Category: Company Blog

EzyLED Video

One of American Bright’s flagship LED products, the EzyLED, now has a digital datasheet available to watch. We hope you like it.

Technological Fusion

Tangio continues to lead on the cutting edge of Force Sensing Resistor technology with their latest product, Fuzion, which combines the different methods of force sensing.

Force sensing resistor technology comes in two variations. Resistive FSRs use a conductive layer in the sensor itself, which requires pressure to be applied. The more pressure applied to the sensor, the lower the resistance. The majority of typical force sensing resistors are of the resistive type.

The other version of force sensing technology is one often seen in technology like smartphones. A capacitive FSR works by detecting electrical currents, and basing the resistance on the current detected. This even works with the minute electrical signals running through your body, and doesn’t even require touch, only proximity.

Fuzion combines both of these into a single unit, allowing for unprecedented control over activation. In the demo video below, you can see how the sensor detects not only pressure applied (green lights), but also when a user’s finger approaches the device (orange lights).

Fuzion was created so it only needs one sensor which is capable of handling both methods of detection, and only one interface, saving you both time and money in the supply chain.

Ohmite Launches Aluminum Housed Wirewound With Flying Leads

Ohmite is expanding it’s popular line of Aluminum housed resistors. The Ohmite ARG series is a high wattage wirewound resistor sealed in an aluminum extrusion. The aluminum housed design is appealing to power engineers for multiple reasons. Key design aspects include a sealed design, flying leads, and heatsinking ability. The ARG series is capable of dissipating 150-400 watts depending on resistor length and is available in 6 sizes. Ohmite offers other aluminum housed resistors and should be considered in high power industrial applications. Ohmite distribution partners can expect to receive the NPI package shortly on the ARG Series.

Thermoelectric Cooler Technology

Thermoelectric Cooler and Thermo Generating Module technology is based on two principles, the Seebeck effect, and the Peltier effect. The first of these shows how we can use a temperature differential to create an electrical charge, and the second, how we can use an electrical charge to create a temperature differential.

When heat is applied to one of the conductors or semiconductors, this creates a flow of heated electrons towards the colder side. This in turn generates a tiny electrical charge, in the microvolts range per kelvin of temperature difference. Connecting devices using this Seebeck principle allows you to maximise the voltage by connecting the devices in series, or to increase the current by placing the devices in parallel with each other.

On the other side of the equation, if you were to instead apply an electrical current through a junction between two conductors, you would also see a transfer of heat passed to the cooler of the components. A typical heat pump using peltier technology uses several junctions in series, some of which gain heat, and others which lose heat as a current is applied.

You will find thermoelectric cooler technology in many places where temperature has to be controlled, from refrigeration units, all the way up to satellites. When used in satellite technology, TECs are used to help maintain a temperature suitable for the satellite’s internal components to still function.

Back down on Earth, thermoelectric coolers are used to help regulate temperatures in refrigeration units, such as those used to carry frozen goods from country to country, or even the freezer rooms in the back of restaurants. In this instance, it is especially important that the TEC’s output temperature is well regulated, as this could determine if the item using the thermoelectric cooler is compliant with a number of food safety standards including ISO9000, and HACCP.

We supply thermoelectric coolers, and thermo generating modules manufactured in Russia by Kryotherm. Click here to view the Kryotherm website, and if you’d like any information or pricing about any of their products, please, give us a call.

 

Announcing Ohmite Ceramic Resistor Division

Ohmite Manufacturing has recently completed the acquisition of the electronic components portion of Kanthal, a part of Sandvik Group based in New York. This provides Ohmite with a new, full line of ceramic non-inductive resistors, plus Maxcap double layer capacitors.

Kanthal’s Globar ceramic resistor products will be combined with Ohmite’s existing A Series and OX/OY Series product lines to form the new Ohmite Ceramic Resistor Division. This new branch of the Heico Companies will remain headquartered in New York, and will concentrate their efforts on higher voltage, and higher current electronic solutions.

These new components will be available on a direct basis from Ohmite, as well as Ohmite’s partner distributors world-wide.

This new acquisition helps consolidate Ohmite’s position as a world leader in power resistor manufacturing, and ensures they can now supply a complete product offering across the three leading solution platforms, including ceramic/composition, thick film, and wirewound construction.

Ohmite’s Director of Sales, Kurt Devlin, issued this statement. “We are excited to have the Kanthar Globar resistor products join the greater Ohmite and ARCOL family. This acquisition rounds out our total solutions offering which is unique in the global resistor market.

EMEA & APAC Sales Director, Darrel Oliver, added, “The added capability of manufacturing ceramic and composition resistors will allow us to better support our design community, and we look forward to continuing to develop outstanding component solutions for our customers.”

Molding To A Metric Fit

Davies Molding have once again expanded their production lines to bring them more into line with international standards. This means that they are now offering metric knob sizes for both thermoset and thermoplastic materials.

These come in a number of styles; three-, four-, and five-arm, knurled scalloped, mini clamp and round fluted, for the clamping knobs, and for the control knobs, they come in pointer, skirted, two-shot, and two-shot skirted.

Integrated Circuits Makes LED Addressing Extremely Easy

Strip Lighting LED

American Bright’s latest product, the PLCC 5050/3528 RGB LED Chip, has been featured in the most recent edition of LEDs Magazine’s Product Newsletter. This LED has an integrated circuit that allows it to easily fit into an array, each chip carrying it’s own address, or ID. This means that you can use them to create LED displays with unprecedented control over the output.

See this video for a great example of this in action.

With a very low power consumption, the LEDs can give off red, green, or blue light to make up a 256-bit colour set, with 5-bit brightness adjustment. The integrated circuits allow for a pulse width modulation output which can maintain static screen, self-detection signal, and continuous oscillation support.

This new PLCC LED device features a water clear lens, is completely RoHS compliant, and is ideal for a multitude of applications including indoor and outdoor commercial and residential lighting, light bars, and gaming equipment.

If you’d like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Davies to the Rescue

Elon Musk, billionaire tech entrepreneur, made use of Davies Molding handles in his latest device.  In response to the July crisis that saw children trapped in a cave in Thailand, Musk and his engineering team invented a “kid-size” submarine designed to rescue the boys soccer team from the Thailand cave.  Musk shared pictures of the submarine featuring Davies Molding two-shot pull handles on Twitter (see above).

The two-shot pull handles provide a non-slip grip making them durable for a mission intense as this one.  These handles are molded in the Davies plant with a glass reinforced Nylon substrate and an overmold Thermoplastic Elastomer rubber.

It’s always exciting to see a Davies Molding product in use, especially with a high-profile event as this one.  To read more about Elon Musk’s submarine, please visit @elonmusk on Twitter.

Playing Catch-Up Produces A Winner

TPE-500

Around a year ago Tangio launched its TPE-500 series FSR range. It’s true to say they joined the party a little later than some of their competitors so knew it wasn’t good enough to offer a me-too product. Mark Graham, Tangio’s Head of New Products picks up the story, “I’ve been in resistive force sensing for almost a decade and knew very well its limitations. We’d seen few tangible improvements in the core FSR technology in recent years, which precluded its use in several growth markets and applications. Our plan from the outset was to produce a demonstrably better product.”

Neil Jarvie, Tangio’s VP of Business Development continues, “the market had become fragmented into existing players seemingly unwilling to invest in improvements to the technology, and start-ups with no manufacturing experience promoting lab-scale materials that only increase risk and cost. Disturbingly, we also discovered many manufacturers products didn’t perform anything like their data-sheets. In some cases alarmingly so!”

The development team at Tangio set about dragging the FSR into the 21st century with a clean-sheet approach tackling the key areas; a better FSR ink, state-of-the-art process control, and subtle but intelligent changes to the mechanical structure and materials.

Robin Jeffries, Tangio’s CEO adds, “as we enjoy many collaborative and strategic relationships with key materials and process vendors in the printed electronics space, we called upon them during the development of the TPE-500 series. A notable example is our collaboration with Henkel for the FSR ink, one of the most critical components in the sensor.”

Mark remembers, “when the test data came in from the first prototype builds it was clear we had realised our goals. We were seeing best-in-class performance in multiple critical parameters like humidity & temperature stability, part-to-part repeatability and drift. I also knew we could publish data sheets that our customers could trust!”

Of course, all this comes at a price, right? Actually no, due to exceptionally high manufacturing yield the TPE-500 series is priced to beat competing legacy products. We’d like to think of that as a win/win.

About Tangio Printed Electronics

Tangio, the Printed Electronics division of Sytek Enterprises Inc, is a global leader in the design and manufacture of a wide range of standard and custom touch sensing solutions. From simple high-performance “single point” FSR sensors, through to state-of-the-art 3D multi-touch resistive sensors, capacitive sensors, and other novel innovations in printed electronics. Tangio offers unrivalled levels of integration, enabling customers to add value and reduce costs in their supply chain and get new products to market faster. Tangio’s philosophy of “Affordable Innovation” enables OEM’s and Tiers to deploy next generation HMI solutions in their products today. Tangio is a global company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with strategically located internal and partner sites in Europe, SE Asia, and India, supporting a rapidly expanding customer base. For more information go to www.tangio.ca

Lighting the Way… Your Way

American Bright has over twenty years experience in the lighting industry, including quite a few years offering a custom lighting service to their customers in North America. Now, we are happy to say, they are spreading their custom capabilities out to the rest of the world.

Each of their products can be individually tailored to your needs, or if you have something else in mind, they can help you achieve just that. Here are just a few examples of their custom work.

 

Commercial Building Lighting – Flexible DC light strips are applied in interior lighting design. Customised on both length and colour.

 

 

 

Gaming Industry – Custom light strips with specified RGB/IC LEDs. These custom parts were used in gambling slot machines.

 

Commercial Back Lighting Display – Custom DC boards with specified size, LEDs, and brightness are used in display back lighting in stores.

So, if you have an idea for a new lighting product, or are planning an installation and want your room or display to be lit just right, then get in touch with us, and see what American Bright can offer you.