Laptop Computers

Eurocom, Nepean, ON, Canada offers Sky “C” Series laptop computers based on the Z370 Intel chipset and using CPU-upgrade-able, LGA1151 socket-based processors. They support up to 128 GB of RAM (4 × 32 GB DDR4). The Sky X4C, X7C, and X9C systems feature eight cores, 16-thread (i9 9900K) or eight cores, eight-thread (i7 9700K) processors.

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Digital Sensor

The Texas Instruments HDC2080 humidity and temperature digital sensor is available from Mouser Electronics, Mansfield, TX. The capacitive-based device uses an integrated heating element to dissipate moisture and condensation. It offers a typical humidity accuracy of ±2 percent and a typical temperature accuracy of ±0.2 °C. The sensor supports a supply voltage range of 1.62 V to 3.6 V.

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Single-Board Computer

The ITX-P-3800 single-board computer from WinSystems, Arlington, TX, is an Intel E-3800 processor-based computing platform in the Pico-ITX form factor. It measures 3.9 × 2.8” and features fanless processing power and header-based connectors. The computer withstands operating temperatures from -20 to 70 °F and includes dual-Ethernet and four USB channels, and accommodates a range of DC input power from + 9V to + 36V.

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Modular Chassis

Pickering Interfaces, Grants Pass, OR, announced the 60-106 six-slot modular USB/LXI chassis that occupies a 1U rack-height form factor for portable and space-restricted applications. The chassis accepts from one to six PXI 3U modules; the user can choose from more than 1,000 module types including programmable resistors, matrices, multiplexers, general-purpose relays, RF switches, and fault insertion units.

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Pressure Transducers

DunAn Sensing, San Jose, CA, released MP Series harsh-media-compatible pressure transducers that feature MEMS pressure sensor integration with a hermetically sealed pressure fitting. They are comprised of a ceramic substrate on which the MEMS piezore-sistive pressure sensor is hermetically attached. Signal conditioning is provided by an ASIC mounted on a PCB. The transducers are available in pressure ranges from 0-15 to 0-750 psi.

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Panel Meters

AutomationDirect, Cumming, GA, offers Trumeter graphical panel meters that measure voltage, current, or frequency and provide analog meter-style visual and numeric readings. User-selectable measurement options include 0-600 AC or DC voltage, current at 0-5A direct or 0-9,999A via transducer, and frequency from 2 to 400 Hz.

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Laser Sensor

Micro-Epsilon, Raleigh, NC, introduced the optoNCDT 1750LL laser sensor with an oval laser spot that facilitates distance measurements of shiny metallic and structured surfaces. Features include measuring ranges of 2, 10, 20, and 50 mm; maximum linearity of 2 μm; maximum resolution of 0.1 μm; and adjustable measuring rate up to 2.5 kHz. The sensor includes analog and digital output, real-time compensation on changing surfaces, and an integrated controller.

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Environmental Sensors

Bourns, Riverside, CA introduced the Bourns Precision Sensor (BPS) environmental sensors based on MEMS technology. The BPS110 and BPS120 pressure sensors offer ultra-low-pressure sensing capabilities for sensitive applications as well as fully calibrated and compensated output. The Model BPS130 pressure sensors feature harsh media compatibility and high-temperature operation; the Model BPS230 sensors provide relative humidity sensing in a surface-mount package.

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Connectors

The 868 series connectors from Mill-Max, Oyster Bay, NY, are wire termination, spring-loaded, and target connectors that include solder cups to accommodate wire and cable attachment. The 868-22-00X-00-0X1101 spring-loaded connectors have heavy-duty spring pins with 0.050”-diameter plungers that resist bending and binding during the application of side loads. The 868-10-00X-00-0X1000 target connectors offer a choice of a flat or concave face on the mating side of the pins. Mounting tabs integrated into the insulators provide a means for attachment to product housings or PCBs.

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Image Sensor

The Snappy 2 megapixel CMOS image sensor from Teledyne e2v, Chestnut Ridge, NY, is designed for barcode reading and other 2D scanning applications. The sensor combines full HD resolution, a 2.8-μm low-noise global shutter, and a small optical format. Key features include 1/3” optical format at full HD format, excellent signal-to-noise ratio at low light, HDR modes for wide dynamic scenes, and single- and multi-ROI modes for tracking simultaneous image regions.

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GigE Vision Cameras

LUCID Vision Labs, Richmond, BC, Canada, announced Triton™ GigE Vision cameras that feature Active Sensor Alignment, 29 × 29-mm size, and IP67 protection. The Ml 2 Ethernet and M8 I/O connectors provide resistance to shock and vibration. The connectors minimize image sensor tilt and rotation and position the image sensor to the lens mount for sharp images, even in the corners. Cameras range from 0.4 MP to 20 MP including the 5-MP Sony IMX250MZR/MYR polarized, 12.3-MP Sony IMX304 global shutter CMOS, and 20 MP Sony IMX183 rolling shutter CMOS image sensors.

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Vision Controller

Matrox® Imaging, Dorval, QE, Canada, announced the Matrox 4Sight EV6 vision controller that integrates a seventh-generation Intel® Core™ processor to power multi-camera applications. The system features four Gigabit Ethernet and four SuperSpeed USB ports, allowing for multiple connections to available GigE Vision and USB3 Vision cameras. The Gigabit Ethernet ports support power-over-Ethernet (PoE). RS-232/RS-485 ports support connections to legacy automation devices while two additional GigE ports offer independent connections to workcell and enterprise networks and include a hardware-assisted mechanism for PROFINET® communication.

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Circular Connectors

Mencom, Oakwood, GA, offers M8, M12, 1/2”-20 and M23 threads, and MINI-Change circular connectors with 7/8”, 1”, and 1-1/8” threads. For higher-voltage (600V) applications, the Power Distribution PMIN series with 1” 3/8 thread is also available. M12 and 7/8” thread circular connectors for industrial network solutions such as DeviceNet, Ethernet, Foundation Fieldbus, Profibus, and Profinet are available. The connectors are UL-listed and IP67-rated for harsh environments. Multiple pole configurations and cable jacket materials including PVC, PUR, and TPR are available for over-molded connectors.

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Film Capacitor Modules

The MDL series of DC Link polypropylene film capacitor modules for high-power inverters is available from Cornell Dubilier, Liberty, SC. They offer capacitance values from 600 μF to 4,200 μF, with applied voltages of 900 Vdc to 1,300 Vdc. Designed as alternatives to banks of cylindrical bus-mounted capacitors, the modules use a single DC Link capacitor in a compact rectangular package. The DC Link film technology utilizes low-loss, high-grade polypropylene dielectric.

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Measurement Modules

Beckhoff Automation, Savage, MN, introduced ELM314x Ether-CAT measurement modules available in two-, four-, six-, and eight-channel versions. Measurements with an accuracy of 100 ppm are possible over a temperature range from 10 to 40 °C. Each channel can be set to current or voltage measurements with a sampling rate of up to 1 ksps per channel. Analog signals in the ranges from ±1.25 to ±10 V, 0 to 10 V, ±20 mA; or 0/4 to 20 mA can be processed. Features include adjustable two-stage filters, oversampling, distributed clocks, true RMS, and scaler functions. The modules are suited for recording data from 10 V/20 mA sensors and for feeding real-time information directly back into the process.

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Camera Head

IO Industries, London, ON, Canada offers the 4KSDI-Mini 4K/UHD camera head that requires a single 12G-SDI connection to provide 4K 60 fps video. It can also support 6G, 3G, and HD-SDI output formats. It is designed for applications requiring high image quality from a compact camera. Separate models feature either a 1”-format global shutter or 2/3”-format rolling shutter sensor. Features include standard video frame rates of 24, 29.97, and 60 fps; standard HD/UHD resolution; and a video-style interface.

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Video Borescope

Toshiba America Imaging Systems Division, Irvine, CA, introduced the SV-1000 digital video borescope with illumination. The water-resistant, chip-on-tip inspection camera measures 1.6 mm in diameter and features an integrated LED light for illumination within the 1.9-meter flexible shaft. The 1 × 1-mm CMOS sensor provides 400 × 400-pixel resolution with a 120-degree field-of-view (FOV) lens. The two-piece system comprises the inspection camera and separate compact camera control unit that includes electrical connections, video outputs, and LED light control.

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Cameras

Basler, Exton, PA, offers ace U USB 3.0 cameras that feature resolutions of VGA and 1.6 megapixels. They are equipped with the IMX287 and IMX273 sensors from Sony's Pregius series and deliver up to 525 frames per second. Both sensors feature the Ultra Short Exposure Time Mode that enables exposure times of up to one microsecond (1 μs). The cameras are suited as upgrades for CCD cameras with low resolutions.

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Operator Interface

Electromate, Greenville, DE, offers the eX700G Series operator interface from Exor International. The unit combines a sunlight-readable display with connectivity features for environments where the safety of operators is at risk. The Industrial IoT edge device combines a controller with networking capability and communication options including client/server OPC UA. Features include a glass projected capacitive touchscreen and 7” widescreen display with a resolution of 800 × 480.

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Vision Systems

Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, released the In-Sight 9000 series of ultra-high-resolution vision systems for high-accuracy part location, measurement, and inspection over large areas. Two models are available: the 9902L (2K line scan) and the 9912 (12MP area scan). Both are IP67-rated for use in harsh factory environments. The fully configurable, standalone systems offer users a single-camera solution to view large areas while preserving accuracy.

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