September 07, 2021

Now Use Your 802.11 WiFi To Connect To RS232 Serial Ports

New wireless serial device server uses standard 802.11b WiFi to connect RS232 serial ports to a PC or network in a flexible, secure and low cost way.

(PRWEB) September 7, 2021 -- Much equipment still has a RS232 serial port as the main data transfer method. Even new equipment can have serial ports because they are easy and cheap to implement, most microcontrollers support them efficiently and designers know how to use them. Also, data can be transferred reasonably fast at 115Kbps, which is sufficient for most purposes.

The type of equipment involved includes shop tills, bar code scanners, weighing scales, sensors, medical instruments, industrial machines and other systems that need control information or collect data. These all need to communicate with PCs and PC networks and the standard serial connection has commonly been replaced by Serial to Ethernet converters, also known as Serial Device Servers, for a long time.

Now though, an 802.11 wireless Serial Device Server is available as well. This new product allows existing serial port equipment to be connected to a network using wireless rather than network cables. This obviously has benefits in reduced cabling needs, more freedom for equipment location and speed of installation but could give problems of expense and security vulnerability. However, these new wireless servers are low cost while incorporating the latest 128-bit WEP (Wireless Equivalent Privacy) to ensure that communications remain safe.

Additionally, they can be configured to work in different modes to suit the application. If a single point to point communication is all that is needed, then the units can be set in Ad-hoc mode and function as a wireless serial lead. But, if multiple connections are required or a wireless network already exists, then they can be configured in infrastructure mode so that they can link through any standard wireless access point.

From the designer’s point of view, these units could not be simpler to use as they include support for many different protocols. This means that it is easy to select the exact type of communication needed, either as a network by IP address or as a Virtual Serial Port to reuse existing software.

As they use the standard 802.11 WiFi protocol, these units can communicate with existing wireless networks or to low cost WiFi cards, which also keeps the money-men happy.

For more information, visit www.kanda.com/go/LS100W

For picture: www.kanda.com/images/ls100.jpg

For datasheet: www.kanda.com/datasheet/ls100.pdf

About Kanda:
Kanda manufacture and supply a wide range of embedded system tools. We are specialists in In System Programming, low cost emulators and training systems for a wide range of microcontrollers, PLDs and memory devices, including PIC, AVR, ST7 and COP8. We also supply interfaces for USB, CAN Bus and serial to Ethernet conversion.

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March 07, 2022

New Solar-Powered Vehicle Barriers Provide Anti-terrorist Protection for Remote U.S. Government Dam

Intelligent Perimeter Systems’ retractable barriers go from invisible to fully upright in seconds and stop vehicles up to 30,000 pounds traveling at 50 miles per hour. The new technology allows high-security vehicle barriers to be installed to protect unmanned facilties and remote locations lacking electrical power.

Dublin, OH (PRWEB) March 7, 2022 -- Intelligent Perimeter Systems (IPS), a manufacturer of advanced counter-terrorist vehicle barrier and traffic control systems, today announced it has completed installation of an innovative perimeter security system at an undisclosed U.S. Bureau of Reclamation dam in the western U.S.

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded the security contract to IPS in July 2004. “The mission was to provide counter-terrorist protection in a remote location lacking access to electrical power,” said IPS CEO Ronald E. Scherer. “Our solar-powered Model 400 barriers, combined with a custom monitoring system that permits authorized personnel to monitor the status of the barriers in real-time, created an ideal perimeter security system for this unmanned location.”

Designed to stop a 30,000-pound vehicle traveling at 50 mph, the retractable steel posts (also called bollards) are installed underground in sets of three or four, with the top of each post flush with the roadway. At the push of a button, the swipe of an access card, or a signal from a radio controller or satellite, the 1,400-pound bollards spring upright, reaching their full height of 36 inches in 6 seconds or less. Each bollard has self-contained hydraulic pumps and integrated battery backup, increasing its tamper resistance. A fully redundant design with no single point of failure ensures that the system works even if one barrier fails.

“The ability to operate from solar power represents a distinct advance in vehicle barrier technology,” Scherer said. “From desert locations to mountainous areas, we are taking orders for anti-terrorist vehicle barriers in places that couldn’t be adequately protected prior to the introduction of our products.”

IPS has had a number of other major installations and orders over the past 6 months, allowing the company to expand its manufacturing facilities in Battle Creek, Michigan. IPS systems currently protect major utility, government and corporate facilities around the U.S.

About Intelligent Perimeter Systems
Headquartered in the Dublin, Ohio (a suburb of Columbus), Intelligent Perimeter Systems is an innovative developer and integrator of retractable traffic control and vehicle barrier systems. Its products allow government and private organizations to create a secure, protected environment for people and property. Developed through a Department of Defense anti-terrorism grant, the company’s high-security vehicle control systems create an impenetrable barrier that deploys in seconds and holds K12 anti-terrorist certification from the U.S. Department of State. IPS has been engineering and manufacturing vehicle access control equipment since 2002 and sells its products worldwide. For more information and to view a crash-test video, visit www.ibarrier.com

Contact:
Cheryl Claypoole, Fahlgren Mortine Public Relations, (614) 825-1721

Terry Massaro, Intelligent Perimeter Systems, (800) 304-9422, x 303

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February 26, 2022

A Totally Integrated MEMS Driver Solution

TEGAM, Inc. announces the release of the Model 9070, a high-voltage, multi-channel, totally integrated system for driving rotating MEMS microengines.

(PRWEB) February 26, 2022 -- TEGAM, Inc. announces the release of the Model 9070, a high-voltage, multi-channel, totally integrated system for driving rotating MEMS microengines.

The 9070 is a highly stable signal source that provides the necessary waveforms and instrument controls to drive MEMS devices with maximum reliability. A typical system consists of Super μDriver™ Software (distributed by TEGAM under license from Sandia National Laboratories), one 2375 MEMS Driver Amplifier providing four flexible output channels, and two 2414A-GS waveform generators. These true arbitrary waveform generators include built-in sequencers and programmable synchronous outputs, which are ideal for driving mechanisms that require complex drive signals or for use in instances where external hardware must be triggered for collection of characterization data. Variations on the basic 9070 system can be attained by upgrading or changing its modular components, making the 9070 a tremendously versatile tool for scientists involved in MEMS testing.

This groundbreaking product enters the industry just as MEMS is creeping to the forefront of emerging technology. The 9070 fulfills the need for characterization, dynamic performance evaluation, and all phases of reliability assessment for orthogonal comb drives, cantilevered beams, and other electrostatically controlled MEMS devices and actuators. Thanks to its unique combination of specialized wave creation software, precise signal generators, and high voltage amplifiers, the flexibility and accuracy of the 9070 is unmatched by any other solution in the field. U.S. pricing for the 9070 starts at $14,975.

“With its unique combination of hardware and software, the 9070 allows the user to concentrate on designing the test, rather than spending limited resources designing the test stand,” comments Terry Gambill, President of TEGAM.

TEGAM, Inc., founded in 1979, is an internationally recognized manufacturer of electronic test & measurement equipment for metrology, calibration, and production test applications. Headquartered in Geneva, Ohio, TEGAM provides a wide range of products, as well as high-quality, service-minded, test & measurement solutions to customers worldwide. For more information, please contact Tracy Reindel, Marketing Projects Manager, at 440-466-6100 or visit www.tegam.com

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February 23, 2022

Speedline Technologies Introduces Next Generation Technology in its New MPM Accela Stencil Printer

Debut Causes Paradigm Shift in Industry
Speedline Technologies today officially introduced the new MPM Accela™ stencil printer from Speedline Technologies – creating a new standard in the way electronics manufacturers measure printer performance. The new printer – loaded with innovations backed by two new U.S. patent awards and nine additional patents-pending – is literally unlike anything else in the industry.

FRANKLIN, MA (PRWEB) February 23, 2022 -- Speedline Technologies today officially introduced the new MPM Accela™ stencil printer from Speedline Technologies – creating a new standard in the way electronics manufacturers measure printer performance. The new printer – loaded with innovations backed by two new U.S. patent awards and nine additional patents-pending – is literally unlike anything else in the industry.

“The new MPM Accela stencil printer is the industry’s truly next generation printer – introducing dramatic innovations in parallel processing technology and producing the most boards per hour of any industry printer – delivering raw throughput gains of more than 20% over the closest competitor,” said Pierre de Villemejane, president, Speedline Technologies.

“The Accela’s debut renders traditional cycle time claims obsolete and shifts the focus, once and for all, to the measurements that high-end electronics manufacturers are really interested in – throughput and yield,” said de Villemejane. “With superior accuracy and repeatability and increased throughput, the Accela will enable manufacturers to concentrate on the quality, number, and cost of good boards produced per hour.”

“Cycle time metrics as a method to compare printers simply doesn’t tell the whole story,” he explained. “Cycle time doesn’t predict how fast the manufacturing line will really run or the final quality of the printing process. By comparing throughput rates – which includes all the steps required to turn a bare PCB into a high quality finished board - manufacturers will have a more accurate idea of how their manufacturing line will actually perform.”

Certified Specs
The new Accela printer has the best accuracy and repeatability specifications of any printer on the market – and has been verified by CeTaQ, the world’s foremost capability measurement specialists for SMT equipment. CeTaQ’s independent certification verifies that the Accela printer will meet ±12.5 microns at 6 Sigma for alignment and ±25 microns at 6 Sigma for printing performance.

Ready for Lead-free
With the transition to lead-free materials, printing accuracy and repeatability becomes even more important. “Lead-free materials don’t spread during the reflow process as much as tin/lead materials. This factor makes it even more imperative that the printing process is as accurate as possible,” said de Villmejane. “We have identified all of the variables that impact the lead-free printing process through extensive laboratory testing. Because of its improved accuracy and repeatability, the Accela printer is the perfect solution for any manufacturer preparing for the lead-free transition.”

Ground-up Innovation
“The Accela printer is a clear, quantum leap forward for the industry, designed and developed from extensive and resounding manufacturer input – gleaned through our unsurpassed experience with an installed base of 13,000 printers worldwide – that cost per board, not cycle time, was their most important production measurement,” said de Villemejane.

The Accela printer optimizes production by delivering greater yield potential – due to tighter repeatability and accuracy specifications and a highly flexible platform for fast changeovers, along with superior inspection capabilities in terms of speed and accuracy. In its debut, the Accela printer:

· Introduces a host of innovative technological advances in parallel processing technology to increase throughput by more than 20%
o Axes can move at the same time without electrical or mechanical limitations
o Alignment, wiping, dispensing, transport and inspection can occur simultaneously to minimize wait time and to increase throughput
o Stationary stencil cleaner designed for easy access and simple changeover

· Optimizes board handling for the industry’s fastest cycle time: less than 6 seconds
·Provides a consistent line pulse rate for improved line optimization
· Offers 3mm and 5mm edge clearance changeover without additional parts and an adjustable stencil shelf for maximum flexibility
· Is designed from the ground up – mechanically, electrically and software – to maximize the parallel processing capabilities provided by the CANopen control architecture for truly impressive throughput rates
· Uses Benchmark™ software for improved operator interface and easy networking and provides a common interface across multiple Speedline platforms
· Dramatically reduces setup, changeover and consumable downtime (20 minutes to 5 minutes), and features tool-free hardware interfaces
· Expands inspection capabilities, including contrast-based 2D, texture-based BridgeVision™ and StencilVision™ for the fastest quantitative printer-based inspection in the industry
· Increases the application range including higher density, more complex boards including lead-free manufacturing requirements

Specifications for the Accela printer are:
o Board size: 50mm X 50mm – 500mm X 500mm
o Board thickness: 0.15mm – 12.7mm
o Underside component clearance: 25mm
o Board weight: 7kg
o Board edge clearance: 3mm or 5mm
o Various board support options including Gel-Flex™ conformal support system, magnetic pins and dedicated workholders
o Alignment: ±12.5 microns at 6 Sigma
o Print performance: ±25 microns at 6 Sigma

Speedline Technologies officially introduced the new Accela printer at the APEX 2005 Expo, held February 22-24, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif.

About Speedline Technologies
Speedline Technologies is the global leader in process knowledge and expertise for the PCB assembly and semiconductor industries. Based in Franklin, Massachusetts, U.S.A., the company markets five best-in-class brands — Accel microelectronics cleaning equipment; Camalot dispensing systems; Electrovert wave soldering, reflow soldering, and cleaning equipment; MPM stencil and screen printing systems; and Protect global services, support, and training solutions. Speedline was named as the “2005 Surface Mount Technology Company of the Year” by Frost & Sullivan.

For more information, visit us at http://www.speedlinetech.com, or contact us at:
· USA: Speedline Technologies, 16 Forge Park, Franklin, MA 02038 USA, Tel: 1-508-520-0083, Fax: 1-508-520-2288
· Europe: Speedline Technologies GmbH, Im Gefierth 14, 63303 Dreieich, Germany, Tel: +49 (0)6103/832-0, Fax: +49(0)6103/832-299
· Asia: Speedline Technologies Asia Pte Ltd, 150 Kampong Ampat, #05-08 KA Centre, Singapore 368324, Tel: 65-6286-6635, Fax: 65-6289-9411

Note to Editors – High-resolution product images for publication are available at http://www.tizinc.com/speedline

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February 19, 2022

Touchscreens Displace Keypads on Industrial Electronic Operator Interface Terminals

Touchscreens provide an easy-to-use graphic interface for data or command inputs and occupy less space than a keyboard. The incorporation of a small keypad or shortcut keys with a touchscreen increases the usability of the operator interface terminal, and vendors are introducing such products. Overall, however, it is seen that the share of shipments with keypads is expected to decrease.

Natick, MA (PRWEB) February 19, 2022 -- A market report by Venture Development Corporation, "The North American Markets for Industrial Electronic Monitors and Operator Interface Terminals - Fifth Edition," finds a continuing shift toward greater use of touchscreens instead of keypads as input devices for operator interface terminals.

Current and Forecast Shipment Shares of Industrial Electronic Operator Interface Terminals With Keypads, Touchscreens, and Both to North American Markets (Percent of Dollar Volumes)

Current Market

Touchscreens: 53.8%
Keypads: 29.8%
Both: 16.4%

Expected 2006 Market
Touchscreens: 56.3%
Keypads: 26.2%
Both: 17.5%

Touchscreens provide an easy-to-use graphic interface for data or command inputs and occupy less space than a keyboard. The incorporation of a small keypad or shortcut keys with a touchscreen increases the usability of the operator interface terminal, and vendors are introducing such products. Overall, however, it is seen that the share of shipments with keypads is expected to decrease.

As was the case in VDC's prior study (4th edition, 2000), resistive technology accounts for the vast majority of touchscreen shipments. This is due to the cost-effectiveness and reliability of the technology. Capacitive touchscreens have gained some market share since 2000 and many suppliers offer both resistive and capacitive technologies. Capacitive touchscreens are highly durable, but are more expensive than resistive touchscreens and cannot be used with gloves. Other technologies, such as near-field imaging, infrared, surface acoustic wave and guided acoustic wave are used in some terminals, but are generally less capable of surviving harsh environments, or are too costly.

To view this press release (including exhibit), please go to:
http://www.vdc-corp.com/industrial/press/05/pr05-04.html

Report Availability
http://www.vdc-corp.com/industrial/reports/04/br04-04.html

About VDC
Venture Development Corporation (VDC) is an independent technology market research and strategy consulting firm that specializes in a number of industrial, embedded, defense and niche enterprise IT markets. VDC has been operating since 1971, when graduates of the Harvard Business School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology founded the firm. Today, we employ a talented collection of analysts and consultants who offer a rare combination of expertise in the market research process; experience in technology product and program management, and formal training in engineering and marketing. VDC's clients include thousands of the largest and fastest growing tech suppliers in the world and the most successful investors participating in the markets we cover.

For more information about VDC's "North American Markets for Industrial Electronic Monitors and Operator Interface Terminals - Fifth Edition," contact:

Jim Taylor, Industrial Automation Practice Director, 508-653-9000 ext. 121, e-mail protected from spam bots

Marc Regberg, Vice President, 508-653-9000 ext. 111, e-mail protected from spam bots

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February 03, 2022

“Audio Xtract Pro is all you need. It records anything you can play through your PC,” says Gene Schenberg

W.M. Hague Company will introduce the new Concoat Systems MUST II Plus Solderability/Wetting Balance Test system and the Nidec-Read PHE Non-Contact C4 Semiconductor Package Tester at the APEX, IPC Printed Circuits Expo February 22-24. In addition, W.M. Hague Company will also be showing Luther & Maelzer’s LM40 Flying Probe and introducing the OMA-2 automatic CCD alignment option for L&M;’s LM400 50 mil Universal Grid Bare Board Test Systems.

(PRWEB) February 3, 2022 -- W.M. Hague Company will introduce the new Concoat Systems MUST II Plus Solderability/Wetting Balance Test system and the Nidec-Read PHE Non-Contact C4 Semiconductor Package Tester at the APEX, IPC Printed Circuits Expo February 22-24. In addition, W.M. Hague Company will also be showing Luther & Maelzer’s LM40 Flying Probe and introducing the OMA-2 automatic CCD alignment option for L&M;’s LM400 50 mil Universal Grid Bare Board Test Systems.

The MUST System II Plus is the latest technological evolution of the Multicore Universal Solderability Tester (MUST) that grandfathered all modern solderability test standards. The new MUST System II Plus is ideal for today’s needs to evaluate the impact of lead free solders. The MUST II Plus features globules capable of testing today’s smallest SMD components, automatic component alignment, testing of multi-leaded components and PCBs as well as immediate pass/fail information on completion of each test. The MUST System II Plus complies with all internationally recognized standards such as IPC/EIA/JEDEC J-STD-002B, IPC/EIA J-STD-003A, MIL-STD-883 Method 2022, IEC 60068-2-54&20 and 60068-2-58&69, and EIA/JET-7401.

In addition to the Concoat MUST System II Plus, the W.M. Hague Company will also be introducing Nidec-Read’s new PHE Non-Contact C4 Semiconductor Package Tester. The Nidec-Read PHE features a galvo-operated laser for die side open tests coupled with conventional spring probe fixturing which accesses the BGA side for shorts tests. The Nidec-Read PHE Non-Contact C4 Semiconductor Package Tester also features CCD alignment, auto load/unload, and Nidec-Read’s ultra reliable design which make this the system of choice for volume operations. W.M. Hague Company will also be showing Nidec-Read’s R-580 low cost electrical tester for semiconductor packages, flex and HDI PCBs. The R-580 system, when combined with one of Nidec-Read’s low cost hand press fixtures, provides a very low cost solution to challenging test situations.

Sales Engineers from W.M. Hague Company will also be showing Luther & Maelzer’s LM40-6161 Probe, a versatile flying probe tester for bare boards and flex panels. For the first time, the OMA-2 automatic CCD alignment option for L&M;’s LM400 50 mil Universal Grid Bare Board Test Systems for today’s ultra dense, fine pitch circuit boards will be shown. Luther & Maelzer will be exhibiting at APEX, IPC Printed Circuits Expo in Exhibit 1497.

Since 1959, the W.M. Hague Company has met the needs of US electronics manufacturers for high accuracy, high reliability PCB test systems, including Laser Trimming, Electrical Test, Reliability Test and Coating Systems, and Flatness Measurement Systems. The W.M. Hague Company is the exclusive US distributor for Concoat Systems, Ltd, Luther & Maelzer GMBH, and Nidec-Reed.

W. M. Hague Company, 16 Lomar Industrial Park, Unit # 8, Pepperell, MA 01463 USA, Phone: (978) 433-3777 FAX: (978) 433-3690 www.wmhague.com

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January 25, 2022

Domestic Contract Manufacturing Firm Vaults onto Inc. 500 List

Contract Manufacturer Zentech Manufacturing experiences 574% growth since 2000, despite stiff overseas competition

(PRWEB) January 25, 2022 -- With the topic of offshore outsourcing so hot, few would expect a domestic company specializing in contract manufacturing to make Inc. Magazine’s top 500 list of fastest growing privately held companies for 2004. Yet with 574% growth over four years, The Baltimore, Maryland-based Zentech Manufacturing Inc. ranked #255 in annual sales growth out of more than 500,000 businesses contacted and vetted by financial statements.

Zentech is a full service contract manufacturer offering high speed, precision assembly of all types of printed circuit boards for the defense, medical, aerospace, industrial, telecom, and computing industries. The company also provides a full range of PCB testing and mechanical assembly services.

Although they count Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Becton Dickinson among their clients, Zentech strives to provide clients of any size a responsive, one-to-one, partnership experience.

“What sets Zentech apart is its willingness to partner with you to get the job done -- not just a premium facility, the best equipment, technicians, and technique,” says Byron Knowles, founder of Aerospace Technology Group (ATG), an aerospace supplier that has relied on Zentech for contract manufacturing over the past six years. “At a typical contract manufacturer, you’re just another customer work order.”

Recently, ATG was bidding for a contract with a major aerospace OEM to implement a next generation, electromechanical window shade. To remain in the bidding process, ATG was asked to produce a working prototype quickly, before they started developing the controller board. ATG presented their dilemma to Zentech.

“Drawing on their design and development resources, Zentech produced a working prototype at a price that enabled us to win the contract,” says Knowles. “They compressed six months of development into six weeks.”

“Most contract houses say, ‘Give us your specs and we’ll make it for you,’” continues Knowles. “But Zentech can not only help develop your specs, but also make sure the result is manufacturable. They ensure our motors comply with FAA regulation and test for EMI shielding, for example. It’s a rare relationship.”

At Zentech’s new 42,000-sq. ft. facility, which is designed for high quality circuit board assembly, a flexible, continuous flow, contract manufacturing process allows for on-the-fly modifications to meet changing customer needs and demands. A fully integrated Enterprise Resource Planning/Material Requirements Planning (ERP/MRP) system streamlines data, scheduling, and communication.

“We’re dealing with changing regulatory issues and individual customer standards in our industry,” says Knowles. “There’s always a need to adapt, modify, or add -- but most contract manufacturers will not. Zentech has worked with us on short notice, no matter what the lead time or customer demand. They are more our partner than vendor.”

When ATG found its customers pressing them to implement stringent supply chain management criteria, Knowles felt confident in Zentech’s zero-defect approach. This includes not only quality systems such as Automated Optical Inspection (AOI), high tech selective soldering equipment, and temperature, humidity, and electro-static discharge (ESD) controls, but also a systematic process to prevent and eliminate errors in processes, equipment, facilities, training, and personnel.

“As we grow and develop future product, we rely on Zentech,” says Knowles. “They’ve been so essential to our success; we’ve actually built our business around them. Their ability to see potential in our product, adapt to our needs, and get the job done right is unique in contract manufacturing.

Zentech is ISO 9000:2000 certified, as well as ANSI and RAB accredited.

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