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Keep Torque Wrenches Calibrated

June 21, 2011 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TechAngle Electronic Torque Wrench from Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI) now comes with a cycle-counting feature to keep track of calibration cycles. The wrench allows users to set the torque value in Newton-meters, foot-pounds, or inch-pounds, and angle of rotation. The cycle counting feature helps users meet the ISO standard 6789:2003, which specifies calibration requirement for torque wrenches at one year or 5,000 cycles.

How Is Your Air Quality?

June 20, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

E Instruments International (Langhorne, PA) has developed the AMI300 indoor air quality monitor for any AIQ application. According to the company, the tool can provide information on CO, CO2, temperature, humidity, air flow and velocity, and more. There are also a number of wireless probes available.

High-Accuracy Pressure Detection

June 20, 2011 6:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

OMEGA Engineering (Stamford, CT) has developed the PXM309 Metric series pressure transducer with a static accuracy of 0.25 percent and a 1 percent total error band (TEB) over a range of -20 to 85°C. All units are supplied with a 5-point NIST traceable calibration certificate. Additional features include: An all-stainless steel construction and solid state internals, which make the PXM309 ideal for most industrial applications.


Thermal Imaging For The Industry

June 17, 2011 6:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke (Everett, WA) has developed new thermal imagers specifically for industrial and electrical applications: the Ti27, Ti29, and Ti32. All three imagers have improved thermal sensitivity and spatial resolution, combined with a high-definition display, which helps users make sharper images.

Keep Track Of Your Speed

June 17, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Meggitt Sensing Systems (Fribourg, Switzerland) has added a velocity sensor to its Vibro-Meter product line, which works with all condition and health monitoring systems. The PV 102 is a 100 mV/inch/second piezoelectric velocity sensor, and the certified version has ATEX, IEC, and CSA hazardous area certifications.

Let Your Drives Go Wireless

June 9, 2011 7:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new Radio Drive Series Interface (RDSI) module, for the Flex M receiver, is now available from Magnetek, Inc. (Menomonee Falls, WI). The RDSI module was designed to allow users to communicate with the company’s IMPULSE drives through a serial interface, reducing system cost by eliminating wiring and labor.

Quickly Disconnect Motion Control

June 7, 2011 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Siemens Industry, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) has announced the introduction of Speed Connect, which is a new quick-release mechanism that protects against vibration shakeout on the company’s Motion-Connect line of power and signal cables. The Speed Connect release makes installation faster, because the disconnects are entirely tool-less, according to the company.

More Versatile, Precise Scales

June 6, 2011 6:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PrimoWeigher 360 combination scales from CombiScale, Inc. (Opa Locka, FL) provide for more flexibility than using a 24- or 32-head combination scale by allowing users to add or remove scales/products easily, with no loss in accuracy or productivity. The Windows-based 360 Operating System can support as many scales as needed to mix infinite products, and offers features like Skype for online support, Crystal Report for custom reports, and a Wizard for step-by-step assistance for operators when inputting new jobs.


Improve Your Oscilloscopes

June 6, 2011 6:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation (Chelmsford, MA) has introduced three new ADCs that are ideal for Digital Storage Oscilloscopes (DSOs). According to the company, the combination of low power and 1 GSPS sample rate is a first. The HMCAD1520, HMCAD1511, and HMCAD1510 feature integrated crosspoint switches that allows switching between quad-, dual-, and single-channel modes, while the HMCAD1511 features 8-bit resolution at a 1 GSPS sample rate.

Better Sensors For Gas Detection

June 2, 2011 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) has released the Model SG1 portable single-gas detector that uses electrochemical sensor technology to detect and monitor any one of five gases: hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, oxygen, or sulfur dioxide. The detector is controlled by an advanced microprocessor for automatic zero-calibration and easy set-up.

A Tough Industrial Laptop

May 26, 2011 7:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Solutions Company (Secaucus, NJ) has announced a series of upgrades to its Toughbook 31 rugged laptops. The devices now feature Intel Core i5 and i3 processors, increased RAM and hard drive capacity, and up to 20 hours of battery life. The devices have been certified to meet nineteen MIL-STD-810G tests, including shock, drop, vibration, and extreme temperature, and has an IP65 rating for protection from water and dust.

A Universal Flowmeter

May 24, 2011 6:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra Instruments (Monterey, CA) has introduced the Innova-Sonic 210i, their updated universal transit-time flow meter for liquid flow measurement applications. A high-powered ultrasonic pulse offers improved digital signal processing, which allows customers to use just one set of transducers over a wide range of pipe sizes.

Record Humidity Wirelessly

May 23, 2011 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) has announced the UWRH-2-NEMA wireless relative humidity transmitter that features a standalone, compact, and battery-powered NEMA design. According to the company, it can transmit measurements to a host receiver up to 400 feet away, and includes free software to convert a TC into a multi-channel chart recorder or data logger.


Liquid-Friendly Thermostats

May 16, 2011 6:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Selco Products Company (Reno, NV) is offering a line of Immersion Thermostats to meet requirements for challenging applications where the temperature control device must me submerged in water or other liquids. Typical applications include pressure washer equipment, industrial steam cleaners, industrial water heaters, and more.

Rugged Embedded Computers

May 13, 2011 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SeaPAC R9-8.4 embedded computer, from Sealevel Systems (Liberty, SC), features a 8.4” TFT LCD to create a wide-temperature, rugged computer for a variety of HMI and control applications. The computers can survive an extended operating temperature range of -30 to 70°C with no heaters or cooling fans, and uses a resistive touchscreen for use in a wide range of industrial environments.

Detect Unwanted Vibrations

May 12, 2011 5:19 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 235 Vibration Meter from Balmac (Plain City, OH) give users the means to quickly and easily do rotating machinery vibration measurements. The user can select the unit by pressing the Acceleration, Velocity, or Displacement buttons, while its automatic ranging capability scales the meter for the most accurate measurement.

A Crane And Scale, Together

May 10, 2011 7:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Alliance/CAS Caston II Crane Scale from Alliance Scale, Inc. (Canton, MA) is a low-cost wireless option for light- and medium-duty weighing applications of pipe, bar stock, castings, and related items for loading and unloading operations. The system has a handheld wireless remote control, on/off, zero, and tare functions, and auto span calibration.

Gas Alarms With Many Channels

May 10, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Oldham (Arras, France), an Industrial Scientific company, introduced the WX Series of gas detection alarm controllers with three models: WX4 (four-channel), WX16 (16-channel), and WX64 (64-channel). Each model is designed for continuous monitoring of its respective number of analog or digital gas measurements.

New Test Leads With A 'Twist'

May 10, 2011 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has announced the availability of the new TL175 TwistGuard Test Leads, which have a manually-adjustable test tip guard for use in different measurement environments. By twisting the teat lead, the user can change the exposed tip length from 4/25” to 3/4”.

Communications Get Sophisticated

May 3, 2011 6:48 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation (Chelmsford, MA) has introduced three new SMT packaged MMIC Band-Pass Turnable Filters, which are ideal for pre-selection in multi-band communication systems and in test or measurement equipment. They are tunable over a 4.0 to 19.0 GHz frequency range, and are insensitive to environmental conditions, according to the company.

Go Wireless In Your Plant

May 3, 2011 6:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) has designed the RTD-to-Wireless Connector/Convertor, which transmits process temperature, ambient temperature, signal strength, and battery status wirelessly to a computer or the internet. According to the company, users can interface up to 12 different wireless connectors with one receiver.

A Tough Industrial Computer

April 25, 2011 7:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Everest E200 rugged industrial computer, from Glacier Computer (New Milford, CT), can now provide an optional Windows CE Thin Client, which is a minimal version that can support a Remote Desktop device. The E2000 will also run the full version of Windows CE 6.0. The E2000 is engineered to withstand extremes of vibration, shock, and moisture while providing users easy access to critical information with the capability to be mounted on vehicles or fixed structures.

Customize Your New Industrial Scale

April 21, 2011 6:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

CombiScale Inc. (Opa Locka, FL) has announced the release of a new PrimoWeigher 360 combination scale with 16 heads and 2.5 liter buckets. The PrimoWeigher 260 is the first open frame scale where all electronics are located remotely in a electrical enclosure. This allows them to be safeguarded during washdown, and from machine vibration, but they are still located at eye level for servicing.

Keep Track Of Pesky Moisture

April 12, 2011 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HM100 Pin Moisture Meter, from E Instruments International (Langhorne, PA), is a portable unit for detecting the moisture levels of materials in a variety of different applications, including indoor air quality (IAQ), HVAC, building inspections, and more. According to the company, the HM100 is a highly sensitive instrument, and can measure moisture levels in many types of wood, concrete, plaster, and brick.

Detect Fast-Changing Noise Levels

April 12, 2011 7:36 am | Product Releases | Comments

Casella USA (Amherst, NH) has unveiled the new CEL-630 data logging meter designed to simplify the task of measuring workplace noise in environments prone to variable or fast-changing noise levels. The device provides the operator with an overall average result, along with a time history of every reading.

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