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19 Oct 2014

Who is the winner of umodule demoboard from Linear technology? In addition to getting to know the winner, you can also watch the video record from webinar…

Linear Technology’s family of DC/DC Module products simplifies your analog design. By integrating the DC/DC controller, power switches, magnetic, and a modest amount of capacitance, uModules power products will save precious space on the PCB and reduce the solution weight, development time, BOM qualification and procurement effort. You could find this out during webinar about Linear technology modules.From all of those who filled in our questionnaire after webinar we have drawn winner of the uModulu demoboard. The winner is František Bulko from EVPÚ a.s.
Congratulations to the winner.

Your way to simple and efficient power supply design with Linear Technology - [Link]

17 Oct 2014

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Compressed gas for cleaning – Dust cleaner, brings huge savings for the price of small limitations.

The name of this article might also be like „Dust Off or Dust Cleaner? Both are the sprays – compressed air for dust removal. Dust Off is a well known, long-term well-proven spray for cleaning from dust and other loose dry particles. Dust Off provides absolute safety in a form of non-flammability. However, this indisputable plus is also reflected in a price.That´s why we bring you also a cheaper alternative – spray Dust Cleaner, which provides practically the same service like Dust Off, but for approximately only a 1/3 price. Even though compressed (liquefied) gas Dust Cleaner is flammable, but it represents much cheaper solution for all cases, when there´s no risk of ignition. for example when we work with a switched-off device, which isn´t hot at the same time and there´s no source of sparks near. That´s why it´s suitable for example for cleaning of:

  • plated copper boards (disconnected from a power supply)
  • micro-assemblies, servo-motors etc.
  • optics, lenses and precision mechanics
  • PC and other communication devices
  • fans and heatsinks
  • fiberglass cables connections
  • connectors

Similarly like Dust Off, even the Dust Cleaner produces a strong air jet, which is in majority of cases strong enough to remove various dry contaminants. It finds its place everywhere, where other cleaning methods (for example with liquids) are not suitable, or they might leave various residues. Detailed information can be found in the Dust Cleaner and also Dust Off datasheets.


Dust Cleaner will blow away dust for a 1/3 price - [Link]

15 Oct 2014

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80 dB acoustic signal at only 3V power supply and a really miniature size place this new component into a top class.

Belgian company Sonitron and its top-level products ar probably familiar to you from our articles and from our offer in this segment. We continue in increasing of standard stock types and this time we have here an extraordinary interesting type – SMA-13LV, interesting mainly for low-voltage applications. Series of buzzers marked as “SMA” is known by its variousness, as we find here types with loudness of 75-98 dB, THT and SMT vesions, and versions with a stable, as well as intermittent signal. Various izes from 13 to 30 mm with a pitch of 7.5 to 20.32 mm enable to select the right type for a given application. In general, bigger types provide a more loud signal, but it depends on a concrete type. This series is suitable for general use – everywhere, where a reliable buzzer is necessary, including industrial conditions.

For a succesfull use, it´s only necessary to connect a suitable supply voltage – usually in extremely wide range (for example 1.5-15V). Usually, on the upper end of a supply voltage range we get the highest loudness and at lower voltages we receive a higher lifetime.

Very similar is also the SMAT series (transducers), which in contrast to the SMA series doesn´t contain a driver, that´s why it needs an extenal electronics.

For really tough conditions, the Sonitron SAP. series is suitable. These are buzzers for various usage in traffic, for example as a reverse movement indicator (danger of close approximation). They excell in extreme rigidity, what make them widely used even in avionics, miltary and trucks. SAP series has a specifi usage, that´s why we keep these types as items upúon request.

Another novelties in our standard stock offer can be found below this article. Detailed information can be found in datasheets at particular types and in the new Sonitron 2014 catalogue.

Piezo buzzer Sonitron SMA-13LV deploys maximum from a minimum - [Link]

13 Oct 2014

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RFID keyboard emulators are able to significantly simplify tracking of goods.

“Replacement” of a keyboard in a form of an RFID module connected to a USB port works very simply – UID of every tag, which will appear in its range will send to a computer – the same way as if we typed it in by a keyboard. SL040A also enables to choose, whether we want the reader to send only data, or also a „CR“ character after every UID (as if an Enter key was hit). It means, that if we already have a software to type in open (for example Excel), the reader itself will fill the cell with data and move the cursor to another cell. SL040A is even able to read data (not only UID) from Mifare tags.

SL040A is also interesting by one feature – on a request from our company SOS electronic, the producer started to produce also the black version SL040A black. Thanks to the above-standard close relationship with the producers, we´re able to supply you even various special customized versions.
Detailed information will provide you the SL040A user manual.

SL040A will load it to you directly into a table sheet - [Link]


11 Oct 2014

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Transformer soldering tool Toolcraft SP200 is a useful complement even if you already have a quality soldering station.

In praxis, it´s possible to heard various opinions on “transformer soldering tools”. Usually this is the first type of a soldering tool with which a young electro-technician begins. It´s small, a tip heats up quickly, doesn´t take a lot of space, it´s easily transportable and last but not least it´s also price – affordable.
From the point of view of a professional working with SMT components it can be reproached, that it´s not suitable for SMT components of 0603/ 0402 and similar, it creates a pulse at switching on (weak ESD safety) and it has no soldering tip temperature control.

Despite this, many of us are glad to return to it sometimes, because it´s simply “handy” :-). It provides a magic of an easy application of a solder and a colophony in a single step by a classic way, when we take a bit of a solder on a hot tip and after switching off (during cooling down) we immerse a tip into a colophony. This way we get prepared one “soldering dose” on a tip, suitable for soldering of poorly solderable joints (depending on features of a solder and colophony). At the same time, it´s very convenient in case we need to have one hand free for holding a soldered component, wire, …

Even a small stability of a tip temperature can be bypassed by experience (not too long heating) and the risk of sensitive components damage can be considerably decreased if we always switch on a soldering tool before touching a given component, and similarly – switch off after taking away a tip from a component.

It can be said, that a quality soldering station is irreplaceable for a serious work, but there are many cases, where a classic pistol-type soldering tool alike. In respect to an extraordinary affordable price level of the Toolcraft SP200 and also other in our offer (10-20 Eur), this tool is a suitable complementary tool for every electro workshop and for a work in places, where a transport of a bulky soldering station might be quite impractical.

Toolcraft SP200 has a more robust tip, suitable also for bigger joints. On the opposite side, soldering tools of the series ETP use classic relatively thin tips usable even for small soldering tools.

Think about a soldering tool for every occasion - [Link]

8 Oct 2014

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With the Bolymin BE635 graphic embedded module it´s possible to focus only on software development – hardware is done.

A possibility to interactively adjust various parameters and at the same time to see a “result” of our settings (for example a status of a given device) considerably increases safety and reliability in various industry sectors. That´s probably one of reasons why a graphic output becomes a standard even in devices, where they were recently used very rarely so far.

From the development point of view, one of the key deciding factors is a platform, on which a given system is built (processor, OS).
PIC32 family certainly belongs to popular microcontrollers (32 bit RISC CPU), that´s why the new graphic embedded module Bolymin BE635 addresses all, who know PIC32, or they want to become familiar with it. For everyone, who´ve ever worked with PIC32 family, a development of application will be much easier with BE635, as practically all necessary hardware is on one board and at the same time we get a support in a form of various drivers for communication as well as graphic output. For programming purposes a new Microchip PICkit3 is suitable and SW development can be done in the known environment Microchip MPLAB IDE. BE635 is designed as a universal module, where only a designer decides, how much computing power of a processor will use on which activity (displaying, data processing, external HW control, communication, …), that´s why possibilities of its usage are really very wide.

Compact module (93x67x15mm) with a 3,5“ TFT LCD display (320x240px) is equipped sufficiently, to become attractive. For example:

  • built-in 512kB ISP flash/ 64 kB SRAM/ 16 kB EEPROM
  • support of microSD
  • 1x RS232, 1x SPI, 1x I2C
  • selectable 1x RS232/422/485/USB (depending on a version)
  • 1x 10bit ADC, 12x GPIO
  • libraries for successful programming, drivers for interfaces and a touch panel

BE635 is available in 4 versions, differing by an additional RS232/485/422/USB port. Single supply 5V and easy mechanical assembly by means of a metal frame with mounting holes also belong to pluses of a new BE635. Soon, there will be available also other similar modules with the same functionality but with bigger displays, for example BE657 with a 5,7“ (640x480px) display, thus an application for BE635 will be usable for the BE657 alike.

Detailed information can be found in BE635, BE657 flyers and in the BE635 user manual .

Bolymin BE635 – for all PIC32 lovers - [Link]

5 Oct 2014


Who is the winner of new WIZ550S2E-232 module from Wiznet? In addition to getting to know the winner, you can also watch the video record from webinar…

“Hardwired TCP/IP” instead of a software solution? The result is higher performance and reliability. You could find this out during webinar about Wiznet modules.

From all of those who filled in our questionnaire after webinar we have drawn the winners of WIZ550S2E-232 module. The winners are:

  • Rastislav Michalek from Applied Precision s.r.o.
  • Roman Kasprzewski from DOMIQ Sp.z o.o.
  • Roland Kovacs from Robert Bosch kft.
  • Christian Baitz from Harbach
  • Martin Šustík from URC Systems
    Congratulations to the winners.

    More about WIZNET…

    Did you miss our webinar?

    If you missed this webinar, watch the video record…

SOS webinar: Internet of Things by one chip - [Link]

1 Oct 2014

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Voltcraft sets of measuring leads provide several reasons why to choose right them.

Maybe we even don´t realize in a common praxis, how important role is played by measuring leads of a measuring device, the most often multimeter. Firstly, they´re “responsible” for a good transfer of a signal to a measuring device and at the same time they perform an important safety function, especially at measuring of higher voltages or on devices, where such a voltage can appear (unexpectedly).

Testing leads are often exposed to a considerable mechanical stress at measuring. As for the safety, especially older or damaged leads need to be replaced soon and better not to risk a possible injury. Older low quality measuring lead often shows small defects and it´s not that rare, when a broken thin wire (one of many which create a stranded wire) penetrates insulation from inside and stays hidden close to an outer surface. Naturally, in this case we can forget the declared properties of such lead.

Measuring/ testing leads Voltcraft are a novelty in our offer:

MS-4 – set of safety measuring leads 10A/CATIII/1000V. Leads have a quality classic tip, usable even for a banana F socket. Also included are quality crocodile clamps with a thick insulation.

MS-4N – set of safety measuring leads with an insulation from extra flexible silicone rubber, 10A/ CATIV/ 600V. Easy and safe removing of tips covers thanks to a click mechanism. Indication lug on a red lead for an easy orientation even in twilight. Extraordinary high flexibility makes the measurement especially pleasant and they´re highly resistant to hot surfaces at the same time.

MS-7 – set of safety measuring leads 20A/CATIV/600V. A set with the highest current handling capacity from these three sets.

All three sets conform to EN61010-031:2008 safety standard and all of them have removable top covers (as illustrated on attached pictures) for comfortable measuring in tiny places (for example on a PCB). Comparison and basic features of these measuring cords can be found in an attached table.

Voltcraft – above standard quality even in measuring leads - [Link]

29 Sep 2014

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Programme of webinar:

Linear Technology’s family of DC/DC Module products simplifies your analog design. By integrating the DC/DC controller, power switches, magnetic, and a modest amount of capacitance, uModules power products will save precious space on the PCB and reduce the solution weight, development time, BOM qualification and procurement effort.

  • Product groups and parameter ranges
  • uModule construction
  • Reliability data
  • Features: ultralow noise, output sharing, synchronizability / multi-phase operation
  • Information resources
  • Applications examples.
  • Q&A

SOS Webinar – Your way to simple and efficient power supply design with Linear Technology - [Link]

27 Sep 2014

Record attendance and development sets for great prices. Webinar with IQRF about wireless solutions was also about this.

This time, we again realized two webinars during just one day – one in English and one in Czech language.Usually, we draw one winner of development set out of all webinar participants. However this time, all participants had a chance to get DS-START-03 development set for fantastic price.

Did you miss our webinar?

If you missed this webinar, you can check VIDEO-record…


SOS webinar – How can you make a wireless device from your product? It‘s simple! - [Link]



 
 
 

 

 

 

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