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18 Apr 2014


New version of a favorite RFID module ID12LA will enable you to implement RFID into your device even more easily thanks to a wide range of supply voltage.

Literally “globally known” with an integrated antenna – ID12 and its familiar like for example ID2 or ID20 have earned a big popularity thanks to a flawless usage and reliability. Perhaps the only disadvantage of this module was narrow range of operating supply voltage, what in praxis enabled only usage of 5V DC. New version – ID12LA solves also this small drawback and the new module works in a range of 2.8-5VDC. This also enable their usage even with a 3.3V logic and for example in battery operated devices (3-4x NiMH, or 1x Lithium cell, …) without necessity of DC converters or a precise voltage regulation.

The module ID12LA (range approx. 12cm), as well as ID20LA (range approx.16cm) are in our stable stock offer, similarly also the Mifare version (13,56 MHz) – ID20MFIA. In case, that you prefer the maximum range, it´s possible to use module ID2 supplied with an external antenna (range up to 30 cm).

Detailed information will provide you datasheets at particular types below the article.

RFID module ID12LA will also abide a lower voltage … – [Link]

18 Apr 2014


A flux in a spray from company Kontakt Chemie is a very useful helper for development and production.

Everyone, who´ve ever tried to solder without a flux and then with a flux, probably has seen a big difference in solder spreading and in a resulting joint quality. This effect is very visible on a PCB with bare copper tracks without any surface treatment (for example at DIY production of prototypes) but there´s also a significant difference at boards with a surface treated by tin (HAL) or by gold (Flash, chemical gold,..).

Maybe you have a question, whether it makes sense to add a flux when it already is in a solder wire? Naturally, fluxes in soldering wires are of a high quality and producers of solders (Stannol, Koki, Multicore,…) try hard to reach uniform releasing at soldering and to show a minimum spatter. Mainly at soldering of small joints this spatter often causes, that a flux won´t get to a solder pad, what significantly embarrasses solderability. The charm of a flux is based on the fact, that it is directly on a solder pad and in the desired thickness, which can be influenced by application.Especially at soldering of SMT components it´s often even impossible to solder by a method “solder wire in one hand, soldering tool in another”, because we usually need one hand to hold a component in tweezers and moreover – often even a 0.5mm solder wire is too thick to precisely dose a solder directly to a small component in for example an 0402 package. That´s why we usually solder SMT components by a method of taking a little bit of solder on a soldering tip and then applying to a component. But here´s a problem, that a flux won´t survive this a few seconds long “journey” but it will degrade by evaporation, oxidation,… In contrast a flux applied directly to a PCB will replace a missing flux from a solder wire and the difference in spreading of a solder is really huge.

FLUX SK 10 (originally called also a LOTLACK SK10) is based on the natural rosin (colophony) and after application it creates a thin layer. This layer makes soldering significantly easier and at the same time it protects from corrosion. That´s why the FLUX SK 10 has wide possibilities of usage as an agent for temporary protection and significant improvement of solderability of PCBs, various contacts, cable assemblies, terminals of batteries,…

A big advantage is, that in a dry environment the FLUX SK 10 can be left on a PCB as a final protective layer. However in a humid environment it undergoes hydrolysis and degrades. In such environment, it´s better to use Plastik 70, Urethan 71 or Silisol 73.  Detailed information will provide you the FLUX SK10 datasheet.

Make your soldering easier with a Flux SK10 spray - [Link]

16 Apr 2014

Spring offer of company Wago brings you a price gainful set of favorite terminal blocks together with a novelty – quality clamp multimeter.

Installation terminals Wago 2273 series are becoming a standard in installations and they gradually replace their predecessors – series 273. They´re well known, but if you by a happen don´t know them yet, you can get a brief description for example in a video below this article.So why do we mention them? Because company Wago comes as usually in spring, with a special offer, when you can buy a set of Wago terminal blocks Wago together with some useful tool, multimeter and similar. This time it´s a really attractive offer, because in a set containing 950 pcs of installation terminal blocks you will gain a novelty from Wago – a professional clamp true RMS multimeter type 206-816 (CAT III). Besides a majority of common function it´s also able to measure capacity, frequency, wide measuring range (600V, 600A, 60 MOhm) and also for example a very useful complement at measuring in dark environment – an integrated LED torch.

For the price of 149 Eur you can gain a set of 950 pcs terminal b locks and a universal professional measuring tool. Set of 950 pcs terminal blocks consists of 100 pcs 224-112, 100 pcs 2273-202, 300 pcs 2273-203, 100 pcs 2273-204, 300 pcs 2273-205 and 50 pcs 2273-208.

Fresh offer of Wago terminal blocks with a clamp TRMS multimeter - [Link]

14 Apr 2014


If you´re deciding, which fan to use in your application, we have for you a good hint.

Better said, we have any “ideas for top-level types” and they have a name in common – EBM Papst. Fans of German company EBM Papst were introduced to you for example in our article Fans able to operate continuously for 30 years. We´re pleased to announce you, that we gradually increase number of stock types, what will hopefully make your choice of a suitable fan easier and it should also help you in the consequent production thanks to an immediate availability.

To the new types recently added to our stock belong for example:

  • 4650N - universal all-metal AC fan (230V/50Hz/19W) with an air flow up to 160 m3/h, Sintec sleeve bearing. Static pressure up to 80 Pa
  • G2E120-AR38-A4 - powerful radial (centrifugal) fan with a massive aluminium body and a galvanized steel impeller. Also suitable for a continuous operation (S1) and it can be mounted in any position. Frequently used type for example at gas heaters etc.
  • W2S130-AA03-01 - universal powerful AC fan (D 150mm, 230V/50Hz/45W) with an air flow of up to 325 m3/h and a static pressure up to 80 Pa. All-metal construction, maintenance-free ball bearings. Also suitable for a continuous operation (S1)

… and other, which can be found below this article.

Detailed information can be found in the datasheets at particular types.

EBM Papst – the highest quality for an acceptable price - [Link]

10 Apr 2014


New antenna 2J620P will provide you a high quality GSM and GPS signal at once, moreover with a very simple assembly.

Tracking of vehicles or goods is still more used what naturally results into a requirement for a suitable antenna. One of them can be the 2J620P. It offers a very simple and elegant solution, as in fact it is “2 in 1” – two antennas in one enclosure, each with a separate RG174 cable and SMA connector. Assembly is absolutely simple – by means of included double-sided foam pad. Also supplied is even a small towel filled by isopropanol for cleaning of a place of assembly as well as antenna itself.

2J620P has a 2.14 dBi gain for GSM and 26-28 dB for GPS. The GPS portion is equipped by an active amplifier, that´s why requires 2.7-5.5V/15-25 mA power supply. In many applications can be also advantageous a flat shape without any nibs.

Detailed description of the antenna can be found in the 2J620P datasheet.

2J620P antenna – GSM and GPS under one roof - [Link]

8 Apr 2014


New GSM/GPRS/GPS/GNSS modules Quectel offer also special functions, able to make your product exquisite.

Development in the field of communication modules is fast and there are still more segments for their applications. That´s why company Quectel always comes with novelties or at least with enhanced versions of existing modules. This is also the case of two novelties M95EB and UC15.

Module M95 is certainly familiar to you from several our articles like for example Even the Vodafone confirmed quality and reliability of Quectel M95 GSM module. M95 belongs to a TOP in the segment and recently we announced you an eCall support. Meanwhile, this version came to a mass production and we can easily differentiate it by the „EB“ suffix. New version M95EB also supports Dual SIM function (DSSS), what makes it extra reliable even for emergency systems and similar applications. A previous M95 as well as new M95EB are compatible and they will be on the market in parallel, that´s why company Quectel recommends to use the new version (EB) only for applications where you plan to use these new functions.The second novelty is the UC15 module (UMTS/ HSDPA), which is similar to UC15 in many respects, but it´s smaller (29x29x2.5mm) and it has only 66 pins. The main difference is that UC15 doesn´t support GPS/ GNSS and it´s also somewhat slower (upload). UC15 is cheaper than UC20 and in many applications it can represent a very interesting alternative for a very attractive price.

A comprehensive description and comparison of Quectel modules can be found in the Quectel brochure as well as in the datasheets in particular types.

With modules Quectel UC15 and M95EB you’ ll gain Dual SIM, eCall, HSDPA and other functions - [Link]

5 Apr 2014


With its width of only 5mm is this relay able to switch 6A/250VAC, moreover at a minimum coil power consumption.

Thin as about a block of “Domino” and still so powerful and for a reasonable price – these are narrow relays series FTR-LY. Powerful and still so easily usable even in circuits with a 5V logic … Somehow this way could be described the well proven relays of FTR-LY series.

If you´d like to use a relay of this shape, then the FTR-LY series will probably also fulfill all your expectations regarding lifetime, reliability, low power consumption and other. When selecting a suitable type, it´s good to take in mind a material of contacts – on stock we keep three types (5V, 12V and 24V DC). A novelty in our portfolio – type FTR-LYCA005V has a „V“ suffix, what means AgSnO2 + Au (0.3µm) contacts. The biggest advantage of a golden layer on contacts is a very low minimum switching current through contacts (10mA/5VDC), in comparison to types with a suffix „E“ or „Y“, which have a minimum switching current 100mA/5VDC. Types FTR-LYCA012Y and FTR-LYCA024Y have in summary the same good properties, only they´re not suitable for switching of currents below 100mA (worse self-cleaning ability of contacts).

An advantage is up to 4000VAC (coil/ contacts) isolation and an isolation distance (clearance/ creepage) is 8/ 8 mm. To a reliability even in tiny areas on a PCB also contributes a max. operating temperature up to +85°C and a low power consumption (approx. 170 mW). Types, which we keep in stock are with one changeover contact (1CO, SPDT), that´s why they can be freely used in application where you need an NO or NC contact.

Upon order, there are also available types for socket and the PCB socket (JM-6N). It´s beneficial for applications, where we want to maintain a possibility to easily exchange a relay.

Detailed description can be found in the Fujitsu FTR-LY datasheet.

Narrow but strong – relay Fujitsu FTR-LY - [Link]

2 Apr 2014


High color fidelity approaching an ideal is a common feature of „high CRI“ Osram LEDs with CRI up to 96.

When you recall to lessons of physics from your basic- or grammar-school, probably you´ve heard a term „black body radiation”. As we know, each object with a given temperature radiates in a wide range of wave lengths, while a maximum of a radiation depends on its temperature. We mention it because the Sun also operates on this “principle” and its spectrum (light) depends mainly on its surface temperature. Temperature of an object is also the most important factor influencing whether the light will be “warm” or “cold”, that´s why a term color (chromacity) temperature CCT is used.

Even though a portion of radiation (some wave lengths) is absorbed in atmosphere, it can be said that it is very near to a black body spectrum and it´s ideal for us in respect to a pleasant and true color perception.

There are several methods to evaluate color fidelity and one of the most important is so called CRI (color rendition index, maximum = 100). To an ideal light source with CRI =100 is very near a classic incandescent bulb, even though it´s spectrum is shifted towards warmer tones. Unfortunately a light spectrum gained from hot surfzce object also contains a large portion of thermal (infrared) radiation, what causes a low efficiency of incandescent bulbs. However LEDs deploy emission of photons on an other principle (change of electrons energy), so their surface is in fact “cold” in comparison to what temperature a black body radiator should have to gain a similar spectrum.

Modern LEDs have a high CRI, usually over 70. But among LEDs we can find types with even higher CRI (above 80) , as well as “color champions” with even higher CRI. To such champions also belong LEDs from the OSLON Square series, which we introduced to you in our article New LED OSRAM OSLON Square withstands up to 1.5A. Since then company Osram advanced in development and was able to make types with a typical CRI 96 (!), for example LCWCQAR.CC-MPMR-5J7K-1 (4500K).

Light fidelity of this LED is extremely high and such light is very suitable for lighting of areas with high requirements for a light quality, like for example: galleries, museums, shops, photographic ateliers as well as for an everyday work. Despite a high CRI, this particular type also features a considerable efficiency of 180-224 lm/700 mA and a max. current up to 1500 mA.

Among novelties from company Osram can also be found the Oslon Square 2nd generation with even betterthermal features increasing lifetime and efficiency at high temperatures. Moreover this new 2-nd version is sorted (binning) at 85°C, what ensures minimum color in a real operation.

Detailed information will provide you the OSLON Square high CRI (LCW_CQAR.CC) and Oslon Square new (GW_CSSRM1.EC) datasheets.

Almost perfect light from the Oslon Square LED - [Link]

29 Mar 2014


Connectors of the PV, SV and SH series are available in a huge amount of versions and sizes, that´s why you´ll certainly find here a suitable type for you.

A very frequent requirement for a simple and reliable connection of wires to a PCB is actual about as long as the world knows plated copper boards. There are many solutions and producers, thus a choice of suitable type is usually a question of your preferences, requirements of a device, availability, offer of distributors,….

Even in our store can be found various solutions from world-class producers like TE Connectivity (Tyco, AMP), Wago, Phoenix Contact and also from company Euroclamp. Just the last one mentioned – Euroclamp, focuses mainly on PCB terminals, what is reflected in a wide offer. From our experience we can confirm a quality and reliability of these connectors. To the most favorite ones belong series PV, SV and SH, what are plug-in connectors (terminal blocks) for PCB and the mating types for a cable. They´re available in pitches of 2.5mm/ 2.54mm/ 3.5mm/ 3.81mm/ 5.0 mm/ 5.08mm/ 7.5mm/ 7.62mm/ 10.0mm/ 10.16 mm. So as to make you a selection of a right type easier, we bring you a few hints and explanations regarding their description.

PVxx – main type for a PCB (connector with pins).
Example: PV02 (02-24= number of poles) – 5.08 (pitch of pins) – V (V-vertical, H-horizontal)- M (M-modular, P-closed)

SVxx – connectors (female) for a cable – intended for connection with the PVxx series
SV02 (02-24= number of poles) – 5.08 (pitch) – P (P – rear wire connection, F- frontal wire connection) – * (additional code, for example „K“= version with side screws)

SHxx – right angle cable connectors (female) – intended for connection with the PVxx series)

A very useful “complement” of these series is also the SFxx , series, i.e. – a terminal block enabling a “wire to wire” connection (with types SVxx or SHxx). It can be very convenient if we for example want to jump some module and to maintain input and output leads interconnected (enable to make for example various versione of the same product. A novelty in the Euroclamp portfolio is also the PF series – for a PCB (female connector), enabling connection with PF – (male connectors).
A common feature of all PVxx connectors is a relatively high current handling ability – for example 12 (16)A/450VAC at types with 5.0 or 5.08mm pitch and a maximum wire cross section of 4/2.5 mm2 (solid / stranded wire). Body of connectors is made of a rigid self-extinguishing polyamide (UL94-V0) and the connector itself is made of nickel plated copper alloy. Basic color of these connectors is green (RAL6032) but upon order they´re also available in other colors (grey, black, blue, red, yellos, brown and other). A considerable advantage is also a wide range of operating temperatures of -40 to +130°C.

Types with a wide pitch (for example 10mm) are physically the same with types with a half pitch ( 5mm), they only differ in omitted pins and naturally the maximum allowed voltage is higher (750VAC). Perhaps the best idea about possibilities of these „plug-in“ connectors will give you attached pictures. Detailed description can be found in the Euroclamp short-form catalogue, in the main catalogue Euroclamp, as well as in datasheets at particular types.

Do you already have solved a connection to a PCB? - [Link]

27 Mar 2014


Bare wires going from a tested device do not have to mean a problem or require a long time to connect to a power supply.

Who wouldn´t know it – a tested device on a workbench has only wire leads (without any connectors) and we just want to connect it to a power supply simply and reliably. If you don´t want to laboriously connect banana plugs to wire leads (what we surely don´t want if the test is supposed to last only a while :-)) we have only a possibility to use screw terminals on a given laboratory source. But usually neither this isn´t an ideal solution, as the openings in such terminals are usually quite small and if we want to put a wire only “between two pads” – it usually falls out at tightening…

Fortunately, there is one very handy component – „WAGO banana plug“, i.e. banana plug with a spring clamp into which it´s possible to insert a wire immediately and without any tools. Similarly simply we´re able to loosen it in a fraction of second – by pressing a body of a plug. The principle of a terminal is the same as for example in lighting connectors Wago 224 series.

We believe that you´ll like this useful helper and you´ll find it belonging to a “must have” category. On stock we keep three color versions (black, red and blue) as well as a set of 50 pcs Wago 215-111 (mix of 5 colors in 10 pcs). Upon request we´re able to supply you any other color version.

Detailed description can be found at particular types.

Simplify your work at development and testing with WAGO banana plugs - [Link]





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