Pipe lighting device extracts light
The PolyBrightTM is for extracting light uniformly over the length of a light pipe device and uses abrasions or a pattern of serrations on light-pipe panels. Light introduced into the panel by any light source, such as LED, incandescent, or halogen, bounces off the abrasions or serrations and out the smooth, or active, surface of the panel. Optiglo® backlighting device is uniform, heat-free, and thin. A Uniglo etching design is developed for each application, and an injection mold is produced for the final design, allowing low-cost volume production of the backlighting device.
Poly-Optical Products Inc., 17475 Gillette Ave., Irvine, CA 92614 FAX (714) 250-1840
Connector addresses on board space issues
The V-BiteTM PCB Edge Mount RF connector features a small footprint and low profile, both of which address limited board space issues. The incidences of slippage during soldering are virtually non-existent when using the V-Bite. The connector also eliminates the reflection factor, as it features the optimum VSWR of 1.15:1. Featuring all-mechanical construction, the V-Bite connector is slotted to mount centered on PCB's edge, thus minimizing board real estate usage.
Bomar Interconnect Products Inc., 1850 Rte. 46, Ledgewood, NJ 07852 FAX (201) 347-2111.
Adapter facilitates measurement, probing of signals
The BGA interface adapter facilitates the measurement and probing of all signals on BGA packages up to a 26 × 26 array. The adapter fans out the normally inaccessible signals to header arrays on 0.050-inch centers. Up to 676 signals can be individually probed, monitored, or connected to various pieces of test equipment. The adapter can be customized to accommodate all BGA footprints up to a 26 × 26 pattern.
Methode Electronics Inc. Advanced Products Group, 7447 W. Wilson Ave., Chicago, IL 60656.
Transformers allow compliance with world market standards
The SPW-2400 Series of international low-profile PC power transformers help companies presently using industry-standard low-profile power transformers for the U.S. and Canadian markets to comply with the more strict European and other world market requirements without incurring major re-tooling costs. Having the same pin-out pattern, electrical output ratings, and PC-board area requirement gives companies the option of having a drop-in European capability on their existing product lines.
Prem Magnetics Inc., 3521 N. Chapel Hill Rd., McHenry, IL 60050 FAX (815) 385-8578.
Interface pads provide path to fill air gaps
THERMFLOWTM low thermal resistance interface pads provide a highly thermally conductive path to fill air gaps and make heat sinks function more effectively at cooling high-performance microprocessors. THERMFLOW pads replace grease, a potential board contaminant, as a thermally conductive interface. The pads have been engineered as a dry film that softens at microprocessor operating temperatures. This "phase change" into a grease-like consistency achieves intimate contact with the processor and heat sink mating surfaces, resulting in enhanced heat flow.
Parker Hannifin Corp. Chomerics Div., 77 Dragon Ct., Woburn, MA 01888 FAX (781) 933-4318
Safety mat system custom-sizes shapes
The Soft Tactile Transducer Sensor (STTS) Safety Mat SystemTM is a hybrid design that combines features to meet and surpass both domestic and international safety standards. The STTS system is a tactile sensor that provides information regarding the distribution and magnitude of tactile force applied to its surface. This technology involves the continuous and variable measuring of tactile forces of pressure. In some respects, tactile sensing for electromechanical devices is analogous to the human sense of touch--information about the amount and distribution of tactile pressure over a surface can be received and transmitted.
Pinnacle Systems Inc., Box 9305, Pittsburgh, PA 15225 FAX (412) 262-4055
Relays need no tools to install
PLC-REL compact pluggable relays save panel space, cut installation time, and improve control system reliability. In the 6.2-mm wide package, either an electromechanical relay with a 6A form C contact or a solid-state relay with a 2A switching capacity are available. This high-density housing allows users to fit up to 7 relays in space typically occupied by one octal socket-style device. To facilitate ease of maintenance, the relays are pluggable so they can be easily replaced without disconnecting any wires from the package.
Phoenix Contact Inc., Box 4100, Harrisburg, PA 17111FAX (717) 944-1625
Terminal enclosures provide explosion protection
EEXe terminal enclosures provide explosion protection and meet NEC's and CENELEC's requirements of Zones 1 and 2. The enclosures are manufactured to tight tolerances, and are lightweight, have low installation costs, and provide for ease of maintenance.
Rose + Bopla Enclosures, 7330 Executive Way, Frederick, MD 21704FAX (301) 696-9494.
LEDs provide high intensity level
The B321 and BF321 ultra-bright series of LEDs are a replacement for many common incandescent lamps used in industrial and motor control and pilot light applications. The LEDs are based on indium gallium and gallium nitride chip technology, which yields a significant increase in total light output. The LEDs are impervious to shock, vibration, and temperature extremes. In typical applications they have a MTBF of 100,000 hours.
Ledtronics Inc.,4009 Pacific Coast Hwy., Torrance, CA 90505FAX (310) 534-1424.
Communication system provides open architecture system
The Remote Interface Communication System (RICOS)TM is an integrated fieldbus terminal block that offers network independence and ease of wiring for fieldbus I/O. The open architecture of the RICOS line allows it to connect to CAN (DeviceNet), SDS, Modbus +, Profibus DP, or Interbus-S. The Stand Alone (SA) Series combines the terminal I/O connections and bus termination into one independent module and may only be expanded by adding another bus drop. The MODULAR Series has a separate internal base unit for bus coupling electronics and diagnostics, permitting only one address to represent a number of daisy-chained I/O modules.
Wieland Electric Inc., 49 International Rd., Burgaw, NC 28425FAX (910) 259-3691.
Connector is for PC-boards
Series 37 plug and mating post connectors for car audio systems feature a large contact area between plug and post, making the product targeted for high-current and vibration applications. The plug-in design simplifies service, assembly, or testing. Moldings are made of self-extinguishing polyamide, and the terminals are nickel-plated brass. Wire protectors are provided to prevent damage to finely stranded wires.
WECO Electrical Connectors Inc., 2330 State Route 11Mooers, NY 12958FAX (518) 298-5938.
Controller is for safety light curtains
The Universal Controller can be used to control the operations of safety light curtains and is for applications where multiple models of safety light curtains are in use, and where downtime can be particularly expensive. All key operating modes, such as program, operate, and exact channel select on the Universal Controller, can be selected with a single switch, and the reset function and operating modes can be selected from a remote site. Standard features include channel select, floating blanking, machine-test signal, and MPCE circuitry.
Scientific Technologies Inc., 6550 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont, CA 94555FAX (510) 744-1442.
Computer is for embedded computer applications
The P7000 Pentium II single-board computer is based on the Pentium II processor, which provides increased performance through its higher speed and MMX technology, and adds a number of new instructions that improve the performance of functions pertaining to multiple pieces of data. The MMX technology, a Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD) technique, improves video compression and decompression, I/O processing, image manipulation, and communications.
Pro-Log Corp., 12 Upper Ragsdale Dr., Monterey, CA 93940FAX (408) 646-3517.
Sensor can detect color
The "FZ-10'' R.G.B. color fiber-optic sensor is able to detect any color or shade of color. The sensor employs red-green-blue LED light sources to measure the color value of the detected object, and uses a button teaching method. Pressing the button recognizes the target color to be detected as the criterion, and two approaches to setting the criterion, including the manual teaching and the auto-teaching method, are available.
SUNX Sensors, 1207 Maple St., West Des Moines, IA 50265.
Sensor replaces linear potentiometers
The BTL-5R Micropulsehysteresis of 0.00004 inch, and TM linear position sensor provides linearity of ±0.03%, submillisecond update time. Resolution and repeatability are equal and controller-dependent. The sensor is a drop-in replacement for linear potentiometers on injection-molding machines, bringing non-contact, wear-free position feedback to control of clamp stroke, injection, die height, ejection, and other positioning applications. The sensor is CE-approved, shock-resistant, and sealed to IP 67 (NEMA 6) requirements.
BALLUFF Inc.,8125 Holton Dr., Florence, KY 41042FAX (606) 727-4823.
Display allows printer demonstration without connection to a PC
The Samplemaker/Base is a point-of-purchase display that provides on-the-spot printer samples and showcases the printer's highlights and features. The display allows retailers to demonstrate printers without having to attach the printer to a PC, and the base features a button that allows consumers to print directly from the product using images stored on ROM chips inside the display base.
Lexmark Int'l Inc.,Plastics Technology Center, 740 New Circle Rd., N.W.Lexington, KY 40511FAX (606) 232-2103.
System is for micro card interfaces
The Flex Card SystemTM consists of a body design on the header that allows snap-on card guides. The system allows the user to design their add-on boards to fit their system by using headers cut to the required position with card guides snapped on. The user then solders as many flex card systems as needed on their main board for their number of add-on boards possibly needed for each unique design of their system. The user then configures each system individually and uniquely based on the add-on boards used.
Samtec Inc.,Box 1147, New Albany, IN 47151FAX (812) 948-5047.
Controller is for deeply embedded computing
The MBX860 small embedded board with the MPC860 PowerQUICCTM processor uses the EBX form factor for smaller high-performance systems. With the MPC860's support for Ethernet and synchronous serial channels capable of communications standards such as ISDN, ADSL, and T1/E1, the MBX860 adds PCMCIA and PC/104-PlusTM expansion on a card with a 5.75 × 8-inch footprint.
Motorola Computer Group, 2900 S. Diablo Way, Tempe, AZ 85282.
Sensor features precise convergent point size
The PicoDotTM Class II convergent laser photoelectric sensor features a precise convergent point size of 0.25 mm at its focal distance, making this sensor targeted for use in extremely difficult and previously impossible applications such as semiconductor wafer mapping, miniature parts detection, and connector pin counting. The unit provides an overall sensing distance of 50 to 115 mm with a focal distance of 100 mm and uses fixed-field sensing technology to ensure that any object beyond the maximum sensing distance is ignored. The unit measures 40 × 45 × 12.7 mm, making the unit targeted for use on robotic end effectors.
Banner Engineering Corp., Box 9414, Minneapolis, MN 55440 FAX (612) 544-3213.
Amplifier allows operation of electronic products from a battery
The MC33502 1V rail-to-rail dual-op amplifier can operate with a battery voltage as low as 0.9V from -10 to 105C, supporting portable applications powered by a single-cell nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, or lithium battery. The amplifier uses SMARTMOSTM technology to create N-channel depletion mode MOSFETs in an input stage that allows the input voltage to include both power supply rails. The output stage allows the output voltage to swing within less than 50 mV of both supply rails with a 10 k load.
Motorola Inc.Semiconductor Products Sector, 2100 E. Elliot Rd., Tempe, AZ 85284 FAX (602) 413-4193.
Lens inserter allows precise control
The Chiron haptic lens inserter allows ophthalmic surgeons to exercise control during surgery in grasping and placing the lens. Because of the increased control and precision, the surgeon can make a smaller incision, reducing the chance for complications. Haptic lenses feature "whiskers" that come off the sides of the lens and grow into the eye tissue to serve as an anchor.
Fitch Inc., 10350 Olentangy River Rd., Worthington, OH 43085 FAX (614) 885-3453.
Power supply combines switching supplies
480V ac 3-phase input, switch-mode power supply provides two 24V dc outputs that are fully isolated and independent of each other. Applications include those where it is desirable to have separate supplies for the controlled device and its controller. The model combines two completely separate switching supplies which share only the input voltage source and conditioning circuitry. The high-current output is rated at 42A; the low output at 5A. Efficiency is achieved by using a proprietary conversion topology, which results in a long-life power supply.
Wieland Electric Inc., 49 International Rd., Burgaw, NC 28425 FAX (910) 259-3691.
Surface-mount fuse is for the telecommunications industry
The SMTelecom fuse protects all phone-line connected equipment against current surges resulting from power cross, power induction, and lighting strikes, and complies with UL 1459 and UL 1950 third-edition power-cross requirements. The fuse withstands lightning surges, permitting equipment to conform to Bellcore GR-1089-COR and FCC part 68 standards. Applications include modems, fax machines, desktop telephones, answering machines, and line cards.
Littelfuse Inc. Electronics Div. 800 E. Northwest Hwy., Des Plaines, IL 60016