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Get The Green Light On Alignment

November 16, 2009 6:17 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Seiffert Industrial (Richardson, TX) now offers the RollCheck Green , a visual tool used to speed up parallel roll alignment checks using the latest in green laser technology. Reflected beam technology provides an accurate, fast, and simple way to measure and correct vertical angle (pitch) and horizontal angle (parallelism) between the rolls.

When ‘Frames Per Second’ Aren’t Enough

November 16, 2009 6:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Olympus (Waltham, MA) introduces the new i -SPEED LT, i -SPEED TR, and i -SPEED FS high-speed video cameras. The FS model is designed with a highly accurate IRIG-B time synchronization (sub 5 microseconds) and time stamping, a global shutter speed to 0.2 microseconds, and a top frame speed of 1,000,000 frames per second.

Nano Manometer

November 13, 2009 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MP100 from E-Instruments (Langhorne, PA) is a compact and rugged manometer for the HVAC professional. The meter includes leak test procedures and air velocity with density compensation. A large backlit LCD display helps readability in either light or dark environments.

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The UPS With Smarts

November 13, 2009 5:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tripp Lite (Chicago, IL) has a new high-wattage 2200VA SmartPro UPS system, which protects mission-critical equipment. The system provides 2200VA/1920W capacity for loads in just 2U of rack space and offers high-efficiency operation. Additional features include: Eight outlets with three separately breakered, individually-controllable load banks to support remote reboot or automated load shedding.

Slow Starts Save Money

November 12, 2009 6:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Carlo Gavazzi (Buffalo Grove, IL) has launched the RSBS Series Single-phase Plug-and-Play Soft Start, which reduces the amperage demand when starting heat pumps. By maintaining the starting current below fixed limits, the RSBS avoids high energy tariffs and reduces heat dissipation, allowing for a 60 percent reduction in current.

When Seven Monitors Isn't Enough

November 10, 2009 10:58 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Matrox Graphics (Montreal, Canada) announces the launch of the M9188 PCIe x16 Octal graphics card, capable of supporting eight DisplayPort or DVI Single-Link outputs from a single workstation. Resolutions up to 2560x1600 per output are supported by 2GB of memory with support for Microsoft Windows XP and Linux.

Analog-Compatible Draw Wire

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

Kübler by TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) has expanded its draw wire series, designed to work with sensors and encoders with analog outputs, with versions that measure distances ranging from 0.2 to 40 meters. Compatible outputs include 0 to 10 volt, 4 to 20mA, and potentiometers, as well as incremental (push-pull and RS422), absolute (SSI and BISS), and fieldbus interfaces.

Be A Square

November 9, 2009 10:25 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) introduces a new right 90-Line Square Plane, ideal for squaring machinery and equipment, setting up presses, checking machine tools, aligning guide rails, among other uses. The 90-Line Square Plane is designed to be placed in the path of a laser reference beam to form a precise right angle for checking alignment.

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Network Meshing

November 6, 2009 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) has released the Model RXT-300 wireless mesh-network transceiver, designed to transmit signal data in a wide range of industrial applications. The transceiver operates at 2.4GHz, and processing power is shared, allowing each transceiver to act as both a router and repeater.

SmartBobbing For Apples

November 5, 2009 4:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

BinMaster (Lincoln, NE) announces the SmartBob-SS sensor, which is designed to measure solids submersed under water. The sensor is a solution for brine interface applications, such as measuring the level of settled salt under water. The SmartBob-SS drops a weighted bob through the liquid, and when the bob comes in contact with solid settled material, it retracts and sends a measurement to a PC loaded with eBob software.

TFT Panels For Your Interfaces

November 3, 2009 9:45 am | Product Releases | Comments

AutomationDirect’s (Cumming, GA) line of C-more operator interfaces now includes two new 6” TFT color panels with LED backlights. Both panels are NEMA 4/4Z, IP65 compliant when mounted correctly for indoor use. Individual features of the two models include: EA7-T6CL-R: 320x240 resolution QVGA display supporting 65,536 colors.

Flexible Safety

November 2, 2009 3:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gamewell-FCI (Northford, CT), a subsidiary of Honeywell, has expanded its Flex Series with two fire alarm releasing panels designed to offer flexible control of single- and dual-hazard agent-based suppression or deluge systems. Both panels are listed to Ul/ANSI-864 Ninth Edition standards for supplemental fire protection.

Bring Your Light Anywhere

October 23, 2009 9:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

EZ-Red (Deposit on the Delaware, NY) has introduces a magnetic clip accessory for the Extreme Light XL3000—the XL3000MAG. The clip features strong neodymium magnets covered with durable, non-scratch rubber. Using the magnetic clip, the XL3000 will attach to any steel surface for more versatility.

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Mini-LEDs

October 23, 2009 9:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Magnalight.com website from Larson Electronics (Kemp, TX) has added to its range of explosion-proof and general area LED lighting with a series smaller than a quarter. The LEDSM30 and LEDSM30MW draw only 30mA and operate on 12 volts DC, and are waterproof, dustproof, and US Coast Guard-certified ignition proof.

Doesn't Mind The Cold

October 22, 2009 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

The T300 and B300 infrared cameras from FLIR Systems (Billerica, MA) are able to capture detailed images and video with a 320 x 240 focal plane array (FPA) detector (76,800 pixels). The T300 features a 2 percent thermal accuracy, 30Hz frame rate, <0.05ºC thermal sensitivity with a temperature range of -20ºC to 650ºC, and an optional range up to 1200ºC.

Programmable Encoders

October 22, 2009 10:53 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

BEI Industrial Encoders has introduced the Omnicoder, an incremental encoder that allows users to easily program the resolution anywhere between 1 and 10,000 counts per turn. Users can produce a wide range of resolutions from one encoder and can be reprogrammed to change the resolution through an M18-to-USB programming cable.

Big Brother Of Gas Detection

October 20, 2009 11:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 1640 from Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) is a newly designed gas detection alarm and control with a microprocessor-based control card to supervise and display the condition of 16 field-mounted gas detection sensors with either 4-20mA or serial RS-485 output. A backlit display provides indication of gas type and current reading in normal operation.

Let The Pressure Get To You

October 20, 2009 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mini-Hermet from SOR (Lenexa, KS) is a robust pressure switch for field-mounting with a hermetically-sealed, explosion-proof steel housing. In addition, the set point can be adjusted without declassification of the hazardous area. The switch is ideal for hazardous locations where stainless steel exterior parts are required and where space is limited, notably offshore platforms or lube oil systems.

Whisper-Quiet Compressors

October 20, 2009 11:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atlas Copco (Westfield, MA) announces the introduction of its redesigned oil-injected screw compressor range, the GA 5-11/GA 5-15 kW Variable Speed Drive (VSD). The new edition features an eight percent increase in free air delivery while keeping noise levels as low as 60 decibels.

Tough Flowmeters

October 19, 2009 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Racine Vortex (Racine, WI) has released the RNS Series (Insertion) and RWS Series (Wafter) Vortex Steam Flow Meters, which are suitable for measuring non-condensing steam and saturated process stem and pressures up to 150 psi. Both meters have no moving parts and feature the HART communication protocol for ease of field programming and system integration.

Weatherproof Encoding

October 19, 2009 10:58 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) has announced a new line of Kübler robust magnetic linear encoders. The T8.LI20 and T8.LI50 are available with either a push-pull output or an RS422 interface and provide a voltage range from 4.8 to 30 VDC. The linear encoders are used with magnetic bands that are attached to the mounting surface and are protected by a stainless-steel cover.

Indestructible Keyboards

October 16, 2009 11:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

iKey (Austin, TX) introduces the DT-102-SS industrial keyboard, a rugged touchpad keyboard manufactured from stainless steel. The keyboard has been designed to meet NEMA 4X and IP68 specifications, allowing it to withstand rain, snow, splashing water, hose-directed water, and even dogs .

Have A HART

October 13, 2009 8:06 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

The FL3100H UV/IR and FL3101H UV Flame Detectors from General Monitors (Lake Forest, CA) are now compatible with the HART communication protocol. The flame detectors are designed to detect fires over a wide field of view and provide alarm outputs directly. The FL3100H uses both the ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) spectral ranges, making it resistant to false alarms caused by lightning or arc welding.

Diesel-Powered For Efficiency

October 13, 2009 8:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

MTU Onsite Energy (Mankato, MN) has developed a new MTU diesel-powered generator set, covering a range of 250 to 3,250  kW. The Series 1600 engine is new for MTU, and is the smallest the company produces, yet it combines reliability, high power density, and fuel efficiency.

Accurate Light Meter

October 13, 2009 5:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Traceable Light Meter Pen from Control Company (Friendswood, TX) reads from 0 to 1,860 foot-candles with a resolution of .01, and from 0 to 20,000 Lux with a resolution of 1. Tough ABS plastic housing, an O-ring seal, and membrane keypad help keep dirt and dust out, which makes the product ideal in harsh plant environments.

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