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High Definition Color Video Camera

Wilco Imaging, Inc. (San Diego, CA) offers the remote head IK-HD1, a 3-CCD prism block high definition color video camera from Toshiba. The camera is suitable for tasks that require low weight and reduced package size, such as broadcast, aviation, and inspection. Easy to integrate with multiple video outputs via HD-SDI, Y/Pb/Pr, and analog RGB, the high definition camera is also suitable for industrial inspection, machine vision, microscopy, and other scientific imaging applications. Accessories include a 4 mm or 15 mm lens, compatible camera cables in four lengths (3, 6, 10, 30 meters), and a 12VDC power supply.

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Design Software

Liekki (Lohja, Finland) introduces their Liekki Application Designer (LAD) v4.0. LAD provides a platform for simulating and optimizing fiber amplifiers, and amplifying spontaneous emission sources and fiber laser systems. LAD v4.0 includes wizards that allow for creating designs and running simulations through a step-by-step approach. The software also includes a multimode analysis of coiled fibers, optimization tool, and variable step size in transient analysis. Add-ons include a concentrated conversion table, splice loss estimations, and mode field and cutoff calculation.

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Using Motion Control to Guide Augmented Reality Manufacturing Systems

Assembly is a complicated, sometimes tedious process that often unfolds sequentially along a series of stations. In the manufacture of complex equipment such as jet engines and automobiles, technicians are guided through their work by referring to printed manuals, which document the various steps required. These processes usually demand the use of hand tools with little in the way of automation available either at the tool or verification level — in fact, all actions typically are performed manually. As a result, quality and performance times are dependent upon each technician’s technique and preferences, leaving room for individual differences and, at times, errors.

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Brake System Development Accelerated With 3D Modeling

Tractair Ltd., based in Brough, UK, designs, manufactures and installs air and hydraulic brake systems for special applications. The company works closely with the design engineers of major international tractor manufacturers and other OEMs to ensure that the braking systems are fully integrated. The company has been closely involved in the development of air brakes for agricultural and other off-road vehicles since 1985 and continues to adapt available technologies to meet the demands of increasing loads and speeds handled by agricultural and construction vehicles, both on and off the highway.

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Motor System Enables Elevators to Ride Smoothly

Many factors have contributed to the fact that in the past five years, home elevator sales have doubled. These include the aging of the affluent baby-boom generation. In the next five years, an estimated 70 million people will be of retirement age; many of them will be looking at retaining their independence by staying in their own homes and adding features such as elevators to make living more accessible, or moving to customized homes that already include such advantages. According to a Florida State University study, a home elevator can add 10% to the selling price of a home.

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Motion Control System

The MDrive 14Plus Motion Control system from Intelligent Motion Systems (Marlborough, CT) combines the motor, driver, controller, and encoder in one system using a NEMA size 14 brushless 1.8° motor. It measures 1.9 × 1.4 × 2.0" and includes a programmable controller and programming instruction set. Communication is via RS-422/485 or optional CANopen.

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Motor Control Integrated Circuit

iC-Haus Corp. USA (Naperville, IL) introduces the iC-MH, a system-on-chip solution for magnetic sensor applications. The iC-MH’s 5 x 5 mm QFN28 package contains integrated Hall sensors with signal amplifier and gain control, two A/D converters for incremental and commutation signals, integrated RS-422 line drivers, and the serial BiSS/SSI-interface. It features angle resolution programmable to 4,096 steps per turn, and the output edge rate of 8 MHz can support motor speeds to 120 RPM. The commutation signals UVW are available to drive motors with two and four poles.

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