I/O Instrument

Marvin Test Solutions, Irvine, CA, released the GX3722 multifunction analog and digital I/O instrument. Analog measurements include four time-interval channels, each rated at 10 MHz, with channels supporting both 50 Q and 75 Q input impedance. Two digitizer channels include programmable input impedance and sampling rates with a 24 Vpp input range. Two channels of multifunction waveform generation and four channels of dedicated square wave generation are provided.

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Tubing Plugs

Polyethylene tubing plugs from MOCAP Park Hills, MO, are designed to fit multiple tube gauges. The plugs are available for round, square, and rectangular metal tubing in both imperial and metric sizes. Many sizes have added top shapes including domes, angles, and pyramids.

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Displacement Measurement

The inductive eddyNCDT 3070 displacement measuring system from Micro-Epsilon USA, Raleigh, NC, provides resolutions in the sub-micron range and operates with a frequency response up to 20 kHz.

The eddy current system is designed for small measuring ranges below 1 mm.

It is used in measurement tasks for displacement, distance, position, shaft movement, and gaps. The sensors are designed for temperatures up to 200 °C and ambient pressures up to 700 bar.

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CAD/CAM Software

OPEN MIND Technologies, Needham, MA, offers hyperMILL® 2020.2 CAD/CAM software suite for 3D and 5-axis machining.

New features include plunge-milling cycles to the 3D and 5-axis strategies for machining cutting edges. Material is removed by plunging movements to reduce vibration and improve surface finish.

An Automation Center Advanced option offers templates that allow the user to define and standardize complex processes independent of the specific geometry from any one CAD model.

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Wireless Connectivity Module

Telit, London, UK, announced the WE310F5 integrated, single-band, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE5) module that provides high-speed wireless connectivity to an embedded microcontroller over UART, SPI, and SDIO interfaces. Available with and without antennas, it features over-the-air firmware (FOTA) upgrades and uses the WPA and TLS protocols. The module comes with various software features.

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Receiver Test System

Anritsu, Allen, TX, released the Signal Quality Analyzer-R MP1900A receiver test system that supports USB tests as well as receiver tests of high-speed computing and data communications interfaces such as PCI Express, Thunderbolt, and 400 GbE/800 GbE.

It features data output of 12-ps Tr/Tf and 115-fs rms intrinsic jitter to assure accurate measurement of high-speed USB performance as required by the USB4 receiver test.

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Stainless Steel for 3D Printing

QuesTek Innovations, Evanston, IL, announced QT 17-4 stainless steel composition for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing for use either in the as-printed condition or with a single low-temperature heat treatment.

Two feedstock options are available: QT 17-4 for use in the direct aged condition and QT 17-4+ for use in the as-printed condition.

The powders can be used in aerospace, defense, medical, and energy industries.

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CFD Software

Pointwise, Fort Worth, TX, released V18.3 R2 computational fluid dynamics (CFD) mesh generation software that accelerates its surface meshing process on benchmark grids, targeting multicore desktop systems.

Meshing of B-Rep NURBS geometry models now uses multi-threading.

The software extends hex-core meshing to imprint the hex-core cell topology onto symmetry planes.

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Castable Mounting System

The SimpliVac programmable castable mounting system from Buehler, an ITW Company, Lake Bluff, IL, is designed for testing small material parts. Using a compressed air source, the system pulls a vacuum to evacuate trapped air from any porous sample. It can accommodate larger samples due to its oversized chamber and sample tray insert, which creates a large, flat surface for larger mounts. The integrated turntable allows for bidirectional movement of the samples when aligning.

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Data Analysis and Visualization

Volume Graphics, Charlotte, NC, offers VGSTUDIO MAX version 3.4 software that captures and interrogates product data to improve final quality. A Reverse Engineering Module can generate surfaces from a CT scan or any voxel model converted from a closed mesh/point cloud scan. The software can generate and archive 3D CAD models of legacy parts. A Digital Volume Correlation Module quantifies displacements and strains between multiple states over time.

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3D Modeling Software

Siemens Digital Industries Software, Plano, TX, announced the 2021 version of SolidEdge® 3D modeling software that includes subdivision modeling and reverse engineering with deviation analysis.

Other features include 2D layout of industrial control panels with cabinet panel design, integration between flow and structural simulation, searchable postprocessor database, and cloud-based collaboration options.

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Weatherproof Enclosure

L-com, North Andover, MA, introduced the NBSS121006 rugged weatherproof enclosure for both indoor and outdoor applications. Constructed from 16-gauge brushed 304 stainless steel, it provides protection against corrosion, chemicals, and wet conditions. The enclosure is constructed with UV-protected and impact-resistant material and can be mounted to any flat wall surface.

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Rackmount Recorder

Pentek, Upper Saddle River, NJ, introduced the Model RTR 2742 Talon® Series 4U 19” rackmount recorder, a turnkey record and playback system for ultra-wideband analog RF/IF signals. Using two 12bit, 6.4-GHz A/D converters, the system provides sustained recording of 2.4-GHz bandwidth signals at rates up to 6 GBytes per second. It can be configured as a one- or two-channel system and can record real samples or I+Q digitally down-converted samples.

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Temperature Controllers

Watlow®, St. Louis, MO, offers LEGACY SERIES panel-mount temperature controllers that feature standard bus communications, PID auto-tune for efficient startup, and a SMOOTH-TOUCH keypad that eliminates contamination points on the front of the controller. Other features include a function key for one-touch operation of user-defined repetitive activities. The controllers are available in a 1/16 DIN panel mount package and connect via Bluetooth® wireless communications for controller setup and monitoring.

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CMOS Image Sensor

Teledyne e2v, Chelmsford, UK, released the Hydra3D time-of-flight CMOS image sensor for 3D detection and distance measurement in outdoor applications such as surveillance, ITS, and drones. The sensor features a 10-μm, three-tap pixel designed with proprietary CMOS technology. With resolution of 832 × 600 pixels, the sensor provides transfer times starting from 20 ns.

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RF Hybrid Couplers

Fairview Microwave, Irvine, CA, offers RF hybrid couplers for RF applications requiring an equal split of input and output ports with 90-degree or 180-degree phase shifts while maintaining high isolation between ports. The couplers feature a coaxial design with SMA and 2.92-mm connectors and cover a high-frequency operating range of up to 40 GHz and power handling capability of up to 100 W (CW).

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Load Monitoring System

Weidmuller, Richmond, VA, offers the topGUARD load monitoring system, a modular electronic load output system comprising a feed-in module and several connected output modules that are available with both fixed and adjustable fuse ratings up to 12 A per module. In the event of an overload or a short circuit, the system shuts down the affected channel. Standard IO-Link technology allows users to transmit data while also ensuring data transparency and providing remote-controlled operation of the system.

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Signal Analyzers

Measurement Computing Corp., Norton, MA, offers the DT9857E Series of dynamic signal analyzers that features 8 or 16 high-resolution, 24-bit, simultaneous analog inputs and sample rates up to 105.4 kS/sec per channel. They provide measurements for portable vibration, sound, and acoustic applications. Also included are one tachometer input and 16 digital I/O.

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Ethernet Test Platform

GL Communications, Gaithersburg, MD, introduced the PacketExpert Ethernet test platform for Ethernet networks. It can be placed in 1U or 2U rack enclosures. In such a configuration, it can test up to 24 ports simultaneously with full duplex traffic at 1 Gbps. The system includes bit error rate testing capabilities, loopback mode functionality, and RFC 2544 testing. The rack enclosure contains a single-board computer that controls all the platform devices via USB connections.

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Circular Connectors

Mencom, Oakwood, GA, announced IP69-rated circular connector products including cordsets, receptacles, and accessories for MIN size I, II, and III; MDC; MEC; MAC; Ethernet; and Network Bus series. They are suited for harsh manufacturing environments in medical, industrial, and wastewater applications.

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Single-Board Computer

Abaco Systems, Huntsville, AL, announced the 3U VPX SBC3511 single-board, SOSA-aligned, rugged computer. It is based on the Intel® Xeon® E-2276ME 6-core/12-thread processor that operates at 2.8 GHz with TurboBoost up to 4.5 GHz, and is supported by a Xilinx Ultrascale+ FPGA. It offers 64 GBytes of DDR4 RAM and 256 GBytes of NVMe SSD.

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Connectors

Dura-Con PCB Micro-D connectors with threaded inserts are available from Cinch Connectivity Solutions, a Bel group company, Lombard, IL. A threaded insert option reduces the amount of additional hardware normally required for mounting. They are available in solder cup, wire lead, and PCB termination configurations and have 0.050” pitch with metal or plastic shell options.

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