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 a 40,000 ft2 space at the Baltimore Convention Center.


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 a 40,000 ft2space at the Baltimore Convention Center. 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.

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. TS02 is a low-cost alternative.

  • 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.

  • 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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