Exhibitors in the Sensors Pavilion at Manufacturing Week are pushing
technology forward in many systems, meeting varied applications in the diverse
industrial automation field.
Mikron Infrared of Oakland, NJ is unveiling a non-contact temperature
measurement system that is one of the first that can work with shiny metals.
It’s also one of the fastest monitors in the market, checking temperature in
just 500 microseconds. The sensor can detect temperatures as low as 122 degrees
F, even with shiny metals. That’s usually a problem, since reflections can cause
remote sensors to read temperatures of reflected objects, not the desired metal
component. High accuracy and load capability are the keys of a High Capacity
Series Load cells from Interface Inc. of Scottsdale, AZ. The company’s
proprietary strain gage technology provides high temperature compensation and
high output and circuit efficiency. The line’s capacity runs up to 1,000 kilos.
The system is packaged in frame that can hold 1 million pounds.
Saving time is the key benefit of the EVN series electro mechanical switches
from Honeywell Sensing and Control of Freeport, IL. The switches, originally
developed for use in elevators in Europe, have simplified techniques for
attaching wires, cutting installation time by as much as 50%.
The High Capacity Line from Interface can
weight loads up to 1,000
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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