How do you accelerate an energy harvesting design?

One of the more common techniques for accelerating designs and avoiding unexpected design problems involves software tools. For energy harvesting (EH) applications, Mentor Graphics on-line modeling and simulation platform called SystemVision, a cloud-based design system, provides component/system suppliers and users the basis for a new EH design tool. Since many designers are intrigued by the […]

How do you calculate flow from a pressure measurement?

A variety of techniques are used to measure flow, including: the Coriolis Effect, mass air flow, vortex, magnetic, thermal, ultrasonic, turbine and positive displacement meters as well as pressure sensors. With the high volume, low cost and reliability of microelectromechanical system (MEMS) pressure sensors, these products are a frequent choice for measuring both liquid and […]

RIGOL Announces new Custom Chipset and Oscilloscope Architecture

Today RIGOL Technologies continues its 19 year history of Test and Measurement innovation with the announcement of its new Phoenix Oscilloscope chipset and the Ultravision II oscilloscope architecture.  These technology innovations, years in development, will help transform the RIGOL portfolio allowing RIGOL to address the needs of higher performance applications.   There are three chips

Extensometer for industrial, EN15000 and EN280 compliant off-highway vehicles

The VPG Transducers brand of Vishay Precision Group Inc. announced the global market introduction of its Model 182 extensometer, a specialty high-performance strain gage-based force sensor, expressly designed for industrial, EN15000 and EN280 compliant off-highway vehicle and equipment safety applications. The Model 182 extensometer accurately measures deformation, or changes in the length of a solid […]

New triaxial ICP case isolated accelerometers

PCB’s two new triaxial ICP accelerometer models 354A04 and 354A05 are case isolated to help ensure measurement accuracy in the presence of electrical noise sources such as EMI and ground loops. These accelerometers are rugged, with durable, titanium housings. The case isolated design eliminates the need for special isolation bases, coatings and insulated mounting screws. […]

How can you detect a wrong way driver?

In broad daylight and with several oncoming vehicles, the Do Not Enter and Wrong Way signs seem like they are unnecessary. However, late at night with no oncoming traffic and especially with an impaired driver, the Wrong Way sign is not enough to stop a wrong way driver (WWD). It turns out that in the […]

Miniature LVDT sensors provide accurate position/path measurements in tight spaces

The new Inelta ILAT Series Miniature LVDT Sensors provide precision measurements of position and path in the range of single-digit millimeters.  The sensors of this series are available in Models ILAT 2, ILAT4 and ILAT10 for the exact measurements of ±1 mm, ±2 mm or ±5 mm traveling distances. Owing to their tiny dimensions with […]

The S1A Alliance Sensors Group’s Most Advanced AC-LVDT Signal Conditioner

H.G. Schaevitz LLC dba Alliance Sensors Group introduces the S1A AC-LVDT Signal Conditioner that offers smart and fast LVDT setup with built-in null indication and simple front panel pushbuttons to set zero and full scale.  Engineered to work with the widest range of AC-LVDTs, RVDTs and inductive half-bridge sensors including 3-wire GE LVRTs and GE gas […]

New Diaphragm-Operated Pressure Switches For Tough Environments

For operation in tough environments, Sigma-Netics Inc. has added two diaphragm-operated options to its portfolio of ruggedized pressure switches. Similar products were only previously available in piston-based operations. The new 745 and 785 series of pressure switches are designed for low-pressure, high-sensitivity applications, including off-road or industrial OEM equipment, train braking systems, compactors, compressors and

Alliance Sensors Group’s LVIT Linear Position Product Line Expands into Additional Markets

Alliance Sensors Group a div of H.G. Schaevitz LLC linear position product-line of LVITs (Linear Variable Inductive Transducer) has broadened to include three series, each targeting different applications. LVITs are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty industrial or commercial applications such as solar cell positioners, wind turbine prop pitch […]

LVIT linear position product line expands into new markets

Alliance Sensors Group’s linear position product-line of LVITs (Linear Variable Inductive Transducer) has broadened to include three series, each targeting different applications. LVITs are contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of heavy duty industrial or commercial applications such as solar cell positioners, wind turbine prop pitch and brakes, chute or gate positioners […]

Fiber-Optic Temperature Measurement Covers -200° to +300°C, Includes USB, RS232 and SPI Interfaces

Debuting at Sensors Expo (June 28-29, 2017), Micronor and Optocon AG have collaborated to create the FOTEMP1-OEM-MNT; a low cost, small form factor, single channel signal conditioner that seamlessly integrates Fiber Optic Temperature Sensing into any industrial control system, medical instrumentation or other OEM design. The compact FOTEMP1-OEM-MNT controller works with all TS series fiber optic temperature sensors, a […]

Precision Digital MEMS Inclinometer Designed for Industrial Use

Introducing the JDI-100/200 inclinometer series, the latest addition to Jewell Instruments’ MEMS sensor line. Made in-house, this ruggedized inclinometer includes digital output and full temperature compensation across all measuring ranges which enables the unit to perform to 0.005° accuracy. The JDI-100/200 series utilizes MEMS technology to measure tilt in either single (JDI-100) or dual-axis (JDI-200). ±1°, […]

Media Isolated, Stainless Steel

All Sensors Corporation of Morgan Hill, California has announced a brand new offering of stainless steel, media isolated pressure sensors: the SPM 402 Series. This new pressure sensor series offers excellent performance in various applications, including mid to high pressure and smaller solutions. Media isolated sensors are designed to operate in hostile environments yet provide […]

New Two-Sensor ICP blast pencil probe

PCB’s new quartz, free-field, ICP blast pressure pencil probe is a two-sensor pencil blast probe that provides time of arrival and the pressure time wave form for total impulse measurement, all in a single sensor. The Model 137B25 pencil probe is the first of its kind and features an extremely fast micro-second response time, with […]

High-performance MEMS capacitive accelerometers feature improved temperature performance, scale factor and bias temperature shifts

Silicon Designs Inc. has announced the global market introduction of six new series of low-cost, high-performance MEMS capacitive accelerometers, in both traditional and smaller footprints. These include the single axis Model 2220 or triaxial Model 2470, featuring aluminum housings and a standard 1 meter integral cable; the single axis Model 2240 or triaxial Model 2480, featuring […]

AutomationDirect adds wide area sensors

AutomationDirect has expanded its sensors offering to include wide area sensors for object detection. The new area sensors from Micro Detectors (MD) are multi-beam, through-beam sensors with emitter and receiver elements used for detecting the presence of any object by sensing the light beam intensity returning from the receiver. The area sensors have an IEC […]

Precision magnetic encoders now available with CANopen interface

POSITAL’s IXARC high-precision magnetic absolute rotary encoders are now available with CANopen interfaces. These new interface option is in addition to the previously announced SSI, EtherNet/IP, EtherCat, Powerlink, Profbus DP and Profinet interfaces. Together, this range of interface choices makes the rugged and compact IXARC encoders one of the most versatile devices of its type […]

How does analog to digital conversion impact sensor accuracy?

When an analog sensors’ output is converted to a digital output with an analog to digital converter (ADC), conversion resolution, conversion accuracy, conversion speed or bandwidth, inherent system noise levels, and power consumption are all ADC tradeoffs. Errors due to temperature, supply voltage, linearity, quantizing, and other factors may reduce the accuracy of an ADC […]

What are common ways to protect a sensor from harmful exposure?

For a sensor, the amount of harmful exposure it receives from the environment and harmful constituents in the measuring process depends on what is being sensed and the environment itself. Different packaging is required to cope with and survive the specific situation. Two major considerations for protection are at the sensing element/transducer level or at […]

New Diaphragm-Operated Pressure Switches For Tough Environments

For operation in tough environments, Sigma-Netics Inc. has added two diaphragm-operated options to its portfolio of ruggedized pressure switches. Similar products were only previously available in piston-based operations. The new 745 and 785 series of pressure switches are designed for low-pressure, high-sensitivity applications, including off-road or industrial OEM equipment, train braking systems, compactors, compressors and […]

Kaman Measuring announces KD-5100 differential measurement system

The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products Inc. announces the availability of its KD-5100 differential measurement system, which provides resolution to a nanometer of positional change. With its proven stable design, extremely small size, and low power consumption, the KD-5100 is ideal for night vision systems, precision telescope positioning, fast steering mirrors (FSM) for space-based […]

PCB Piezotronics supplies accelerometers for GOES-R weather satellites

PCB Piezotronics has supplied Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company with accelerometers for use on NOAA’s GOES-16 weather satellite. GOES-16 is the first of four Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) next-generation weather satellites. The advanced spacecraft and instrument technology used on the GOES-R series will result in more timely and accurate forecasts and warnings. It will improve […]

SS-7 Series LVIT Inductive Linear Sensors for High Pressure, Subsea Hydraulic Cylinders Position Feedback

Alliance Sensors Group is pleased to announce the introduction of the SS-7 series LVIT (Linear Variable Inductive Transducer) designed for subsea environments and the demands of Oil and Gas Exploration. Ruggedness, ease installation and the ability simply set the end points in the field lowers the cost of ownership is dramatically reduced without sacrificing accuracy […]

Photoelectric Sensors with PointSpot Beam

Carlo Gavazzi is pleased to announce the new PD30CN Series Photoelectric Sensors with PointSpot Beam. The visible red light narrow beam makes detection more accurate and allows detection of smaller objects, if compared to standard sensors, but larger than those a laser can detect.  When compared to laser sensors, the PointSpot beam is not only more economical, […]