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Bell-Everman (Goleta, CA) offers the SLS Light sealed linear stage that keeps contamination such as manufacturing debris, particulate, or liquid contaminants outside of the stage housing. The stage measures 80 x 120 mm, and has maximum dynamic payloads of 15 kg for the direct drive linear motor version and 30 kg for the ball screw version. Both sizes deliver a proprietary linear lip seal design that integrates with the stage’s anodized aluminum housing. The seal is made from a ruggedized polyurethane elastomer and resists chemicals, temperature extremes, and mechanical wear. The seal can be replaced without disassembling the stage or removing payload. Applications include any application where contaminants can threaten the smooth operation of a linear actuator including laser machining, welding, semiconductor, and machining. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55594-317

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Piezo Drive

The Ensemble QDe™ desktop nanopositioning piezo drive from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) was designed for seamless use with the Ensemble family of drives and controllers. The QDe connects to any Ensemble controller network, enabling coordinated motion between piezo stages and servo axes. The drive is suitable for single- or multi-axis applications such as point-to-point motion, linear and circular interpolation, multi-axis error correction, and autofocusing. High-speed interrupts and data logging capabilities provide a real-time link to external systems.

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Products of Tomorrow: October 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

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Product of the Month: October 2015

National Instruments, Austin, TX, has released the PXI-based Wireless Test System (WTS) that combines a PXI vector signal transceiver (VST) and multicore processing technologies to offer a single platform for multi-standard, multi-DUT, and multi-port testing. When used with test sequencing software, such as the TestStand Wireless Test Module, manufacturers can test multiple devices in parallel. Fullduplex RF ports and wideband RF instrumentation support current and future wireless standards such as LTE-A to 802.11ac and Bluetooth LE. The SCPI interface allows remote automation over Ethernet and smooth integration into existing manufacturing lines. Other features include up to 200-MHz instantaneous bandwidth, 65-MHz to 6-GHz frequency range, and SCPI interface via Ethernet.

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Wireless Occupancy Sensors

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) has unveiled its new wireless occupancy sensor, a battery-powered plug-and-play sensor designed to integrate seamlessly with any Dialight smart lighting system. Using Pyroelectric InfraRed (PIR) technology, each sensor can instantly switch a single light or a group of lights from off to on or from a dimmed state to on when motion is detected for full visibility and brightness only when needed. Each low-profile sensor is just under 2 ½ inches in height and 5 inches in diameter, weighs only 10 oz. and has an operating range of -40°F to +149°F.

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Networked Lighting Controls

Hubbell Building Automation (Austin, TX) NXTM networked lighting controls now have added daylighting capability. The NXDS daylight sensor auto-configures with the NX Room Controller. The NXDS daylight sensor is designed for open loop operation, measuring natural light coming in through a window. It communicates with the recently-launched NXRC series Room Controller, which directs switching or dimming of the lighting. The NX system advantage includes controlling multiple zones of lighting within a space. The devices connect via standard CAT5 cables. Both indoor and outdoor versions of the NXDS sensor are available.

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LED Driver

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) has introduced the Model 5000A-100 LED Driver/Controller for powering its patented and patent-pending High Power LED Light Engines. The 5000A-100 LED Driver provides constant current in continuous, pulsed or pulsed width modulation (PWM) modes. An embedded system adds network control with 10/100Mbps Ethernet connectivity. The Model 5000A- 100 is intended for OEM applications. Drive current in continuous mode is selectable from 7.5 to 75A at 0.6 to 5.5VDC output. The output current setting is adjustable either locally or remotely from 100% down to 10% using analog adjustment and as low as 1% with PWM.

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