Mallory’s Miniature Panel Alarm Series Gets an Upgrade

New additions to Mallory’s miniature panel alarm series, 22mm Panel Alarms with LED Lights, mean even more choices and greater flexibility. Just last year, we added models with the capability for both light and sound alarms to this series. Now we are introducing models with two new capabilities: the integration of multi-tone sound options and the ability to independently control sound and light alarms.

Multi-tone Sound Options

Until this new product release, users were limited to models offering only one sound and light option for each model. Now, Mallory is now offering eight new multi-tone sound options in models with either 16 Vdc and 28 Vdc voltage. Each alarm part number can produce 4 different sounds in a single package. These ten different tones are available: continuous, slow pulse, fast pulse, chirp, slow chime, fast chime, slow warble, fast warble, slow siren, and fast siren.

These new multi-tone alarms provide cost savings as well as improvements in safety and efficiency. Applications which require two or more alarm sounds would normally require more than one audible alarm unit. This single multi-tone unit can replace the multiple alarms, offering an overall cost savings in both piece part cost and installation cost. Using multiple sounds on a machine can also improve safety and efficiency since the operator will hear different sounds depending on the issue that needs to be addressed on the machine.

Independently Controlled Light and Sound Models

As mentioned above, for all the currently available 22mm with LED light models (including the new multi-tone models), the LED and sound are internally tied together. If the sound is continuous, the light is on continuously. If the sound pulses, the light pulses at the same time as the sound. What if, instead of Mallory controlling the LED light, the user is given control? This would provide the user with a true two-in-one device where a single physical unit can produce a sound alarm, a light indication, or both. Mallory is offering three new Independently Controlled Light and Sound Models:

  • IC1: Continuous Sound, Continuous LED
  • IC2: Fast Pulsing Sound, Continuous LED
  • IC3: Slow Pulsing Sound, Continuous LED

In other words, in a small 22mm panel package, the customer gets an audible alarm and light where both are independently controlled. This saves the user panel space and overall cost since only one device needs to be installed on the machine instead of separate audible panel and LED panel device. The independently controlled light and sound units can truly replace the panel alarm and panel LED with one single unit since both are controlled independently. This saves space, installation costs, and over-all piece part cost.

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Since its founding in 1933, Omron’s mission has been developing new technologies for the betterment of society. For over 80 years, Omron has done exactly that.

Gopher Electronics is now an authorized distributor of Omron Products. Let us help you find the perfect Omron product for your project!

Some of Omron’s products include:

Relays – Catering to a wide range of Applications including Energy, Factory Automation, Medical & Mobility. Omron offers a range of solutions that include Low signal relays, MOSFET relays, High Frequency relays, Power PCB relays, General purpose and Solid state relays (all of which are 100% factory tested and compliant with applicable safety standards), Omron has a proven track record as a leading supplier of high quality relays

Switches – Don’t lose time or have customers assume that your product is not up to par because of a faulty switch. Omron has been providing quality switches for almost seventy years and continues to be one of the most trusted names in the industry.

Sensors – Omron’s experience in MEMS technology has enabled it to develop advanced micro component sensors ideal for a wide variety of consumer, commercial and industrial applications. Whether your project calls for a microphotonic or non-amplified photomicrosensor, Omron has an optical sensor that is suitable for your most challenging applications.

Connectors – Omron’s complete line of connector solutions is unmatched anywhere in the industry!

Control Components – Omron has a wide selection of control components, including power supplies, temperature controllers, timers, counters, programmable relays, and digital panel meters.

Safety – With potential workplace hazards and a complex maze of standards and regulations, it can be difficult to navigate without the right help. Omron has an unparalleled combination of expertise, products and services that enable us to help you find the best solution to safeguard your most valuable assets-your people-without sacrificing output.

Sensing Solutions – Omron has a wide variety of sensing solutions, including Photoelectric sensors, Mark sensors, Fiber Optic sensors and amplifiers, Proximity sensors, and Measurement sensors.

Switching Components – Omron’s selection of switching components includes electromechanical relays, solid state relays, terminal blocks, monitoring products, and push-button switches.

Learn more about Omron and shop online at Gopher Electronics today!

Local Robotics Team Wins World Championship

A local Shoreview FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, Height Differential, won the world championship in St. Louis last month. 

The team had previously won the Minnesota State FTC Championship in February and were recognized with several awards including the 1st place Inspire award. Grant Altenhofen, Akash D’Sousa, John Helgeson and Nick Riedel make up this small Shoreview neighborhood team and are sophomores and juniors at Mounds View High School.

Height Differential competed with 128 teams from all over the world. There were 30,000 attendees at the championship. Team Height Differential ended in a very dramatic finish as 1st place Captain of the winning alliance and they were also nominated as one of four finalists for the Inspire award. 

The team will go on to compete at the Festival of Champions in Manchester New Hampshire in July to join the top eight FTC teams in the world. While there they will compete for one last time this season, tour the FIRST national headquarters and the DEKA Research and Development Corporation and have dinner with Dean Kamen, the founder of FIRST and DEKA.

The FIRST Tech Challenge robotics program had about 5,500 teams competing this year from more than 40 countries around the world and Minnesota had 169 teams this year, many of which are located in the Shoreview area and Mounds View School District. 

The team is currently working with other local teams and Mounds View High School to add FIRST Tech Challenge to its existing FIRST FRC program as a recognized student activity consistent in the District with Irondale High School which already has both robotics programs. The team currently receives no support from the school district.

The team thanks its local sponsors ASTER Labs, Inc. of Shoreview, Gooch Gooch Creative LLC of Shoreview,  Machining Technology of Fridley, SEH of Vadnais Heights, and Gopher Electronics of Little Canada.

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Aplus TFT and OLED Displays for all your display needs!

OSI Electronics’ APlus is a high-quality manufacturer of OLED Modules, TFT displays, Graphic displays, Character displays and Custom displays.

OLED’s offer many significant advantages in relation to conventional LCD technologies including:
  • Faster response time
  • High brightness
  • Long lifetime
  • Lower power consumption
  • Thinner/lighter displays
  • Unlimited viewing angle (up to 175 degrees)

TFT Modules

TFT Displays are active-matrix LCDs with full RGB color screens. These screens feature bright colors and have the ability to show fast animations, complex graphics and crisp, custom fonts.
Shop Gopher’s website for these and other APlus products!

Open Frame Control Transformers by Majestic!

Single Phase Open Frame Control Transformers by Majestic!

Typical applications for this type of electrical transformer are motor control, machine tool control, control panels, alarm systems, distribution boards etc. The transformers can be step down and step up, or isolation, supplied as open types with universal frames for vertical or horizontal mounting with either terminal blocks, rail terminals or nickel plated brass stud connections.

A wide range of supply voltages can be accommodated on the primary windings at any frequency, typically 50 Hz, 60 Hz, or 400 Hz. In addition, multiple secondary windings can be accommodated anything from a few volts up to several thousand volts. Currents from a few milliamps up to several thousands amps. Complex or high voltage windings may require a larger frame size to be used to accommodate the windings and insulation. Transformers in this range can also have fuses fitted on the top panel.

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Gopher Custom Solutions Box Build/Panel Build!

Gopher Custom Solutions (GCS) a division of Gopher Electronics, is a highly flexible, reliable Sub-assembler, created in response to customers’ needs. 

Do you have a need for a specific Box Build or Panel Build, but don’t want the hassle and expense of building it yourself? Gopher Electronics builds custom boxes and panels to your exact specifications, every time, giving you both peace of mind and assurance that your box or panel build will be 100% ready to go upon arrival to your warehouse.

Choosing Gopher Electronics for your Box or Panel Build saves you both time and money. Building in-house means buying and keeping track of each component separately, taking valuable time away from your project. Gopher eliminates this problem by building and shipping to you one part with one part number. And because all the necessary components for your Box or Panel Build are fully stocked at Gopher Electronics, you’ll get your build even faster.

Gopher’s custom box and panel builds are built and stocked in Minnesota, and our friendly staff is ready to assist you with any questions you have along the way.

Gopher Electronics’ Box or Panel Build features:

  • Assemblies manufactured to your prints and specifications
  • Assembly installation reduces labor and logistics costs
  • Builds allow for managing one part number vs numerous components.
  • Components and final assemblies stocked at Gopher Electronics, allowing for flexible delivery to meet demand requirements
  • Prompt and friendly inquiry response times
  • Can build to UL 508A certication

Let Gopher Electronics’s team of highly trained and skilled professionals save you time and money!

Contact Gopher Electronics today for a quote!

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Carling MS Series Circuit Breaker

Designed and tested to operate flawlessly in the harshest of environments, Carling Technologies’ MS-Series sealed toggle circuit breaker is ideally suited for COTS (commercial off the shelf) military applications. Our space saving envelope meets IP68 requirements and features a durable metal and sealed mounting bushing with MIL-PRF-39019F ingress protection when mounted in a panel.

This class-leading, affordable circuit breaker was designed in accordance with the requirements of MIL-PRF-55629 and MIL STD 202, making it the best choice for those applications where shock, vibration, moisture resistance, salt spray and thermal shock are of the utmost consideration. The MS-Series’ compact size and reliability make it ideal for crucial communication equipment and other mission critical components.

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Honeywell FSA Series

The FSA Series are piezoresistive-based force sensors offering a ratiometric analog or digital output for reading force over the specified full scale force span and temperature range. They are fully calibrated and temperature compensated for sensor offset, sensitivity, temperature effects, and nonlinearity using an on-board Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC). Direct mechanical coupling allows for easy interface with the sensor, coupling with tubing, membrane or a plunger, providing repeatable performance and a reliable mechanical interface to the application. The package also provides excellent corrosion resistance and isolation to external package stress. All products are designed and manufactured according to ISO 9001 standards.

Value to Customers

The FSA Series are designed to meet the customers’ need for a compensated, amplified force sensor that provides analog and digital outputs, a variety of force sensing ranges, and enhanced durability and accuracy. Their flexible design provides multiple standard configurations over a wide operating temperature range.


  • Multiple force ranges allow the customer to choose the force range to maximize sensitivity and improve system resolution/performance
  • Overforce provides enhanced durability in applications where overforce may exist
  • Enhanced accuracy includes all errors due to force non-linearity, force hysteresis, and non-repeatability
  • Total Error Band enhances system performance
  • Digital output enhances performance through reduced conversion requirements and the convenience of direct interface to microprocessors
  • Diagnostics functions allow the user to determine if the sensor is working correctly by detecting if the electrical paths are broken or shorted inside the sensor
  • Supply voltage provides customers flexibility of design within the application

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Switch into Honeywell NGC Series Compact Limit Switches!

Honeywell Micro Switch Compact Limit Switches, NGC Series are a configurable platform of medium-duty switches that allow the customer to choose SPDT (single pole, double throw) or DPDT (double pole, double throw) circuitry while maintaining the same housing and mounting footprint throughout the NGC Series.
The Micro Switch NGC Series can be configured more than 380,000 ways, carries global approvals, and are sealed to IP67 for potential use in indoor and outdoor applications.
Value to Customers
  • Cost-effective: Provides a single source for a compact SPDT and DPDT limit switch, which can help minimize the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s sourcing expenses by simplifying their supply chain
  • Durable: The internal workings of the NGC Series Compact Limit Switch are sealed from the environment, allowing for potential use in many types of environments while providing performance confidence
  • Compact: The NGC Series Compact Limit Switch’s compact size allows it to be positioned in areas where space is at a premium
  • Configurable: Allows design engineers to standardize on a single footprint while meeting a variety of electrical requirements
  • Application support: Customers with a global footprint can count on Honeywell for regional support for new applications and troubleshooting