Sensor Controller

The induSENSOR MSC7401 sensor controller from Micro-Epsilon, Ortenburg, Germany, is used for displacement and distance measurements and is operated with LVDT and LDR measuring gauges and displacement sensors. Parameter setup of the controller is possible via keys or the software tool included. An IP67-rated aluminum housing protects the controller from dust and water.

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RF Connector

The MHF 4L LK Micro RF coaxial connector from I-PEX Connectors, Austin, TX, offers a locking feature to prevent it from disengaging from the PCB receptacle. It has a mating height of 2.0 mm and uses 1.37-mm OD coax. It is designed for shock and vibration environments where signal performance is critical.

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Environmental Sensor

Laird Connectivity, Akron, OH, released the Sentrius RS1xx External Series sensor that features integrated antennas, an external temperature probe, and rugged IP65 enclosure that allows users to mount the sensor outside of a device and measure the temperature inside via the cabled sensor. The probe supports a temperature range of -55 to 125 °C and sends sensor data in harsh RF environments over long distances to remote LoRaWAN gateways.

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Desktop 3D Printer

Stratasys, Eden Prairie, MN, introduced the Stratasys F120™ desktop 3D printer that uses FDM® technology and offers remote self-monitoring, plug-and-print functionality, user-friendly touchscreen interface, and GrabCAD Print workflow. The printer offers large filament boxes that enable up to 250 hours of uninterrupted printing. Other features include auto-calibration, easy material swaps, fast-draft mode that prints initial design concepts quickly, and hands-free soluble support removal.

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Optical/Electrical Connector

The Diamond Multipurpose DM4 from Diamond SA, Losone, Switzerland, is an optical/electrical connector insert that transmits optical and electrical signals for both analog and digital applications. The insert incorporates four optical or electrical terminals; IP ratings are met through solid connector construction with ingress protection. The insert is constructed to fit into a variety of different connector housings. Based on a 2.5-mm fiber optic ferrule, the terminals use integrated springs to avoid contact interruptions. Compatibility with tight cable and semi-loose cable/fiber construction is ensured.

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Power Module

The LTM4700 from Analog Devices, Norwood, MA, is a dual 50A or single 100A step-down μModule® DC/DC regulator featuring remote configurability and telemetry-monitoring of power management parameters over PMBus. The module consists of analog control loops, mixed-signal circuitry, EEPROM, power MOSFETs, inductors, and supporting components.

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Vision Sensors

Teledyne DALSA, Billerica, MA, announced BOA™ Spot XL vision sensors for industrial automation and inspection. The sensors come with integrated LED lighting, lens cover, and application software. Embedded vision tools include positioning, part locating, pattern matching, measuring, and feature or defect detection.

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

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