Board-to Board Connector

A miniature board-to-board connector from Hirose, Downers Grove, IL, combines a rugged design with transmission speeds of more than 10 Gpbs to support a number of medical applications. Featuring a pitch of only 0.8 mm, the ER8 series contacts are optimized for signal integrity performance, ensuring reliable high-speed performance. The series offers a wide self-alignment range with reduced mating force while maintaining high extraction forces. The rugged micro pitch connectors offer additional robustness when zippered during mating/unmating. The connectors have an increased contact wipe and insertion depth, making them ideal for medical equipment that requires high-mating cycles and resistance to shock and vibration.

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Industrial Robot

Mecademic, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, offers a new version of its six-axis industrial robot. The Meca500 now includes absolute encoders, no mechanical limits on joint 6, faster joint velocities, and a safety module with integrated power supply. The robot includes an integrated controller in its base and can handle payloads up to 500 g with an accuracy of 0.005 mm. The robot is designed as an automation component. It is ideal for testing, inspection, micro-assembly, dispensing, and transfer of materials in small confined spaces.

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Applications Processors

Mouser Electronics, Mansfield, TX, is now stocking applications processors from NXP Semiconductors. The i.MX 8M family is designed to enable embedded designers to meet the new standards of user interface, intelligence, and connectivity. The processors address trends in streaming media, high-resolution video, and graphic user interfaces. The processors integrate a general-purpose Arm® Cortex®-M4F core for real-time low-power processing, a GC7000Lite graphics processor, and either two (i.MX 8M Dual processors) or four (i.MX 8M Quad and QuadLite processors) Arm Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 1.5 GHz.

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Measurement Software

Werth Messtechnik, Giessen, Germany, has released measurement software with a 3D-PMI feature. By clicking on the desired geometrical characteristic, all geometrical features needed for the measurement are color coded. For measuring with the automatic scan path and point distribution, the user can click on the geometrical elements one after the other, and if required, modify the probing strategy, as well as measure immediately in the CAD-Online® mode. After the measuring has been completed, the nominal values and tolerances can be transferred directly from the PMI data into the measurement report and modified manually.

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Single-Board Computer

WinSystems, Arlington, TX, has introduced its next-generation computing platform in the Nano-ITX form factor. The ITX-N-3900 provides a complete system that can be readily expanded and configured for diverse applications requiring an extended product life and high reliability under extreme operating temperatures. The 4.27 in. (120 mm) square footprint features an onboard Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0-compliant chipset and four USB 3.1 host ports, along with a truly functional I/O set. The form factor incorporates functionality for IoT applications as well as display functionality for human machine interfaces (HMI).

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Retention Knobs

JM Performance Products, Fairport Harbor, OH, offers its patented High Torque retention knobs. The knobs overcome a key design flaw inherent in CNC v-flange tooling, eliminating the toolholder expansion responsible for costly and ongoing CNC milling and boring issues. The knobs have been designed to be used in existing toolholders to eliminate the bulge at the small end of the holder, which stops it from making full contact with the taper of the spindle. By increasing contact with upwards of 70 percent more spindle surface, it addresses CNC milling issues such as including vibration and chatter, poor tolerances, non-repeatability, poor finishes, shortened tool life, excessive spindle wear and tear, run-out, and shallow depths of cuts.

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EMI Shielding Gaskets

Tech-Etch, Plymouth, MA, offers custom designed shielding components for special applications from high-volume requirements using progressive dies, to prototype and small quantities utilizing photoetch fabrication. Beryllium copper's electrical properties provide shielding effectiveness over an extremely broad frequency range. At the same time, its mechanical properties yield a high deflection range, in addition to a long life without compression set. Bending tools capable of forming intricate sharp bends in tempers from annealed to full hard are produced in-house. Component parts are then inert-atmosphere heat treated to enhance spring properties, enabling greater deflection without compression set while achieving close dimensional control. Gaskets are finished in an expansive plating department where many finishes include tin, silver, zinc, sulfamate nickel, electroless nickel, palladium nickel, and gold.

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