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A variety of instruments and controls are introduced into the market regularly. Among this month’s new offerings are a portable controller, paperless videographic recorder, and a line of non-contact, infrared thermometers.


A variety of instruments and controls are introduced into the market regularly. Among this month’s new offerings are a portable controller, paperless videographic recorder, and a line of non-contact, infrared thermometers. Product features are outlined in the reviews that follow. For more details on these devices, visit the manufacturers’ Web sites.

Model RMC/P single-zone, portable controller from Athena Controls, Inc., is easy to set up and operate from almost any location. Part of the Hot Runner Control System line of microprocessor-based, self-tuning temperature controls, the device offers a choice of three default modes for open thermocouple condition; built-in triac safety protection, and a "boost" mode for temporary percent of power output increase. It accepts J or K thermocouple input. Control accuracy is +0.1 °F, depending on the total thermal system, with a tem-perature range of 32 to 999 °F. Calibration accuracy ranges to better than 0.2% of full scale. For more details on this product, click here .

Datagraph II paperless videographic recorder from TTI Inc., monitors, records, and evaluates processes in a variety of applications, including chemical, petrochemical, semi-conductor, automotive, food and beverage, laboratory, and environmental monitoring. Unit allows for up to 18 analog inputs or a mix of analog and digital I/O cards. Other features include high-resolution color display (640 x 480 pixels), infrared detector for prolonged display life, plug-and-play I/O card, shallow unit depth, and a user-friendly interface. Low-voltage and bench-top kit options make it suitable for portable applications. Data can be stored in flash ROM, on a compact flash card or on a PC using RS-232/422/485 or Ethernet options. Device meets UL, CSA and CE approval standards.

Non-contact infrared thermometers from Dickson Co. range from inexpensive single-point laser sighting with fixed emissivity to 16-point coaxial laser sighting with adjustable emissivity. Complete line features Fahrenheit/Celsius switchability, quick response time, and large digital displays. IR units detect amounts of radiant energy and instantaneously display corresponding temperature on the large LCD. They are well suited for checking high temperatures safely without getting too close to the object and eliminate the possibility of contamination or damage to the product or package being monitored. Designed for monitoring the testing, manufacturing, and packaging of products as well as for monitoring HVAC systems, applications include machine and oven monitoring, sterilization and monitoring dryer and product temperatures.

—Jeanine Katzel, Senior Editor, Control Engineering,

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