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Standalone, solar-powered lighting column for remote locations
Lamps & Lighting : 10 October, 2013
Kaal Masten presents the Spirit: claimng it to be the world’s first solar-powered lighting column that does not use mains power. It is available in a complete series (up to 18m). As a result, a complete range of stand-alone lighting columns that can provide top quality lighting is available. This column has taken about three years to develop and the first Spirits will soon be installed at the TU/e in Eindhoven.
 
Fire-rated LED downlights cut energy and maintenance costs
Lamps & Lighting : 05 October, 2013
Power management company Eaton has announced that its Cooper Lighting and Safety business has launched the Solstar FR. The new fire-rated, Light-Emitting Diode (LED) downlight enables users to save up to 70 percent on energy and maintenance costs when compared to MR16 tungsten halogen models.
 
Power-quality monitoring identifies incoming power irregularities
Power Supplies : 05 October, 2013
Irregularities in incoming power can negatively impact discrete and process applications’ electronic components and the bottom line. Rockwell Automation has expanded its Allen‑Bradley power quality portfolio to include the i-Sense monitoring solution, i-Grid service and DySC dynamic sag corrector.
 
Award-winning power management software fully compatible with VMware ESXi 5.5 and vCenter 5.5
Software : 23 September, 2013
Eaton is using VMworld 2013 in Barcelona to showcase a new version of its Intelligent Power Manager (IPM) software, the current version of which won the "Best of VMworld 2013’ Gold Award in the Virtualization Management category and Best of Show at VMworld in San Francisco, which was held in August.
 
Ruggedised cabinet tested to MIL-STD-901D for marine use
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 23 September, 2013
Pentair has developed a ruggedised version of its Schroff Varistar cabinet platform with enhanced vibration resistance to protect sensitive electronic systems in demanding operating conditions encountered during operation at sea. Suitable for use on frigates, aircraft carriers and submarines, the Varistar cabinet has been independently tested in accordance to the MIL-STD-901D standard, which confirms its robustness and stability under extreme shock.
 
Polymicro silica core optical fibre improved for deep UV applications
Cables & Terminations : 18 September, 2013
Polymicro Technologies, a subsidiary of Molex, has announced improvements to its FDP optical fibre. The latest enhancements improve solarisation of the fibre in deep UV (ultra-violet) applications (190 to 325nm).
 
Rugged system 19in subracks are robust and highly flexible
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 11 September, 2013
For particularly high shock and vibration requirements of up to 40g, Pentair has developed the Schroff Titan ATR system family. Based on its modular 19in subracks, which is an established platform for all levels of ruggedness up to about 25g, the Titan ATR system is suitable for civil and military aviation and space applications, including use on unmanned aircraft and helicopters, as well as other mobile equipment such as tanks or trains.
 
Display app offers convenient operation of the control relay
Switches and Thyristors : 11 September, 2013
Eaton is making use of the Easy800 control relay even easier and more convenient, by launching the new EasyRemote display app. Available on the Android operating system (for versions 2.2-4), the app enables users to display all the text and functions of the Easy800 control relay via a standard smartphone and operate it remotely.
 
3D printer will speed time to market for electronic component manufacturer
Resistors : 09 September, 2013
REO UK, a manufacturer of resistive and inductive wound components, has introduced a new 3D printing machine in its factory in Solingen, Germany, to assist with rapid prototyping. The newly acquired 3D printer will help speed time to market and improve product quality.
 
Compact safety key switch to isolate power to machinery
Switches and Thyristors : 09 September, 2013
The SR key switch is part of Fortress’ mGard range of safety interlocks. When the key is trapped inside the SR unit the power to machinery is on, and when the key is free, power is off. This allows the person carrying the freed key to enter the machinery or guarded area safely and power is not resumed until the key is returned. This is a typical sequence and other sequences can be specified.
 
Eurocard-based subrack systems features two-screw fixing of all tiebars
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 03 September, 2013
For light and medium duty general-purpose applications, Verotec’s KM6-II, which meets the requirements of DIN41494 and IEC 60297, features two-screw fixing of all tiebars to give an exceptionally rigid assembly. It is available in heights of 3, 4, 6 and 9U, widths of 24, 42, 60 and 84HP and depths of 160, 240, 300, 360 and 420mm.
 
Low energy security lights with wider spread of light
Lamps & Lighting : 27 August, 2013
Marl International has upgraded its bulkhead light range, widely used as bright, low energy security lighting on construction and industrial sites, with new LED technology which gives a much wider spread of light, at the same time increasing the range of colours available.
 
UK launch of EMI filters for renewables
Filters : 27 August, 2013
CD Automation is now bringing to the UK market the Radius Power range of UL-approved filters for photovoltaic and wind turbine inverters to 2500A. CD Automation is the unique UK distributor for the filters.
 
Active filter partnership maintains power quality with rapid response times
Filters : 20 August, 2013
CP Automation has formed a new joint venture project with Swedish active filter manufacturer Comsys AB. The new venture allows CP Automation to supply both passive and active harmonic filters.
 
Three-phase AC high-current filter for increasingly powerful inverters
Filters : 20 August, 2013
Schurter is expanding its successful FMER SOL DC filter with a series for applications using 3-phase AC. The new FMCC SOL high-performance filter series is designed for rated currents from 150 to 2500 A. The devices are ideal for increasingly powerful inverters that require filters on both the AC and DC sides. Large inverters find use in photovoltaics, wind energy systems as well as in industrial applications and quick-charge stations for electric vehicles.
 
Desktop instrument and metal cases with improved assembly bolts
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 19 August, 2013
CamdenBoss has launched an improved range of desktop, instrument and metal cases that are feature improved push-fit quarter-turn assembly bolts.
 
Saudi contracts spur power resistor accreditation
Resistors : 13 August, 2013
As part of a project to supply Neutral Earthing Resistors (NER) to be used by the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC), power resistor manufacturer Cressall has successfully conducted pre-qualification testing at accredited laboratory CESI in Milan. As a result, the Midlands firm has secured five orders worth a total of £100,000 to supply equipment to be installed in SEC substations.
 
Nylon plug top range features 15 separate items
Plugs, Sockets and Connectors : 13 August, 2013
Greenbrook Electrical has added a new KingShield Plug Top range to its catalogue, comprising a total of 15 separate items, all of robust nylon construction to offer durability, value-for-money and choice.
 
Photovoltaic line filters to 1500V reduce energy losses
Filters : 03 August, 2013
CD Automation has launched the UK photovoltaic industry’s first family of DC power line filter solutions supporting 1500V panels. The new filters maximise the operating DC voltage to the limit of the European Union’s Low Voltage Directive (LVD).
 
Ultra-low-loss flexible microwave coaxial cable
Cables & Terminations : 03 August, 2013
Molex has launched a line microwave cable assemblies that utilises its Temp-Flex air-dielectric ultra-low-loss flexible microwave coaxial cables, featuring a patented dual monofilament air-enhanced design and a helically wrapped shield. The Temp-Flex coaxial cables achieve 85 to 88% velocity of propagation (VOP) for increased signal speed.
 
Stainless steel padlockable handles for the rugged outdoors
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 29 July, 2013
EMKA’s Program 1000 padlockable stainless steel L handles offer strength in security with style and simplicity. Both are designed to suit rugged outdoor applications such as rail-side cabinets or street furniture, but take a radically different approach to this in terms of design and functionality.
 
Medical power supply market to increase at a CAGR of 6.2% through 2017
Power Supplies : 29 July, 2013
The medical power supply market has been forecast to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% over the next five years, increasing from a value of approximately $642 million at the end of 2012, to hit a total of $866.8 million by 2017.
 
Robust metal-bodied sounders and beacons for harsh environments
Sirens & Annunciators : 29 July, 2013
For use in harsh environments where high temperatures, shock and vibration or high UV levels are anticipated, E2S has introduced the new D range of alarm sounders and combined sounder/beacon warning signals.
 
Compact SMD fuse in 14 rated currents alternative to cartridge fuses
Fuses & Contact Breakers : 29 July, 2013
Schurter is now offering the UMF 250 SMD fuse in 14 rated currents between 500mA and 10A. The SMD fuse is well suited for voltages up to 250VAC and 125VDC. It features a high breaking capacity of up to 200A at rated voltage.
 
250W convection cooled power supply features wide AC input range
Power Supplies : 29 July, 2013
TDK Corporation announces the TDK-Lambda CUS250LD series of low profile, AC-DC power supplies. These single-output supplies provide 250W of output power with convection cooling; requiring no fans, this design eliminates the need for fan maintenance, and reduces acoustic noise and vibrations. In addition, they feature a low profile of only 30mm and a compact footprint of 198 x 101.6mm, making them an ideal choice for applications in light industrial, LED signage, communications, broadcast, point-of-sale, IT, and test and measurement equipment.
 
Connection technology for building-integrated photovoltaics
Plugs, Sockets and Connectors : 23 July, 2013
Phoenix Contact is introducing a junction box for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). This single-terminal connection element is the third member of the Sunclix BIPV product family; its adjustable width makes it easy to integrate into insulating glass modules. The company is also expanding its portfolio of AC plug connectors for photovoltaic systems.
 
Programmable power supply packaged for OEM system integration
Power Supplies : 23 July, 2013
TDK Corporation announces the TDK-Lambda EVA2400 2.4kW, 2U industrial programmable power supplies, which operate in either constant current or constant voltage modes and accept a 170-265VAC (47~63Hz) single phase input. Typical applications include industrial, Li-ion and other intelligent battery charging systems, water purification, X-ray scanners, test and measurement, ATE, semiconductor burn-in and component test.
 
Modbus TCP/RTU bridge enables power supplies to be controlled over the internet
Power Supplies : 14 July, 2013
PSU manufacturer VXI Power has developed a new bridge device that allows power supplies with Modbus RTU communications capability to be controlled and monitored over the internet or any other WAN or LAN.
 
Flexible industrial cabinet with integrated cooling
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 24 June, 2013
New from Pentair are the flexible Hoffman Proline cabinet platform and the McLean V-series air conditioners. Together they provide fully-matched, all-round protection of electronic systems from all environmental influences.
 
Plastic plug-in connectors with adjustable cable glands
Plugs, Sockets and Connectors : 24 June, 2013
The new Heavycon EVO industrial plug-in connectors from Phoenix Contact are compliant with protection class IP 65 and feature uniform angled sleeve housings. The matching cable glands for clamp sizes M20 to M40 can be freely combined with any sleeve and base element in sizes B6, B10, B16, and B24.
 
Chokes test appliance switches to international standards
Switches and Thyristors : 12 June, 2013
REO has designed and manufactured chokes for testing switches in domestic applications to the international BS EN 61058-2-1 and BS EN 60669-2-1 standards. BS EN 61058-2-1 applies to switches for appliances with particular requirements for cord switches, while BS EN 60669-2-1 covers switches for household and similar fixed electrical installations with particular requirements of electronic switches.
 
16A appliance inlet for efficient mounting
Plugs, Sockets and Connectors : 03 June, 2013
Schurter has developed a new 16A appliance inlet for efficient mounting. Designed for print circuit board mounting, it can be easily sandwiched between split enclosures and tested before it is installed in the equipment. Stabilising posts provide quick snap-in assembly to the PCB. A version with screw mount stabilisers is also available.
 
Multicolour front panel printing at no additional cost
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 25 May, 2013
The Schroff front panel program offers over 200 off-the-shelf front panels from stock with dimensions from 2 U to 9 U and widths from 2 HP to 84 HP, and a variety of finishes and versions. Printing is offered in up to 32 million colours (CMYK palette as standard; extra high colour fastness for the RAL, Pantone and HKS colour spaces included).
 
Using constant current control for metal purification
Power Supplies : 24 May, 2013
In the vast world of power supply applications, there are two main categories for regulating the power applied to the load. The first is constant voltage, where the control loop maintains a constant voltage to varying load current demands. The second, constant current, is where the current is maintained constant to vary the voltage applied to the load. Giacomo Mazzullo of TDK-Lambda elaborates.
 
Contact elements range with double louvre construction for smaller high power applications
Plugs, Sockets and Connectors : 24 May, 2013
With the introduction of its LA-CUDD contacts, Multi-Contact has extended its range of Multilam contact elements. These have a double louvre construction which makes it possible to produce connectors that are more compact while continuing to meet the requirements for low contact resistance and very high current carrying capacity.
 
IEC outlet with IDC terminals speeds assembly for power distribution units
Plugs, Sockets and Connectors : 20 May, 2013
Schurter's 6610 appliance outlet, which is the first of its kind to utilize IDC technology, is now available with IDC terminals for 14 AWG/1.5 mm<2> in addition to the existing version for 12 AWG/2.5 mm<2>. The new option allows for smaller diameter wire and thus less costly wiring in lighter duty applications.
 
800W models added to programmable power supplies range
Power Supplies : 10 May, 2013
TDK Corporation announces an extension to its TDK-Lambda Z+ Series of programmable DC power supplies with the addition of the higher power Z+800 range.
 
Heavy duty connector with continuous shielding developed for rugged environments
Mounting Rails, Terminals & Connectors : 07 May, 2013
A heavy duty electrical connector with continuous EMC shielding, the 21BV-GS from Multi-Contact is ideally suited for use with three-phase motors supplied by frequency inverters.
 
Electrical units for consumers given makeover
: 19 April, 2013
Legrand has reacted to a growing trend for consumer units to be located in visible locations within the home by giving its popular insulated and metal products a stylish makeover.
 
Power management video spotlights UPS battery life
Batteries : 10 April, 2013
Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton has launched the latest addition to its Power 101 with the Professor Wattson series of power management videos aimed at IT professionals, resellers and distributors. Entitled simply ′Batteries’, the video features Eaton’s increasingly popular animated star Professor Wattson who reveals how IT managers can prevent downtime, save money and extend the battery life of their Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS).
 
Front end power supplies with up to 20% output voltage adjustment possible
Power Supplies : 10 April, 2013
TDK Corporation announces the TDK-Lambda RFE1600 series of front end power supplies - 1.6kW 1U high units for standalone and distributed power architecture (DPA) applications requiring reliable 12V, 24V, 32V and 48V bulk power in the communications, test and industrial markets. Up to 20% output voltage adjustment is possible, enabling the RFE1600 to be used in a variety of customer specific applications including battery charging.
 
Busbar systems for DC applications
Busbars : 10 April, 2013
Rittal’s existing RiLine60 busbar system has been adapted to operate on DC networks. With ratings of up to 1600A it has been successfully tested to 1500VDC at potential short circuit currents of 50,000A.
 
Hannover Fair launch: cabinet locking system enables lock selection after installation
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 10 April, 2013
EMKA's IP65 swinghandle system for cabinets and enclosures - when paired with the recently launched 1121 precision rod control module - takes modular flexibility to a new level in this market. Designed specifically for electrical/electronic cabinets, the stylish 1325 enables lock selection even after installation with a complete range of inserts to match common industry requirements.
 
Video File: Battery tester as slim as a plastic sheet
Batteries : 10 April, 2013
By optimising the battery tester for a specific family of batteries, Vivainnova has been able to strip it down to an ultra-thin device, aimed not at the professional market, but at the end user. SlimTester can be carried in the glove compartment with very little wasted space.
 
Field-attachable, external thread mPm DIN valve connectors - DIN Form B, C and Micro versions with electronic circuitry
Cables & Terminations : 03 April, 2013
Molex is extending its offering of Brad mPm external thread, field attachable DIN valve connectors with the introduction of DIN Form B, C and Micro versions with electronic circuitry. Options include a bi-polar Light Emitting Diode (LED) power on indicator, LED with blocking diodes to protect against over voltage or peaks when switching off, and bi-polar LED with a voltage-dependent resistor (VDR) to protect supply and switch.
 
Do not forget the connector
Cables & Terminations : 03 April, 2013
Duncan Nicol, Business Development Manager- Device Connections at Phoenix Contact argues that connectors should be considered at the start of a design process and not at the end.
 
19in flat-packed cabinets can be fully assembled in three minutes
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 27 March, 2013
CamdenBoss has launched a new range of wall-mounting cabinets designed for cabling, telecommunications, IT and industrial installations. The new CamRack-QX series cabinets are supplied flat-packed and can be assembled without tools in just three minutes.
 
High density continuous cables deliver optimum signal transmission for invasive, implantable medical devices
Cables & Terminations : 27 March, 2013
Molex is introducing its MediSpec high density micro-ribbon cables, which replace individual primary wires and flexible circuits, with ribbonised parallel wires bonded together using fluoropolymer into an organised, dense package for ease-of-routing and electrical length matching.
 
Warehouse LEDs provide maximum energy savings
Lamps & Lighting : 27 March, 2013
Hi-Max LED is a range of luminaires for mounting at heights up to 18m, and is developed especially for production facilities and high warehouse racking.
 
Enclosure climate control app now available for both iPhone and Android smartphones
Enclosures, Cabinets, Cases & Boxes : 27 March, 2013
Enclosure climate control calculations can now be carried out, on the move, using the Rittal RiTherm smartphone app.
 
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