AutomationDirect’s newest addition of A-coded sensor and signal connection cables from Murrelektronik provides easy and reliable connections between panels and field devices. These cables offer several configurations including axial or right-angle female M8 or M12 screw-lock connector to pigtail, axial male to axial female with M8 or M12 screw-lock connectors, and right-angle male to right-angle […]
Differential impedance transducer capable of sub nanometer resolution with high sensitivity
The Measuring Division of Kaman Precision Products, Inc. highlights the DIT-5200L noncontact differential impedance transducer, which offers true differential for common mode rejection at an economical price. Capable of subnanometer resolution with high sensitivity (up to 10v/mil, 39 mV/μm) and outstanding linearity (up to 0.1% full range), this product provides a powerful solution for a […]
Image sensor family boasts HDR and LFM capabilities for next-gen ADAS
onsemi announced the launch of its Hyperlux automotive image sensor family. With a 2.1 µm pixel size, industry-leading 150dB ultra-high dynamic range (HDR) and LED flicker mitigation (LFM) across the full automotive temperature range, the Hyperlux family provides high performance, speed, and advanced features to propel the next generation of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) […]
Improved IDEC photoelectric sensors boost performance and capabilities
IDEC Corporation introduces the SA2E general-purpose photoelectric (PE) sensor family, in five major models, each of which improves or replaces proven SA1E products. A new ASIC, common to the entire offering, provides a significantly improved price/performance ratio, while delivering better response times and more capable detection. SA2E PE sensors are offered in five major variations: […]
Safety sensor monitors EV and ESS battery health
Metis Engineering has launched Cell Guard, a new battery safety sensor that aims to revolutionize battery health monitoring for electric vehicles (EVs) and Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Cell Guard is a unique sensor that provides unrivaled accurate and detailed information on the health of a lithium-ion battery pack to improve longevity, as well as being […]
Z-axis TMR sensor replaces Hall-element sensor designs
Crocus Technology announced the release of the CT130, a 1-D linear TMR sensor that is sensitive in the Z axis. The CT130 is a revolutionary product that provides unparalleled temperature stability, high accuracy, and precision for position and current sensing applications. The CT130 from Crocus Technology is the world’s first true TMR sensor with Z-axis […]
What are quantum sensors?
Quantum sensors measure minute changes in electric and magnetic fields as well as motion and the measurements are made at the atomic level. At this scale, information from individual atoms instead of from huge collections of atoms allows quantum sensors to make exponentially more accurate, more thorough, more efficient and more productive measurements. Using the […]
Toolchain and software package employ ISPU to handle motion-related workloads
STMicroelectronics has released a toolchain and accompanying software package for programming the intelligent sensor processing unit (ISPU) embedded in the latest-generation intelligent MEMS IMUs, ISM330IS and LSM6DSO16IS. The toolchain and software help employ the ISPU to handle motion-related workloads such as activity recognition and anomaly detection directly in the sensor. This permits reducing system power and latency, offloading […]
Teledyne introduces shutterless version of its compact thermal camera core
Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies company, has announced a shutterless version of its MicroCalibir Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) compact camera platform. Developed and manufactured in Canada, the small and lightweight MicroCalibir platform is the result of the latest advances made by Teledyne DALSA’s integration of their in-house 12 μm microbolometer pixel technology with a deep-ADC […]
How Do Brain-Computer Interfaces Use Sensors?
Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) activated prosthetics and other applications need sensors to provide feedback. Intensive work has been and continues to be done in this area. For example, researchers have reported their progress on an electroencephalogram (EEG)-based motor imagery BCI to control the movement of a prosthetic hand. The hand was instrumented with force and angle […]
IDS at Automate 2023, booth 6830
Whether sorting, inspecting, supplying, or documenting goods, many steps in the production process can be optimized with machine vision and artificial intelligence. However, many companies still lack the know-how and time to familiarize themselves with the field of AI and use the technology for their needs. The AI Vision System IDS NXT is designed to […]
How can sensors protect vulnerable areas? Pt 4
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ongoing efforts to address the unintended contamination and purposeful contamination of the nation’s water supplies. Sensing technologies are an integral part of the strategy. In 2023, the EPA proposed new limits to drinking water contamination from toxic “forever chemicals” or per fluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Used widely […]
ProSense F18 Series 18mm round photoelectric sensors from AutomationDirect
AutomationDirect has added ProSense F18 series 18mm round sensors to their extensive lineup of photoelectric sensors. The F18 series features sensing distances up to 25m, rugged PBT thermoplastic housings, and an IP67 protection rating. These general-purpose sensors are available in diffuse, diffuse with adjustable background suppression, polarized retroreflective, and through-beam sensing styles. The new ProSense […]
L DTs provide ultra-precise dimensional of molded automotive parts
NewTek spring-loaded LVDTs provide an ultra-precise dimensional measurement of high-volume molded automotive parts in plastic mold testing. Different interior, exterior, and mechanical automotive parts, such as bumpers, heating components, and door handles, are manufactured through an injection molding process. To ensure product consistency, quality, and adherence to federal and state standards, the molded parts are […]
IDS: Historical textiles in focus
New approaches to investigating damage due to environmental fluctuation on textile artifacts by image processing. Preventive conservation plays an important role in the preservation of art and cultural assets. In order to preserve their condition for as long as possible, it is essential to slow down aging processes and evaluate factors that alter materials. To […]
MEMS inertial-sensing module provides six synchronized channels
The STMicroelectronics ASM330LHB automotive-qualified MEMS inertial-sensing module provides accurate measurements for a wide variety of vehicle functions and, with the dedicated software provided, addresses functional-safety applications up to ASIL B. The module contains a 3-axis digital accelerometer and 3-axis digital gyroscope, designed for a lifetime on the road, and provides a six-channel synchronized output. Its high-accuracy inertial […]
2D hall effect sensor is ASIL C-ready
TDK Corporation introduces the Micronas fast 2D Hall-effect position sensor family HAL 302x addressing the need for stray-field robust motor position sensing as well as ISO 26262 compliant developments in automotive and industrial applications. This new sensor family initially consists of two members, HAL 3020 and HAL 3021, and features differential and single-ended sine and […]
How can sensors protect vulnerable areas? Pt 2
Part 1 of this three-part blog addressed air quality monitoring in cities and populated areas. Less densely populated areas such as a rain forest may require different approaches. In addition, water quality monitoring in outdoor locations as well as clean drinking water from processing stations provide additional sensing opportunities. Part 2 will address these areas. […]
How does an acoustic camera work and what’s it good for?
Acoustic cameras consist of microphone arrays used to locate and characterize sounds. There are a variety of microphone array structures to support specific analysis needs. Some acoustic cameras also have an embedded visual camera to supply an image over which the acoustic localization information can be presented. Acoustic camera application examples range from analyzing noise […]
Torque sensor provides analog and Ethernet outputs
New low-capacity models of Sensor Technology’s non-contact torque sensors offer accurate measurement down to 200mNm (0.2Nm), for applications such as precision and high-speed robots, medical devices, prostheses and implants, small drives, and micro motors. The new TorqSense SGR 510/520 torque sensors cover capacities from 0.2Nm to 1Nm, making the full range 0.2Nm to 13,000Nm. The […]
What are the types and uses of vibration sensors?
There’s a wide range of vibration sensor technologies, and each technology has unique performance characteristics that make it suited for a specific type of applications ranging from mobile devices to machine condition monitoring and automotive safety testing. This FAQ reviews vibration and accelerometer sensor technologies including charge mode versus voltage mode piezoelectric sensors, MEMS devices, […]
What are ten key parameters of audio system performance?
Ten key parameters of audio system performance include efficiency, frequency response, total harmonic distortion, intermodulation distortion, phase distortion, transient distortion, transient response, dynamic range, sound pressure level, and sound power level. This FAQ reviews how each of these parameters is specified and measured and closes with a look at how safe sound levels are specified […]
What are the subtleties of using accelerometers as vibration sensors?
Accelerometers are deceptively simple-looking devices but are complex electromechanical systems. But there are numerous mechanical, environmental, electronic, and application-related factors to consider when using accelerometers. This FAQ reviews several of the subtleties that need to be considered when using accelerometers as vibration sensors and closes with a look at the ISO/IEC/IEEE 21451-4:2010 standard for Transducer […]
Leuze sets new standard for compact positioning system
The AMS 100i from Leuze is one of the smallest laser positioning systems available on the market. This makes it the perfect solution for tight installation spaces. Whether on the stacker crane, automated guided vehicle, or lifting system: In automated intralogistics, the sensors used for positioning applications must be able to operate on a small…
When to use sound pressure and when to use sound intensity measurements
Sound pressure, sound intensity, and sound power are three different ways to quantify sound. This FAQ begins by defining each one, looks at various types of measurement techniques that can be used to quantify them, presents a range of international testing standards for measuring sound, looks at instruments used for measuring sound pressure and intensity, […]