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Insertion and sealing of cables in harsh manufacturing environments
Cables & Terminations : 17 July, 2016
KADP cable entry system offers a simpler and faster assembly for inserting and sealing cables for enclosures, machines and junction boxes.
 
Power resistor manufacturer releases white paper on load bank testing
Resistors : 19 January, 2016
Power resistor manufacturer, Cressall Resistors has released a white paper highlighting the need for load bank testing in manufacturing facilities.
 
High density AC-to-DC front-end modules with isolation and power factor correction
Transformers : 05 January, 2016
Vicor has announced an addition to its new family of high density PFM AC-DC front-end modules in the rugged VIA package that offers superior cooling performance and versatility in converter mounting. The new units are ideally suited for use in a broad range of industrial, process control, telecommunications, office equipment, test and measurement, LED lighting and other "off-line’ applications.
 
DIN rail thyristor controllers for HVAC
Power Supplies : 05 January, 2016
The newly extended range of DIN rail mounted thyristor controllers from Power Products International are designed for controlling heater batteries and air duct heaters in HVAC systems, as well as other commercial and industrial resistive load applications such as electric furnaces.
 
Ex HS 98 position switches with analogue output for Ex zones 1 and 21
Switches and Thyristors : 05 January, 2016
The Ex HS 98 position switch, which the Steute business division "Extreme" has demonstrated at the SPS IPC Drives, sets itself apart from all other Ex position switches in the Steute range: instead of using conventional "on/off" technology, it emits an analogue signal which corresponds to the position of the actuator or plunger, detected by an integrated Hall sensor.
 
Radiating cables for industrial communication
Cables & Terminations : 23 August, 2015
Keith Blodorn of ProSoft Technology explains the philosophy behind a cable that acts like an antenna.
 
Cathodic protection fights the battle with rust
Power Supplies : 23 August, 2015
Steve Hughes of power quality expert REO UK explains how the battle with rust can be overcome using cathodic protection systems. The Reotron SMP-CP is a robust transformer rectifier power supply range specifically designed for cathodic protection applications.
 
Circuit breaker boards protects up to four loads per channel
Fuses & Contact Breakers : 17 April, 2015
New multi-channel device circuit breaker boards from Phoenix Contact are available with 4, 8, and 12 channels. The boards are very versatile as they can be fitted individually with thermomagnetic or electronic circuit breakers. They are particularly suitable for machine building and control and process technology.
 
IP65 version added to ergonomic handheld enclosure family
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 17 April, 2015
The new 1553W IP65 sealed version of the stylish, ergonomically designed 1553 handheld enclosure family from Hammond Electronics is intended for housing any electronics that will be used in environments where dust and water is likely to be present.
 
Energy-saving lights for hazardous areas
Lamps & Lighting : 12 March, 2015
R. Stahl is offering compact LED-based tubular light fittings for use in Ex zones 1/21 and 2/22 that provide users with an alternative to typical linear luminaires.
 
Expanded range of solid state relays for the food industry
Switches and Thyristors : 28 December, 2014
Distributor of switching components Switchtec has been appointed as sole distributor for specialist solid state relays (SSRs) manufacturer Kudom Electronics. The agreement covers the whole of the UK and is with immediate effect. The Kudom range greatly expands Switchtec’s current SSR offering, particularly in the food industry, for which they are particularly well suited.
 
Power supply power factor correction controller patent
Power Supplies : 28 December, 2014
TDK-Lambda UK’s power supply Power Factor Correction (PFC) controller patent application has been approved by the UK Intellectual Property Office.
 
VdS approval for rugged metal enclosure fire system horn sounders
Sirens & Annunciators : 28 December, 2014
E2S Warning Signals has gained VdS approval and CPR compliance to directive 305/2011/EU for its AlertAlarm D112 alarm horn sounder by testing to EN54-3. It combines the field-proven electronics of its AlertAlarm A Series with a robust, corrosion resistant marine grade LM6 aluminium alloy enclosure, giving greater mechanical and UV protection.
 
Pre-insertion resistor for high voltage direct current (HVDC)
Resistors : 29 November, 2014
UK based power resistor manufacturer, Cressall has developed a pre-insertion resistor (PIR) for use in high voltage direct current (HVDC) applications. The resistor stands at over 10m tall and has been tested to ensure it can withstand the mechanical and thermal stresses of 48MJ of energy that it is exposed to at switch on.
 
Using algorithmic security to combat counterfeit batteries
Batteries : 09 November, 2014
Battery counterfeiting is increasingly becoming a global problem. The ubiquity of portable devices, from everyday electronics, such as smartphones and digital cameras, to more specialised equipment such as medical, industrial and security apparatus, has resulted in the growth of this copycat market. Improvements in global logistics have made these batteries readily available at the click of a button. Here, Tom Bush, electronics engineer at Accutronics, explores the world of counterfeits and looks at algorithmic security, a new method being used to fight the fakes.
 
Lancement d'un nouveau modle de 700 W intgrant la famille de modules de puissance AC/DC
Power Supplies : 21 September, 2014
TDK Corporation ajoute un nouveau modèle de 700 W à la gamme de modules de puissance AC/DC "full-brick" PFE-SA de TDK-Lambda.
 
Major investment in CAM extends modification capability and speeds production
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 10 August, 2014
Verotec, the metal enclosure and subrack manufacturer for the electronics industry, has invested in excess of £120k to create an automated aluminium CAM machining centre in its Southampton, UK production facility.
 
Supercapacitors can destroy the lithium-ion battery market
Batteries : 22 July, 2014
As tracked by market research company IDTechEx and further explained in a recently updated report, supercapacitors are improving faster than lithium-ion batteries in most respects. A gradual increase in the supercapacitor component and decrease of the battery component is in prospect.
 
Cable entry systems for potentially explosive atmospheres
Cables & Terminations : 16 June, 2014
Selected products from the Icotek cable entry systems available from M Buttkereit have been certified to comply with the EU Directive 94/9/EC (ATEX), for equipment intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres of zones 1 and 21.
 
Flexible microwave cable assemblies without limitations of semi-rigid assemblies
Cables & Terminations : 16 June, 2014
Molex Incorporated is launching its Flexible Microwave Cable Assemblies designed to replace stiff, semi-rigid assemblies with a combination of Temp-Flex coaxial cables and high-performance radio frequency (RF) connectors. They offer excellent electrical properties, and are assembled using a proprietary technique that minimises Voltage Standing Wave Ratio and insertion loss for a complete end-to-end interconnect solution.
 
Test clip makes tapping busbars quick and safe
Busbars : 29 May, 2014
Tapping busbars can be carried out quickly and safely with the new flat test clip from Multi-Contact. The Grip-FMA has a Multilam in each jaw, ensuring low contact resistance even on busbars that are lacquered on one side.
 
M23 hybrid plug-in connectors for signal, data, and power transfer
Plugs, Sockets and Connectors : 08 May, 2014
The new M23 Hybrid round plug-in connector from Phoenix Contact is an all-in-one connector that securely transfers signals, data, and power. The compact M23 plug-in connector can handle currents up to 30A and voltages up to 850VDC or 630VAC.
 
Enhanced control and monitoring for moulded case circuit breakers
Fuses & Contact Breakers : 08 May, 2014
Eaton is offering an easy-to-use software package that provides enhanced control and monitoring facilities for moulded case circuit breakers (MCCBs) with electronic trip units in the company’s NZM2, NZM3 and NZM4 ranges. The NZM-XPC-Soft software makes it easy to check the breaker trip settings, which is an important aid to achieving selectivity, and also provides access to trip history information, which facilitates fault diagnosis.
 
LED flexible strip supplied with pre-cut and re-soldering points at marked intervals
Lamps & Lighting : 08 May, 2014
Embedded on 8mm or 10mm wide flexible tape with a self-adhesive backing and with an extremely low profile, Greenstock Lamps' high brightness LEDs are designed for a wide range of applications such as architectural lighting, sign lighting, and perimeter lighting.
 
Piezoelectric switches, keypads and access controls have no moving parts
Switches and Thyristors : 08 May, 2014
CamdenBoss has added a series of switches, keypads and access control products featuring piezoelectric technology to its product range. With no moving parts, piezo switches have a long operating life of 50 million operations and are highly resistant to environmental factors (IP68 sealed) as well as being robust and resistant to vandalism.
 
Everything you need to know about industrial climate control
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 15 April, 2014
Rittal has produced a second guide book, ′Enclosure and process cooling’. This publication from the Rittal Technology Library provides information on a variety of topics, including the basic principles of climate control, energy saving opportunities and project planning, installation and operation - even for more complex applications.
 
LED lighting panels last for ten years and save energy
Lamps & Lighting : 23 March, 2014
High performance LED lighting panels are the latest addition to the Greenstock range and can reportedly provide 40% energy savings over their 10 year lifetime.
 
Rugged protected uninterruptible power supplies for crictical national infrastructure
Power Supplies : 22 March, 2014
Harland Simon UPS is unveiling its latest range of rugged uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems – Harland ProtectUPS- at this year’s Counter Terror Expo.
 
AC power supply unit (PSU) with wide input voltage range
Power Supplies : 21 March, 2014
Following collaboration with major board manufacturers, system customers and PSU manufacturers, Pentair has created a 'quasi' standard for pluggable Schroff CompactPCI Serial PSUs and developed a first AC PSU with a wide input voltage range. The PICMG has defined the power supply arrangements for CompactPCI Serial as 12V main voltage plus 5V standby voltage.
 
Low voltage single output power supplies with ten-year life
Power Supplies : 28 February, 2014
TDK Corporation announces the addition of 12V and 15V models to its TDK-Lambda ZWS300BAF series of single output power supplies and with active power factor correction (PFC) included. Operating from a universal input of 85 to 265VAC, the ZWS300BAF features a 10-year E-cap lifetime for reliability in the field. Typical applications include those found in industrial equipment and front-end equipment for broadcast and communications, as well as test and measurement.
 
Cases for small and non-standard PCBs
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 28 February, 2014
With its new Schroff Interscale M range of cases, Pentair is going beyond the 19in industry standard to include cases for small and non-standardized PCBs.
 
High voltage adapter attaches test leads to hex socket screws
Plugs, Sockets and Connectors : 22 February, 2014
Test leads can be quickly and safely attached to hex socket screws using the new Variogrip adapters from Multi-Contact. The adapters have a split hexagonal tip that expands on turning a knob at the rear so that it is firmly held inside the socket.
 
Smart thyristor raises alarm in the event of critical fault condition
Switches and Thyristors : 22 February, 2014
CD Automation UK has announced a further enhancement of its smart thyristor range. The new REVO HP continuously monitors itself, raising an alarm in the event of critical fault conditions. The new product will find a home in high power applications such as industrial heat treatment, power stations and marine work, and in the oil and gas sectors, particularly off-shore oil platforms.
 
Metal on glass capacitive touch switches easy to customise
Switches and Thyristors : 14 February, 2014
Launched at Southern Manufacturing 2014, Noritake Itron has introduced custom designed metallised touch switches, whereby customers can create their own unique patterns. They feature a high-gloss metallic finish which is hard wearing and will not degrade due to humidity or temperature extremes.
 
Cord retaining system for IEC C8 appliance inlets
Cables & Terminations : 05 February, 2014
Schurter has expanded its range of cord retaining systems to include a new clip retaining device for IEC C8 inlets and mating cord sets.
 
LED downlights available in four lumen output versions
Lamps & Lighting : 05 February, 2014
Power management company Eaton Cooper Lighting and Safety has launched the Solstar LED, a new high performance range of LED downlights available in four lumen output versions, all backed up by a three-hour maintained emergency capability.
 
Ethernet components now with ABB Industrial IT certification
Switches and Thyristors : 27 January, 2014
Switches and security routers from the current Phoenix Contact product range are now certified by ABB as "Industrial IT Enabled.’ Unlimited compatibility with the ABB Industrial 800xA automation architecture was proven through comprehensive tests.
 
Recessed luminaire with the latest fluorescent technology
Lamps & Lighting : 18 January, 2014
Eaton’s Cooper Lighting and Safety business has launched the new and versatile recessed luminaire, Combiform Ultra, which brings together efficient performance, contemporary aesthetics and the latest T5 fluorescent technology.
 
Integrated cylinder lock for circuit breaker
Switches and Thyristors : 18 January, 2014
Eaton is now offering its NZM circuit breakers with a safe key cylinder lock which is integrated directly into the attached rotary drive mechanism. The new safety lock enables the mechanical interlocking of two NZM breakers, whereby only the circuit breaker with the inserted key can be switched on. With the addition of the safe key users can now lock NZM circuit breakers and switch disconnectors in the "OFF’ position quickly and easily, ensuring that switches are protected against accidentally being switched on.
 
Gigabit cabling components for Profinet applications
Cables & Terminations : 18 January, 2014
Harting has introduced a range of Gigabit cabling components designed to extend the scope of industrial Profinet applications into the Gigabit Ethernet range.
 
Rugged connector range resists vibration and hydrocarbons
Electrical Conductors : 10 January, 2014
Providing a reliable connection in environments subject to severe shock and vibration, the new TBC plug connectors from Multi-Contact are suitable for both mobile and stationary applications.
 
Enclosures for smaller form factors
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 02 December, 2013
With the current launch of its Interscale case platform, Pentair is offering enclosures for custom, smaller form factors, thereby responding to trends such as miniaturization and individualisation. The Schroff Interscale M case platform in metal is designed for applications ranging from fanless fieldbus enclosures, single-board computers or ARM modules, to mobile diagnosis or therapeutic equipment for medical systems, PC-based point-of-sale (POS) systems, video monitoring for building services or peripheral industrial control units.
 
Pre-qualified batteries speed up medical device design
Batteries : 24 November, 2013
Battery manufacturer Accutronics has launched a range of pre-qualified and pre-tested batteries. The new range, named VR420, meet all necessary transport, safety and performance needs and are particularly ideal for medical devices and industrial electronics.
 
BEAMA: mixed reaction to Building Regulations Part L guidance documents
Site Electrics : 24 November, 2013
BEAMA has given a mixed reaction to the overdue release of the Building Regulations Part L guidance documents. Although frustrated at the delay and lack of ambition of the regulations, industry can now progress with a clearer plan towards April 2014 and beyond.
 
LED power supplies have switch-selectable output current levels
Lamps & Lighting : 24 November, 2013
Sunpower has introduced a series of flexible constant current output LED power supplies for intelligent LED lighting control.
 
Switch manufacturer makes major investment in UK manufacturing
Switches and Thyristors : 10 November, 2013
Eaton is to invest over £3.8 million at its Worksop UK site where rotary cam switches and switch disconnectors are produced. The investment has significantly increased the capacity of the plant.
 
Enclosures protect electrical connections from the elements
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 10 November, 2013
GreenBrook Electrical had added to its extensive Weatherproof range with the launch of the new KingShield DriBox. GreenBrook provides the DriBox in two sizes, giving greater choice and allowing for larger sockets, timers and transformers to be used.
 
Enclosure heating can be as important as cooling
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 24 October, 2013
Enclosure heaters can prevent the temperature of delicate electronic equipment from falling to a level at which condensation occurs and is arguably as important as providing cooling during warmer periods.
 
Pre-terminated copper cabling for data centre managers
Cables & Terminations : 16 October, 2013
Pre-terminated cassette-based Sigma-Link copper cabling system from TE Connectivity (TE) has been upgraded to be compatible with the company’s Quick-Fit profile, making it compatible with TE’s Universal Connectivity Platform (UCP). As a result, Sigma-Link Quick-Fit housings can now be 'mixed and matched' with other copper or fibre connectivity in the same rack – and even in the same patch panel – providing designers and managers with more flexibility for future upgrades and reconfigurations.
 
Three-phase models added to high efficiency UPS range
Power Supplies : 10 October, 2013
Eaton has added three-phase models to its 9PX range of Uninterruptible Power Supplies. The new models are an ideal where a three-phase power source is conveniently available and energy efficiency is a prime requirement.
 
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