The Opto NCDT 1400 Series Laser is said by its manufacturer to be the smallest CCD technology laser in the world. Signal conditioning is performed in the laser head, rather than in a separate controller, and the laser unit is self contained so it can be replaced individually. The product's ME-CCD technology is said to allow for inexpensive, non-precise fixturing up to 308 from perpendicular. "This is a small, reasonably priced, adaptive, total measuring system," says Carnegie Mellon's Lawrence Cartwright. "It has very good static and dynamic resolution and can be used in numerous measuring environments. With a sampling rate of 1 kHz, it has the potential for providing accurate deflections in low-frequency cyclic testing."
Micro-Epsilon, 3200 Glen Royal Rd. Ste 110, Raleigh, NC 27612; FAX (919) 787-9706; www.micro-epsilon.com.
Because the housing of WORLD-BEAM™photoelectric sensors fits most mounting requirements, the 1.38×0.59×1.22-inch devices can replace hundreds of sensor styles and designs. A 0.7-inch threaded nose lets the sensor replace 0.7-inch-diameter barrel sensors; the standard mounting hole configuration lets it directly replace numerous nonthreaded rectangular sensors. Specs include: 67-ft opposed-mode sensing range, 19.8-ft retroreflective-mode range, and regular and proximity modes with ranges up to 18 inches.
Banner Engineering Corp. , Box 9414, Minneapolis, MN 55441; FAX (612) 544-3213; www.baneng.com.
Part of the personalDataRAM family of aerosol monitor/data loggers, the pDR-1200 uses an attachable pump module or separate sampling pump to perform real-time particle-size-selective measurements. A filter holder located downstream of the photometric sensing stage allows concurrent gravimetric measurements or subsequent chemical analysis of collected samples. Applications include: continuous emissions and test-chamber monitoring as well as respirable, thoracic, and PM25 monitoring.
Monitoring Instruments For The Environment , 7 Oak Park, Bedford, MA 1730; FAX (781) 275-2121; www.mieinc.com.
Designed for laboratory performance, Z-up Series wide-range, output-switching power supplies provide users guaranteed-accurate voltage and current programming stability when connecting equipment to the supply. Push-button and dial controls ease programming, and LEDs clearly indicate the status of output parameters. Supplies can directly connect to a computer interface through built-in RS232 or RS485 ports or an optional GPIB interface. The power-factor-corrected units operate continuously from 85 to 265V ac.
Lambda Electronics , 515 Broad Hollow Rd., Melville, NY 11747-3700; FAX (631) 293-0519; www.lambdapower.com.
Ashcroft direct-drive gauges combine the appearance and accuracy of standard commercial gauges with the durability and economy of direct-drive technology. The gauges have no gears to jam or wear out, resist shock, require no calibration after they leave the factory, and provide ASME B40.1 Grade B accuracy. Sizes are 40 and 50 mm back-connect only.
Dresser Instrument , 250 E. Main St., Stratford, CT 06614-5145; FAX (203) 385-0499; www.dresserinstruments.com.
Featuring a hinged flat-panel monitor that opens like a book, the PC9 industrial PC packs an Intel Celeron Pentium II processor, 32×CD-ROM drive, two full-length ISA slots, one PCI slot, and a host of ports. Design offers easy component access for maintenance and repair, and a high degree of application configuration and upgrade flexibility. A self-monitoring system tracks voltages, fan speeds, and internal temperatures.
CTC Parker Automation , 50 W TechneCenter Dr., Milford, OH 45150; FAX (513) 831-5042; www.ctcusa.com.
The 18K series of laser position sensors boasts Class 1 rating per EN 60825-1, guaranteeing safety in all applications and eliminating the need to physically terminate the laser beam. Sensors use a 650-nm red laser and are available in diffuse, retroreflective, and thru-beam sensing modes. Response time is 333msec; switching frequency is 1.5 kHz. The low-cost, 18-mm tubular devices come in ABS plastic housings sealed to IP67.
Balluff Inc. , 8125 Holton Dr., Florence, KY 41042; FAX (859) 727-7752; www.balluff.com.
The 80-MHz 33250A provides function, pulse, and arbitrary waveform generation in one instrument. Direct digital synthesis techniques let users create a stable, accurate output. Specifications include: sample rate of 200 Msamples/sec, 12-bit vertical resolution, and waveform memory depth of 64k points.
Agilent Technologies , 395 Page Mill Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94306; www.agilent.com.
By using 24V dc control power, Intelligent Technologies (IT) Soft Starters are intrinsically safer than 120V ac models, simplify compliance to safety standards, and offer more reliable interfacing with PLC and distributed control logic systems. The small solid-state device integrates the bypass contactor and overload relay functions, which eliminates the need for separate hard-wired devices. Control features include kick start, which provides an adjustable pulse of up to 550% current or 85% torque for up to 2.0 seconds, and soft stop, which ramps down motor voltage for an extended coast to rest.
Eaton Corp ., 1000 Chessington Pkwy., Moon Township, PA 15108; FAX (412) 893-2129.
NuTec Series flow/level switches implement thermal mass flow sensor technology, which lets them provide high reliability in extreme process conditions. The rugged housings are easy to install and require little maintenance. The LS2000 thermal level switch includes low-power, two-wire 4- to 20-mA loop power electronics to meet intrinsic safety requirements. The FS2000L inline flow switch is nonintrusive and has electropolished stainless-steel surfaces for high-purity and sanitary environments.
Fluid Components Intl. , 1755 La Costa Meadows Dr., San Marcos, CA 92069; FAX (760) 736-6350; www. fluidcomponents.com.
A comprehensive bolted-joint analysis software package, BoltFAST®helps users determine the fatigue endurance limit of a thread, the amount of embedding anticipated in the joint, and the optimal tightening torque for given friction conditions. The Windows-based software enables engineers to evaluate "what if" scenarios on a bolted joint that would otherwise require extensive analysis and testing.
Sensor Products Inc. , 188 Rte. 10, Suite 307, East Hanover, NJ 07936-2108; FAX (973) 884-1699; www.sensorprod.com.
iSeries controllers, panel meters, transmitters, and signal conditioners connect directly to an Ethernet network via an RJ-45 connector and can send and receive data in standard TCP/IP packets. The firmware that handles Ethernet connectivity and serving web pages is embedded in a device's microprocessor, enabling a direct network connection without a computer. These instruments enable users to monitor and control a process through a web browser from anywhere in a facility or anywhere in the world.
Newport Electronics , 2229 S. Yale St., Santa Ana, CA 92704; FAX (714) 540-4106; www.newportus.com.
Model 5100 Kt Tester analyzes hard-disk drive voice coil motor (VCM) magnet quality at production-line speeds. The stand-alone system rapidly characterizes Kt (torque constant) versus angular position of VCM magnet assemblies. It analyzes torque at latch position, torque at the inner and outer tracks, relative or absolute torque variation, and average or peak torque at any location. Repeatability is±0.6% in less than 10 seconds, including sample interchange.
Lake Shore Cryotronics Inc. , 575 McCorkle Blvd., Westerville, OH 43082; FAX (614) 891-1392; www.lakeshore.com.
The 54620 Series oscilloscopes offer mixed analog and digital debugging capabilities and let users view analog and digital channels simultaneously. Models are available with 2, 4, or 2+16 channels. The scopes' high-definition display maps the 2-Mbyte deep memory to 32 levels of intensity with 1,000-point horizontal resolution at an update rate of 25 million vectors per second. Other features include: an easy-to-use interface, built-in help system, automatic measurements, and sequential triggering.
Agilent Technologies , 395 Page Mill Rd., Palo Alto, CA 94306; www.agilent.com.
The piezoelectric design of the Liquiphant M level switch enables it to work in most liquids, regardless of the fluid's dielectric, conductivity, density, viscosity, temperature, or pressure. In addition, foam, turbulence, bubbles, buildup, solids content, and varying temperature do not affect switch operation.
Endress+Hauser , 2350 Endress Pl., Greenwood, IN 46143; FAX (317) 535-8498; www.endress.com.
The Momentum M1E Processor integrates real-time Ethernet communications in a small, standard-operation PLC. The Ethernet port provides multiple paths for I/O, peer-to-peer, and high-level communications.
Schneider Electric , 1 High St., North Andover, MA 01845; FAX (978) 975-9400; www.schneiderautomation. com.
A bus-based temperature controller, the MLC9000 interfaces with PLCs or HMIs to integrate temperature control and machine control over a single interface. It interfaces with the HMI either directly or via PLC registers. This scheme eliminates a maze of panel-mounted controllers individually wired for each loop, and lets controller deliver single-loop performance. Communication is via open buses or through a serial port.
Danaher Controls , 1675 Delany Rd., Gurnee, IL 60031; FAX (847) 662-6633; www.dancon.com.