Mini-FAKRA cable assemblies for automotive and industrial applications requiring high data transfer rates
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New compact touchless linear position sensors
The TFD Series of touchless linear position sensors from Novotechnik provides wear-free operation in tight spaces. The TFD-4000 Series uses a magnetic position marker to provide a touchless measurement range of 0 to 14, 24, or 50 mm -- depending on model. These sensors make measurements through air and non-magnetic materials. Sensing direction can be either parallel or perpendicular to mounting holes. Applications include textile, packaging, and sheet metal machinery; medical applications; marine; mobile engine management; and construction, agricultural, and forestry machinery.
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Next-generation electronic digital comparators
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Customizable encoders for white goods, automation, controls, more
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Protect battery packs against overcurrent and overcharging
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Smart contactors with CAN bus
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What can you do with touchless magnetic angle sensors?
Novotechnik has put together a really informative video highlighting real-world applications for their RFC, RFE, and RSA Series touchless magnetic angle sensors. You may be surprised at the variety of off-highway, marine, material handling, and industrial uses. You'll learn how they work (using a Hall effect microprocessor to detect position) and their key advantages, including eliminated wear and tear on these non-mechanical components. We love when manufacturers provide such useful examples.
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Lockheed Martin delivers its highest-powered laser to date to U.S. Department of Defense
An artist's rendering of the U.S. Army's Indirect Fires Protection Capability - High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL) Demonstrator laser weapon system. [Image courtesy: Lockheed Martin]
Lockheed Martin has delivered to the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering (OUSD R&E) a new benchmark: a tactically relevant electric 300-kW-class laser, the most powerful laser that Lockheed Martin has produced to date.
The company says this 300-kW-class laser is ready to integrate with the DOD demonstration efforts including the U.S. Army's Indirect Fires Protection Capability - High Energy Laser (IFPC-HEL) Demonstrator laser weapon system.
The OUSD R&E selected Lockheed Martin in 2019 to scale its spectral beam combined high-energy laser architecture to the 300-kW-class level as part of the High Energy Laser Scaling Initiative (HELSI), and the team recently achieved that milestone ahead of schedule.
"Lockheed Martin increased the power and efficiency and reduced the weight and volume of continuous-wave high-energy lasers, which reduces risk for future fielding efforts of high-power laser weapon systems," said Rick Cordaro, vice president, Lockheed Martin Advanced Product Solutions.
The HELSI laser will support demonstration efforts with the Army's IFPC-HEL, which is scheduled for laboratory and field testing this year.
Lockheed Martin's 300-kW-class high-energy laser design and build was enabled by significant investments in directed energy technology and the contributions of the company's dedicated team in Washington state and Owego, NY. The company says the team is applying more than 40 years of experience researching, designing, developing, and capturing electromagnetic energy and elevating its power to create innovative 21st-century security solutions.
Designfax has reported in the past that a single laser "shot" from a 30-kW laser costs the U.S. Navy $1 in energy costs, so a 300-kW laser still should provide a remarkable savings compared to producing, shipping, storing, handling, and firing standard ammunition.
Source: Lockheed Martin
Published September 2022
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