The height of summer is upon us. For most of
our readers - this means hot weather and (at
least in the US) I think most everyone is
getting their fair share of the heat.
For those of you that rely on air conditioning
to beat the heat, BEI lists several of the top
name air conditioner manufacturers among our
customer list. So rest assured that we are doing
our best to help make the products that help
keep you cool. So, search out a cool glass of
lemonade, relax for a moment and enjoy this
Have You Heard?
Usually I like to feature a particular product,
service, or piece of technical information to
open the newsletter. This month, however, we
have some company news that I'd like to share.
BEI Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: BEIQ) and
Schneider Electric SA (Euronext: SCHN) announced
that they have reached a definitive agreement
for Schneider Electric to acquire all of the
outstanding shares of BEI. In our press release
announcing the transaction, here's what our
Chairman of the Board and CEO, Mr. Charles
Crocker has to say.
"We believe that the combination of BEI and
Schneider Electric will further strengthen BEI's
platform and create significant new
opportunities to accelerate sales and marketing,
technology, research and development, and
expansion of sensors-based products in the
I would like to take the opportunity to say
thank-you to all of our existing customers and
to welcome any new customers. We look forward
to continuing to serve your sensor needs. Click
on the link, below, for the complete story.
Read the BEI Press Release . . .
This month I thought you'd enjoy a little
following quotes are from a very well known
This person is famous for contributions in the
science - but is also well know for a humanitarian
point of view. Read the quotes - and take a guess
who it is before you click the link below.
"All of us who are concerned for peace and
reason and justice must be keenly aware how
influence reason and honest good will exert upon
events in the political field."
"Any man who can drive safely while kissing a
girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it
"A hundred times every day I remind myself that my
inner and outer life depend on the labors of
living and dead, and that I must exert myself in
to give in the same measure as I have received and
am still receiving."
The Mystery Person Revealed . . . »
||Can You Solve This?
We recently had an anxious caller who said his
kept receiving too many pulses from the encoder.
acknowledged that he was working in an electrically
noisy environment - but he was using an encoder
complements and was using a differential
We determined that he was operating at 5 volts and
was running moderately long cable runs - about
100 feet, both of which could be contributors to
the problem. He also mentioned that the problem
was intermittent, a fact that caused us to ask
one more question about the type of output
driver he was using with his encoder. What was
Answer: We asked if he was using a differential
driver on the encoder output. It turns out he was
using an open collector output with internal pull-
up resistors. This meant that the output impedence
was different in the High and Low signal states.
This impedence difference meant the data signals
different noise susceptibilities. This, in
that noise on the data lines was not entirely
mode and would not be rejected cleanly by the
differential receiver. Once we switched his
over to a true differential line driver output -
problem went away.
Link to Our Technical Support Page . . »
||The Wisdom of Children
Often the simplistic view of children hits very
the truth. Check out these insights from kids
world of love and marriage.
"Dates are for having fun, and people should use
to get to know each other. Even boys have something
to say if you listen long enough."
Lynnette, age 8
"Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if
like a truck!" Ricky, age 7
"The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone,
should marry them and have kids with them....
right thing to do." Howard, age 8
More advice from the kids . . . »
||Thanks for reading
I hope you found this month's newsletter
informative and fun. We, at BEI, appreciate
and the chance to make contact on a regular basis.
If there is ever anything we can do to help with
sensor needs, please give us a call or send an
and we'll do our best to get you answers to your
questions: from model numbers, to
crossovers or repairs - we're here to help you.
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and thanks, again, for reading.