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GlobalSpec: DirectU2 Sensors & Switches
May 8, 2007 - Volume 2 Issue 5
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Industry Trends & Events . . .
Mouse Heads for Extinction

Mouse Heads for Extinction The mouse, commonly used along with the keyboard as an operator interface for computers, has been around a long time. In its 40-year evolutionary period, the computer mouse has passed through a number of mutations, growing extra keys and shedding its cord; but in today's computing environment requiring a fast and efficient user interface, the poor mouse appears rather lame. As the Engineer Online reports, predators in various stages of development are eager to take the mouse's place.

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MTI Instruments Inc.
Get Control!

Get Control! Want to get control of your life? Call Dr. Phil! Want to get control of your lithography tools, atomic force microscopes, metrology equipment, etc? Call MTI! Custom OEM micro-positioning and feedback control sensors featuring nanometer accuracy, resolution, and temperature stability.

Honeywell Sensing and Control
Honeywell Toggle and Rocker Switches

Honeywell Toggle and Rocker Switches

MICRO SWITCH brand toggle and rocker switches from Honeywell Sensing & Control offer a variety of options in visual display techniques, operators, and arrangement of components. Precision basic switches conserve space and weight with good human factor principles. Military-grade, flush, or panel-mount versions; silver/gold contacts are available.

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MTS Sensors
Temposonics® R-Series EtherCAT Sensor Provides High-Speed Position Feedback for Ethernet

R-Series EtherCAT Sensor MTS Sensors' R-Series EtherCAT sensor with industrial Ethernet technology features accuracy to 1 µm, speed to 0.2 mm/s, an update time of 100 µs, and design flexibility using up to five magnets. The EtherCAT is ideal for industrial settings requiring networking for plant automation.

Vishay Transducers
Load Cell Design

Load Cell Design Vishay Transducers have been at the forefront of load cell design for over 30 years. Our products are employed in every conceivable type of weighing and force measuring application throughout the world. Designed for long life, high performance, and low cost of ownership. All Vishay Transducers manufacturing facilities are ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 14000 certified.

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Lost Wavelength Rediscovered

Lost Wavelength Rediscovered

Populated by far-infrared radiation, the terahertz region of the electromagnetic spectrum is now regarded by many scientists as offering scope for exciting new devices and techniques. These include faster wireless communications and deployment in the detection of explosives. ScienceDaily highlights some startling discoveries made by developers in the U.S.

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Nanolevel Force Detectors

Nanolevel Force Detectors Often used in measurement engineering, piezoelectric sensors provide an electrical signal under conditions of varying force. Researchers in the U.S. have taken this idea to the extreme, making tiny devices containing zinc oxide nanowires for use in highly-sensitive force and pressure sensors.

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Crystals Dance in the Limelight

Crystals Dance in the Limelight Scientists are familiar with crystals that change shape under the action of light, but the response is usually slow or unpredictable. Now, Japanese researchers have discovered a type of crystal that exhibits a very fast response when subjected to ultraviolet light. In the video you can see the crystal bending.

Smart Cameras for Machine Vision

Smart Cameras for Machine Vision Quality control in industry can be a tedious business, but increasingly, smart cameras are taking on this role. Gone are the days of backing up cameras with powerful external computers running image processing software. As Machine Design explains, economical self-contained units can be found all along the production line.

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Electro-Sensors, Inc.
Hazard Monitoring System for Machine Health

Hazard Monitoring System for Machine Health The Electro-Guard™ Hazard Monitoring System from Electro-Sensors combines shaft speed, belt alignment, and bearing temperature measurement into a single solution. With simple, straightforward installation and no end-user calibration necessary, components are ready to use right out-of-the-box. Also, Electro-Guard utilizes standard 4-20 mA signals — no proprietary software or "black boxes" required.

EMX Industries, Inc.
Color Detection, Verification, and Matching

Color Detection, Verification, and Matching COLORMAX long range color sensors with up to 16 colors and full RGB spectrum detection. Windows-based analytical and operational software makes setup and calibration easy. Feature rich and robust sensing capabilities coupled with USB, RS232, and analog interfaces gives these sensors a wide application range. For more information.

Detector Electronics Corporation
xWatch Surveillance Camera

xWatch Surveillance Camera The xWatch™ is an explosion-proof video surveillance camera providing high-resolution monitoring of activity in hazardous areas. Combined with a Det-Tronics® X-Series flame detector, the xWatch views the same 90° cone of vision as the detector. The xWatch can also be used as a stand-alone device. Learn more.

Sherborne Sensors Limited
Schaevitz® A710 Series Single Axis Accelerometer

Schaevitz® A710 Series Single Axis Accelerometer

The Sherborne Sensors' range of miniature solid state accelerometers measure vector acceleration with high accuracy and incorporate a micromachined piezo-resistive strain gauge bridge silicon sensor incorporating an air damping feature.

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A Self-Healing House

A Self-Healing House It sounds like a fairy tale, but researchers in the UK are following a different line in designing earthquake-resistant houses. Funded by the European Union, a self-healing house is to be built in Greece. Stresses, vibration, and the auto-repair process itself will be monitored by a network of sensors.

Roadside Sign Knows Your Mind

Roadside Sign Knows Your Mind Advertising signs that change every few seconds are a familiar sight, but a company in the U.S. supplies signs that react to the interests of passing car drivers, and alter their displays accordingly. The technique used is not as far-fetched as one might think.

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Pencil's Secret Revealed

Pencil's Secret Revealed As silicon nanotechnology approaches its size reduction limit for transistors, the question is: What's next? The humble pencil may provide a clue. Some scientists are looking to a layer of graphite just one atom thick as the foundation for next-generation ultra-miniature circuitry.

Magnetic Levitation Aids Planet Seeker

Magnetic Levitation Aids Planet Seeker  The planned Darwin space interferometer, which will look for extra solar planets, comprises a number of orbiting space telescopes. For the extreme sensitivity required, developers at various European institutions have produced a frictionless and contactless magnetic levitation system to control the optical mirrors used in these telescopes.

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Contrinex Inc.
New Series 0507 Miniature Rectangular Sensors

New Series 0507 Miniature Rectangular Sensors Miniature rectangular sensors are 5 x 7 mm with a housing length of 40 mm. They project a < 4 mm diameter cylindrical light beam that detects objects through holes and gaps, as well as closely lined-up or laterally approaching objects whose distance from the sensor cannot be kept constant. Learn more.

AI-TEK Instruments, LLC
Speed Sensors

Speed Sensors AI-TEK manufactures hundreds of different speed sensors. The catalog listed units were developed based on years of sensor design experience and knowledge to solve your speed sensing needs. If you can't find a sensor in our catalog, we are ready to design special sensors to meet your specific requirements.

EAO Switch Corporation
Emergency-Stop Switches for Every Application

Emergency-Stop Switches for Every Application EAO Emergency-Stop switches are foolproof to EN 418 standards and protected up to IP65. They are available with slow-make switching elements and twist- or key-release options for your machinery, medical, lifting/moving, and transportation designs. Visit our online catalog for complete specifications.

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Newark InOne
Sensors and Switches, Electromechanical, IC's, and more

Sensors and Switches, Electromechanical, IC's and more Electromechanical sensors and switches, IC's, optoelectronic, and more. Newark InOne is the source for electronic parts and components. Try their world-class search engine and see how much they have to offer. With 425+ manufacturers — Newark InOne will always have what you need when you need it.

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Careers . . .
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A Better Job Search by Design

A Better Job Search by Design offers thousands of quality engineering jobs at top technology and engineering companies. Find jobs in your area of expertise. Search now.

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Clue up on Performance, Reliability

Clue up on Performance, ReliabilityFactors such as product throughput, repair and maintenance costs, and safety often depend in turn on the performance and reliability of plant monitoring equipment, including the sensors employed. The ISA runs two-day courses for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of process instrumentation.

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Military to Get Luke's Binos

Military to Get Luke's Binos
We are accustomed to the media referring to Star Wars when reporting on futuristic technology. Following this line of thought, the U.S. military are planning on developing binoculars similar to those used by Luke Skywalker, the Star Wars hero. Perhaps the lightsaber will be next! This report comes from Wired's Blog Network.

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