Instruments and controls


Digital controller

UDC3200 monitors and controls temperature, pressure, flow, level, and other process variables in applications such as furnaces, ovens, environmental chambers, packaging machinery, and plastic processing machines. Controller features two universal analog inputs, configurable math functions, NEMA 4X/IP66-rated front faceplate, IR com port, Ethernet or RS-485 connection, automatic tuning, and multilingual display configurations.


Honeywell International Write 300 on PE card


Web-based temperature transmitter

iTHX transmitter allows users to monitor and record temperature, relative humidity, and dew point over an Ethernet network or the internet with a standard browser, serving active web pages to display real-time readings, display charts of temperature and humidity, or log data in standard data formats for use in a spreadsheet or data acquisition program such as Excel or Visual Basic.


Omega Engineering, Inc. Write 301 on PE card


Hot runner controllers

K series modular hot runner controllers include two models. K-10 monitors up to 60 zones; K-20 monitors up to 120 zones. Designed for injection molding, controllers are available with or without current measurement, touch screen consoles, and mounting flexibility. Wide range of control cards provides variety of configurations.


Athena Controls, Inc. Write 302 on PE card


Power monitor

PowerXplorer PX5-400 was designed specifically for measuring and monitoring power on 50 Hz., 60 Hz., and 400 Hz., power systems. Power monitor features automated setups, color graphical user interface (GUI), high-speed sampling, and eight channels. Unit measures transients, sags and spikes, unbalance, frequency tolerances, and harmonics.


Dranetz-BMI Write 303 on PE card


Digital panel meters

Trident digital panel meters feature shallow-depth cases with watertight NEMA 4X front panels and bright red 0.56 inch 4-digit LED displays. Meters are calibrated to accept voltage and current inputs, 100-Ohm RTDs, and most common thermocouples. Units include push-button setup and programming, sealed keypad, Modbus serial communication, and isolated, linearized 4-20 mA output.


Precision Digital Corp. Write 304 on PE card


Photoelectric sensors

ML3 series of subminiature photoelectric sensors for convergent beam sensing offers a sensing window that can be customized to an application, operating at a focal point of 120 mm and more for white targets. The sensing window allows both foreground and background objects to be ignored.


Pepperl+Fuchs, Inc. Write 305 on PE card


Digital pressure gauge

PG-3000 digital pressure gauges are now cCSAus Class 1 Div 1 approved for use in hazardous locations. Standard pressure ranges are available from vacuum to 500 psi and 0 up to 10,000 psi. Powered by two long-life lithium batteries, gauge is protected by NEMA 4X enclosure and features large 41/2 digit LCD.


Scientific Technologies, Inc. Write 306 on PE card


Small DMM

PDMM-20 pocket multimeter is an autofunction, low impedance digital multimeter (DMM) with a Category III 300V safety rating. Meter features noncontact voltage detection, ghost reading elimination, and automatic shutoff to save battery life.


Greenlee Write 307 on PE card


Transmitter with Modbus

IMV25 multivariable transmitter is now available with Modbus digital communications. Unit features new process interface structure, extended measurement ranges, and PC-based configuration software.


Foxboro, Div of Invensys Process Systems Write 308 on PE card


Charge amp

Model 4601 charge amplifier is a high-performance, general-purpose laboratory instrument with signal conditioning for piezoelectric accelerometers and pressure transducers. Unit features 500 mV/pC maximum sensitivity, calibrated transducer sensitivity control, 10-Vpp full scale output, fixed and adjustable outputs, and built in overload indicator.


Columbia Research Laboratories, Inc. Write 309 on PE card


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