Friday, April 27, 2012

Marathon Special Products has been an industry leader in electrical/electronic components designed for circuit protection and connection applications for over 60 years.

We are pleased to introduce our new motor terminal blocks. The new motor blocks provide a systematic method to wire electrical motors in the motor’s junction box and allow for circuit management.

These blocks allow for much easier circuit testing and motor replacement over the traditional method of bolts, nuts and insulation. The motor terminal block links can be assembled for either wye or delta wiring configurations. These blocks offered by Marathon Special Products are the only Motor Terminal Blocks with up to 1,000V Rating and are available in amperages up to 520A. To achieve these ratings, wires need to be terminated with UL Listed crimp lugs.

The majority of Marathon’s products have been tested and comply to UL requirements for use with flexible stranded wires, have short-circuit current ratings (SCCR) and are CE 1000 Volt AC/DC rated. Marathon’s short lead times, technical support, and excellent customer service ensure you receive a quality product as quickly as possible.

Murata Power Solutions today announced the ACM3P series of low profile 3-phase AC digital ammeters suitable for front panel mounting. Capable of high precision measurement to within 0.1 A and display of true-rms values of 2- or 3-phase mains current up to a maximum of 100 A per phase, the ammeter has three built-in current transformers. Line and phase currents from 480 VAC can be measured, with peak capability of 150 A. Unlike many digital ammeters available on the market that measure average values, the ACM3P series can accurately display true-rms values of triangle, square and other irregularly shaped AC current waveforms. Measurement accuracy is +/- 1% of full scale.

Accepting a universal 85 - 264 VAC 47 – 63 Hz supply input the ACM3P series is suitable for 3-phase current monitoring requirements worldwide. Accommodated in a single vibration resistant polycarbonate housing measuring just 53.3 x 36.3 x 28.2 mm, the ammeter is ideal for mounting in vertical ‘0U’ or horizontal ‘1U’ rack spaces. The ACM3P uses a 9.2 mm low power LED display that is available in a choice of red, blue or green. The large and bright LEDs makes it easy to read the display from as far as 5 meters. A front panel selector switch allows the user to quickly cycle through each of the three phase currents under measurement.

The ACM3P series is suitable for a broad range of test, instrumentation and energy metering applications. A low power microcontroller is used for measurement, and together with low power LED displays ensures that the ammeter consumes very little power, typically less than 0.5 W from a 240 VAC supply. No additional components are required making the ammeter quick and easy to install.

Murata Power Solutions today announced the ULT series of isolated 30 Watt DC/DC converters available in a miniature 1/32 brick industry standard Distributed-power Open Standards Alliance (DOSA) compatible open frame package. Measuring just 19.1 x 23.4 x 8.89 mm, the ULT series takes up significantly less board space than other 30W products on the market and is available with either through-hole or surface mount option.

The ULT series has been designed with a wide (2:1) input voltage range of 36 – 75 VDC to meet the requirements of 48V and 60V battery back-up systems. The initial product release includes 12Vout, 5Vout, and 3.3Vout models with lower voltages to come in the near future. The maximum output power of 30 W is available from the 12Vout model, with the 5V and 3.3V models producing 25W. Line regulation is typically within +/- 0.1% of Vout across all Vin conditions at full load. An external trim function allows the output voltage to be trimmed by + 10 % to – 20% to accommodate losses. Input to output isolation is certified to 1,500 V in accordance with the internationally recognized safety standard EN/UL60950.

The ULT series offers features that include remote On/Off control of either negative or positive logic, Vout trim and a remote sense capability. In addition the converter has a number of protection features including output short circuit protection, over temperature shutdown and input under voltage lockout.

The ULT series was designed for a wide range of applications including distributed power architectures in Industrial, Telecommunications, Routing, Optical Networking, Wireless equipment and Microwave Radio/point to point communications.

The ULT series is designed to operate in the most severe outdoor environments with an operating ambient temperature range from -40 to +85 degrees C.

Murata Power Solutions today announced the UWQ series of isolated open-frame 204 Watt DC/DC converters packaged in a through-hole mount industry standard quarter-brick format.

Measuring just 58.4 x 36.8 x 11.7 mm and boasting an efficiency of 92%, the UWQ series has an ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage range of 18 – 75 VDC around a nominal 48 VDC input. Providing a single output voltage of 12 VDC up to 17A of current with a line regulation of +/-1% and load regulation of +/-1.5%, the UWQ series is idea for applications that require a regulated bus converter. The input to output isolation is certified to 2,250 VDC in accordance with the internationally recognized safety standard EN/UL60950.

Controls include remote On/Off control of either negative or positive polarity. In addition the converter has a number of protection features including over current, over temperature, input under voltage and output short circuit.

Designed for Regulated Intermediate Bus Architectures, typical applications include optical networking applications, wireless base stations and microwave radio communications equipment. An optional baseplate is available for applications requiring conduction cooling.

The UWQ series can operate from -40 to + 85 degrees C suiting applications in most environments.

Murata Power Solutions today announced the MVAB120 series of high efficiency, typically up to 91%, open frame single output 120 Watt power supplies aimed at a broad range of telecom and industrial applications. Measuring just 101.6 x 50.8 x 34.3 mm (2 x 4 x 1.35 inches), the low profile units satisfy the 1U height constraints of this industry standard footprint.

The high efficiency design of the MVAB120 ensures that waste heat is kept to a minimum and the units are capable of delivering up to 75 W using convection cooling only. Just 250 LFM forced airflow is required for the supply to operate at the 120 W full load output.

The series comprises three single output models covering the nominal outputs of 12, 24 or 48 VDC. Accommodating the full universal range of input voltages, from 90  - 264 VAC and 120 – 300 VDC, the MVAB120 also meets the EU PFC directive for active power factor correction. Safety approvals include the internationally recognized UL/EN/IEC 60950-1:2005 2nd edition standard for IT and commercial equipment. The units also comply with IEC/EN 61000 Class A and EN55022 Class B standards for emissions and immunity.

Suiting most operating environments, the MVAB120 series can deliver full load from -10 to + 50 degrees C, and is capable of start-up from temperatures as low as -20 degrees C.

Output protection features include overcurrent, overvoltage and overtemperature.

Mountz, Inc. adds new features to the EZ-TorQ II torque tester. Listening to the feedback from customers, Mountz added the "First Peak" operating mode as well as a new low-pass filter settings to the operating systems of the EZ-TorQ II. The easy-to-use digital torque tester is ideal for all small hand torque and non-impacting torque power tools. The small size and portability of the torque tester makes it ideal for checking torque tools on production floor daily or weekly to ensure the tools aren't falling out of calibration. The concept of torque validation is a central theme in every successful quality assurance program.

Small torque tools go out of calibration with use. To maintain consistent accuracy, small torque tools must be checked periodically for wear or defective parts. A small power or hand torque tool is a measuring tool that must be properly calibrated and maintained.

As a torque controlling, monitoring and documentation solution, the EZ-TorQ II enables operators and engineers to ensure product quality, safety and reliability promptly on the production floor. The EZ-TorQ II can calibrate hand torque screwdrivers and wrenches as well as power tools to avoid over tightening problems such as stripped fasteners and parts, under or over torque tightening problems, which can increase liability and risk of recall.

A regular torque tool calibration and re-calibration guarantees the operator repeatable accuracy and adherence to international standards. Torque testing also ensures torque equipment is operating to peak performance and can highlight potential tooling problems before they arise perhaps due to tool wear or broken components.

Mountz, Inc. adds new features to the E-DRV BF-Series Brushless Electric Screwdrivers. Listening to the feedback from customers, Mountz adds an adjustable RPM setting directly on the brushless electric screwdrivers as well as a selectable "Soft Start" operating mode. Mountz brushless electric torque screwdrivers are designed for precision torque control and have become the state-of-the-art in the assembly industry.

New Adjustable RPM Setting:

Adding the adjustable speed control provides manufacturers with the versatility to quickly change the tool settings as production projects change. In this recovering economy, manufacturers are looking to save time by improving the efficiency of their production space and methods. Manufacturers are seeking versatile assembly tools that are equipped to handle quick changes in  the production environment. The new adjustable speed control setting for the BF-Series screwdriver allows the operator to adjust the RPM directly on the tool. The selectable RPM settings for the brushless screwdriver are at increments of 50 RPM.

New Soft Start Mode Setting:

The selectable "Soft Start" mode is for applications that require the power tool to slowly ramp-up to its operating speed, perfect for plastic or sensitive applications. There are 3 different time settings for the Soft Start mode, which are (0.2, 0.4 & 0.6 seconds).

Brushless Electric Screwdriver Technology

Designed for high production environments, the E-DRIV BF-Series feature a high performance brushless motor design that provides durability and reduces the standard maintenance costs for electric screwdrivers.  Additionally, costly mechanical micro switches have been eliminated in the BF series in favor of non-contact magnetic sensors.

In addition to lower maintenance costs, the BF electric screwdivers is ESD certified, ensuring less than 1 Ohm at the bit tip.  ESD management in power tools ensures product quality, cost savings and a reduction in overall ESD failures.  Manufacturing engineers involved with microelectronic products are aware of the importance of controlling Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) failures.  Lapses in preventing the occurrence of electrostatic discharge can affect production yields, manufacturing costs, product quality, product reliability, reputation and profitability.

Static damage to electronic components can be realized as catastrophic or latent failures. Catastrophic failures are easier to detect and resolve. With this type of failure the part is "dead" and will not function. It may be costly to repair but is easy to manage. With latent failures the problem is much worse as the failure may not be detected in testing but is a "time bomb" waiting to happen. Since this product will get into the field and cause intermittent problems or failure in the field, it can be a much more costly problem.

Controlling torque is quintessential for companies to ensure their product's quality, safety and reliability isn't compromised. The failure of a three-cent fastener that isn't properly tightened can lead to catastrophic or latent failures. Fasteners that are insufficiently torqued can vibrate loose and excessive torque can strip threaded fasteners. Using a quality brushless electric screwdriver has become increasingly important for many companies to ensure that proper torque is being applied and maintains gauge requirements associated with the ISO 9001 Quality Standard.

Mountz Inc. introduces a new cam-over torque wrench designed with a "Through Hole Spindle" for Pin Fastening applications, which cannot be gripped in the conventional manner. Fasteners such as HI-LITE®, AERO-LITE® and VERI-LITE®, are threaded pins with a close tolerance design intended for applications where aerodynamic and precision fastening is required. These 'blind' fasteners are increasingly being used in the aerospace industry.

Accurate tightening of blind fasteners can be achieved with this new innovative torque wrench. The "Through Hole Spindle" design of the wrench makes it simple for the operator to use and ensures precision torque control. The "Through Hole Spindle"  torque wrench operates by having a hexagon key is passed down the axis of the square drive shaft to hold a fastener in position while its securing nut is tightened by an operator using the torque wrench.

The "Through Hole Spindle" torque wrench is a pre-set torque wrench that's ideal for maintenance and production applications where over-torque conditions are not tolerated. Built with a cam-over design, the accurate torque wrench prevents a fastener or bolt from being over-torqued. The design action of the cam-over torque wrench is such that when the tool reaches its pre-set torque value the mechanism disengages from the drive thus limiting the torque applied. Designed for variety of industries like aerospace, automotive, electronics, energy, medical, and packaging, the Mountz Inc. cam-over torque wrench ensures proper torque control.

A pre-set torque wrench is similar to a person setting an alarm clock to signal the achievement of a selected time. The torque wrench is pre-set to the required torque value of the application and then the tool signals the operator when torque is achieved.

Inside the cam-over torque wrench, a precision radial ball clutch "slips-free" when the pre-set torque is reached preventing the fastener from being over-torqued. The use of a cam-over torque wrench takes the operator influence out of the torque equation and offers more accurate and repeatable results than a standard 'click' type wrench. A click wrench typically breaks about 3 degrees after set torque is reached and then becomes positive. If the operator continues to pull on the click wrench, he or she can over tighten the fastener.

The cam-over torque wrench features a tamper-proof internal adjustment. There is no external adjustment scale so the wrench must be preset using a torque analyzer. Crafted with a soft texture grip, Mountz offers various "Through Hole Spindle"  torque wrench models covering a torque range from 0.8 foot-pounds up to 90 foot-pounds.

Controlling torque is essential for companies to ensure their product's quality, safety and reliability isn't compromised. The failure of a three-cent fastener that isn't properly tightened can lead to catastrophic or latent failures. Fasteners that are insufficiently torqued can vibrate loose and excessive torque can strip threaded fasteners. Using a quality torque wrench has become increasingly important for many companies to ensure that proper torque is being applied and maintains gauge requirements associated with the ISO 9001 Quality Standard.

Mountz, Inc., a specialist in the design and manufacture of torque control products, offers the new LPX torque sensor for testing small torque tools. The LPX is a low torque sensor designed for calibrating and testing small hand screwdrivers, torque wrenches and power tools. With its low profile design, the calibration instrument can be used for automated applications, by mounting it to a palletized system. This saves time as there is no need to remove the robotic electric screwdriver from the robot or off the automated system for calibration. These versatile torque sensors are used in conjunction with a torque tester. Mountz offers various models covering a torque range from 1 inch-ounce up to 20 inch-pounds.

Small torque tools go out of calibration with use. To maintain consistent accuracy, small torque tools must be checked periodically for wear or defective parts.  A small power or hand torque tool is a measuring tool that must be properly calibrated and maintained. Torque testing also ensures torque equipment is operating to peak performance and can highlight potential tooling problems before they arise perhaps due to tool wear or broken components. Only Mountz LPX torque sensors provide precision torque testing for these applications.

In the manufacturing and assembly world, tightening, controlling, or measuring torque fasteners is imperative for production efficiency. An inadequately torqued fastener can vibrate or work loose; conversely, if the tension is too high, the fastener can snap or strip its threads. Faced with these problems, manufacturers are realizing that precise torque control can spell the difference between a safe, reliable, and economical product and complete disaster.

Using a quality torque sensor, like the LPX, and a torque tester has become increasingly important for many companies to ensure that proper torque control is being applied and monitored. Testing torque is a science and not something that can be left to chance.

Molex Incorporated expands its innovative Brad® Micro-Change® M12 Circular Hybrid Technology (CHT) Connector System with the addition of a new 8-pole (4+4) connector featuring two Cat5e twisted-pair data lines and four power lines capable of carrying up to 6.0 Amps. Combining power and data lines into one connector, the Brad Micro-Change CHT Connector System reduces cabling requirements and lowers installation time and associated costs.

“The overmolded IP67-sealed Micro-Change M12 interface provides reliable connectivity in harsh industrial environments and is ideally suited for industrial process and automation control applications, HVAC control systems, telecoms infrastructure and base stations as well as other rugged applications that require power and data in one device,” explains Ted Szarkowski, product manager, Molex.

The wrap-around metal shielding allows power and Cat5e signal to be combined in one connector without losing optimum signal integrity and performance. The two overlapping tubes channel the signal through the connector without affecting crosstalk and electromagnetic interference (EMI). The new 8-pole (4+4) Micro-Change CHT connector is currently available in the M12 threaded form factor.

“The unique Molex shielding concept of the Micro-Change Circular Hybrid Technology Connector is not limited to the M12 format,” adds Szarkowski,“We are well-equipped to adapt the technology to meet specific customer needs and requirements.”

Molex Incorporated announced today that its new LED array holder will support Citizen Electronics’ recently introduced Chip on Board (COB) series of arrays: CLL010, CLL020, CLL030, CLL040 and CLL050. Molex currently offers LED array holders for the Citizen CLL-330 and CLL340 LED array products which provide unique compression contacts to power the arrays while eliminating the need for hand soldering or expensive Surface Mount Technology (SMT) equipment. Ideal for light fixture original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), the holders reduce installation time and increase connectivity options while lowering costs. The solderless screw-down connection allows for a standardized manufacturing process, adding to the design flexibility of the Citizen COB series of LEDs.

Molex LED array holders are ideal for all general illumination applications including downlighting, architectural lighting and area lighting. The thermoplastic housing supports high heat-generating environments and the holders comply with UL 496 specifications.

Mohawk, a progressive manufacturer of copper cable and fiber optic products, announces the expansion of the XGO product line with the introduction of XGO F/UTP Category 6 CMP and CMR cables.

Mohawk’s XGO F/UTP Augmented 6 is a robust, high performance cable that is designed, manufactured and tested to exceed ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 performance standards. The shielded design allows for high bandwidth data transmission where separation between noise sources and cable is not possible for applications including Government, Health Care, Higher Education and Industrial. XGO F/UTP 6A provides shielded protection and Augmented Category 6 capability for current and future data requirements with one installation. Mohawk’s Open Architecture model offers the ability to with work with numerous connectivity options and custom-build the cable solution specific to project requirements.

XGO F/UTP is a 4 Pair #23 AWG overall shielded twisted pair Category 6A cable for use in horizontal cabling systems. Mohawk’s patented XGO design incorporates our FlexWeb® core separator technology to reduce the effects of internal cross talk. The foil shield and drain wire provides a cost effective solution to blocking ANEXT, EMI, and RFI in extreme environments. This enhanced cable design delivers high performance by supporting 10GBASE-T (10 Gigabit Ethernet) applications over a full 100-meter 4 connector channel while providing stability across the entire 500 MHz frequency range.

MMD Equipment introduces the PowerPro™ towable generator series. Comprising the most popular sizes for the rental business, this series includes 25 kVA, 45 kVA, and 65kVA machines. All of the machines feature Quietech™ sound reduction that drop sound power levels to 65dBA, 62dBA, and 62dBA respectively. Voltage regulation is instantaneous by Delta Demand Excitation™, and the output power can be cleaned to entertainment industry standards by adding our optional electronic governor.

Power connections are curbside, and feature a guarding system that allows hazard-free electrical testing during operation. (MMD Equipment recommends connections be made by a qualified electrician, and assumes no responsibility for incorrect set up or operation of this equipment.) The lockable control panel has both gauges and warning lights to monitor engine and alternator function, and the emergency stop button is located so as to be immediately available at all times.

The PowerPro limited warranty also leads the industry, by offering a 1 year from ship date "bumper-to-bumper" warranty on the entire machine (parts and labor), 2 years from ship date unlimited hours on the alternator (parts and labor), and 5 years 10,000 hours on the engine (Isuzu and Nissan) (parts and labor).

MMD Equipment introduces CompactionPro™ rammers in the most popular two weight categories. The 148 lb. Model 65 is powered by Honda's GX 100 4 cycle rammer engine which is specially designed for reliability in a rammer application. It is fed unmixed gas by a diaphragm carburetor, and also features a patented bellows sealing method. All of these features allow you to lay this rammer down without fear of it leaking oil or gasoline. This rammer hits 30% harder than before, or 4,380 lbs. Per blow measured per CIMA Standard LEMB Number 1. However, vibrations at the handle are reduced by 50%, and the rammer is extremely stable in operation.

The CompactionPro™ 75, weighing in at 165 lbs., also features a Honda 4 cycle engine to eliminate gas mixing problems. It delivers 5,110 lbs per blow and uses the same bellows sealing technology. Both rammers use triple-stage filtration to extend their service lives, and are ruggedly constructed with steel impact cages to withstand jobsite abuse.

MMD Equipment introduces the PavingPro™ 270, its first compact vibratory ride-on roller at the ARA Rental Show Product Premier. Developed jointly with Sakai , Japan 's largest compaction manufacturer and only test facility for the Japan Public Highway Corporation, this machine combines large roller engineering in a compact package.

Incorporating the patented ProRide™ suspension system that effectively isolates vibrations from the Operator, the PavingPro 270 excels at finishing tight, complex areas up to 10,000 square feet. It is powered by a reliable 18 HP Honda engine and uses ProDrive ä hubs that enable it to climb a 34% grade.

A large 50 gallon water tank and an 8 gallon fuel tank allow long run times between refills, and both tanks are totally enclosed within the frame for protection and for zero overhangs front and rear. The recessed ProDrive™ hubs allow compaction as close as 2.2 " to tall obstructions with a vertical curb clearance of 13".

Milwaukee Tool Corporation continues to expand their rotary hammer line with the introduction of the 1-9/16” SDS Max and Spline Rotary Hammers.  These new Rotary Hammers deliver the durability users have come to expect from Milwaukee, with a 10.5 Amp motor and 5.5 ft-lbs of impact energy for solid performance.

The new 1-9/16” Rotary Hammers feature 2-mode operation (rotary hammer/hammer only) for maximum versatility and a mechanical clutch to help protect the tool when the bit binds. These Rotary Hammers also feature Constant Power Technology (CPT™) to deliver consistent performance during tough applications for Electricians, Plumbers, HVAC Technicians, MRO Professionals, Mechanical and General Contractors.

Designed to maximize life and productivity, the 1-9/16” SDS Max and Spline Rotary Hammers express Milwaukee’s commitment to expand their growing Rotary Hammer line. Milwaukee’s guarantee of maximum durability is backed by the MILWAUKEE® Heavy-Duty 5-year tool/1-year service warranty.

Milwaukee Tool Corporation continues to deliver productivity-enhancing solutions to the professional tradesman with the introduction of the M18™ & M12™ Multi-Voltage Charger (48-59-1812).  The new Energy Star rated unit will charge all M18™ and M12™ LITHIUM-ION batteries sequentially, allowing the user to put both packs on the charger and walk away confident that they will be ready for their next job.

“With the expansion of the M18™ or M12™ systems, we have a growing customer base that is using both batteries,” says Christian Coulis, Sr. Product Manager for Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation.  “The combination of M18™ performance and M12™ productivity helps to make this a very valuable solution to the users who have invested in both systems. For example, plumbers may use M18™ cordless tools for applications that require more power and torque, and at the same time have a need to use an M12™ PVC Shear. This charger will help them be better prepared and more productive.”

Available in March 2012, the new Multi-Voltage Charger will be included with the M18™ FUEL™ Drill Driver and Hammer Drill Driver, sold as an optional accessory and will also transition into several M18™ kits throughout the year. The new unit will charge M18™ or M12™ compact batteries in 30 minutes and extended capacity (XC) batteries in 60 minutes.

With the introduction of the new charger and an unrelenting commitment to grow the M18™ and M12™ cordless platforms, Milwaukee® continues to expand its leadership position in LITHIUM-ION cordless.

Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation delivers the ideal solution for overhead or one-handed cutting applications with the introduction of the M12™ Cordless Sub-Compact Band Saw. At only 6.75 lbs and 12” in length, the new tool is the lightest and most compact cordless band saw on the market with less than half the size and weight of deep cut band saws.

“The M12 Band Saw is not only ideal for one-handed cutting applications because of its size, it is the ONLY band saw on the market with a fully integrated lower guard that covers the blade outside the active cutting area,” says David Lincoln, Product Manager, Cordless for Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation. “This addresses OSHA guarding requirements to make the tool suitable for one-handed use.”

This powerful saw can cut through 3/4” EMT in only 3 seconds, and will deliver over 150 cuts per charge with the included M12™ REDLITHIUM XC High Capacity battery. With a 1-5/8” x 1-5/8” cut capacity and low vibration, the M12™ Band Saw provides clean cuts on the most common small diameter metal cutting applications such as 3/4” EMT, 3/8” threaded rod and 1-5/8” x 1-5/8” Unistrut.  Complete with a variable speed trigger and LED light, the new tool is easy to use and provides fast, clean cuts.

The M12™ Band Saw will also include the new Milwaukee® 48-39-0572 18 TPI Sub-Compact Portable Band Saw Blade and should only be used with this blade. Replacement Milwaukee blades can be purchased separately as well.

Powered by revolutionary M12™ RED LITHIUM™ Battery technology*, the new band saw is compatible the entire M12™ System, now offering over 40 cordless Lithium-Ion products.  The M12™ platform is the largest sub-compact system in the industry, offering innovative solutions in power, productivity, and portability.

Milwaukee Electric Tool continues to expand the fastest growing 18V platform in the industry with the introduction of the new M18 FUEL™ 1/4" Hex Impact Driver. As part of the new M18 FUEL™ family, a new breed of cordless power tools within the M18™ System, the new 1/4" Hex Impact Driver features Milwaukee’s exclusive combination of the POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor, REDLITHIUM™ Battery Pack and REDLINK PLUS™ Electronic Intelligence to deliver up to 3X longer motor life, up to 50% more runtime, and a proprietary 3-Mode DRIVE CONTROL™ feature.

“The 3-Mode DRIVE CONTROL™ feature gives users better control over the power and speed required for specific applications,” says Tom Simeone, Sr. Product Manager for Milwaukee Tool Corporation. “With the touch of a button, they can go from a precise application such as fastening small machine screws to an application that requires maximum performance such as driving lag screws.”

The new POWERSTATE™ Brushless Motor works harder, lives longer, and converts energy into power and torque more efficiently than leading competitors.  The POWERSTATE™ Motor is completely designed, engineered and built by Milwaukee Tool, providing up to 1600 in-lbs of torque and 0-2900 RPM to make the M18 FUEL™ 1/4" Hex Impact Driver the most powerful tool in its class.  The POWERSTATE™ Motor also reduces noise and cools more rapidly, delivering years of maintenance-free performance.  

Milwaukee REDLITHIUM™ Batteries provide significantly more run-time, power and recharges than any other Lithium product on the market. REDLITHIUM™ also delivers best-in-class performance in extreme job-site conditions.  With Milwaukee® durability built into each pack, the REDLITHIUM™ Battery operates cooler and performs in climates as low as 0°F/-18°C with fade free power. A battery fuel gauge also displays remaining charge for less down time on the job.

REDLINK PLUS™ Intelligence hardware and software, the most advanced electronic system on the market, allows the user to choose between three fastening modes with the DRIVE CONTROL™ feature.  Mode #1 is for precision work (0-850 RPM, 200 in-lbs of torque), Mode # 2 helps prevent damage to fasteners and material (0-2,100 RPM, 700 in-lbs of torque) and Mode #3 delivers maximum performance for the toughest applications (0-2,900 RPM, 1600 in-lbs of torque).

In addition, all M18 FUEL™ products include the new multi-voltage charger to allow users to charge all M12™ and M18™ batteries with one charger.

Three years ago, in the early days of Windows 7, Microsoft was working with PC makers to help enhance start-up times, sleep mode, battery life and the all-around performance of PCs, and this effort continues today.

Lenovo took this initiative one step further: Now in its third generation, the Lenovo Enhanced Experience (EE) has become less of a Microsoft initiative and more of the “secret sauce” behind the world’s second-largest maker of PCs.

“At Lenovo, we saw what Microsoft was trying to do, and embraced it,” says Michael Littler, director of Marketing for Lenovo’s Idea Product Group, which develops laptops, tablets and PCs for the consumer market. “We worked hard on the engineering side and achieved some excellent results in the first generation. With that success came some executive leadership for the program, and even more resources were put into the performance of our PCs.”

Today the third generation of the program, known as EE3, has brought Lenovo to the top tier of PC performance across a number of key benchmarks. Going well beyond the scope of Microsoft’s initial efforts, Lenovo now runs proprietary software that’s enabled the company to optimize performance on the Windows 7 platform. The program stretches across Lenovo’s product portfolio, from consumer notebooks, to small business products, all the way to the enterprise-class ThinkPad line, one of the oldest brands in the PC universe.

“For each of those segments there are advantages,” Littler says. “But it’s not just the actual benefit of the PC booting faster or having a longer battery life. Those performance metrics are a symptom of the quality of the product overall.”

Littler says that focus on quality is the driving force in Lenovo’s engineering. When designing products such as the new IdeaCentre A720 all-in-one PC, which is being launched this year, Lenovo strives to put out the best-quality product possible. Then, once the product is in production, the company works to optimize the cost through sourcing the components more efficiently, to bring that product to a wider portion of the market.

“It always begins with building the best products we can,” Littler says. “For a generation, the ThinkPad line has been renowned as a quality, reliable and robust product, and we place that same priority on our consumer line.”

As an engineering manager on the Microsoft team that engages with Lenovo, Michelle Niethammer has seen that philosophy play out over the years. Niethammer’s team works with Lenovo to optimize the company’s PCs and ensure all the components work well in the Windows environment.

“They’re very focused on quality, high-performing machines, and they continually improve on performance,” Niethammer says. “They’ve really driven that into their core engineering process. They test every machine. They have certain goals that must be met or they won’t release a new design to production.”

For this year’s refresh of Lenovo’s EE3 PCs, Niethammer says Lenovo has optimized everything from BIOS to all of the drivers in an effort to get users to the desktop quickly. When it comes to battery life, Niethammer’s team has worked to evaluate which apps should load upon startup and which should be user-initiated.

“Just by moving some apps into the user action category we got about 30 more minutes of battery life,” she says. “Like removing extra weight from your car, it improves the PC’s mileage and performance.”

For EE3, Niethammer says Lenovo has also built some intelligence into the way PCs manage battery life, taking cues from user behavior. The new functionality is an example of how the PC maker has expanded on Microsoft’s foundational work and made the EE program pure Lenovo.

“If you always throw the machine in your bag after work and never turn it on until the next morning, it’ll actually learn that pattern and go into hibernate mode at the appropriate time,” she says. “About a half hour before you typically turn it on, it’ll move back into sleep, so it wakes up very quickly when you need it.”

With this year’s product refresh coming out, Littler says the Lenovo line features many of the traditional products that have made the company successful, with some new twists like the all-in-one A720. This year’s achievements in improved performance, he says, have positioned Lenovo well to deliver very fast PCs for the Windows 7 world that can make the transition to Windows 8 when it comes time.

“Windows 8 is a whole new ballgame, and we’re working closely with Microsoft’s engineers to see how we can improve and push the envelope for performance even further,” Littler says. “With the products we’re launching this year, there’s no need to wait for Windows 8 to come out. These products are some of the fastest out there for Windows 7 and will perform well on the Windows 8 platform as well.”

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the Wi-Fi® Comm Demo Board, which combines Microchip’s best-in-class 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller family with its low-power MRF24WB0MA agency-certified, IEEE 802.11, embedded Wi-Fi radio transceiver module.  Additionally, Microchip provides a free and full-featured TCP/IP stack, which is available today for download at Microchip website. This compact and cost-effective demo board is easy to integrate with existing embedded designs, to evaluate Wi-Fi connectivity and 32-bit performance with minimal effort.

Ask to see this board in action at next week’s Embedded Systems Conference/DESIGN West in San Jose, at Microchip’s Booth #1116.

Microchip’s free, commercial-grade TCP/IP stack delivers all the key stack layers for a complete Wi-Fi based design. This includes HTML, DHCP, DNS, IPv4/v6, SSL, etc.  In combination with the low-power Wi-Fi module and a PIC32 MCU, this stack delivers a highly optimized embedded Wi-Fi solution.

The pervasive Wi-Fi infrastructure continues to enable the rapid growth of the embedded “Internet of Things” in an expanding number of applications, such as thermostats, appliances, meters, pumps, security systems and sensors.  This expansion includes the owners of existing systems, who want to retrofit and add connectivity without installing wires.  Microchip’s Wi-Fi module and TCP/IP stack enable this connectivity for control and communication over the Internet, while its 32-bit PIC32 microcontroller family provides the performance and features to simultaneously process both Wi-Fi communications and a large number of other functions.  These functions include audio, graphic displays and touch sensing, and general system command-and-control operations.

“This demo board makes it easy to evaluate and integrate the combination of Microchip’s Wi-Fi solutions and 32-bit MCUs in one compact and cost-effective package,” said Steve Caldwell, director of Microchip’s Wireless Products Division.  “Our free, full-featured TCP/IP software stack and the fact that our Wi-Fi module is certified by multiple international communications agencies further speeds development.”

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced from DESIGN West in San Jose  the expansion of its 8-bit PIC16F(LF)178X enhanced Mid-range core microcontroller (MCU) family to include advanced analog and integrated communication peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters (ADCs), 8-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters (DACs), operational amplifiers, and high-speed comparators, along with EUSART (including LIN), I2C™ and SPI interface peripherals.  The MCUs also feature the industry’s best level of advanced PWM control and accuracy via the new Programmable Switch-Mode Controllers (PSMCs).  This combination of features enables higher efficiency and performance, along with cost and space reductions in applications such as closed-loop control in power supplies, and lighting.  The “LF” versions of the MCUs feature eXtreme Low Power Technology, for active and sleep currents of just 32 µA/MHz and 50 nA, respectively, helping to extend battery life and reduce standby current consumption.  Low power consumption and advanced analog and digital integration make the general-purpose PIC16F(LF)178X MCUs ideal for LED lighting, battery management, digital power supply, motor control and other applications.

Environmental concerns and “green” initiatives have led to the rise of new energy-consumption legislation around the world. The PIC16F(LF)178X MCUs enable designers to create better products that consume less power.  Microchip’s enhanced Mid-range 8-bit core brings more performance, with 32 MHz operation, automatic context save for faster interrupt handling, more efficiency in the instruction set with better code density, plus faster and more direct-port control capabilities.  Available in 28- and 40-pin packages, the MCUs’ advanced analog integration includes an on-chip 12-bit ADC for very small voltage measurements, as well as enabling mTouch™ capacitive sensing; and an 8-bit DAC for high-resolution voltage references.  Also included on-chip are fast analog comparators with 50 nS response time, Capture Compare Peripherals, and I2C™, SPI and EUSART interfaces for communications.  Additionally, the MCUs feature a 32 MHz internal oscillator, 2 - 8K Words (3.5 - 14K Bytes) of Flash, 128 – 512 Bytes of RAM, and 256 Bytes of data EEPROM.  The PSMC peripherals are 16-bit Pulse-Width Modulators (PWMs) with 64 MHz operation and advanced control capabilities.

"The PIC16F(LF)178X family integrates considerable analog peripherals along with a versatile 8-bit PIC MCU,” said Steve Drehobl, vice president of Microchip’s Security, Microcontroller and Technology Development Division.  “This high analog integration enables designers to bring a new level of intelligence and flexibility to an ever-expanding assortment of applications, including those in the power-supply, power-management, motor-control and lighting markets, among others.”

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced the availability of its Remote Control Demo Board, which integrates graphics, touch sensing, USB, and wireless communications (ZigBee® RF4CE).  The board demonstrates a remote control populated with a PIC24FJ256DA210 MCU, 3.5” graphical TFT LCD display with resistive touch screen, capacitive touch keys with plastic overlay, MRF24J40 2.4 GHz transceiver and ZENA™ wireless adapter.

Many consumer products now feature colorful graphical displays and touch capability.  And, RF-based remote controls are becoming more prevalent, as they provide bi-directional communication and work through walls (no line-of-sight communication is required).  Microchip’s remote-control demo is in the form factor of a wireless remote control, but it can also be used as a reference design to build any type of application that requires a graphical display, touch sensing, USB and/or wireless capability.  The demo is supported by free source code that customers can use to customize for various graphical screens or touch-button scenarios.  The MRF24J40 transceiver can be used with the 2.4 GHz RF4CE, ZigBee® or MiWi™ protocols, depending upon the wireless needs of the end application. The demo showcases how a vivid color display application can use a low cost PIC24 MCU with integrated graphics driver, utilizing only the on-chip RAM to eliminate the cost of external memory.

“The Remote Control Demo Board was developed to help customers get to market quickly with Microchip’s graphics, mTouch™ sensing, USB and wireless solutions,” said Mitch Obolsky, vice president of Microchip’s MCU16 Division.  “The demo comes populated with our low-cost graphics microcontroller and wireless transceiver to enable a cost-effective system solution.”

Microchip Technology Inc., a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, today announced its next-generation energy-measurement analog front end (AFE), the MCP3911, which features two 24-bit, delta-sigma ADCs that operate at 3V with industry-leading accuracy of 94.5 dB SINAD and 106.5 dB THD.  This provides better energy-meter and power-monitoring performance by accurately measuring from start-up to maximum current, and enables faster calibration during production.  Four different power modes offers the flexibility of enabling either extremely low-power designs, to 0.8 mA per channel, or designs for higher-speed signals and harmonic content.  The extended temperature range allows operation from -40°C to +125°C.

The MCP3911 also features 2.7 to 3.6V analog and digital operation, which simplifies the interface by running off of the same power rail as the microcontroller.  An internal, low-temperature-coefficient voltage reference, along with PGAs on each channel, further enables metering and monitoring designs.

As the global energy-metering infrastructure is being upgraded and the power-monitoring market is growing, designers of energy-measurement and other signal-acquisition applications are looking for ways to increase performance while lowering costs.  Microchip is meeting these needs with the industry’s most accurate AFEs, which reduce power consumption with their low-power modes and reduce costs by decreasing the number of required power rails and external components.

“With this expansion of our industry-leading line of energy-measurement analog front ends, Microchip is enabling the rapidly growing global adoption of high-performance smart meters,” said Bryan J. Liddiard, marketing vice president of Microchip’s Analog and Interface Products Division.  “The combination of the world’s best accuracy with our extensive PIC® microcontroller portfolio provides designers with the tools they need to create the best performing energy meters and power monitors at the lowest cost.”

Micrel Inc., (Nasdaq:MCRL), an industry leader in analog, high-bandwidth communications and Ethernet IC solutions, today announced the MIC28510, a wide-input synchronous switching regulator IC that provides step-down conversion with better than 94 percent peak efficiency from an input voltage as high as 75V with maximum output current of 4A. The solution eliminates the need for a costly dual-stage conversion approach for point-of-load applications. The MIC28510 delivers up to 100W of power in a 13cm2 device - a new standard for power density. The MIC28510 is currently available in volume; pricing starts at $2.15 for 1K quantity.

Benefiting from Micrel's proprietary adaptive on-time control architecture, the MIC28510 provides ultra-fast transient response for today's demanding applications such as base stations, Power-over-Ethernet, home security systems and solar inverters. The MIC28510 integrates low-Rdson, high?side and low-side power switches to provide a highly efficient output down to 0.8V. The MIC28510 is also Any Capacitor TM stable independent of output ESR, thus solving the stability problem power supply designers face with distributed output capacitance.

"By combining an exceptionally wide input voltage range, superior stability and transient response with innovative packaging that ensures the best power density and thermal performance across the entire load range, the MIC28510 delivers unprecedented performance and flexibility," said Brian Hedayati, marketing vice president for the analog division at Micrel. "This places the MIC28510 in the sweet spot for designers tackling the most demanding applications."

The MIC28510 also offers a variety of other features that greatly simplify the design engineer's task, including a programmable switching frequency of up to 500 kHz, an enable pin for very low power shutdown, internal soft start, undervoltage lockout and internal compensation. The device also provides a host of protection features such as pre-bias safe start-up, over temperature protection, foldback current limit, short circuit protection and a -40-deg C to 125-deg C junction temperature range . The MIC28510 is available in a lead free 28-Lead 5mm x 6mm MLF® package.

dataMate™, a division of Methode Electronics, Inc.’s (NYSE: MEI) Data Solutions Group, announced today the development of a patent pending SFP+ cage system with advanced thermal management features to prevent data error and hardware failure due to excessive heat.

The trend in the pluggable module space of ever increasing bandwidth coupled with decreasing form factors and contiguous multi-port configurations is creating a new challenge to manage greater power consumption in small footprints. To address this challenge, dataMate™ has developed a new cage system which utilizes a series of thermally conductive compliant fingers that make direct contact with an SFP+ module to dissipate heat from the module housing. These thermally conductive fingers are then coupled to a heatsink designed to maximize heat transfer. Because there are many fingers that are independently compliant, this system accounts for irregularities across the surface of the module. The heatsink fin design and orientation can be customized to take advantage of the particular airflow in an application, and heat pipes can be incorporated to transfer heat to remote heatsinks for optimal location within space constraints.

The latest addition to the power quality products family and the first to meet the CE requirements for the IEC marketplace.
  • Designed to comply with all applicable IEC, IEEE, EN Standards and CE marking
  • On–site analysis and data retrieval without a computer
  • Intelligent Download — select only the data required
  • Trends Harmonics, THD & TDD and provides real–time graphical display of individual harmonic power
  • Includes AVO Metrosoft® software
  • Remote communications & alarm capabilities
Enhanced Instrument!

The new PA–9Plus maintains the complete set of functions supported by the earlier PA–9, while adding many new enhancements to meet the needs of customers. AVO Metrosoft software provides the analysis tools needed by the power quality service personnel and is included with each PA–9Plus.

New & Enhanced Metrosoft AVO PA–9W software capabilities

  • New – trends imbalance, individual harmonics, THD & TDD
  • New test log feature allows user to preview reports and charts by sequence and download only what is required
  • New zoom/unzoom charts feature
  • Enhanced remote control display
  • Modem software is now part of Metrosoft AVO PA–9W
New Demo connection mode

Why use the PA–9Plus?

Poor power quality can affect capacitor switching, propagation of harmonic voltages from customer originated non–linear loads, billing verification within 2%, transformer testing and verification, shut down variable speed drives, computers or other equipment causing physical damage, loss of production, financial losses etc. Consequently, there is a growing need to both document the presence of power quality problems and use recorded data to determine the cause and responsible agency.

These problems when they occur are called events.

The PA–9Plus can detect the following types of events.
  • Voltage (or current) swells and sags.
  • High–speed (sub–cycle) voltage/current spikes or notches.
  • Harmonic events.

Redesigned in their entirety after a detailed analysis of user requirements, the new range of oil test sets from Megger sets new standards for performance, ease of use, reliability and value for money. The new OTS range includes laboratory instruments for testing up to 100 kV, and portable instruments – including the world’s lightest oil test sets in the 60 kV and 75 to 80 kV ranges.
  • Easiest test sets to maintain and clean
  • Unique locking feature on electrode gap adjustment
  • World's lightest portable oil test set
  • Worlds's highest voltage portable oil test set
Tough chambers

All of the instruments in the range use the same test vessel, which is manufactured from a moulded material that has been specially selected as impervious to the effects of insulating oils and cleaning agents. The use of this material means that the vessels are much more resistant to breakage than their conventional glass counterparts and also much less expensive – both major benefits, particularly for those who prefer to use separate vessels for each type of oil.

Packed with useful features

Megger’s new oil test sets also offer convenient and precise thumbwheel adjustment for electrode spacing. Unlike all other currently available instruments, the adjuster incorporates a locking mechanism that completely eliminates the problem of accidental electrode movement during testing.

Other key features include a convenient pouring lip on the test vessel, a unique test chamber drain for spilt oil, automatic oil temperature measurement, support for both output voltage and output current breakdown detection, and facilities for storing results internally and on standard USB memory sticks. Data output is provided in .csv format for transfer in to laboratory information management system software (LIMS). USB memory sticks can also be used for loading different test standards.

2 portable and 3 laboratory oil test sets

The OTS range includes five models. The OTS60AF, OTS80AF and OTS100AF are primarily intended for use in fixed locations, such as laboratories, and offer maximum test voltages of 60 kV, 80 kV and 100 kV respectively. The OTS60PB and OTS80PB are compact lightweight instruments for portable use and offer maximum test voltages of 60 kV and 80 kV respectively.

All models feature a colour display with straightforward menu navigation, which makes them fast and easy to use. In addition, the laboratory models have a large keypad to facilitate rapid data entry.

Buy as much as you want

Across the range, Megger offers a configure-to-build service. This allows purchasers to specify the precise combination of options they need, and then Megger builds the instrument to suit. This means that users can have all of the features and facilities they need, without having to pay for unwanted options.

The SMRT36, is a smaller and lighter protective relay test set, and has more output power than any other comparable three-phase instrument available anywhere. The SMRT36 has a unique constant power output, produces a compliance voltage of 50 V at up to 4 A (200 VArms), and maintains 200 VA output power up to 30 A, making it ideally suited for testing in today’s installations and legacy plants. Also, with its forward thinking design, the SMRT36 is positioned for future challenges associated with smart grid testing.

The SMRT36 is Megger's fourth generation of automated relay test sets. This test set takes full advantage of Megger’s patented developments from previous models to produce an instrument that offers greater precision than its predecessors, with reduced size and reduced weight of only 12 kg.

The SMRT Solution

The SMRT Power Box is specifically designed to test protective relays that are used in conjunction with CTs having 1 A and 5 A secondaries. It combines the capacity to simulate high current faults with the amplifier precision needed to satisfy even the most demanding requirements. The instrument has three current output channels, plus three convertible channels that can be configured as either voltage or current outputs. This makes it possible, for example, to test numerical current differential relays that require six currents.

Its patented design allows the SMRT36 to deliver high power in both the voltage and current channels as needed in high-burden applications, such as testing electromechanical relays. The unique Constant Power Output of the current amplifiers produces a compliance voltage of 50 V at up to 4 A (200 VArms), and maintains 200 VA output power up to 30 A. Two current outputs can be series connected to double the compliance voltage to 100 V and provide a constant 400 VA output power at 4 A and up.

To facilitate panel testing, and the testing of high-burden electromechanical distance protection relays, the high constant power output is also available from the new PowerV voltage amplifiers. From 30 V to 150 V, these deliver a constant 150 VA, providing high current output at “difficult” low test voltages.

Of equal benefit is high current output capability. The new SMRT current amplifiers can deliver 30 A per phase continuous and up to 60 A per phase for short durations. For instantaneous overcurrent test applications, the SMRT36 can provide up to 180 A at high power.

Megger’s new SMRT36 Protective Relay Test Set can be controlled manually with the optional Smart Touch View InterfaceTM (STVI), which provides a simple way of testing even the most complex relays. The STVI, with its large full-color high-resolution touch screen, allows users to perform manual, steady-state and dynamic tests quickly and easily, and has built-in preset test routines for most popular relays.

For fully automated testing, the SMRT is supplied standard with AVTS, Megger’s advanced visual test software package.

The newest member of the Megger SMRT family of relay testers is now available. The SMRT410 provides muti-phase testing flexibility with modules providing high power capability to both voltage and current channels.
  • Small, rugged, lightweight and powerful
  • Operates with or without a computer
  • Intuitive manual operation with Smart Touch View Interface
  • High current, high power output (60 Amps/300 VA rms) per phase
  • Flexible output design provides up to four-phase voltage and up to ten-phase current
 The SMRT410 test system is completely customizable

The SMRT410 test system may be customized by adding the number of Voltage-Current, “VIGEN”, modules needed for specific test applications. The SMRT410 has the “smart” combination of high compliance voltage and high current to test all electromechanical, solid-state and microprocessor-based overcurrent relays, including voltage controlled, voltage restraint and high impedance directional ground overcurrent.

Automated testing

For full automatic testing the SMRT410 may be controlled by Megger Advanced Visual Test Software (AVTS). AVTS is a Microsoft® Windows® XP®/Vista™/7 compatible software program designed to manage all aspects of protective relay testing using the new Megger SMRT.
No need for a computer

The STVI eliminates the need for a computer when testing virtually all types of relays. Menu screens and touch screen function buttons are provided to quickly and easily select the desired test function. Tests results can be saved to the STVI for download to a memory stick to transfer or print test reports.

Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS) Model TSYS01 digital temperature sensor encapsulates a temperature sensing chip and a 24-bit ADC in a QFN16 package. This new technology provides on-board factory calibration coefficients that provide highly accurate temperature information accompanied by high measurement resolution. For improved performance specific to the application, custom calibration is available upon request.  Integration with microcontrollers is achieved through an I2C or SPI interface.

This digital temperature sensor is specifically designed for industrial control, HVACR and heating/cooling systems. Optimal performance is achieved through the use of a stabilized, noise-free power supply with the placement of a ceramic capacitor close to the supply pins, and keeping supply lines as short as possible.

The TSYS01 is easily embedded in most electronic applications as it draws < 12.5µA during normal operations and < 0.14µA on standby. Its broad operating range (-40ºC to +125ºC), small package and high accuracy (±0.1ºC) makes it an ideal replacement for Thermistors and NTCs. Furthermore, it can be mated to an external element should that prove most cost-effective. For best results, customers should proceed according to IPC/JEDEC J-STD-020D (Pb-Free Process) when using solder reflow process.

Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS) has just released its new EB100 pressure transducer for production. It is CE compliant and offers a pressure range of 300 to 5000psi (350bar) and operates from -40°C to +125°C with a ±1% TEB. This high accuracy, miniature device was specifically designed for space-constricted designs in motorsports, military/aerospace, off-road, industrial, test stand and hydraulic applications.

The EB100 uses MEAS’ UltraStable™ technology that provides stability over a wide temperature range and performance previously available only in much higher priced sensors. The UltraStable™ technology employs a silicon-based strain gage that is isolated from the media by an oil-filled capsule and a stainless steel diaphragm. High stability is provided through MEMS-based technology which offers excellent repeatability and minimal hysteresis. The 100% stainless steel media isolation protects against all but the most corrosive environments, offering excellent durability.

This new series of pressure transducers is the smallest design proposed by MEAS from the UltraStable™ line. It sets a new price and performance standard where high accuracy, small size and low weight are desirable. These miniature pressure transducers are suitable for measurement of liquid or gas pressure, including such difficult media as contaminated water, steam and mildly corrosive fluids. Custom OEM designs are available including various ports and output options.

Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS) has just released to production its ultra low noise Model 4807A Accelerometer. This DC response accelerometer features micro-g resolution and offers an industry-first, remote auto zero function. The 4807A provides an amplified, signal conditioned output in ranges from ±2g to ±200g with a dynamic range of 98dB. This sensor incorporates a gas damped silicon MEMS sensing element with integral mechanical overload stops for shock protection up to 5,000g as well as a wide bandwidth from DC to 1500Hz.

Specifically designed for low level vibration monitoring, the 4807A can be used in diverse applications such as transportation testing, flight testing, machine control and structural monitoring. Its stainless steel, hermetically sealed housing ensures reliable operation in rugged environments while its ±2Vdc bias output is compatible with industry-standard instrumentation.  The Model 4807A features a Total Error Band of <2% with an excitation voltage range from 8 to 18Vdc. The <2 second turn on time of the 4807A plus a broad compensated temperature range (-40°C to +121°C) makes this accelerometer an “all-weather” sensor that can jump to life quickly in power-starved installations.

The IP67 rating of this accelerometer provides significant protection in high humidity environments and against liquid incursion. The optional detachable cable (340A), triaxial mounting block(AC-D02652) and convenient three channel DC signal condition/amplifier (101) facilitates ease of installation. Those wishing the remote auto-zero function would choose the 341A cable assembly. Each unit is packaged with an NIST traceable calibration certificate. These devices are EAR99 export compliant and warranted for a period of one year from date of shipment to original purchaser to be free from defects in material and workmanship.

Measurement Specialties, Inc. (NASDAQ: MEAS) has recently designed and brought to production a high temperature version of their subminiature LVDT (Linear Variable Differential Transformer), the highly reliable Model XS-B. This small position sensor has a mere 3/16 inch [4.8mm] diameter with custom design capability to diameters of 1/8 inch [3.1mm]. The XS-B is now available for 430ºF [220ºC] operation in high-temperature applications such as MFC (Multi-Finger Calipers) for oil well casing integrity inspection. Efficiently manufactured under a strict ISO9001 quality system, these LVDTs are high-quality, yet cost effective linear measurement products.

The small diameter of these LVDTs allows for grouping many of them in a very small package for high density surface profile measurements in space restricted applications. The XS-B features a stainless steel housing, electromagnetic shielding, and resistance to shock and vibration. The 36-AWG lead-wires are PTFE-insulated providing resistance to abrasion and chemicals. The standard operating temperature range is -67°F to +302°F [-55°C to +150°C] with 430ºF [220ºC] optional.

Applications include but are not limited to:
  • Servomechanisms
  • Robotics
  • Surfometers
  • Measurement of films/delicate materials 
  • Multi-point measurement of small components
  • Multi-finger calipers for pipe contour inspection
  • Measurements at high displacement speeds

Master Appliance Corp., North America's leading designer and manufacturer of professional quality heat tools for industry, is proud to introduce its new UL and CUL Listed Model PH-1500 Proheat LCD Programmable Heat Gun, featuring six preset, changeable factory programs and easy-to-read digital display of variable temperature and air flow settings.

Temperature and air flow are keypad adjustable with temperatures in 10° increments, from 130°F to 1000°F (50°C-540°C) and air flow in ten increments from 4 to 16 CFM. Temperatures are displayed in degrees Fahrenheit and changeable to Celsius. Electronic circuitry, with closed loop temperature feedback system, maintains programmed temperatures at all air flow settings and while using any of the many optional attachments. The Proheat LCD Programmable Heat Gun is compact, light weight, and ergonomically designed for superb balance and grip. The Program, Temperature and Air Flow Lock feature provides added management control - perfect for production applications requiring consistent application of heat. For added safety, the Proheat PH-1500 comes standard with Power-interrupt Safety Reset requiring an "off-on" reset after a power failure, if the heat gun was left last in the "Hot" position.

The Proheat LCD Programmable Heat Gun's full-featured design makes it ideal for demanding applications in the aerospace, automotive, electronic, laboratory and general industrial workplace, including heating temperature sensitive materials, bending, forming and welding plastics, applying/removing decals, curing resins, drying filler, soldering and desoldering, shrinking tubing and others where heat and air flow control is needed. For convenient storage and transport, Master offers its new Model PH-1500K Proheat LCD Programmable Heat Gun Kit which includes the PH-1500 heat gun, five specialty attachments and a durable storage & carrying case. For international use, Master also offers each of the above model types in a CE Certified 230 Volt version in various power cord configurations.

Made in the USA, the new Proheat LCD Programmable Heat Gun and Heat Gun Kit are available only from authorized Master Appliance Distributors.

Everything needed for hot air welding a full range of thermoplastic materials is available in the new and convenient MASTER PROHEAT Plastic Welding Kit from Master Appliance Corporation.

This self-contained, general purpose welding system makes for fast and simple fabrication and repair of rigid and flexible plastics, auto bumpers, tarps, liners, covers, tents, inflatables and more.

The MASTER PROHEAT Plastic Welding Kit is built around the compact, lightweight MASTER PROHEAT LCD Model PH-1400 Dial-in Electronic Heat Gun. The heat gun's dial-in feature offers 10-increment temperature control from 130F to 1,000F and control of air flow from 4 to 16 CFM (113 to 453 l/min).

The exclusive, innovative magnetic key lock-in feature makes it easy to lock-in proper temperature and airflow for each welding application. Once saved, they can be used again and again. An electronic control system also prevents over-heating when the heat gun is used with special welding attachments.

Each MASTER PROHEAT Kit includes an instruction manual, five our most popular attachments specially designed for welding applications that use heat and pressure: Speed welding, Pendulum welding and Tack welding, and a welding rod starter assortment for PVC, PP, ABS, HDPE and LDPE.

A complete selection of additional welding tips, welding rod and accessories can be purchased individually. This includes the 3-inch (75mm) Spreader, which distributes air evenly over a wide area, to the Seam Roller with ball bearings, ideal for lap welding, edging tape and roofing applications.

Master Appliance Corp. is North America's leading designer and manufacturer of professional quality heat tools for industry. Made in the USA, the new MASTER PROHEAT Plastic Welding Kit is available only from authorized Master Appliance Distributors.

We are often asked several questions regarding our plug-in products & UL: "why are plug-in products only UL Component Recognized instead of UL Listed"?  Or "what is the difference between UL Component Recognized & UL Listed"?  The answer comes from "UL's Component Recognition Service covers the testing and evaluation of component products that are incomplete or restricted in performance capabilities".  Plug-in products require a socket for terminating wires.   Since any plug-in product can be used with almost any manufacturer's socket, UL has no information or control over the type of field-installed wires or terminations used with plug-in products such as time delay relays, phase monitor relays or alternating relays.  Therefore, they classify the product as Recognized instead of Listed.

On the other hand, non-plug-in products such as contactors, terminal blocks, control transformers, etc., that include their own terminations can be tested & approved by UL on their own.  Those products that obtain UL Listing require the manufacturer to list maximum wire size and recommended wire tightening torque values.

Does this mean "UL Listed" products are better than "UL Component Recognized" products?  Many people believe this to be true.   However, nothing could be further from the truth.  Products that are Component Recognized & those that are Listed go through the exact same safety-related tests at UL per UL508 with one exception--Listed products must also go through a wire pull-out test because they have terminals for field use.  Therefore, the only difference is how they are marked--with the UL Listed logo or the UL Component Recognized logo.

However, UL does allow the UL Listed Mark to be used on UL Component Recognized plug-in products if the manufacturer specifies a particular Component Recognized socket to be used and if the combination is submitted to UL for Listing.   Macromatic has completed such a program at UL, and now our plug-in products carry the UL Listed logo in addition to the UL Component Recognition logo.

As you can see from the photo, the particular Macromatic 8 or 11 pin socket is specified on the product nameplate.  This indicates that UL has Listed the combination of the Macromatic plug-in product and the appropriate Macromatic socket when used together.  Also notice that the UL Component Recognition logo remains.  This means that if the Macromatic plug-in product is used with any socket other than the appropriate Macromatic socket, the unit is only Component Recognized, not Listed.

Now panel shops and other equipment builders can eliminate questions & confusion on whether the products are truly UL Listed by specifying & using Macromatic plug-in products and our sockets.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lyon Workspace Products (Aurora, IL) has introduced its newly-designed flammable safety cabinets, which allow manufacturers to store flammable liquids safely — this helps protect employees as well as the facility.

All the steel parts are manufactured from cold rolled steel with a flush-mounted paddle handle design allows easy fingertip operation and features a double key set, with the option to use a padlock. Other features include:
  • A fully-welded, 18-gauge double wall consturciton with 1.5" of insulating airspace.
  • A fail-safe closing mechanism that uses a three-point stainless stell bullet latching system.
  • Self-closing doors that will shut automatically when temperatures reach 165°F.
  • Compliance with NFPA Code 30 and OSHA standards.

New Product: 360 - Fully-adjustable LED task light with an extended arm reach and minimal footprint

Design: Stephan Copeland

Manufacturer: Luxo

Product Description: 360’s 6.5W of high-power dimmable LEDs provide unequaled illumination, 105 footcandles at a height of 16 inches above the worksurface. 360 best articulates its ergonomics with a revolutionary arm that moves in unison with its rotating base. This allows for the most ergonomically correct workspace lighting and directs light exactly where needed for optimal lighting and functionality.

Stephan’s Copeland’s 360 continues Luxo’s long-standing history of sophisticated design and uncompromising quality. Backed by a comprehensive 5-year warranty, including LEDs, the 360 is guaranteed to deliver 45,000 hours of continuous use.

Product Applications: 360 delivers maximum light coverage while occupying minimal workspace. 360 is adaptable anywhere that high-performance energy-efficiency and adjustability are sought. In addition to full dimmability, the 360 features auto timeout which delivers 9 hours of uninterrupted use and then shuts-off the lamp to eliminate unnecessary energy drain With its asymmetric distribution, 360 casts light horizontally across the worksurface optimizing the ergonomic lighting and preventing glare.

Construction & Finishes: 360 provides exceptional light output and extensive light coverage all in a uniquely low profile design. 360’s sustainable aluminum housing is finished in black, silver grey or white.

360 is UL and CUL listed.

Lumex announces the global expansion of the QuasarBrite™ UV family of LED technologies to include three new standard wavelengths and also announces the availability of custom UV LED arrays. QuasarBrite UV LEDs provide up to 10 times longer lifespan, up to 50% cost savings , up to 70% energy consumption savings, and superior light performance compared to alternative technologies.

The RoHs compliant QuasarBrite UV LEDs are now available in standard 355nm, 365nm and 377nm wavelengths in a through-hole format. They are ideally suited for a wide range of applications including:
  • security (counterfeit detection for currency, passports and other travel documents)
  • forensic (applications related to forensic analysis of bodily fluids)
  • photo catalyst (for air and water purifier applications in homes, offices and automobiles)
“Previously widespread use of UV LED technology, especially in the shorter UV wavelengths, was hindered because the materials used in the epoxy LED lens degraded the lifespan of UV LEDs to less than 5,000 hours,” explained Kay Fernandez, Product Technology Manager at Lumex. “Recent technological developments have allowed the epoxy lenses to be replaced by a robust TO-46 package with a glass lens, making it possible for QuasarBrite UVs to last 10 times longer- with life spans of over than 50,000 hours.”

In addition to enhanced life span, QuasarBrite UV LEDs provide several key benefits compared to alternative technologies like CCFLs. QuasarBrite UV LEDs provide a uniform beam pattern. To match this performance CCFLs would require a secondary lens resulting in additional cost and space investment. Additionally, QuasarBrite UV LEDs do not use the hazardous mercury material found in CCFL technology and are more durable in their design, thereby significantly reducing maintenance costs. Finally, Lumex’s UV LEDs have up to 70% lower energy consumption than CCFLs. These factors combined allow Lumex’s QuasarBrite UV LEDs to provide up to a 50% cost savings compared to CCFLs.

“Because of significant cost and performance benefits UV LEDs provide over alternative technologies such as CCFLs, there is a dramatic growth in demand for UV LED technology worldwide,” explained Fernandez. “Lumex now offers a total of six standard UV wavelengths (355, 365, 377, 385, 405 and 415nm) as well as an almost limitless number of custom options to meet the needs of this growing market.”

The new 355nm, 365nm and 377nm QuasarBrite UV LEDs feature a 80° viewing angle and operating temperature range from -40°C to 100°C. Samples of these devices are available immediately from stock. Standard and custom production lead times range from 18-20 weeks. Pricing is dependent on quantity ordered, and is approximately $20 to $28 per unit in production quantities dependent on size and quantity ordered.

Lumex announces the global launch of the QuasarBrite™ family of LED panel indicators with hundreds of standard technologies and expedited custom capabilities. The family features a 120V-AC LED that eliminates the need for AC to DC transformers thereby generating significant cost and space savings.

Lumex LED panel indicators have several important advantages over alternative technologies such as incandescent bulbs. They can last up to 10 times longer, use 90% less energy, are more durable, shock and temperature resistant, and provide quicker on/off performance.

120V-AC LED

Part of the QuasarBrite family of Panel Mount Indicators, the QuasarBrite 120V-AC LED eliminates the need for AC to DC power conversion as it operates with 120V-AC power that can be taken directly out of the main power source. Eliminating the need for an AC to DC power transformer can generate up to 50% savings in real estate space. This real estate and part savings, combined with LEDs longer lifespan and enhanced durability when compared to alternative technologies such as incandescent bulbs, can also lead to up to 70% cost savings.

The QuasarBrite 120V-AC LED is designed for optimal performance in a wide range of challenging environments including:
  • green energy technology (including monitors on solar panel and wind turbine equipment);
  • industrial control applications (including gas and liquid flow meters, thermal test chambers, and signaling devices.);
  • commercial appliance applications (including any indicators on appliances);
  • communications equipment (including network routers, switches and video servers).
The QuasarBrite 120V-AC LED is available in a round configuration with a 7mm diameter, however this configuration can also be customized with wire lengths ranging from 6 inches to 6 feet and with a variety of connector options with minimal tooling. Custom technologies are also available with quick turn around time and are very cost effective for mid- to large-quantity orders. Available in blue, white, red, yellow and green color varieties, the RoHs compliant QuasarBrite 120V-AC panel mount indicator LEDs are available from $2.50 per unit in production quantities with lead times ranging from eight to ten weeks for standard or custom technologies.

QuasarBrite Family of LED Panel Indicators

The QuasarBrite family of panel mount indicators consists of hundreds of standard LED technologies in round, square or rectangular formats with diameters ranging from 3mm to 20mm, with rubber, black anodize, plastic or chrome housing, and cable lengths between 6inches to 6 feet . Color options include blue, white, red, yellow and green.

In addition to an extensive variety of standard technologies, Lumex provides cost-effective custom solutions with speed unmatched in the market today.

“What truly differentiates Lumex as a provider of LED panel indicators is not only the quality of our standard products but the ease, speed and cost-effectiveness of our custom technologies,” explained Steve Sievers, Product Development Manager at Lumex. “Due to slight but precise variations from project to project, design engineers often require custom technology suited to meet their exact specifications and design needs. Lumex provides unmatched speed and expert technical support in working with customers to create a cost-effective solution designed to meet their precise needs.”

Custom and standard QuasarBrite LED panel incidators are well-suited for a wide variety of applications including panel illumination, automotive accent lighting, and small space lighting, as well as indication for control panels, user-interfaces and warning lights.

Lumex announces the expansion of the SunBrite™ family of general illumination LED technologies. Two new SunBrite technology categories – the SunBrite MR-16 Retrofit LEDs and the SunBrite Modular LED Lightbars are now available worldwide.

Combining considerable energy savings with superior performance, the new SunBrite LED technologies are ideally suited for a wide range of applications including: general, spot and track lighting in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

SunBrite MR-16 Retrofit LEDs

The SunBrite MR-16 Retrofit LED provides significant cost and performance benefits compared to halogen alternatives widely available in the market today. The SunBrite MR-16 Retrofit LED (SSP-M16 series) technology offers comparable brightness (300 Lumens at 12 volts) and color performance (CRI over 80) to halogen alternatives, while simultaneously providing significant energy, cost and lifespan improvements.

The RoHs-compliant SunBrite MR-16 LED uses up to 80% less energy (current) than alternative halogen technologies. Additionally, the lifespan of the MR-16 LED is up to 8x longer than that of a standard halogen technology (17 years compared to roughly 2 years assuming Energy Star average daily usage of 4 hours/day).

The metal body construction of the MR-16 LED serves as a natural heat sink and makes the technology more durable than halogen alternatives. This greatly reduces labor costs associated with bulb replacements – especially in high-ceiling or other difficult to reach locations.

Despite a higher initial upfront price tag compared to standard halogens, the reduced energy expenditure, longer lifespan and enhanced durability offered by the SunBrite MR-16 LED allow the new technology to pay for itself in less than one year and to generate a cost savings of up to 80% cost savings over a single year.

The SunBrite MR-16 Retrofit LEDs (SSP-M16-Series) are available in both warm and cool white varieties with viewing angles of 24° for spotlighting technologies or 50° for wider-view applications. The technologies run at 12volts in either AC or DC. Pricing is roughly $20 in production quantities or $30 for smaller quantities.

SunBrite Modular LED Lightbars

The SunBrite Modular LED Lightbar technologies combine high-performance, ease-of-installation, flexibility and cost savings. Unlike many alternative lighter technologies, the SunBrite LED Lightbar can be installed with ease without the need to hire an electrician to open walls and install new wiring.

The modular technology family features a wide variety of compatible components making it possible to mix-and-match individual pieces in a wide variety of sizes and formats in order to create a solution ideally suited for each unique application. Users can create their own unique lightbar kit from the following available technologies:
  • Lightbars are available in lengths of 6, 12 and 24 inches. Lightbars can be easily joined together to create desired length (maximum of 40 watts).
  • Compatible connector cables are available in 10 inch, 20 inch or 40 inch lengths to connect lightbars to desired length.
  • Mounting clips are available in 45° or 90° angle varieties.
  • A specially designed transformer is available to allow for simplified installation and immediate wall plug-in.
  • A dimmer switch is available and effective on an entire line of connected light switches.
The SunBrite Modular LED Lightbar technologies (SSP-LB-Series) match the brightness performance (200-300 Lumens per foot at 24 volts) of other leading easy-installation LED lightbar brands but is available at up to a 5% cost savings. Prices range from $25-$30 per foot in production quantities and from $35-$40 per foot in smaller quantities. The new technology is CE, UL, IP60 and RoHS compliant.

Warm, neutral and cool white colors are available in standard formats. Custom RGB technologies can also be created in any color. Lumex provides cost-effective custom solutions with speed unmatched in the market today.