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Motion Card

The Prodigy family of motion cards from Performance Motion Devices Inc. (Lincoln, MA) now gives machine designers the capability to download and run motion programs. This capability off-loads the PC host and increases the flexibility to distribute motion programs throughout the machine. Programs can be downloaded to the Prodigy card over UDP and TCP Ethernet protocols, in addition to serial and CANbus protocols.

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AC Gearmotor

The VWDIR20 AC gearmotors from Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. (St. Charles, IL) are rated 1/4 hp (186 watts) at 115V, 60 Hz. The compact, integral gear reducers feature a phenolic high speed gear for low noise and steel gearing in subsequent stages, with ratios ranging from 14:1 to 286:1. Continuous torque ratings range from 100 to 600 in-lbs (11.3 to 67.8 N-m).

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Linear Drive System

The RPS4014 linear drive system from Nexen (Vadnais Heights, MN) adds two rollers for a total of 14, and a wider rack to double thrust capacity of 14000 Nm. It is available in a standard grade with positional accuracy of +/-50 micrometers and a machine oil finish; a premium grade achieves positional accuracy of +/-30 micrometers and has a Raydent surface treatment to prevent corrosion.

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Specialty Fibers Guide Light When the Going Gets Tough

In spectrometry, the more light gathered the better the results. Yet in many applications, both military and commercial, the need to protect instruments or operators from harsh environments, as well as installation constraints, make conventional line-of-sight optics impractical. Specialty fibers can offer the robustness and light-handling characteristics that such applications require.

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Using Vision Sensors to Eliminate Manufacturing Defects

Supplying parts to the world’s leading automotive companies leaves no room for error. That’s why Miniature Precision Components Inc. (MPC) uses three vision sensors to error-proof the automated assembly of oil-caps at its Prairie du Chien, WI facility. With 41 molding machines ranging in size from 25 to 550 tons, this 100,000 square-foot facility employs about 450 people. MPC’s four manufacturing plants generate approximately $167 million per year supplying the automotive and commercial industries with high-quality injection-molded parts and assemblies such as PCV valves, thermostat housings, and quick-connect ports for emission control systems.

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Product of the Month: Infrared Camera

The ICI 7320 infrared camera from Infrared Cameras (Beaumont, TX) operates on 1 watt of power via USB connection. IR Flash software provides real time radiometric data stream directly to a hard drive or portable device. The camera can be mounted in many available ICI enclosures that meet NEMA 4 - NEMA 9 specifications for any environment. The ICI 7320 camera is suitable for medical, space, petrochemical, electrical, and research and development use. The camera has a 25mm field of view and optical lenses of 18mm, 50mm, 75mm, 100mm, and 150mm. Spectral response is 8 to 12 microns and the operating temperature range is -20°C to 50°C.

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Large Format MWIR Lens

StingRay Optics (Keene, NH) introduces a 50mm, f/2.3 Midwave Infrared (MWIR) large format lens assembly. The 50mm lens offers flexibility as either a stand alone solution for large format detectors or in conjunction with the enhanced resolution features. The MWIR large format lens assembly offers diffraction limited performance over the entire field of view (FOV), enabling the microscan image enhancement feature to achieve the highest potential clarity.

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