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December 9, 2004
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Sensor

The Big Beam Sensor has a large measurement area that provides versatility when measuring width and height of solid and opaque targets. The sensor's functionality is not affected by target surface color or reflectivity. The sensor uses a modulated laser source to back light the object being measured. The portion of this light that reaches the receiver (detector) is proportional to the dimension of the part, generating dimensional data output. A large beam height up to 30 millimeters ensures proper measurement for larger targets. Repeatability is better than 0.5% at 5 kilohertz and typical resolution is 0.003 millimeter of the measurement range. Measurement frequency is up to 5 kilohertz. The sensor has a simple, high-speed analog output. A sensor controller/amplifier also comes with the unit.

LMI Technologies (USA) Inc.
(248) 359-2409
www.lmint.com

Gaging system

The MicroComp microcomputer-based gaging system has a gaging resolution to 0.1 micron, a high-accuracy LVDT probe, and a user-friendly, menu driven LCD. The on-screen menus allow easy part set up, part changeover, data transmission, zeroing and total indicator runout.

Albion Devices Inc.
(858) 481-0478
www.albiondevices.com

Height gage

The Digimar CX2 family of digital height gages is a series of motorized, programmable height measuring systems suited for both gage lab and production measurement use. The fully motorized measuring slide minimizes operator influence on part probing for better precision and repeatability. Measuring and evaluation functions include the measurement of planes, grooves, bores and shafts, and the calculation of distances and symmetries. The measuring range includes 14, 24 and 40 inches.

Mahr Federal Inc.
(800) 333-4243
www.mahrfederal.com

pH testers

The Oakton pocket-size pH testers have been updated, including a redesigned IP67-rated housing with a 11/16-inch display. The pHTester 30 has dual pH tester and temperature readout. All models offer increased buffer recognition at both U.S. and NIST standard buffer values and up to three-point pH calibration. Each unit includes a Valox electrode housing that resists most chemicals while protecting the glass electrode against breakage.

Cole-Parmer Instrument Co.
(800) 323-4340
www.coleparmer.com

Mechanical tester

The all-electric tabletop mechanical tester is capable of tensile, compression and cyclic fatigue tests with static force ratings to 4,000 pounds and test speeds to 20 hertz. The 800L performs screw-driven machine applications such as tension, compression, shear, tear and peel testing.

TestResources Inc.
(800) 430-6536
www.testresources.com

Software inspection modules

Both the qfp|module and the mlf|module are fully automated measurement solutions and eliminate the need for an operator to determine pass/fail criteria. With the release of new automation tools, both modules increase automated inspection capabilities and defect coverage beyond current standards for off-line X-ray equipment. The qfp|module covers all inspection criteria as detailed in the IPC-A-610C standard. The software detects, evaluates and indicates failed solder joints. Both modules can store the defect image and detected defects recorded to a local or network drive.

phoenix|x-ray Systems + Services Inc.
(877) PHX-XRAY
www.phoenix-xray.com

Electronic caliper

With IP65 protection, the 797 electronic caliper series is resistant to coolant, water, dust, dirt and metal chips. The calipers have an easy-to-read LCD with 0.31-inch high characters, zero at any position, instant inch and millimeter conversion, manual on and off with auto-off after 4 hours of non-use, and a CR2032 battery with more than 3,500 of life. All 797 calipers include an RS232 output port for collecting and outputting data. The calipers meet DIN862 linear accuracy and have 0.0005-inch resolution. The instruments are available in a variety of measuring ranges.

The L.S. Starrett Co.
(978) 249-3551
www.starrett.com

Temperature recorder

A battery-powered thermocouple temperature recorder can operate over a wide temperature range and transmit data instantly up to 1 mile away. The portable, two-channel device can record up to 4,095 readings per channel and display data in real time while continuing to log. The unit can be started, stopped and configured directly from a computer. Reading rates can be set from one every 30 seconds to one per hour.

MadgeTech Inc.
(603) 456-2011
www.madgetech.com

Infrared camera

The InSight T250 delivers precision temperature measurement up to 250 C. With thermal sensitivities of less that 0.10 C, clear images are provided even with hot spots in the background. The unit offers point-and-shoot use. SightView image analysis and reporting software is included.

Infrared Solutions Inc.
(763) 551-0003
www.infraredsolutions.com

Motion analysis camera control software

Motion Tools, automated slow-motion analysis camera control software, is designed for use with Photron's PC-based high-speed video cameras. The basic camera control and image replay software includes simple, automatic single-point tracking or a manual tracking feature that captures one to four points per frame. The software has an automatic download module that triggers the system to save a predetermined number of frames both before and after an alarm is received.

Photron USA Inc.
(800) 585-2129
www.photron.com

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