EEPROM, maximising its life.

easyRadio Advanced features a crystal controlled synthesiser for frequency accuracy < +/- 1KHz over full temperature range, a high sensitivity receiver (-117dB @ 12.5KHz Bandwidth), up to 10mW transmission power (at 434MHz) and user programmable frequency (up to 132 channels), bandwidth (down to 12.5KHz) and RS232 data rates up to 115200. easyRadio Advanced can be powered using a 3V lithium cell or a regulated supply up to 5VDC. Measuring just 38x14x4mm it has been tested to meet European radiated and conducted standards.

Allowing seamless integration into existing products wanting to take advantage of the new technology, eRA continues to use the same pin-out arrangement as before.

John Sharples, managing director, LPRS comments: ”The new easyRadio Advanced transceiver is a complete sub-system that combines a high performance very low power RF transceiver, a microcontroller and a voltage regulator all in one simple to use package. eRA continues to offer our customers the fastest and easiest way to get wireless enabled products to market. We are also making available to our customers free flash firmware upgrades ensuring updates and new features can be quickly programmed-in, making easy-Radio Advanced a truly future-proof solution.”

Typical applications include handheld terminals, vehicle-to-base station data transfer, remote data acquisition, industrial control and communications and wireless security, says the company.

IQRF Wireless Network Systems now Available from LPRS.IQMesh Case picture. Complete, simple to implement, reliable wireless networks for smart metering, home and building automation, intelligent street lighting and environmental monitoring
LPRS, Europe’s leading supplier of short-range radio devices, has been appointed as the UK technical distributor for the IQRF complete IQMESH wireless network platform, components and systems manufactured by MICRORISC.

Based in the Czech Republic MICRORISC have spent some 100 man-years developing the extensive IQRF product range intended for applications such as smart metering, home and building automation, intelligent street lighting and environmental monitoring. The IQRF project has been co-funded by a grant from the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Czech Republic.

IQRF wireless network components are fully integrated modules with pre-programmed micro-controllers intended to speed up time-to-market of reliable wireless Mesh networks. The extensive IQRF product range offers transceiver modules with embedded Operating System through to IP accessible control panels and Ethernet gateways.
John Sharples, Managing Director of LPRS comments;” LPRS are the perfect partner for MICRORISC to launch the IQRF product range in the UK as we already have extensive experience of the UK industrial wireless market and a great reputation as a wireless solutions provider with our own easyRadio short range wireless module products. We also have a shared philosophy of extensive customer support from design to delivery.”

Vladimír Sulc, CEO of IQRF, is a founder and CEO of MICRORISC, a Fellow of the International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA) and since 1991 has been involved in many projects related to wireless communication and security. He specializes in LR-WPAN, mesh networking algorithms and encoding and is the author or co-author of over 20 patents in CZ, EU and USA. He has been participating in IARIA conferences since 2009. His paper 'IQRF Smart House - A Case Study' presented at MESH 2010 was given the Best Paper Award.

FDB have again added to their range of IP65 quarter-turn locks with this superb ultra-low profile 7-080 which stands just 3mm above the door so eliminating the hazard of clothing entanglement.

LOW PROFILE QUARTER-TURN IP65 LOCK IN AISI 316L STAINLESS STEEL The 7-080 is ideal for equipment housings, electrical or electronic cabinets and enclosures in the food, pharmaceutical and marine industries where there is either frequent/corrosive wash-down or adverse environmental conditions.

FDB complement their stainless latches with a full catalogue of fittings from hinges through handles to code entry locks, anti-bacterial finish hardware, standard L and T handles and electronic locking systems.

IP65 compression locks like the 1-077 from FDB Panel Fittings are becoming ever more popular for applications requiring quick and reliable door closure without rattling, even when subjected to IP65 COMPRESSION LATCH WITH COLOUR OPEN/CLOSED INDICATORsignificant vibration. It is therefore ideal for vehicle on-board cabinets, panels, compartmentdoors, as well as gen-set packs, HVAC equipment or similar.

Compression technology in this style is ideal for soft clamping and positive gasket pull-down to ensure positive sealing, especially on larger doors. The 1-077 features IP65 sealing capability and a compression stroke of 6.5mm with fully closed dimensions of 22, 24, 28 or 38mm, dependant upon specification. A particular feature is its colour indicator for open/closed on the latch head, which provides instant recognition of the lock position. Door thicknesses of from 0.8mm to 22mm may be accommodated with LH or RH configurations as required.

The new wet area coin lock recently introduced by the panel. fitting experts at FDB is ideal for “pay for access – coin return” situations typical in swimming pool locker or group shower changing areas. It is ideally suited to personal lockers in these wet – or dry – “open access” environments where the coin lock can be specified to operate with a wide selection of coins or tokens and encourages the user to return their key and therefore release the locker for use by others.

The FDB coin lock features include Euro-footprint for easy installation, full wet area testing, high quality brass pin tumbler barrel, coin return tray as standard and the ability to handle many types of coins or specific tokens. A matching escutcheon is available and keys are in high strength nickel silver to withstand frequent use. FDB’s range of hinges and cams complement the coin lock mechanism for a complete installation.

The new Model DCA-23 Seawater Dechlorination Analyzer from Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD) is a low maintenance measurement solution that requires no chemicals to monitor seawater chlorine levels accurately in a wide range of industrial process and municipal water treatment applications.

Seawater has multiple process industry uses, including heat exchange systems at LNG terminals, oil/gas refineries, electric power plants and SWAC systems (salt water air conditioning) in commercial buildings. Seawater desalination plants also chlorinate and dechlorinate the water before processing. The chlorination of seawater inhibits the growth of marine life on the various filters, screens and heat exchanger surfaces, but the seawater must be dechlorinated for environmental reasons before it is discharged back into the original water supply.

The DCA-23 is a single-purpose analyzer that monitors chlorine in seawater from 0.0 to 2.00 ppm. It features an economical, low-maintenance design that requires no chemicals. It measures the pH, temperature and Total Residual Oxidant (TRO) of seawater and converts them into an equivalent ppm chlorine value, which is displayed to conform with existing conventions. It features a minimum detection limit (MDL) of 0.014 ppm and a limit of quantification (LOQ) of 0.044 ppm, making the DCA-23 Analyzer suitable for monitoring in environments with the most stringent dechlorination regulations.

The DCA-23 features three sensors, pH, TRO and temperature. The pH sensor measures from 0-14 pH, the TRO sensor measures from 1500 mV and the temperature sensor measures from 0-100C. The DCA-23 with its tri-parameter monitoring, is the ideal seawater chlorine analyzer for a wide range of applications.
During the re-gasification process at LNG terminals, large quantities of chlorine-treated seawater are used to heat the LNG heat exchangers. Seawater gradually raises the temperature of cold liquid natural gas changing it from a compressed fluid into a gas for distribution through the service pipelines. Recycling the seawater requires dechlorination monitoring with the DCA-23.

Steam-driven turbines at electric power plants generate much of the world's electricity. Seawater cooling is employed at both thermal and nuclear power plants in coastal regions. The seawater flows over heat exchangers and condenses the steam used to drive the turbines. The cooling is accomplished with chlorinated seawater, which requires monitoring with the DCA-23 before discharge. Similar heat exchange processes are utilized by oil/gas refineries.

In water desalination plants, seawater is treated by reverse osmosis (RO) to remove the salt. The intake seawater is treated with chlorine to kill algae and other organisms prior to the reverse osmosis process. The RO membranes are degraded by chlorine so the chlorinated seawater must be dechlorinated before contacting the membranes. The DCA-23 is ideal for monitoring the dechlorination process.

The modular S10 Ion Selective Electrode (ISE), Compressor and Analyzer System from Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD) features the AC10 Air Blast Spray Cleaner designed for sensor self-cleaning and the highly intelligent multi-channel C22 Smart Controller. This flexible system allows process and plant engineers to maintain accurate measurement of multiple common parameters, reduces maintenance cycles and extends sensor life to decrease technician time and reduce plant operating costs.

ECD's S10 Immersion/Insertion Style Sensor is a rugged, fully re-buildable sensor featuring a 316 stainless steel body with a sensing element, a temperature module and a signal conditioner for the process variable. Ion specific cartridges are available for the measurement of Ammonium, Bromide, Chloride, Cyanide, Fluoride, Sulfide, Calcium, Potassium and Sodium ions. The S10 Sensor with ISE cartridges is ideal for a wide range of fluid analysis applications required in industrial and municipal water treatment applications. In addition to specific ions, the S10 Sensor can also be configured for the measurement of pH, ORP, DO and Conductivity/Resistivity.

The AC10 is an Air Blast Spray Cleaner for Sensors that is available as either a single or dual channel system for use with the S10 and other ECD Sensor designs. It helps maintain sensor measurement accuracy in turbid water conditions by preventing the buildup of biofilms and other soft coatings, decreasing sensor maintenance cycles and helping to cut plant operating costs.

The AC10 Air Blast Spray Cleaner reduces sensor cleaning time and the amount of chemicals used for unnecessary water treatments performed due to inaccurate sensor readings caused by films and coatings that develop over time on the sensors. The AC10, when combined with a C22 Smart Controller and an S10 spray cleaning head uses pressurized air to generate an area of high turbulence in the water surrounding the measurement end of the sensor.

Offering a highly reliable, high current contactor that assures years of trouble free service, the AC10 Air Blast Spray Cleaner is available with either a 115 VAC 3.0 Amp or 220 VAC 1.3 Amp Air Compressor. It is housed in a rugged, corrosion resistant, fiberglass reinforced polyester enclosure. Installation options for the AC10 include wall mounting or an optional 2-inch handrail mounting system.

The multi-channel C22 Smart Controller provides simplicity in a powerful package, allowing for incredible flexibility in the selection of inputs and outputs. It features Multi-Bus Architecture that allows up to four sensor inputs, six outputs and eight relays to be configured into the C22 Controller.

The C22 Smart Controller uses its internal timers and relays to control the period and duration of the AC10 Spray Cleaner's cleaning cycles. The period between cleaning cycles and the cleaning duration are easily adjustable in the C22's setup menu.

The easy-to-use and economical CA-6 Online Analyzer from Electro-Chemical Devices uses colorimetric analyses to accurately and reliably measure phosphate and total phosphate levels. The CA-6 Analyzer is available in models measuring phosphate at 0-5.0 mg/L, 0-50.0 mg/L or 0-200 mg/L and total phosphate at 0-2.0 mg/L, 0-20.0 mg/L or 0-100 mg/L. Phosphate and total phosphate levels are important indicators of water quality. Sources of phosphates include sewage, industrial waste and fertilizers. Excessive phosphates can lead to extensive algae growth called "blooms" which can have serious ecological consequences.

The CA-6 precision online sequential sampling analyzer is lightweight and easy to install. Weighing less than 40 pounds, it can be wall mounted or simply set on a bench using the optional Bench Top Stand. After the sample, waste and reagent lines have been connected to the analyzer and provided with power, the CA-6 will begin its preprogrammed analysis sequence. The CA-6 is available with up to 4 channels (optional) each from a separate sample point. A simple, user-friendly menu structure and touchscreen interface makes it easy to access information or customize analyses.

The CA-6 utilizes photometric differential absorbance to analyze over 20 other common parameters in addition to phosphate including: aluminum, silica, nitrogen, iron and sulfate. It operates at a wide temperature range of 5-50°C and offers repeatability of ±2% on the absorbance value if the turbidity <80 NTU and drift of ±2% per month on the absorbance measurement.

The highly accurate CA-6 Analyzer improves ISE measurements requiring significant sample conditioning for measurement accuracy, reducing the volume of conditioning chemicals required and minimizing the associated waste. With the CA-6, the result is a faster, accurate measurement requiring fewer consumables with less waste to reduce overall operating costs -- saving labor and money.

The CA-6 Analyzer's easy-to-use touch-screen display shows the measured parameter, analyzer status, percent reagent volumes, time and the menu bar, which provides access to the Run, Display, Program, Service and Help menus. It includes two alarm relay outputs and a 4-20 mA channel that connects with PLC's or distributed control systems.

The rugged and reliable CA-6 features two separate compartments to isolate liquids and electronics and is enclosed in an epoxy powder coated, cold rolled steel cabinet. The liquids enclosure houses all the components necessary for sampling and reagent flow, mixing and reaction stages (sampling pump, reagent micro-pumps and colorimetric reaction cell). The electronics enclosure contains the main power supply, the controller printed circuit board assembly and the touchscreen interface.

It is easy to use the CA-6 to create customized analysis routines and access results via the touch-screen unit's simple menu structure and function commands. It can be programmed with numerous analysis configurations, depending on the accessories and the number of micro-pumps mounted in the liquids enclosure.

Dassault Systèmes has announced the availability of Release 2012 of its Enovia Version 6 platform, which the company claims broadens the value of digital assets into applications such as immersive retail store experiences and global production system planning.

Release 2012 also introduces new interoperability features, based on XML schema and Web services, between Version 6 and other PDM systems, offering bi-directional exchanges of 3D design product structures with exact geometry in STEP and CATIA V5 formats. New levels of integration between Version 6 and ERP solutions are also available in Release 2012, enhancing the exchange of product, process and resource data.

Additionally, CATIA V6R2012 is said to introduce multiple advances in systems engineering, the multidisciplinary design methodology that integrates requirements, functional, logical and physical (RFLP) product definition.

Dassault Systemes has partnered with Sculpteo, a 3D printing web service, to enable the 260,000 members of its 3Dvia online community to order 3D-printed versions of its digital 3Dvia-hosted models over the internet. This partnership will allow users to click the ‘Send to Sculpteo 3D Print’ button on their own 3Dvia model’s view page, specify the size they wish to print and choose a white, black or full-colour print option.

The final printed model is delivered directly to the user. 3Dvia is an open platform that accepts most 3D files, including CAD, OBJ, DAE, 3DXML, STEP and IGES, and is claimed to enable community members to print almost any creation through a very simple process.

Airpouch specialists at Automated Packaging Systems have developed pillows made from oxodegradable material and from reprocessed film, designed to provide an environmentally friendly solution to void-fill packaging applications.

Filled by Airpouch Express 3 at speeds of more than 15 metres per minute, Earthaware pillows are designed to provide a compact, cost-effective and easy-to-use tool for busy packing and dispatch zones. They are available in green and transparent finishes as standard, and can be custom-printed with a branded statement of environmental commitment.

Automated Packaging Systems, the world leader in high-reliability bag packaging systems, is expanding its operations in Streetsboro, Ohio by acquiring two commercial buildings. The larger building is 173,000 square feet of combined manufacturing, office and warehouse space located on 32 acres at 600 Mondial Parkway, just three miles from the company’s corporate headquarters on Philipp Parkway. This building was originally constructed in 1995 and will be used to support future expansion plans for multiple product lines, including manufacturing of bag packaging systems and bag materials.
Automated Packaging Systems’ new Customer Support Center is one of three buildings in Streetsboro, Ohio.


The other recent acquisition is a 33,000 square foot building located at 10320 Philipp Parkway, right down the road from Automated Packaging’s corporate headquarters. This facility will become the company’s Customer Support Center for operations that include customer service, technical support, parts sales, factory repair and technical training. This building, which is just six years old, offers flexible workspace with a functional mix of office, manufacturing and warehouse space in a contemporary style similar to corporate headquarters.

“These two building acquisitions provide us with the flexibility we need to meet the growth we are experiencing in our global businesses,” explains Cliff Brehm, President and COO. “Our current manufacturing facilities are at maximum capacity and we plan to begin phasing into these two new buildings over the next several months. The city of Streetsboro, the Portage County Department of Development, and the State of Ohio have been extremely supportive in helping us to expand our business in this community and we plan to be here for a long time,” added Brehm.

Automated Packaging Systems obtained a 45% Job Creation Tax Credit from the State of Ohio for seven years with a commitment to operate the new acquisition on Mondial Parkway for at least 10 years. The company has committed to creating 85 new jobs in the first three years and plans to have 200 to 250 new jobs there in 10 years. Automated Packaging now has three manufacturing and office buildings in Streetsboro, and a total of nine manufacturing plants worldwide.

Automated Packaging Systems and Accutech Packaging have combined engineering resources to develop a bag packaging system designed for speed and flexibility in high-volume mail order fulfillment applications. The new Autofulfillment™ SPrint™ System is fully customizable for a wide range of products, including apparel and footwear, bed and bath, home decor, healthcare products, automotive parts, hardware, plumbing, printed materials and anything that will ship in a poly bag.


The Autofulfillment SPrint integrates with Warehouse Management or Order Entry Systems to print, verify and package up to 15 completed bags per minute with a single operator. Up to five optional feeders/collators can be used to selectively deliver customer-specific catalogs, literature or other promotional items to the operator for hand inserting into the bag. An inline printer automatically produces the packing slip or invoice and inserts it into the bag. A 3-point scanning verification system ensures the accuracy of every order.

A field-proven, modular component design provides for easy serviceability. Remote diagnostic capabilities and technical phone support help to keep the system running at peak performance, all while backed by the industry’s largest field service organization.

Automated Packaging Systems provides the SPrint SidePouch® bagger and bag packaging materials, while Accutech has developed the operating system and software that integrates the infeeds, scanners and conveyor systems. The system includes an easy-to-use touch-screen control panel and on-board computer that stores all job setup parameters and offers remote diagnostics.

This mail order fulfillment system has been ergonomically designed for maximum productivity and fast changeover of bag materials, which come in sizes up to 24 inches wide, making them ideal for packing and shipping multiples or large, bulky items. SidePouch® bags are available in a variety of durable materials from 1.32 to 4 mil thick, including the popular EarthAware™ brand of biodegradable mailbags. All SidePouch bags can be pre-printed in up to 10 colors for brand awareness, with easy-open perforations or two-way tape for merchandise returns.

“The Autofulfillment SPrint system offers improved order processing throughput for single or multi-line orders with inline printing and inserting of the packing slip/invoice and targeted marketing materials, as well as printing, application and verification of the shipping label,” says Mike Keneally, Vice President of Accutech. Jim McFarland, Industry Specialist for Automated Packaging Systems adds, “This fully-automated system will increase productivity and lower packaging costs during non-peak periods, while having the flexibility to significantly improve service-level performance during peak periods.”

AVX has expanded its HQ series MLC surface-mount RF power capacitors to include P90 dielectric versions, which are suitable for high-power, high-frequency applications, such as medical and industrial electronics.

Featuring an ultra-low equivalent series resistance (ESR) and dissipation factor at high frequencies, the HQ series power capacitors are also able to handle the high power and high voltage levels of RF power amplifiers, inductive heating and high magnetic field environments (MRI coils).

The HQ Series capacitor with P90 dielectric is currently available in C case sizes, with E case sizes available in the third quarter. For long-term reliability, the HQ capacitor range is also designed to run cooler at high RF current levels.

AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has expanded its inter-digitated capacitor (IDC) product line to include ultra-miniature, RoHS-compliant versions. Providing low ESL values of 35pH in a small footprint, the IDC Series is ideal for advanced decoupling applications including CPU, GPU, ASIC and ASSP. Low ESL IDCs free up valuable board space by reducing the number of capacitors required versus standard MLCCs. In addition, IDCs reduce in the number of capacitors required in a design, thus lowering placement costs.

The key physical characteristic to determining the equivalent series inductance (ESL) of a capacitor is the size of the current loop it creates. The smaller the current loop, the lower the ESL. The IDC architecture shrinks the distance between terminations to minimize the current loop size, further reducing inductance by creating adjacent opposing current loops.

“The equivalent series inductance (ESL) of a single capacitor or an array of capacitors in parallel determines the response time of a power delivery network (PDN). The lower the ESL of a PDN, the faster the response time. A designer can use many standard MLCCs in parallel to reduce ESL or a single low ESL inter-digitated capacitor device,” said Tim Piver. Featuring a footprint of 1.6mm x 0.80mm, the IDC Series is available in Pb-free and SN/Pb terminations for military applications.

AVX Corporation, a leading manufacturer of passive components and interconnect solutions, has expanded its automotive product portfolio to include a compact radial leaded, high temperature varistor solution. Developed specifically for harsh environments, including under the hood automotive applications, the space-saving Radial Leaded High-Temperature Automotive TransGuard Series is qualified to AEC Q200 and features an operating temperature of 150°C. Providing bi-directional transient voltage protection in on-state, the Radial Leaded High-Temperature Automotive TransGuard Series also provides excellent EMI/RFI attenuation in the off-state.

“AVX’s automotive product offering features the smallest products available on the market combined with the highest temperature ratings in the industry. The Radial Leaded High- Temperature Automotive TransGuard Series features very compact height and thickness specifications, providing a space-saving design compared to leaded disc varistors,” said Sonja Brown, global circuit protection product manager at AVX.

Providing high energy/current handling capability and 25kV ESD rating, the RoHScompliant Radial Leaded High Temperature Automotive TransGuard’s robust construction make it ideal for down-hole drilling and other harsh environment applications as well.

The Radial Leaded High Temperature Automotive TransGuard is the first release in a complete line of radial leaded varistor devices that will be released throughout the next 12 months. The series will ultimately include radial leaded varistors for industrial applications, automotive nonharsh environ applications, and extended voltage ratings for use in heavy equipment and commercial vehicle applications.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

VITRONIC Machine Vision Limited announced that it was awarded a multi-million dollar contract by The United States Postal Service (USPS) for over 175 package sorter overhead camera (PSOC) system kits for use in mail processing facilities to support the Automated Parcel Bundle Sorter Program.

Under terms of the agreement, VITRONIC will supply the USPS with over 350 VICAMssi2 linear camera systems and custom mounting frames for use on a fleet of mail sorting equipment. This scanning solution will capture USPS tracking barcode data as mail is processed in the Postal Distribution Network. The VICAMssi2 is an advanced parcel information acquisition and analysis system designed for applications in the high-speed parcel, post, and material handling industries.

Saelig Company, Inc. has introduced iMSO-104 - the world's first mixed-signal oscilloscope that moves Apple's ubiquitous iOS devices and touch-screen interface into the test and measurement world. iMSO-104 is a revolutionary new 5MHz oscilloscope adapter for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad that is intuitive and easy to use, making it an ideal solution for field service, sales and application engineers, as well as students and hobbyists.

iMSO-104 is designed with a 5MHz bandwidth front-end and a 12MSa/s sample rate, simultaneously analyzing one analog and four digital signals for versatile, time-synchronized troubleshooting. All the usual input, trigger and math features you would expect from a high quality scope are incorporated, including cursor measurements, variable persistence, built-in 3.3V 1kHz reference signal and more. iMSO-104 also adds novel features such as computation power and instant emailing of screen captures. In addition, simple measurements of frequency, period, duty cycle, and reference signal capture are just a touch away. Timebase range is from 2uS – 1S/div, with input voltage display from 50mV – 2V/div. Maximum input voltage using a 10x probe is 40V.

iMSO-104 is based on Cypress Semiconductor’s PSoC 3, a low power, system-on-a-chip mixed-signal IC, which handles Apple's proprietary dock interface for iOS devices while simultaneously processing incoming analog and digital signals. The result is a handy intuitive scope system that is both affordable and extremely portable. Intuitive finger movements are used to adjust trigger level, zooming, or repositioning channel displays. Captured signal screenshots can be rapidly sent as a time-saving email image for rapid reporting, Sent via other freely available Apps, current location and time can be included in the email with a link to Google Maps for uniquely logging on-the-job signal information.

Software for running iMSO-104 - including a demo package that does not require the actual iMSO-104 device - is available free at Apple™’s AppStore, and is available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. iMSO-104 is compatible with all generations of iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad devices running iOS version 3.1.3 or higher. Setups can be customized and accessed quickly - ideal for on-the-go technicians. With these advanced features and Apple's intuitive multi-touch user interface and brilliant, high-resolution displays, iMSO-104 delivers the easiest, most intuitive scope solution on the market.

PocketPico Picoammeter is a new, USB-connected; very low current measurement device for DC current from 20pA to 2mA. Tiny (2.7” × 1.4” × 3.7”), lightweight (8oz) PocketPico Picoammeter eliminates harmful switching spikes and reads at a rapid 15,000 samples per second. Perfect for lab test setups, PocketPico Picoammeter's high accuracy, fast speed, and single measurement range brings new features previously unavailable in other picoammeters, like small size, single 20pA - 2mA measurement range at 15,000 Sa/s, high accuracy (±0.5%) and resolution (4½ digits), protection against voltage transients, etc.

PocketPico Picoammeter is dedicated to the task of measuring very low electrical current in optoelectronics, ion and electron beam monitoring, materials resistance testing and more. When connected to a PC, PocketPico Picoammeter accurately measures current from 20pA – 2mA and displays it using the free Windows-compatible easy-to-use PocketPicoReader software on the PC’s display.

PocketPico Picoammeter is one of the easiest and most affordable ways of measuring a wide range of extremely low current. Simple to integrate with existing lab tasks, it avoids using bulky equipment simply to take low power measurements, especially for field use. PocketPico Picoammeter could potentially save users thousands of dollars on instrument costs, software licenses and expensive data acquisition equipment.
Applications for PocketPico Picoammeter include: photodiode current and dark current measurement, ion beam monitoring and measurement, SEM and TEM beam current measurement, optical fiber alignment, component, sensor, and device I-V characterization, materials resistance testing, leakage current testing, analog and mixed-signal circuit testing & analysis, teaching labs, product demonstrations, etc.

Saelig announces the availability of the C429-RS232 - a highly integrated, compact serial and encoded video camera module which can be attached to any host system requiring an economical video or still camera for embedded imaging applications. The module uses an OmniVision™ CMOS MT9V011 VGA color sensor, matched with a versatile Vimicro VC0706 control chip to provide a complete low cost, low power camera system. The C429-RS232 has an on-board RS232 serial interface for direct connection to any host PC system with a COMport for control or image communication. Video output in NTSC or PAL is also simultaneously provided.

C429-RS232 comes in a compact form factor (38mm x 38mm x 25mm) with built-in 60degree lens. Simple serial protocol commands instruct the camera to send a 640x480 image for viewing or storage. Serial transfer rate is at 115.2Kbps for transferring color or monochrome images in VGA (640x480), QVGA (320 x 240), or QQVGA (160x120) resolution. Real-time video output is provided at 30 fps as CVBS signal, NTSC or PAL. The C429-RS232 needs only 80mA from a 5V supply.

The on-board Vimicro VC0706 control IC supports a wide range of functions, including: color control (manual or automatic color; b&w); mirror image; power save; date & time stamp (RTC); flicker control (50/60 Hz); indoor/outdoor modes; back-light compensation; motion detection with alarm output; on-screen display (adding characters to the image for labeling logo, text, date); image control (brightness, contrast, hue, saturation); gamma control; frame buffer control; electronic zoom; etc. Vimicro’s VC0706 SoC also offers additional processing functions for economical surveillance applications. Motorless pan/tilt/zoom image functions minimize product size and power consumption, eliminating mechanical maintenance. Auto White Balance (AWB), Auto Exposure (AE), and temporal noise reduction automatically enhance video signals under low-light environments. The VC0706 also integrates a JPEG codec and a motion detection engine that enable equipment designers to optimize video transfer and storage..

Applications for the C429-RS232 include general purpose embedded imaging and control, security and access control systems, elevator and remote monitoring, robotics and vision, object detection, industrial control, automotive and medical instrumentation, electronic toys and learning systems, etc.

Cliff’s range of terminal posts includes single terminal binding posts in a number of different designs and configurations for consumer and professional applications, including those in audio, engineering, instrumentation, medicine, lighting and vending. Rated up to 60A, the binding posts are also available in fully insulated, touch-proof and 4mm versions for test and instrumentation applications, with solid brass, gold-plated models for use in Hi-Fi speaker applications also available.

Cliff also manufactures the BFA (Built For Audio) range of terminals, which have been designed in response to European industry safety requirements prohibiting the use of banana plugs in order to minimise the risk of accidental electric shock.

The company also manufactures dual binding post assemblies in a variety of designs, in either standard or custom configurations. Cliff’s terminal posts are used in applications such as as loudspeaker connection, audio products, laboratory power supplies, test and instrumentation products, medical equipment, electric fencing, military communications and a number of industrial connection products.

The Sure-Flex® brand of elastomeric couplings is a best seller in the US and for very good reason. It provides many performance advantages over other power transmission couplings of this type. Now Sure-Flex® is available from Huco Dynatork whose distribution channels can assure its ex-stock supply throughout Europe.

Sure-Flex® elastomeric couplings are the ideal choice where low cost, high flexibility and vibration dampening are primary concerns. Quick and easy installation is assured as the design has no bolts, gaskets, covers or seals; no special tools are required. Alignment is simply checked with a straight edge placed against the outside of the precision-machine flanges. Characterised by their clean, dependable and quiet performance, these products need neither lubrication nor maintenance as the components are wear-free and the design is immune from the ingress of abrasive dirt and moisture.

Sure-Flex® couplings use a synthetic rubber or Hytrel™ thermoplastic flex element to transmit torque – up to 8.2 kNm – and to accommodate shaft misalignment. Indeed they have exceptional torsional flexibility and their 4-way flexing action absorbs virtually all types of shock, vibration, misalignment and end float. ‘Fatigue test to failure’ results confirm that the Sure-Flex® polymeric flex elements last twice as long as their nearest competitive coupling and up to 30 times longer than the remaining competitive models. As a result these couplings are proving extremely popular in all manner of rotating machinery across a wide spectrum of industry.

Typically Sure-Flex® couplings are found in systems involving pumps, fans, blowers, compressors, mixers, electric motors and conveyors. Flex elements are available in a choice of four materials or compounds and in various shape configurations to suit the application. Spacer, bushed hub and clamping hub designs complete the range, the most popular sizes of which are available from stock.

Huco Dynatork stocks one of the largest metric ranges of round and hexagonal spacers, standard and Klip-Loc pillars, stand-offs and connector screw locks. They are available in a wide choice of thread sizes, lengths and materials.

The entire selection, many of which are stocked for next day delivery, is detailed in a new 8-page catalogue. Naturally the publication also provides full dimension and performance data on all options and confirms Huco Dynatork’s ability to source and manufacture non-standard products in a range of materials.

There is a world of difference between the flex life of a Dura-Flex® elastomeric coupling from Huco Dynatork and that of its competitors. Finite element analysis has resulted in its profile providing an optimum material to strength ratio. Alternatives by comparison are less sleek. This is important because rather than additional construction material contributing to the couplings’ strength it simply makes them more stiff.

Thanks to its superior design Dura-Flex® accommodates significant misalignment and minimizes torsional vibration whilst maintaining its torque capacity. The prevention of damage to connected equipment and the long service life of the coupling are the clear benefits. The Dura-Flex® split-in-half element design allows for easy element installation and replacement without the need to move connected equipment or disturb the shaft connection. The in-stock, versatile spacer design can accommodate many configurations with a minimum number of parts.

The urethane bond to the leading edge of the steel shoe that is bolted to the coupling’s hub is a patented design. This minimizes bond stress, extending the service life of the coupling. The polyurethane flex element also provides superior resistance to harsh environmental conditions and chemicals. In house tests placed Dura-Flex® and competitive brand couplings in an environment, whose temperature was 120°F with relative humidity at 78%. After 18 months Dura-Flex® remained intact whilst all the competitors’ couplings tested had substantially degraded.

As a result Dura-Flex® is ideal for a wide variety of arduous applications in water treatment, paper and metal processing, power generation and materials handling. It is best suited to the uniform to heavy shock loads characteristic of pumps, fans/blowers, compressors, electric motors and conveyors. Fully interchangeable with other industry standard designs, Dura-Flex® is completely maintenance free. Bore-to-size, Sure-Grip bushed and Taper-Lock® hubs can be specified.

OMICRON, a leader in power system protection testing, now offers a new protection test set dedicated to IEC 61850. The new CMC 850 focuses on the real-time communication methods of GOOSE and Sampled Values to interface with test objects. The new test set is very small and lightweight since there is no need for conventional binary inputs/outputs or amplifiers for the secondary signals. Despite its small size it provides two Ethernet interfaces allowing the safe separation of data traffic from different network segments and the segregation of substation protocol data and test set control commands.

Like other CMC test sets, the CMC 850 is controlled by OMICRON’s proven Test Universe software. The new device also offers embedded functions, such as the visualization of received Sampled Values and the calculation of synchrophasors. These functions are easily accessible with a standard Web browser through a Web interface. Existing Test Universe users can benefit from being able to use test plans that they have created for other CMC test units.

The CMC 850 can generate up to three Sampled Values streams. Up to 360 inputs and outputs are available for the simulation and subscription of GOOSE messages. In addition to the Ethernet interfaces the device offers 12 low-level analog outputs for operating test objects with low level inputs or to control external amplifiers. Since time synchronization is often required in IEC 61850 applications, an appropriate IRIG-B converter is supplied with the CMC 850.

OMICRON, a leader in power system protection testing, now offers a new measurement and testing tool for engineers and IED developers. The new SVScout software subscribes to the Sampled Values streams from merging units and displays the waveforms of the primary voltages and currents in an oscilloscope view. Cursor functions allow the user to compare individual values on the traces. RMS values and phase angles calculated from the Sampled Values are displayed in a phasor diagram and a table. Expert functions provide additional information about the received data, such as the detailed decoding of the quality codes.

The broad functionality of SVScout offers the possibility to perform many different tasks ranging from the simple display of Sampled Values to a detailed investigation of a merging unit's performance. This makes the software ideal for commissioning or research and development. SVScout supports Sampled Values according to the implementation guideline of the UCA International Users Group with 80 samples per cycle. A free trial version of SVScout is available on the OMICRON website.

Standard and Enhanced versions of SVScout are available. SVScout Enhanced includes a special network adapter which enables the user to perform statistical analysis of the packet timing by assigning highly accurate time stamps to the captured data packets.

The CT Analyzer provides fast and cost-effective testing and verification of current transfor-mers for protection and metering applications. It automatically determines all relevant current transformer values and compares the results with the selected IEC or IEEE standard. The very small and lightweight (< 8kg) device offers an outstanding accuracy of 0.02 % in ratio and 1 min in phase angle deviation, making it the most suitable mobile test device for testing CTs up to accuracy class 0.1.
The latest version of the CT Analyzer has been improved with new hardware accessories and software functions.

The latest measurement function of the CT Analyzer - the RemAlyzer - allows current trans-formers to be tested for residual magnetism. Residual magnetism can occur when current transformers are confronted with very high AC currents or DC offset during fault conditions. Core saturation effects caused by residual magnetism may lead to incorrect operation of the protection relays.

The CT Analyzer can be extended by the CT SB2 switch box, enabling testing of current transformers with multiple taps, without the need for rewiring. The CT SB2 is a standalone unit, which can be attached to the CT Analyzer. It provides simple, color-coded, six-channel connection possibilities, guaranteeing convenient wiring and avoiding time-consuming and error-prone reconnection. Due to its wide functionality range and easy handling the CT Analyzer is the ideal solution for on-site testing and calibration of single and multi-tap current transformers for protection and metering purposes.

The OMICRON Protection Testing Library (PTL) is a comprehensive library providing test templates for a varied and significant number of protection devices. Specifically tailored for CMC test sets, the templates contain test plans which include the important protection functions as well as XRIO converters for modeling the relays in the Test Universe software. Using the PTL saves valuable time because there is no longer a need to create test plans and nominal characteristics from scratch.

The content of the PTL is continuously updated and extended by protection experts at OMICRON. The number of protection relays in the library is constantly growing and now includes 250 relays. Due to the open format, the extensive application know-how included in the PTL is freely available to all users. To cater for individual needs the test templates are fully customizable whilst the XRIO converters can also be utilized in user-created tests and test plans.

In addition to the large variety of digital multi-functional protection devices included in the library, the PTL increasingly supports automated testing of many single-function relays. These relays often exist as a 'series' of quite similar model variants to allow for the characteristics of particular protection designs and applications. For these 'series' OMICRON offers specific templates that can be easily adjusted to the desired model variant.

The Protection Testing Library is part of the Test Universe software and additionally available for free download in the customer area of the OMICRON website.

With a new set of large tool blocks and blades; CoroCut M- and R-size inserts can now be used for deeper grooves. Tool blocks with integrated Coromant Capto are also available, forthe highest stability and best productivity.

Application
  • Deep rough grooving
  • Max depth, ar 120 mm
  • Widths 9 - 15 mm
  • Power generation; steam and gas turbines
  • Pumps and valves

Technical features

  • Solid construction with screw clamped stable fastening
  • Integrated Coromant Capto® clamping unit
  • Large range of high performance CoroCut insert shapes, grades and geometries
  • CoroCut benefits from a rail interlocking interface, making it more stable than any other grooving solution

This is a new range of small CoroMill Plura ball nose end mills for profiling applications in medium hard to hard steels, 35-72 HRc. Small diameters down to 0.1 mm (0.004 inch) make them suitable for all small die and mold manufacturing where high precision is important.

Application

  • Die and mould; manufacturing of small, often plastic, mouldings, forging and casting dies
  • Electronic components
  • Medical tooth implants
  • Hardened steels (35–72 HRc)

Technical features

  • Fine-grained solid carbide grade, GC1700, with multi-layered PVD coating having high hardness and high wear resistance
  • Geometry design prevents radius from deteriorating from uneven wear
  • Edge preparation for improved wear behaviour
  • Neck, an advantage in pocket milling
  • High accuracy:
    • +0.003 / -0.007 mm
    • (+0.0001 / -0.0003 inch)

For use in internal machining of eccentric components e.g gearbox casings, high volume assembly, mainly on machining centres.

  • A universal cutter for use in all materials PMKNS
  • Sharp cutting edges for high quality grooves
  • One grade; PVD coated GC1025 for all materials
  • Multiple edges for high productive economic machining

Operations:
  • Internal grooving
  • Slot milling
  • Threading

CoroMill 327

  • Inserts for grooving/circlip, widths 0.7-5.15 mm.
  • Chamfer inserts, Dmin 12 and 22 mm.
  • Inserts for both circlip and chamfering in one operation, widths 1.1–4.15 mm.
  • Full radius inserts, widths 1–4 mm.
  • Internal circlip grooving, thread milling and slot milling applications
  • Comes in four different sizes of cutter with three and six effective cutting edges for high metal removal rate
  • Insert size 06 gives access for smaller holes and highest table feeds
  • The largest cutter size for unstable operations where longer tool lengths are required and where larger slot widths and depths of cut are required
  • Steel and carbide shank with different lengths giving stable set up and higher productivity
  • Weldon shanks available

CoroMill 328
  • Circlip grooving for holes over dia 39 mm
  • Inserts for both circlip and chamfering in one operation, widths 1.1–5.15 mm.
  • Comes in 4 tool holder sizes with only 1 insert size
  • Circlip inserts, widths 1.30-5.15 mm
  • Thread milling applications
  • 2-8 inserts, each with three indexable cutting edges for high productivity and economy
  • With Weldon (B), arbor (Q) and bore with keyway mounting (S)

BOGE America, Inc. has just launched the BOGE SR Booster series of oil lubricated piston compressors which provide a flexible, cost effective and energy efficient solution for generating up to 600 psi at point of use. The BOGE Booster takes pre-compressed and already treated compressed air from an existing network or a standard pressure compressor and boosts it to the desired higher pressure. This system is ideal where high pressures are required at specific points within a compressed air network or in the blow moulding industry for PET.

By only increasing the pressure at point of use within a compressed air network energy and capital equipment costs are kept to a minimum making the BOGE Booster both a cost effective and energy efficient solution for creating higher pressures. Input and final pressures can be easily regulated on the BOGE Booster providing a universal compressor to meet varying pressure requirements.

An integrated oil level monitor assures operational safety and reduced maintenance costs. A pre-filter comes as standard with every BOGE Booster to optimize intake air quality. This prevents contamination damage in aggressive environments and maintains operational integrity. The BOGE SR Booster series is available as a 220 or 600 psi compressor with effective free air deliveries (depending on booster pressure) ranging from 33 - 258 cfm, rated power range 7.5 to 25 HP.

Boge has announced that all of its screw compressors and the majority of its piston compressors are now equipped with energy-efficient IE 3 electrical motors as standard. The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) recently introduced the EN IEC 60034-30 standard to harmonise international motor efficiencies.

According to Boge, this standard divides motors into three efficiency classes — IE 1, IE 2 and IE 3 — and regulates the various energy standards for electrical motors. From June 2011, all new motors within the EU must at least meet the efficiency requirements of class IE 2, and from 2015 it will be mandatory that all new compressors are equipped with IE 3 motors.

BOGE America Inc., has just launched the stand alone BOGE DUOTHERM heat recovery system. This compact module is the ideal solution for compressed air users wanting to optimize the energy usage of their existing compressed air system through heat recovery. The external BOGE DUOTHERM heat recovery system can recover up to 94% of the input energy used in compression in the form of heat.
The waste heat generated by the compressor can then be re-directed into heating spaces, such as workshops, to pre-heating water used in an industrial process. In doing so, the user can reduce their associated energy costs and optimize their energy usage.

The new DUOTHERM module is compact, requiring only a minimum space requirement. It connects into the oil circuit of the compressor with no external energy required for operation. As an external heat recovery system, DUOTHERM is also ideal where the compressed air user wants to retrofit heat recovery.

TE Connectivity, formerly Tyco Electronics, offers a complete range of spring fingers, including scalable models, to provide internal connections within devices such as mobile phones, personal computers, home entertainment and industrial equipment. Suitable for use in any small PCB application, all scalable spring fingers can be mounted onto one single footprint, making it easier for the customer to swap the product when a design change is required.

The scalable spring finger’s preload function nearly doubles the working area of a common spring finger, while also increasing contact force by 0.2N. Also known as shield fingers or universal ground contacts, spring fingers can be used: for grounding between a device and a PCB; for shielding against vibration from motors, antennas, speakers and microphones; and as signal connectors for data transfer and stacking applications between primary and secondary PCBs.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Infrared lenses can often be very expensive and it can be difficult to find a lens that meets your specific needs. Of the many IR lenses Resolve Optics has designed over the years, most are designed for specific specialised applications. Offered in a choice of 40, 80 or 120mm focal lengths the new Resolve Optics fixed focus IR lenses draw upon this experience and uniquely deliver high quality, high throughput, compactness and robustness at an affordable price. Applications that will benefit from these new fixed focus IR lenses will include thermal imaging, vision and search and rescue operations.

Over the last 20 years - Resolve Optics Ltd. has established a strong international reputation for its ability to reliably design and supply lenses and lens systems that generate high quality images from even the most demanding applications. Drawing upon an experienced team of optical designers, Resolve Optics Ltd. has developed the rare capability to produce quantities of high performance, mounted lenses with the look, feel and quality equivalent to the best professional photographic lenses.

For high-temperature environments - Resolve Optics Ltd. has developed optical systems that will operate up to 950°C without cooling. For radioactive environments - Resolve Optics has developed custom lens systems and through wall endoscopes capable of withstanding radiation doses of up to 100,000,000 rads without degradation of performance. For defence and aerospace applications - Resolve Optics has developed compact optical systems that uniquely combine high performance, resistance to ingress of dirt and moisture as well as maintaining their integrity despite being subject to constant vibration and shock.

Drawing upon a team of top optical designers and engineers - Resolve Optics has developed expertise in creating specialist lenses that not only can withstand harsh environments but also can offer greater resolution ; large apertures to ensure the maximum use of the light available ; wide fields of view with little or no distortion ; optical designs and coatings that are balanced to give best performance at a desired wavelength or waveband and compactness as space is often at a premium.

Operating from its ISO9001-2008 approved facility in Chesham, UK - Resolve Optics Ltd. has for over 20 years developed OEM quantity specialist lens systems and optical designs for small and large high technology businesses. The company has the proven and rare capability to produce small quantities of high performance, mounted lens systems with the look, feel and quality equivalent to the best professional photographic and broadcast TV lenses.

Provided with technology compliant with future standards, the DSF PV series can replace present SPD (surge protective device) solutions in photovoltaic systems. Lainate, March 2011 – Carlo Gavazzi Automation - the international electronics Group with activities in the design, manufacturing and marketing of electronic equipment, presents DSF PV, the Type 2 (Class C) surge system suitable for protecting PV systems from transient over-voltage due to both indirect atmospheric discharge and switching actions.

Developed by Carlo Gavazzi Controls unit in Belluno (Italy), DSF PV is compliant with future norms and can replace older equivalent products with a surge protection solution that needs no backup fuse, this function already being performed by DSF itself. “The DSF series will allow us to extend our SPD offers to other nominal voltages and be recognised as a global supplier of comprehensive solutions for the renewable energy market, providing the market with the best state-of-the-art technology relevant to surge protection” –Andrea Bernardi, Product Manager states. “We are confident that this new range of surge arresters will become a ‘must have’ component for any combiner box used in PV applications”.

Thanks to this innovative technology, it is now possible to preserve the internal varistor from any leakage current that could cause damage and aging when the nominal DC voltage of the plant is temporarily exceeded (e.g. in the case of wrong connections and during the morning when solar panels are cold). At the end of the varistor’s life, this special technology allows the SPD to be safe if a short-circuit should occur. The red optical indication enables easy checking of the protection status, while voltage-free contacts are included for remote status monitoring. Furthermore, easily removable plug-in cartridges ensure fast and easy maintenance, while the DIN-rail housing makes it suitable for every type of distribution box.

Main technical features
• Type 2 (class C) according to EN61643-1, UTEC 61-740-51
• Ready for French UTEC 61-740-51 and the future EN 50539-11
• Innovative leakage current limitation system, avoiding damage even in the case of sustained overvoltages
• New technology protecting the varistor in case of TOV (temporary overvoltages)
• Plug-in cartridges
• Optical indication of the correct working of the cartridge (red warning light)
• Voltage-free contact, for remote function monitoring
• Including thermal and dynamic separating device
• Assembled unit ready for mounting
• Marked connections
• For DIN-rail mounting

Deliveries of the AKM Synchronous servomotors from Kollmorgen are now down to only four weeks lead time due to capacity being increased by one third. In spite of considerable growth of the AKM range, the factory has reduced its lead times and thus is able to help its customers to realise additional competitive benefits. Machine builders can now deliver faster, and machine users will benefit from shorter service times.

LeadtimesMany motor users will already be aware of delivery problems from their current supplier who right now will be experiencing very long lead times. In fact some motion control manufacturers have warned their customers of these delays and feedback from many is telling us that motor lead times are rising to 20 to 24 weeks. Kollmorgen’s extra production capacity at their AKM motor manufacturing factory has resulted in considerable growth, but even with this higher production demand the added manufacturing capacity has still enabled them to reduce motor delivery time to 4 weeks.

As machine makers, if you are experiencing severe problems producing machines ordered from your company, then Micromech can help keep production going and avoid any penalty costs. To assist in the motor and drive conversion process we have a checklist of questions to make it easier for customers wanting to change to Kollmorgen products. At Micromech we offer a complete service, from design and build, to test, programming, installation and commissioning which means we can fully integrate an alternative motor and if it is required also the drive. This means changeover to AKM is made easy.

Not only are AKM motors suitable for the development of compact, light machines with improved heat dissipation, energy consumption, durability; they are also a sensible alternative to many motors used in already existing applications. Thanks to their extraordinary multiplicity of design options and special design characteristics, a suitable solution can be found quickly and cost-effectively for almost all circumstances and providing positive results for the existing machines.

Udo Aull, President of Kollmorgen EU: "It is our objective to minimize the lead times for our AKM motor series continuously so that machine builders can not only achieve competitive advantages by optimally-tailored, highly-efficient solutions, but also by reducing their time to market. OEMs that have obsolete or defective motors from other motor manufacturers can quickly replace them with AKM servo motors thanks to our highly flexible design, quick prototype availability, fast delivery.”

Delta Tau has introduced its latest low cost CNC and general purpose controller that enables simpler and inexpensive operation of all sorts of machines from metal cutting tools to lasers, flatbed cutters and Cartesian robots. The control provides motion control, operator interface, PLCs, standard interfaces and software in a single unit.

Called the Advantage 500, this system can handle four or eight axes and has at its heart Delta Tau's powerful Turbo PMAC Clipper which gives motion controllers stability, flexibility, accuracy and speed. These features coupled with the use of the Turbo PMAC CPU embedded computer, delivers a controller that has many high level features within an otherwise simple system. Unlike PC based solutions the Advantage 500 solves all of the wiring headaches of getting cabling in and out of the motion controller. Furthermore the controller comes with a broad array of hardware interfaces as standard so that just about anything can be simply plugged into the unit.

This means requirements such as lead screw and planar compensation; backlash compensation; fast position capture; rapid position comparison; master/slave capabilities; and the ability to handle 40MHz and auxiliary handwheel encoders; these are just a few of the features available that will greatly appeal to machine builders and end users. The set up is simple and could not be easier to operate. There are interactive input screens, which include axis characteristics, axis I/O, axis reference methodology as well as general axis and CNC options.

The Advantage 500 can be supplied with either CNC machine tool software or with DNC software or custom HMI's designed using VB.net or C++ embedded for any type of flatbed machine. The CNC interface uses the familiar RS274 G-code library, but also offers the PMAC-style structured text entry and a DNC interface for external program download. Most usefully the controller's CNC software has full G, M and T code compatibility for milling, turning and grinding.

The designers at Delta Tau's have implemented their soft PLC, which allows the Advantage 500 to be programmed using American Ladder Logic or Sequential Function Chart since the software is IEC1131/3 compliant. Programming can also be performed remotely for subsequent download. The user-friendly programming is emulated at the controller itself, but while allowing the changing of variable values for maintenance purposes, the programs cannot be overwritten at the machine. This is clearly an important safety and security feature.

Following the recent acquisition of Origa by Parker, Micromech has been appointed the UK distributor for their entirely new generation of linear drives. This is Parker ORIGA's second generation of linear drives that gives design engineers ultimate flexibility. The well-known Origa cylinder is now a combined linear actuator, guidance and control package.

This is the foundation for the new and versatile Origa System Plus linear drive system of actuators and linear drives offering complete flexibility for design engineers. Their compact design that combines actuation, guidance and control, includes modular accessories and components, and high performance from foundry to cleanroom. The ODS (Origa Drive System) is a new series of electrical linear drives from Parker Origa Division Europe designed to be particularly user-friendly and flexible in terms of assembly and disassembly. In addition there are optional add-ons such as limit switches and buffers, travel measurement and braking systems and even centralised lubrication and optimised energy chain ‘entrainment’, which ensure that every application need is solved.

The ODS series linear drives have been developed for both screw (ball screw drive or trapezoidal screw drive) and belt and linear motor drive applications. This ensures there can be system support for applications requiring safe movement with large loads and forces, and also speed and precision positioning. Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets.

Acromag’s new VPX-SLX series of 3U VPX FPGA boards provide powerful, but economical solutions for high-speed processing of algorithms in embedded computing applications. The VPX-SLX boards employ a configurable, logic-optimized Spartan-6 FPGA with 150k logic cells to meet demand for higher performance in cost-sensitive applications. These FPGA boards are designed to satisfy the performance requirements of many complex computing projects, at nearly half the cost, which previously required a flagship Xilinx Virtex or Altera Stratix class FPGA device. A high-throughput PCI Express interface, generous dual-ported memory for efficient data handling, and 64 I/O lines direct to the FPGA enable rapid data processing and great versatility. Ideal for defense, aerospace, or scientific research; typical applications involve signal intelligence, image processing, and hardware simulation. Pricing starts at $5200 for an air-cooled version and slightly higher in a conduction-cooled format.

“The Spartan-6 FPGA offers outstanding performance at a very attractive price,” states Joseph Primeau, Acromag’s sales and marketing director. “When teamed with a PCI Express interface, the Spartan-6 FPGA is capable of meeting the performance requirements of many applications.” Acromag’s VPX boards are optimized to rapidly transfer data between the FPGA and other system boards. A double fat pipe 4-lane PCIe interface ensures very fast data throughput. Dual-ported 1M x 64-bit SRAM enables high-speed DMA transfers to/from the CPU while simultaneously writing data to memory.

All VPX-SLX models use the XC6SLX150 Spartan-6 FPGA chip with 147,433 logic cells and 180 DSP48A1 slices. There are 64 I/O or 32 LVDS lines connected to the FPGA via the rear P2 connector. A series of AXM extension modules are available to provide additional front-end 16-bit A/D, differential RS-485, CMOS, or LVDS I/O processing channels through a mezzanine connector on the front of the card. FPGA code loads from the PCIe bus or from on-board flash memory. A JTAG and Xilinx ChipScope™ Pro interface are also supported to simplify development tasks.

For extended temperature range operation, models can be ordered with a frame for use in a conduction-cooled chassis. The standard model operates reliably over a 0 to 70°C range in an air-cooled or forced convection system. The conduction-cooled version supports a range of -40 to 85°C. And for system compatibility, Acromag’s 3U VPX cards support a number of VITA 65 slot profiles and conform to VPX VITA 46.0, 46.4 and 46.9 specifications.

Acromag’s Engineering Design Kit provides utilities to help users develop custom programs, load VHDL into the FPGA, and establish DMA transfers between the FPGA and the CPU. The kit includes a compiled FPGA file and example VHDL code provided as selectable blocks with examples for the local bus interface, read/writes, and change-of-state interrupts to the PCI bus. A JTAG interface allows users to perform on-board VHDL simulation. Further analysis is supported with a ChipScope™ Pro interface.

For easy integration of the boards with embedded Windows® applications, Acromag developed a DLL driver software package for compatibility with Microsoft® Visual C++™, and Visual Basic. Sample files with “C” source demonstration programs provide easy-to-use tools to test operation of the module.

Acromag’s APCe8650 IndustryPack (IP) carrier cards offer a simple and cost-effective solution for interfacing I/O mezzanine modules to a PCI Express embedded computer system. These slot-saving carrier cards route power and interface bus signals to four plug-in IP modules through the PCIe card slot connector for rapid data throughput. By inserting any mix of up to four industrial I/O modules from Acromag or other vendors on the carrier, developers can easily create custom I/O boards to meet their unique requirements for use within a PCIe-based computer. Pricing starts at $750 for the standard model or slightly more for a -40 to 85°C extended temperature range version.

These carriers are ideal for high-performance industrial, defense, and scientific research systems requiring high-density I/O. “Now developers can leverage dozens of available IP modules for use in embedded control systems with a PCI Express bus,” says Joseph Primeau, Acromag’s sales and marketing director. The APCe8650 supports any combination of standard, single-width ANSI/VITA-4 IP modules to offer great flexibility in performing a variety of I/O signal processing tasks. Acromag offers dozens of compatible IP modules to perform A/D, D/A, digital I/O, and serial communication functions including CAN and MIL-STD-1553 bus interfaces. FPGA modules with configurable logic elements are also available for algorithm acceleration, DSP, and adaptive computing applications.

The carrier card resides in memory space and supports IP module I/O, ID, INT, and MEM spaces. Full IP module register and data access is provided for convenient configuration or control of the I/O modules through software. Plug-and-play carrier configuration simplifies installation and supports two interrupt channels per IP module. A non-volatile ID register identifies the carrier. Other features include supervisory circuit reset generation, plus individually filtered and fused power. Four 50-pin headers provide easy access cable access for I/O signals and simple connections to Acromag termination panels. Software development tools are available for VxWorks, Linux, and Windows environments. These function libraries provide example routines or DLL driver support with C source code to save time.

Acromag has designed and manufactured measurement and control products for more than 50 years. They are an international corporation with a world headquarters near Detroit, Michigan and a global network of sales representatives and distributors. Acromag offers a complete line of embedded I/O products including bus boards, mezzanine modules, wiring accessories, and software. Industries served include military, aerospace, manufacturing, transportation, utilities, and scientific research laboratories.

The latest release in Acromag’s new ST130 series of low-cost, temperature transmitters is the Model ST133, an isolated thermocouple/millivolt signal conditioner. This high-performance version of the economy-level ST132 also converts sensor input signals from eight thermocouple types or a ±100mV range and outputs a proportional 4-20mA process control signal. However, the addition of 1500V isolation between the input and output circuit shields equipment from high-voltage surges and transient signals. The isolation also breaks up ground loops and reduces signal noise that could interfere with measurement accuracy. Installing this output loop-powered two-wire transmitter is easy and a USB connection to your PC simplifies set up using free Windows configuration software. Units support mounting in DIN Form B sensor heads or on a DIN rail. They are CE compliant with pending UL/cUL Class 1 Div 2 Zone 2 approvals and operate reliably over a -40 to 80°C operating range. Pricing for these low-maintenance, high accuracy instruments starts at just $109.

“With the new ST133 thermocouple transmitter we can now offer a choice of isolated or non-isolated units to better meet a customer’s price/performance requirements,” says Don Lupo, Acromag’s sales and marketing director. Many end-user and OEM applications still require high isolation to combat and reject the effects of large common mode voltages, electrical noise, surges, and system ground loops. The ST133 bridges the gap between economy units and more expensive high-performance isolated transmitters.

Other features include signal linearization and cold-junction compensation functions. Response times are as low as 30ms. The Windows software helps you quickly configure the transmitter using a USB cable connection to select input type with standard or reverse-acting output, scale I/O ranges, set filtering levels, and choose upscale or downscale operation for sensor faults. Digital calibration eliminates zero/span pots, DIP switches, and pushbuttons for more precise and stable measurements.

A rugged design helps these transmitters operate reliably in harsh industrial environments. Ambient temperature drift is less than 75ppm/°C for long-term stability. The ST133 is shock (50g) and vibration (5g) resistant and includes high-level electrical noise immunity (RFI, EMI, ESD, EFT, and surge protection). And to prevent incorrect wiring, the output/power connection is non-polarized.

For easy installation, Acromag sells a variety of mounting and wiring accessories. A USB isolator further protects equipment from ground loops, electrical noise, and surges during configuration. For convenience, a kit supplies the software, isolator, and USB interface cables. Numerous connection head enclosures are also available from Acromag. Select from stainless steel, aluminum, and cast iron housings with explosion-proof or general-purpose ratings. A DIN rail adapter offers alternative mounting options.

Acromag has designed and manufactured measurement and control products for more than 50 years. They are an AS9100 and ISO 9001-certified international corporation with a world headquarters near Detroit, Michigan and a global network of sales representatives and distributors. Acromag offers a complete line of industrial I/O products including a variety of process instruments, signal conditioners, and distributed fieldbus I/O modules that are available with a 7-year warranty. Industries served include chemical processing, manufacturing, defense, energy, and water services.

Ensuring proper fluid viscosity is a key success factor in process environments, Achieving this requires an accurate, reliable, and durable in-line viscometer capable of monitoring fluid resistance without requiring a lot of operator involvement. Cambridge’s VISCOpro 1600 viscometer is an ideal viscometer for this application because of its accuracy and reliability, and inherent ruggedness.

The VISCOpro1600 viscometer can be used alone or in a multi-channel configuration controlled by a touch-screen display. This digital viscometer provides round-the-clock monitoring you can rely on. The VISCOpro 1600 digital viscometer is a compact workhorse instrument for applications where minimal operator involvement is desired.

This digital viscometer features built-in optional LCD display with readout in centipoise, cSt, or SSU for monitoring of critical fluid conditions. It also can be connected to a PLC controller for seamless integration into a proprietary data management system. The unit’s sensor and electronics are encased in an explosion-proof housing for durability and reliability.

Thanks to Cambridge Viscosity’s patented technology, only a very small amount of fluid (1 ml) is required to assure an accurate reading. Because of the small sample size and its automatic operation, the VISCOpro 1600 helps to maximize the efficiency of your process line and minimize waste. In addition, it works with any Cambridge Viscosity in-tank or in-line 300 series or 500 series sensor, giving you the flexibility to choose from a range of high-quality, maintenance-free options.

An Asian manufacturer of fine wire has used viscometers from Cambridge Viscosity to control the coating on wire that measures 30-300 micron in diameter.

By controlling the coating viscosity in-process, the wire manufacturer is able to control the uniformity of the insulation on the wire, which is used in electric motors, transformers and electric coils in appliances, cars and other powered devices.

EMKA’s 1056 program externally fitted flush door hinge is designed for applications such as street furniture and industrial electronic/electrical control-rack cabinets.

The screw-on 1056 hinge features M5 stud fixing and a lift-off design, which EMKA claims aids installation of large equipment such as server sub-racks.