Copyright 2009 SPLat Controls Pty Ltd. This communication does not
constitute professional advice
The right add-on for the
It might sound a little strange to combine
non-contact temperature sensing and ultrasonic distance measurement
in one add-on board, but that's what we have done with the SX10501.
The reason is that we were asked by a customer who makes infrared
paint curing systems for automotive panel shops. These units need to
be positioned the correct distance from the car and maintain the
proper curing temperature on the surface of the car. Getting a
peripheral made that exactly suited their needs has given this
customer a huge competitive advantage.
The SX10501 is an Xwire peripheral. It has an
ultrasonic transducer mounted on the board. The non-contact
temperature sensor is an option with flying leads that plug into the
board. Get the full details here.
Do you have a control application that
requires something a little unusual? Something that could give you
an unfair competitive edge? Don't be afraid to ask us. We can make
specials on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis. If you can get some
decent sales out of it then so can we, so it's a win-win
control - Stuff about or related to control systems
When not to trust the
Modern electronics are extremely reliable, especially
if well designed and used correctly. Nevertheless, silicon chips
contain features smaller than the wavelength of light, and control
programs contain many thousands of lines of program code.
Electronics can (and do!) fail, be it due to electrical failure or
Would you bet your life
on the electronics not failing? I wouldn't, and I make the
Any industrial machine that can hurt people
should be fitted with safety cutouts and interlocks. The most common
safety measure is the emergency stop, sometimes called E-stop or
mushroom switch. On conveyors it would be a rope switch. It could
also be a fence or physical guard barrier with a safety switch.
These are wired so that if activated they immediately remove power
from the machine or otherwise inhibit it from making a dangerous
Do not ever even think of wiring the
safety switch to the controller and having the controller stop the
machine. Always wire the safety switch directly into the
machine in accordance with safety design rules in your
location. If the safety switch has an auxiliary contact, by
all means wire that into the controller so it can know what has
happened and not get upset, but do not expect the controller to make
Do not treat this as expert advice. If you are
in the least bit of doubt, consult an expert.
of control - Nothing much to do with controls, (but
Uncle Sam funds Australian
department of Energy has awarded $US32.5M to US manufacturer East
Penn to produce the Australian developed UltraBattery. The grant is
under the Obama administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act (ARRA). The UltraBattery is a hybrid of a lead acid battery and
a super capacitor designed specifically for hybrid motor
The UltraBattery was developed by Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia's
government scientific research organization. CSIRO has been
responsible for many significant developments including the
internationally adopted microwave landing system for aircraft Interscan, the technology behind WiFi, the world-first influenza drug Relenza, and the 4th digital computer in the
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