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Safety, Especially At Low Speeds

January 25, 2010 3:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Omron (Fremont, CA) introduces the G9SX-LM Low-speed Safety Monitoring Unit, which consists of two proximity sensors and a G9SX safety controller with fault diagnostics, to monitor motor rotation speed and facilitate safe machine maintenance. The G9SX-LM allows an operator to access the machine for maintenance work while it is running at a safe, maximum threshold of 10 Hz.

Stay Flexible In Tight Situations

January 18, 2010 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new line of continuous-flex, interconnect motor cables are now available from igus (East Providence, RI), harnessed in accordance with leading manufacturers, including Siemens, Rexroth, Fanuc, and Allen Bradley. These interconnects are ideal for continuous-flexing applications in an Energy Chain cable carrier.

Washdown-Friendly, Loves The Heat

January 18, 2010 6:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Enviro checkweigher bench scales from Hardy Instruments (San Diego, CA) meet the needs of food and chemical manufacturers for sanitary electronics that withstand high-pressure, high-temperature washdown environments. The Enviro is made out of 304 stainless steel and features an IP69K-rated instrument, making it easy to clean and sanitize.

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Intel Brings Brains And Brawn

January 18, 2010 6:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Intelligent Platorms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the CT12 6U CompactPCI single board computer, based on the latest 2.53 GHz Intel Core i7 processor technology. The new Intel chip is designed to deliver high performance with low power consumption and heat dissipation, and is future-proof, allowing for further processor upgrades as new chips become available.

Dimmable LEDs In Harsh Environments

January 14, 2010 6:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

A new dimmable LED power supply from Foster Transformer (Cincinnati, OH) features short circuit and overload protection, making it ideal for industrial facilities wishing to control the output of LED lighting. Encapsulated in epoxy and housed in a 304 stainless steel enclosure, the power supply is resistant to dirt, moisture, and corrosive elements.

Get Everything In Line

January 14, 2010 6:07 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) announces a new storage display to be used with the Microgage 2D family of products, enabling the operator to record readings right on the factory floor. The measurement readings can then be uploaded to a laptop PC running the Pinpoint Capture software for analysis, plotting, and storage.

Thermal Printing, Worry-Free

January 12, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tharo Systems (Brunswick, OH) has extended the warranty for its H-400 Series of thermal transfer printers. Effective immediately, the new warranty will cover the H-427 and H-436 printers for two years. In addition, Tharo will warranty the printhead for two years/two million inches for thermal transfer, or 500,000 inches for direct thermal applications.

Get Positioned To Save Compressed Air

January 11, 2010 8:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TZIDC Digital Positioner from ABB Instrumentation (Warminster, PA) provides low air consumption at a steady rate: 0.015 scfm, regardless of the air supply pressure. The low air consumption means the positioner is more economical, increasing energy savings. The unique design of the TZIDC current-to-pneumatic conversion component can lead to 50 times less air consumption at steady state, according to the company.

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Wide-Range Motion Detection

January 4, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

Baumer (Southington, CT) has developed the Long-Range ParCon for sensing applications involving distances as far as 200mm. The analog optical line sensors project a continuous 24mm-wide beam of parallel light to a reflector, creating a reliable detection of moving parts as small as 0.

More Than Just Flowmeters

January 4, 2010 7:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MassTracker Insertion Turbine Multi-Variable Flow Meter from Spirax Sarco, Inc. (Blythewood, SC) combines measurement of mass or volumetric flow, density, temperature, and pressure into a single instrument. Typical applications include flow monitoring of steam or natural gas, flue gas for environmental compliance, or measurement of other liquids in line sizes from 3 to 80”.

pIon Fluoride Measurement

December 21, 2009 9:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Highly-accurate Fluoride ion (F−) measurement for applications including semiconductor fabrication and glass manufacturing is now available with the S10 and S17 pIon Sensors from Electro-Chemical Devices (ECD, Irvine, CA) The S10 and S17’s specific (pIon) electrode cartridge measures the activity of “free” Fluroride ions in solution in concentrations from 0.

Automatically-Adjustable Distance Sensoring

December 21, 2009 9:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Baumer (Southington, CT) has introduced IP69K-rated laser distance sensors, featuring corrosion-resistant stainless steel housings, for use in harsh applications, such as washdowns or exposure to caustic compounds. The OADR 20 sensors have a PMMA front screen that is safe for use in food and beverage processing.

Temperature Sensing With One Hand

December 18, 2009 9:24 am | Product Releases | Comments

The TM 100 Type K/J Single Input Thermometer from Extech Instruments (Waltham, MA) features an ergonomic design operation and weighs in at just 7 oz., making it ideal for use by HVAC and maintenance professionals where simple, one-hand operation is required. A high accuracy ±(0.

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Totally Tubular Sensors

December 17, 2009 11:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The GlobalProx line of tubular inductive sensors from Balluff (Florence, KY) allows for a wide range of choice and flexibility in sensor selection with tubular M8, M12, M18, and M30 sensors in multiple varieties of 3- and 2-wire DC outputs. The most recent expansion includes additional 3-wire DC PNP and NPN models for more control variations and more metal porthole models for robust applications.

Restore Power Anywhere

December 15, 2009 5:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Bridgeport Magnetics (Shelton, CT) has developed the PhazeSaver Model PS8000, a transportable 8000VA transformer to restore 240VAC power from a single 120VAC and a neutral source. The PhazeSaver restores power to businesses that lose partial service — either 120VAC or 208/240VAC — until permanent repairs can be completed, without the use of shunts or bridging utilities.

Pipe Weld Inspection, For Any Size

December 15, 2009 5:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus NDS (Waltham, MA) introduces a suite of tools for the inspection of circumferential welds in pipes with a diameter as small as 0.84”. Integral in the solution is the COBRA, a manual scanner specifically designed to inspect welds in small diameter pipes. The COBRA is used in conjunction with the OmniScan MX Phased Array flaw detector and OmniScan MXU software to provide a portable inspection solution.

Miniature Circuit Breakers

December 14, 2009 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) now offers Fuji Electric’s BW series of molded case circuit breakers, which take up a small amount of space and offer standard type and high-interrupting capacities in identically-size housings. The three-pole non-adjustable magnetic trip breakers, in sizes up to 800A, are also suitable for reverse-feed applications.

Independent Video Monitoring

December 14, 2009 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Satel-West (Cupertino, CA) has announced the WIPAT Remote Patrol and Monitoring System, a long-range wireless video monitoring system that provides video clips, still images, multiple digital sensor inputs, and a suite of event logging tools. While operating on public safety channels — with options for satellite connection and solar power — WIPAT allows industries to monitor critical areas without relying on phone lines, fiber optic cable, or hardwired networks.

Versatile Motion Controllers

December 11, 2009 9:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

TMC-3D, the multi-axis motion controller from Technosoft (Bevaix, Switzerland) has now been adapted to execute G-code commands, which execute various movements such as piece cutting, profile shaping, or drawing. The G-code information is translated into TML commonds through the C-code to TML converter integrated in the EasyMotion Studio software.

Air Velocity And Temperature In One

December 10, 2009 8:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HHF143 handheld rotating vane thermo-anemometer from Omega Engineering (Stamford, CT) provides accurate air velocity and temperature measurements in harsh environments, and features a minimum and maximum recall, analog voltage output, and a low speed sensitivity. NIST calibration is also included.

Maximum Cabling Flexibility

December 10, 2009 8:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wilcoxon Research (Germantown, MD) has broadened its line of MaxFlex cables for portable data collects to include an optional safety connections that break away if the sensor or cable becomes entangled. If more than 10 pounds of pull force is exerted, the cable will disconnect to protect the operator, and cannot be reconnected until the sensor and cable are safety retrieved from the monitoring point.

High-Temperature Solids Sensors

December 8, 2009 5:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

BinMaster Level Controls (Lincoln, NE) announces the SmartBob-SH and SmartBob-SHT sensors, which are designed for measuring the level of solid materials in storage and processing bins at high temperatures. The HT model is for applications up to 500°F, while the SHT model can handle temperatures up to 900°F, with bursts up to 1,685°F.

Automate Anything, Even Productivity

December 7, 2009 6:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Productivity3000 Programmable Automation Controller is the newest generation of industrial controllers from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA), and consists of a modular, rack-based system of up to 116,000 I/O points with local, expansion, and remote I/O bases, along with a full lineup of discrete, analog, and specialty I/O modules.

Simple, Predictive Hoist Maintenance

December 4, 2009 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

R&M Materials Handling, Inc. (Springfield, OH) has added the HoistMonitor to the option list of its RX and QX Quick Delivery offerings, which adds functionality to supervise and record key data that allows for more efficient planning and scheduling of predictive maintenance, inspections, and repairs.

Fast And Flexible Cabling

November 30, 2009 10:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

TURCK (Minnapolis, MN) announces new A-Size 3 and 4-pin 7/8 16UN powerfast connectors that provide up to 600 volts and 15 amps of power, providing a modular wiring system designed to handle high current applications. The cordsets are available with a tray rated, exposed run PVC flexlife cable, with or without STOOW rating, and 14 AWG wires that allow for replacing hard wiring with a robust, quick disconnect system that saves time and money.

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