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Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

 



 

 

Design Center: Motor Drives, Robotics & Controls

December 2016
Ametherm sample kits now available from Mouser

Sensor Sample Kit

Ametherm announced that sample kits of the company's inrush current limiters and NTC sensing thermistors are now available from leading electronic component distributor Mouser Electronics. Mouser is stocking Ametherm's Standard, Mega, Mini, and Sensor Sample Kits. "Consisting of Ametherm's most
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12/30/2016
TDK-Lambda's compact supplies use less space on DIN rail

DRL AC-DC DIN Rail mount power supplies

TDK announced the introduction of the TDK-Lambda brand DRL AC-DC DIN Rail mount power supplies. With efficiencies of up to 90%, waste heat has been reduced, allowing the use of very narrow width package sizes ranging from 18mm for the 10W, to 72mm for the 100W model. Less space on the rail provides additional
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12/29/2016
Panasonic's Soft-PGS is a thermal solution for extremely thin spaces

Soft-PGS enhances thermal coupling

Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe has launched a highly-compressible Thermal Interface Material (TIM) to reduce contact thermal resistance between rough surfaces in extremely thin spaces. Soft-PGS enhances the thermal coupling between heat producing devices (heat sources) and heat dissipation
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12/28/2016

DoE to spend $18M to accelerate plug-in EVs and alt fuels

The Energy Department (DoE) announced $18 million in support of five EV projects

The Energy Department (DoE) announced $18 million in support of five projects for research, development, and demonstration of innovative plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) and direct injection propane engine technologies, as well as community-based projects to accelerate the adoption of light, medium and heavy duty
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12/28/2016
XP Power's encapsulated 80W AC-DC modules have a tiny footprint

ECE80 series of 80W single output AC-DC encapsulated power supply modules

XP Power announced the ECE80 series of 80W single output AC-DC encapsulated power supply modules with high efficiency and a low no load input power. The modules are perfect for customers requiring an encapsulated AC-DC power solution in an ultra-compact format for either PCB, chassis, or DIN rail mounting. The
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12/27/2016
TDK-Lambda's compact 480W DIN-rail supply is 93% efficient

DRB480-24-1 AC-DC DIN Rail mount power supply

TDK announced the introduction of the TDK-Lambda brand DRB480-24-1 AC-DC DIN Rail mount power supply. With an efficiency of up to 93%, waste heat has been reduced, allowing the use of a compact enclosure size featuring a power density of 6 Watts per inch3. The power supply is suitable for a wide range of industrial
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12/23/2016
Vishay's hybrid solid-state relays offer fast operation, wide temp range, and high load voltage

VOR hybrid solid-state relays

Vishay Intertechnology expanded its VOR family of hybrid solid-state relays with four new devices designed to deliver superior electrical characteristics for telecommunications, industrial, security system, and metering applications. Compared to similar solutions, the new Vishay Semiconductors 1 Form A VOR1121A6,
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12/21/2016
XP Power's encapsulated 80W AC-DC modules tout ultra-compact footprint

ECE80 series of 80W single output AC-DC encapsulated power supply modules

XP Power announced the ECE80 series of 80W single output AC-DC encapsulated power supply modules with high efficiency and a low no load input power. The modules are perfect for customers requiring an encapsulated AC-DC power solution in an ultra-compact format for either PCB, chassis, or DIN rail mounting. The
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12/21/2016
The MG / MGM Series from Stackpole is a high voltage thru hole resistor product with resistance values from 1K ohms up to 1G ohm. The metal glaze element provides working voltages ranging from 1600V up to 7000V, tolerances as low as 1% and 100 ppm TCR. The MG / MGM Series ideal for all applications
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12/20/2016
RECOM's 120W half-bricks for rail and monitoring apps now at Dengrove

RECOM RPA120H-RW

Dengrove Electronic Components has extended its portfolio of EN50155-compliant DC/DC converters by introducing the RECOM RPA120H-RW, which delivers up to 120W in the industry-standard half-brick footprint of 61.0mm x 57.9mm. In addition to satisfying EN50155, the harmonised European standard
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12/20/2016
The automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has today concluded a purchase contract with SEMIKRON International for the acquisition of 51% of the shares of Compact Dynamics, a manufacturer of high-performance electric motors. At the same time, Schaeffler and SEMIKRON have agreed a cooperation for the development
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12/20/2016
Vicor introduces three new DCMs in a VIA Package

DCM in a VIA Package

The DCM in a VIA Package is a ruggedized modular DC-DC converter operating from an unregulated, wide range input, to generate an isolated and regulated high efficiency output with much higher power densities than competitive products. The new DCMs offer power system engineers a better brick with their enhanced
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12/19/2016
High Growth Robotics has announced the launch of the British Robotics Seed Fund – the first investment fund specialising in UK-based robotics start-ups. The focus of the Fund is to deliver returns to Investors by making targeted investments in promising UK-based seed-stage robotics companies wrapped within
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12/16/2016
Confusion in the traction-motor business

Electric Motors for Electric Vehicles 2017-2027

What do golf cars and heavy electric trucks have in common? There is still no agreement on the best type of electric motor to use in either of them. On IDTechEx analysis, the booming, confusing traction motor business will rise to around $400 billion in 2027. The new IDTechEx Research report, Electric Motors
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12/15/2016
Mark your calendar to join us for these events taking place during APEC 2017. Micromouse Back by popular demand, you won't want to miss the world-famous APEC Micromouse Competition. The
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12/15/2016
Powerbox offers power solution for marine and industrial systems

DIN-Rail & Cassette Marine Line

Powerbox, one of Europe’s largest power supply companies and a leading force for 4 decades in optimizing power solutions for demanding applications, introduces four new products within its Marine Line, PT570, PT571, PT576 and PT577, complying with the major classifications and approved by Det Norske Veritas
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12/15/2016
AMETEK launches Sorensen HPX programmable DC system for high-power apps

Sorensen HPX High Power Extensible DC source

AMETEK Programmable Power, a leader in programmable AC and DC power test solutions, manufacturing such brands as California Instruments, Sorensen, and Elgar, has introduced a new DC power system in the Sorensen family ideally suited for high-power applications. AMETEK’s new Sorensen HPX High Power
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12/14/2016
TE Connectivity claims smallest and lightest 1000 A/1000 VDC contactor avail

KILOVAC K1K contactors

TE Connectivity, a leader in connectivity and sensors, recently released its KILOVAC K1K high-voltage contactor. Designed for harsh environments, these contactors offer exceptional performance in new-technology higher voltage and current battery systems and energy storage systems. This contactor is among the
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12/13/2016
Arçelik, one of the world’s leading manufacturers in home appliances industry, is championing new IE4 energy efficient motors to combat increasing energy consumption. Along with increasing renewable energy generation, improving energy efficiency is vital to balancing increased consumption and reducing
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12/12/2016
Gaia Converter releases family of ultra wide input converters target rail, trans and mil/aero apps

DC/DC Converters for Railway, Transportation, Airborne and Military applications

Gaia Converter released a new family of ultra wide input voltage range DC/DC Converters targeting Railway, Transportation, Airborne and Military applications. Uniquely wide, the MGDDI-06 Series 12-160V input voltage range is ideal to cover all typical battery/bus voltages at once (24V, 28V, 36V, 48V,
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12/09/2016
Conrad Connect allows control and management of connected devices

Conrad Connect allows the management of smart devices across different vendor

Conrad Business Supplies introduced Conrad Connect, an innovative platform that allows users to connect smart devices from different manufacturers and displays data on an easy-to-use, intuitive dashboard. The platform is ideal for operations managers and maintenance workers to record user data, monitor and manage
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12/09/2016
TDK's SMT high-current chokes have a compact design

EPCOS ERU SMT power inductors

TDK has extended its portfolio of EPCOS ERU SMT power inductors with the ERU16 choke series that comprises ten different types. The inductance values of the new B82559*A016 series extend from 1.0 µH to 30 µH and their saturation currents range from 9.2 A DC to 37 A DC. The outstanding feature of
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12/08/2016
Bel Power adds 550W open-frame supplies to ABC/MBC Series

Bel Power Solutions’ open-frame, AC-DC power supply

Bel Power Solutions, a division of Bel Fuse, a premier manufacturer of power management devices, announced the expansion of Bel Power Solutions’ open-frame, AC-DC power supply portfolio to include the ABC550 and MBC550 Series of power supplies for industrial and medical applications. These units deliver up
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12/08/2016
The year 2016 was a tumultuous year for everyone, and that isn’t even considering the political stuff, which I won’t go into here. From celebrity deaths to natural disasters to cool stuff in tech, this has been a very interesting year. In the case of celebrities, I primarily bring them up because,
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12/07/2016
In today’s data acquisition systems (DAQs), performance boundaries are continually being pushed.  System designers require higher speed, lower noise, and better total harmonic distortion (THD) performance; all of which are possible but none of which are free.  These performance improvements typically
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12/07/2016
Artesyn launches 28Vout DC-DC 700W Half-Brick for telecom and wireless

ADH700 half-brick dc-dc converter module

Artesyn Embedded Technologies launched a new 700 watt half-brick dc-dc converter module, the ADH700 series. The first model available offers a 28 V nominal output and is designed to support the popular use of LDMOS technology used in high power wireless base station (BTS) deployments. LDMOS stands for laterally
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12/06/2016
Mouser Now offering MEAS Weather Shield from TE Connectivity

MEAS weather shield for Arduino/Genuino

Mouser Electronics, a leading New Product Introduction (NPI) distributor with a wide selection of semiconductors and electronic components, is now stocking the MEAS weather shield for Arduino/Genuino from TE Connectivity (TE), a global leader in connectivity and sensors. The MEAS weather shield integrates five
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12/06/2016
PSDcast - Vesa Jokitulppo of GE Industrial Solutions on power design in the negative space

Vesa Jokitulppo of GE Industrial Solutions

In this PSDcast, Vesa Jokitulppo of GE Industrial Solutions talks to Alix Paultre of Power Systems Design on power engineering. In today's engineering environment, space savings is among the strongest drivers. "Designing in the negative space" is a concept GE is pursuing to provide space-constrained
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Date:
12/06/2016
Safety vs. performance

The creepage distance is the shortest path between two conductors along the surface of an isolator (typically a PCB)

When designing a switch-mode power supply (SMPS) operating losses and the ability to dissipate heat are critical selection criteria for MOSFETs. The standard TO-220 package is generally good at dissipating heat and the wide range of heatsinks and forced-air cooling options available can easily improve this.
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12/04/2016
Molex has signed a distribution agreement for their industrial product range with Bürklin Elektronik for Europe. Bürklin is a German distributor of high quality electronic components. More than 34,500 items from the Molex Industrial segment can now be ordered via Bürklin Elektronik. This
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Date:
12/01/2016
Cars reinvented: huge opportunities and dangers

The biggest change in cars for one hundred years is now starting

The new IDTechEx report, Electric Car Technology and Forecasts 2017-2027 finds that the biggest change in cars for one hundred years is now starting. It is driven by totally new requirements and capabilities. They will cause huge new businesses to appear but some giants currently making cars and their parts
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Date:
12/01/2016
Toshiba launches compact, hi-res 40V, 1.8A bipolar stepping motor driver

TB62269FTAG bipolar stepping motor driver

Toshiba Electronics Europe has introduced a high-voltage, high-resolution bipolar stepping motor driver with maximum ratings of 40V and 1.8A. The ultra-compact TB62269FTAG will suit applications ranging from home appliances and industrial automation to 3D printers and ATMs. Supplied in a QFN32
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Date:
12/01/2016

 



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