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Photoelectric Sensor

The OptoproxTM from Balluff, Inc. (Florence, KY) is a photoelectric sensor that offers the mounting, aligning, and handling of an inductive proximity sensor without the range limitations of a prox. The device has a focused red light beam with a fixed sensing range up to 23 mm. Applications include presence sensing, exact background suppression, positioning, controlling, and monitoring of discrete and process automation sequences. The device may target very small objects and sense black plastic, metal, and rubber parts.

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Photodetector Amplifier

Opto Diode Corp. (Newbury Park, CA) offers the ODA-5W-100M Photodetector Amplifier Combination with 100 Mohm gain. The visible wavelength responsivity at 660 nm is 40 V/μW, and the combination detector-preamps frequency response is 1 KHz with low dark offset at ±1 mV with dark offset noise at 5 mV RMS. Operating specifications are at ±15 V, 25°C. The active area is 0.100" diameter, and different gains are available. The detector is packaged in a standard TO-5 can, allowing for ease-of-integration and suitability for fluorescence, spectroscopy, and low-light-level tasks.

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Scanner Platform

The LightningTM Digital Scanner Platform Technology from General Scanning (Billerica, MA) consists of three elements: MPower motors, a Lightning digital servo driver, and the TuneMasterTM software toolset. The MPower Scanner motor design integrates the mirror, mount, and motor for inertial balance. The motor configuration augments operating efficiency and power transfer to the load, while heat build-up is minimized. The servo driver is based on 16-bit digital technology and features thermal stability, monitoring, and diagnostics. The TuneMasterTM ensures tunes for both axes remain matched during an application.

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Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) introduced the portable LIBS2500 laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy system featuring a sensitivity of 10-50 ppm; a series of 2,048-element, linear CCD detectors; and a seven-fiber optical sampling probe with a 74-UV collimating lens and a sampling lens. The system incorporates up to seven high-resolution spectrometers for spectral coverage from 200-980 nm, and operates with any 32-bit, USB-compatible Windows PC over a USB 1.1 or 2.0 interface. Integral software fires the laser and identifies the element being analyzed, performing element identification, reference correlation, time-dependent analysis, and line tracking over multiple samples.

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Halogen Lamp Microscope

Rolyn Optics (Covina, CA) introduced the VMM 200 high-precision measuring microscope with XY measuring ranges of 150 × 100 or 250 × 150, a Z of 150 mm, and resolution to 0.0001 mm. Magnifications range from 25× to 1,000×. It has a cold fiber optic light source with a reflective halogen lamp (30 to 250 W) producing transmitted, incident, oblique incident, or ring light modes. Manual and automated models are available.

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Lens Design Software

Lambda Research Corp. (Littleton, MA) offers the 6.4.3 release of their OSLO lens design software featuring 18 additions augmenting the flexibility and open architecture of the program, allowing the user to modify, customize, and adapt the program to specific needs. Features include a CCL command that accesses and copies any native plot or graphic to the MS Windows clipboard as a bitmap, and the utilization of field points from the field point set with both x-field and y-field data. Users may also model general anamorphic aspheric surface shapes without control problems associated with spline surfaces.

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Imaging Lens

The Harsh Environment Optics (HEOTM) micro video-imaging lenses from Edmund Optics, Inc. (Barrington, NJ) incorporate optical components inside a sealed, water-resistant optical assembly. Intended for automotive and industrial applications, the device also is designed for wash-down and other wet surroundings. In 1/2" and 1/3" sensor formats, the lenses are offered in four focal lengths and feature M12 × 0.5 mounting threads. Coating options allow for visible light or near-infrared infinite conjugate imaging applications.

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