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Material Test Lab Increases Productivity Replacing Dial Indicators with Macro Sensors LVDT Linear Position Sensors
 A material testing laboratory is now operating more efficiently and with greater productivity by replacing multiple error-prone dial indicators with Macro Sensors SE 750 Series LVDT Linear Position Sensors to conduct thermal expansion measurement on plastic components as part of testing services offered to clients involved in product development and R&D.
Requiring intensive human intervention to obtain readings, the dial indicators were prone to error and required multiple operators to configure and complete a test tha

String Encoders from Industrial Encoder Corporation
The heavy-duty construction of the DWS150 & DWS1210 Series Draw Wire String Encoder is available in with a wide variety of encoder options and can be tailored to meet your exact requirements.
Choose either the:
  • DWS150 for measurement lengths up to 6 meters 
  • DWS1210 up to 10 meters
Available with Incremental and Absolute Encoder Options.
For more information about these products manufactured by Industrial Encoder Corporation,

Macro Sensors LVDT Gage Heads Replace Failing Units on Automotive Production Line
Macro Sensors LVDT gage heads are being used on an automated production line as part of a quality control system that ensures the precise dimensions of hydraulic valve adjusters manufactured for use in different car engines.
Every automobile uses a number of different engine valves mounted on the cylinder head that allows air flow in and out of the cylinder.  A 4-cylinder engine will have 16 valves, while an 8-cylinder engine will have 32 valves.

Apem, Inc. offers the FR Series Hall Effect Thumb Control
Haverhill, MA - APEM, Inc. a manufacturer of joysticks, trackballs and pushbutton switches introduces the new FR Series, a single axis three position Hall effect thumb control designed for material handling and construction applications requiring a reliable device for “change direction” and “gear switching” functions.
Operating from a 5VDC supply, the FR is a three position controller providing an analog voltage output at each detent location.

CNC Systems gain MTConnect Interface to enhance Interoperability of Machine Tools and Manufacturing Software
* open-source communications standard facilitates data-driven manufacturing
* software-based interface option for new and existing NUM CNC systems
Naperville, IL - NUM has developed a new communications interface option for its CNC systems that fully complies with the open MTConnect interoperability standard.

Integrated motors with industrial connectors over EthernetTCP/IP
Robust M12 Lexium MDrive® products now for EtherNet/IP, ModbusTCP and Profinet
Marlborough, CT - Networking over EthernetTCP/IP via industrial M12 circular connectors is now available in Lexium MDrive® integrated motor systems, NEMA motor sizes 23 & 34. EtherNet/IP, ModbusTCP and Profinet are all software selectable from one product, delivering system flexibility to a wide range of automation machine builders.

softMC Multi-Axis Motion Controller: Powerful, Flexible, Field-Proven
Servotronix introduces the softMC, multi axis motion control software and hardware package, offering extensive programming capabilities that have been successfully implemented in a variety of automation and robotic applications.
Operated by Linux, with real-time extensions, the softMC runs on a qualified industrial PC, providing an open and modular machine control environment.

IXYS Introduces an Opto-Isolated Fast Gate Driver for power MOSFETs and IGBTs
The IX3180 is a 2.5A Fast Driver IC  with a Wide Voltage Range of 10V to 20V
Beverly, MA - IXYS Integrated Circuits Division (ICD), announces the immediate availability of the IX3180 2.5A Gate Drive Optocoupler.  The IX3180 combines IXYS ICD’s optocoupler expertise from its OptoMOS product line with its popular 600-Series of high current gate drivers.

Low Cost, High Speed Linear Roller Blocks and Rail Systems
LM76 is the exclusive distributor of SAIBO Linear Motion Systems in the US. SAIBO SB-LGA Roller Block and Rail Systems feature: Low noise, smooth travel, high speed to 10 m/s (120 ft/s), high acceleration to 50 m/s (150 ft/s), low weight, high accuracy, low friction, low cost, and easy installation into new and existing applications. SB-LGA systems are available in three sizes to meet load requirements up to 1200 N.

New Angle Sensor With Return Spring
Novotechnik, U.S. introduces the SP1600 Series of compact angle sensors. Housing profile to connector is 26 mm. These sensors convert rotational angle into a voltage output and feature a return spring that compresses in the CW direction and decompresses in CCW.
SP1600 Series sensors have an integrated 3-pin AMP Tyco Micro Quadlock connector and the housing is made of high-grade temperature resistant plastic.

Technosoft offers the iMOT172S Intelligent Stepless Motor
The company Technosoft, based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, has released the first member of their iMOT line of motors with integrated motion controller and drive — the  iMOT172S XM-CAN intelligent stepless motor.
The product is based on a cost-effective hybrid step motor on which the motion control specialists at Technosoft have integrated a magnetic encoder, together with a member of their powerful iPOS motion controllers, into a very compact package (42 x 42 x 70 mm).

Explosion-proof valves for worldwide deployment
HAWE Hydraulics is a leading global manufacturer and supplier of sophisticated hydraulic components and controls for the mobile, industrial, and renewable energy markets.
HAWE Hydraulics offers specially certified valves to meet specific requirements of hazardous environments. In addition to their approval for the American NEC 500, Class 2, Division 1 standards, these valves also carry certifications complying with the European ATEX Directives, and the international IECEx requirements.

Low temperature Snap-Action Switches
Crouzet Switches’ low temperature snap-action switches are ideal in harsh environment applications where extreme cold is possible.
Series Options
  • 83240
  • V3 series – 83160/83161
  • 83141
  • 83229
  • 83151
Limit Switches 
  • SP4522
  • SP4863/SP4816
  • SP4813
Key Featur

Festo Introduces a Low-Cost, Versatile Programmable Position Transmitter for Linear Actuators
The new T-slot SDAT-MHS programmable position transmitter accommodates small to large actuators and utilizes I/O-Link, switching output, and analog current output for maximum flexibility in the choice of signal processing. 
Hauppauge, NY - The new SDAT-MHS T-slot programmable position transmitter from Festo provides the same functionality as position transducers and mechanical potentiometers at a significantly lower price point.

Newall offers the RDW-PV Draw Wire Encoder
Newall's new draw wire encoder provides digital position and speed feedback information in a rugged, easy-to-install package. Model RDW-PV utilizes a flexible measuring cable mounted to an internal spring-loaded spool and a quadrature encoder output to precisely measure linear motion applications. The sturdy cable is made of nylon coated stainless steel for ultimate strength and has a measurement range up to 125 inches.

IXYS Introduces the ComPack Thyristor Module Platform - A New Eco-Friendly Design That Reduces Material Costs with Higher Power Density
Leiden, Netherlands - IXYS Corporation, a leader in power semiconductors and HVIC technologies for energy efficient products used in power conversion and motor control applications announced a new bipolar module platform for high power applications.
The new ComPack family represents a compact power platform with the highest power density in its class.

GAM announces release of new Linear Mount Products brochure
Mount Prospect, IL - GAM, a leading manufacturer of precision gear reducers, servo couplings, and linear mounting kits, announces the release of its new Linear Mount Products brochure.
GAM’s Linear Mount Products are a unique line of products designed to mount directly to actuators.  This offering started with just a single item, the LSK (Linear Slide Kit) after GAM noticed customers having difficulty mounting motors to actuators.

Zilog Releases New Z8 ENCORE XP F6482 Microcontroller for High Performance and Low Power Applications
Milpitas, CA. and Leiden, The Netherlands - Zilog, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of IXYS Corporation (NASDAQ:IXYS) and a pioneer supplier of microcontrollers (MCUs) providing solutions for the industrial, telecommunication, automotive and consumer markets, introduced its Z8 Encore! XP® F6482 Series MCU, the latest in Zilog’s line of Z8 Encore! XP® Flash microcontroller products.

COM-based SBCs with Intel Core i7 / Celeron Processors Target Rugged, I/O-Rich, High Performance Applications

Diamond Systems announced the Vega COM-based SBC family with configurable CPU COMs and EMX I/O expansion. The rugged Vega EMX Basic SBC family includes interchangeable COM Express COMs for scalability and long product life, high feature density in a compact size, integrated high-quality data acquisition, expandable I/O, conduction cooled thermal solution for improved reliability, and rugged construction.

Touchless Rotary Sensors with CANopen Interface

Southborough, MA - Novotechnik U.S. offers the Vert-X 32E Series of programmable rotary angle sensors. The sensors are touchless magnetic angle sensors with a permanent magnet that can be secured to a rotating shaft, so that there is no direct mechanical linkage between the shaft and the measuring system, and therefore no wear. Output provided is CANopen Interface. Vert-X 32E Series is CiA certified serial communications output and supports real-time control.

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