Circular Connectors

Binder USA, Camarillo, CA, introduced the 720 Series of miniature circular connectors with a snap-in IP67 twin distributor. The distributor — a single male connector into two female connectors — features three and five gold-plated contacts rated up to 7A at 250V (5A at 125 V). The distributor is also a splitter for splitting off a connection with two protected paths. The connectors provide rated voltage from 250 V to 125 V.

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Single-Board Computer

Abaco Systems, Huntsville, AL, announced the SBC3511 3U OpenVPX rugged single-board computer based on the integrated Intel® Xeon® E-2176M 6-core/12-thread processor (formerly Coffee Lake) operating at 2.7 GHz with Turbo-Boost up to 4.4G Hz, 32 GBytes of DDR4 RAM, and up to 256 GBytes of nVME SSD. It also features a 40-Gigabit Ethernet data plane and SOSA (Sensor Open Systems Architecture) that creates a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture.

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Cable Assemblies

Low-PIM coaxial cable assemblies from Pasternack, an Infinite Electronics brand, Irvine, CA, offer connector options to address DAS, wireless infrastructure, multi-carrier communication systems, WISP, small cell installations, and PIM testing applications. The assemblies are constructed with flexible, lightweight, UL910, plenum-rated, SPP-250-LLPL, RF coaxial cable that can operate in temperatures from -55 to +125 °C.

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3D CAD Software

Siemens Digital Industries Software, Nuremberg, Germany, announced Solid Edge® 2020 3D design software that features augmented reality, expanded validation tools, model-based definition, and 2D Nesting. Augmented reality capabilities enable users to visualize design intent and enable collaboration. Validation tools conduct motion and vibration simulation, and Model Based Definition enables customers to completely define parts, assemblies, and manufacturing instruction digitally from a 3D model.

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Rackmount Servers

Mercury Systems, Andover, MA, offers the EnterpriseSeries™ RES-XR6 rugged rackmount servers featuring Intel® Second Generation Xeon® Scalable Processors. The servers can be configured with two to four Intel Scalable Processors (112-224 cores) and feature Intel's Optane Data Center persistent memory technology that directly attaches multiple terabytes of memory (maximum of 6TB) to the CPU.

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Virtual Reality Software

Luxion, Tustin, CA, announced KeyVR one-click VRTM software that enables users to create immersive, fully interactive virtual reality experiences with one click from any KeyShot scene without scripting, coding, or specialized model preparation. KeyShot uses real-time ray tracing to produce production-ready visuals. Using a head-mounted display (HMD), the entire VR environment can be viewed and examined from all angles in real time. Users also can interact with multiple design variations, view models in different environments, and enable gravity, collision, and rigid-body physics simulations.

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Ultrasonic Additive Manufacturing

Fabrisonic, Columbus, OH, announced the SonicLayer® 1200 7 ultrasonic additive manufacturing system that features a build envelope of 10 × 10 × 10” (X,Y,Z) and combines a room-temperature metal deposition process with traditional CNC milling. The machine features the same hybrid additive and subtractive process with all internal and external surfaces having a CNC finish. It allows complex arrays of smooth internal channels and is driven by the industry-standard G-Code. The machine welds dissimilar metals and embeds electronics (sensors) into fully dense metal parts.

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3D Printing Software

Artec Studio 14 software from Artec 3D, Santa Clara, CA, enables quality inspection with features such as expanded CAD/CAM functionality, seamless integration with Artec Micro, an industrial desktop 3D scanner with a point accuracy of up to 10 microns, and target-free registration for the tripod-mounted, long-range, 3D laser scanner Artec Ray. Users can directly export open and closed contours in polyline format to CAD/CAM applications. Other features let users organically mend and repair holes and gaps in scans using existing scan geometry.

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Temperature Indicators

Littelfuse, Chicago, IL, announced the PolySwitch® setP™ series of digital temperature indicators to protect USB Type C and USB power delivery charging cables from overheating. The SETP0805-100-CC is used in cables equipped with USB Type-C connectors at both ends. When the temperature reaches the indicating temperature (100 °C), the device switches from low resistance to very high resistance, shutting down the flow of power.

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Industrial Interface

Harting, Espelkamp, Germany, offers the RJ Industrial® MultiFeature series industrial interface that does not require a separate tool and features a metal housing. An additional area of application for AWG 26 to AWG 22 stranded wires, the interface features cable fixation in harsh environments. An IP20 and IP65/67 housing and PoE power supply variants provide data and power.

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Thermoelectric Modules

Laird Thermal Systems, Durham, NC, offers the HiTemp ET Series of Peltier thermoelectric modules to protect critical electronic devices like CMOS sensors in high-temperature applications. They deliver spot cooling and do not degrade in high-heat environments. The series includes 53 models in a variety of heat pumping capacities, geometric form factors, and input voltages. Operating temperatures range from 80 to 150 °C with a cooling capacity of more than 300 Watts.

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Digital Readout

The POSITIP 8016 digital readout from Heidenhain, Schaumburg, IL, features a touch screen for manual machine tool applications. Functions include a taper calculator, bolt-hole pattern routine, and tool radius compensator as well as distance-to-go modes in both absolute and incremental. It can control up to three NC analog, point-to-point axes and a spindle. The readout features a 12” color TFT touch screen for an IP65 front panel and an IP40 back panel.

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Arbitrary Waveform Generator

Spectrum Instrumentation, Grosshansdorf, Germany, offers the 65 Series of PCIe arbitrary waveform generators with 8 channels on a single PCIe-card. Up to 80 channels can be fully synchronized in a single PC. Onboard memory of 512 MSamples stores and replays waveforms. Using the PCIe-x4 platform, the AWGs provide data transfer speed of 700 MByte/s FIFO streaming speed. Applications include component testing, automotive, robotics, aerospace, medical, and other automated testing applications.

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Sensor Bridge Software

Libelium, Laragoza, Spain, introduced Libelium Cloud Bridge that allows users to send information from any sensor to worldwide cloud platforms simultaneously and without having to implement each specific cloud protocol or authentication methodology. Using a unique HTTPS request, any device using NB-IoT, 4G, or WiFi can be connected to cloud platforms by sending the data to a unique Internet server called the Bridge.

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CAD/CAM Software

CNC Software, Tolland, CT, released Master-cam 2020 CAD/CAM software that includes 2D-through-multiaxis milling automation features, CAD and model preparation improvements, improved machine configuration, and 3D tooling. The 3D Blend toolpath delivers a smooth surface finish and provides stock and holder checking.

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Ultra-Pure Graphene

Goodfellow, Coraopolis, PA, offers ultra-pure “green” graphene that is metal-free and applicable in metal-sensitive processes. The graphene is produced using a scalable process that involves breaking methane gas (CH4) into hydrogen and elemental carbon atoms in a plasma reactor. The carbon atoms then recombine into graphene sheets in the hydrogen atmosphere. The resulting graphene nanoplatelets are very thin and slightly crumpled, and they do not stack, making them suitable for electronic inks, polymers, metal composites, and coating.

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Panel Detector

Detection Technology, Billerica, MA, offers the X-Tile powered panel detector for industrial applications that enables real-time video monitoring of material flow with a speed of 10,000 frames per second. The detector can be used for monitoring flow of liquids in pipelines and cavities, and for capturing real-time video of running motors. The plug-and-play solution is equipped with a data acquisition system and a Gigabit Ethernet interface. The detector operates with a pixelated ceramic scintillator coupled to a backside illuminated (BSI) photodiode.

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Electronic DC Loads

SIGLENT Technologies, Solon, OH, introduced the SDL1000X and SDL1000X-E series of programmable electronic DC loads designed for battery, solar cell, and power supply testing. The SDL1020X/X-E offers input range of 150 V/30 A with 200 W total power dissipation; the SDL1030X/X-E has an input range of 150 V/30 A up to 300 W. A 4-wire sense compensation mode is implemented to remove errors due to a voltage drop in the connection wires. All models come with a 3.5” TFT-LCD display.

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Oscilloscopes

Tektronix, Inc., Beaverton, OR, announced expansion of the DPO-70000SX Series Performance Oscilloscope to include 13- and 16-GHz models. The platform extension tests lower-speed interfaces such as USB, Display Port, HDMI, LPDDR, MIPI C-PHY, and D-PHY plus legacy server storage applications such as PCI Express Gen 3 and SATA. The models offer four 50-GS/s sample rate input channels with the ability to synchronize up to four scopes for a total of 16 input channels.

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Surface-Mount Test Points

Keystone Electronics, New Hyde Park, NY, introduced a series of surface-mountable test points with colored insulator bases that replace wire-wrap posts and turret terminals. The test points are manufactured in phosphor bronze with a silver plate and low electrical resistance. The colored identification bases are manufactured of high-temperature nylon and are suitable for most SMT reflow solder operations with an operating temperature of up to 150 °C. Test points are available in ten colored bases and can be used with various gripping devices, hooks, tips, and probes.

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