The Magnamouse™features an omnidirectional switch which is designed to overcome the previous limits of the technology—namely, a large number of parts which bring with them an increased likelihood of failure. The product solves this problem through a simple design based on a magnet and an armature which reduce the number of parts and decrease assembly time and cost. "This product will certainly touch and be touched by nearly everyone who uses the next generation of cursor control type products," says contest judge Derald Herling of Oregon State University. "Quality with this and any other product will always be associated with the elegance of simplicity- only five uncomplicated layers are needed to assemble this switch."
Duraswitch Industries, 234 S. Extension Sec.103, Mesa, AZ 85210; FAX (480) 586-3300; www.duraswitch.com.
This dual element sensor is a key part of what is said to be the first all-electric power steering system for a production vehicle. The device combines a torque and a position sensor which detects the angular position of the steering wheel, and in turn activates the electronic and motor assemblies that provide assistance. The product is said to provide reliable performance in a range of temperature extremes, and is mounted in a thermoplastic housing.
BI Technologies, 4200 Bonita Place, Fullerton, CA 92835; FAX (714) 447-2400; www.bitechnologies.com.
PLC-V8 plug adapters are designed to integrate with this company's line of PLC-RELAY line of pluggable relays, connecting it to PLC system cabling via a 14-position ribbon cable. The product is said to allow the user to implement eight relays in a space of less than two inches, and can be connected to most major PLC manufacturers' devices using a proprietary card adapter which contains a 14-position ribbon cable header.
Phoenix Contact , Box 4100, Harrisburg, PA 17111-0100; FAX (717) 944-1625; www.phoenixcon.com
5638 Series secure digital memory (SDM) card connectors are designed to offer both integral detect and write protection, and accept new postage stamp-sized removable flash storage media available from a number of manufacturers. The products feature a nine contact configuration with SMT tails located within the connector to save space, while guide rails ensure proper alignment.
AVX , Box 867, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578; FAX (843) 626-5186; www.avxcorp.com.
I.S. Series pushbutton switches from this company are said to be programmable to display an infinite variety of text, still, or moving images, and can also display sequential information if grouped together. The product is said to be software changeable and upgradable, has red/green bicolor LED illumination, easily replaceable, and guaranteed to a minimum of 3 million electrical/mechanical actuations.
NKK Switches , 7850 E. Gelding Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260; FAX (480) 998-1435; www.nkkswitches.com
Stoneface™inductive proximity sensors offer the ruggedness of stainless steel face sensors at a lower price. The product's sensor face is made of a thermoset specifically developed to resist weld slag, scratching, pitting, and abrasion in MIG, TIG, and resistance welding. Applications include automotive assembly, body, and power train construction where abrasion is a factor.
Turck Inc., 3000 Campus Dr., Plymouth, MN 55441; FAX (612) 553-0708; www.turck.com.
Miniature C- and L-section solder-in style coaxial high-frequency filters are designed for applications where glass hermesticity is necessary on one end only, and offer EMI suppression from 10 MHz to 10 GHz. The product can operate at up to 150C, and can withstand up to 300C installation temperatures.
Sierra-KD Components Inc., 5200 Sigstrom Dr., Carson City, NV 89706; FAX (775) 887-5757; www.kdcomponents.com.
The Enercept®Meter is built into the current transformer, a feature that the manufacturer says cuts installation costs by up to 70% because it doesn't require a separate enclosure. Models can be connected to 208 to 480V ac rms, circuit currents of 100 to 2,400A, and display information on a choice of three window sizes.
Square D, 295 Tech Park Dr., LaVergne, TN 37086; FAX (615) 287-3409; www.squared.com.
X10 and X15 power modules provide up to 18.75W per cubic inch in a package measuring 2×1×0.4 inches. The products combine synchronous rectification and modern surface mount components and construction, and are available in six output voltages from 1.8 to 12V. The 10 and 15W modules are available in single and dual output configurations.
Lambda Electronics, 515 Broad Hollow Rd., Melville, NY 11747-3700; FAX (631) 293-0519; www.lambdapower.com.
AC Line Reactors from this company are designed to reduce line problems and protect the electrical distribution system for ac variable frequency and dc motor drives. The product is three phase and is said to be interchangeable with more costly drive isolation transformers if no voltage change is required and the power source is reliable. The product is designed with specific amperage ratings and is available from 2 to 600A and 1 to 500 hp.
Acme Electric, 4815 West 5th St., Lumberton, NC 28358-0499; www.acmepowerdist.com.
T5 Series 5-pin protection modules are designed to protect telecom network lines against overcharge and overvoltage from lightning, electrostatic discharge, and ac power faults. The products are said to utilize advanced semiconductor technology to provide seamless operation for telecommunications networks, and are available in breakdown voltages from 35 to 250V and overcurrent ratings form 150mA to 1.2A.
Teccor Electronics, 1801 Hurd Dr, Irving, TX 75038; FAX (972) 550-1309; www.teccor.com.
Environmentally sealed e2c Centralized I/O systems offer 4 to 64 I/O modular combinations in an IP67 enclosure for De-viceNET, Profibus-DP and Interbus. Module, bus, and power independence allows for replacement of faulted I/Os without interruption to other modules.
Lumberg Inc., 14121 Justice Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113; FAX (607) 748-4447; www.lumbergusa.com.
This switch uses solid state circuitry to eliminate moving parts and decrease wear, which is said to eliminate arcing and allow the product to withstand one million on-off cycles. Other reported features include the ability to withstand heavy electrical loads associated with high inrush currents, and the versatility to be used in both high side and low side applications.
Cole Hersee, 20 Old Colony Ave, Boston, MA 02127; FAX (617) 314-9490; www.colehersee.com.
Taris IDC DIN rail terminal blocks are designed to reduce installation time by as much as 50-60% through the elimination of the need for labor-intensive wire preparation. The product has a top-entry design, is said to be operable with a standard screwdriver, and provides a secure, gas-tight, and vibration-resistant connection even at the maximum wire length.
Wieland Electric, 49 International Rd., Burgaw, NC 28425-0759; FAX 910-259-3691; www.wielandinc.com.
INTERBUS Rugged Line I/O products from this company are a new line of I/O modules which combine a zinc die-cast housing with single-channel diagnostics and an IP67 protection connection for fiber optic or copper network interfaces. The line consists of digital input, digital output, and input/output modules, all of which are machine mountable via a fixed mounting plate, and can be installed without the use of special tools.
Phoenix Contact, Box 4100, Harrisburg, PA 17111-0100; FAX (717) 944-1625; www.phoenixcon.com
CAR series relays are available in 30, 40, or 70 amps in a package that's just 1.06×1.06×0.96 inches in size. Switching voltage is a reported 75V with a 10 ms operate and release time. Options available include quick connects, mounting tabs, and sealing. Applications include appliances and automobiles where space is limited. Coil voltages are 6, 12, and 24V dc.
Hasco Components International, 249-50 Jericho Tpk., Bellerose Village, NY 11001; FAX (516) 326-9125; www.hascorelays.com.
The Pulsar Esprit Power Cluster Uninterruptible Power Supply is designed to provide high availability, long duration backup power for Internet service providers. Features include the ability to add a large number of batteries while maintaining a reportedly short recharge time. The product is said to protect clusters of 3 to 15 critical servers with associated key peripherals such as storage and backup devices.
MGE UPS Systems, 1660 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626; FAX (714) 557-9788; www.mgeups.com.
Mini-Quick™, Micro-Quick™, and Nano-Quick™control connectors are quick disconnects for quick and easy replacement of industrial devices such as sensors, proximity switches, and valves. The products' SignalPlex™Micro Ports are said to provide multiple local connections for industrial devices while minimizing the cabling required to terminate the devices to I/O by using a single homerun cable.
Hubbell Inc., 185 Plains Rd., Milford, CT 06460; FAX (800) 255-1031; www.hubbell-wiring.com.
BU-66565M4-900 Four Channel MIL-STD-1553 Conduction Cooled PMC Cards from this company are said to combine the company's Multi-Chip Module (MCM) packaging technology, a PCI interface, and advanced thermal management design. The product is said to allow the use of the commercial single board computers in military applications which require an interface to MIL-STD-1553 buses.
Data Device Corp., 105 Wilbur Pl., Bohemia, NY 11716-2482; FAX (631) 567-7358; www.ddc-web.com.
WE/WEP series lights are slim, wall-mounted, 3- or 5-color LED status indicators, available with audible indicators or flashing circuits. The product comes in two pieces with a choice of white or chrome faceplate. The unit can be mounted either vertically or horizontally and is IP-65 and CE compliant.
Patlite, 3860 Del Amo Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503; FAX (310) 214-5288; www.patlite.com.
Pulsar Ellipse uninterruptible power supplies are said by their manufacturer to provide affordable backup power for computers and workstations in packages up to half the size of those made by competitors. Available in power ratings from 300VA to 1,200VA, the units are said to pack enough power to keep computers running for up to an hour to allow for shutdown during a power outage.
MGE UPS Systems, 1660 Scenic Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626; FAX (714) 557-9788; www.mgeups.com.
Series TZK Solenoid-Latching Safety Interlock Switches from this company are designed to provide a "conditionally safe" circuit which requires that the actuating key be fully inserted and locked before a "safe output" signal is provided. The product is housed in a rugged and corrosion resistant housing, and reportedly satisfies the latest domestic and international safety standards and guidelines.
Schmersal LLC, 7 West Cross St., Hawthorne, NY 10532; FAX (914) 769-4169; www.schmersal.com.
PEM45 power entry modules combine an ac inlet, circuit breaker, and an RFI filter. Features include manual reset of the circuit, higher current limiting characteristics up to 15A, and circuit status indication depending on the switch position. Options include 1- or 2-pole thermal overload protection and an optional undervoltage release.
Schurter, Box 750158, Petaluma, CA 94975-0158; FAX (707) 778-6401; www.schurterinc.com.
PC10 Ultracapacitors are miniature, 10-farad ultracapacitors designed for wireless consumer electronics, scanners, medical devices, and automotive applications. The product caches 31 Joules of energy at a nominal 2.5V for high-powered discharges ranging from fractions of a second to a minute, and can lower the required size and power of associated batteries.
PowerCache, 4949 Greencraig Ln., San Diego, CA 92123; FAX (858) 503-5221; www.powercache.com.
Series CT "Reset Assisted" Circuit Breaker Environmental Sealing Boots are designed to protect circuit breakers from hostile environmental conditions without interfering with their operation. Made of a high strength, tough, tear-resistant silicone rubber compound, products feature a molded-in hex or round nut, and are available to fit lever, rocker, or pushbutton-type breakers.
Apm Hexseal, 44 Honeck St., Englewood, NJ 07631; FAX (201) 569-4106; www.apmhexseal.com.
The 0717-4301 MCL Sensor is said to represent a new direction in tilt sensor technology. An all-metal housing is said to provide durability and good dimensional tolerances, which provides good sensor-to-sensor electrical performance.
The Fredericks Co., 2400 Philmont Ave., Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006-0067; FAX (215) 947-7464; www.frederickscom.com.
XCELL™is said to be a high-speed, high-density interconnect system for the telecommunications, networking, and computer industries. The product has a reported 42% increase in signals-per-linear inch and signal risetimes as fast as 100 picoseconds. The connectors are also said to surpass the performance of enhanced 2 mm connectors, and exceed the telecom industry's 40 year reliability standards.
Litton Winchester/Retconn, 400 Park Rd., Watertown, CT 06795; FAX (860) 945-5191; www.litton-wed.com.
B3B tactile switches are said to increase OEM design flexibility by providing a dust-free tactile switch in a small package which can be used to replace tactile domes on pcb boards. Product has a switching capacity of 1 to 20 mA, 5 to 15V dc (resistive load), minimum insulation resistance of 100M ohms at 100V dc, and a minimum life expectancy of 50,000 cycles.
Omron Electronics, 1 Commerce Dr. Suite 250, Schaumburg, IL 60173; FAX (847) 843-7787; www.info.omron.com.