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GlobalSpec: DirectU2 Specs & Techs e-Newsletter
July 1, 2008 - Volume 8 Issue 27A
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New Extrusion Enclosure with a Slant
New Extrusion Enclosure with a Slant
Rose+Bopla Enclosures

Alu-Topline is a stylish new desktop enclosure with lots of innovative features. Alu-Topline can also be wall-mounted for use in data recording and processing applications.

This new extrusion-based enclosure is available in two heights and five standard lengths. The split profile design ensures fast and easy assembly of electronics, and a recessed area on the top side is ideal for mounting membrane keypads. Enclosure profiles are made of anodized aluminum, finished off with two ABS endcaps. Ergonomic handle elements are integrated into the endcap design for easy handling. Rose+Bopla also offers custom sizing for Alu-Topline.

Test and Measurement Accessories
Test and Measurement Accessories
Multi-Contact USA

Multi-Contact's test and measurement products include a complete line of touch-proof, insulated test accessories, high-frequency safety accessories, and a wide range of highly-flexible test lead wires.

Whether for testing, measuring, or diagnosis of components and systems, Multi-Contact's innovative test accessories offer unmatched performance, dependability, and repeatability that meet and exceed today's stringent safety requirements.

One Facepiece, Countless Possibilities — MSA's Advantage 4000
One Facepiece, Countless Possibilities — MSA's Advantage 4000
Mine Safety Appliances Company/MSA

The new MSA Advantage 4000 Facepiece combines many new features not previously offered in a single respirator facepiece platform. This NIOSH-approved industrial full facepiece from MSA is versatile, comfortable, affordable, and adapts to a wide range of respiratory applications. Benefits include:

  • Simplified fit tests
  • Cost-savings
  • Reduced inventory

Simply choose the adapter and components that best fit your needs and easily lock them into place. Available in single-port and twin-port models, this remarkable facepiece works with air-purifying respirators, supplied-air respirators, and powered air-purifying respirators. Both silicone and Hycar facepieces are offered.

Find out more here.

The Next Generation of Dimensional Measurement has Arrived!
The Next Generation of Dimensional Measurement has Arrived!
FARO Technologies, Inc.

True to our commitment of making our customers' products and processes the best in the world, FARO delivers its most advanced portable CMM ever — the Quantum FaroArm.

The Quantum is the first 8 ft arm with proven repeatability up to .0007 in. (.018 mm); a fifth the width of a human hair!

With a combination of features not found with any other device, the Quantum FaroArm eclipses competitive models in every category and gives manufacturers confidence in their ability to bring top-quality parts and products to market more quickly.

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Switch-Mode Power Supplies Demystified
Switch-Mode Power Supplies Demystified

In a recent Power Electronics Technology follow-up article, Daniel Wagner and Roger Kenyon give a primer on switch-mode power supplies (SMPS) for beginners with emphasis on aspects of device efficiency. The first article in the series focused on the inefficiencies incurred by the MOSFET and the diode of the generic SMPS. This second article first discusses the losses introduced by the capacitors and the inductor in the SMPS circuit, as well as popular features of high-efficiency SMPS integrated circuits (ICs). Later it provides a review of SMPS IC tradeoffs, and discusses how to go about maximizing SMPS potential.

The preceeding was featured in a recent DirectU2 The world of Electronic Product Design — add this publication to your GlobalSpec e-newsletter subsriptions.

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When Polycarbonate Isn't Enough
When Polycarbonate Isn't Enough
Solvay Advanced Polymers, LLC

Udel® polysulfone is a transparent polymer with higher heat resistance, more toughness, and better hydrolytic stability than polycarbonate. Near water-white P-1700 HC offers exceptional clarity and maintains its properties when exposed to steam and oxidizing agents. For higher temperatures or broader chemical resistance, consider Radel® R polyphenylsulfone. This super-tough, transparent plastic has an HDT of 207° C (405° F) and can withstand over 1,000 steam sterilization cycles without any significant loss of properties. Discover more here.

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Selection Factors for Industrial Embedded PCs

"All embedded PCs are not created equal. Each has been designed for a specific application. And just because a manufacturer adds a bullet on their data sheet stating that the product can be used for industrial applications, does not mean that it is necessarily so. Selecting a standard, off-the-shelf board from the wide variety of products on the market requires forethought and screening to match your application requirements." Read the article in its entirety.

This article is provided by WinSystems, Inc.

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Bluetooth-Serial Adapter to Replace RS-232 Cable
Bluetooth-Serial Adapter to Replace RS-232 Cable
Sena Technologies

The Parani-SD is a Bluetooth-Serial adapter designed to replace RS-232 serial cables with wireless connectivity with advanced options such as: Bluetooth 1.2 Protocol Stack that includes Adaptive Frequency-Hopping spread spectrum (AFH) to minimize interference; software-free configuration support via an external dip-switch; and pairing button for instant configuration.

This Smart Card Reader is Pure Genius
This Smart Card Reader is Pure Genius
General Digital Corporation

Developed for the military's Common Access Card (CAC) Program, General Digital's™ popular flip-up LCD monitor/keyboard, the SlimLine Lite II™, can be configured with a USB-powered Smart Card Reader. The ActivIdentity® reader has a minimal weight and power impact. Improves efficiency and workflow. Call or visit our Web site to learn more.

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Powerware BladeUPS Maintenance Bypass Cabinet
Powerware BladeUPS Maintenance Bypass Cabinet
Eaton | Powerware

Eaton combines step-down transformation, power distribution, and maintenance bypass into a single cabinet — the perfect complement to a 60 kVA Powerware BladeUPS system. More info...

FM6124 — First Event Data Recorder (EDR) with F-RAM Memory
FM6124 — First Event Data Recorder (EDR) with F-RAM Memory
Ramtron International Corporation

Event Data Recorder stores state changes in F-RAM and alerts system to the changes. Features include 24 KB F-RAM (event/user data), I2C interface, 12 digital inputs, and RTC time stamps events. More info...

High-Performance Materials
High-Performance Materials
Saint-Gobain

The High-Performance Materials sector of Saint-Gobain is composed of seven activities: abrasives; ceramics; crystals; grains and powders; performance plastics; reinforcements and composites; and textile solutions. More info...

Switches Survive 10 Years in Prison Cells
Switches Survive 10 Years in Prison Cells
BaranTec

A prison cell is no place for a wimpy switch. The EVERSWITCH is proven tamper-proof, incredibly durable, and is installed nationally in correctional facilities. We guaranty our products for five years. More info...

Precision Parts from an ISO Certified Partner
Precision Parts from an ISO Certified Partner
Preferred Tool And Die, Inc.

Stamped/formed components, multi-axis CNC machining, Swiss Type Turning — we are a proven, reliable ISO certified partner supplying specialized components to medical, aerospace, scientific, and high-tech companies for 40+ years. More info...

ColorMax View™ for Translucent Color Management
ColorMax View™ for Translucent Color Management
EMX Industries, Inc.

The ColorMax View™ was specifically developed for high-speed, on-line color verification of translucent packaging containers used in pharmaceutical, food, beverage, personal care, and other industries. More info...

Larox DS Series is Totally Enclosed
Larox DS Series is Totally Enclosed
Larox Corporation

The Larox DS Series incorporates a unique double-sided PP filter plate design in a totally enclosed housing that can handle the most difficult filtration processes automatically. More info...

Roto-Max — Ergonomic Work Positioner
Roto-Max — Ergonomic Work Positioner
Lift Products, Inc.

The Roto-Max electric hydraulic work positioner places the load at the operator to determine where he or she would like the work load positioned. Three different models are available. More info...

Challenge of the Month. . .
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Two cylinders of different cross-sections are connected through the bottom by a thin pipe, and are filled with gas at a constant temperature. The system in place is a vacuum. Each cylinder is covered by a movable piston. The smallest piston has a mass of 2 kg; the other a mass of 4 kg. Initially the pistons are at the same height (0.6 m). If a load is added to the smallest piston that will double its mass, what will the difference in the height of the two pistons be?

Answer / Discuss

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Bearing Isolators...
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...are dynamic seals designed to protect bearings from outside contaminants; they are comprised of a rotor (rotating) and stator (stationary) member.

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Carrier Cards and Carrier Boards...
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...are slotted so that other modules can be plugged into them.


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Lifts...
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...are used to raise and lower material, personnel, vehicles, and workpieces for loading and working positioning.

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Loading Arms...
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...are used to load liquids into tanks, trucks, railcars, and other vehicles, and are commonly used in fueling and fluid transfer applications.

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