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Hexapod

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the HEX500-350HL high-load, six-degree-of-freedom hexapod for applications in sensor testing and high-force device manipulation. It is actuated with six struts that are built with preloaded bearings, ball screws, and drive components, and is driven by AC brushless, slotless servomotors that are directly coupled to the actuator ball-screw for drive stiffness and minimum incremental motion of 20 nm in XYZ and 0.2 μrad for θxθyθz. The platform and base can be modified with user-specific features or mounting patterns.

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Level Indicator

The Model BM-T tilt Switch from BinMaster (Lincoln, NE) is a level indicator used for point level detection of heavy materials in bins, tanks, or silos, or over a conveyor belt or open pile. It is suspended vertically over a control point using a wire rope, chain, or flexible hanger. As the material level rises, the switch tips and causes a steel ball within the unit to shift position. When tilted to 15°, it activates a microswitch and causes an alarm condition. A stainless steel paddle is attached to the stainless steel shaft when the switch is used in rock, aggregates, or other heavy solid materials. A plastic sphere is suitable for lighter powders and solids. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61062-305

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Machine Controller

Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) introduced the iQ-R Series machine control system that incorporates sequence, motion, safety, process, and C language control into one platform. The control platform is designed for applications requiring integrated motion and safety control, tight synchronization between various processes, and high production throughput. The integrated design allows machines or production lines to consolidate control in one rack. The system can have up to 4 CPUs per rack for various combinations of motion, sequence, or process control.

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Microcontrollers

Toshiba America Electronic Components (San Jose, CA) has released a group of 30 microcontrollers (MCUs) based on the ARM® Cortex®-M3 core. The M3H MCUs are fabricated with an embedded flash memory process. Target applications include motor control, consumer electronics, office automation equipment, and housing and facility equipment.

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Multimeter

Fluke (Everett, WA) has announced the 279 FC TRMS Thermal Multimeter. The test tool integrates a digital multimeter (DMM) with a thermal camera. Using the 279 FC imager, technicians can check for hot spots in fuses, wires, insulators, connectors, splices, and switches; the DMM troubleshoots and analyzes issues.

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Pyrometer

The IGA 140/23 pyrometer from LumaSense Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) offers non-contact temperature measurement on metals, ceramics, and graphite. The device, equipped with RS232 and RS485 serial interfaces, reads parameters via the provided InfraWin PC software. Parameters can also be changed via PC. Communication options include RS232, RS485, ProfiBus, ProfiNet, and Ethernet. Temperature detection ranges between 50 and 1800 °C. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/61062-143

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Sensor ICs

Allegro MicroSystems (Worcester, MA) offers two new current sensor ICs for AC or DC current sensing. Both the ACS724KMA (5 V) and the ACS725KMA (3.3 V) are set in a high-isolation SOIC16 wide-body surface mount package that provides reinforced isolation. The differential sensing technology protects against interfering common-mode magnetic fields from adjacent current traces or motors. Typical applications include motor control, load detection and management, switched-mode power supplies, and overcurrent fault protection.

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