This angled circuit-board design and an optic lens for maximum light dispersion let the 2.5-inch PC-rated LED Clearance/Marker Lamp use only three diodes. The circuit boards are potted in a three-reservoir cup before being angled into place. One PC-rated lamp mounted at a 45-degree angle can take the place of two P2-rated lamps on each top front corner of a truck or trailer.
Grote Industries, 2600 Lanier Dr., Madison, IN 47250; FAX (812) 265-8440; www.grote.com.
Based on an 8-bit RISC microprocessor, the PS334 battery management IC can monitor battery capacity, control charging, and enable safety features. Six programmable outputs can power LEDs to indicate state of charge, warn of safety problems, or implement direct charge control. Current measurement accuracy is to within 1%; voltage accuracy to within±50 mV; and temperature accuracy to within 1C.
PowerSmart Inc., 1 Research Dr., Shelton, CT 06484; FAX (203) 925-1714; www.powersmart.com.
The T9030 transformer module integrates eight sidactors for primary protection, eight common-
mode chokes for EMI filtering, and eight transformers for equipment isolation to comply with the latest T1/E1 standards for short-haul applications. The low-profile, surface-mount part provides overvoltage protection for several line-interface units (LIUs) from Level One Communications, which codeveloped the module. It requires less circuit board area than discrete solutions.
Pulse, 12220 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128; FAX (858) 674-8262; www.pulseeng.com.
Compact and lightweight, a remote optical head lets users position a laser rangefinder in dangerous positions within steel mills. The head connects to the electronics via a fiber-optic cable up to 330 ft long. Air- and water-cooled enclosures are available. Typical applications include level measurement of liquid steel up to 3,000F, dimensional measurements of hot glowing objects, and crane positioning.
Riegl USA, 7041 Grand National Dr. Suite 232, Orlando, FL 32819; FAX (407) 248-2636; www.rieglusa.com.
The FT8U232AM single-chip UART transfers serial data over the Universal Serial Bus (USB). The 32-pin device can replace an RS232-level converter IC to upgrade a computer peripheral to USB. Data-transfer rates are up to 920 kbaud for RS232 and 2,000 kbaud for RS422/RS485.
Saelig Co. LLC, 1193 Moseley Rd., Victor, NY 14564; FAX (716) 425-3835; www.saelig.com.
Four PXI/CompactPCI slots and eight SCXI slots are available in the PXI-1011 chassis for computer-based measurement and automation. These SCXI slots can accept the company's high-performance signal-conditioning modules; the PXI slots take plug-in instrumentation boards such as data-acquisition modules, digital multimeters, function generators, and oscilloscopes. Users can choose from industrial communication protocols including RS-232, RS-485, Ethernet, CAN, and Fieldbus.
National Instruments, 11500 N. Mopac Expwy., Austin, TX 78759-3504; FAX (512) 683-9300; www.natinst.com.
A 48V output lets MT Series dc-to-dc converters meet emerging standards for distributed and board-mounted power systems in telecom and server applications. Features include over-voltage and over-current protection, thermal shutdown, and frequency synchronization. The units operate from 24, 48, 150, or 300V at efficiencies as high as 90%; 50, 100, and 150W versions are also available.
Powercube, 9340 Owensmouth Ave., Chatsworth, CA 91311; FAX (800) 866-3589; www.powercube.com.
Designed to be suitable for both liquids and gases, this two-wire transmitter integrates a solid-state strain-gage sensor that directly detects differential pressure. Output is proportional to flow rate squared. The device is available for pipe diameters of 1/4 to 8 inches; the included proprietary interface is sized to order.
RCM Industries, 110 Mason Circle, Concord, CA 94520-1238; FAX (925) 671-9636; www.flo-gage.com.
The ignition-proof Series 21 circuit breaker is designed to provide added safety in volatile environments. A double-break design gives the breaker high interrupt capacity; the device can quench currents up to 6,000A at 30V dc. A mechanical latch for manual on/off operation enables the thermal latch to maintain precise, durable operation. The breakers meet the requirements of UL 1500 and SAE J1171 Ignition Protection of Marine Products for unsealed devices.
Mechanical Products, 1824 River St., Jackson, MI 49202; FAX (517) 788-6773; www.mechprod.com.
Intelligent Technologies Soft Starters feature a design that separates the control and logic circuits, which reduces control power requirements. The small, solid-state, 24V dc-controlled devices also integrate bypass-contactor and overload-relay functions. To allow the motor to develop additional torque at startup and break inertia, the kick-start feature provides up to 550% current or 85% torque for 0 to 2.0 sec. The soft-stop feature avoids sudden stops of high-friction loads by ramping down voltage to the motor.
Cutler-Hammer, 4201 North 27th St., Milwaukee, WI 53216; FAX (414) 449-6221; www.eaton.com.
Designed for space applications, 64- and 128-channel MCM (multichip module) analog multiplexers feature commercial silicon with packaging that shields the circuits from radiation. RE versions provide 100 Krad (si) total dose tolerance; RH versions provide 300 Krad to 1 Mrad. The devices offer low constant ON resistance and do not suffer from latchup or static-discharge blowout.
Space Electronics Inc., 4031 Sorrento Valley Blvd., San Diego, CA 92121; FAX (858) 452-5499; www.spaceelectronics.com.
QTS terminal clocks have insulation-displacement connections (IDC) on one side and the more conventional spring-clamp mechanism on the other. The QTS 1.5/4 accepts 22 to 16 AWG wire on the IDC side and is rated for 10A and 600V. The QTS 2.5/4 handles 18 to 14 AWG wire on the IDC side, and 15A and 600V. Both versions accept 24 to 10 AWG on the spring portion.
Phoenix Contact, Box 4100, Harrisburg, PA 17111-0100; FAX (717) 944-1625; www.phoenixcontact.com.
Developed for factory automation, this series of Fast Ethernet 100-Mbps switches, rail hubs, and rail transceivers mount on DIN rails and are reported to withstand EMI, dirt, mechanical loads, and temperature fluctuations up to 60C. The products provide a floor- and building-level backbone for connecting management, control, and actuator sensor levels from the factory to an administrative area.
Hirschmann, 30 Hook Mountain Rd., Pine Brook, NJ 07058; FAX (973) 830-1470; www.hirschmann-usa.com.
Measuring 22.5×80×90 mm, the SAFE-Z two-hand relay operates only if both activation elements are activated within 0.5 sec. The device features short-circuit protection, two NO and one NC switches, and safety contacts that can carry 6A each. Three LEDs show system state at a glance. The part meets safety category 4 according to DIN EN 954 for type 1.
Norstat Inc., 300 Roundhill Dr., Unit 4, Rockaway, NJ 07866; FAX (973) 586-1590; www.norstat.com.
Measuring 2.83×4.64×5.2 inches, the Pacesetter™Nano Series ac inverter features adjustable ramp times, min/max speed limits, up to three preset speeds, adjustable dynamic braking, isolated inputs, and built-in EMC filter. Eight models cover 115 or 230V ac 50/60-Hz inputs and 1/4-, 1/2-, and 1-hp outputs. The units mount on DIN rails, and users can control motor speed via a built-in keypad, an external speed potentiometer, or by analog signal.
Bodine Electric Co., 2500 W Bradley Pl., Chicago, IL 60618-4798; www.bodine-electric.com.
The VSC7148 IC is designed to implement a 16-drive, 1-Gbps Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) JBOD subsystem. The chip distributes high-speed serial signals to the disk drives via 16 port-bypass circuits. When used with the vendor's SSC100 chip, the IC is intended to provide advanced diagnostics and fault isolation.
Vitesse Semiconductor Corp., 741 Calle Plano, Camarillo, CA 93012; FAX (805) 987-5896; www.vitesse.com.
PX921 Series wireless transmitters operate by radio telemetry. A low-power RF transmitter transmits a signal up to 500M to a receiver or retransmitter, which converts it to a 4- to 20-mA signal. A custom IC amplifier and rugged stainless-steel construction give the devices high stability, low drift, and long life.
OMEGA Engineering, 1 Omega Dr. Box 4047, Stamford, CT 06907; FAX (203) 359-7700; www.omega.com.
These brushless axial fans reportedly feature solid-state dc motors, precision ball bearings, and low EMI/RFI emission. The USTF3010 series measures 1.182×1.182×0.39 inches and offers 3.53-cfm maximum airflow. The USTF3510 series fans are 1.38×1.38×0.39 inches and offer 5.50-cfm airflow. Both are available in 5 and 12V dc and three operating speeds.
U.S. Toyo Fan Corp., 4915 Walnut Grove Ave., San Gabriel, CA 91776; FAX (626) 287-7350; www.ustoyofan.com.
CrossNet™is reported to be the first wireless sensor architecture that creates wireless data connections to the Internet using the Bluetooth wireless communications standard. It is designed to save time and money, reduce test errors, and increase productivity in remote data acquisition, monitoring, security, and logging. By allowing sensors to transmit data via a CrossNet node to a computer or personal digital assistant, the architecture should eliminate two challenges of configuring a data acquisition system—wiring and managing different sensor types.
Crossbow Technology, 41 E. Daggett Dr., San Jose, CA 95134; FAX (408) 324-4840; www.xbow.com.
The dual channel Ultra320 controller for high-performance storage networking solutions is based on fusion Message Passing Technology™architecture and is reported to deliver 100,000 I/Os per second—more than three times faster than the transaction handling capability of today's controllers. It is recommended for enterprise-class servers and RAID in storage networking environments.
LSI Logic, 1551 McCarthy Blvd., Milpitas, CA 95035; FAX (408) 433-8989; www.lsilogic.com.
The PCI-649 is the company's first controller to support Ultra ATA/100, said to be the next proposed ATA standard, and reportedly features a 50% faster burst rate than the current maximum rate set by the Ultra ATA/66 standard. It is recommended for systems that do not possess an integrated IDE host controller, or for systems that expand the number of IDE channels to accommodate the increasing number of IDE-interface storage peripherals.
CMD Technology Inc., 19 Morgan, Irvine, CA 92618; FAX (949) 699-3268; www.cmd.com.
Series 4700 and 4800 pushbutton switches have matching polyamide actuators and knurled dress nuts in a choice of blue, black, green, yellow, red, white, and orange. They mount in a 0.480-inch-diameter hole with a back-up hex nut in panels up to 0.196 inch thick. Operating the switches produces a snap tactile response. Options include: single or double poles, momentary or alternate action, and solder-lug, straight pc-board, or quick-connect terminals.
APEM Components, Box 544, Wakefield, MA 01880; FAX (781) 245-4531; www.apem.com.
Engineered for electric power generation, Z-Max®thermoelectric modules convert heat into electricity. A typical 31×34-mm, 3.3-mm-thick unit can generate several watts of constant dc. Applications include heat-powered electric fans and gas-fired consumer products.
Tellurex Corp., 1248 Hastings, Traverse City, MI 49686; www.tellurex.com.
MTS magnetostrictive position sensors are compatible with DeviceNet industrial applications. They handle harsh industrial automation environments, and can operate within a peer-to-peer DeviceNet network arrangement.
RDP Electronics Ltd., Grove St., Heath Town, Wolverhampton WV10—0PY; FAX (407) 248-2636; www.rdpelectronics.com.
Users can directly press cables and hoses into E-Z Triflex cable carriers without tools. The carriers allow 1-, 2-, and 3-axis movement of automated cables in tight spaces. Links can be added or subtracted using a screwdriver as a lever to modify length and type of movement.
igus inc., Box 14349, East Providence, RI 02914; FAX (401) 438-7270; www.igus.com.
This dual function TWD switch connector's primary function is as an RF jack for use with car kits. Its secondary function is as a manufacturing test point. It is designed to simplify tuning and other adjustments in the manufacturing process and is meant to have a low enough cost that it could be left in the circuit after testing/tuning is complete. The unit is recommended for all hand-held miniature wireless devices, such as cellular phones, PDAs, pagers, and wireless modems.
Murata Electronics North America, 2200 Lake Park Dr., Smyrna, GA 30080-7604; FAX (770) 436-3030; www.murata.com.
The Vanguard™line of ac power surge protection devices features the company's Dual-fuse™system. The dual fuse is reported to represent the safest and most sophisticated component level circuit interrupting design available for SPDs. It incorporates a thermal fuse and a precisely shaped 99.9% pure silver fuse link, which is enclosed within a polymer tube. It is meant to provide a rapid means of disconnecting the unit under the widest possible range of fault related conditions.
Innovative Technology Inc., 15470 Flight Path Dr., Brooksville, FL 34609; FAX (352) 796-0316; www.itvss.com.