Power Protection

Transtector Systems, an Infinite Electronics brand, Irvine, CA, introduced AC power protection cabinets engineered for small cell sites that combine a field-configurable branch breaker architecture with integrated surge protection in a rugged configuration. The cabinets are service-entrance-rated so separate disconnect between utility and the cabinet is not required.

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Electrical Conduit

Electri-Flex, Roselle, IL, released Type CSA heavy-duty jacketed metallic flexible electrical conduit. The liquid-tight steel conduit is composed of a hot-dipped galvanized steel core and a flexible PVC jacket. It is CSA-Certified with a Flame Test Rating FT-4 Flame Retardant and is (UV) sunlight-resistant with working temperatures of -40 to 75 °C.

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High-Temperature Compound

Ceramacast™ 575N is a ceramic-based, electrically insulating, high-temperature compound from Aremco Products, Valley Cottage, NY. It bonds ceramic bases to high-power lamps used in high-wattage lighting applications. The fine-grain, alumina-filled ceramic compound has temperature resistance to 3000 °F (1650 °C), dielectric strength of 150 Volts/Mil, and compressive strength of 11,800 psi.

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Model-Based Engineering Software

Maplesoft™, Waterloo, ON, Canada, released MapleMBSE model-based systems engineering software that offers enhanced modeling support for building, modifying, and investigating model structures. An Excel®-based interface to the systems model enables task-specific views for editing the model directly. It provides support for new datatypes when working with requirements, parametric diagrams, and internal blocks.

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Vector Signal Generator

Saelig, Fairport, NY, offers Triarchy Technologies’ VSG2G5C RF vector signal generator, a portable USB-connected RF signal source with standalone and PC-controlled functions. Features include fr quencies from 100 Hz to 1 MHz (low-band) and 100 MHz to 2.5 GHz (RF band) with a frequency resolution of 1 Hz. It provides frequency sweep, frequency hopping using I&Q modulation, and arbitrary signal generation.

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Epoxy Adhesive

FlashSet™ UV-5608DC epoxy adhesive from EpoxySet, Woonsocket, RI, can be activated by 405-nm light with an intensity of about 150 mW/cm2 for 5-10 seconds. Parts are mated together and aligned within 45-60 seconds of activation. The adhesive will yield green strength after 30 minutes for handling; full cure occurs over the next 16 hours. The medium-viscosity epoxy produces a high-strength bond with low cure shrinkage and a glass transition temperature of over 80 °C.

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Particle-Filled Silicones

Specialty Silicone Products, Ballston Spa, NY, offers electrically conductive silicone elastomers that provide shielding against electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). The particle-filled silicones meet MIL-DTL-83528C spec; commercial-grade materials are available for automotive, aerospace, unmanned systems, and other electronic applications that require EMI and RFI suppression.

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UV Adhesive

Vitralit® 7311 FO orange fluorescent UV adhesive from Panacol-USA, Torrington, CT, is formulated for bonding plastics. The low-viscosity, transparent acrylic adhesive cures under UV or visible light and bonds to plastics including PC, PVC, PMMA, or ABS as well as glass and stainless steel. Once cured, it is humidity- and alcohol-resistant.

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DC/DC Power Converters

Traco Power, San Jose, CA, introduced the TEQ 40 Series of 40-watt industrial DC/DC converters with dual outputs of ±12/±15/±24 VDC. The series is comprised of 21 models offering 9.5-36/18-75/43-160 V input ranges. Thermal-block construction enables convection/full-load operating temperature range of -40 to +83 °C.

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Flame-Retardant Compound

Dynamic Modifiers, Atlanta, GA, introduced PAL...VersaCHART™ non-halogenated, flame-retardant polymer compound. Flame causes char bodies to rapidly form on the compound surface, protecting against additional flame and delaying heat transfer. It is non-toxic and can be produced as a flexible film, sheet, coated fabric, molded to shape, or over-molded to most materials including metal for corrosion resistance.

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Data Acquisition Devices

The USB-1808 Series data acquisition devices from Measurement Computing, Norton, MA, provide 18-bit, high-resolution, simultaneous analog inputs with digital I/O and counter measurements. They feature synchronous I/O to read analog, digital, and counter inputs and generate analog and digital outputs at the same time. They include two analog outputs, four digital I/O, two counters and two quadrature encoders, and two timer outputs.

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Programmable Power Supplies

TDK Corp., Neptune, NJ, introduced the TDK-Lambda 1U full-rack GENESYS™ 1.7-kW AC/DC programmable power supplies available in ten models ranging from 10V-170A to 600V-2.8A. Built into a 19”-wide rack-mountable chassis, the power supplies offer five embedded front panel setup menus and can generate, store, recall, and activate up to four onboard arbitrary waveform profiles. They can operate in constant-current, constant-voltage, and constant-power limits from single-phase AC input (85 to 265 VAC).

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Manufacturing Management

Fastems, West Chester, OH, released a new version of Manufacturing Management Software that integrates both automated and non-automated processes into digital manufacturing management. The software platform combines pallet-based automation, automation of direct part handling with robots, and work cell operations for standalone machines and other manual manufacturing operations. It features parametric robot programs and coordinate-based part location management.

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Vision Measuring Systems

Mitutoyo America Corp., Aurora, IL, released the QS-L Vision Series vision measuring systems. The scopes feature a high-definition and high-speed autofocus 3-megapixel camera, a four-quadrant LED ring light using high intensity, and an interchangeable objective lens zoom unit with high numerical aperture. The 7x-zoom unit and optional interchangeable objectives provide magnification from 13x to 184x on the monitor.

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