Linear motor feedback encoders get safety certified
SICK has released safety-certified versions of its TTK70 and TTK50 magnetic absolute linear motor feedback encoders with Hiperface interface, widening the opportunities for accurate, absolute motor feedback systems to be integrated into safe linear drives.
Safety torque sensor for integrated functional safety in cobots
To address the growing demand for safe collaborative robots in manufacturing, TE Connectivity (TE) has designed a safety torque sensor with integrated and improved functional safety, including increased accuracy and speed, in the next generation of human-robot collaboration.
Current-sensing dynamics in automotive solenoids
During my first visit to the US, my brother and I drove from New York City to Columbus, Ohio. Although the 650-KM (400-mile) journey was long, our car’s automatic transmission and cruise control made the trip more comfortable. By Sandeep Tallada, Automotive Systems Engineer, Texas Instruments
Sensor technology helps to keep sheep shorn
TorqSense transducers from Sensor Technology are playing an important role in new product development at Gloucestershire-based Lister Shearing. The sensors, which are based on SAW (surface acoustic wave) technology, are being used by the company as an aid to evaluating the performance of miniature electric motors.
IR sensors calculate colour temperature
Vishay Intertechnology has broadened its optoelectronics portfolio with RGBC-IR sensors for applications such as automatic white balancing and colour cast correction in digital cameras; automatic LCD backlight adjustment; and active monitoring of LED colour output for IoT and smart lighting.
TI industrial radar sensor in stock at Mouser
The IWR1843 industrial radar sensor from Texas Instruments (TI) is in stock at Mouser Electronics. Based on TI's proprietary low-power 45-nm RFCMOS process, these ultra-wideband millimetre wave (mmWave) sensors enable exceptional levels of integration. They are supplied in extremely small form factor packages, which make them highly suitable for deployment in space-constrained environments.
PIR motion detector enabling sensor-to-cloud networks
This reference design from Texas Instruments demonstrates how to create an industrial sensor-to-cloud end node capable of connecting to an IoT network gateway and cloud data provider. This design uses Texas Instruments’ nano-power operational amplifiers, comparators, and the SimpleLink ultra-low-power Sub-1 GHz wireless microcontroller (MCU) platform.
Wide-range proximity sensing with immunity to sunlight
Proximity sensing with wide field-of-view (FoV) is getting more and more popular and important for people detection in many applications. This reference design from Texas Instruments uses optical time-of-flight (ToF) techniques to build small and cost-effective proximity sensor systems.
Ultrasonic sensing metrology for water flow measurement
This reference design from Texas Instruments helps designers develop a cost optimised ultrasonic water-metering subsystem using an integrated, ultrasonic sensing solution (USS) module, which provides superior metrology performance with low-power consumption and maximum integration.
Basic considerations for sensors in the powertrain
According to Texas Instruments, designing a better powertrain is the most significant way to reduce automotive emissions. Whether it’s improving the efficiency of a combustion engine or designing electric vehicles (EVs) or hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), electrification is powering a massive evolution of the powertrain as we know it.