The Holiday Season is on us. It's a time of families,
parties and celebration. It's also a time for end-of-the
year budget planning, finishing up projects and getting
ready for the next year.
It's a busy time, so take a minute out to relax
and enjoy this month's newsletter. We have a new
product to introduce, our monthly brain-teaser and
some fun links for you to explore. As always, send
along your comments and suggestions - we enjoy
hearing from you.
Size Does Matter
Sometimes bigger really is better. Take a look at BEI's
latest Hollow Shaft encoder. It features an outside
diameter of 4.5 inches [114 mm]and will handle shafts
of up to 1 - 7/8 inches [47mm] in diameter.
This encoder also carries the same sealing and tether
mechanisms as the smaller HS35 and HS25 designs and
is environmentally rated to IP65. The bigger design
also gives us room for an added feature: the ability to
provide dual, isolated outputs.
This is the perfect solution if you need to provide a
signal to two separate controllers simultaneously. Each
signal is provided by a separate, isolated set of
electronics internal to the encoder.
With the larger bore, IP65 rating and dual output
capability the HS45 is just the ticket for larger motors,
systems requiring synchronized outputs, or other places
where a dual redundant output may be needed. Just
click on the link below to download a PDF of this
NEW Large Bore Hollow Shaft Encoder . . .
||The Real Definitions
Acquaintance, n.: A person whom we know well
enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
Cabbage: A familiar kitchen-garden vegetable about as
large and wise as a man's head.
Politics, n. Strife of interests masquerading as a
contest of principles.
These wry definitions come from the mind of one
Ambrose Bierce. Born in the mid 1800's in Ohio, he
fought for the Union in the US Civil War of 1861-1865.
He grew to be a powerful journalistic force in the
American West and was best known for his clever and
somewhat macabre stories and his twelve volume
satire known as the "Devil's Dictionary". For more
definitions click on the link, below.
Link to Ambrose Bierce Quotes. . . »
||Can You Solve This?
One day our application specialist picked up the phone
to find an unhappy customer at the end of the line. It
seems their encoders were failing on their printing
press and a lot of scrap paper was being sent to the
With a little probing it was discovered that the
encoders had recently been removed and replaced to
accomodate a modification to their printing system to
Once the modification was complete, the encoders
were reinstalled and as they ramped up the printing
speed, the encoders started failing. What was going
Answer: When they increased the throughput of the
system they neglected to take into account the higher
bandwith requirements on the encoders. They were
exceeding the designed bandwidth and at high speed
the counter started missing counts. Once they
understood the problem we were able to offer several
solutions to get their system back in line.
Link to Applications Assistance. . . »
||Seeing is Believing
Here's a bit of escapist fun to brighten your day.
Optical illusions can be confusing, entertaining and
really make you doubt your sanity sometimes - that's
why we like them. I found this curious link the other
day and couldn't resist sending it along in this month's
Enjoy the site link, below. Some of the
illusions require veiwing software in order to operate
properly but most of the ones that I tried worked
perfectly fine without any special set-ups to my
browser. Have fun and forward these to your friends.
Optical Illusions for you . . . »
||Your Opinion Matters
If you can still see straight after those illusions, let me
know. We're always pleased to hear your requests,
opinions, problems or comments. So send along a note