I don't know about you, but it seems
that the end of the year is rushing to
get here. It's a good time to take a
breath, remember why we work so hard
during the year, and take the time to
celebrate the season with our families
Celebrations this time of year include,
Las Posadas, Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter
Solstice, Kwanzaa, and Bodhi Day to name
a few. Regardless of where or how you
commemorate this time of year, BEI
wishes you all the best along with Peace
and Prosperity for the coming year.
You Ought to be in Pictures
to a new feature on our BEI Sensors web
site. Yes, you guessed it, we now have
a video section. We just have a couple
of items at present with plans to
expand. Probably the most
useful videos are the "How To" sections
that step you through the installation
process for both shafted and hollow
shaft encoders. It's simple and
straightforward, but there are a few
little tricks to doing it right that you
won't want to miss. A proper
installation will give you years of
service life, while an improper one . .
. well let's just say you want to get it
right from the start.
So check out this new section by
clicking on the picture at the left and
drop us a line to let us know what items
you would like to see. We want to grow
this section to make it a useful
resource for your needs.
There Really is a Santa Claus
The modern vision of Santa Claus (or Sinter
Klaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Saint
Nicholas, etc.) is of a jolly, rotund, kindly
gentleman with a white beard and a red suit.
Despite this image, encouraged by various
commercial organizations, there really was a
Saint Nicolas whose good deeds eventually were
transformed into the Santa that we know today.
The story begins in Turkey (then a part
of Greece) in the 3rd century. There, baby
Nicholas was born in Patara to wealthy
parents. Though his parents died in an
epidemic when he was still young, they had
instilled in him a dedication to the life and
lessons of Jesus. Nicholas distributed his
inheritance to those less fortunate and through
his selfless acts became one of the youngest
Bishops in the church.
Like all good historical figures with a strong
legacy, Bishop Nicholas is surrounded with
stories that become the seeds for a lot of the
Christmas traditions followed around the world
today. To read these stories, click on the
Stories Icon at the bottom of this page.
The journey from Turkish Saint to the bearded
guy in a red suit is an interesting one in its
own right. It probably says as much about our
inherent desire to believe in goodness, miracles
and heroics as it does about the man himself.
To read about this 1700 years long
transformation, click the Santa's Journey icon,
below. Now you know the real story behind the
Can You Solve It?
Every now and then it can be very satisfying to
have just the right product available for just
the right application and to be able to steer a
customer toward that solution. Here's a case in
point. This poor fellow we were talking to had
been working on a retrofit to a web printer. He
realized as he was disassembling a section of
the equipment that there was an encoder buried
behind some structural panels. He further
realized that even though he could replace that
part, if he ever needed to access it again for
maintenance, he would have to completely
disassemble this structural panel again. Did we
have some sort of product that would allow him
to install it "blind" without having to align to
a mating shaft and coupling?
A. It turns out that we did have just
the solution for him. The ES25 uses a rare
earth magnetic coupling to "connect" the
encoder to a rotating shaft. By attaching
the magnetic disc to the shaft of the
machine and using standoffs to secure the
encoder body (and its mating magnetic disc)
to the equipment he could eliminate the need
to realign the encoder should he ever need
to replace it. All he had to do was "feel
his way" to the standoffs, mount the new
encoder and tighten down the cap screws.
To see a PDF of the ES25, just click the
A Christmas Forest
For some people, holidays are just another
excuse to bring out their creative sides. Even
if you have already bought and decorated your
own Christmas tree, you just might be inspired
by these creations to have another go at it.
Pick some random household object like a book, a
piece of paper, a beer bottle or even a lowly
pencil and see what you can come up with. You
might just find the spirit of the holidays has
given your own creative side a new lift.
To see a collection of truly unique "trees"
click the picture and prepare to be amazed.
It's been nice spending 2011
with all of you. Thanks for
taking the time to read our
monthly newsletters and thanks,
especially, to those of you that
take the time to write me
back. At BEI we always strive
to do our best for you. Have a
great holiday season and we'll
see you again in 2012.
Feel the power
So you've got your product, cable
assemblies, tools, accessory items and
installation instructions. You're all ready
to go, but wait. You forgot the power
supply. No worries - we have one just for
you. Click the picture and you can order