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Schurter CSO Heavy Duty Fuse Clip, Designed for Voltages up to 1500VAC/VDC and Currents to 32A

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Schurter, a leading provider of fuseholders, expands its CSO heavy duty fuse clip family with a cost-effective tin-plated version. The CSO clip, designed for 10.3 mm diameter fuses, is suitable for applications with voltages up to 1500 VAC/VDC and currents to 32A. These unique characteristics are SCHURTER’s response to the increasing photovoltaic system voltage requirements.

CSO Fuse Clip

The CSO clip is available in solder and screw/rivet versions. The solder version allows direct mounting on a printed circuit board by means of through-hole technology. The screw/rivet version provides additional flexibility for basic designs. Due to the special copper alloy all versions are characterized by a strong clamping force resulting in minimal power loss.

The CSO fuse clip is ideal for a wide range of PV and other DC applications including inverters, battery charge controllers, and string fuse holders. Furthermore, the CSO is well suited for applications in the e-mobility and industrial electronics sectors. The fuse clip conforms to RoHS specifications and is currently the only photovoltaic clip on the market with cURus approval.

Schurter also offers the ASO 10.3×38 PV fuse to fit the new CSO fuse clip. The fuse clip also supports other fuses with a 10.3 mm diameter of any length. This includes, for instance, 10.3×85 mm fuses for higher voltages.

Technical Features and Benefits:
- High rated voltage of 1500 VAC/VDC
- High rated current of 32 A
- Minimal power dissipation due to strong clamping force (special copper alloy)
- Solder, screw or rivet mounting
- cURus approval

- Photovoltaic inverters
- String fuse holder
- Battery charge controllers
- DC applications
- Industrial electronics
- Drives


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Honeywell FSA Series Force Sensors, Compensated / Amplified


FSA Series

The FSA Series are piezoresistive-based force sensors offering a ratiometric analog or digital output for reading force over the specified full scale force span and temperature range. They are fully calibrated and temperature compensated for sensor offset, sensitivity, temperature effects, and nonlinearity using an on-board Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC).  Direct mechanical coupling allows for easy interface with the sensor, coupling with tubing, membrane or a plunger, providing repeatable performance and a reliable mechanical interface to the application. The package also provides excellent corrosion resistance and isolation to external package stress. All products are designed and manufactured according to ISO 9001 standards.

The FSA Series are designed to meet the customers’ need for a compensated, amplified force sensor that provides analog and digital outputs, a variety of force sensing ranges, and enhanced durability and accuracy. Their flexible design provides multiple standard configurations over a wide operating temperature range.  Potential applications include:

Ambulatory non-invasive pump pressure
Infusion pumps
Kidney dialysis machines
Occlusion detection

Load and compression sensing
Variable tension control

Multiple force ranges allow the customer to choose the force range to maximize sensitivity and improve system resolution / performance
Overforce provides enhanced durability in applications where overforce may exist
Enhanced accuracy includes all errors due to force nonlinearity, force hysteresis, and non-repeatability
Total Error Band enhances system performance
Digital output enhances performance through reduced conversion requirements and the convenience of direct interface to microprocessors
Diagnostics functions allow the user to determine if the sensor is working correctly by detecting if the electrical paths are broken or shorted inside the sensor
Supply voltage provides customers flexibility of design within the application

Wide variety of force ranges
>  Newton (N): 2, 5, 7.5, 10, 15, 20, 25
>  pound (lb): 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 5
>  gram (g): 200, 500, 750
>  kilogram (kg): 1, 2
Total Error Band: ±5 %FSS
Accuracy: ±3 %FSS
Ratiometric analog or SPI- or I2C-compatible digital output
Fully calibrated and temperature compensated over a temp range of 5 °C to 50 °C [41 °F to 122 °F]
Overforce: 6804 g [15 lb]
Supply voltage: 3.3 Vdc typ. or 5.0 Vdc typ.
Low power consumption: 13 mW (analog) or 20 mW (digital)
Excellent part-to-part repeatability
Enhanced reliability
Stable interface plunger
Internal diagnostic functions available
REACH and RoHS compliant


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Schurter KMF Protection Class II: Compact Power Entry Module for Protection Class II Equipment

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Schurter expands its wide range of power entry modules to include versions, without ground pin, for use in Protection Class II double-insulated applications. The KMF power entry module is already very popular for use in Protection Class I equipment, due to its high functionality in a compact package. The new Protection Class II version is perfectly suited for medical equipment used at home where the medical standard prescribes the use of Protection Class II design.

KMFThe new KMF Class II version is according to IEC 60320-1, style C18. It is particularly well suited for use in medical equipment according to the IEC standard 60601-1-11, which outlines additional safety measures specific to medical equipment intended for use in the home. There is increasing demand for such equipment as populations around the world age and healthcare costs continue to rise.

Protection Class II equipment, in contrast to Protection Class I equipment, generally has no metal case. This category of equipment is called double insulated, and requires higher safety levels for energized components relative to exposed surfaces. The KMF Class II power entry module provides double insulation between energized components and exposed parts. This reinforced insulation is tested with a voltage of 4000 VDC between the energized conductor (L) and the neutral conductor (N) relative to the mounting panel.

The KMF line switch is available with a 2-pole line switch and a 1- or 2-pole fuse holder. For medical applications an “extra-safe” fuse holder is available that can only be opened with the aid of a tool. The EMC filter is available in medical and low leakage, M5, versions. This integrated filter at the power input provides highly effective interference suppression, which results in optimized electromagnetic compatibility. Current ratings range from 1-10 A at 250 VAC. Connections is taking place with quickconnect terminals 4.8 x 0.8mm.

The KMF Class I and Class II are ENEC, cURus and CCC approved. They are suited for use in equipment according to IEC 60950, IEC 60601-1, in addition to IEC 60601-1-11.

Technical Data / Approvals / Prices
- IEC C18 power-inlet connector with 2-pole switch, 2-pole fuse holder and a filter
- M5 medical filter
- Rated currents: 1, 2, 4, 6, 10A (ENEC / UL / CSA, CCC) at 40°C
- Snap-in mounting 1.0 – 2.5mm
- Faston connectors 4.8 x 0.8mm

- For totally insulated equipment according to IEC 61140
- Suited for medical equipment according to IEC 60601-1
- Especially well-suited for medical equipment intended for use in the home according to IEC 60601-1-11


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Honeywell SNG-Q Series, Quadrature Speed and Direction Sensors


Honeywell is pleased to announce two additions to the SNG-Q Series Quadrature Speed and Direction Sensor portfolio.

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The SNG-QPCA-001 and SNG-QPRA-000 join the SNG-QPLA-000 [4-wire, plastic housing, 500 mm/19.7 in cable with flying leads, right angle exit, 35 mm/1.38 in housing] that launched in July 2015.

The SNG-QPCA-001 offers a Deutsch connector and a 1.25 m [49.2 in] extended length cable, which simplifies reaching the electrical system mating connection. The SNG-QPRA-000 offers an integral Amp Superseal, which provides quick and easy connection to the electrical system mating harness. The SNG-Q Series are designed to improve equipment uptime, minimize service costs, and provide resistance to high electrical noise and moisture intrusion. They may potentially be used in many industrial and transportation applications.

The SNG-Q Series sensor design and manufacturing use a platform-based approach that enables cost-competitiveness and mechanical and electrical configurability. Speed information is provided from digital square wave outputs; direction is provided using a quadrature output with signals 90° phase shifted from each other. With the quadrature output, target direction is determined by output lead/lag phase shifting. This product is designed for use where enhanced accuracy is required to detect small target features. This enhanced accuracy is enabled by dual differential Hall-effect sensor IC technology.


* Wide operating temp range: -40 ºC to 150 ºC [-40 °F to 302 °F]
* Environmental sealing: Moisture ingress protection rated to IP69K
* Robust electrical noise immunity: Electrical noise radiated immunity (EMC) rated to 100 V/m
* High frequency switching capability: 3 Hz to 20 kHz
* O-ring seal: For pressure applications; enables environmental sealing to mounting surface
* Fixed mounting flange allows for simple installation using one fastener
* Supply voltage range: 4.5 V to 26 V


* AC induction motors in material handling, ag and construction machines: May be used to help control power delivered by the ac induction motor
* Hydraulic pump motors in material handling, ag and construction machines: May be used to help control power delivered by the hydraulic pump motor
* Escalators/elevators: May be used to help control speed and position

* Hybrid electric transmissions in heavy duty trucks, buses, ag/construction machines: May be used to help control power regulation of the hybrid system
* Wheel speed detection in material handling, ag/ construction machines: May be used to detect speed and direction of wheels, which translates to speed and direction of the machine
* Hybrid engines in heavy duty trucks, buses, agriculture and construction machines: May be used to help control power regulation of the hybrid system


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Shurter Type 4710 – IEC Outlet with IDC Terminals Speed Assembly for Power Distribution Units

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Schurter announces its latest IEC appliance outlet with insulation displacement contact (IDC) terminals, the 4710. The new outlet provides increased power ratings over the popular 6610 series for heavier duty PDU applications.

4710The 4710 is a J style outlet according to IEC 60320, rated 20 A @ 250 VAC by UL/CSA and 16 A @ 250 VAC by ENEC. The lower current version, 6610 series, is a style F outlet, rated 15 A @ 250 VAC and 10 A @ 250 VAC respectively. The 4710 provides IDC terminals for 10 AWG / 6.0 mm2 in addition to 12 AWG / 4.0 mm2, which is the standard wire size for the 6610. The new wire option allows for larger diameter wire for the 4710′s increased power capabilities. The Snap-in outlets fit panels with a thickness between 0.8 mm and 3 mm.

The 4710 and 6610 outlets are qualified for use in applications designed to IEC/EN 60950. Ideal for use in power distribution units, and other equipment where multiple outlets are banked in series, these IDC outlets allow wires to be bussed across the terminals, thereby connecting common terminals all at once and significantly reducing labor costs. The IDC terminals are arranged either along or across the connector pin axis for a horizontal or vertical mounting orientation. Wires are pressed into place with the protective back cover or with a tool. Versions with combination IDC and a quick-connect or solder terminal, for separate wiring of the line connection, are also available.

The outlets are offered with light pipe options for status indication. They also mate with V-Lock latching cordsets designed to prevent unintentional disconnection from the power. Approvals include cURus, ENEC and CCC.

Technical Data:

*  Standards: IEC 60320-1, UL 60320-1, CSA C22.2 no. 60320-1-11
*  Approvals: ENEC, UL, CSA
*  Nominal ratings IEC/CCC: 16 A / 250 VAC, 50 Hz
*  Nominal ratings UL/CSA: 20 A / 250 VAC, 60 Hz
*  Permissible operating temperature: –25 °C to 70 °C
*  For solid wires with cross-sections 10 AWG / 6.0 mm2, 12 AWG / 4.0 mm2 and 2.5 mm2


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Kraus & Naimer New Mobile App Now Available

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The new Kraus & Naimer UK switch wiring diagram app is now available to download for android and IOS devices.
A useful aid in the switch selection and installation processes.


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Honeywell Pressure Switches


Pressure Switches

Honeywell now offers a pressure switch portfolio consisting of high, medium and low pressure options. The new ME Series medium pressure switches provide a set point range of 25 to 350 psi. The HP Series now include seven new port connector options, and a minimum set point of 100 psi compared to 150 psi previously.

Honeywell Pressure Switches
• High Pressure:  HP Series, HE Series
• Medium Pressure:  ME Series
• Low Pressure:  LP Series, LE Series

Honeywell’s pressure switches are durable, reliable electromechanical gauge pressure on/off switches. Their high proof and burst pressure ratings allow for use in many rugged applications that require the making or breaking of an electrical connection in response to a pressure change of the system media.

Due to the demanding conditions found within industrial and transportation industries, pressure switches are often designed into equipment and vehicle applications to make or break an electrical connection in response to a system pressure change. These switches are frequently exposed to chemical splashes, dirt, grime, and harsh media, as well as performance spikes. They must provide reliable and consistent performance and have a high life cycle rating.

Potential Applications:

• Agricultural machinery
• Heavy duty construction machinery
• Heavy duty trucks
• Lawn and garden
• Marine vessels
• Material handling machinery
• Railway

• CNC machines
• Compressors, boilers
• Food and beverage equipment
• Fracking equipment
• Generators
• HVAC/R equipment
• Mud pumps
• Pneumatic equipment
• Presses and punches
• Pressure washers
• Trash compactors
• Water jet cutting machines
• Water pumps
• Mud pump line pressure measurement


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Schurter PSE and MCS 30 Multicolor Switch with Status Display

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Metal Line Switches with Multicolor Illumination
and Variable Input Voltage

Schurter is expanding its PSE, piezo metal switch and MCS 30, mechanical metal switch series, with new illumination possibilities powered by variable input voltages. Based on the used RGB color technology, it’s now possible to indicate up to seven illumination color options with just one switch. The variable power supply offers a homogenous and brilliant illumination within a voltage range of 5 to 28 VDC.

PSE ExpandThe new multicolor illumination of the PSE and MCS 30 series is made easy using convenient color-coded wires in each of the illumination colors. Each color is given a specific voltage between 5 to 28 VDC. The constant brightness intensity is maintained regardless of applied voltage. The standard version is offered in red, green, and blue. Additional color options include yellow, cyan, magenta and white, which can be made through additive color mixing. As soon as the 2 or 3 wires are supplied with the applied voltage at the same time, the result is a mixed color. The traffic light colors of red, green and yellow (RGY) for status indication are also available as a standard version. No additive color mixing is required to produce the color yellow.

The new RGB multicolor illumination option greatly expands the application range of the PSE and MCS 30 button style switches. The PSE is available in 22 / 24 / 27 / 30 mm diameters; the MCS 30 is available with a 30 mm diameter. The PSE has an IP69K ingress protection rating. It has no moving actuator and is thus absolutely impervious to any leaks or accumulation of dirt underneath or around the switch surface. This technology is ideal for hygiene-related applications such as medical equipment, food processing equipment and outdoor applications subject to vandalism such as ticketing machines.

The MCS 30 is an alternative to the highly robust, solid state PSE. It is also designed for demanding applications, although it uses a tactile switch that provides a clear haptic feedback. It has a lifetime rating of one million actuations, as opposed to the PSE’s 20 million operations. The switch contacts are sealed from the front and rated IP65.

Technical Data:
- Variable input voltage from 5 – 28 VDC
- Multicolor Illumination with 7 different colors
- Red, green, yellow configuration for status indication
- Customer specific adjustments are possible
- IP69K for the piezo switches
- Easy to clean

- Medical equipment
- Public applications
- Industrial applications
- Household appliances
- Design sensitive applications


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Honeywell (VF360NT & VF360ST) High Sensitivity Latching Digital Hall-effect Sensor ICs


Honeywell is pleased to announce its High Sensitivity Digital Latching Sensor ICs, VF360NT and VF360ST, that are AEC-Q100 qualified for use in the transportation industry.

VF360 Range

The VF360NT and VF360ST High Sensitivity Latching Digital Hall-Effect Sensor ICs are small, sensitive and versatile devices that are operated by the magnetic field from a permanent magnet or an electromagnet. They are designed to respond to alternating North and South poles. The VF360NT is turned ON by a North pole, while the VF360ST is turned ON by a South pole. This sensor IC does not use chopper stabilization on the Hall element, providing a clean output signal and a faster latch response time when compared to competitive high sensitivity Hall-effect bipolar latching sensor ICs which do use chopper stabilization.


*  AEC-Q100 qualification provides enhanced reliability and quality of electronic components. Components meeting these specifications are often suitable for use in harsh automotive environments without the customer’s need for additional component-level qualification testing.
*  Designed to provide reliable, consistent performance and a fast response time, enhancing efficiency in brushless dc motor (BLDC) applications
*  Designed to provide a wide supply voltage range and no chopper delay, allowing for potential use in a variety of applications
*  Designed to provide a clean output signal without the customer having to include additional circuitry to achieve noise suppression due to chopper stabilization

*  Qualified to the AEC-Q100 standard for potential use in automotive applications
*  Fastest response time in its class [1.5 μs]
*  Operate from 30 Gauss typical at 25°C [77 °F] and 55 Gauss maximum over the full -40 °C to 150 °C [-40 °F to 302 °F] temperature range
*  Latching magnetics
*  Repeatable magnetics (no jitter)
*  No additional electronic noise generated by sensor
*  Non-chopper-stabilized design
*  Subminiature SOT-23 surface mount package supplied on tape and reel (3,000 units per reel)
*  3 Vdc to 24 Vdc
*  Built-in reverse polarity protection
*  RoHS-compliant material

*  BLDC motor commutation for automotive applications: Air input flap to engine, convertible roof position, electronic parking brakes, electronic window lifts and anti-pinch power window systems, HVAC blowers, headlights, power doors, mirrors and tail gates, seat motors, steering, windshield washers and wipers
*  Speed and RPM sensing: Motors and fans; tachometer and counter pickup
*  Flow rate sensing


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Bulgin Announces New 4000 Series

Bulgin has expanded its ever-popular Buccaneer® range of environmentally-sealed power and data connectors with the introduction of the new Buccaneer 4000 Series. Building on the success of the Buccaneer 6000 and 7000 Series of quick locking connectors, this latest offering provides the same twist lock coupling and ‘fit and forget’ connectivity in a more compact format, making it easier for product engineers to integrate into their system designs.

4000 Series

The Buccaneer 4000 Series has been developed to provide excellent sealing characteristics to IP66, IP68 and IP69K standards – ensuring true environmental protection in harsh conditions – as well as to withstand vibrations, shocks and corrosion to EN/IEC 60068 requirements. Each unit has a UV-resistant, UL94-V0 flammability-rated plastic body equipped with a simple and efficient twist locking mechanism, allowing a secure connection without the need for specialist tools. Currently available in 3, 8 and 12 pole configurations rated up to 13A, 600V – plus a micro-B USB data connector – it offers a choice of solder and crimp contacts, and can accommodate cables from 3 to 7 mm in diameter. Together with a choice of in-line or panel mounting options, this makes the Buccaneer 4000 Series ideally suited to a wide range of marine, industrial, transport and infrastructure applications, especially where space is at a premium.


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