Sensors Expo Stays Ahead of the Future
Featuring new Best of Show awards, the 14th annual Sensors Expo, May 4-6, 1999, is expected to draw more than 4,000 engineers to more than 300 exhibitors, 27 technical sessions in four tracks, and nine vendor sessions in Baltimore, Md.
The future is a lot busier than it used to be. With accelerating technological advances heating up competition, engineers can find solutions to help their applications and companies survive at Sensors Expo, May 4-6, 1999, in a 40,000 ft2space at the Baltimore Convention Center (Baltimore, Md.).
More than 300 exhibitors and 27 technical sessions in four tracks will be joined by a new biannual Best of Show awards and ceremony, as well as a special events pavilion with nine vendor sessions. New sensing products and technologies will be judged on newness, uniqueness, potential impact on users, and whether they serve a market need. Five winners will be picked from 15 finalists, and one will be awarded a Best of Show grand prize. Winners will be announced in an on-floor ceremony at 1 p.m. on May 5, 1999, in the special events pavilion.
Education, vendor sessions
While attendees can inspect, test, and compare thousands of sensor solutions on the show floor, Sensors Expo's technical sessions will also help tailor educational programs to meet individual needs. This year's four tracks will feature applications in: process automation, factory automation, electrical/electronic, and military/defense.
Vendor sessions in the special events pavilion will include: 'Intelligent Sensor Interfacing'' by Melexis Inc.; 'Affordable Sensor Calibration'' by Tescom Corp.; 'Miniaturization Techniques for Sensor Electronics'' by Task Micro-Electronics Inc.; 'Introducing the Gas Hound'' by LI-COR Inc.; 'A Vision of the Future'' by Omron Electronics; 'An Optical Researcher's Paradise'' by Ocean Optics; 'Application Guidelines for Inductive Measuring Systems'' by Kaman Instrumentation; and a traditional 'Sensors Wish List'' featuring attendees' real-world application challenges.
Notable sensors, sensor-based systems, hardware, software, and other products at Sensors Expo will include:
Fischer & Porter 's (Warminster, Pa.) TS01 and TS02 temperature transmitters, which are configurable devices based on microprocessor technology and communications capabilities. TS01 is an intelligent transmitter made for connection head mounting, providing local and remote configuration. Using HART protocol, TS01 can be used as a standalone device or in FSK multidrop applications. A local LCD indication is also available. A lower-cost alternative, TS02 offers most of TS01's features and a lifetime warranty.
Because refinement of automated processes is often directly related to control system miniaturization, Turck Inc. 's (Minneapolis, Minn.) 8-mm deep Bi 7-Q08 proximity sensor can help solve many space problems. Even when fully embedded in steel, it maintains a 7-mm sensing range, which is 40% more than conventional 18-mm barrel-style sensors. It's range means it can be mounted further way from targets, minimizing potential damage and replacement costs. Turck is also exhibiting more than 50 varieties of Mine Safety and Health Administration-approved cable/connector components, such as minifast, microfast, eurofast, picofast, and DIN 43650 valve plugs.
Installable in most PLC networks for fault-tolerant communications, Weed Instruments ' (Round Rock, Tex.) Series 6000 modular, self-healing, fiber-optic modem can help solve common EMI/RFI, lightning, crosstalk, ground noise, and long distance cable-run problems. Series 6000 also provides a redundant communications path with less than 100-microseconds switching speed, which prevents data corruption when signals are rerouted. High-speed supervisory pulses also injected through the network allow a Fiber Watch function independent of data/shape protocol, distance, and fiber size or mode.
This year's second Sensors Expo will be held Sept. 14-16, 1999, at the I-X Convention Center (Cleveland, O.).
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