Foam Gasket Tapes

Stockwell Elastomerics, Philadelphia, PA, offers silicone sponge and silicone foam gasket tape with DP-1001 silicone adhesive backing that withstands outdoor conditions and temperature extremes. The silicone adhesive contains a polyimide film support layer that provides dimension stability when removing the release liner and installing the gasket strips. The tapes can be die cut or water jet cut into custom gaskets.

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Spring Pin Socket

The CBT-QFE-3021 stamped spring pin socket from Ironwood Electronics, Eagan, MN, is designed for testing a 216 lead Quad flat pack. The contactor has 14-gram actuation force per lead, self-inductance of 0.88 nH, insertion loss <1 dB at 31.7 GHz, and capacitance of 0.03 pF. The current capacity of each contactor is 2.9 amps and socket temperature range is -55 to +180 °C.

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Data Analytics Software

Proligent™ QuickView data analytics software from Averna, Montreal, QE, Canada, provides access to product and asset performance. Users receive key performance indicators (KPI) regarding their manufacturing status. By monitoring values such as quality, availability, cycle time, and throughput, operators, engineers, and management can flag potential issues. It is compatible with NI TestStand.

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Ceramic Tape

Cotronics Corp., Brooklyn, NY, offers Ultra-Temp 390PS pressure-sensitive ceramic tape that wraps around pipes and equipment for thermal and electrical insulation to 2300 °F. It adheres to metals, ceramic, and glass and is made from asbestos-free, aluminum oxide-based, high-purity refractory fibers. The tape is available in 1/8" by 50 feet long and 1/4" by 62.5 feet long sizes.

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High-Temperature Insulation

Goodfellow, Coraopolis, PA, announced high-density calcium silicate high-temperature insulation material with thermal and electrical insulation properties for high-temperature applications. The material is suited for use in chemical plants and electric power plants, is stable over a temperature range up to 1000 °C, is machinable to tight tolerances using carbide-tipped tooling, and is asbestos-free. The material is available as machined components as well as sheets and rods.

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Flowmeter Sensor

SICK, Bloomington, MN, released the FTMg multifunctional thermal flowmeter sensor for the detection of gas flow, temperature, and process pressure. The three parameters are displayed at once when measuring compressed and non-corrosive gases. Using the calorimetric measuring principle, it is able to monitor the transformation of heat to determine the flow rate of the gas or air.

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Data Logger

Measurement Computing Corp., Norton, MA, introduced the WebDAQ 904 standalone, Internet-enabled universal data logger for remote monitoring and control of multiple signal types. It can log four simultaneous analog inputs and supports voltage, current, RTD, thermocouples, resistance, and bridge-based sensors. The device provides WiFi support for wireless operation.

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Conductive Epoxy

Epoxyset, Woonsocket, RI, offers EPOXIOHM™ EO-30M-1, a 1:1 mix, silver-filled, electrically conductive epoxy for substrates including metals, ceramics, glass, and engineered plastics. It can be cured at room temperature or with mild heat. The creamy paste can be applied in very small drops as well as larger surfaces. Complete cure can be accomplished in 24 hours at room temperature or gelled at 65 °C in about 20 minutes.

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Wireless Signal Bridge

Acromag, Wixom, MI, released the Vertu™ VWB2000 signal wire replacement system in a NEMA 4X/IP68 industrial housing. The point-to-point wireless signal bridge takes analog, discrete, or Modbus signals at one location and reproduces them at a second location. The system consists of two pre-paired transmitter/receiver units that have a range of 1 mile outside or 500 feet indoors trial environments. This range can be extended using wireless units or high-gain directional antennae.

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Alignment Sensors

Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, introduced the AlignSight Alignment Sensor Series for vision-guided motion that is designed for setup of robot pick and place, machine tending, and stage motion alignment. The sensors feature PatMax technology, automatic hand-eye calibration, graphical setup wizard, and a flexible robot interface library. Built on the In-Sight smart camera platform, the sensors enable location and alignment of patterns and fiducials, even under adverse conditions or high level of degradation.

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Current Sense Transformers

Würth Elektronik, Waldenburg, Germany, offers WE-CST EE4.4 series current sense transformers with insulation voltage of 750 VAC for high-frequency applications up to 1 MHz with currents up to 7 A. The SMT-mountable transformers are approved for operating temperatures from -40 to +125°C. They are available in four different winding ratios from 1:20 to 1:150.

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Displacement Measurement

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Middletown, CT, released the DIT-5200L non-contact displacement measuring system that features sub-nanometer resolution, thermal stability of ±.03 percent, and sensitivity to 10 volts per mil (V/mil), or 39 millivolt/per micron (mV/μm). It is available in single- and dual-channel configurations with MCX style sensor connections and input/output on a 9-pin mini-D connector.

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Analog Output Module

The 750-564 analog output module from WAGO, Germantown, WI, can be configured to feature either voltage or current outputs. Each channel of the 4-channel module provides diagnostics that include wire break, short circuit, and field power supply information. Other features are less than 3 ms of conversion time, 16-bit resolution, and accuracy of .05% upper range.

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Pressure Controls

Clippard, Cincinnati, OH, offers Cordis HP500 pressure controls with the EV line of electronic valves for linear pressure control within a closed-loop system. The controls use a microcontroller, integrated pressure sensor, and two EV electronic valves. Features include pressure range of 0 to 500 psig, integrated internal or external sensor feedback, and customizable pressure ranges and mounting options.

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Supercapacitors

Cornell Dubilier, Liberty, SC, offers Illinois Capacitor brand DGH Series supercapacitors. The series includes 24 different value/voltage combinations, ranging in capacitance from 0.5F (Farad) to 600F, with voltage ratings from 2.7 to 5.5 WVDC. Multiple devices can be banked in parallel or series for higher voltage or capacitance. Radial, two-pin snap-in, four-pin snap-in, and dual pack configurations are available, depending on voltage and capacitance combinations.

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Backplanes

Pixus Technologies, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, released 3U and 6U OpenVPX power and ground backplanes in several configurations. The 1-slot backplanes come in VITA 65 (VPX only), VITA 66.4 (optical), and VITA 67.3 (RF) formats. The optical and RF versions feature a cutout for optional insertion of the aperture housing and contacts.

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Micro Coaxial Cable

Times Microwave Systems, Wallingford, CT, introduced PhaseTrack® 047 micro coaxial cable designed for DC to 70 GHz frequency ranges for dense or clustered cable configurations with high flexure requirements. It uses proprietary TF4® dielectric material and pairs with popular connector options 2.92 mm, 2.40 mm, SMA, and SMP.

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RF Hybrid Couplers

Pasternack, an Infinite Electronics brand, Irvine, CA, offers RF hybrid couplers with a high-frequency operating range of up to 40 GHz for wideband applications. The coaxial designs feature SMA and 2.92-mm connectors. The couplers provide power handling capability of up to 100W (CW) and are suited for RF applications that require an even split of input and output ports with 90-degree or 180-degree phase shifts while maintaining high isolation between the ports.

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Power Inverters

UNIPOWER, Coral Springs, FL, offers Bravo ECI and TSI power inverters that provide a modular and fully scalable solution using hot-swap inverter modules at 2.5 kVA 120 VAC or 3 kVA 230 VAC. They are 2U rackmount inverters that can be configured with up to four 2.5 kVA modules totaling 10 kVA in a single 2U shelf. Units can be connected in parallel to increase the overall output of the inverter system. Outputs can be configured to deliver single-, dual-, or three-phase AC power.

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Night Vision Camera

Raptor Photonics, Larne, Northern Ireland, released the Owl 640 N VIS-SWIR camera for imaging in low-light conditions. Using a 640 × 512 InGaAs sensor that is stabilized to 15 °C, the camera offers a visible response from 0.6 μm to 1.7 μm. It provides a high intra-scene dynamic range of typically 73 dB, enabling simultaneous capture of bright and dark portions of a scene. It is available with a 14-bit base Camera Link output and can run at frame rates up to 120 Hz.

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Strain Gage Sensors

Micro-Measurements®, a Vishay Precision Group, Malvern, PA, offers C4A Series stress analysis strain gage sensors for simulation and analysis used in structure design verification, real-time condition monitoring of critical structures, and medical applications. The sensors feature pre-attached leadwires to eliminate soldering, strain gage grid protection with polyimide encapsulation, and direct connection to test instrumentation.

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Automated Screwdriver

OnRobot, Odense, Denmark, released a smart screwdriver for automating assembly processes. Screw length and torque value can be set into the user interface integrated into the teach pendant of any leading robot. The screwdriver automatically calculates the speed and force required for consistent, accurate screwdriving. Screws are retracted inside the tool and driven automatically once the robot arm moves into position. It handles screw sizes and lengths from M1.6 to M6 and up to 50-mm long.

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