Networked sensor

R-Series magnetostrictive position sensor is now offered with standard CANbus, DeviceNet, and Profibus outputs. Sensor is available in flexible, hydraulic, profile and high-pressure sensing element application housings. Fieldbus models also offer multiple magnet sensing with up to 15 positions and five velocities simultaneously.

MTS Systems Corp. Write 309 on PE card

Controller with text

Model 3204 process controller has a text display, high accuracy input, five onboard process recipes with 48 parameters per recipe, and an ammeter display, which derives its input from a CT. Text display aids in configuration by describing setup parameters in English or three other languages.

Eurotherm Write 310 on PE card

Circular process recorder

CT7300 2-pen circular process chart recorder measures and records up to two process variables from a variety of inputs. Record and optional alarm settings are easily configured for multiple recording applications. To protect your process, the economical recorder's battery backup continually records up to 48 hours in the event of a power loss.

Omega Engineering, Inc. Write 311 on PE card

PB switches for harsh environments

IP series of push-button switches has been expanded for use in harsh environments. In addition to a variety of momentary-action switches, this series now offers latch-action on/off models, which feature two-position actuators for clear indication of switch state. Other features include shock and vibration resistance, round and square panel bezels, and sealing and illumination options.

APEM Components, Inc. Write 312 on PE card

Optical data readers

MAC340 andMAC344 are fixed-mounted data matrix readers for product identification or online data recording. Optical readers feature an optical anti-mirror system to suppress light reflections on glossy surfaces. Ambient light problems are eliminated by synchronization among the high-energy flash, camera functions, and trigger signal.

Pepperl+Fuchs Write 313 on PE card

Temperature controllers

Series M temperature controllers are Z|zn DIN and are designed for thermal control applications such as plastics, food processing, furnaces, packaging, and environmental chambers. Controllers include autotune software, dedicated auto/manual key, multiple standard outputs, and IP65 rated front panel. Options include serial communications, analog control, and retransmission output

Athena Controls, Inc. Write 314 on PE card

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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

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