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Tabletop inspection system

UniWest has developed a tabletop, three-axis, semi-automatic eddy current testing inspection system. The ES-1000 provides eddy current testing for rotationally symmetric parts, such as engine disk bores and webs.

For large organizations, including aircraft manufacturers and global aircraft maintenance facilities, the ES-1000’s design allows sharing of existing components, such as probes, part-mounts and signal-processing instruments, as well as computers and monitors, between eddy current testing systems. For regional facilities servicing smaller jet aircraft, the ES-1000’s acquisition cost makes investing in a semi-automated eddy current system viable when compared to a full-scale system.

The modular ES-1000 system comprises four operationally independent components: turntable and gantry module; eddy current generation and processing instrument; eddy current probe; and computer and display, running Windows 7 or higher.

Visit: www.uniwest.com.

Call: 509-544-0720.

Distance sensor

Sick has announced the OD Mini short-range distance sensor for precise measurement tasks. Depending on the application, the OD Mini offers measuring ranges from 100 to 250 mm.

The OD Mini is a stand-alone device that uses a teach-in LED display or an external teaching input. The sensor is available in two sensor housings, including rugged 70-gram stainless steel housing for harsh environments and a lightweight 40-gram aluminum housing for standard applications.

The OD Mini is ideal for positioning, classification and quality control applications in the robotics, machine tools, electronics, automotive and packaging industries.

Visit: www.sickusa.com.

Call: 952-829-4728.

Smart aqua meter

The SAM-1 smart aqua meter from Sensorex measures and records pH, oxidation-reduction potential, conductivity and temperature values, and is compatible with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets. It delivers analytical measurements in the lab or field for use in environmental, education and industrial applications.

The SAM-1 plugs into the headphone jack of a smartphone or tablet and connects to Sensorex smart analytical sensors for measurement. The SAM-1 app is available as a free download, and recognizes the smart sensor type and calibration data.

Time, date and GPS location are recorded with each reading, and users may add location name and additional comments. Readings can be shared through email or exported to a spreadsheet for analysis and record retention.

Visit: www.sensorex.com.

Email: sales@sensorex.com.


Fluke has released two single function calibrators for simulating process temperature sensors. The 712B and 714B thermocouple temperature calibrators allow instrument, process and plant maintenance technicians to test process temperature instrumentation.

The Fluke 712B measures and simulates 13 different resistance temperature detectors types and resistance. The 714B measures and simulates 17 different thermocouple types, as well as millivolts, to verify process sensors by direct comparison of measured versus reported temperatures. The calibrators also measure four to 20 mA signals with 0.001 mA resolution while simultaneously sourcing a temperature signal—with readings displayed on the backlit display.

Visit: www.fluke.com.

Call: 800-443-5853.

Encoder system

Renishaw’s Atom noncontact optical linear and rotary incremental encoder system filters optics with auto-gain control and auto-offset control for signal stability and dirt immunity. Applications include laser scanning, precision micro stages, semiconductor, medical, microscopy, scientific research and space-critical motion control, inspection and metrology.

Atom offers analog speeds to 20 m/s and digital resolutions to 1 nm when used with Renishaw interpolation electronics. Scale options include linear and rotary scales in stainless steel and glass. A variety of high-accuracy scales is available, including industry-standard stainless steel tapes, high-accuracy linear glass spars and rotary glass discs from 17 mm to 108 mm in diameter.

Visit: www.renishaw.com.

Call: 847-286-9953.

Rotary encoders

Heidenhain is offering the ERO 1200/1400 series of modular optical rotary encoders without integral bearing. The ERO 1200/1400 encoders are a noncontact solution well-suited for motion control use on dynamic stages and machines in the general automation or semiconductor industries, such as a pick-and-place machines. They also are used on air bearing spindles, blood pumps and servo motors in robotic applications.

With through-shaft diameters of 4, 6, or 8 mm, and a self-centering slide mechanism, the ERO 1400 is a small, versatile encoder with onboard interpolation and easy mounting. The ERO 1200 is available with a 10 mm or 12 mm shaft, offering a graduation accuracy of ±6 arc seconds.

Visit: www.heidenhain.us.

Call: 847-490-1191.

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