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Plants Go Long-Range Wireless

November 1, 2010 8:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) has introduced their long-distance industrial wireless transmitters and receivers — the UWXL series — that are designed for a variety of applications, including temperature, infrared temperature, relative humidity, process transducers, as well as pH.

Hassle-Free HVAC Inspection

October 29, 2010 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SEEKER 100 (DCS100) Wireless Video Inspection System from General Tool & Instruments (New York, NY) is able to wirelessly connect to a Windows computer, enabling video to be viewed on the computer or streamed live over the Internet via Skype. Designed for HVAC/R applications — such as detecting leaks, inspecting corrosion and deposit buildup, or reading hidden parts and serial numbers — the system allows users to visually inspect inaccessible or hazardous areas without requiring disassembly or teardown.

Upgraded Gas Sensors

October 25, 2010 8:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon’s (The Woodlands, TX) Model 524 and 624 MicroSafe gas detection sensors have been upgraded to “D” series transmitters, which includes more rugged circuitry and better fault diagnostics. The non-intrusive “Smart” sensors feature embedded intelligence that makes the operator interface simple.

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Force Gauges For Any Application

October 22, 2010 9:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mark-10 (Copiague, NY) has introduced their Series 4 digital force gauges, which are designed for tension and compression force testing in quality control and manufacturing. A range of a capacities — from 0.12 pounds to 500 pounds — is available to address numerous applications in virtually any application.

Position Sensing In All Directions

October 22, 2010 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The POSIROT family of magnetic rotary sensors from ASM Sensors, Inc. (Elmhurst, IL) welcomes to PRAS21 series, which is a non-contact position sensor that uses an external position magnet to provide an absolute output signal over a 360° measurement range. By using an external magnet, the sensor has a wear-free operation.

Get Smarter Vehicle Safety

October 21, 2010 9:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Keytroller, LLC (Tampa, FL) has introduced the SMARTEST: an inexpensive and easy-to-install dual video drive camera system that can protect a company from false claims in regard to accidents that company vehicles are involved in. SMARTEST records digital both forward and rearward while the vehicle’s ignition is on.

Detect Hard-To-See Glass, Plastic

October 15, 2010 6:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Schneider Electric (Palatine, IL) has announced the new OsiSense XUBT1, a photo-electric sensor specifically designed for machine manufacturers in the packaging and bottling industries. The sensor is adaptable, enabling manufacturers to detect transparent materials such as PET bottles, translucent wrapping film, and colored glass.

See Your Plant In 3D

October 12, 2010 12:27 pm | Product Releases | Comments

FARO Technologies, Inc. (Lake Mary, FL) has developed the FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D, which is a 3D laser scanner for detailed measurement and documentation, with a intuitive touch screen control that makes it as easy to operate as a digital camera, according to the company. It is four times lighter and five times smaller than its predecessor, and is able to produce detailed 3D images in only a few minutes.

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Clamp Metering Gets Flexible

October 7, 2010 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Corporation (Everett, WA) has introduced its new iFlex flexible current probes, which are designed to make current measurement easier for industrial technicians. The probes use a large coil that allows users to reach around large or awkwardly-shaped conductors up to 6” in diameter, and expands the measurement range of select Fluke meters to 2000 amps.

Torque Testing Made Easy

October 5, 2010 9:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Promess, Inc. (Brighton, MI) has launched a new family of Motorized Torque Assembly & Test Systems for assembly and test applications requiring cranking, twisting, turning, ratcheting, or pre-loading of the products being produced. The product offers in five standard torque capacities: 5 Nm, 20 Nm, 50 Nm, 100 Nm, and 200 Nm, with standard rotational speeds up to 1,400 rpm.

Flowmeters In Tough Environments

October 1, 2010 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

The FMG600 Series electromagnetic flow meters from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) are designed for the measurement of conductive liquids. The FMG600 mag meters have no moving parts, which means they can handle applications involving wastewater, pulp, food, and slurries. Standard outputs include analog, frequency, and RS485 communications.

More Pure Steam Samples

October 1, 2010 10:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The mobile Steam Sampling Cart from Spriax Sarco (Blythewood, SC) is engineered to improve safety, efficiency, and operability in the collection of pure steam samples for testing. The unit is designed to take critical quality samples for total organic carbon (TOC), conductivity, microbial levels, and endotoxin monitoring.

Easier-To-Read Pressure Gauges

September 29, 2010 3:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PG10 Digital Pressure Gauge from Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG — Logan, UT) is an IP65-rated indoor/outdoor gauge that features a 5.5” display casing, a five-digit display, and a 270° digital “dial” that shows a user-selectable pressure range from 0 to 100 percent.

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Better Avoidance Detection

September 28, 2010 7:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron Scientific Technologies Inc. (Fremont, CA) introduces its compact Type 3 safety laser scanner — the OS32C Safety Laser Scanner — with a 104.5mm profile and low 5W power consumption. According to the company, the OS32C is easy to install, making it ideal for solving presence detection and collision avoidance applications.

Vibration Analysis Goes Wireless

September 28, 2010 7:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Process Management (Austin, TX) has extended the capabilities of its CSI 9420 Wireless Vibration Transmitter to deliver more detailed information for machinery analysis. The CSI 9420 can now also use Emerson’s Smart Wireless network to send high-resolution spectra to vibration expects for detailed diagnosis of machinery issues.

Industrial-Friendly Laptops

September 24, 2010 7:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Solutions Company (Secaucus, NJ) has announced the newest member of its Toughbook U1 ultra-mobile PC product family, with the Toughbook U1 Ultra. The new model has a TransflectivePlus display for easy viewing in direct sunlight, a 64GB solid state hard drive, 2GB of memory, and Windows 7.

Become A Better Tracker

September 23, 2010 9:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Huntron, Inc. (Eindoven, The Netherlands) and JTAG Technologies have announced the integration of their test methods within Huntron’s range of prober-enhanced analog signature analysis products. The “Huntron Tracker” allows users to take advantage of advancements that allow PCBs to be tested using built-in logic circuits.

AC Inverters For All Situations

September 21, 2010 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

High-Lites (Wallingford, CT) introduces the PFT Series of universal, fast transfer AC inverter systems. They’re designed to accommodate small- to medium-sized projects requiring emergency power back-up, and unlike ballast packs, they provide reliable emergency power sine wave output to any connected load or fixture.

Take Your Computer Anywhere

September 21, 2010 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RC Series Mobile Powered Workstation from Newcastle Systems (Woburn, MA) has on-board power to run a laptop, a printer, and a scanner or other device for at least eight hours of normal use, according to the company. Its small footprint (18.5” x 22”) makes it ideal for narrow aisles and small spaces.

Platinum And Gold Sensors

September 20, 2010 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The S10 and S17 ORP Sensors from Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD — Irvine, CA) have a no-glass design with platinum or gold sensor tips to operate safely in a wide range of demanding applications. They come with easily-replaceable ORP cartridges that plug into a 316 stainless steel body, which incorporates the sensing element, a temperature module, and a signal conditioner with cabling.

Tuck-Away Safety Latches

September 17, 2010 12:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

All Metric Small Parts (New Hyde Park, NY; aMsp) has launched a series of flush-handle latches that feature fold-away safety handles. They are designed for use in EMI shielding racks for information devices, such as digital equipment, magnetic disk devices, control boards, and more. The rectangular shape measures 75mm x 110mm.

Food-Grade Stainless Scales

September 17, 2010 12:20 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The multi-head scale by CombiScale, Inc. (Opa Locka, FL) is designed so that all contact parts are completely tool-less: pans, buckets, and chutes are all designed for quick and easy removal and feature a food-grade stainless steel construction. All functions are controlled digitally using a microprocessor.

Easier Push-Button Connectors

September 14, 2010 10:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allied Electronics (Fort Worth, TX) now stocks the HARTING Han-Yellock Connector Series, which combines multiple features within one connector, including an internal locking system. Push-button technology is also included. The connectors allow for simple installation and locking by turning one of the push buttons 90 degrees, reducing the chance for unauthorized access without the use of a tool.

Multi-Parameter Gas Detection

September 13, 2010 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Seacoast Science, Inc. and Forston Labs (Fort Collins, CO) has launched the Forston Mini Gas Chromatograph (GC), which uses MEMS technology developed for the Army Research Laboratories. The Forston Mini GC is ideal for industrial processing, quality control applications, and a wide range of safety applications, according to the company.

A Better Piston Gauge

September 13, 2010 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fluke Calibration (Everett, WA) has introduced the PG9607 piston gauge, which delivers unequaled performance for the measurement of absolute and gauge pressures up to 500 kPa (72.5 psi). The PG9607 piston gauge has a 100g mass load to allow a wide range of pressure defined by a single piston-cylinder assembly, and a new 50mm piston-cylinder design.

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