2000 New Products Bonanza

August 21, 2000

Data-acquisition system

The GX-1 combines the high data-storage capacity and wide frequency response of a data recorder with the programmable sampling rates and integrated signal conditioning of a data-acquisition system. The 12x8x3.5-inch unit features 16 channels, continuous recording at bandwidths up to 200 kHz/channel, and a total sampling depth of 3 Msamples. Storage options include 25-Gbyte internal tape drive, magneto-optical drive, or PC Card memory.

TEAC America Inc., 7733 Telegraph Rd., Montebello, CA 90640; FAX (323) 727-7656; www.teac.com.

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A large-screen, multipoint video recorder/controller, the VRX 180 monitors, records, and controls a variety of industrial processes. A 10.4-inch, full-color, active-matrix LCD displays process data. Other features include up to 48 analog inputs, up to 8 control loops, up to 36 discrete I/Os, 120-Mbyte floppy drive, 33 primary and 13 support display types, 16 alarm setpoint limits, and RS-485 Modbus communications.

Honeywell, 11 W. Spring St., Freeport, IL 61032; FAX (815) 235-6545; www.honeywell.com/sensing.

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HT100 and HT120 data loggers feature a waterproof stainless-steel case and can monitor and withstand temperatures from -40 to +125C. DicksonWare(TM)software lets users download data to a PC and can also perform real-time monitoring and graphing. Applications include tracking pasteurization, autoclave, and oven temperatures. Model HT120 has a piercing tip.

Dickson Co., 930 S. Westwood Ave., Addison, IL 60101-4917; FAX (630) 543-9498; www.dicksonweb.com.

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The VL digital meter takes 60 readings/sec and has a 5-digit display, accuracy of 0.01% full scale, and programmable lockout modes. The on-board supply can power a transmitter, and plug-in circuit boards provide a variety of options. The meter's NEMA 4X/IP 56 front panel withstands harsh environments.

Viatran Corp., 300 Industrial Dr., Grand Island, NY 14072; FAX (716) 773-2488; www.viatran.com.

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The PXS5-926EA constant-duty, microfocus x-ray source can resolve image features of 2 microns. The 11.5x4x3-inch portable unit includes a sealed x-ray tube and a 12V, 8W, air-cooled power supply. A matched analog controller is available. Applications include testing, microelectronics and pc-board assembly inspection, and electronic failure analysis.

Kevex X-Ray Inc., 320 El Pueblo Rd., Scotts Valley, CA 95066; FAX (831) 438-5892; www.kevex-x-ray.com.

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Series EE 65 and 66 transmitters measure both air velocity and temperature via thin-film sensors. Accuracy is 2 to 3% at air velocities less than 0.5M/sec. Applications include HVAC, process and environmental control, clean-room control, and laminar flow.

JLC Int'l. Inc.; FAX (215) 444-9219; www.jlcinternational.com.

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A monitoring and control system works with both gas-engine and electric-motor screw and reciprocating compressors. The DE-2500 accepts analog inputs from the engine and automatically controls compressor throughput as a function of suction, discharge, or engine manifold pressure. System also provides safety shutdown, serial communications, and Windows 95/98/NT-based configuration.

Altronic Inc., 712 Trumbull Ave., Girard, OH 44420; FAX (330) 545-9005; www.altronicinc.com.

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When installed in the company's SIR-1000 Series data recorder, the SVB-10 digital video card makes it possible to record and reproduce analog measurement data and video imagery simultaneously. Up to 8 hours of MPEG2 digital video, along with analog signals or digital data streams, can be recorded on one Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) cartridge. AIT has a capacity of 25 Gbytes and a data-transfer rate of 24 Mbps.

Sony Precision Technology America Inc., 20381 Hermana Circle, Lake Forest, CA 92630; FAX (888) 910-7669; www.sonypt.com.

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Precision, 15xmeasuring magnifier and comparator can accurately inspect and measure linear dimensions as small as 0.005 inch. A glass reticle superimposes a scale on the object under view for easy measurement. Reticles are available for measuring inches, millimeters, angles, hole sizes, and other units and dimensions. A pen-light model is available for low light conditions.

GEI International Inc., Box 6849, Syracuse, NY 13217-6849; FAX (315) 463-9034; www.gei-int.com.

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The Ultima 500 reportedly combines the acquisition power of a high performance 4-channel DSO with the flexibility and features of a PC. It is designed to simplify data handling by effortlessly moving from capture to report in one compact unit. It is recommended for applications where a separate digital storage oscilloscope and a PC have typically been required. The unit is said to offer a true 500 MHz bandwidth at probe tip and up to 2 GS/sec sample rate with 1 Mbyte per channel.

Gould Instrument Systems, 8333 Rockside Rd., Valley View, OH 44125-6100; FAX (608) 273-5061; www.gouldis.com.

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Designed for operation in hazardous areas, two new gas analyzers have a restricted breathing enclosure and can be used in Zone 2 areas without a purging device. The Ultramat 6F measures gases that have absorption bands in the infrared wavelength region of 2 to 9 micrometers. These gases include CO, CO 2 , NO, SO 2 , NH 3 , H 2 O, CH 4 , and other hydrocarbons. Oxymat 6F analyzers measure oxygen in gases. Both are available in single- and two-channel versions.

Siemens AG; FAX (315) 463-9034; www.ad.siemens.de.

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Smart Weld(TM)stud-welding equipment has a quality-control documentation feature to help implement ISO 9000-style programs. By reporting information such as date and time, gun used, mode, weld parameters requested, and actual weld results, Smart Weld helps users determine whether they are consistently upholding quality standards. It can accept statistical process control limits, and generate a report of a weld's parameters and effectiveness.

Image Industries Inc., 382 Balm Ct., Wood Dale, IL 60191; FAX (630) 766-2402.

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Model 960-TX Tri-axial Piezoelectric Accelerometer has been designed specifically to monitor vibrations generated by military and commercial helicopter engines, transmissions, and airframes. Three miniature perpendicular vibration sensors have been mounted into a rugged machined housing, which uses a single central mounting screw. Also recommended for aircraft model and structural analysis, Navy ship board engine vibration monitoring, and commercial machinery.

Columbia Research Laboratories, 1925 Mac Dade Blvd., Woodlyn, PA 19094; FAX (610) 872-3882; www.columbiaresearchlab.com.

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Based on cross-coupled dual solid-state sensing elements, TrueLINE(TM)low-pressure sensors have ranges from 30 to 1 inch H 2 O. The dual elements greatly reduce zero pressure errors. Static accuracy is 0.25% full scale. The sensors offer high impedance, 25xburst pressure, and 1x1-inch plastic packaging.

SenSym ICT, 1804 McCarthy Blvd., Milipitas, CA 95035; FAX (408) 954-9458; www.sensym.com.

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The Chub-E4 thermometer readout has four channels for reading thermocouples, PRTs, or thermistors. Various methods are available for reading each input type. An LCD shows current temperature readings from all four channels, and offers eight data fields for viewing statistical functions, logging status, and other information. An internal, re- chargeable NiMH battery can supply power for up to eight hours. The unit also accepts standard ac sources.

Hart Scientific, 799 E Utah Valley Dr., American Fork, UT 84003; FAX (801) 763-1010; www.hartscientific.com.

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Solid-state large-area avalanche photodiodes are designed to sense wavelengths as short as 100 nm. The devices' sensitivity is optimized at 157 nm with a gain of 250. Standard active-area diameters are 3, 5, 10, and 16 mm.

Advanced Photonix, 1240 Avenida Acaso, Camarillo, CA 93012-8727; FAX (805) 484-9935; www.advancedphotonix.com.

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The HPT-200 portable, battery-powered tester performs pull force measurements on wire terminations. The rugged, handheld unit can pull-test wire crimps up to 200 lbs and up to size 10 AWG wire. Accuracy is plus or minus 0.5%; resolution is 0.1 lb.

Daniels Manufacturing Corp., 526 Thorpe Rd., Orlando, FL 32824; FAX (407) 855-6884; www.dmctools.com.

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These rotary encoders with PROFIBUS-DP feature compact dimensions with only 85 mm overall length. The bayonet socket for opening the encoder is intended to be handy and save time, especially after installation. The heavy-gauge compression fittings are optimized for all common wiring technologies. The absolute rotary encoders provide a standard resolution of 8192 steps per revolution and a measuring range of 4096 revolutions.

Heidenhain Corp., 333 E. State Pkwy., Schaumburg, IL 60173-5337; FAX (847) 490-3931; www.heidenhain.com.

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The FlexProbe(TM)Model 24-2000 current-measurement probe plugs into digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, data loggers, and chart recorders. Dual measurement ranges are 200 and 2,000A; output is 10 mV/A in the 200A range and 1 mV/A in the 2,000A range. The 24-inch flexible sensor fits around conductors up to 8 inches in diameter and operates for 720 hours from an internal battery. The company recommends it for measuring ac current in a group of conductors.

AEMC Instruments, 99 Chauncey St., Boston, MA 02111; FAX (617) 423-2952; www.aemc.com.

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PhotoMOS RF C x R 10 relays have an ON resistance of 9.5 ohms and output capacitance between terminals of 1.0 pF. High-speed switching is rated at 30 microseconds. The device comes in a 4.3x4.4x2.1-mm, 4-pin SOP. Applications include test equipment, medical equipment, board testers, and multipoint recorders where low-level analog or high-frequency signals need to be controlled.

Aromat Corp., 629 Central Ave., New Providence, NJ 07974; FAX (908) 464-5656; www.aromat.com.

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Compliant contacts and resilient elastomer materials let MicroTouch(TM)test contactors provide a reliable test interconnect for BGA and CSP devices. Contact length of 1.1 mm preserves signal integrity. Contact resistance is 40 to 50 ohms; contact set life is 1 million actuations.

3M, 2982 Cleveland Ave. N, Roseville, MN 55113; www.3m.com.

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Fused silicon technology provides a strong, nonorganic bond between the sensor and stainless-steel diaphragm of the V2 pressure transducer. The device offers good linearity and repeatability, high proof and burst pressure tolerance, and an operating range of -40 to 250F. Applications include compressors, HVAC, and fuel-management systems.

Dresser Instrument, 250 E Main St., Stratford, CT 06614-5145; www.dresser.com/instruments.

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