Archive for January, 2011

Bourns Announces Four New Components for the Design and Assembly of Professional Audio Equipment

January 12, 2011

New Pro Audio Components
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RIVERSIDE, Calif., January 11, 2011 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the addition of four new components for the design and assembly of mixing consoles and peripheral equipment in the professional audio industry. Bourns designed its new products for use in professional audio, video, broadcast and lighting mixing consoles, as well as support peripheral equipment applications such as signal processors, amplifiers, and speaker systems. The new components will be demonstrated along with Bourns’ complete line of guitar potentiometers, pro audio products, design kits and video application notes in Bourns Booth #2992 in Hall D at the NAMM Show, January 13 – 16, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

“The trend in mixing consoles and peripheral support products is to incorporate components with multiple functions and space savings,” said Chuck Manzano, product manager at Bourns, Inc. “Listening to the requirements of our customers, Bourns new pro audio components feature a compact size and offer multiple functions in a single control while providing a robust and reliable design.”

Details of Bourns’ new pro audio components are as follows:

  • Model PEL12 Series Encoder with Illuminated Shaft: A 12 mm encoder that contains a clear shaft and is illuminated with internal LEDs.  Multiple LED color options, with single, dual and triple LED options are available. A momentary push switch is standard with dual and triple LED versions.
  • Model PEC11L: An 11 mm low-profile incremental encoder offering a momentary push switch option. This contacting encoder provides 100,000 cycles of rotational life in a small and robust package with a wide operating temperature range, which is suitable for use indoors and outdoors.
  • Model PEC09: A 9 mm encoder featuring a momentary push switch option. This contacting encoder brings additional space savings to portable mixing consoles and associated peripheral equipment.
  • Model PRS11S: A surface mount potentiometer in an 11mm square package that simplifies production board assembly by eliminating the need for wave or hand soldering after surface mount products have been mounted on a PC board. This potentiometer is designed for compact mixing boards where all components are mounted on a single PC board.

As a unit pricing reference, Bourns Model PEL12 is priced at $1.25 to $2.67, Bourns Model PEC11L is priced at $0.81 to $0.85, Bourns Model PEC09 is priced at $0.93 to $1.52 and Bourns Model PRS11S is priced at $1.41 to $1.53 all in 5,000 piece quantities. Samples and production quantities of all four components are available now.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic products, microelectronic modules, trimming and precision potentiometers, panel controls and encoders and resistive products.

Headquartered in Riverside, CA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including telecommunications, computer, industrial, instrumentation, automotive, consumer, non-critical life support medical, audio and various other market segments. Bourns® products are manufactured according to ISO-9000 standards under Six Sigma quality programs. Bourns® automotive products are manufactured in accordance with the TS16949 standard. Additional company and product information is available at the company’s website at www.bourns.com.

Bourns® and the Bourns logo are registered trademarks of Bourns, Inc. and may be used only with the permission of Bourns and proper acknowledgement. Other listed names and brands are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Bourns Releases Five New Instructional Pro-Audio Application Videos

January 12, 2011

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RIVERSIDE, Calif., January 11, 2011 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced the release of five new helpful application videos that provide detailed instructions for installing the company’s leading line of guitar potentiometers in electric and bass guitars.  The pro-audio application videos serve as a companion resource to Bourns’ previously released application notes that provide in-depth information about guitar potentiometer replacement and upgrades.  The application videos are now available on the Bourns pro-audio multimedia webpage at: www.bourns.com/proaudio.  The videos will be showcased along with Bourns’ complete line of guitar potentiometers and other pro-audio products in Bourns Booth #2992 in Hall D at the NAMM Show, January 13 – 16, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

“These videos will help the novice and hobbyist by providing detailed instructions on how to perform replacement and upgrades to electric guitars and basses,” said Chuck Manzano, product manager at Bourns, Inc.  “Bourns continues its commitment to support the Professional Audio Industry with innovative new technologies and products that help musicians extend the life of their instruments while maintaining maximum sound quality.”

The five Bourns pro-audio application videos available are as follows:

  • Installation of Model 95 Premium Guitar Potentiometers in a Pick Guard – an upgrade for volume and tone controls.
  • Installation of Model PDB183 Potentiometer in a Guitar – in an electric guitar, the push-pull switch adds a new set of bright tone settings to a standard guitar.
  • Installation of Model PDB182 Blend Balance Potentiometer in a Bass Guitar – in a bass guitar, the potentiometer provides added tone characteristic control.
  • Soldering Tips – discusses required equipment, materials and tips for performing proper solder joints on guitar potentiometers.
  • Guitar Potentiometer Installation Tips – provides various tips such as selecting the right potentiometer shaft for the knob, proper wire stripping and tinning, the electrical function of a potentiometer, and metric versus SAE potentiometer bushing sizes.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic products, microelectronic modules, trimming and precision potentiometers, panel controls and encoders and resistive products.  Headquartered in Riverside, CA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including telecommunications, computer, industrial, instrumentation, automotive, consumer, non-critical life support medical, audio and various other market segments.  Bourns® products are manufactured according to ISO-9000 standards under Six Sigma quality programs. Bourns® automotive products are manufactured in accordance with the TS16949 standard. Additional company and product information is available at the company’s website at http://www.bourns.com/.

Bourns® and the Bourns logo are registered trademarks of Bourns, Inc. and may be used only with the permission of Bourns and proper acknowledgement. Other listed names and brands are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Bourns Announces Three New Pro Audio Amplifier Potentiometer Design Kits

January 12, 2011

Bourns® Pro Audio Design Kits
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RIVERSIDE, Calif., January 12, 2011 – Bourns, Inc., a leading manufacturer and supplier of electronic components, today announced three new potentiometer design kits to facilitate the development of new and upgraded professional guitar amplifiers. Based on Bourns® Models 96, 53 and PDA241, the kits provide a variety of resistance values and tapers and can also be used as a service kit for guitar amplifier service technicians. The new design kits will be showcased along with Bourns’ complete line of guitar potentiometers and other pro audio products in Bourns Booth #2992 in Hall D at the NAMM Show, January 13 – 16, 2011 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

“Bourns continues to expand its professional audio product line with innovative products and design resources that make it easier for our customers to develop the highest quality guitar amplifiers and associated pro audio equipment,” said Chuck Manzano, product manager at Bourns, Inc. “These new design kits were developed with very high performance standards to meet the pro audio requirements, and are a good resource for integrating Bourns® potentiometers to enhance the reliability and longevity of pro audio guitar amplifiers.”

The three new Bourns amplifier design kits include the following:

  • H-1203 – Model 96 Premium Amplifier Potentiometer Design Kit – contains Bourns® 5/8-inch square potentiometers with conductive polymer long-life, low noise element. The kit is populated with both linear and audio taper potentiometers of common resistance values used in amplifiers.
  • H-1205 – Model 53 Premium Amplifier Mini-Potentiometer Design Kit – contains Bourns® ½-inch square potentiometers with conductive polymer long-life, low noise element. The kit is populated with both linear and audio taper potentiometers of common resistance values used in amplifiers.
  • H-1204 – Model PDA241 Standard Amplifier Potentiometer Design Kit – contains Bourns® 24 mm potentiometers with long-life, low noise carbon element. The kit is populated with both linear and audio taper potentiometers of common resistance values used in amplifiers.

As a kit pricing reference, the Model 96 design kit is priced at $55.60 in 1-1,000 piece quantities. The Model 53 design kit is priced at $38.89 in 1-1,000 piece quantities and the Model PDA241 is priced at $13.71 in 1-1,000 piece quantities. Samples and production quantities of all three design kits are available now.

About Bourns
Bourns, Inc. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of automotive sensors, circuit protection solutions, magnetic products, microelectronic modules, trimming and precision potentiometers, panel controls and encoders and resistive products. Headquartered in Riverside, CA, Bourns serves a broad range of markets, including telecommunications, computer, industrial, instrumentation, automotive, consumer, non-critical life support medical, audio and various other market segments. Bourns® products are manufactured according to ISO-9000 standards under Six Sigma quality programs. Bourns® automotive products are manufactured in accordance with the TS16949 standard. Additional company and product information is available at the company’s website at www.bourns.com.

Bourns® and the Bourns logo are registered trademarks of Bourns, Inc. and may be used only with the permission of Bourns and proper acknowledgement. Other listed names and brands are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.