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A Manufacturing Photo Shoot

May 6, 2010 8:52 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The latest photoelectric sensors from Balluff (Florence, KY) are designed to detect issues such as skew, material shifts, object alignment, and web material drag—all issues that force production levels to be less than optimal. The EdgeMaster comes in four types, the first of which is the BAV MA series, with a fixed dual-optical axis edge detection system.

Wide Range Of Metal Tubing

May 3, 2010 8:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

VICI Precision Sampling (Baton Rouge, LA) offers a wide range of custom and pre-cut metal tubing, including 316 stainless steel, Nickel 200, Hastelloy C, Inconel 600, electroformed nickel, and titanium. All metal tubing is electrolytically cut and deburred, then cleaned with high pressure, micro-filtered steam from deionized water, which removes both organic and inorganic contaminants.

How Sweet

April 30, 2010 10:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Paul N. Gardner Company (Pompano Beach, FL) now offers the Polax-2L manually-operating meter, which features a digital indicator for the accurate measurement of the angle of rotation (or the value in the international standard sugar scale) with a simple operation.


Hear The Heat

April 29, 2010 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

General Technologies (Delta, BC, Canada) has designed the ThermoSounder feature on the LTX12 Infrared Thermometer to provide users with audio feedback of both cold and hot spots. The audio feature prevents users from having to interpret digital readouts. The LTX12 has a wide temperature range—20° to 1,200°F—and a 10:1 distance to measurement spot ratio.

Accuracy Is Everything

April 21, 2010 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Krohne, Inc. (Peabody, MA) introduces the Tantalum OPTIMASS 7000, a single straight tube Coriolis mass flowmeter, for use in the chemical industry. The first single straight tube meter available with Tantalum wetted-flange material construction, the Tantalum OPTIMASS 7000 is able to measure highly aggressive and corrosive fluids, and it aims to provide safe and reliable measurement of fluids that require glass-lined piping or glass-lined process vessels.

Displacement Gone High-Tech

April 20, 2010 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The LK-G5000 Laser Displacement Sensor from KEYENCE (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) now features a RS-CMOS sensor and provides a 392 kHz sampling rate that is eight times faster than previous models, with a 0.01µm repeatability. The sensor is now more compact than previous models, making it easy to mount in tight production environments.

Showing The Ropes

April 20, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Konecranes (Springfield, OH) has developed RopeQ, a reliable system that evaluates the working condition of wire ropes using a proprietary Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) method. The RopeQ uses electromagnetic technology to assess the inner and outer wires and strands of a rope, which ensures accurate and repetitive inspection results.

Be Graceful, Safe Around Electricity

April 20, 2010 7:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The VoltageVision Power Warning Alerts from Grace Engineered Products (Davenport, IA) provide electricians with electrical safe information while working on de-energized systems. The system is now available in a solid-on model type, which features LEDs to illuminate the presence of voltage.


Put It To The Test

April 19, 2010 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering Inc. (Stamford, CT) released its new DFG41 high accuracy digital force gauge, designed for basic and complex automotive, lab, R&D, and testing applications, as well as handheld or test stand usage. The product features user-selectable units of measure and selectable display languages, and it may be equipped with integral load cells or smart remote sensors for load or torque measurement.

Eliminate Compressed Air Waste

April 19, 2010 5:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

EXAIR (Cincinnati, OH) introduces the new Summing Remote Display for the Digital Flowmeter, making it easy to monitor compressed air consumption from a convenient location. With the push of a button, the display cycles to show the current air consumption, usage for the previous 24 hours, and total cumulative usage.

Detect Harmful Gasses And Flames

April 16, 2010 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Notifier by Honeywell (Northford, CT) has developed two new lines of gas and flame detection products designed to work with fire alarm and life safety systems in industrial facilities: Sensepoint XCD and FD Series lines. The Sensepoint XCD detector can be used to monitor industrial sites for a wide range of toxic and flammable gasses, and it provides diagnostic, alarm, and gas concentration values from multiple sensors.

See The Little Things

April 16, 2010 6:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus Canada Inc. (Markham, Ontario, Canada) and Hitachi High-Technologies Canada have announced a new partnership to make Olympus the exclusive distributor of the new TM3000 Table Top Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). The new fully-automated, table-top SEM offers 30,000X magnification, good depth of field, a compact size, and affordability.

Make Safety 'Number 1,500'

April 15, 2010 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Yokogawa (Newnan, GA) announces the release of the ProSafe-RS R2.03.00, an enhanced version of the ProSafe-RS Safety Instrumented System, which includes a new CPU module that is 3.5 to 4 times faster than the previous version. In addition, a new digital output module is included for use with higher voltage devices.


Show Off Your Data

April 7, 2010 5:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

The DXAdvanced R4 data acquisition and display station from Yokogawa (Newnan, GA) now features standard high capacity memory and a new option for pharmaceutical applications. The Advanced Security option delivers full compliance with FDA regulation 21 CFR Part 11, and is completmented with a multi-batch option.

A Plant With No Wires

April 6, 2010 9:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

SKF (San Diego, CA) offers its Multilog On-Line System WMx, which is a battery-powered, eight-channel monitoring device that communicates acceleration, displacement, temperature, and bearing condition data using industry standard 802.11b/g wireless networking. The WMx automatically uploads data for viewing, alarm evaluation, and analysis to the SKF @ptitude software.

Float Sensors, No Power

April 5, 2010 5:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hermetic Switch, Inc. (Chickasha, OK) has released a new series of liquid level sensors — also known as float sensors — under the PRX+1660 brand. The sensors can be used for level sensing or monitoring of brake fluid, contained water, or oil, among others, and is limited only to the series’ material of construction.

Control Your Electricity

April 1, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tyco Thermal Controls (Redwood City, CA) offers the DigiTrace NGC-30, a multi-circuit electronic control, monitoring, and power distribution system for heat-tracing used in process-temperature maintenance and freeze protection applications. The NGC-30 system can control up to 260 circuits with multiple networked panels.

Seeing Through Fire

March 30, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) announces its new FireSight Thermal Imaging Camera System designed specifically to provide real-time monitoring and non-contact temperature measurement through combustion flames. The FireSight can transmit temperature information from 110,000 individual temperature ports via a high-speed digital connection.

Don't Be Dense

March 26, 2010 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

Endress+Hauser (Greenwood, IN) now offers the Liquiphant M, a density meter that provides on-line measurements, eliminating the need for extensive and expensive off-line procedures. The Liquiphant M allows control systems to react much faster to changing process conditions.

Feed Your Terminal Blocks

March 19, 2010 6:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omega Engineering, Inc. (Stamford, CT) offers a new series of feed-through terminal blocks with a tension clamp connection for fast wire termination and a reliable, secure connection. The YBK terminal blocks are DIN rail mountable and come in gray, blue, red, yellow, beige, and green.

Shock-Free Hot-Swapping

March 18, 2010 7:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The 770 Series WINSTA MIDI and 890 Series MINI Pluggable Connectors from WAGO Corporation (Germantown, WI) are now UL-recognized 600V devices for disconnection under load. This means the MIDI and MINI connectors can be used as a safe means of disconnecting hot-swappable components (small motors, LED drivers, pumps, or actuators), because its design prevents against hazardous shocks.

Knowing The Code

March 16, 2010 9:52 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA) has introduced two new barcode readers to its DataMan line of industrial ID readers. The 100 QL and 200 QL fixed mount readers offer best-in-class 1D barcode reading performance. The included Cognex 1DMax code-reading algorithm handles quiet zone violations that can occur when codes are printed close to the edge of a label.

Sensors Go The Distance

March 12, 2010 8:28 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Balluff (Florence, KY) is now offering its mid-sized block style photoelectric sensor, the BOS 23K, which features the conventional sensing modes of diffuse, retro-reflective, and thru-beam. In addition, the BOS 23K also includes background suppression sensors. Other features include: Long sensing ranges for extended sensing ability.

Advanced Controller Intelligence

March 9, 2010 5:32 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The Baghouse controller from FilterSense (Beverly, MA) features DeviceNet communications for integration with Allen-Bradley PLCs. The B-PAC series of Baghouse analyzers and controllers feature advanced intelligence, such as the ability to instantly detect and locate failed solenoids and filter leaks.

Magnetic-Free Positioning

March 9, 2010 5:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) introduces the new LI-Q25 series linear position sensors, which replace magnetostrictive and potentiometer devices to deliver precise measurements in metal processors, rolling mills, or injection molding machines. The LI-Q25 sensors do not require a magnetic positioning device, so they are unaffected by metal debris.

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