Photoelectric Sensors

Wenglor rectangular photoelectric sensors are available from AutomationDirect, Cumming, GA.

They are offered in diffuse with background suppression, retroreflective, retroreflective for transparent objects, and through-beam models. Sensing ranges vary from 1,200 mm for background suppression sensors to 20 m for through-beam models.

Other features include potentiometer sensitivity adjustment and visible red-light emission.

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Cable Connector

Binder USA, Camarillo, CA, offers the Series 415 M16-X connector, an 8-contact male/female cable connector for high-speed data transmission with shielding to protect signal integrity and IP67-rated ingress protection for harsh environments.

It has a rated voltage of 50 VAC/60 VDC and eight gold-plated contacts with current rating of 0.5 A.

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Temperature Sensor

TE Connectivity, Berwyn, PA, introduced the TSYS03 digital temperature sensor available in two sizes: 2.5 × 2.5 mm and 1.5 × 1.5 mm.

It has a supply voltage range of 2.4V to 5.5V for applications in battery-driven devices.

The operating and measurement temperature range is -40 to +125 °C.

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USB3 Cameras

Teledyne Lumenera, a Teledyne Technologies company, Ottawa, ON, Canada, released Lt Series USB3 cameras with fully locking USB3 connectors. Equipped with rolling shutter Starvis™ CMOS sensors and global shutter Pregius™ CMOS sensors from Sony®, the cameras range in resolution from 2 to 20 megapixels. They offer 32- and 64-bit operating system compatibility for Windows, Linux, Linux for embedded system platforms, and single-board computers (SBCs).

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Power Monitoring

Phoenix Contact, Middletown, PA, offers the EMpro energy monitoring devices that track energy parameters such as voltage, current, and power at the machine or system level. They communicate data locally or transmit it to cloud-based services, creating an IIoT energy-monitoring solution. The devices have an integrated Modbus TCP interface; interfaces are available for Modbus RTU, PROFINET, or EtherNet/IP.

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Adapter

The Johnson SMPM series bullet adapter from Cinch Connectivity Solutions, a Bel group company, Waseca, MN, is a 0.210” adapter.

The product is used in conjunction with board-mount and cabled connector offerings in full detent, limited detent, and smooth bore configurations, in single-port and four-port systems.

The adapter offers performance from DC to 65 GHz.

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Solid-State Relays

Sensata Technologies, Swindon, UK, announced the Crydom Low Noise (LN) series of panel-mounted solid-state relays for consumer and industrial systems and products requiring power control and reduced levels of electromagnetic noise.

They feature rating up to 75A @48-528 VAC, zero-voltage turn-on switching, 3500 VAC optical isolation, and built-in Input/Output over-voltage protection.

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DC/DC Converters

TSR 1E non-isolated/point-of-load DC/DC converters from TRACO Power, San Jose, CA, feature efficiency up to 92% and full load operation up to 60 °C. They are suited for 12V and 24V bus applications and are specifically designed for 5VDC and 3.3VDC output requirements. They feature 1 Amp output current and regulation, and protection against short circuit, overvoltage, and overload.

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Data Acquisition System

CAS DataLoggers, Chesterland, OH, released the Delphin Profi-MessageD modular data acquisition system with PROFINET interface. The modular measurement, monitoring, and control system features built-in OLED display for monitoring and network configuration, internal storage up to 16 GB, and a main chassis that provides two slots that accept a range of I/O modules. Up to 20 add-on slave modules, each accepting two I/O modules, can be added.

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Power Inductors

The XGL4030 Series of molded power inductors from Coilcraft, Cary, IL, is designed for DC-DC converters with switching frequencies ranging from hundreds of kHz to 5 MHz and above. They offer 18 inductance values from 0.13 to 12.0 μH, with current ratings up to 26.5 Amps and soft saturation characteristics. They feature a maximum part operating temperature of +165 °C.

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Cap Screws

Keystone Electronics, New Hyde Park, NY, introduced metric threaded titanium socket head cap screws manufactured from C-276, Grade 2 Titanium meeting DIN912 specifications.

The screws are designed for use in corrosive environments and have a knurled head featuring a hexagonal drive socket.

They are available in M3, M4, M5, and M6 threads in lengths of 10, 16, 20, 30, and 40 mm.

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Temperature Sensor

The WSEN-TIDS temperature sensor from Würth Elektronik, Waldenburg, Germany, features a measuring range from -40 to 125 °C and a 16-bit output signal that can be read out via an I2C interface with different output data rates up to a maximum of 200 Hz.

An additional interrupt pin can be used to indicate when a programmed temperature threshold value is exceeded. It operates from 1.5 to 3.6 V and draws a current of 1.75 μA.

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Transmitter/Alarm

The Vertu™ VPM3000 Series of universal input displays with transmitter and alarm capabilities is available from Acromag, Wixom, MI. The instruments combine the digital indicator function of a panel meter with optional signal conditioning for 4-20 mA transmitter output and/or alarm trip solid-state relays. Field-selectable inputs accept process current/voltage and temperature sensor signals including 4-20mA, ±20mA, 0-10V, ±10V, Pt RTDs, and most common thermocouple varieties. Modbus RTU serial communication is also supported.

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Front-End Modules

The SKY85333-11 front-end module from Skyworks, Irvine, CA, incorporates a 2.4-GHz single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) transmit/receive (T/R) switch; a 2.4-GHz high-gain, low-noise amplifier with bypass; and a 2.4-GHz power amplifier. The device is provided in a 24-pin, 3 × 5-mm Land Grid Array (LGA) package.

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FPGA Carrier

VadaTech, Henderson, NV offers the VPX585 3U VPX FPGA carrier with single FMC+ (VITA-57.4) interface.

The unit has an onboard, reconfigurable FPGA that interfaces to two DDR4 memory blocks, allowing large buffer sizes to be stored during processing as well as for queuing the data to the host. The VPX is based on Xilinx UltraScale+ XCZU19EG MPSoC FPGA with single FMC+ site.

The module has onboard 64 GB of Flash, 128 MB of boot flash, and SD card as an option.

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