With companies continuing to prepare for the April Automate and ProMat shows, we’re seeing lots of product announcements for that show, but general product announcements as well. We postponed last week’s component roundup column, so we’re back with a big roundup this week. Put your seat belts on, here we go!
Get a peek at the latest products in the world of pieces and parts for the robotics, automation, and industrial engineering market.
Basler camera for high data rate transfer
Basler AG announced its Basler boost series of cameras, which now include support for the CoaXPress 2.0 standard, or CXP 2.0, delivering high resolutions and frame rates with a cable length up to 40 meters. The company also offers a combination of camera and matching interface card from a single source in the form of the Basler boost bundle.
The company said the cameras will be able to achieve a maximum bandwidth of up to 12.5 Gbps with a single CXP cable, eliminating the need for a separate I/O cable, making a single-cable solution possible in combination with power-over-CXP, resulting in cost reductions.
Weatherproof enclosures from Transtector
Transtector Systems this week released a new line of NEMA-rated weatherproof equipment enclosures engineered “to securely protect mission-critical electronics”, with multiple configurations for applications that include industrial automation, SCADA, oil and gas, mining, transportation, public works, and security and automation.
The TEF14-series includes 45 enclosure configurations and 15 accessories, and are available for immediate shipment, the company said. In addition to the rugged construction and weatherproof design, the systems include padlock-ready stainless steel quick release latches, and options for cooling fans, power sources, heaters, insulation, PoE, terminal blocks, among others.
New output capabilities for LVDT product lines
NewTek Sensor Solutions announced expanding the capabilities of its DC LVDT technology, adding 4-20mA output capabilities to meet the needs of industrial monitoring and feedback applications. The company added 4-20mA versions of its free-core and spring-loaded LVDTs, as well as the ability to customize 4-20mA position sensors to customer specifications (photo above).
The company said these are ideal for use in liquid level gaging, robotic automation, and industrial automation controls. The output signals can integrate with several PLCs, digital indicators, computer-based data processors, and QC data collection systems, NewTek Sensor Solutions said. This also allows for long transmissions and greater noise immunity, ideal for subsea applications that require long cable runs.
More information on the sensors are available here.
New brushless slotless motor from Portescap
Portescap recently announced the expansion of its Ultra EC range of brushless DC slotless motors, with the introduction of the 35ECS motor. The two-pole motor offers up to 33W of power and speeds up to 40,000 rpm. The products are available is available in two versions – the 35ECS60 and 35ECS80.
The company said the motors can be adapted for most applications, including industrial applications, “enhancing the life and reliability of a device without compromising on power and machine throughput and saving energy.” Applications such as battery-operated hand tools (including industrial tightening devices or drills), factory automation equipment (large fans or vacuum pumps), as well as ones where there are constraints on diameter, are also ideal, the company said.
TWK incremental encoders
TWK has added the FOI series of incremental encoders to its range of magnetic encoders. “The compact FOI series combines in a single product, a high level of resolution and accuracy, which up until now could only be obtained from optical encoders, together with the robust construction of a magnetic encoder,” the company said. Any number of pules per revolution (360 degrees) between 1 and 16,384 can be obtained. The FOI encoders can be used in construction machinery, slip ring bodies, wind turbines, elevators, oil and gas plants, and other applications where precise positioning is required, TWK said.
Free Python tools for stepper, servo motors
Applied Motion Products announced it will offer a set of free tools for programmers using Python to use with its stepper and servo motors to “quickly and efficiently integrate motor control into their applications.” The new tools, including an application note and sample code, can guide Python programmers to send high-level motion commands, using Applied Motion’s Serial Command Language (SCL), to one or more axes of stepper and/or servo motors, the company said.
The text-based SCL commands can include options for motion control, including homing, absolute, relative and jog move types, as well as input/output control, drive status, alarm status, and more. Commands can be sent over Ethernet TCP or UDP, RS-485, and RS-232 connections, Applied Motion Products said.
To download the Applied Motion Python programming tools, visit this website.