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IBASE Europe, reputable manufacturer of industrial systems, panel PC’s and SBC’s

IBASE Europe (TMC Technology), a wholly-owned subsidiary of IBASE Technology Inc. (Taiwan),  is a reputable manufacturer and supplier of single board computers, motherboards and systems in the Industrial PC market based on x86 and RISC architectures. The product lines include a comprehensive range of embedded boards in various form factors, box PCs, Panel PCs and network appliances.

NEW MENTOR Handles Microsite

NEW MENTOR Handles Microsite

An easy-to-navigate Engineer’s Road Map!

An invaluable tool to help Engineers Select Handles

The new microsite includes 50 new handles added in 2017 to MENTOR’s range of Chrome, Plastic, Aluminium and Steel Handles, the majority being available ex-stock and at low MOQs.

MENTOR is the world’s largest manufacturer of high quality industrial, enclosure and equipment handles and knobs. Their eclectic selection offers elegant and functional solutions for any application requiring a handle. It includes hundreds of plastic (some two-component), anodised aluminium, chrome, steel and stainless steel variants to choose from, all with multiple size options.

See a quick overview of the range from the rolling thumbnails on the new microsite and then drill down to the engineering detail:

 

PLASTIC HANDLES
These handles are made using a single-plastic or two-plastic construction, offering single-colour or two-colour options. MENTOR’s plastic handles are cost-effective, versatile and easy to install. They are designed for different load capacities and versions for high temperature requirements are offered. More
ALUMINIUM HANDLES
The characteristics of aluminium – lightness, strength and a high-quality surface finish- make it an ideal material for many handle applications. MENTOR’s wide range of standard aluminum handles include equipment handles, bow-type handles, fingertip handles, folding handles and handle systems. More…
CHROMIUM PLATED STEEL HANDLES
Handles made of steel are ideal for high bearing loads and are suitable for pulling, pushing, and lifting actions in equipment and machinery applications. Options include fixed and folding types, black plastic hand grips and a choice of chromium plated or black anodised versions. Many new handle type are available. More…
STAINLESS STEEL HANDLES
If elegant design, high strength, chemical resistance or food hygiene are important in your product design, then stainless steel handles are a very good solution. MENTOR’s standard range offers handles made of round or flat oval stainless steel, folding handles and a handle system. Many new versions are available. More…
RECESSED, FOLDING & STRAP HANDLES
A wide range of recessed, “tray”, folding and carrying handles are offered, made of different materials and profiles: plastic recessed handles, plastic folding handles, aluminium, or mixed plastic/aluminium handles, and spring-loaded handles.Space-saving, and ergonomic, they are suitable for high carrying loads. More…
PROP-UP / FLIP-UP CARRYING HANDLES
Easy to assemble and stable in use, these carrying and prop-up handles are made from a mix of plastic and aluminium or steel. Non-slip elements are available as an option – MENTOR’s prop-up carrying handles make a robust and cost-effective solution for devices, enclosures and industrial equipment applications. More…
Visit our new Equipment Handles microsite:
multitron.co.uk/equipment-handles
Established in 1920, MENTOR GmbH is an extremely successful, self-funded and highly-invested company with legendary standards of efficiency. It has 600 employees and is German headquarted with additional substantial manufacturing facilities in Germany, Poland and Tunisia.

Standard stocked parts encompass opto and light guides, handles, knobs, switches, sensors etc. Around 50% of turnover comes from MENTOR innovatively fulfilling customer-specific requirements from design to finished component, all in-house and very cost-effectively.

Opto design and manufacture is a core and world-leading MENTOR competency and they are 1st tier suppliers to many major auto companies.

This experience has resulted in MENTOR developing unique skills; they are able to virtually design optics and take these to in-house production without the need for prototyping. Many non-automotive companies are now exploiting these capabilities.

 

Brexit – Making Your Exports Simple

Manufacturers are facing an increased volume of export orders since Article 50 of Brexit has been signed and sealed. Two of the main issues which manufacturers might think about with the up and coming delivery of Brexit are on-time receipt of components and the ability to maintain low costs.

Luso signs deal with Excelsys to distribute power supplies including fanless high-efficiency 600W module across Europe

London – 21 March 2017: Luso Electronics has become a European representative for Excelsys Technologies and will sell the company’s extensive range of high-efficiency, high power density and high reliability power supplies and related components – primarily for industrial, medical communications and military markets.

Eaton White Paper Reviews Short-circuit Protection Requirement Changes to the North American National Electrical Code

SLOUGH … Eaton has published a white paper entitled “Current-limiting devices: Strengthening the weakest SCCR link”, and an associated UL 508 A control panel design guide, to help OEMs who export comply with new short-circuit protection requirements being implemented by the North American National Electrical Code (NEC) in 2017.

PAT TESTING MADE EASY, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE WITH MARTINDALE ELECTRIC

When it comes to testing portable appliances, the HPAT Series of portable appliance testers from Martindale Electric – one of the most trusted brands in electrical safety – enables both contractors and competent in-house personnel to quickly and safely verify the electrical safety of all types of appliances.

Panasonic introduces new high temperature, long life Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery

Panasonic developed a new high temperature, long life type Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery. With a discharge range of -40°C to 85°C, the new BK1100FHU is suitable for applications requiring high capacity in a wide range of temperatures.

Toshiba Introduces Compact Photorelays with Improved Isolation Voltage of 3.75kV

Toshiba Electronics Europe has introduced two new halogen-free [1] photorelays, that guarantee minimum isolation voltage of 3750Vrms.  The TLP172AM and TLP172GM are housed in 4-pin SO6 packages that can operate at a maximum temperature of 110°C.

 

Both products can be used to replace mechanical relays and are suited to designs demanding high-performance switching, electrical isolation and extended temperature operation. Potential applications include factory automation, battery management systems (BMS), telecommunication equipment and the Internet of Things (IoT).

 

The photorelays utilise multi-chip technology and were developed as high specification, pin-compatible versions of Toshiba’s existing 2.54SOP package products, the TLP172A and TLP172G. A double-mould structure improves minimum voltage isolation to 3750Vrms against the 1500Vrms of existing products.

 

[1] Toshiba Corporation Storage & Electronic Devices Solutions Company defines halogen-free and antimony-free products as those meeting all of the following requirements: (a) containing bromine (Br) and chlorine (Cl) at no more than 900 parts per million (ppm) by weight for each element, and containing bromine and chlorine in an aggregate amount not exceeding 1500 ppm by weight; and (b) containing no more than 1000 ppm antimony (Sb) by weight. For the avoidance of doubt, Halogen-Free/Antimony-Free products may not be entirely free of bromine, chlorine, or antimony, and may contain other element of the halogen family.

For more company information visit TEE’s web site at www.toshiba.semicon-storage.com.

Warner Electric clutch drives forward hybrid transmissions technology

As fossil fuels continue to diminish, engineers are working hard to perfect alternative power transmission. While fully electric systems still have many flaws, in recent years hybrid designs have surged in popularity: they are now found in trains, boats, agricultural equipment and even the latest generation hyper-cars. Warner Electric has designed a customised E220 electromagnetic clutch which transmits high torque, high speed and high power from a diesel engine to an electric transmission system when the batteries begin to lose power.

Switchtec’s high power PCB terminal blocks range is versatile and easy to use

Meeting the need for PCB terminal blocks for use in applications requiring higher current and voltage capabilities, distributor Switchtec has introduced Euroclamp’s MV series of high power terminal blocks. 

Manufacturers are demanding higher rated PCB terminal blocks for use in applications such as AD/DC inverters, motor control and battery storage, which due to their nature require terminal blocks capable of handling high voltages and high currents.  Euroclamp has designed the new range of high power terminal blocks specifically to fulfil these requirements.

The expansive range of MV terminals embraces many different types and formats to exactly meet the needs of the specific requirements; they are ‘no compromise’ components.  The range includes models with current carrying capabilities from 16A up to 125A.   Specifically they are the 16A rated MVE27, the MVSP25 and MVSP27 at 24A, the MV46, the MV47 and MV49 at 32A, MVL47 at 41A, MV10VA at 49A, MV10 at 70A, and the ‘monster’ MVP35 at 125A. Voltage ratings up to 1000V are available.

 Not only are the terminals versatile in their range of power ratings, but also in terms of pitch size, embracing options of 5.08mm, 7.5mm, 7.62mm, 6.35mm, 9.52mm, 10.16mm, 12.7mm and 15mm. Some pitch sizes were chosen to address specific market needs and demands, whilst others were needed to meet the capacity and clearance requirements of the PCB pin and cables commonly used.

Euroclamp’s MV high power PCB terminals from Switchtec are available as standard in green, but as with all Euroclamp’s terminal blocks they can also be purchased in red, yellow, blue, orange and black.  Euroclamp is also able to offer special colours upon request if a particular shade of colour is needed. Other customised versions are available such as with a longer pin length, or even with modifications to the plastic or metal parts, as needed to meet a particular requirement.  The terminals can also be manufactured from plastics that comply with EN60335-1 ‘resistance to heat and fire’ suitable for use in domestic appliances.

The MV PCB terminals have been designed to make cable entry quick and easy, as sometimes manufacturers fall down on this simple point, making wiring frustratingly difficult and time consuming.  They are designed to accept cable sizes up to 35mm2 (2AWG) stranded or rigid (solid) cable or 2 x 10mm2 (2x8AWG) cables. 

Euroclamp’s high power PCB terminals series are CE marked and are cUL, VDE and IMQ approved.  They are all IP20 ‘touch proof’ as standard and have an impressive operating temperature range of -40 to plus 130 degrees C, and are manufactured from PA –UL94V0 plastic, making them suitable for many applications.

As a true specialist in the field of designing and manufacturing terminal blocks, Euroclamp used its vast experience to produce the MV high power PCB terminal block series.  By adapting and developing existing technologies and processes, together with its extensive knowledge of the marketplace, Euroclamp has been able to add the MV PCB terminal series terminal to its range.

Euroclamp MV PCB terminal blocks from Switchtec will find favour with OEMs, CEMs, the photovoltaic industry, electronics manufacturers, PCB manufacturers and assemblers and those in building automation. 

www.switchtec.co.uk

THE SENSOLUTION: The smallest photoelectric sensors in the world

Key features of the photoelectric sensor EX-Z
• Dimensions 14 x 8 x 3mm (front type)
• Thru-beam type with a built-in amplifier
• Slim design of only 3mm – of course including optics, electronics, indicator LEDs, and transistor output.
• Sensing range of up to 500mm (EX-Z13)
• Detects objects with a diameter of as little as 0.3mm (EX-Z11)
• Front and side sensing type available
• Clearly visible LED spotlight
• IP67 degree of protection

• Robot-cable version available
• Like to know more, check out the product page EX-Z or the movie.

 

Request a free sample
Who can apply to get a free sample?
• Engineers/companies working in Europe within the field of machine building and industrial production
• People with an adequate technical background
• Companies with a concrete application which allows them to test the product in the field

What to do to get the sensor EX-Z?

• Request sample of the EX-Z as long as stocks last. We offer you the most common model EX-Z13FB-P (sensing range 500mm, PNP, Dark-ON) for free.
• Just fill out the application form.
• For further information, please send an email to sensors.peweu@eu.panasonic.com or contact one of our local offices.
Win 1 of 10  Panasonic cordless screwdrivers

• All participants who filled out the complete form can participate in the lottery organized by the Panasonic Electric Works European headquarter. German law applies.
• The drawing of the 10 winners of a Panasonic cordless screwdriver (model EY7410) will take place in April 2017.
• Just fill out the application form

www.panasonic-electric-works.co.uk

Twin robots learn to live and work with each other

A robot cell developed using two Mitsubishi Electric MELFA RV Series robots has used the latest robot control technology to ensure their movements are perfectly synchronised. The production cell in question prints and assembles over three million components per year, changing over seamlessly on-demand to assemble a range of different parts.

Most industrial robots working in close proximity to each other are programmed simply to avoid each other, this system however uses a Mitsubishi Electric iQ PLC (programmable logic controller) to control both robots in full synchronisation. Part of their movement is physically taught, part is programmed and an element of working together is left for them to learn how to achieve in the most efficient way.

Paul Judge of Mitsubishi Electric comments, “The advantage we have here is that the robot controllers don’t have to be standalone separate units. The robot control CPU (central processing unit) modules we used are actually mounted on the same backplane as the PLC, so there is no lag or communication hysteresis in the system, it operates and learns, in real time. It sounds highly advanced, which it is, at the same time it is a standard feature on this iQ PLC model.”

The project actually started at one of Mitsubishi Electric’s Robot Integration Seminars where an engineer from an authorised Mitsubishi Electric System Integrator was impressed by a demonstration of a robot working with a 3D vision system. His level of interest was such that immediately following the seminar a robot was loaned to his customer to put on trial. Paul Judge adds, “We have a number of robots that we send out to customers and integrators to trial systems with, it helps with building knowledge and familiarity for the engineers and the end user. We also find that, more often than not, the project ends with a sale.”

Technically each iQ PLC can support up to four separate processors, so could be configured with their own core CPU plus three robot controllers. The two-robot system is therefore well within the iQ control system’s capabilities. For this cell the two robot controllers were integrated into the iQ PLC rack along with some additional input and output cards and a couple of specific output modules used to interface to specialised sensors.

The project was based on standard Mitsubishi Electric automation components and even the robots were supplied from stock, which proved very cost effective. The robots are standard RV models with a 2kg payload capacity and six axis movement. They pick loose parts from a feed tray and manipulate them into different fitting, testing and printing stations. They also collaborate on dealing with reject parts.

The robots work in close cooperation with the cell’s vision system, the integration of their respective control systems being simple plug-and-play processes. The vision data is communicated to both robots simultaneously for maximum control clarity. The controllers have the capacity to communicate with up to seven vision systems, so can be used in very sophisticated multi-function systems if required. Production progress and cell activity can all be monitored on Mitsubishi Electric GOT 2000 HMI (human machine interface) panels installed as part of the control system.

Built-in temperature sensors make adjustments to compensate for hot and cold running conditions (and will shut down operations if pre-set limits are breached). The robots can be programmed from a simple to operate teaching box. Using this, the programmer walks the robot through the cycle of movements and functions, which are recorded in the controller’s memory and used as the basis for the operating program. Alternatively they can be programmed directly from a Mitsubishi Electric GOT 2000 HMI.

The RT ToolBox2 software has a 3D graphic display function which makes visualising the robot’s functions very easy and from which set point coordinates can be captured. The software also has a simple pick-and-mix system allowing various jobs or tasks to be readily selected as required.

The RV-2Fs have an arm geometry that gives maximum movement in every plane and extends the operating envelope of the robot in all directions. With the latest models the wrist joint is particularly strong and flexible. The RV-2F robots can also be mounted on turntables or linear slides so that they can move between two or more workstations, with the movement being managed by the robot controller.

www.mitsubishielectric.com

Mantracourt launches a unique wireless, telemetry sensor system for hazardous areas

Mantracourt, a leader in high performance measurement electronics, has launched an intrinsically safe version of its established T24 wireless telemetry sensor system. The new X24 range of products is ATEX and IECEx approved for Zones 1 & 2 and was developed after feedback from existing users of the T24 system, many of whom wanted to extend this versatile system into hazardous areas. In the field, X24 has been found to be particularly suited to the petrochemical and industrial processing industries.

Alongside its ATEX / IECEx status, modularity is the key feature. The X24 system comprises 3 products that are certified for use in hazardous areas – the X24-HD handheld display unit, X24-ACMI-SA cased transmitter and X24-SAe OEM transmitter. These new products currently operate with strain bridge inputs and gather and transmit data from force, weight, torque and pressure sensors. Being fully compatible with Mantracourt’s T24 system, the data is transmitted to T24 receivers within the safe zone. This compatibility also means that the X24 system can be retrofitted, so companies can extend its existing T24 wireless network into hazardous areas, reducing installation costs and providing quick setup.

 All three units display many of the notable features seen in equivalent products in the T24 system including high resolution/low noise electronics, long battery life of up to 5 years, proprietary license-free 2.4 GHz radio and a system range of up to 800m. However, new X24 products are manufactured with intrinsically safe electronics and are approved for use in explosive atmospheres Zone 1 and Zone 2, with the X24-SAe extending to dust Zones 21 and 22.

The transmitter module, X24-ACMi-SA measures strain bridge input and delivers it to the T24 receivers in the safe zone, or X24-HD in the hazardous area. It is housed in an environmentally sealed IP67 enclosure with battery holder for two Lithium Energiser L91 AA batteries. 

The X24-HD is a lightweight, portable design and certified to IP67. With simple and intuitive button control it receives data and displays data from the remote transmitter module such as X24-ACMi-SA as well as any T24 transmitter. The product can display data from any transmitter detected or the operator can define up to 24 specific transmitters.  The functionality is complemented by the ability to rename each channel to whatever you require.

The X24-SAe is a product specifically for OEM sensor manufacturers. This transmitter, comprising a PCB board with antenna measures strain bridge input and transmits data to X24 and T24 receivers. The PCB module provides OEMs and those who supply approved strain bridge sensor products with a quick route to manufacture. 

 Once in the safe zone, users of the system have access to the complete T24 product range. This includes the base stations and T24 Toolkit and visualisation software. The Toolkit can be used to configure both the T24 and X24 systems, 

The free data logging and visualisation software allows users to log up to 100 channels and build visual displays. Alarms can be set that can indicate under and over range and can alert users to loss in communication, low battery and error reports. In recognition that we now work in an increasingly mobile world, Mantracourt has also included a built in web server that provides a summary view page to other computers, tablets and smart phones, both Apple and Android.

 

“We are very excited about the new opportunities this product provides for our customer base.  In the past we were frequently asked for a wireless solution in explosive environments and our design team have worked diligently to develop the X24 product range in response. We have extensively field-tested these new products in a wide variety of applications and customers have been impressed with how seamlessly the new products could be integrated.” says Jonathan Purdue, Sales Manager at Mantracourt.

www.wirelesssensorsystem.com 

Luso introduces industrial isolated Power Factor Correction modules for industrial AC-DC power supplies

Primarily aimed at designers of AC-DC power supplies used in industrial applications, Luso Electronics announces availability of a family of Power Factor Correction (PFC) modules, generating an isolated regulated output and completely encased to provide protection from harsh environments.

SynQor’s industrial PFC modules accept a wide AC input voltage of 85–264 Vrms and deliver isolated, regulated voltages of between 12–48V with a power output of 325W. With a high overall efficiency of 92%, the devices provide a usable mains to isolated DC output with a minimal number of external components. This approach eliminates the need to utilise another brick after the PFC thereby reducing overall component costs.

The family of half-brick modules are the PFICU12HTx27 (12V output voltage), PFICU24HTx14 (24V), PFICU28HTx12 (28V) and PFICU48HTx07 (48V). Regulated and semi-regulated (droop version) modules are available.
When used in conjunction with SynQor’s AC line filter and a hold-up capacitor, the system draws nearly perfect and well-balanced sinusoidal line currents (PF>0.99).

SynQor’s industrial PFC modules can operate at full power from -40°C to +100°C baseplate temperature, and are perfectly suited to harsh environments. Protection features include an input current limit and auto-recovery short-circuit protection along with auto-recovery input under/over-voltage protection and auto-recovery thermal shutdown.

Besides the new industrial PFC modules, SynQor’s full portfolio of Mil-spec PFC modules are also available for evaluation and purchase from Luso Electronics in the UK and Ireland.
Luso will showcase SynQor’s latest range of power modules on stand G74 at the Southern Manufacturing and Electronics show at Farnborough, UK, held between 21–23 March 2017.

www.lusoelectronics.com

Cliff USB FeedThrough Connectors in stock at JPR Electronics

Specialist distributor JPR Electronics is now stocking the very successful USB FeedThrough connector range manufactured by Cliff Electronics. USB 3.0A to USB 3A, USB3.0 B to USB 3.0A, USB 2.0B to USB 2.0A and USB 2.0A to USB 2.0A versions are available from stock and provide true FeedThrough data connection for developing custom I/O configurations for rack panels, wall plates and control boxes.

The FeedThrough connectors fit into an industry standard 24mm XLR connector cut-out simplifying panel design and manufacture and use common cabling for front and rear. No soldering or punch terminations are required; simply use a standard cable for the selected connector style, simplifying and speeding up assembly times. Cliff’s FT range features a low rear profile to minimise space required and may be front or rear mounted.

The Cliff FT connector range available from JPR Electronics allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio/broadcast, instrumentation and industrial applications.

Paul Raynor, Director of JPR Electronics, comments; “FeedThrough connectors offer system designers, VARs, Integrators and Panel Builders a simple, flexible and elegant connection system. They are very simple to mount, connect and reconfigure. Further versions of FeedThrough connectors will be added to our product range over the next few months.”

For more information call +44 (0)1582 47 00 00 or visit www.jprelec.co.uk

Eaton’s new platform of HMI workstations optimise productivity and increase plant safety

LUTON … Eaton has expanded its range of MTL GECMA HMI workstations, introducing two new products – a Thin Client (TC) and Personal Computer (PC) version. The company can now offer a complete range of workstations based on a common platform design. As such, plant managers can reduce operation costs, optimise productivity and increase plant safety, with the additional benefits of reducing space in the cabinet, and future-proofing the plant.

The TC and PC versions complement the existing MTL GECMA Remote Terminal (RT) which has a unique modular design. These next generation HMIs feature state-of-the-art technology to offer unparalleled levels of safety, and are approved to global hazardous certification for Zone 1 environments. As a result they offer safe handling on site and guarantee high reliability in hazardous EX zone areas in chemical, pharmaceutical, refinery plus the oil and gas industries worldwide.

The TC version is designed for virtualisation applications, for example for batch control. The workstation works with a client server in the safe room across a LAN. This saves space in the cabinet as users don’t need a dedicated PC and the user can control up to 255 HMIs from a single server.

The PC version is stand-alone working across the LAN. It has state-of-the-art system hardware, which meets the needs of the most complex applications with high computing power demand, for example packing. The workstation has a ‘watch dog’ function which automatically monitors the operating system and if there is no input from the system it automatically re-starts itself. This avoids hard re-starts, which saves time associated with turning the system on and off, and minimises any stress on the system for increased reliability.

RT is a point-to-point device, with one workstation assigned to one PC in the safe area. It features a keyboard, mouse and video and is perfect for controlling tablet coating or dry granulation machines. The RT terminal’s modularity means upgrades to existing installations are quick and easy, which can save time, and minimise costly maintenance and downtime. Traditionally, the whole unit would have to be dismantled off site, but with MTL GECMA, individual parts can be replaced simply on site, increasing plant availability.

“With our MTL GEMCA range of HMIs, users have the flexibility of the platform design and can change between the workstations easily depending on the applications and specific needs of the plant,” says Jan Thriene, GECMA product line manager at Eaton. “The MTL GECMA platform exceeds current hardware requirements and provides a reliable, future-proof solution.”

For more information on Eaton’s safe and reliable MTL GECMA hazardous area workstations visit www.gecma.com or contact CSCKerpen@Eaton.com.

High-End Humidity and Temperature Transmitter with Multi-Functional Display

The highly accurate EE310 humidity and temperature transmitter from E+E Elektronik is dedicated for demanding process control. The modern multi-functional display with data logging function enables intuitive operation and offers an optimum overview of the measuring task. Extensive settings and diagnostics can thus be performed directly on the device.
The EE310 measures relative humidity and temperature, and calculates dew point temperature, frost point temperature, wet-bulb temperature, water vapour partial pressure, mixing ratio, absolute humidity and specific enthalpy.

The 3.5” TFT colour display shows simultaneously up to four measured or calculated values. All settings and even error diagnosis are easily performed with push buttons. The integrated data logger stores up to 20,000 values per measurand. The recorded data can be shown on the display, or downloaded via the USB interface for further processing.

The EE310 transmitter is available for wall or duct mount, as well as with remote probe. Various remote probes can be employed up to 180 °C (356 °F) and 20 bar (290 psi). The probes are also available as pluggable versions for quick and easy replacement.
The E+E proprietary sensor coating brings relevant advantages when it comes to use in harsh industrial environment. It protects the sensing elements from corrosive and electrically conductive contamination, which leads to reliable and long-term stable measurements.


The modular enclosure simplifies installation and maintenance of the EE310. The upper part of the transmitter, which accommodates the electronics and the probe, can be easily plugged off for service or adjustment, while the wiring remains untouched.

The measured values are available on two analogue outputs and the Modbus RTU interface. Two freely configurable relay outputs can be used for control or alarm purposes. Configuration and adjustment of the transmitter can be performed via display or with the free EE-PCS software using the USB interface.
More information about the EE310: www.ee310-humidity-transmitter.com

1U Mounting Panel for XLR Format FeedThrough Connectors Simplifies Panel Building and System Integration

Cliff Electronics has introduced a 1U 19” rack mounting panel to aid system builders with integration of their very successful range of XLR-Format FeedThrough connectors. The panel has a black anodized finish and will accept 16 FeedThrough connectors and features a labelling strip for end users to identify the function or individual connectors. The panel is also fitted with a strain-relief bar for tying internal cables to, relieving pressure on internal cable assemblies and improving system reliability.

Cliff’s Feedthrough connectors provide one of the widest ranges of digital, optical and analogue available to system builders. The range now includes Firewire, HDMI A-A and 50 ohm BNC versions, USB2 A-to-B and B-to-A “gender change” sockets, high speed USB Type – C, USB3 to USB3 in all gender changing configurations – A-A, A-B and B-A. Also available are all popular data and Ethernet connectors including USB 2.0 and 3.0, LC and SC fibre (Duplex & Simplex), UTP and FTP RJ45s in both Cat6 and Cat5e (shielded and unshielded), Toslink, RCA Phono and HDMI and blanking plates. Further options will continue to be introduced throughout 2017 and custom design enquiries are welcomed.

Cliff’s very extensive FT connector range is designed to fit into the industry standard 24mm diameter XLR connector panel cutout simplifying panel design and manufacture and improving design aesthetics. Models are available with plastic or rugged zinc/nickel XLR housings finished in nickel or black to enhance the high quality, high performance and prestige image of the product range. All models may be front or rear mounted to control panels and the Firewire and HDMI models may be specified with an optional socket sealing cover to prevent the ingress of dust when not in use or when in transit.

John Hall, General Manager of Cliff Electronics, comments; “The introduction of our new FeedThrough connector mounting panel enables us to supply system builders with a complete panel mounting interconnection system. Demand for our FT connectors continues to grow and we are being asked to support more applications on a regular basis. The industry standard XL format speeds up our development time and allows our customers to simplify and standardise their panel design, improving flexibility and reducing cost.  Our FeedThrough connecters are being employed in our traditional audio broadcast market and many more applications in instrumentation and industrial markets where our ability to provide custom solutions is welcomed.”

The FT connector range allows designers to integrate audio, video, digital, optical, networking and data feeds into professional equipment for broadcast, lighting, audio, home theatre, automation, solar power and a growing range of industrial applications including instrumentation, industrial control and data acquisition.

.All versions, metal and plastic, share the same features and dimensions and offer a complete range of very cost effective audio, data, and fibre connectors, all of which can both front or rear mounted into industry standard 24mm XLR connector mounting holes. For ease of assembly the Cliff FT Series are available with standard or countersunk mounting holes. Bezels are available in 7 colours to identify the function of FT connectors when fitted to a control panel

The FT Series offers true feed-through connection, allowing standard cabling to be used to connect at both front and rear, eliminating the need to solder or terminate the connections and simplifying and speeding up assembly.

Cliff Electronics are market leaders in the design, development and manufacture of connectors, leads, test lead sets and accessories for a wide range of markets and supply major international OEMs. As a UK manufacturer Cliff are able to respond quickly to customer’s needs for both standard products and custom designs. Cliff manufactures audio, optical and power connectors and accessories, general industrial connectors, foot pedals, lighting connectors, terminal posts and connection blocks, motors, fans and assembly aids. Cliff can also provide a wide range of leads including test and instrumentation, audio, instrument and power.

Cliff’s FeedThrough connector mounting panel available direct from Cliff and via major Distributors in the UK and Europe.

For more information call +44 (0)1737 771375, email end_of_the_skype_highlightingsales@CliffUK.co.uk or visit Cliffuk.co.uk