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Flexible Light Engine Material

Norlux (Elgin, IL) has introduced new NorFlex brand flexible continuous light engine material. The cuttable high-power LED circuits on a semi-rigid material provide 5x the lumen output of low power flex materials. Available on 200-400 ft. reels, the material is cuttable to maximize production flexibility. No special tools required! Most parameters are customizable – width, length, CCTs, LED spacing, power levels, custom components, etc. Both Constant-Current and Constant-Voltage versions are available. NorFlex circuits are designed to provide superior thermal performance, eliminating the need for big heat sinks. Suitable for fixtures with curved surfaces, low profiles or edge-lit. To learn more, click here.

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Diffuser Sheet Catalog

Lambda Research Corporation (Littleton, MA) recently added the Luminit Light Shaping Diffusers (LSDs) catalog to the latest version of its flagship TracePro software, TracePro v7.6. This new TracePro diffuser catalog includes Luminit’s 10, 20, 40, 60, and 80 degree isotropic diffusers and their 15x1, 30x5, 60x10, 75x45 anisotropic diffusers. TracePro v7.6, also includes the capability to create repetitive features on curved surfaces, and new macro editor and a simplified menu structure that broadens the program’s capabilities. TracePro’s Source Editor has been expanded to operate on Grid and File sources. The incident ray table now includes Optical Path Length information for each ray. To learn more, click here.

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60V LED Driver

Linear Technology’s (Milpitas, CA) LT3952 is a current mode step-up DC/DC converter with an internal 60V, 4A DMOS power switch. It is specifically designed to drive high power LEDs in multiple configurations. It combines input and output current regulation loops with output voltage regulation to operate as a flexible current/voltage source. Input voltage range is 3V to 42V. The LT3952 can drive up to sixteen 350mA white LEDs from a nominal 12V input, delivering in excess of 15 watts. It incorporates a high side current sense, enabling its use in boost mode, buck mode, buck-boost mode or SEPIC topologies. The LT3952 delivers efficiencies of over 94% in the boost topology, eliminating the need for external heat sinking. To learn more, click here.

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Products of Tomorrow: June 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

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Product of the Month: June 2015

Diversified Technical Systems, Seal Beach, CA, has introduced the SLICE Pro shock-hardened, mega-sample data acquisition system. The miniature SLICE data recorder can be mounted directly on the test article — no slip rings or telemetry are required. The recorder fits on virtually any moving or rotating part without altering test dynamics, and is rugged enough for extreme test environments. For applications like measuring torque on a drive shaft, SLICE mounts directly on the shaft next to the strain gauges. Each 3-channel “slice,” or layer, is modular and weighs less than 14 grams. The SLICE Pro is a complete solution with programmable sensor interface, adjustable filters, 16-bit ADC, and Ethernet communication. It features user-selectable sampling rates up to 1Msps/channel, data bandwidth options to 200 kHz, and supports full- and half-bridge sensors, strain gages, IEPE, voltage input, and thermocouples. Two software options, SLICEWare and DataPRO, enable users 6to enter sensor and sampling parameters, and the software automatically sets up the hardware. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-120

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Explosion-Proof Encoder

BEI Sensors (Goleta, CA) announced the Model LP35 explosion-proof and flameproof, low-profile, hollow shaft encoder that features a 2.01" profile and is designed to meet UL, ATEX, and IECEx standards for operation directly in Division 1, Zone 1 environments such as oil and gas. The encoder features a standard removable terminal box, and eliminates the need for an additional intrinsic safety barrier. It is designed for oil and gas applications such as top drives, which have little space to install speed-sensing devices like encoders. The vibration-resistant encoder is built to withstand up to 250G for operation in harsh drilling applications, and operates in temperatures up to 85 °C (185 °F). The encoder’s terminal box configuration allows the unit to be pre-wired. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-317

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Drive System Software

Festo (Hauppauge, NY) introduced PositioningDrives software for designing single-axis drive systems. Engineers input application requirements and the software details the information necessary to create a Festo component parts list, including electromechanical actuator, motor, drive, cables, and other accessories. The software also delivers documentation about the single-axis system to share with internal teams and end users. Once application parameters have been entered, the software identifies single-axis system combinations from a range of components, including electromechanical linear actuators, motors, gear units, drives, and software. Application details entered into the software consist of mounting orientation, load, stroke, and precision. There are also options for specifying the motion profile, including speeds, accelerations, and positioning times. In the design process, combinations of actuator, motor/gear unit, and drive are displayed graphically, and the degree of utilization is shown as a bar graph. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55590-300

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