Manufacturing & Prototyping

Automation Cables

Molex, LLC (Lisle, IL) offers Flamar industrial automation cables for signal and control equipment and servomotors. The cables are available in multiple jacket materials (PVC, WSOR, PUR, TPE). The standard cables range from 26 AWG to 10 AWG for applications in food and beverage, material handling, automotive lines, and other manufacturing operations. The cables are rated for temperature ranges down to -40 °C (-40 °F) and up to 105 °C (221 °F). They are compatible with all standard industrial connectors, including RJ45, the Brad® range of circular connectors (M8, M12, M23) for servomotors, and mPm® DIN valve and Molex Heavy Duty connectors.

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Precision Ball Screws

Thomson Industries (Radford, VA) has introduced miniature metric precision ball screws in three interface styles: flanged, threaded, and rounded. The FSI metric ball screws are flanged, and the RSI style is rounded. Both feature a multi-liner ball return system that provides smooth operation and increased load capacity. The miniature ball screws are available in a range of standardized diameters from Ø6 mm – Ø14 mm. Flexible ball nut mounting configurations and rapid prototyping are options for the ball screws.

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Servo Drives

The MR-J4-TM multi-network servo drives from Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) are available with Ether Net/IP™ and EtherCAT® interfaces. The drives feature dual 100BASE-TX Ethernet ports in line, tree, and star topologies; One-Touch Auto-Tuning; 2.5 kHz speed frequency response for short settling time; high-resolution 4,194,304 pulse/revolution absolute encoders; and Advanced Vibration Suppression Control II for vibration suppression on both the load and the machine base. The drives also come with add-on instructions for EtherNet/IP networks using ControlLogix® or Compact - Logix® controllers.

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Solid State Relays

The TS13102 and TS13103 solid state relays from Semtech Corp. (Camarillo, CA) support the company’s Neo-Iso™ Platform, an isolated power/switch management technology. The TS13102 autonomously harvests energy, without the assistance of a microcontroller (and while the switch is closed). The harvested energy, stored in a system capacitor (Csys), can be shared across a system’s multiple channels, driving several loads simultaneously. The TS13103, outfitted with a Power Transfer Output pin (PTO), transfers the harvested energy on the other side of the isolation barrier to the system’s controller. Specific commands are sent through the control line (CLK) to perform a variety of functions, including receiving diagnostic information such as status, fault information, and voltage detection. The control and feedback lines can also be shared across multiple channels. Three address pins allow for up to eight switches on the same control line (CLK).

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Pressure Gauge

The MAN-R pressure gauge from KOBOLD (Pittsburgh, PA) uses an elastic measuring element to generate a precise, reproducible deflection when subjected to pressure. The pressure is converted into rotary motion of a pointer. The subsequent pressure measurement can then be read on the scale of the dial. Available in ranges from 30" Hg to 15,000 PSIG, the MAN-R offers a choice of up to four magnetic, sliding, or highly reliable inductive switches. Bottom or rear process connections are available in 1/4" or 1/2" NPT.

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Regulator

STMicroelectronics (Coppell, TX) has introduced the LDBL20, a 200mA Low-Dropout (LDO) regulator in a 0.47 × 0.47 × 0.2 mm chip-scale package. The LDBL20 features a 200mA output. Input voltage ranges from 1.5V to 5.5V, with 200mV typical dropout. Rejection (PSRR) of 80dB at 100Hz and 50dB at 100kHz simplifies filtering over a wide frequency range. The device has a quiescent current of 20μA no-load, 100μA full-load, and 0.3μA in standby. Output voltages are available on request, from 0.8V up to 5.0V in 50mV increments. Built-in features include logic-controlled electronic shutdown, internal soft-start, and support for active output-voltage discharge if required.

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Position Sensors

The Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has introduced the PG Series of linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) position sensors. The products are designed specifically for valve position sensing applications, such as steam turbine control systems in electric power generation plants. Installation features include standard body clamps, flange mounts, ball joint couplings, and rod eye ends. Two double-contact shaft seals keep contaminants from the LVDT’s bore. With no connector, the sensor has screw clamping terminals that accept No. 24-14 AWG wire. Continuous sensor operation is possible in ambient temperature up to 350 °F (175 °C).

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