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Considerations for Choosing Temperature Measurement Devices

Temperature is the physical variable most often measured in industrial processes. Selecting the sensor and measurement device to match a specific process is extremely important, and knowing the various options is the first step to optimizing temperature measurement. There are a variety of reasons we need to know the temperature of an object or a process — to prevent product damage, ensure sterilization, determine biological health, ensure mixture blending, control chemical reactions, or ensure drying, curing, and outgassing, to name just a few. Temperature measurement can also be a regulatory requirement; for example, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires temperature monitoring of food and drug products.

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Motion Controller Automates Hydrostatic Pressure Testing

A flexible hydrostatic test system for the oil and gas industry must precisely measure a wide range of pressures. Because the items tested vary widely, most testing is done manually. A test engineer sets appropriate parameters, and a skilled operator adjusts the pumping system for the specimen under test. After the technician sets up the test, he or she is usually seated at the pressure source and controls the specified pressure. The human interaction lacks precision and repeatability; each time the test is performed, there is a variation in results. In extreme cases, the maximum rated pressure is exceeded, causing damage.

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Using Hardware Handshaking to Reduce ATE Test Times

Developing an automatic test equipment (ATE) system takes time, and there can be different approaches to achieve the same goal. Without the right approach, the system can become less efficient, contributing to more time spent or more resources used to complete the task. With advances in technology, ATE systems are becoming more widely used across a range of industries including manufacturing, avionics, aerospace, military, and defense. ATE systems are efficient and can be incredibly useful, allowing quick and accurate testing that communicates across a set of devices. However, it can become a complicated task to properly set up an ATE system to achieve the user’s desired outcomes.

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Brushless Torque Motors

Allied Motion (Buffalo, NY) released the Megaflux MFH170i series of 170-mm (6.7-in) diameter housed brushless torque motors. The series is comprised of the 170 series brushless torque motor, a digital servo drive, and a programmable optical encoder integrated into a rugged machined aluminum housing with duplex bearings. The motors feature a 63.5-mm (2.5-in) large-bore through shaft. Three stack lengths are available, with peak torque ranging from 8.5 to 16.9 Nm (75 to 150 lb-in), and rated speed to 1000 RPM. The standard winding voltage is 48V. The motors are designed as rotary actuators for use in semiconductor equipment, automated test equipment, scanners, gimbal systems, and applications requiring a rotary actuator with a large hollow shaft. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55592-310

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Electronic Valves

Clippard Instrument Labora tory (Cincinnati, OH) introduced the DV-3 Minimatic® electronic 3-way valves that use a patented valving principle. The valves are suited for applications across numerous industries, and are modifiable with flow, mounting, pressure, voltage, material, and other options. Features include leak-free operation, over 1,000,000,000 cycles, high flows in a miniature stainless steel design, low heat rise/low power, and stainless steel Spider flat armature spring. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55592-309

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Servo Drives

ADVANCED Motion Controls (Camarillo, CA) introduced the AZBH10A4 and AZBD10A4 micro-sized analog plug-in brushless servo drives that add Hall Velocity mode and Duty Cycle mode capabilities to the μZ series. The drives are designed for embedded applications in industries such as robotics, military, electric mobility, medical, and packaging. They drive brushless and brushed DC motors at a high switching frequency, and weigh 9 grams. They feature output of 10A peak and 5A continuous, and operate with a bus voltage range of 10-36 VDC.

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Stepper Motors

Nanotec (Feldkirchen, Germany) introduced the SC3518 series stepper motors that feature high torque and EMC properties. The 2-phase hybrid stepper motors feature frame size NEMA 14 (35 mm) and a 1.8° step angle; torque is between 0.18 and 0.32 Nm. The motors are connected via an integrated connector that enables easy cable adaption. The two outer pins of the connector are attached to the motor housing. Together with the shielded cable, this creates a shield connection with excellent EMC performance. The motors are available with a shaft end for openloop or sensorless control, or with an integrated optical encoder NOE1 with up to 2,000 increments/rotation. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55592-313

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