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Smarter Barcode Scanners

September 7, 2010 6:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) announced its next-generation DataMan handheld industrial ID scanner, the DataMan 8000 Series, which uses IDMax technology for reading 1D and 2D codes regardless of size, quality, printing method, or surface. According to the company, the DataMan 8000 now comes with integrated liquid lens technology, which gives the maximum depth of field flexibility for an image-based handheld reader.

Your Plant In 3-D

September 2, 2010 12:33 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MobileScan3D is a mobile CNC laser scanning solution, available from Wenzel/Xspect Solutions (Wixom, Michigan), that allows for fully-automatic reverse engineering and part inspection verification. According to the company, its portability and rapid set-up let users scan on location without time-consuming efforts.

Easy-To-Install Position Sensors

August 31, 2010 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) has announced that the company’s line of BIM-UNR magnetic cylinder position sensors has been expanded to include NPN outputs. The sensors are made to mount within C-groove cylinders with no accessories required, and a combination mounting screw gives users the flexibility of choosing a 3/16” Allen wrench or a flat-bladed screwdriver for installation.

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Better Alignment Is Important

August 30, 2010 7:16 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The ROTALIGN ULTRA LIVE TREND is a short-term continuous monitoring application from LUDECA (Doral, FL) that determines the relative positional changes between coupled machines during run-up or shutdown. The ROTALIGN 5-axis sensor monitors both the vertical and horizontal parallel continuously, allowing the machines to be precisely aligned to reflect normal operating conditions.

Take A Better Look

August 27, 2010 10:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Raytek (Santa Cruz, CA) has introduced the ThermoView Pi20 process image and accompanying DataTemp Pi (DTPi) software. The easy-to-use thermal imaging system provides an expanded view of process performance in industrial applications, according to the company. The system is designed for automated monitoring and control of continuous or stationary targets, allowing technicians to shorten process startup times and lower production line changeover costs.

Count By Lasers

August 26, 2010 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Baumer Group (Southington, CT) has developed a new SCATEC sensor, which uses laser optics and a unique internal algorithm to count the number of documents being transported via conveyor clamps or grippers. The sensor measures documents as thick as 0.25 mm and sensing ranges up to 120 mm, and can scan items traveling at speeds up to 5 m/s.

Be More Aware Of Your Watts

August 23, 2010 7:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

Watts Aware, from Sensor Energy, Inc. (Buffalo Grove, IL) is a new way to remotely monitor and analyze electrical power usage within an industrial facility. According to the company, the tool allows inefficient operational practices to be quickly identified and corrected. Watts Aware can be installed within an hour, without interrupting the operational status of the equipment to be monitored, thus avoiding costly shutdowns.

Locks Get Smarter

August 19, 2010 6:20 am | by Get more information calling 949-472-0959. | Product Releases | Comments

The PulseCode Activator Switch from RMP Security, Inc. (Newport Beach, CA) is an access control system engineered with the distinctive E-Lock technology with application flexibility to engage or disengage electrical devices. The switch operates with a remote keypad without direct contact between the two, because the E-Lock technology uses an encrypted sequence of mechanical pulses transmitted through a solid surface.

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Get A True Picture Of Water Cooling

August 4, 2010 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE (Trevose, PA) has introduced the TrueSense platform for optimizing productivity and increasing water savings through the monitoring and control of cooling water systems. According to the company, TrueSense automation capabilities allow users to free up time and resources to focus on critical processes.

Stop Any Power Surge

August 4, 2010 9:14 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Thomas & Betts (T&B — Memphis, TN) offers a new Surge Protection line that provides protection for alternative energy sources from the damaging effects of electrical power surges. The products are available with optional EMI and RFI filters to protect systems from interference caused by variable frequency equipment, plus individually-fused MOVs to protect against extended surge events.

Save Your Lubricants

August 3, 2010 6:43 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Spectro Incorporated (Littleton, MA) has developed the FluidScan, a handheld analyzer that can be used to measure water contamination, additive depletion, Total Base Number (TBN), and Total Acid Number (TAN), all of which are key parameters used to understand how healthy your lubricant is. According to the company, 80 percent of lubricants are disposed of before their time.

Intelligent Smoke Detectors

July 30, 2010 7:09 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Fireray 5000 Auto Alignment Beam Detector range from Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE — Mentor, OH) has been certified to meet rigorous loss prevention standards. The Fireray 5000 is a beam-type smoke detector that covers large areas with fewer units than traditional “point” type sensors.

Sensing With A Big Memory

July 29, 2010 6:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new humidity and temperature HygroLog HL-20/21 data logger from ROTRONIC (Bassersdorf, Switzerland) is a compact device that uses the company’s AirChip 3000 technology and Hygromer sensors.  According to the company, the HL-20/21 is ideal for pharmaceutical clean rooms, warehouses, production rooms, and more.

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RFID Made Simple

July 29, 2010 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

The IO-Link-based RFID systems from Balluff (Florence, KY) allows customers to connect their RFID system to their network as easily as connecting discrete I/O. The IO-Link protocol enables users to connect RFID processors to an industrial network via a gateway using standard discrete sensor wiring.

Measure Thicknesses

July 26, 2010 8:19 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Paul N. Gardner Company, Inc. (Gardco — Pompano Beach, FL) developed the MiniTest 70 Series for quick and easy non-destruction coating thickness measurement. It is available in two models: The MiniTest 70 F, with a built-in sensor for measuring non-magnetic coatings applied on steel.

Explosion-Proof Gas Detection

July 26, 2010 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon’s (The Woodlands, TX) condulet enclosures are designed to house a wide range of instruments used to detect, monitor, measure, and control gases within hazardous areas. The Aluminum J-Box has a 4.25” internal diameter, the 316SS J-Box has a 3.5” internal diameter, and the Mini 316SS J-Box as a 2.

Chemical Control, Analytics

July 20, 2010 7:04 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Scaletron Industries, Ltd. (Plumsteadville, PA) has announced the Scaletron Model 1020 5-Digital Controller, which is designed to provide monitoring of water treatment chemicals when used in conjunction with the company's line of drum, tank, platform, and spill containment scales. The controller is available in one or two channels, each with 4-20mA standard, and can be configured to simultaneously monitor levels in two separate chemical containers independently.

Stop-And-Go Status Indicators

July 16, 2010 5:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Trident Instruments, Inc. (Farmingville, NY) has released the Load Status Indicator LSI-55, a new generation pilot light/indicator. The LSI will turn green when power is available, and unlike other indicators, it will determine if the load is active as well. When the load current is greater than 1 Amp the indicator light will turn red.

Metal Detection With Hawks And Eagles

July 13, 2010 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Eriez (Erie, PA) has released the Metalarm MA3600 Metal Detector, which is available in two models: the Hawk and the Eagle. Both have pulse induction technology, with balanced coil detection sensitivity and performance. They are microprocessor-based with self diagnostics and fault indication, which allow for a varied operating frequency to better suit different applications and sensitivities.

Easy-To-Use Laser Alignment

July 9, 2010 7:48 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The TKSA shaft alignment tools from SKF (Landsdale, PA) represent the latest generation of laser-enabled technology to align shafts in a fraction of the time compared with traditional methods, according to the company. The TKSA 20 and TKSA 40 display real-time alignment values to confirm results of alignment corrections as they are performed, and no special training is required.

Vibration Recording In High-Definition

July 8, 2010 6:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

LUDECA, INC. (Doral, FL) introduces VIBXPERT //, the latest addition to the PRUEFTECHNIK family of portable route-based vibration data collectors. The VIBXPERT // combines the advantages of a rapid processor with a brilliant energy-efficient color VGA display, plus a rugged and lightweight construction.

Step Up Your Monitoring

July 6, 2010 6:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Union Process, Inc. (Akron OH) is now offering an optional data acquisition package to provide customers with real-time data for monitoring conditions in the manufacturing facility, as well as improving quality control and making test comparisons easier. The software package is designed to interface with the Baldor VS1SP variable frequency drive, and enables customers to monitor the following parameters: Voltage to the motor.

Manufacturing, Up Close

July 1, 2010 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus America Inc. (Center Valley, PA) has signed an agreement with Hirox-USA, Inc. (Hackensack, NJ) to distribute the Hirox KH-7700 Digital Microscope system. The KH-7700 is an all-in-one portable digital microscopy system designed to provide observation for industrial and quality applications.

Don't Worry, Just Plummet

July 1, 2010 5:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Plummet from the Paul N. Gardner Company (Gardco; Pomano Beach, FL) is a universal instrument to determine the density of paints or related products. The Plummet works on the “Archimedes” principle, which involves reading the upward force caused by immersing the plummet into the liquid, which is then expressed in grams/ml.

Video Gets Portable

June 29, 2010 7:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) announces the Portable Videoscope System that combines video technology, cordless operation, compact portability, and rugged durability. The system is well-suited for inspection of turbines, airframes, process tanks and vessels, tubing, heat exchanges, hydraulic cylinders, and more.

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