Thermal Camera

FLIR Systems, Wilsonville, OR, announced the FLIR T860 thermal camera with onboard Inspection Route software for streamlining inspections of critical assets. The camera features a LCD touchscreen visible from low angles and an integrated color viewfinder for Sun glare conditions. The 640 × 480-resolution camera can be paired with an optional 6-degree telephoto thermal lens that allows users to inspect energized targets from a safe distance or measure small targets with greater precision.

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Testing Software

Siemens Digital Industries Software, Plano, TX, released Simcenter™ Testlab™ software that features model-based system testing that enables system validation based on a combined physical and virtual test. Component-based transfer path analysis predicts full-system noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) earlier in the development cycle by combining component models and measurements. For NVH in vehicle electrification, the software addresses new noise standards for an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System.

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Parker’s Electromechanical & Drives Division North America, Charlotte, NC, released ACR7000 series controllers that combine a motion controller, stepper drives, and Ethernet communications.

The controllers feature an 800-MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 24 VDC motor input power and separate 24 VDC control power, four microstepping drives with up to 4 Amps for each motor, microstepping resolution up to 51,200 steps/rev, four encoder inputs for optional position maintenance or position verification functions, and onboard I/O including highspeed trigger inputs and encoder-based outputs.

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I/O Modules

Opto 22, Temecula, CA, introduced the GRV-CCANI-2 and GRV-ITM-12 input/output modules for the groov EPIC® platform. The GRV-CCANI-2 provides hardware support for an industrial field bus and enables existing CAN networks to be brought into IIoT applications using groov EPIC’s IT/OT connectivity tools. Up to 8 CAN buses per processor at network speeds up to 1 Mbps are supported. The GRV-ITM-12 provides a high-density, low-cost temperature sensing option with two isolated zones and 6 channels per zone.

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Terminal Blocks

High-density terminal blocks from c3controls, Beaver, PA, feature multiple terminal points in a single housing, enabling high wiring density with fewer individual blocks. They are shock- and vibration-resistant for high-impact applications and are available with large marking strips for accurate identification of all terminals. Available in terminal points of four, six, and 12 in a single molded housing, the blocks carry an electrical rating of 30 A @ 600 V AC (UL/CSA) continuous service. They accommodate #18 to #10 AWG stranded or solid copper wire and accept fork and ring type connectors.

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The GTP-QFN-1001 socket from Ironwood Electronics, Eagan, MN, is designed for 5.9 × 5.9-mm package size and operates at bandwidths up to 60+ GHz with less than 1 dB of insertion loss. The contact resistance is typically 20 milliohms per pin. The socket is mounted on the target PCB with no soldering and uses a very small space, allowing capacitors/resistors to be placed nearby. The socket is constructed with a low-inductance elastomer contactor with a protective layer that shields the elastomer from contamination and solder migration.

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Fieldbus Coupler

The 750-363 Ethernet/IP Fieldbus coupler from WAGO, Germantown, WI, supports a variety of protocols such as HTTP(S), BootP, DNS, SNMP, and FTP(S). Other features include dual Ethernet ports that eliminate the need for switches or hubs, support of up to 250 I/O modules, and add-on instructions to simplify integration with Allen Bradley master controllers.

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Ion Air Knife

EXAIR Corp., Cincinnati, OH, introduced the Gen4 standard ion air knife that eliminates static electricity at low inlet pressures on plastics, webs, sheet stock, and other product surfaces where tearing, jamming, or hazardous shocks are a problem. Features include a metal armored high-voltage cable to protect against abrasion and cuts, integrated ground connection, and electromagnetic shielding. The electrical ion source is shockless and there is no radioactive element.

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Photoelectric Sensors

Omron Automation Americas, Hoffman Estates, IL, introduced E3AS Series reflective-type photoelectric sensors that combine detection of diverse targets, large sensing distance, environmental robustness, and compact size. They are not influenced by varying sensing distances, colors, materials, or surfaces. Features include sensing distance of 1,500 mm, full sensing range of 50 to 1,500 mm, and time-of-flight detection method.

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Battery Charger

Applied Power Systems, Hicksville, NY, offers the APS BC-6964 battery charger for hazardous location applications requiring Class I Div II equipment. It accepts 3-phase, 60-Hz AC input and generates 24-VDC, 50A nominal output. The charger provides transition from a voltage source to current limit operation. Input power is provided by 3-phase AC input connections to an internal fuse block. Output charging power connections consist of two-wire 24VDC connection terminals.

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Panel-Mount Connector

Binder USA, Camarillo, CA, released the Series 696 HEC (Harsh Environment Connector) panel-mount connector featuring a protective hose fitting that shields cable and single wires against external influences including UV exposure, extreme temperatures, air pollutants, shock, and vibration. Features include a 3-point bayonet locking mechanism, rated current of 32 A-3A, silver contact plating, and 5-, 8-, and 12-pin versions.

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Displacement Sensor

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Middletown, CT, introduced the SC-2440 self-contained analog output displacement sensor for applications featuring high-precision automated assembly, OEM applications with onboard computing power, and any application with high-repeatability requirements. Temperature of the sensor is continuously monitored and the circuit provides a voltage output of 0.5 to 1.2 VDC from 0 to 70 °C.

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Power Inductors

Coilcraft, Cary, IL, offers the XEL401xV, XEL4020V, and XEL4030V power inductors that provide operating voltage ratings of 120 V, low DC resistance, and ultra-low AC losses.

The inductors measure 4.0 × 4.0-mm with a maximum height of 3.2 mm and feature a rugged, composite construction that provides magnetic shielding and minimizes audible buzzing. All models offer soft saturation characteristics to withstand high current spikes.

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