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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Halogen-Free Coating

Specialty Coating Systems, Indianapolis, IN, offers ParyFree® halogen-free Parylene coating that is applied through a vapor deposition process, resulting in an ultra-thin, uniform, pinhole-free conformal coating. The thin film forms at a molecular level to fully encapsulate components and devices. The coating offers improved barrier properties over traditional halogen-free variants, and meets IPX7 and IPX8 test requirements for waterproof protection to electronic device and components.

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Oscilloscopes

Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa, CA, introduced the 200-MHz, 4-channel InfiniiVision 1000 X-Series oscilloscopes that include 4-wire Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) decode and remote connection via local area networks. The scopes are bandwidth-upgradable and are available at 70, 100, and 200 MHz of bandwidth. The six-in-one instrument integrates a frequency response analyzer (Bode plotting), function generator, protocol analyzer, digital voltmeter, and frequency counter.

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Manufacturing Analysis Software

Seeq Corp., Seattle, WA, offers R21 analytics software for process manufacturing that enables users to analyze, predict, collaborate, and share insights to improve production outcomes. New features include expanded “scorecards” that display calculated tables in Seeq Workbench and Organizer. The scorecards are used for tabulated metrics, measurements, and other summary data.

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Current Transducer

NK Technologies, San Jose, CA, introduced the DT-BB DC current transducer that allows a split-core transducer to be installed over existing bus bars or wire, and to be mounted on a panel or DIN rail. It is rated to measure DC current at working voltage to 1500 VDC. The power supply and output signal wires are connected to the sensor with a terminal block that plugs into the header on top of the sensor. Standard output is 4–20 mA unipolar or 4–12–20 mA bipolar.

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Transmitters

The DT Series dual transmitters from Acromag, Wixom, MI, interface a variety of process and sensor signals to a control system. They feature two independent signal conditioning channels in a 17.5-mm-wide module. A signal splitter mode lets one input drive both outputs. Input options include process current, DC voltage, thermocouple, RTD, and resistance signal types with proportional process current or unipolar/bipolar voltage output.

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Light-Curing Adhesive

DELO, Sudbury, MA, introduced DELO Photobond GB4033 light-curing acrylate for seal bonding. Designed for material joints that require adhesives to be strong, flexible, and tight, this low-viscosity, one-component, solvent-free acrylate provides sealing properties against water, humidity, and dust. It can be used in temperatures ranging from -40 to +120 °C and allows for good peel resistance on glass and plastic. The adhesive cures under both UV and visible light.

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DC Power Module

Mouser Electronics, Mansfield, TX, offers the MAXM17552 step-down DC-DC power module from Maxim Integrated. The micro system-level IC power module provides an input voltage range of 4 V to 60 V and delivers up to 100 mA output current over an adjustable output voltage from 0.9 V to 5.5 V. The module uses peak-current-mode control architecture, operates in pulse-width modulation (PWM) mode, and offers a soft-start feature to reduce input inrush current. It offers an ambient operating temperature range of -40 to 125 °C.

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Simulation Software

Siemens PLM Software, Plano, TX, introduced Simcenter 3D 2019.1 simulation software that simulates the additive manufacturing process. The software automates the creation and simulation of transmission simulation models within a single, integrated environment. New connections between Simcenter 3D and Simcenter™ STAR-CCM+™ software enable aero-acoustics and aero-vibro-acoustic simulations. Other features include the ability to streamline the end-to-end aircraft structural analysis and margin of safety process, and topology optimization that adds design objectives or constraints for structural integrity of a part when subjected to critical loads.

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Low-Profile Connectors

Wire-to-board Pico-EZmate and Pico-EZmate Slim low-profile connectors from Molex, Lisle, IL, support automated assembly processes in tight spaces. The Pico-EZmate 1.20-mm connector system offers mated heights of 1.55 and 1.65 mm; the Pico-EZmate Slim connectors offer mated height of 1.20 mm. Vertical mating eliminates wrong orientation or mis-mating and an open-top receptacle header enables snap-in mating for quick assembly processing. An open space on the header accommodates pick-and-place.

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Press-Fit Receptacles

Mill-Max Mfg. Corp., Oyster Bay, NY, offers flush-mount, solderless press-fit receptacles for low-profile connections. The receptacles have a hexagon-shaped flange that is pressed into the PCB plated through-hole until flush with the surface of the board. No soldering is required as the press-fit forms a gas-tight connection with a properly specified plated through-hole. After installation, the PCB contacts enable a range of devices to be plugged in while minimizing overall interconnect height. They may be used on both traditional and rigid backed flex PCBs.

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Camera Cores

FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, OR, announced Neutrino™ LC, and Neutrino SX12 and QX midwave infrared (MWIR) camera cores. The Neutrino LC is a High Operating Temperature (HOT) MWIR camera core and the first model in the SWaP+C (Size, Weight, Power, and Cost) series. It can be installed where maintenance access is restricted, difficult, or costly. The Neutrino SX12 produces high-definition (HD) thermal imaging video and the QX, with more than 3.1 megapixels, is a high-resolution MWIR core. Both provide crisp imagery at long distances while maintaining a wide field of view.

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