icro-Epsilon’s colour sensor range has been extended with the new CFO200 ColorSensor model, which with a measurement frequency of 20kHz, is ideally suited to dynamic measurement tasks. 220 lumen produces enormous light


power. In addition, eight digital outputs are available. Due to the excellent repeatability of ∆E ≤ 0.3, the finest of colour graduations can be recognised

reliably. Even dark colours such as black, grey and dark blue can be distinguished, e.g. when measuring the grey shades of concrete blocks and paving stones. In the automotive industry, the colour sensor determines the colour change during galvanisation to stop the machine when the set point value is achieved. The CFO200 is also used to distinguish materials and coatings, as the sensor also reliably recognises minor colour deviations, e.g. from stainless steel and zinc to brass and gold. The high-precision CFO100 and CFO200 True Color sensors recognise any colour, whether it is for painting technology, automation systems, medical packaging, quality control, surface-labelling, and printing technology tasks.

ColorSensor CFO100 and CFO200

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ome say the 1806 three-terminal C filter is obsolete, but one electronics expert disagrees. Steve Hopwood, senior application engineer at Knowles Precision Devices (KPD), says that, “The rate of component obsolescence has increased over the past 15 years. OCMs are discontinuing more part numbers per year for a variety of reasons.” The increase in the number of EOL notices over the past 17 years can also be attributed to government regulations, economic slowdowns and catastrophic events such as earthquakes that knocked out some electronics production. Industries with short product lifecycles, such as smartphones, are not impacted as much as industries with longer lifecycles such as defence and aerospace. Products in those industries can be built for 20 or


more years and outlast the lifecycles of some of the components that they use. Many manufacturers have stopped producing three- terminal MLC chips in the 1806 size, but KPD hasn’t. In fact, it still supports 0805, 1206 and 1812 case sizes in addition to the 1806 variant. Under the Syfer brand,

KPD’s E01 and E07 ranges are three-terminal chip devices of feedthrough MLCC chip C filters. They offer reduced inductance compared to conventional MLCCs when used in signal line filtering. The filtered signal passes through the chip internal electrodes and the noise is filtered to the grounded side contacts..

E01 and EO7 ranges are three-terminal chip devices They are available in C0G/NP0 and X7R

dielectrics, with current ratings of 300mA, 1A, 2A, 3A and voltage ratings of 25Vdc to 200Vdc. l

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innovative web interface from Micro- Epsilon that provides ease of use. Connected to a PC, the user benefits from graphic queries of sensor data and numerous convenient settings. Furthermore, the sensor can be adapted to suit different colour groups and tolerance spaces for each colour. Teach-in of colours can be carried out via web interface. Recording colour values and control of the production systems is possible due to the Ethernet interface, which enables integration into modern industrial environments. Illumination and measurement are provided via an optical fibre that involves several advantages. The sensor is ideal for restricted areas as the sensor head requires a minimum of space. Furthermore, a large number of sensor heads fulfil the requirements of various measurement tasks and customer-specific adaptions. l

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