Recent 'Sensor' News

Using proven TMR (Tunneling Magnetoresistance) technology, the high-performance RedRock™ RR121 TMR digital logic sensors from Coto Technology offer high magnetic sensitivity with high hysteresis, EMF resistance, and a small package size, all while consuming almost NO POWER! These sensor devices offer multiple configurations of several parameters to enable applications like proximity sensing, rotary sensing, and level detection.
The true hall-effect contactless position sensors from PIHER provide excellent repeatability, accuracy, resolution, linearity and high stability under harsh environment conditions such as vibration, electromagnetic noise, shock, extreme temperatures, dither, moisture or dirt.
The high-performance RedRock™ series from Coto are TMR magnetic sensors and switches in a standard SOT-23 package. Featuring an incredibly tiny footprint, high sensitivity and low power consumption, this robust product line will fit perfectly into any design where space and power are critical.

ELA Innovation launched a new wireless RFID magnetic sensor the COIN MAG. The Coin MAG has been development by the idea that we want to know real time if the door of your trailer or container is opened, or when a door in your building or your home is opened or closed

This new sensor directly integrates a magnetic sensor, coupled with its permanent actuator, the COIN MAG immediately transmits any change of state with its actuator. In addition, it can transmit regularly a " keep alive" frame.

This new sensor is as compact as the COIN ID (36mm, thickness 10mm), with the same transmission range (80m in open field). It is easy to install, easy to use and therefor the most appropriate industrial answer in asset security and building monitor applications.

The COIN MAG completes the existing COIN family, composed of the COIN ID for identification and location, the COIN T for temperature monitoring, the COIN RH for humidity monitoring and the COIN MOV for secure outdoor assets.

•   Wireless RFID sensor 433MHz
•   Internal magnetic sensor
•   To be used with its actuator MAGNET02
•   Switching detection of 10mm
•   User-definable tag’s identifier (RW)
•   Specific ID code's for low level of battery
•   High range: up to 80 meters (open field)
•   Autonomy: 2,5 years (according to settings)
•   Waterproof IP68, white delrin case
•   Ultra Compact anti-hanging shape (ø 36mm - H: 10mm - W: 11g)
•   RoHS Compliant

•   Asset security
•   Building monitoring
•   Real time theft protection
•   Truck and anti-tempering detection

The COIN series from ELA Innovation is a series of long range active RFID tags operating at a frequency of 433MHz. Compared with passive RFID tags, active tags can generally be interrogated at a greater distance, and their signals can pass more readily through a trailer wall or other materials.

The read range of these tags can reach up to 100 meters (in open air) with a battery life of 10 years or more. The smallest tag in the COIN series measures just 36mm in diameter and 10mm in thickness. ELA innovation offers a wide range of active RFID readers to facilitate integration of your RFID solution.

The COIN series is available three version: a standard-, a high capacity- and an OEM board version.

•  Ultra compact, 36mm diameter, 10mm thickness
•  433MHz operating frequency
•  Robust design, IP68 waterproof
•  Resistant to shocks and chemical agents
•  User-definable tag identifier (RW)
•  High distance range: up to 80 meters (open field)
•  Autonomy: up to 10 years
•  Compact anti-hanging shape

People safety: a typical application example

How can you automatically count the people entering a construction site or detect people walking near construction equipment?

A long-range COIN ID RFID tag fixed to people's helmets can be used to detect the direction of their movement as they pass in front of the reader terminal, without any action on their part.

The PUCK family from ELA Innovation are heavy duty, long range active RFID tags operating at a frequency of 433MHz. The read range of these tags can reach up to 150 meters (in open air). Designed in a robust industrial IP68 housing these tags can be used in harsh environments.

ELA Innovation develops readers and active RFID tags to monitor goods for the tracking of tools and equipment in the logistics industry, as well as man-down alarm technology. Its activities hinge around the research & development, manufacturing and sales of high range active RFID solutions, industrial wireless sensors and connected objects.

ELA’s greatest growth has been in the deployment of ’telematics solutions’ for trucks and trailers, in which data about goods and drivers is transmitted via wireless sensors and tags to a reader, and is then forwarded by a cellular connection, such as the
FOX3 from Falcom, to a back-end server.

The systems are used to identify the conditions of goods within a trailer, along with the open or closed status of the trailer door. This information is paired with GPS-based data, collected by a user’s automatic vehicle location box (such as the FOX3 from Falcom) and sent to a server. This way users can receive alerts of the unexpected opening of a trailer or the breaching of an accepted temperature range within the trailer.

•   Wide range of active tags, readers, software and antennas
•   Long RF range (up to 100m)
•   Robust industrial products
•   Trailer’s temperature and humidity monitoring
•   Trailer & Driver ID
•   Event detection (doors opening, contact detection, asset’s movement, etc.)
•   Active RFID Integration with fleet management solutions
•   Automatic asset inventory
•   Battery life up to 10 years

•   Refrigerated transport
•   Transport of blood
•   Biomedical transport
•   Pharmaceutical industry
•   Monitoring drill temperature

At picture
1. SCIEL reader lite connected to FOX3
2. Active RFID tag for Driver ID
3. Active RFID tag for Trailer ID
4. Wireless RFID Temperature Sensor for Temperature Monitoring
5. Wireless RFID Humidity Monitoring
6. Active RFID TAG for Asset ID for Automatic Inventory
7. Wireless RFID Magnetic Sensor for Door Opening Detection

The COIN MOV from ELA Innovation is a long range active RFID tag with internal motion sensor operating at a frequency of 433MHz. Active RFID is a form of Auto ID (automatic identification) characterized by the use of ID tags which are self-powered and typically emit a signal at a predefined rate. Compared with passive RFID tags, active tags can generally be interrogated at a greater distance, and their signals can pass more readily through a trailer wall or other materials.

The compact, IP68 waterproof COIN MOV can detect any critical movement of assets in large areas, indoor as well as outdoor. The read range of these tags can reach up to 80 meters (in open air) with a battery life of 4 years or more. If the measured movement is higher than the user programmed threshold, the COIN MOV sensor sends its identification code and movement value. Detected by an active RFID reader connected to a security system this signal will alert security people or generates protection relevant actions (visual or sound alarms, activation of surveillance cams e.g.)

•  433MHz Active RFID tag
•  Ultra-compact anti-hanging shape, 36mm diameter, 10mm thickness
•  Internal motion sensor
•  Robust design, IP68 waterproof white DELRIN casing
•  Movement threshold management
•  Multiple frame's emission cycle (alarm mode, sleep mode)
•  User-definable tag's identifier (RW)
•  Specific ID code's for low level of battery
•  High distance range: up to 80m (open field)
•  Autonomy: up to 4 years (according to settings)
•  Operating temperature: -30° to +70°C
•  RoHS compliant

•  Asset security
The COIN T and ITEMS TD from ELA Innovation are long range active RFID sensor tags with a temperature sensor providing data about temperature conditions for example inside a trailer during transport. These sensors operate at a frequency of 433MHz, have their own battery, and typically emit a signal at a predefined rate. Compared with passive RFID tags, active tags can generally be interrogated at a greater distance, and their signals can pass more readily through a trailer wall or other materials.

The read range of these tags can reach up to 80 meters (in open air) with a battery life of 10 years or more. The COIN T is provided with an internal temperature sensor, the ITEMS TD comes with an external sensor. To facilitate the integration of these RFID sensors in your application ELA innovation offers the SCIEL series, a wide range of active RFID readers.

These active RFID sensors tags are also available with humidity , movement, digital and analog input sensors.

•  433MHz Active RFID Tag
•  Internal or external temperature sensor
•  Resolution: 0.0625°C
•  User-definable tag identifier (RW)
•  Accuracy of +/- 0.5°C or +/- 1°C (depending on ambient temperature)
•  Specific ID codes for low battery level
•  Read range up to 80 meters (open field)
•  Autonomy: up to 10 years (according to settings)
•  Waterproof casing
•   COIN T: compact DELRIN casing , 36mm round, 10mm thick
•   ITEMS TD: ABS casing, 50x50x35mm with gland connector

•  Refrigerated transport
•  Transport of blood
•  Biomedical transport
•  Pharmaceutical industry
•  Monitoring drill temperature
RockTouch is specialized in the development and production of affordable PCAP fronts according to industrial requirements.
The XcalibuR series are new PCAP touch sensors supplemented with a controller based on the EETI3000 chipset.

The XcaliburR touch screen is available in the sizes from 10.1"wide up to 21.5"wide.
They are available with a cover glass thicknesses of 3mm and 6mm (vandal proof), up to 10mm is usable for standard and industrial requirements.

The XcalibuR series feature a maximum of 10 contact points on the touch screen, supports USB, RS232 and I2C interface, has 4 fixing holes, works with gloves, use of pencil is possible.
The Excalibur is developed for high end applications.

•   Supports USB, RS-232 and I2C interfaces
•   Signal noise ratio (SNR) 32V (highest in the market)
•   Size from 10.1"wide up to 21.5"wide
•   4 fixing holes for grounding
•   6 pin 1 mm pitch
•   Multi-touch up to 10 points
•   Pencil supported
•   Working with gloves
•   Top glass maximum thickness is 10mm
•   Air Gap support to use your own cover glass
•   Palm- and water rejection

•   Kiosk
•   ATM
•   POS
•   Industrial
•   Amusement
•   AIO applications

The M-V340 6-DOF inertial measurement unit (IMU) from Epson has three axes of gyroscopes and accelerometers, plus provides built-in support for two widely-used industrial and aerospace interfaces: SPI and UART protocol. At just 12x10x4mm in size, the M-V340 IMU is the smallest high-performance IMU on the market today. The M-V340 weighs less than 1 gram, and consumes just 16.5 mA of current, and is capable of withstanding high vibration and shock.

A variety of calibration parameters are stored in a memory of the IMU, and are automatically reflected in the measurement data being sent to the application after the power of the IMU is turned on. With a general-purpose SPI/UART supported for host communication, the
M-V340 reduces technical barriers for users to introduce inertial measurement and minimizes design resources to implement inertial movement analysis and control applications.

•  Small size, light weight: 10x12x4mm, 1 grams
•  Low-noise, high-stability
•  Gyro bias instability: 3.5 deg/hr
•  Angular random walk: 0.17 deg/hr
•  Initial bias error: +/- 0.5 deg/s (1 Σ)
•  6 degrees of freedom
•     Triple gyroscopes: +/- 450 deg/s
•     Tri-axis accelerometer: +/- 5.8 G
•  16-bit data resolution
•  Digital serial interface: SPI / UART
•  Calibrated stability (bias, scale factor, axial alignment)
•  Data output rate: to 1k Sps
•  External trigger input / external counter reset input
•  Low power consumption: 16.5mA (typ.)
•  Calibration temperature range: −40176C to +85176C
•  Operating temperature range: −40176C to +85176C
•  Single voltage supply: 3.3V
•  Also available with 100dps, 3G, SPI&UART (IMU M-G364PDCA)

•  Vibration damping of cameras, antennas and other stabilizing systems
•  Altitude control of unmanned systems
•  Motion analysis & control
•  Body motion sensing in fields (e.g. medical and rehabilitation)
•  Navigation & tracking systems

Seiko Epson has developed a series of inertial measurement units (IMU) for industrial applications. These IMU series offer outstanding measurement accuracy and stability while being among the smallest and most energy efficient IMUs in its class.

These IMU's include triple gyroscopes and a tri-axis accelerometer, for 3 or 6 degrees of freedom. The gyroscope provides high accuracy and stability, while the accelerometer offers a dynamic range of up to +/- 6G. It offers excellent angular rate measurement performance and stability. These devices are also equipped with industry-standard SPI and UART interfaces and consume 30mA when operating at 3.3V.

Epson's current available IMU, the M-G350, has earned high marks from customers for its small size, light weight, and outstanding accuracy and stability. With the addition of the M-G352 and M-G362 to the product lineup, Epson will be able to support an even broader range of applications.

The M-G352 and M-G362 are equipped with additional new features, including a higher output data rate, an external trigger input, and counter reset function, making it easy to synchronize measurements with other sensors or with a GPS module in a user's system. Epson plans to begin shipping samples of the M-G362 and M-G352 in August and October of 2013, respectively.

Upcoming small IMU series
Seiko Epson recently announced that they successfully developed the world's smallest IMU. The new M-V340 measures 10 x 12 x 4 mm, weighs 1 gram, and consumes just 18 mA of current, typical. Epson will begin shipping samples of the M-V340 in December 2013.

Gyro range± 300 °/sec.± 450 °/sec.± 150 °/sec.
Gyro bias instability 6 °/hr6 °/hr3 °/hr
Accelerometer range± 3 G± 6 G± 3 G
Data output format16 bit16/32 bit16/32 bit
Data output speed (Sps)1.000 (max.)2.000 (max.)2.000 (max.)
Operating temperature-40°C to +85°C-40°C to +85°C-40°C to +85°C

•  Motion analysis & control
•  Altitude control of unmanned aircraft / systems
•  Navigation systems
•  Vibration control & stabilization of cameras, antennas eg.
•  Pointing & tracking systems

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