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Accurate Light Meter

October 13, 2009 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Traceable Light Meter Pen from Control Company (Friendswood, TX) reads from 0 to 1,860 foot-candles with a resolution of .01, and from 0 to 20,000 Lux with a resolution of 1. Tough ABS plastic housing, an O-ring seal, and membrane keypad help keep dirt and dust out, which makes the product ideal in harsh plant environments.

Build A Strong Foundation

October 12, 2009 7:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Athena Controls, Inc. (Plymouth Meeting, PA) has announced the availability of their new line of Foundation series of customizable modular control products. The Foundation series offers virtually limitless heat and/or cool control possibilities in a small package. The basic control board can handle everything from simple multi-loop PID control to more complex custom “state machine” control using a large flash code and RAM memory.

Weigh In Any Unit

October 12, 2009 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Newton line of precision balances from Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) feature ten different capacities over a broad range of applications: 120g, 210g, 310g, 410g, 610g, 1500g, 2100g, 3100g, 4100g, and 6100g, all with 0.1g resolution. The 16mm LCD display has an amber backlight for easy viewing.

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Ultra-Efficient UPS

October 5, 2009 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has developed its latest line of SmartOnline 3-Phase UPS systems incorporate an economy mode function, which yields an efficiency rating of up to 97 percent, according to the company. The economy mode reduces operating costs through lower heat output and lessens cooling requirements.

Switch Up Your Pneumatics

October 5, 2009 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The NITRA line of pneumatics from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now includes the CPS series of pneumatic position switches to offer a robust interface between acutators and electrical control systems. The solid-state switches are available in 3-wire DC PNP, NPN normally open, or PNP normally closed configurations.

It Goes Where You Can't

October 2, 2009 7:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) has developed the water-cooled Portable FireSight Diagnostic System. The new FireSight was designed to view and record real-time color video images of combustion and other high-temperature processes in furnaces, kilns, and incinerators.

Tough Videoscopes

October 2, 2009 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus NDT (Waltham, MA) announces the new IPLEX LX and IPLEX LT industrial videoscopes, designed for a wide range of remote visual inspections where access is limited. The new scopes are compact — about half the weight of the IPLEX FX — due to their thin LCD monitor, which makes them ideal for usable inside boiler rooms, airplane fuselages, or wind turbine gearboxes.

UL-Certified Surge Protection

October 1, 2009 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas & Betts (Richmond, VA) announces that their entire line of Current Technology surge protection devices have been evaluated and approved under the new UL standards going into effect on September 29, 2009. The new UL standard, replacing the second edition of UL 1449, prevents manufacturers from selling non-compliant devices until they are proven to meet the new, more robust criteria.

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Get Inverted

September 30, 2009 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Clore Automotive (Lenexa, KS) introduces a new 3000 Watt power inverter, the PI30000X, from SOLAR. The new model is designed to deliver clean, reliable power from a 12 volt power source to a wide variety of power equipment, electronics, and appliances. A temerpature-activated fan control helps eliminate unnecessary draining of the 12 volt power source when in standby mode.

Small Protectors, Big Surges

September 29, 2009 10:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new PS-C DIN rail power supplies from Altech (Flemington, NJ) has been engineered to deliver high power (up to 20 amps) in a compact package, up to 50 percent smaller compared with conventional versions, according to the company. These single-output units can provide an upfront power surge by boosting 50 percent more power in the first three seconds, followed by 100 percent of continuously rated power in service.

Rugged Panel PCs

September 29, 2009 10:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Comark Corporation (Medfield, MA) line of PanelMagic PCs are useful in a wide variety of industrial machinery applications, including packaging, food processing, and material handling, due to their rugged stainles steel construction. Additional features include: Display sizes ranging from 12” to 20”.

Force Gauge For Any Application

September 25, 2009 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Dart 2.0 FGV-XY Force Gage from the Paul. N. Gardner Company (Pompano Beach, FL) is an ergonomically-designed force gauge for inspection, finished goods testing, and R&D. The built-in USB port and 1,000 point memory allows for data exporting in real-time. Other features include: A 1,000 Hz sample rate to provide more accurate results.

The Medusa Of Smoke Detectors

September 25, 2009 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Fireray 5000 optical beam smoke detector from Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE, Corinth, TX) delivers a wide area coverage, ideal for large indoor spaces like manufacturing facilities. When utilizing the new Multi Head System, the Fireray 5000 becomes the first UL/ULC-listed, motorized, self-correcting beam smoke detector that allows up to four detectors installed into a single system.

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Thorough Fluid Analysis

September 25, 2009 3:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

caption Fluid Rx (Lincoln Gardens, NJ) has packaged its on-the-spot analysis technology into a easy to read kit designed to show the customer the extact conditions of their vehicle’s operating fluids. The Fluid Rx Underhood Fluid Evaluation pack provides service personnel with on-the-spot evaluation of brake, power steering, transmission, and transfer case fluids, and the results are shown on a single, convenient card.

Low Capacitance Cables

September 21, 2009 11:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

Belden (Richmond, IN) has expanded its line of low capacitance DataBus cables, which consists of PLTC/ITC-ER, PLTC, and TC-ER versions that are specifically designed to meet Fieldbus specification 61158.2. DataBus cables offer a robust electrical design and robust construction to ensure reliable performance, while providing flexibility in industrial environments, including outdoor installations.

Inexpensive Thermal Imaging

September 21, 2009 11:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

FLIR Systems (Billerica, MA) has unveiled the FLIR i7 thermal imaging camera, which couples RESNET-compliant 120x120 pixel infrared resolution with 2 percent accuracy and 0.1°C sensitivity. Designed for electrical, HVAC, mechanical, and energy-audit problems, the FLIR i7 reveals abnormal temperature readings with crisp images on a 2.

Versatile PLCs

September 21, 2009 11:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CLICK PLC from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) is the latest family of programmable controllers designed as stackable discrete modules for first-time PLC customers as well as experienced users. The product is engineered with a multitude of built-in and stackable I/O options.

Cycle Closing And Withstand Tested

September 21, 2009 8:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new RTS Series transfer switches from Russelectric (Hingham, MA) are listed for 30-cycle closing and withstand ratings based on testing per UL standard 1008. These switches simplify selective coordination of overcurrent/short circuit devices in emergency and backup power systems.

Clear Your Vision

September 21, 2009 8:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex (Natick, MA) has enhanced its VisionView operator interface with new features that enable more detailed visualization of parts and easier storage of failed images. The VisionView interface integrates with Cognex In-Sight vision systems, and version 1.2 of the interface adds panning and zooming capabilities.

Get On The Lean Track

September 15, 2009 8:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

Parsec Automation Corp. (Brea, CA) has developed the next generation of its LEANTrack Mobile Productivity Solution, a portable package that can be rapidly deployed without installation, wiring, programming, or infrastructure changes. The LEANTrack system allows users to set up a system through a configuration wizard, and begin collecting data.

Soft, Yet Secure Machine Vision

September 15, 2009 8:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

SoftNoze USA Inc. (Frankfort, NY) announces a new line of products that mount, aim, and secure machine vision cameras and smart sensors. The first two products in the Machine Vision series are the MV-SUB-CB and MV-SUBE-CB, which combine a stainless steel bracket with a high-strength polymer base to make camera and sensor installation easy.

Integrated Blow Molding

September 15, 2009 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MACO Compact control system from Eurotherm (Leesburg, VA) is an integrated system for demanding blow molding, offering control of clamps, linear positioning, pressure/flow, temperature, and more. The new interface for the system is compatible with the manufacturer’s preferred HMI, offering options of several keyboards, a full numeric keypad, or just a simple touchscreen.

Accelerate Your Vibration Analysis

September 14, 2009 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Wilcoxon Research (Germantown, MD) introduces two compact industrial accelerometers, the 780B and 780C, rounding out the family of narrow, low-profile, and lightweight sensors. Both sensors are 100 mV/g general purpose vibration sensors, with the 780B featuring a + 10 percent sensitivity tolerance, and the 780C featuring a + 15 percent tolerance.

Feature-Filled Balance

September 14, 2009 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) has developed the FX-iWP, the first waterproof and dustproof compact precision balance, which incorporates the reduced-sized Super-Hybrid Sensor to provide quick readings with high precision. Six models are available from 120g x 0.0001g to 3200g x 0.

Hazard-Safe Sensoring

September 14, 2009 5:26 am | Product Releases | Comments

Balluff (Florence, KY) introduces the Micropulse ProCompact linear position transducer, which is designed to be rugged, accurate, and protected against environmental hazards. The Micropulse utilizes non-contact magnetostrictive technology in a welded, hermetically-sealed stainless steel housing, which provides long-term reliability and service life.

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