Vision System

Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, introduced the In-Sight ®3D-L4000 embedded vision system that features 3D laser displacement technology. It combines patented speckle-free blue laser optics and 3D vision tools to capture and process 3D images during inline inspection, guidance, and gauging applications. It includes traditional 3D measurement tools, such as plane and height finding, and comes in three factory-calibrated fields of view.

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Signal Generator

The SHFSG Signal Generator from Zurich Instruments, Zurich, Switzerland, controls superconducting and spin qubits and operates directly at qubit frequencies without mixer calibration. It generates freely programmable pulse sequences on up to eight outputs with a signal bandwidth of 1 GHz and a variable carrier frequency up to 8.5 GHz. The instrument comes in 4- and 8-channel versions.

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AC-DC Converter

Power Integrations, San Jose, CA, announced the LNK3207 LinkSwitch -TN2 AC-DC converter that increases available output current from 360 mA to 575 mA. Each monolithic IC incorporates a 725 V power MOSFET, oscillator, on/off control for high efficiency at light load, a high-voltage switched current source for self-biasing, frequency jittering, fast (cycle-by-cycle) current limit, hysteretic thermal shutdown, and output and input overvoltage protection circuitry.

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Solenoid Valves

Solenoid Solutions, Erie, PA, released Wattimizer series solenoid valves with a plastic body for air, gas, and corrosive media. The valve body is about 1" in diameter, comes with integral ¼" tube push-to-connect port fittings, and has a maximum pressure rating of 125 psig at room temperature. The miniature, electric, 12V, 2-way and 3-way solenoid valves are offered in a range of .65 to 9 watts of continuous power with operating pressure capacities of up to 1200 psi (85 bar) with machined metal bodies.

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PLM File Sharing

CLOVER CollectIT from Razorleaf Corp., Stow, OH, is a Web-based file management application that allows users to extract, package, and securely distribute any type of product lifecycle management (PLM) file and data across an organization. Users can share part and BOM representations, 2D drawings, 3D CAD files, and other technical documents associated with the creation of a project, product, or part.

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Embedded Vision Processing Kit

Basler, Ahrensburg, Germany, offers an embedded vision processing kit with various interfaces for image processing, allowing the connection of different camera types. It includes the pylon Camera Software Suite that provides certified drivers for all types of camera interfaces, simple programming interfaces, and tools for camera setup. BCON for MIPI, GigE Vision, and USB3 Vision are available as interfaces.

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Data Acquisition System

SIRIUS XHS from Dewesoft, Whitehouse, OH, is a high-speed data acquisition system with Hybrid ADC technology capable of high-bandwidth transient recording and alias-free data acquisition. Users can stream eight analog channels at 15 MS/s per channel continuously to disk across USB 3.0. Each channel can be set individually to any of three modes and each channel can be set to a different sample rate. Multiple systems can be time-synchronized to each other and to a master clock.

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Data Scanning Device

DENSO ADC, Long Beach, CA, offers the BHT-M80 automatic data collection system.

The scanner reads 2D codes from less than 2" away to up to 5' or more. It includes an angled scan head, a screen that automatically adjusts to most gloves, and both screen and targeting markers optimized for indoor or outdoor use.

Continuous mode allows users to read up to 30 labels per second including damaged, poor quality, or defaced codes.

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Portable 3D Scanner

Creaform, Lévis, Canada, introduced the HandySCAN 3D SILVER series portable, metrology-grade scanner that captures repeatable 3D measurements of any complex surface in any location. Features include scan quality with an accuracy of up to 0.030 mm (0.0015"); the ability to scan various objects regardless of the part size, complexity, material, or color; and a choice of two models.

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Magnetic Coded Switches

IDEM non-contact magnetic coded switches available from AutomationDirect, Cumming, GA, use force-guided contacts and have an internal monitoring system, eliminating a separate safety relay. Features include a 14-mm sensing range, automatic or manual reset, and external reset monitoring that allows each switch to act as its own safety system.

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Power Supply

COSEL U.S.A., San Jose, CA, announced the PCA1500F, a 1500-W power supply with a built-in extended-UART interface supporting more than 80 commands to monitor and control power supply parameters.

It offers a universal input voltage of 85 to 264 VAC. Output can be operated in constant voltage or constant current mode with either analog or digital control.

It is suited for use at temperatures from -20 to +70 °C.

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Image Sensor

OmniVision Technologies, Santa Clara, CA, announced the OV50A image sensor that combines 50-MP resolution, 1.0-micron pixel size, selective conversion gain, and a 1/1.5" optical format with quad phase detection autofocus and on-chip remosaic. It provides HDR through 2- and 3-exposure staggered HDR timing. The sensor can use near-pixel binning to output a 12.5-MP image for 4K2K video.

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PCB Socket

Smiths Interconnect, Stuart, FL, introduced the Joule 20 test socket for peripheral IC test. Its design allows for the housing to be disassembled without removing the socket from the PCB. The crop-in socket matches existing PCB socket footprints, provides bandwidth to 20 GHz and very low contact resistance between the chip and the PCB, and is suitable for use from -40 °C to +125 °C.

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Multiplexer Module

Pickering Interfaces, Essex, United Kingdom, introduced the 40-619-204 PXI 2A multiplexer module in quad 32-channel configuration using electromechanical signal relays. Each channel can switch current up to 2 A and voltage up to 250 VAC/DC. It is suitable for signal routing in ATE and data acquisition systems. Connections are made via a front-panel 160-pin DIN 41612 connector.

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