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Ferret Out Your Ferrite

September 8, 2009 5:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Gardco (Pompano Beach, FL) has developed the Feritscope, which measures the ferrite content in austenitic and duplex steel. Welds that must survive the rigors of processing plants, where heat, aggressive media, and pressure are all present, can crack if the ferrite content is too low, and become weak if the content is too high.

Improved Gas Detection

September 8, 2009 5:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

Detcon (The Woodlands, TX) has reengineered its gas detection sensor, named the Series 200 UniTox, to included a significantly-improved mechanical assembly and a more economical price. The UniTox line incorporates a common Universal Transmitter Module with a wide range of Intelligent Sensor Modules (ISM) capable of monitoring more than 40 toxic gases.

Print On Anything — Even Fruit

September 4, 2009 8:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

SATO (Charlotte, NC) has announced that SATO printers currently support the GS1 Composite Symbology — GS1 DataBar. The DataBar makes printing on small, hard-to-mark items like loose produce easy. The system can even provide barcode information, like weight, price, or data codes.


Laser System Sensors

September 1, 2009 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

SICK (Minneapolis, MN) announces the LMS100 and LMS111 series of non-safety rated laser measurement system sensors. The LMS111 system is a non-contact sensor specifically designed for outdoor anti-collision environments, while the LMS100 is designed for indoor profiling.

Sophisticated Pressure Transmitters

August 26, 2009 11:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

WIKA (Lawrenceville, GA) introduces the WIKA TRONIC D-10 and C-10 pressure transmitters for industrial applications. The D-10 line is designed to enable communication with a PC over the digital output, and is particularly useful in automation engineering, laboratories, or maintenance shops.

High-Temperature Camera Systems

August 24, 2009 10:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lenox Instrument Company (Trevose, PA) announces the addition to an IP workable model to its line of FireSight high-temperature boiler and furnace camera systems. The new model allows customers to view recorded video in real-time using a standard web browser or other video management systems.


August 24, 2009 10:52 am | IMPO | Product Releases | Comments

Pinpoint Laser Systems (Peabody, MA) announces a new storage system to be used with the Pinpoint Laser Microgage 2D family of products. The new display unit is compatible with existing 2D measuring systems and enables the operator to record readings in the field or on the factory floor.

Unbeatable Breakers

August 21, 2009 10:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altech (Flemington, NJ) introduces a new version of its UL508 manual motor controllers, featuring a reinforced housing for improved durability. The product also offers both box and ring tongue terminals as standard in addition to a clear cover for easy tagging. The breakers are offered in 6 trip curves in ampere ratings from 0.


Be A Sharpshooter

August 21, 2009 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Balluff (Florence, KY) has introduced Sharpshooter, a vision-based sensor at a low price point. The new Sharpshooter adds 360° part rotation recognition, in addition to an output logic that can link together any number of tools. An updated version of the free ConVis configuration and emulation software comes with the sensor, adding DHCP functionality to remotely assign IP addresses.

The Right Image

August 21, 2009 6:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

caption LumaSense Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) has announced the release of its new Mikron MikroSHOT thermal imaging camera. The MikroSHOT is the latest offering from LumaSense  Technologies’ Mikron Infrared thermal imaging product line. This handy and fully radiometric thermal imager allows for affordable pocket-sized portability with capabilities normally found in larger, more expensive thermal imagers.

High-Accuracy Pressure Regulator

August 21, 2009 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Industrial Products (Winston-Salem, NC) has designed a pressure regulator — the model M4100 — with a large diaphragm to provide accuracy for precision control in low-pressure applications like leak detection or tank blanketing. The M4100 shines in applications requiring accuracy within +/- 0.

Voltage, Resistance, Capacitance, Oh My

August 17, 2009 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Extech Instruments (Waltham, MA) has developed the new EX840, the first-ever 1000A CAT IV clamp meter with built-in infrared thermometer with double-molded housing. The EX840 features non-contact IR temperature measurements with a laser pointer. Other features include: Measurements of AC/DC voltage, resistance, capacitance, frequency, diode, and continuity.

The Ultimate In Accuracy

August 14, 2009 12:14 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ludeca (Doral, FL) has developed INCLINEO, a level/plumbness measurement system utilizing high-precision inclinometer technology with a resolution of 0.0003 degrees. The product can measure relative or absolute angularity, flatness, levelness, or parallelism or surface — its flexibility makes it possible to check the geometry of CNC machines in addition to the plumbness of hydro turbines.


Microprocessors Can Make Big Boiler Changes

August 7, 2009 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cleaver-Books (Milwaukee, WI) introduces SysteMAX, a microprocessor-based wireless control for boiler rooms. SysteMAX uses 64 I/O points for controlling multiple boilers, pumps, and dampers while matching system load. Also, the control can adjust boiler sequencing and firing rate based on real-time variances from outdoor temperature, supply/return temperatures, and flow.

Multiple Assets, One Monitoring Solution

August 7, 2009 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

Binmaster (Lincoln, NE) has developed its SmartBob C-50 Analog Expansion Console, which enables monitoring of multiple bins equipped with SmartBob2 or SmartBob-TS1 sensors from a single C-100 console. The C-50 is the latest addition to Binmaster’s cable-based inventory tracking system, which is designed to measure the level of powders, ganules, pellets, and dry bulk solids, in addition to liquids.

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