Mixed-Signal Oscilloscope

Tektronix, Beaverton, OR, announced the 6 Series B mixed signal oscilloscope with 12-bit ADCs, 10-GHz bandwidth, and up to 8 Flex-Channel inputs. The scope provides up to 50 GS/s sample rate and bandwidth of more than 2 GHz to offer 4, 6, or 8 channels. Features include a 15.6" HD capacitive touch display and the ability to switch between Windows 10 and closed operating systems.

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3D Printer

The ExOne Co., North Huntingdon, PA, introduced the InnoventPro 3D printer, a binder jetting system for printing metals, ceramics, and composites. It is offered in 3-liter and 5-liter build sizes with print speeds up to 700 cc/hour. The printer uses a digital file to inkjet a binder into a bed of powder particles, creating a solid part one layer at a time. Inkjet-printable nanoparticle suspensions allow the printer to bond at lower temperatures.

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DC/DC Converters

The 40-Watt TEP 40UIR and 60-Watt TEP 60UIR DC/DC converter families from TRACO Power, San Jose, CA, each consist of 10 models with a 12:1 input range. An internal circuit extends hold-up time, eliminating the need for high-voltage capacitors at the input. The converters are offered in the standard quarter-brick (2.3 × 1.45 × 0.5") metal package and feature operating temperature from -40 to +85 °C.

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Adhesive System

Panacol-USA, Torrington, CT, released Vitralit® UD 1405 adhesive that can be applied during the winding process and cured with UV/visible light.

The adhesive is a transparent, solvent-free, one-component epoxy that, after curing, is electrically insulating and remains resistant at temperatures from -40 to 180 °C.

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Programmable Logic Controller

IDEC Corp., Sunnyvale, CA, offers the MicroSmart FC6A Plus programmable logic controller that supports up to 2,060 I/O for controlling machines or small-scale manufacturing operations. Features include EtherNet/IP scanner capabilities, enabling connection to drives, motor controls, and other automation devices. It also can be configured as an EtherNet/IP adapter, allowing it to interact with other systems such as PLCs and HMIs.

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Force Sensors

SlimLine sensors available from Kistler USA, Novi, MI, are ring force transducers that feature improved linearity in low measuring ranges and a compact design for measurement of press-in or punching forces as well as large forces in force shunts and for small dynamometers. The sensors are suited for monitoring dynamic forces, with measurements over several minutes possible.

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Metallized Material

VeeloVEIL from Veelo Technologies, Cincinnati, OH, is a light, conductive, metallized, nonwoven material used to protect composite aerostructures from environmental and manmade hazards. Available in 12" and 36" wide roll stock product, the material is electrically uniform and conforms to complex curves. It is available in commercially integrated product forms including film adhesive and surfacing film.

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Connector System

A Single Pair Ethernet connector system from Phoenix Contact, Middletown, PA, includes IP20 and IP67 PCB-mount device and panel feed-through connectors along with patch cables. The system requires two wires and transmits data and power in both directions through one twisted pair of cables using Power over Data Line (PoDL). It can achieve Ethernet transmission up to 1 Gbps or up to 1,000 meters.

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Threaded Inserts

SPIROL International Corp., Danielson, CT, introduced Series 63 through hole molded-in inserts for plastics assemblies that consist of multiple bands of helical knurls. They are placed in the mold cavity prior to plastic injection and are made of 2024 grade aluminum. The inserts are lead-free and available in metric thread sizes M4, M5, M6, and M8 and standard inch threaded sizes 8-32, 10-24, 1/4-20, and 5/16-18.

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PCB Design Software

Number One Systems™, Tewkesbury, UK, released Easy-PC version 24 PCB design software with more than 50 enhancements. Enhanced copper pour areas and thermal spokes on pads enable the control of thermal spokes on individual pads or pad styles. A Dockable Nets Bar shows details of the nets in a PCB design. An Online Gerber Viewer allows designers to drop Gerber files or Zip files onto an interface for free viewing.

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Vacuum Transducer

Sens4 A/S, Hellebaek, Denmark, launched the iVacSens series wide-range vacuum transducer for measuring and controlling vacuum gas pressure that can be directly interfaced to equipment electronics and microcontroller units using the digital or analog interface. It is based on the MEMS SmartPirani sensor technology that offers a measuring range of 9 decades from 1.0E-6 to 1333 mbar (7.5E-7 to 1000 Torr). The module contains all essential parts for installation and the sensors are individually calibrated and ready to use.

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Thermal Interface Material

Fujipoly®, Carteret, NJ, offers tube-shaped thermal interface covers for transistor cooling. Sarcon® tubes and sleeves are available in several standard sizes to fit many common transistor types. The tube slides over the heat-generating component. Once fitted, unwanted heat is dissipated to the surrounding environment or nearby heatsinks. Thicknesses range from 0.30 mm to 0.85 mm. Thermal conductivity ranges from 1.2 to 2.2 W/m•K.

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Remote Data Collection

The Quantum Remote Telemetry Unit (QRTU) and the QSolarBattery from Quantum Automation, Anaheim, CA, enable users to deploy Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and automation solutions, regardless of whether Internet connectivity or power are available. The QRTU is an edge hardware solution for remote commercial, industrial, and utility data collection and control. The QSolarBattery enables power remote monitoring and control panels anywhere there is sunshine.

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Fanless Power Supplies

Advanced Energy Industries, Denver, CO, offers Excelsys CS1000 fanless power supplies that deliver up to 1000W with no fans in a 1U package. The convection-cooled power supplies offer 24-volt or 48-volt single outputs and operate off universal AC input voltage of 90 to 264 VAC. Control and monitoring features include AC fail, global remote/off, output voltage/current control, and protection features such as over-voltage, over-current, and over-temperature.

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Pulse Generator

Highland Technology, San Francisco, CA, introduced the model J270, a 2 × 3" nanosecond pulse generator that allows users to manually set trigger delay, pulse width, and pulse voltage. Timing can be set in three ranges: 25 ns, 250 ns, and 2.5μs. Pulse voltage can be set from 0.8 to 20 volts, with a 44-volt version available. The generator includes trigger loop-through and pulse monitor connectors.

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Machine Vision Camera

Pixelink, Ottawa, ON, Canada, released the PLX9512 12.3 MP machine vision camera with 10 Gigabit Ethernet. With a 10GBase-T interface and Sony Pregius sensors, the camera features the Sony Pregius IMX253 CMOS image sensor with global shutter. Covering a 1.1" sensor size with pixel pitch of 3.45 μm and frame rate of 65 fps, the camera is available in color or monochrome. It provides reliable image transfer at cable lengths of up to 100 m on CAT6A.

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Voltage Terminal

Weidmuller, Richmond, VA, offers the AAP 11&12 double output control voltage terminal block that manages control voltage distribution for machinery and controls equipment. It features a conductor acceptance range for 8-6 AWG to 22-10 AWG and electrical ratings via UL for 300-600 V/55 A. The terminal integrates a single power connection for an incoming conductor with six independent output connections within one terminal.

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