Electrical/Electronics 11594

DN Staff

October 2, 2000

7 Min Read

Electrolytic capacitors

U 787D high temperature aluminum electrolytic capacitors are said to withstand temperatures up to 150C, making them suitable for automotive applications. The capacitors are available from 6.3 to 35V dc in 2 or 3 lead configurations. High temperature rating allows for a longer service life if the product is operated at below the maximum temperature.

United Chemi-Con , 9801 West Higgins Rd., Rosemont, IL 60018; FAX (847) 696-9278; www.chemi-con.com .

Bulb socket

S ecure installation and mounting of multi-bulb lamp assemblies in automotive applications is the goal of this company's O-ring sealed wedge base bulb socket. Designed for "push in" installation, the socket is said to be ergonomically friendly and suitable for automatic loading and robotic insertion of lightbulbs.

Tricon Industries , 1600 Eisenhower Lane, Lisle, IL 60532; FAX (630) 964-5170; www.triconinc.com .

Quick disconnects

N ano-Quick(TM)and Micro-Quick(R)connectors from this company are designed to provide signal integrity as well as water tightness and corrosion resistance. Applications for the products include photoelectric sensors, solenoid valves, limit switches and proximity switches. All contacts are plated in hard gold over palladium nickel which is said increase durability and improve electrical connection.

Hubbell , 185 Plains Rd. Wiring Device-Kellems, Milford, CT 06460; FAX (800) 255-1031; www.hubbell-wiring.com .


P owerCache ultracapacitors are said by their manufacturer to be suited for applications which require repeated bursts of power, and are said to pack 100 times the energy of conventional capacitors, and ten times that of batteries. The size and duration of the power bursts is controlled by the application and can be customized by the user, and is said to increase service life of the power source.

Maxwell Technologies; FAX (858) 576-7672; www.maxwellsierra.com .

Lighted switch

L P3 and LP5 series lighted pushbutton switches from this company are said to offer the same sealed construction as their P3 and P5 while adding LED illumination. The switches are said to meet IP68 water tightness standards, and MIL-S-8805 standards for dust tightness. Applications include off-highway vehicles, material handling, and medical equipment.

Otto Controls, 2 East Main St., Carpentersville, IL 60110; FAX (847) 428-1956; www.ottoeng.com .

Temperature switch

D esigned for temperature alarm, shutdown, and control, this company's Ashcroft(R)F-Series switches are intended to work in a variety of hazardous locations, including generators, compressors, turbines, pipelines, and other hazardous environments. The product features a sealed, watertight anodized aluminum body, a hermetically sealed switch, and a stainless steel SAMA Class 2 vapor pressure thermal system.

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

I/O connections

T he INTERBUS Inline Automation System and INTERBUS Loop 2 are said to combine modular I/O and machine mountable I/O with a seamless cabling interface. Inline puts signal conditioning and network communications in small, modular housings, while Loop 2 is said to power I/O devices.

Phoenix Contact , Box 4100, Harrisburg, PA 17111-0100; FAX (717) 944-1625; www.phoenixcontact.com .

Transponder module

D esigned for use in its secure KEELOQ(TM)devices, the HCS410/WM is a read/write transponder module in a small, tapered SOT-385 leadless wedge package. The product is said to provide high security in an integrated transponder package situation. Applications for the product include access control systems, automotive immobilizers, and burglar alarm systems.

Microchip Technology Inc. , 2355 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85224-6199; FAX (480) 899-9210; www.microchip.com .

Cable assemblies

G T17 cable assemblies are designed for use in serial busses, automotive, personal computer, GPS, and location emergency applications. The products are said to provide positive audible locking and push release, while color-coded polarized insulator bodies prevent misinstallation. Other features include eight contacts and full first mate shielding against EMI and RFI.

Hirose Electric U.S.A. , 2688 Westhills Ct., Simi Valley, CA 93065; FAX (805) 522-3217.


A lGalnP through-hole LEDs from this company are said to offer brightness levels 10 to 15 times higher than comparable products while lowering component count and cost. The products feature a typical luminous intensity of up to 5,000 mcd, depending on color, while the LED die is made of aluminum, indium, gallium, and phosphate. The product is designed for indoor and outdoor use on moving and stationary machinery, including automobiles and safety lighting.

Stanley Electric Sales of America , 2660 Barranca Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92606; FAX 949-222-0555; www.stanley-electric.com .

Audio transducer

W MX series audio transducers are said to incorporate a patented design which produces excellent sound performance in a small housing. The design is said to produce an output of at least 85 dB at 10 cm, has a rated voltage of 5V, a rated frequency of 770 Hz, and mean current consumption is typically 57 mA. The product is also dip solderable and has an operating temperature of -40 to 85 C.

Star Micronics , 70-D Ethel Rd. W., Piscataway, NJ 08854; FAX (732) 572-5095; www.starmicronics.com .

Ethernet coupler

T he Fieldbus Coupler for Ethernet from this company uses the Modbus on Ethernet protocol for use in industrial applications. The company says that http can be used to access the node, and boot-p can be used for configuration. The product can also be connected to other modules of the company's I/O system, which feature a wide variety of analog, digital, and specialty function inputs and outputs.

Wago Corp. , N120 W19129, Freistadt Rd. Box 1015, Germantown, WI 53022; FAX (262) 255-3232; www.wago.com .


T his company has developed a process for printing thick film circuits directly onto aluminum heatsinks, which it says delivers high thermal conductivity and low operating temperatures for a variety of automotive applications. This is said to eliminate the possibility of the component becoming an ignition source because thermal cutouts provide additional safety in overload situations.

IRC, Inc. , 736 Greenway Rd. Box 1860, Boone, NC 28607-8607; FAX (858) 576-7672; www.irctt.com .

Toggle switches

A new line of surface-mount subminiature toggle switches is now available from this company. The 200B Series switch is made of UL94VO materials with an internal O-ring seal which is said to withstand a wash process. The switches are rated at 0.4 VA maximum at 20V ac or dc and are packaged in tape and reel quantities for use in automatic insertion equipment.

E-Switch , 7153 Northland Dr N, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428; FAX (763) 531-8235; www.e-switch.com .

Multi-pole relay

W ith a peak in-rush current rating of 900 amps at 12V dc, this company's 200-amp specialty relay is designed for use in automotive battery applications. The relay is said to have extremely low contact resistance, and interfaces with an electronic circuit board for antitheft and power saving capabilities. Both the relay and the electronics are integrated in a sealed plastic module at the top of the battery.

Deltrol Controls , 2740 S. 20th St., Milwaukee, WI 53215-3915; FAX (414) 671-6809; www.deltrol.com/controls .

Analog interfacing

A nalog interface modules from this company are said to allow users to achieve complete analog integration with their Quickstep(TM)programming environment. Flexible I/O configuration cables allow combination of thermocouple, 4-20 mA, and plus or minus 10V dc channels. The products are also DIN rail mountable.

Control Technology , 25 South St., Hopkinton, MA 01748; www.ctc-control.com .

Infrared LEDs

T his company's L7559 high-speed, high-power infrared LED array is designed for use in vehicle information systems as well as other spatial light transmission applications. The product features six LED chips in a single package, and is said to deliver radiant intensity as high as 1300 mW/sr, with a typical radiant flux of 60 mW. Typical forward voltage is 4.5V.

Hamamatsu Corp. , 360 Foothill Rd., Box 6910, Bridgewater, NJ 08807; FAX (908) 231-1218; http://usa.hamamatsu.com .

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