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Honeywell FSA Series Force Sensors, Compensated / Amplified

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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.

VALUE TO CUSTOMERS
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:

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

Industrial
Load and compression sensing
Variable tension control

CUSTOMER BENEFITS
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

FEATURES
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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Honeywell SNG-Q Series, Quadrature Speed and Direction Sensors

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

SNGQ  Series

 

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.

 

FEATURES
* 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

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

INDUSTRIAL
* 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

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

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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.

 

VALUE TO CUSTOMERS
*  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

FEATURES
*  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

POTENTIAL TRANSPORTATION APPLICATIONS
*  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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Honeywell New Quadrature Speed and Direction Sensors, SNG-Q Series

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Honeywell’s SNG-Q Series Quadrature Speed and Direction Sensors with 4-wire quadrature sensing is the first release of the new SNG-Q Series Speed Sensor Platform.

SNGQ Series

The sensor design and manufacturing use a platform-based approach that enables cost-competitiveness and mechanical and electrical configurability.

The SNG-Q Series provide both speed and direction information.  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 applications where enhanced accuracy is required to detect small target features.  This enhanced accuracy is enabled by dual differential Hall-effect sensor IC technology. The SNG-Q Series is designed for a wide operating temperature range, robust electrical noise immunity and industry leading environmental sealing capability.  This product includes an O-ring seal for pressure applications, and a fixed mounting flange for simple installation using one fastener.

FEATURES
*  Wide operating temperature range: -40ºC to 150ºC [-40°F to 302°F]
*  Environmental sealing: Moisture ingress protection rated to IP69k
*  Robust electrical noise immunity: Electrical noise radiated immunity (EMC) rated to 100V/m
*  High frequency switching capability: 3Hz to 20kHz
*  Direction information: From phase-shifted dual output signals
*  O-ring seal: Enables environmental sealing to mounting surface
*  Supply voltage range: 4.5V to 26V

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

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

TRANSPORTATION
*  Hybrid electric transmissions in heavy duty trucks, buses, agriculture and construction machines: May be used to help control power regulation of the hybrid system
*  Wheel speed detection in material handling, agriculture, and construction machines: May be used to detect the speed and direction of the wheels, which translates to the 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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Honeywell Heavy Duty Pressure Transducers: PX2 Series

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Honeywell’s PX2 Series Heavy Duty Pressure Transducers are a portfolio of highly configurable pressure sensors that use piezoresistive sensing technology with ASIC (Application Specific Integrated Circuit) signal conditioning in a stainless steel housing.  The PX2 Series is fully calibrated and compensated for offset, sensitivity, temperature effects and non-linearity using the on-board ASIC. This provides a Total Error Band of ±2% over the operating temperature range of -40 ºC to 125 ºC [-40 °F to 257 °F].

PX2

 

With thousands of possible configurations, the PX2 Series allows Honeywell to meet customer requirements and quickly provide samples. New standard configurations are regularly being added.

The PX2 Series is compatible with a variety of harsh media including brake fluid, common hydrofluorocarbon refrigerants, engine oil, tap water, hydraulic fluids, and compressed air. The wide operating temperature range, ingress protection up to IP69K, and 100 V/m radiated immunity allow for reliable performance in tough environments.

These transducers measure absolute, sealed gage, or vented gage pressure. The absolute versions have an internal vacuum reference and an output value proportional to absolute pressure, the sealed gage versions have an internal pressure reference of one atmosphere at sea level, and the vented gage versions measure pressure with respect to ambient pressure.

The PX2 Series is available in three pressure ranges:
• 1 bar to 70 bar
• 100 kPa to 7 MPa
• 15 psi to 1000 psi

All products are RoHS compliant and are designed and manufactured according to ISO 9001 standards.

POTENTIAL APPLICATIONS

Industrial:
HVAC/R: May be used to monitor system performance for proper environmental control of:
- Compressor inlet and outlet pressure
- Rooftop chillers
- Compressor rack rooms
- Refrigerant recovery systems
- Compressor oil pressure

Air Compressors: May be used to monitor compressor performance and efficiency, specifically:
- Compressor inlet and outlet pressure
- Filter pressure drop
- Cooling water inlet and outlet pressure
- Compressor oil pressure
- Filter pressure drop

General:
May be used to monitor air and fluid pressure in the following applications:
- Emissions monitoring
- Factory automation
- Flow and level
- Fluid power
- Foam dispensing
- Injection molding knock-out valves
- Lasers
- Laminating equipment
- Packaging equipment
- Pneumatics
- Pumps
- Solar energy
- Sprayers
- System pressure
- Valves

 

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Eaton E57 Three-Wire DC Inductive Proximity Sensors

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E57 SensorFeaturing rugged stainless steel bodies, 360° LED indicator, permanently laser-etched label and –40 °C operation – Eaton has relaunched its E57 three-wire DC inductive proximity sensors, raising the bar for value in the sensor marketplace.  Among the relaunched series, the E57P and E57PS offer customers a wider operating voltage, temperature range, higher output current and more robust environmental rating than the E57G series.

However, the E57G series is the more cost-effective offering and is suitable for most customer applications, providing shorter lead time than Eaton’s previous three-wire models.

Features:
• Stainless steel tube
• Short-circuit protection
• Unmatched noise immunity
• Manufactured to withstand harsh physical and environmental conditions
• Available in most popular connection types
• Shielded and unshielded versions available
• Permanently marked with laser etching

Benefits:
Eaton quality, industry standard mounting, high performance, increased reliability, costeffective, increased longevity, short lead times, and a variety
ofconfigurations to meet customer needs.

Operation:
The E57P, E57PS and E57G use the reliable eddy current inductive method of sensing to detect metallic objects that come within range. The proven design makes the product adaptable and easy to set up with most PLCs.

Standards and Certifications:
CE, cUL®, RoHS

 

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Honeywell TBP Series Basic Board Mount Pressure Sensors

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Honeywell is pleased to announce its new Basic Board Mount Pressure Sensors, Compensated, Unamplified TBP Series. These new sensors are designed for customers who require a simple, high quality, cost-effective, basic performance, mV output device. They are compensated and unamplified, ideal for customers who want a temperature-compensated sensor with the maximum possible resolution.

TBP SeriesFEATURES  &  BENEFITS
Wide pressure range: 60 mbar to 10 bar; 6 kPa to MPa; 1 psi to 150 psi
• Small: 7 x 7 mm [0.276 x 0.276 in] is very small when compared to most board mount pressure sensors, occupying less space on the PCB and typically simplifying placement
Wide compensated temperature range: 0 °C to 85 °C [32 °F to 185 °F]
Media compatibility: 
Non-silicone-gel coating: The input port is limited to non-corrosive, non-ionic media such as dry air and gases and should not be exposed to condensation
Silicone gel coating: Uses the same materials in the wetted media path but is protected from condensation by a silicone-based gel coating

Various package styles:
DIP (Dual Inline Pin)
Leadless SMT (Surface Mount Technology)
SMT

Various pressure ports: 
DIP: Single axial barbed port and low-profile port
Leadless SMT: Single axial barbed port and low-profile port
SMT: Single axial barbed port and low-profile port

Supports Lean manufacturing
J-STD-020-D MSL 1 unlimited shelf life after packaging is opened
System can be calibrated within one hour after reflow solder
Compatible with modern lead-free and no-clean solder processes

ISO 9001 compliance

POTENTIAL  APPLICATIONS
Medical
• Hospital beds
• Oxygen concentrators
• Wound therapy
• Blood pressure monitoring

Industrial
• HVAC transmitters
• Air movement control
• Environmental control
• Leak detection
• Industrial controls
• Pneumatic controls
• Other commercial applications

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Finder’s 67 Series 50A, High Capacity PCB Relay Efficiently Minimises Coil Power Dissipation.

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For applications where high current loads need to be switched but power is limited, Finder’s 67 Series 50A, high capacity PCB relay efficiently minimises coil power dissipation.

The relay has a high continuous current contact rating of 50A, and peak current of 150A (5msec), providing two and three pole NO double break contacts.

Developed for inverters with DC inputs up to 1500V and AC outputs up to 690V, and with a 3mm or 5.2mm contact gap according to VDE 0126-1-1, EN 62109-1 & 2 regulations, the 67 Series satisfies the arduous requirements of equipment designed to meet the increasing demand for solar energy, particularly in remote locations and at high altitudes (up to 4000m above sea level).

The relay is also suitable for use in photovoltaic inverters, battery-operated or portable systems, domestic appliances and for 3 phase motor loads up to 7kW.

The Energy Saving Mode feature allows for coil operation in ambient temperatures up to 85C with minimum holding power of just 0.17W

The added air circulation provided by the 1.5mm stand-off between the relay and PCB aids temperature regulation.

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Finder Adds 3 New Application-Specific Movement Detectors to its 18 Series Range

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Based on new innovative electronics and optics Finder has added 3 new application-specific movement detectors to its 18 Series range.

Specifically for sensing within larger rectangular areas such as hotel lobbies and long corridors, the 18.41 surveys an area up to 15 metres either side of the device, giving an extensive total detecting zone of 30 metres long by 4 metres wide, from just a single unit.
 
Central to the 18.51 is an advanced lens and electronics system that achieves two detecting zones with different sensitivities. The central 4 x 4 metre zone responds to very small movements, able for example to pick-up on the presence of a person quietly working at his workplace. But additionally, within an extended 8 x 8 metre zone, it will also respond to normal movements. This product is particularly targeted at offices, schools, and the workplace in general.
 
“Twin-Mirror” technology gives the 18.61 its exceptionally wide viewing angle of 180°. Specifically designed for fitting into new or existing wall boxes, the 18.61 can be installed in corridors along with the 18.41 but is equally suited to small spaces such as bathrooms or passage areas. Essentially it can be installed as a direct replacement for a wall mounted light switch or push-button.
 
All three models share the common characteristics of a wide 110 … 230 V AC power supply range, a 10A rated NO output contact, adjustable ambient light intervention threshold and a Light-Off delay adjustable from 12 to 35 minutes.
 
Depending on the type, these new products can be installed on the ceiling, in suspended ceilings or in recessed or flush mounting boxes.

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The Honeywell SMART Position Sensor, Rotary Configuration, is a Non-Contacting Sensing Solution for Absolute Position Sensing with Enhanced Accuracy.

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Honeywell’s SMART Position Sensors are some of the most durable, adaptable, and lightweight absolute position sensors available in the industry, enabling highly accurate motion control and improving operation efficiency and safety.

Why is the SMART Position Sensor smart? SMART means that this is a sensor that can essentially think for itself. With the SMART position technology, Honeywell has utilized MR (magnetoresistive) technology through the ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) at a level never before accomplished. The rotary configuration joins Honeywell’s SMART Position Sensor family of proven linear and arc configurations.

The SMART Position Sensor, Rotary Configuration, is a non-contacting sensing solution for absolute position sensing with enhanced accuracy. It senses the position of a magnet relative to the sensor in a range of 0º to 360º.

Honeywell uses a patented combination of an ASIC and an array of MR sensors to accurately and reliably determine the position of a magnet collar attached to a rotating object so that the object’s position can be determined or controlled. The output and the MR sensor sequence determine the nearest pair of MR sensors to the center of the magnet location. The output of these two MR sensors is then used to determine the position of the magnet between them.

The SMART Position Sensor, Rotary Configuration, fits on a 25,4 mm [1 in] shaft. A mounting tool fixture (purchased separately) provides repeatable installation.

Value Propositions
*  Non-contact design: Eliminates mechanical failure mechanisms, reducing wear, which improves reliability and durability, and minimizes downtime
*  Combined patented MR sensor and ASIC technology provides absolute position sensing:
   – Helps OEMs reduce warranty costs because they don’t have to replace worn or broken component parts
   – Helps end-users reduce downtime due to fewer calibration requirements
*  No internal moving parts: Automotive-grade potting makes the sensor more resistant to vibration, shock, and extreme temperatures, improving reliability
*  Repeatable output: Occurs within a 3,0 mm ±2,0 mm [0.118 in ±0.079 in] air gap between the sensor and magnet collar, expanding application opportunities
*  High accuracy: Measures values down to 0.01º; better accuracy can provide better application system accuracy
*  IP67 and IP69K sealing: Allows for use in harsh environments such as dust, immersion up to 1 m [39.37 in] of water for 30 minutes, and high pressure water sprays
*  High shock and vibration resistance: Allows for use in a wide variety of tough applications

Features and Benefits
*  Minimal signal error: Up to 2,50 mm [0.10 in] of radial error, simplifying design-in
*  RoHS-compliant: Materials meet Directive 2002/95/EC

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