The model DTS3250 is designed to be an intelligent digital thermocouple scanner for temperature measurement. The digital temperature scanner reportedly incorporates 16 pairs of temperature inputs, RAM, integral low pass filters, a 16 bit A/D converter, and a microprocessor in a rugged temperature controlled stand-alone module. An isothermal block is incorporated for the Uniform Temperature Reference with a±0.1C accuracy. The firmware includes an open thermocouple test and allows for user field calibration—improving end-to-end accuracy.
Scanivalve Corp., 1722 N. Madison St., Liberty Lake, WA 99019; FAX (509) 891-9481; www.scanivalve.com.
Pressurex®is a tactile force indicating sensor film. The sensor is designed to be useful in assessing compression magnitude and distribution between any two mating or impacting surfaces. It comes in the form of a large thin sheet/film. When placed between interfacial surfaces, the sensor film permanently changes color proportional to the amount of force applied.
Sensor Products Inc., 188 Route 10 Ste. 307, East Hanover, NJ 07936-2108; FAX (973) 884-1699; www.sensorprod.com.
Psibar®Series 1200 transducers are designed to handle the most arduous conditions including a range of aggressive liquids, oils, and gases, and pressure ranges up to 6,000 psi. Maximum operating temperature range is from -40 to 260F. A thick diaphragm provides 4×over-pressure capability, enabling sensors to survive the most severe pressure spikes. Suggested uses include: off-road vehicles, railroad and semiconductor equipment, power plants, HVAC & R, production machinery, and robotics applications.
Gems Sensors, 1 Cowles Rd., Plainville, CT 06062-1198; FAX (860) 747-4244; www. gemssensors.com.
Ultrasonic Sensor UDDK 30 uses "teach-in" to eliminate the limitations associated with installing sensors in confined spaces or in front of stationary objects. The teach-in is supposed to "learn" to fade out interfering objects, making installation and operation on the factory floor easier. The sensor features an elliptical measuring area with an opening angle of 8°and one-touch set-up.
Baumer Electric Ltd., 122 Spring St. C-6, Southington, CT 06489-1534; FAX (860) 628-6280; www.baumerelectric.com.
Designed for the SLC™family of products, these 8- and 16-channel high-density analog I/O modules are recommended for applications demanding faster, more accurate measurement, and the flexibility to interface to a variety of temperature, pressure, and flow transducers. The NI8 module is reported to maintain its high accuracy over large temperature changes with continuous auto- calibration capabilities and fast responses.
Rockwell Automation, Dept. 1104 10701 Hampshire Ave. S., Bloomington, MN 55438; FAX (414) 382-4347; www.rockwellautomation.com.
The Close Focus Raynger®MX™infrared non-contact thermometer is designed to provide accurate measurement of small target areas without including unwanted background temperatures. It incorporates a laser capable of measuring a spot as small as 6 mm at 300 mm distance. The 16 point laser shows the user the spot size being measured, reportedly providing 1% reading accuracy—more accurate than any other unit at as close a range, the company says.
Raytek Corp., 1201 Shaffer Rd., Santa Cruz, CA 95061-1820; FAX (831) 458-1239; www.raytek.com.
The Temposonics S Series ServoSensor™capitalizes on smaller, more powerful microprocessors and advances in surface-mount technology to eliminate the need for an external controller. The servocontroller, drive module, and sensor electronics fit into the sensor head (approximately 1.75×4 inches). The design also saves control cabinet panel space, reduces mounting hardware, and runs on a single 24V dc power supply.
MTS Systems—Sensors Div., 3001 Sheldon Dr., Cary, NC 27513; FAX (919) 677-0200; www.temposonics.com.
With LabVIEW RT, control systems engineers and systems integrators can develop their real-time monitoring and control, high-speed data acquisition, process control, and discrete control applications on a standard Windows PC. A pull-down menu command can then download their applications across an Ethernet network to run deterministically on a PXI™/CompactPCI embedded controller.
National Instruments, 11500 N. Mopac Expwy., Austin, TX 78759-3504; FAX (512) 794-5759; www.ni.com.
Designed for process instrument technicians, the 724 Temperature Calibrator is made to be powerful, but easy to use. Its measure and source functions are intended to test and calibrate almost any temperature instrument. The device's feature set makes it possible to: measure and source/simulate RTDs, thermocouples, volts, and ohms to test and calibrate temperature sensors and transmitters; simultaneously view input and output data; and run transmitters during test.
Fluke Corp., Box 9090, Everett, WA 98206; FAX (425) 356-5116; www.fluke.com.