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FINDER PIR Movement Detectors for Control of Interior and Exterior Lighting Installations


The 18 Series of PIR movement detectors from Finder has been extended to include a new model that operates outdoors in addition to the existing indoor model. The units detect body heat to control lighting in a range of applications, including energy saving and security.

The detectors can reduce energy consumption by automatically switching off lighting when it is not required. This addresses the increasing pressure on companies from both governments and environmental groups to reduce energy consumption, which means that areas of unnecessary lighting have come under scrutiny.  In parallel to this, there is a need for improved lighting particularly in exterior areas to deter potential intruders.

Finder’s PIR detectors are targeted at designers, engineers, contractors and installers of lighting control systems in commercial, industrial and domestic premises.  They will be of particular use in areas inside and outside buildings that are not permanently occupied, such as offices, washrooms, corridors, stairwells and stores as well as outside loading bays, access ramps, etc. where constant lighting is not required.


The output contact for both the 18.01 interior model and the 18.11 exterior model is rated at 10A, with a 20A peak current capability, suitable for switching a 230V incandescent or halogen lighting load of up to 1kW or a compensated fluorescent lighting load rated at up to 350W.

The coverage area spans 110° in both the vertical and the horizontal plane, and the sensing range is specified up to 8m. An integral adjustable threshold light sensor ensures that energy is not wasted by preventing the lights from being switched on in conditions of high ambient light.

To avoid accidentally switching off lights when personnel are still in the lighting zone, the Series 18 PIR units feature an extended ‘on time’. This enables the length of time the lights remain on after movement detection ceases to be extended by a preset delay time, which can be adjusted to between 10 and 180 seconds.

The versatile design of both Series 18 PIR models features a ball joint construction that enables simple, trouble free mounting on a flat vertical or horizontal surface, with the ability to angle the detection head to adjust the required detection area by up to 180° in the horizontal plane, and 27° in the vertical plane.

The 18.01 model allows concealed cable entry via the mounting bracket, while the IP54 protected 18.11 exterior model features a PG9 cable gland entry in the base. The electrical contacts are lead-free AgSnO2.

The Series 18 PIR range is entirely designed and manufactured in-house at Finder’s European facility near Turin in Italy. The design includes custom embedded system programming, CAD evolved optics, custom designed electronics, tooling and test equipment.  The units are competitively priced and offer specifiers and end users a European designed and built PIR with unparalleled flexibility, in a neat and compact housing.


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ARCOLECTRIC Smart Indicator Series

New from Arcolectric is a range of smart indicators – intelligent devices that operate like standard neon indicators, but with added functionality. The intelligent embedded microcontroller can be programmed for multiple applications, and the first three offerings from this family are a Single phase supply checker, a Maintenance indicator and a Temperature monitor.

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The indicators have the familiar and convenient snap-in profile and feature fast-on terminals, so are drop-in replacements for Neon lamps, making it simple and fast to upgrade an existing product design with new functionality. The smart indicators feature dual LED illumination, so there is a wide choice of illumination colours and colour combinations.

Single phase supply checker (C1431AL)
The supply checker can be fitted as a direct replacement for a Neon indicator, giving clear visual equipment safety indication. The device connects to Live, Neutral and Earth terminals, and monitors the appliance and incoming mains supply for swapped or missing electrical connections. Blue LED illumination indicates correct connections, while Red LED illumination indicates a swapped connection fault. A flashing Red LED indicates a missing connection, such as detached neutral or earth.

Intended for use on appliances or equipment where cable damage is a possibility, such as: portable appliances, site equipment, power tools, garden equipment, extension cable reels, audio equipment, commercial kitchens and stainless steel appliances.

Maintenance indicator (C1432AL)
The indicator monitors appliance usage, and operates as a preventative maintenance or regular inspection reminder for the equipment user. A direct replacement for a neon indicator, the unit counts time that mains power is applied, and remembers the accumulated time even if power is switched off. Blue LED illumination indicates normal operation, but when the factory set operating time is exceeded the illumination changes to flashing Red, indicating that service or maintenance action is required. Connecting the ‘reset’ terminal to neutral resets the timer to zero, and timing starts again.

Typical domestic applications are reminding coffee machine users to decalcify their machines, change deep fat fryer oil, and change or clean cooker hood filters. For service interval indication, the unit could be fitted into gas appliances to indicate when servicing or inspection is overdue. Additionally, users could be given an indication when their appliance warranty period is about to expire.

Temperature monitor (C1433AL)
The temperature monitor is a snap-in device to clearly indicate that refrigeration temperatures are within safe limits. Upper and lower temperature limits can be factory programmed to suit the application. The monitor operates like a standard neon indicator, giving visible on/off status indication for the appliance. Normal operation shows continuous blue LED illumination while the monitored temperature is within the ‘safe’ range between lower and upper limits. Should the measured temperature fall outside of the ‘safe’ range, the LED illumination changes colour to Red. The unit has a pre-connected temperature sensor on a flying lead, ready for quick installation.

Intended for convenient monitoring of deep freeze, refrigeration, cold storage, chiller or air conditioning operation, giving a visual check of the correct temperature without having to know the exact temperature or the limits.


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BULGIN IP68 Dust and Waterproof Bluetooth Adapter


Bluetooth wireless connectivity is the latest addition to Bulgin’s USB Buccaneer waterproof connector family. Bluetooth Buccaneer is a robust USB to Bluetooth adapter designed to overcome common limitations with hardwired USB connections, such as the 5 metre distance restriction and signal isolation problems.


In any wireless application the antenna must be mounted in an external position for optimum range, but often the antenna is lacking in robustness or can defeat the integrity level of the enclosure.
Bluetooth Buccaneer’s IP68 rated dust and waterproof connector is designed to withstand the rigorous demands of harsh or industrial environments, and the Bluetooth electronics with built-in antenna are robustly housed in the overmoulded UL94V-0 body.
Operating at 2.4GHz in the Industrial, Scientific and Medical (ISM) Band, the Class 1 adapter, PX0880/1, can support a working range up to 100m depending on site conditions. The lower power Class 2 adapter, PX0880/2, has a range up to 25m.

The mating panel mount connector, PX0842/A, has a standard USB type A connection, allowing the Bluetooth adapter module to be temporarily removed while standard USB cables or USB memory sticks are utilised.
Comprehensive utility software and drivers can be freely downloaded from Bulgin’s web site, although the most popular plug and play operating systems will automatically recognise the adapter.
Bluetooth Buccaneer will find many applications within industrial control, where water and dust may be present, and a strong, robust and secure wireless connection is needed between computers and peripherals.

Features Include:

  • Dust & Waterproof to IP68
  • Screw coupling for secure connection
  • Built-in antenna
  • Bluetooth specification V1.1 & V1.2
  • Windows compatible drivers
  • Class 1 working Range up to 100m
  • Class 2 working Range up to 25m
  • Data rates up to 723kbps
  • RoHS Compliant


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BULGIN Vandal Resistant Switches now with Blue LEDs


The latest addition to Bulgin’s family of Vandal Resistant Switches is a blue illuminated version, a colour particularly suited to contemporary panel designs.

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Two designs of LED illuminated switches available:

  • ‘Dot’ illumination – a single lens in the middle of the button
  • ‘Ring’ illumination – a halo lens that surrounds the button

The bodies of these switches are machined from high grade stainless steel to produce an extremely tough yet aesthetically pleasing switch. A tough Polycarbonate lens is combined with the stainless steel button. The standard colours of red, green and amber have been joined by a blue option, and, typical of Bulgin’s high standard of design detail, the LED housing is moulded in the same colour material as the LED’s themselves.

Tested to 750,000 mechanical operations and 35,000 electrically, the MPI series have single pole contacts rated at 50mA, 24V dc. The switches have either solder tags or screw terminals, useful for easy field servicing, and are front panel sealed to IP66 making them ideal for external applications.

This family of switches all have momentary action contacts, which lend themselves to door entry and access control applications along with many other uses such as: car park barriers, emergency telephones, panic buttons, vending machines, lifts, prisons, petrol pumps and food processing.


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SCHURTER'S High Attenuation, High Quality Two Stage Filter Modules

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Schurter’s IEC connector power entry modules are now available with a two stage line filter for high attenuation characteristics over a broad frequency range. The highly compact FKHD and FKID models consist of a C14 appliance inlet type according to IEC 60320-1 with a two pole line switch, fuse holder and filter.

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The fuse holder offers one or two pole protection via 5 x 20mm fuse links. The fuse-links can only be replaced when the power cable is removed, ensuring a current free fuse replacement. The modules are available in a nickel-plated metal version as well as in a cost efficient aluminium version. All of the filters have the option of a medical version additionally to the standard filter for rated currents at 1, 2, 4, 6 and 10A. Schurter’s FKH and FKI modules offer the same options in a single stage filter

Schurter products are characterised by high quality, innovative design, with modules pre-wired as standard eliminating the time and expense of fitting link wires. A further advantage is the layout of the components, which allows a line interruption by the switch close to the power entrance, therefore producing no standby-losses within the filter components. The screw-on mounting offers a low mounting height.

The FK range is approved for 1-10 A 125/250 VAC, 50/60 Hz according to IEC/EN, resp. UL CSA. Furthermore they meet all requirements according to IEC/EN 60950. The modules are ideal for use in medical applications according to IEC 60601-1 as well as for general data communication or similar industrial applications according to IEC 60950. The two-stage version of the filter suits especially for applications as measurement and audio equipment, where an optimal signal-to-noise ratio is required.


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SCHURTER Extends MSM Line to Include Switch with Larger Actuation Area

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Schurter has expanded its popular stainless steel MSM series with the addition of a 30 mm diameter switch. The current product line is already available in 16, 19, and 22 mm mounting diameters. The new MSM30 offers the same robust characteristics as its smaller counterparts, only it has a larger, ergonomically designed, actuating area for superb tactile feel. Actuation force is 4.5 Newtons, and contact travel is only 1 millimeter with a fixed stop accompanied by a pleasant audible click. The MSM series provides maximum switching power over a voltage range of 5 V DC to 250 V AC and a current range of 0.1 – 10 amps. Switching action is single-pole, momentary with N.O. and N.C. contacts available.



Built for tough environments, the MSM carries a water-resistant rating of IP 67, making it ideal for use outdoors, or in equipment exposed to the liquid spills, drips, leaks or wash-downs. A shock resistant rating of IK 07 makes it ideal for use in environments where the switch can be subject to heavy use or impact. The switch can also operate under varying temperature conditions as low as -25 and as high as 85 C. A flat front construction of only 1.7 millimeters provides a nearly flush mounting to the panel surface, which makes it less conspicuous and therefore less likely to be knocked or battered from the side.

These new MSM30 is ideal for systems where a large actuating area is required for operation, such as information, security and vending systems. Wiring is via quick connect terminals.  Assembly includes pre-wiring of the contact module, which is then snapped onto the actuator housing.  Point and ring illuminated versions of the MSM are available for applications where optical status indications are desired, such as dark conditions or disability access systems.


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SCHURTER Appliance Coupler Type IEC 60320-2-2 Typ J resp. L for Rated Currents up to 20A, in Screw or Snap-In Version for High Current Applications

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The new series 4797 completes the SCHURTER range of appliance couplers for up to 21 A with a unique variety of versions. The product 4797 consists of two versions for screw or snap-in mounting. The snap-in version was developed in response to customer demand for easier mounting and smaller fit over the screw type, which is especially important for gang mounting. It is available for panel thicknesses ranging from 0.8 up to 3.0 mm. Connection are made with quick connect terminals 6.3 x 0.8 mm, or solder tabs. The body is made from flame resistant thermoplastic UL94-V0 and the copper alloy connector tabs are lead free plated.


The appliance coupler is offered standard as type J according IEC 60320 –2-2 for protection class I applications (L/ N/ PE). A version protection class 2 version with connector type J (L/ N) is available on request. The products are approved for 16A 250 VAC @ 50/60 Hz according ENEC and for 20A 125/250 VAC @ 50/60 Hz according to cURus (USA & Canada). The 4797 outlets are suitable for use in applications according to IEC/EN 60950, providing a convenient solution for distributing power from racks to multiple pieces of equipment. They are also suited for use in outlet strips used for power distribution in household, offices and industrial environments. TYPE 4797.pdf


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CROUZET Solutions Integrate Perfectly In All Your Applications


Logic Controllers            Safety Relays          Electronic Timer Relays 

Control Relays                Temperature Controllers                Counters 

Crouzet has been accompanying our customers in the design and production of automation products, whatever the end application may be, for more than 30 years.

Crouzet places all its know-how at the disposal of its customers to answer customisation needs and adapt our products and the accessories. To guarantee that our products integrate perfectly in all equipment, Crouzet customises its products to any environment or application.

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From pure Research and Development to the simplest improvement to a standard product, we can offer you customised products while continuing to innovate : from specific connections for motors through specific functions developed for you on the MilleniumII+, Crouzet is at your service to listen to you and answer your need.

Across the globe, Crouzet places its technical and industrial know-how at our customers’ disposal to guarantee that our solutions integrate perfectly in all your applications.


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CML Innovative Technologies – LED Traffic Lights Results in Reduced Running Costs and Fewer Maintenance Calls


CML Innovative Technologies recently announced its new generation of traffic lights using latest LED technology. Featuring a lower power consumption than conventional signalling units, the new range of LED traffic lights also benefits from reduced running costs and heat generation, leading to longer unit life and fewer maintenance calls.

Available in both High Brite and High Flux versions the units come in 210mm or 300mm diameter format and offer a range of voltages (40V, 130V and 240V), making them suitable for signalling applications all across Europe.

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The new range of cost-effective LED traffic lights is not only designed for road traffic control but can also be used in a variety of other signalling applications such as railway, construction, airport, loading bays and overhead.

CML Innovative Technologies LED traffic lights are available in both large and small quantities to allow sampling on projects.


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CML Innovative Technologies Appoints New Distributor


CML Innovative Technologies are pleased to announce the appointment of specialist distributor, E. Preston (Electrical) Ltd, to its UK Franchised Distribution Network. 

E. Preston Electrical, a switch and electromechanical specialist, have built a sound reputation for their technical skills and attention to service and are expected to add more emphasis to design-ins within new market sectors, complementing the successful work being carried out by the existing network.

Stefan Keller, Director Global Marketing, commented; “New business is what every company is seeking and we believe with the addition of E. Preston Electrical our Network will bring additional growth.”

CML Innovative Technologies provides its customers with one-stop lighting solutions and uses state-of-the-art computer aided design to help customers develop innovative solutions at the earliest stages of every project.  The company can help refine customer concepts, develop specifications, create working prototypes; and with over 150 years of concept, design, and manufacturing experience, CML is uniquely qualified to serve the industries lighted component requirements. 


E. Preston Electrical have now added to their range the most comprehensive line of lighting components in the industry and communication with our partners is key to our mutual success.  CML look forward to having E. Preston Electrical part of our existing reputation for providing superior quality, reliability, value, and service.

March 2006


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