Product of the Month

Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA, introduced the PathWave software platform that integrates design, test, measurement, and analysis to enable product development from concept to manufacturing. The platform integrates design and test tools, automation, and common measurements, eliminating the need to re-create individual measurements and test plans at each discrete stage of the process. The open, scalable, and predictive software platform integrates hardware and software at every stage in the product design workflow. It includes design software, instrument control software, application software, and productivity software, combined with an open development environment, giving users common data formats and control interfaces. It provides open APIs for simplified customization from the desktop to the cloud, and monitors the utilization and health of each test resource. The platform also allocates the right computing resources where and when needed, and ensures new hardware and software work with existing hardware

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Pushbutton Switches

CIT Relay & Switch, Rogers, MN, introduced the DHU Series UL-approved anti-vandal pushbutton switches in 25, 28, or 30 mm. All sizes offer both ring and dot illumination and non-illuminated options. Choices of body and actuator colors include stainless steel and anodized aluminum in black, green, red, blue, or yellow. Bi-color illumination and multiple actuator styles offer a variety of options.

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Machining System

GEFERTEC GmbH, Berlin, Germany, offers the GTarc Machine, which is available as a 3-axis version for parts up to 3 m3, and as a 5-axis version for parts up to 0.8 m3. The center is suited for the production of complex and large parts made of steel, nickel, titanium, or aluminum. The system uses 3DMP® manufacturing technology for production of near-net-shape metal parts. It is based on electric arc welding, using wire as original material, so the final part is formed welding layer by welding layer. Production speed can be up to 600 cm3 per hour, depending on the material. 3DMP® CAM software calculates the data out of the CAD-modeled part, enabling the CNC-control unit to position the welding head; the machine produces the part fully automatically.

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CAD/CAM Software

Tebis America, Troy, MI, announced Release 5 of Version 4.0 CAD/CAM software that enables users to accelerate processes without functional restrictions. Examples include machine simulation, working with tool sets, or searching for tools in feature machining. The software largely automates NC programming using templates with process libraries that enable procedures and processes. Users can also edit large and complex parts. Multicore technology relying on parallel processing was integrated. The extended parallel processing saves time in the calculation of NC programs for re-roughing. Parts can be loaded, shaded, and saved with time optimization.

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Displacement Sensors

The optoNCDT 1420 laser sensors from Micro-Epsilon, Raleigh, NC, enable dynamic measurements of displacement, distance, and position on a non-contact, wear-free basis with up to 4 kHz. The measurement task can be selected using a quality slider, and can be further optimized using the video signal display, signal peak selection, and individually adjustable signal averaging. The ROI function (region of interest) allows for interfering signals in the background to be filtered out. The sensors are suited for electronics production, packaging, medical engineering, and machine building.

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Inserts for Plastics

SPIROL International, Danielson, CT, introduced the Series 60 Blind-End and Series 61 Through-Hole molded-in inserts for plastics made from 2024 grade aluminum. The design consists of axial grooves to maximize torque resistance, combined with radial undercuts for high pull-out force. The inserts are designed to be placed in the mold cavity prior to plastic injection, and offer unrestricted plastic flow into the retention features on the outside diameter of the inserts. They are lead-free, and standard inch thread sizes include 8-32, 10-24, 1/4-20, and 5/16-18.

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Multi-Disciplinary System Simulation

Altair, Troy, MI, offers AVL CRUISE™ M multi-disciplinary system simulation for model-based development using real-time models from different domains. A graphical user interface enables setup and execution of the modeling workflow, from building the model to post-processing of results. The numerical solver features a flexible, multi-level modeling approach open to third-party tools. The software is used in design and assessment of powertrain concepts, system layout analysis, balancing energy flow, and energy management optimization.

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Liquid Cooling System

AMS Technologies, Munich, Germany, introduced the mLC-KIT 1600 compact and low-vibration liquid cooling kit with dimensions of a typical 19” rackmount case. The kit is based on two linear compressors with continuous, oil-free operation and the possibility to modulate the cooling power from almost zero up to the maximum value of about 1.6 kW. This modulation is realized by varying the linear motor’s stroke at a fixed frequency, which avoids vibration and noise issues due to resonant oscillations often associated with rotary speed-controlled compressors.

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Ceramic Sticky Tape

Thermeez™ 397PS thermally (up to 1500 °F) insulating, woven, ceramic sticky tape from Cotronics Corp., Brooklyn, NY, is backed with high-temperature, pressure-sensitive adhesive that simplifies tape placement and assures a uniform installation for thermal and electrical insulation applications. It is woven from flexible, industrial-grade ceramic fibers that have chemical stability and resistance to thermal shock, corrosive attack, mechanical vibration, and stress.

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Board Housing

CAMI Research, Acton, MA, released a High-Voltage (HV)-rated QuickMount housing (CBH2) for its CableEye automation-ready cable and wire harness testing systems. The free-standing, quick-release board fixture allows users to connect the test interface boards to the 64-pin headers of any expansion module. The housing is rated to 2100 Vdc/1500 Vac. If desired, boards may be locked in place using supplied nylon thumbscrews. Expansion cable extends the housing away from the tester by the desired amount.

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Optical Design Software

Release 7.8.3 TracePro illumination and optical design software from Lambda Research Corp., Littleton, MA, features Monte Carlo tolerancing, advanced Sweep Body Editor, measurement tool, and new path selection including helical, square spiral, and free helix. Rounding radius was added to periodic and Fresnel segments to accurately model optics with chamfers and fillets. Other features include photorealistic rendering, a surface property generator, ACIS release R28 with improved optional STEP and IGES translators, and upgraded HOOPS graphic engine for improved system visualization.

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Infrared Cameras

Fluke® Ti450 and Ti480 PRO Series wireless infrared cameras from Fluke Corp., Everett, WA, offer increased thermal sensitivity to capture minute differences in temperature. The Ti450 PRO features a dynamic temperature range to 1500 °C, with NETD as low as 25 mK. Both cameras provide sharp on-screen images with clear visual color differentiation. MultiSharp™ Focus rapidly takes multiple images and combines them to produce one in-focus image, enabling users to capture an automated, focused image of multiple targets at once.

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Locking Connectors

Binder USA, Camarillo, CA, introduced the 570 ELC Series Easy Locking Connectors with a circular layout that features 12 gold-plated pins. An intuitive locking system with snap hooks and clearly set mating position (set through shape of mating area) prevent mismating. The female panel mount connector provides IP54 protection from intrusion of liquids, water splash, and touching of the contacts. Mechanical resistance is greater than 5,000 mating cycles.

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Multiphysics Simulation

COMSOL Multiphysics® and COMSOL Server™ version 5.3a from COMSOL, Burlington, MA, integrate new numerical methods for multiphysics modeling and app development. Features include shape memory alloy (SMA) material models, a method for capacitively coupled plasma (CCP) simulations, and a hybrid boundary element-finite element (BEM-FEM) method for acoustics and acoustic-structure interaction. Other features include a thermodynamics properties library, turbulence model, and moisture flow multiphysics coupling. Apps with very large plots or many graphics windows will have improved rendering performance resulting in a more responsive user interface.

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I/O Connector

Mouser Electronics, Mansfield, TX, offers the IX Series I/O connector from Hirose Electric. The IEC PAS 61076-3-124-compliant connector consists of a plug and receptacle that support CAT5e and CAT6a cabling. With continuous, 360-degree shielding against electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electrostatic discharge (ESD), the connector provides secure high-speed transmission rates up to 10 Gbps. The single plug shell integrates a wire-termination unit and cable clamp that prevents the connecting part of the cable assembly from being affected by the load on the cable.

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EMI/RFI Shielding Gaskets

Mounting options for EMI/RFI shielding beryllium copper (BeCu) and stainless steel finger stock gaskets from Tech-Etch, Plymouth, MA, include snap-on, stick-on, clip-on, track, extrusion, welding, and soldering. Gaskets are offered in strips ranging from 16 to 24” in length, in continuous coils up to 35’ long, as single fingers, cut to requested lengths, or formed into contact rings. More than 100 standard profiles are available. BeCu offers maximum spring properties for strength and fatigue resistance, as well as long life without compression set. An optional DiamondBack (dB) textured surface for high-frequency applications is available.

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Thermal Imager

Testo Ltd., Hampshire, UK, offers the Testo 871 thermal imager with a pixel detector and an integrated digital camera. The imager communicates wirelessly via WLAN with mobile terminal devices. The Thermography App for iOS and Android enables writing and sending reports on-site, as well as saving them online, and using a smartphone or tablet as a second display or for remote control. The imager features 43,200 temperature measuring points and infrared resolution of 240 × 180 pixels, extendible to 480 × 360 pixels. It detects temperature differences from 0.09 °C, and critical temperature conditions are directly displayed via automatic hot-cold spot recognition.

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Relay Switches

Pasternack, Irvine, CA, released electromechanical relay switches that operate from DC up to 26.5 GHz, and feature a D-SUB multi-pin connector interface for DC voltage and command control functions. There are 44 different switches offered in +12V and +28V designs. They are available in SPDT, SP3T, SP4T, and SP6T configurations that support latching, failsafe, or normally open actuators with features such as indicators, terminations, or TTL logic. Typical performance includes 0.15 dB insertion loss and 90 dB isolation levels; power handling capability is rated to 600 watts.

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