New Product Discoveries - TE Connectivity's Transducers and SICK's Proximity Sensors

Digi-Key Electronics is historically known for board-level components (parts soldered directly to a printed circuit board). As our industry has matured there has been an increase in products of a “finished” nature – meaning they are ready to be used out of the box. Continuing our goal of providing you with the newest, most cutting-edge technology; I will present sensors with an Industrial Automation focus that are much more plug-and-play friendly.

TE Connectivity knows how much of a pain it can be having a sensor wired correctly but having to mount it in such a way that makes the display impossible to read. This can lead to a delay in measurement readings and a slowdown of your overall process. Envisioned as a way to improve efficiency, the M5800 series of pressure transducers offers an on-demand rotatable display. Options include current or voltage output with a wide offering of pressure ranges (up to 15K psi). Additionally, they are weatherproof (IP67 rating), with a blue LED display, and an easy-to-use zero setting.

The second product I have today is a proximity sensor from SICK. SICK is a German manufacturer of machine-based sensors and Industrial Automation products. The UM30 series of ultrasonic proximity sensors have a range of up to 26 feet. This sensor uses an 80 kHz signal for proximity sensing and can be utilized in clusters without interference (no crosstalk). Again, this is a product that is ready to go out of the box and is stocked at

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Randall Restle, Vice President of Applications Engineering bei Digi-Key Electronics, ist verantwortlich für die Auswahl, den Aufbau und die Leitung eines Teams von qualifizierten Anwendungstechnikern, Technikern und Führungskräften, um die technische Strategie von Digi-Key zu koordinieren, Kunden bei der Auswahl und Verwendung von Produkten modernster Technologie zu unterstützen. Er kam 2011 zu Digi-Key, nachdem er 35 Jahre lang im Ingenieurwesen tätig war und digitale und analoge Schaltungen, Leiterplatten und Embedded-Software entwickelt hatte.  Randall Restle hält BSEE-, MS- und MBA-Abschlüsse von der University of Cincinnati. Er ist zudem ein langjähriges Mitglied des IEEE, war Registered Professional Engineer im Bundesstaat Ohio, ein Certified Project Management Professional am Project Management Institute und hält als Erfinder mehrere Patente.

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