Coupled Inductors

Coilcraft, Cary, IL, offers LPD8035V Series miniature, high-voltage, 1:1 coupled inductors that provide 1500 Vrms and one-minute isolation (hipot) between windings. The inductors are available in six inductance values ranging from 4.7 to 150 μH. They provide peak current ratings up to 2.7 Amps as well as coupling coefficient ≥0.97. They are qualified to AEC-Q200 Grade 3 standards (-40 to +85 °C ambient), making them suitable for automotive and other high-temperature applications. They feature RoHS-compliant matte tin over silver-platinum-glass frit terminations, and are halogen-free.

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Power Entry Module

Schurter, Santa Rosa, CA, offers the DD14 series compact power entry modules that combine an IEC C14 appliance inlet with 2-pole switch and 2-stage filter. Shielding is optimized by screwing the metal casing of the filter to the panel using its horizontal or vertical flange. A snap-in filter version eliminates the flange. The system integrates the EMC filter directly in line with the power input. The two-stage filter design suppresses interference voltages. The module is rated for current levels up to 10 A/250 VAC according to IEC, and 8 A 125/250 VAC according to UL/CSA.

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AC-DC Power Supply

The TDK-Lambda CUS200LD AC-DC power supply from TDK-Lambda Corp., National City, CA, is rated at 120W convection or 150W conduction cooled. Up to 206W can be delivered for up to 10 seconds to drive peak loads associated with dynamic LED displays. The 31-mm height allows the product to be mounted inside industrial equipment with limited space requirements. It has an 85 to 265Vac input and can operate in ambient temperatures of up to 70 °C with start-up at -40 °C. Six output voltages are available: 5V, 7.5V, 12V, 15V, 24V, and 48V, adjustable by ±10% for non-standard outputs.

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Digitally Imprinted Parts

Rize, Woburn, MA, announced Digitally Augmented Parts, providing the ability to augment functional 3D-printed parts with digital information. Users can create a digital thread between the digital and physical part. The Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) hybrid printing process combines extrusion and material jetting, enabling 3D printing of industrial parts with embedded markers that create an immutable connection to the digital part. Using the voxel-level inkjetting capability of APD, users can 3D-print secure information on an industrial part in a QR code, for example.

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SLS 3D Printer

Sinterit, Krakow, Poland, introduced the Sinterit Lisa 2 desktop-size selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printer that produces large prints in one piece, up to almost 32 cm (12.6”). It uses powder sintered together by a laser to achieve complex parts without the need for supports. A nitrogen chamber enables users to create a special environment inside the printer and expand the list of potential materials. Printing materials include plastics such as Nylon PA12 and Flexa black, and PA11.

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3D Printing

3D Systems, Rock Hill, SC, introduced Figure 4™ Production and Figure 4 Standalone 3D printing technology. Figure 4 Production offers part print speeds up to 65 mm/hr, with prototyping speeds of up to 100 mm/hr. The Figure 4 platform utilizes a light-based UV curing process that takes minutes versus hours with heat-based curing processes. Highspeed molding supports long- and short-run batches, and allows different parts to be produced in the same batch. More than 30 materials are available for Figure 4 Production.

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Interconnects

Harwin, Portsmouth, UK, announced the M40 series interconnects with phosphor bronze contacts rated for currents up to 1A. The lightweight, low-profile, 1-mm-pitch units are cable-to-board connectors available in both single- and double-row options, with vertical and horizontal surface mount configurations for the shrouded male headers. Pre-cabled female contacts are available off-the-shelf, with complete cable assembly layouts available. Supporting 50 mate/unmate cycles, the components have insulation resistance of 100 MΩ, and cover an operational temperature range of -25 to +85 °C.

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Eddy Current Array Probe

Eddyfi Technologies, Quebec, Canada, offers a standard pulsed eddy current array (PECA) probe for corrosion under insulation (CUI) and corrosion under fireproofing (CUF) inspections. The probe offers relative wall thickness measurements, and penetrates the entire thickness of components under test, detecting internal and external corrosion. The 6-element PECA probe is capable of single-pass coverage of 457 mm (18”) in grid or high-resolution, dynamic mode. The probe's integrated locking mechanism enables it to adapt to outer diameters 152 mm (6”), all the way up to flat surfaces, and spring-loaded wheels ensure smooth acquisitions over buckles and uneven surfaces.

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Miniature Sensors

Banner Engineering, Minneapolis, MN, released VS8 Series miniature sensors for use in applications with extremely limited space. They are available in red laser, red LED, or blue LED models with opposed, retroreflective, adjustable, or fixed-field background-suppression sensing modes. The sensors detect very small parts and other difficult targets. Red laser models have a precise spot for detecting multicolored targets and objects as small as 0.5 mm. Blue LED models detect targets with dark or reflective surfaces and transparent objects without requiring a reflector. Red LED models are multi-purpose sensors that detect a wide range of targets.

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Self-Clinching Studs

PEM® FHX™ self-clinching flush-head studs from PennEngineering®, Danboro, PA, feature an X-Press™ thread profile enabling quick mating with push-on plastic nuts, wire tie products, or other plastic fasteners in thin metal assemblies. The coarse thread design allows for high retention force and accommodates paints and coatings. The studs install permanently in metal sheets as thin as 1 mm. They press into place using any standard press, or can be installed automatically during the stamping process. Upon installation, the head of the stud mounts flush in the metal sheet. The studs are manufactured from hardened carbon steel and finished with zinc plus clear chromate as standard, or a rust-preventive oil finish as an option. They are supplied in 5- or 6-mm thread sizes in lengths from 10 to 25 mm.

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Ultra-Small Computer

Logic Supply, South Burlington, VT, offers the CL200 Ultra Small Form Factor computer housed in a cast aluminum enclosure and configurable with Wi-Fi/Bluetooth or 4G connectivity. Two models are available, both powered by an Intel® Apollo Lake Celeron processor. They measure 83 × 116 × 34 mm. The base model (CL200), running on Linux Ubuntu 16.04, features 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of onboard storage. The CL210 provides 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, and can be configured with Ubuntu or Windows 10 IoT. A built-in MicroSD card slot on both models enables extra removable storage.

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Power Analyzers

Vitrek, Poway, CA, introduced PA900 multi-channel harmonic power analyzers equipped with the built-in capability to conduct compliance testing to key environmental performance standards. They can be set up to analyze the power output or consumption of the device under test and automatically display the results. The analyzers feature a high-accuracy, wideband waveform digitizer with advanced computational capability; a large, high-resolution display; and a full-color touchscreen user interface. They provide waveform visualization and measurement results necessary to validate the performance of power-critical designs.

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Control Panels

Beckhoff Automation, Savage, MN, announced CP6x00 control panels and panel PCs with 10.1” widescreen displays. Three cabinet-mounted devices are available. The panels have a Thin Film Transistor (TFT) touch display with a resolution of 1024 × 600 WSVGA for operator interface and visualization options. The display features 16.7 million available colors. These devices permit implementation of control and visualization tasks for small- and medium-sized machines, production systems, and buildings. The three PCs are the CP6600 with 1 GHz ARM Cortex™ A8 CPU and 1 GB DDR3 RAM memory, the CP6700 with Intel® Atom™ processor (up to 1.91 GHz, four cores) and 2 GB DDR3L RAM, and the CP6900 with DVI/USB for operation at a distance of up to 50 m from an industrial PC or embedded PC.

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Rotary Encoder

The PE18-BX ProxEncoder® from Joral, Mukwonago, WI, is a non-contact rotary encoder with a square housing and side sense capacity. The rectangular design allows for mounting on flat surfaces. The encoder detects on-axis rotation with up to 0.5” (12 mm) air gap between the application and sensor. It is encapsulated for an IP69k configuration, and is available in common communications formats including analog, quadrature, and CAN J1939. Features include face- or side-oriented sensor target area, 0.10” (2.5 mm) axial misalignment, 30° planar tilt, and optional customizable connectors.

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Barcode Readers

Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, offers the DataMan® 470 series fixed-mount barcode readers designed for high-speed, high-throughput manufacturing and logistics lines. High Dynamic Range Plus (HDR+) technology enhances the image quality of 1D and 2D codes. The units read low-contrast and ultra-small codes, and cover large inspection areas with fewer cameras. The expandable technology platform includes multi-core processing power, decoding algorithms, and modular configuration options.

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AC/DC Converters

Mornsun America, Maynard, MA, introduced LS05-26BxxSS (-F) series 5W SIP AC/DC converters with input voltage range of 90-528VAC. The converters meet the power requirement of supporting any two-wire connection in nominal voltage 380/220VAC of three-phase four-wire. They provide output short-circuit protection and over-current protection.

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Source Meter

The Keithley Model 2606B System Source-Meter from Tektronix, Beaverton, OR, offers four 20-Watt SMU channels in a single 1U form factor chassis. It combines the capabilities of a power supply, true current source, 6½-digit DMM, arbitrary waveform generator, and pulse generator into one integrated instrument. The instrument delivers up to 20,000 operations per second.

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Heavy-Duty Springs

Newcomb Spring Corp., Decatur, GA, offers CNC forming capabilities for the manufacture of heavy-duty springs and heavy-gauge wire forms for applications in aerospace, defense, and energy. CNC forming of materials enables production of long or short runs of heavy-duty compression springs, extension springs, and torsion springs — as well as heavy-gauge wire forms — from a variety of materials up to 0.625” (15.875 mm) in wire diameter.

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