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

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, […]

How do you know when an IP69K package is required for a sensor?

To answer this question, you first need to know what an IP69K package is. The  (IEC) developed its IEC 60529 rating system to define different degrees of protection (i.e., ingress protection (IP)) for enclosures. The most recent version is IEC 60529:1989+AMD1:1999+AMD2:2013 CSV, Consolidated version, Degrees of protection provided by enclosures (IP Code). It costs hundreds […]

Flexible Stem Cylinder Head Temperature (CHT) sensor for engine monitoring applications

The Sensor Connection a division of Harold G. Schaevitz Industries LLC, has expanded its line of temperature sensors with the addition of the CHT-FS series Cylinder Head Temperature (CHT) Sensor. Installed under the spark plug or head bolt for monitoring of engine performance and critical over-temperature conditions. The unique flexible stem design allows for installation […]

How fast is that thing going?

The need for speed implies the requirement for speed sensing. Speed sensors provide the input and feedback data to monitor and control motors and other rate sensitive linear and rotary applications. For example, the throughput of automated high-speed production lines depends on many parameters but the line speed is an early indication of expected versus […]

Is it a sensor or a transducer?

The terms sensor and transducer are frequently used interchangeably, however, there are differences. Going strictly by definition, a transducer is a device that translates primarily nonelectrical quantities into electric signals [1]. Instrument engineers limit the definition to a device used for measurement purposes. In this context, transducers can be used for measuring mechanical, thermal acoustic, […]

Posital inclinometers feature dynamic load compensation

Posital has introduced new versions of its Tiltix inclinometers that can provide reliable tilt measurement for moving equipment. These new devices use a combination of electro-mechanical gyroscopes and accelerometers to provide accurate measurements, even if the instruments are subject to strong accelerations. Posital’s Tiltix inclinometers rely on monitoring the effect of gravity on a tiny […]

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How can a sensor help determine the onset of labor?

At CES2017, Molly Dickens from Bloomlife explains how a sensor in the company’s smart pregnancy wearable allows a pregnant woman to automatically track and monitor the timing and duration of contractions. The passive sensor listens to the muscle activity similar to a heart monitor in hospitals. The application demonstrates what can be done with today’s […]

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Replacing linear potentiometers

The Sensor Connection has expanded its sensor product offering by adding a line of ILPS-19 Series Inductive Linear Position Sensors using LVIT Technology; contactless devices designed for factory automation and a variety of industrial or commercial applications such as motor sport vehicles, automotive testing, solar cell positioners, wind turbine prop pitch and brake position, and […]

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SC-100 AC LVDT signal conditioner is calibrated via push of a button

Alliance Sensors Group has expended its line of LVDT/RVDT signal conditioner to include the SC-100 DIN-rail mountable AC-LVDT Signal Conditioner module that offers smart and fast LVDT setup with built-in null indication and simple front panel pushbuttons to set zero and full scale. The SC-100 is engineered to work with the widest range of AC-operated […]

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What does it take to create natural virtual reality imaging?

At CES 2017, Jeremy Miller for HumanEyes Technologies describes how a Vuze 360-degree camera can be used to provide a virtual reality 3-D video. The Vuze has 4 pairs of Full High Definition (FHD), 180 x 120 field of view (FOV) lenses. With the company’s proprietary software, the stereoscopic cameras provide a more natural 4K […]

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