SICK “MAX-es” out its In-Cylinder Magnetostrictive Linear Encoders

SICK has expanded its MAX® family of linear encoders to extend the space-saving, operating cost and maintenance benefits offered by its innovative magnetostrictive measurement technology to smaller hydraulic cylinders and more harsh operating environments.

The rugged SICK MAX30 and SICK MAX48 linear encoders use reliable, non-contact magnetostriction technology to measure the piston position in the hydraulic cylinders widely used in industrial, materials handling and agricultural vehicles. The SICK MAX encoders offer compact integration benefits for new machinery designs. They also provide an opportunity for end users to upgrade to more rugged performance and diagnostic feedback through quick and easy retrofit into existing cylinders.

The SICK MAX30 is believed to be the smallest in-cylinder magnetostrictive linear encoder on the market, with a head dimension of 30mm x 35mm, extending the innovative MAX® positional feedback technology to smaller cylinders with more limited space. OEMs therefore have new opportunities to take advantage of the SICK MAX’s highly-reliable, contactless and wear-free positional accuracy, including in axes with lower operating forces. This enables them to be installed into material handling machinery such as mobile cranes, reach stackers and lift trucks, for example in outrigger cylinders, lift and tilt cylinders and steering systems.

The new SICK MAX48A introduces a highly-durable full stainless-steel enclosure and axial wire orientation to extend the benefits of the popular 48mm SICK MAX48 linear encoder to the harshest industrial operating environments.

Space-Saving Benefits

Darren Pratt, SICK’s UK product manager for encoders, explains: “Ever since SICK’s MAX48 was launched in 2017, cylinder manufacturers have welcomed its ability to achieve a longer usable piston stroke length within the tight space of a standard-sized hydraulic cylinder due to its smaller damping zone. This space-saving benefit enables, for example, a greater useful reach for a hydraulic arm with several cylinders.

“The MAX30’s installation depth is considerably smaller than for competitive units. So, a MAX encoder could deliver up to 10% more travel in a cylinder with a stroke of 300-400mm, for example.  The SICK MAX®’s innovative design concept means there is no need to fit a spacer when assembling the magnet in the piston, making installation easier and less prone to assembly errors.”

Built-in Diagnostics

All SICK MAX® linear encoders feature built-in diagnostics to record data for preventative and predictive maintenance, enabling, for example, analysis of operating cycles and the determination of operating limits. This diagnostic information provides data to machinery control systems to ensure performance, safety and reliability in machine operation and maintenance. End users can easily incorporate the instrumented cylinders in existing systems to maximise machine availability and avoid costly unplanned downtime.

The SICK MAX30 is suitable for smaller cylinders with piston diameters of 30mm or more and piston rod diameters of 20mm or more. Maximum stroke length for the MAX48 is 2500mm, while the MAX30 is available with stroke lengths up to 1500mm; any length can be specified upwards from 50mm in 1mm intervals.

Rugged Performance

All the SICK MAX® encoders give a resolution of 0.1mm and repeatability of ±0.2mm. Because of the sensing technology employed, the encoders give absolute position data, so there is no need for a teach-in at start-up.

All the encoders are resistant to shock and vibration and operate in fluid temperatures of -30oC to +95oC. Excellent EMC (electromagnetic compatibility) performance helps to boost reliability, even when used close to high-powered electrically ‘noisy’ equipment such as motors. Provided a suitable electrical connector is used, MAX® linear encoders are protected against the ingress of dirt and moisture to IP69K.

Positional data can be output via a choice of analogue formats (V DC or mA), PWM, and CANopen and SAE J1939 industry-standard digital protocols.

For more information on SICK MAX® magnetostrictive linear encoders for in-cylinder position monitoring, please contact Andrea Hornby on 01727 831121 or email

Highest Resolution Midwave Camera

ImageIR® 10300 – Over 2.9 Mpixels

With the ImageIR® 10300, users from industry and science for the first time can use a radiometric infrared camera whose cooled photon detector permits images in the format (1,920 × 1,536) IR pixels.

  • Full HD resolution of about 3 Megapixels
  • Pixel pitch of 10 µm
  • Thermal resolution better than 0.03 K
  • Measurement accuracy ± 1 °C or ± 1 %
  • High-speed recording with previously unknown image quality

With its detector format of (1,920×1,536) IR pixels the ImageIR® 10300 sets new standards in geometric resolution worldwide and creates thermograms with an unprecedented image detail and sharpness. For the first time an infrared camera for civil use with a cooled photon detector permits full HD images. In combination with the small pitch dimension of 10µm, this ensures that measurement, inspection and surveillance tasks can be solved even more efficiently than before. Everywhere such very fine structures need to be analysed on large-surface measurement objects, for example, users save time, effort and thus costs.

Despite the detector format of about 3 Megapixels, the transfer of full frame images achieves a rate up to 100Hz. Thanks to the 10GigE interface of the ImageIR® 10300 users can store large amounts of measurement data on a computer in the shortest amount of time. The interface is a part of the modular design of the entire high-end camera series ImageIR®. Individual adjustments like retrofitting a remotely controllable filter and aperture wheel or a motor focus unit can easily be realised. A broad variety of infrared lenses with highest optical performance parameters provides the camera’s outstanding thermal sensitivity.

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Theta-SE Ellipsometer for Semiconductors

Since the 1960s, as ellipsometry developed to provide the sensitivity necessary to measure nanometre-scale layers used in microelectronics, interest in ellipsometry has grown steadily. Today, the range of its applications has spread to the basic research in physical sciences, semiconductor and data storage solutions, flat panel display, communication, biosensor, and optical coating industries. Here we take a look specifically at the J A Woollam thetaSE ellipsometer and its uses for the semiconductor industry.

The theta-SE is a push-button spectroscopic ellipsometer for characterising thin film uniformity. It features advanced ellipsometry instrumentation in a compact package at an affordable price.

Results at Wavelengths of Interest for a Desired Application

For many applications, optical properties are desired at specific wavelengths. For example, the semiconductor industry is interested in lithography which requires ellipsometry measurements in the UV region (157nm, 193nm, 248nm,…). The display industry is interested in the visible spectrum. Optical coatings require measurement at their design wavelengths, whether at visible, near infrared or even mid-infrared wavelengths. Woollam Spectroscopic Ellipsometers cover the spectral range from 33 microns to 140nm. This range offers an incredible flexibility that can meet almost any application requirement.

Semiconductor Industry

  • Dielectrics (oxides, nitrides, carbides)
  • Polymers (Low-Dielectric constant)
  • Polysilicon
  • Multilayers (ONOPO, SOI,…)
  • Lithography Applications
  • Photoresists
  • Antireflective coatings
  • Photomasks
  • Compound Semiconductors

Find out more about why you should choose a Theta-SE plus read some of the latest Semiconductor publication papers here

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Enjoy 20% OFF Lake Shore M81 SSM

A great offer for the end of the year

Until the 31st January 2022, we can offer a whopping 20% off the list price of the M81 Synchronous Source Measure System from Lake Shore Cryotronics.

The MeasureReady™ M81-SSM (Synchronous Source Measure) system from Lake Shore Cryotronics provides a confident and straightforward approach for advanced measurement applications. The M81 is designed to eliminate the complexity of multiple function-specific instrumentation setups, combining the convenience of DC and AC sourcing with DC and AC measurement, including a lock‑in’s sensitivity and measurement performance.

The Technology Behind the M81-SSM’s Precise Signal Synchronisation


We are also delighted to be able to provide some ultra expert advice from Thomas Schwertner, Business Development Manager at Lake Shore Cryotronics, who is based in Germany. Thomas provides consultations consults Lake Shore for the M81. He has years of experience, so he is well versed in this particular test and measurement equipment and the related applications.

Please feel free to get in contact with Thomas for technical or application questions about the M81. Thomas can even visit you here in the UK. Please contact Shayz Ikram, Technical Director, QDUKI for more information.

Dr. Shayz Ikram, Technical Director
01372 378822

Please ensure your Purchase Order is in by the 31st January 2022 to take advantage of this offer.

ifm takes counting out of the PLC

The versatile new DP2302 counter module is part of a growing range of modules that ifm electronic is offering to perform commonly used functions outside a plant’s main PLC. Not only do these modules simplify the PLC code, in many cases they also reduce costs by eliminating the need to use expensive special-function PLC cards. The DP2302 can, for example, often take the place of a dedicated high-speed counter card.

Specifically designed for convenient on-plant installation, the DP2302 counter can be easily configured for object counting, batch counting, consumption metering and for almost any other application requiring pulse evaluation. It can control actuators and similar loads directly or pass results to a PLC via its IO-Link interface, which is also used for programming. A built-in LED display provides local confirmation of current count values and switching status.

DP2302 counters can be programmed for up- or down-counting with preset target values and can be switched between these modes via IO-Link or by using an auxiliary digital input. In addition, they offer batch counting, where the batch count is incremented every time the main count reaches a user-defined preset value. Scaling is also supported, where the increment by which the counter increases for each input pulse is defined as a fraction, the numerator and denominator of which can be set by the user to any value between 1 and 1,000. Maximum count value in all modes is 1,000,000.

With compact semi-cylindrical bodies that have axially mounted M12 connectors, ifm’s DP2302 counters can be readily installed in line with plant cabling, or alternatively they can be mounted conventionally using the accessory mounting clip. Their IP67 ingress protection rating and wide operating temperature range make them suitable for use in all normal industrial environments without the need for additional protection.

ROTRONIC is a leading manufacturer

Rotronic products are specified throughout industry for the reliable measurement and control of processes; together with environmental monitoring. They are also installed in buildings of all types, research organisations, test houses and leisure facilities. High accuracy measurement, sensor stability and reliability are available as standard.

Technical specifications for the entire product range are readily available on the Rotronic website  The wide range comprises handhelds; loggers including the continuous environmental monitoring system (RMS) with all data available securely anywhere with alarms; probes suitable for all applications with wide measurement ranges; transmitters including ATEX rated sensors for potentially explosive environments with analogue and digital outputs for controllers, and meteorological sensors for external measurements for the building management system (BMS).

In the UK Rotronic has UKAS 0766 / ISO 17025 accreditation for temperature, humidity and dew point laboratory calibration to confirm individual sensor performance. Sensors can be adjusted if necessary, thereby ensuring long service life.

Flexible and Dynamic Alarming with NCS Remote I/O

Moore Industries Net Concentrator System (NCS) is the ideal real-time signal gateway from your field instruments, process sensors, and final control elements to your BPCS and control strategy. NCS networks are made up of one or more stand-alone I/O stations consisting of one EMM Ethernet/MODBUS Interface Module, combined with Input and/or Output Modules. Any combination of Input and Output Modules may be used within a NCS network. While the NCS is typically employed for peer-to-host or peer-to-peer remote I/O applications in harsh environments, its ability to handle simple and multi-point alarming applications helps protect critical assets or personnel.

With the Multipoint Analog Alarm (–MAA) option, setting up simple or dynamic alarming schemes with the NCS becomes quick and easy. The -MAA option utilizes a built-in ISaGRAF program which provides a flexible alarm configuration that is accessed with easy-to-use web pages through an on-board web server, with no PLC programmer required.

A full NCS station with the -MAA option can have as many as 60 inputs, 32 alarms and eight physical relay outputs. The 32 alarms can be assigned to any of the eight relay outputs so that each relay output can be driven by one alarm or multiple alarms. In addition, all alarms can be configured as high or low with their own deadband setting and can optionally include alarming on any NCS system faults.

All alarming functionality is implemented within the NCS station and is local to the process. If you want to share all that data with a SCADA, RTU or other host system you can do so with the three independent communications ports. The NCS has two RS-485 ports that support MODBUS RTU and an Ethernet port that supports MODBUS/TCP. The -MAA alarm functionality is not dependent upon communications back to a host, so its integrity is high.


Figure 1. A basic NCS station for use with the -MAA option.

Figure 1 shows a basic physical configuration of hardware to implement multipoint alarming. The Ethernet MODBUS/Interface Module (EMM) is the communication module retrieving process data from connected input modules, executing the alarm functions and writing the alarms to the relays, while also providing the MODBUS communications back to optional host. The Relay Output Module (ROM) used by the -MAA is always in Module position #1. The ROM has eight relays with 2A contacts, either NO or NC. The Temperature Input Module (TIM), which can measure inputs like thermocouples, RTDs, mV, resistance, and potentiometers is also a member of this basic configuration.

If the TIM is not appropriate for your application you might use the Analog Input Module (AIM), which powers and measures transmitter currents and other voltage inputs. For alarm purposes you may be using points from a TIM, AIM, or Analog Output Module (AOM). The NCS’s modular design allows any combination of Input and Output Modules to be matched with an Interface Module. To accommodate changing site requirements, I/O Modules can be added or removed from the NCS, and additional stations can be added to a network at any time. With this modular approach, the NCS can handle a wide range of signal inputs and outputs, which include current, voltage, relay, RTD, discrete, thermocouple, resistance, or potentiometer.


Figure 2. NCS Alarm System for HPumps

Figure 2 shows an effective application of the NCS alarming capabilities for the early detection of temperature excursions in HPump system motors that are used in oil and gas operations to meet a variety of pumping needs. If temperature excursions are not caught early on in these system motors, extensive damage to HPump components such as front and rear bearings, windings, and thrust bearings can occur. These repairs are very costly and can also impact production, which leads to even greater expense. The NCS with its configurable -MAA alarm capability that provides relays for warnings or trip functions is an effective monitoring and alarm solution for these HPump system motors because it can alert the production staff of temperature excursions early on to help prevent damage and production downtime.

The NCS’s flexibility allows you to create new monitoring and control networks, as well as leave existing “legacy” sensors, analog instruments, and valves in place. Industrially hardened and configurable I/O stations mount throughout a site or in dispersed locations around the world to provide cost-effective data acquisition and control. With the NCS you can concentrate just a few, or hundreds, of process signals onto a single digital data link, thereby saving the cost of cable, conduit, connection, and wire tray costs for hard wiring your field devices back to your BPCS. The NCS also boasts superior 20-bit input and 18-bit output resolution, an ambient temperature operating range of -40°C to +85°C, isolation and RFI/EMI protection, and logging of up to 64,000 time-stamped data points.

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Moore Industries is a world leader in the design and manufacture of exceptionally rugged, reliable and high-quality field and DIN rail mounted instrumentation for the process monitoring and control industries, providing first-rate service and solutions for the chemical, petrochemical, utilities, petroleum extraction, refining, pulp and paper, food and beverage, mining and metal refining, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology industries.

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ifm helps to ensure safe extraction!

Flow sensors in the new SA series from ifm electronic have been specifically developed to provide accurate and reliable monitoring of exhaust air flow on machines, thereby helping to ensure that potentially harmful dust, gases and vapours are safely removed and do not escape into the factory environment. The sensors incorporate robust stainless-steel probes, which makes them suitable for use in many applications where corrosive gases and vapours are present.

Three versions of ifm’s new SA sensors are available. The SA5020 has a 45 mm long probe and an M18 fitting, while the SA4120 and SA4320 have 100 mm and 200 mm long probes respectively and are installed via a compression fitting that allows optimal installation in ducts and pipes. All types available in this range have an air velocity measuring range of 0.6 to 30 m/s and all incorporate a temperature sensor. In many applications, this means that one sensor can do the job of two.

A variety of outputs are available from SA sensors: a switching signal with user-adjustable set points, a conventional analogue signal, a frequency signal, and an IO-Link interface that provides accurate digital data transmission irrespective of the length of the cabling to the sensor. The IO-Link interface can also be used for parameterisation, although basic settings can also be made using the sensor’s integrated pushbuttons and display.

Accessories for SA-series exhaust air-flow sensors include a variety of fittings and seals, along with M12 connecting cables and a USB IO-Link master for use as an aid to parameterisation and diagnostics.


Progressive Cavity Pump Systems for Continuous Volumetric Dispensing

Highly controlled volumetric dispensing of one-part and two-part fluids is now possible with EFD’s new 797PCP systems.

Nordson EFD volumetric progressive cavity pump systems can deliver precise, repeatable fluid volumes as small as 0.01 mL per revolution. Deposit volume tolerances equal to +/- 1% allow for a high level of process control in automotive, electronics, medical, and other production applications.

The system includes the 797PCP and 797PCP-2K pumps, and 7197PCP-DIN or ValveMate 7197PCP controllers.

The design of the 797PCP is based on the progressive cavity principal where its core components — a rotor and stator — form a perfectly sealed metering chamber. As it rotates, the pump allows continuous volumetric dispensing that is unaffected by external factors such as changes in viscosity, fluctuating fluid pressure, and the full-to-empty effect in syringe barrels.

This continuous seal also prevents shear and pulsation, making the 797PCP ideal for precise dispensing of abrasive pastes, epoxies, and UV-cure adhesives. The pumps come in three sizes — 0.01 mL, 0.05 mL, and 0.15 mL.

The 797PCP-2K pump provides highly accurate meter mix dispensing of two-part assembly fluids. Its modular design allows for multiple mix ratios.

Both the standard and 2K pumps work best when controlled by either 7197PCP-DIN or ValveMate 7197PCP controllers. These controllers allow for precise adjustment of dispensing parameters. The DIN rail version offers an intuitive web-based interface. The ValveMate version offers an intuitive touchscreen interface. Both provide multiple programming modes, including Line, Volume, Weight, and Timed, to meet a wide range of application requirements

Smart item supply, engagement and authentication

Reliable dual frequency UHF and NFC RFID labels

Brady Corporation presents a new, highly reliable dual frequency RFID label that combines the advantages of UHF and NFC RFID technology. With a single label, companies can improve product and item supply chain management, authentication and end-user engagement.

Improve product supply, engagement and authentication

Track, trace, and engage with almost any item or product via a single, reliable and industrial-grade label with dual frequency UHF and NFC RFID technology. Locate multiple items at once from a distance and access additional information up close. Easily add more data anywhere, including birth and maintenance records, shipment dates, product manuals, authentication data and warranty information.

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Provide an extended product reality

Simply tap the label with an NFC enabled smartphone to read and write data. All products or items with a dual frequency RFID label can enable entire supply chains to participate in track & trace programmes, from part manufacturing, assembly, logistics and distribution to installers, maintenance and end-users. Data added may include codes, links to online information or to documents stored in databases.

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Fast inventory management

Multiple labelled products and items can be counted and identified at once from a distance up to 11 metres with portable or fixed UHF RFID readers. Signals ignore line of sight to considerably increase inventory management speed and flexibility. Relevant traceability data can also be accessed quickly per scanned item, and scanners can guide professionals to the right items.

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