Made for assembly line, machine automation, and other applications, this RoHS-compliant wide gap optical sensor includes an emitter-sensor pair. Its LED and phototransistor are made to work over up to 12 inches in industrial environments. The sensor components are mounted in threaded color-coded housings. The emitter-sensor pair uses an LED with a 935 mm peak wavelength and a silicon phototransistor. The pair will mate with a Molex 03-06-2023 connector with either male (for the LED) or female (for the sensor) pins. The output phototransistor performs at collector-emitter voltages of 30V, emitter-collector voltage of 5V, and power dissipation of 100 mW. The LED has a maximum continuous forward dc current of 40 mA, a reverse voltage of 2V, and power dissipation of 100 mW.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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