Controller and Datalogger

Watlow, St. Louis, MO, introduced a batch processing feature for the F4T temperature and process controller and D4T datalogger. The new feature helps collect manufacturing part processing thermal data, automating data record entry and reports. Users can enter non-thermal batch or job-related processing type data using a wireless scanner connected to a USB port.

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Model-Based Engineering

MapleMBSE 2019.0 software from Maplesoft, Waterloo, ON, Canada, enables Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) design projects without requiring each engineer on the project to be an expert in complex MBSE tools. Using an Excel®-based interface, the software defines requirements, impact analysis, tradeoff studies, and failure mode effects analysis. Also included is enhanced support for the Systems Modeling Language (SML).

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Machining Software

Mastercam 2019 Mill software from CNC Software, Tolland, CT, features 2D high-speed toolpaths, 3D enhancements, and multi-axis features. The Model Chamfer toolpath for 2D machining allows users to machine safe horizontal chamfers on solid models. Equal Scallop 3D high-speed toolpath creates a consistent scallop motion relative to stepover distance. It generates noise-free motion with the ability to smooth out sharp corners.

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Cable Connectors

Binder USA, Camarillo, CA, announced M12 X-coded female cable connectors with the RJ45-to-female feedthrough for control cabinets. They feature data transmission 4-paired up to 10 Gbit/s. The connectors are available straight or angled with eight gold-plated contacts. The connectors offer an IP67 degree of protection, with the RJ45 being rated IP20.

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Multiphysics Simulation

Altair SimLab sT multiphysics simulation software is available from Altair, Troy, MI. Features include live bi-directional syncing with many parametric CAD systems such as CATIA, Pro/E, Siemens NX, and SolidWorks. Embedded physics solvers for statics, dynamics, heat transfer, fluid flow, and electromagnetics provide a solution to accelerate multiphysics analyses and coupled simulations.

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PCB Terminals

Keystone Electronics, New Hyde Park, NY, offers Quick-Fit PCB male tab terminals designed on a continuous reel (strip) that are compatible with standard automated insertion equipment. They are made from brass with tin-plate. The 1287-R model is for ¼"-wide male tabs with .312" height above the board; the 1287-STR is designed to keep the terminal perpendicular to the board during and after soldering.

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Imaging Sensors

FocalSpec, Santa Clara, CA, introduced LCI401 and LCI1201 Line Confocal Imaging sensors that combine 3D topography, tomography, and 2D grayscale intensity into one sensor for high-speed 3D imaging of surfaces that are difficult or impossible to measure with other methods. They provide sub-micron precision, detection speed of up to 10 million 3D points/second, and are suitable for mirror-like, shiny, glossy, and transparent materials.

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This article first appeared in the March, 2019 issue of Tech Briefs Magazine.

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