Contactless Linear-Position Sensors are Low-Maintenance
With no moving parts and virtually contactless components, LR-27 linear variable-inductance transducers (LVITs) are claimed to outperform other contactless linear-position sensing technologies including linear variable differential transformers (LVDTs) and magnetorestrictive sensors. The LR series of LVITs includes four ranges from 50 to 200 mm (2 to 8 in.) They have a near-unity stroke-to-length ratio. They are offered in radial cable-exit versions with swivel rod-eye ends, as well as in axial-termination versions with either an M-12 connector or a 1-m cable. They operate from a variety of DC voltages and offer four analog-output choices. They target factory-automation applications, and heavy-duty commercial and industrial applications including solar-cell positioners, wind-turbine prop pitch and brakes, chute or gate positioners on off-road or agri-vehicles, position-feedback systems for robotic arms, and packaging equipment.
Alliance Sensors Group, (856) 727-0250
LED Spot Curer Ensures Consistency at Long Working Distances
The BlueWave MX-150 LED spot-curing system can be integrated into an automated system, or used as a bench-top unit. LED emitters are available in 365, 385, or 405-nm wavelengths, and offer consistent curing intensities, even when mounted far from the controller on robotic arms. Equipped with a controller and touchscreen interface, the unit can also be activated by a foot pedal or through a PLC interface.
Dymax, (860) 482-1010
1.5-kW Power Supplies Targets Intermediate Bus Architectures
The PFE1500-12-054xA AC-DC power supply converts AC-mains power into a 12-Vdc, 1500-W main output for powering intermediate bus architectures (IBA) in servers, routers, and networks. System communications follow I2C/PMBus protocol to fully monitor the input and output voltage, current, power, and inside temperature of the supply. Fan-cooled, it can be integrated with matching airflow paths, and adjusts the fan speed automatically depending on the power demand and temperature. Status information is provided with front-panel LEDs.
Bel Power Solutions, (866) 513-2839, www.belpowersolutions.com
Curing Gasket Targets Heat-Sensitive Materials POST
The GA-201 UV and visible light-curable FIP/CIP gasket can be used for sealing heat-sensitive substrates and is resistant to moisture and chemicals. It acts as a barrier to air, dust, noise, liquids, and gaseous substances, and can be used to seal plastic, glass, and metal enclosures, as well as plated surfaces. The gasket is soft, tack-free, and flexible.
Dymax Corp., (860) 482-1010, www.dymax.com
The FH53 Series miniature printed-circuit FPC connector targets portable electronics that require high-speed transmission from smart phones, cameras, notebooks, and tablets, to various medical devices. It employs a back-flip style actuator that minimizes the required mounting area. Weighing a mere 0.034 grams, it offers excellent impedance characteristics, and supports Embedded DisplayPort ver1.3 and MIPI D-PHY ver1.1 standards. A top-contact design employs a contact-retention spring for signal continuity, while the back-flip style actuator and bottom-contact provides a retention force of 9.9 N. The contact design also prevents against solder wicking and flux penetration. A metal lock mechanism allows for horizontal FPC insertion and withdrawal, and produces a clear tactile click upon insertion.
Hirose Electric Co., (630) 282-6700
Signal Conditioner Accepts Wide Range of Inputs
The APD 8000 signal conditioner accepts thermocouple, RTD, thermistor, dc, or potentiometer inputs, and converting it to optically isolated DC-voltage or current output. It can be set up or calibrated via onboard switches and pushbuttons, eliminating the need for a computer or special programmer. In addition, its microprocessor-based linearization and low-noise 18-bit analog output are offered with ±0.1% accuracy. A variable-brightness LED indicates the input-signal level and an output-test function is included in the design.
Absolute Process Instruments Inc., (800) 942-0315
The FH58 Series of flexible printed circuit (FPC) connector supports USB 3.0, embedded DisplayPort ver1.3, and MIPI D-PHY ver1.1 standards. A “back-flip” style actuator with dual-sided electrical contacts offers space savings, excellent impedance characteristics, and high-speed transmission, along with high retention forces in medical, consumer, point-of-sale, and portable electronics. Flexible and weighing only 0.046 g, the FPC connector is also useful for wearable electronics. It has a 0.2-mm pitch, 3.1-mm mounted depth, and a height of 0.9 mm.
Hirose, (805) 522-7958
Sensitive Grippers Offer Variable Force Ratings
GramForce pneumatic grippers operate at pressures ranging from 0.02 to 0.7 MPa and offer holding forces as slight as 0.25 N (0.056 pounds) and as high as 8.6 N (1.9 pounds). Internally driven by two 5.6-mm bore, ultra-low friction pneumatic actuators, their synchronous and counterbalanced parallel design maintains steady gripping force in any mounting orientation. For installation, carriage blocks can be mounted on an IKO-precision stainless-steel rail, which also enables easy mounting of holding jaws. They require no lubrication and work in ambient temperatures ranging from -20˚C to 80˚C. With a useful life of 5 million cycles, they weigh a mere 206 grams and measure less than 50-mm high, 79-mm in length, and 26-mm wide.
Airpot Corp., (203) 846-2021