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Products of Tomorrow: September 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: September 2015

CD-adapco, Melville, NY, has released STAR-CCM+® v10.04 simulation software that features a new finite element-based Solid Stress Solver, enabling both computational solid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics from a single, integrated environment. The new release also includes the Adjoint Solver for Coupled Solid Energy, enabling sensitivity analysis of solid conduction problems. This solver can be used in conjunction with the adjoint flow solver for performing sensitivity analysis and optimization for problems involving conjugate heat transfer. Reference geometry transfer through the STAR-CAD client allows the user to pass more data from their CAD package to STAR-CCM+, including transfer coordinate systems and reference planes, and these are automatically synchronized during updates.

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Product of the Month: Combiner Block™

The new APC Combiner Block™ from American Photonics Co. (Sarasota, FL) replaces the first turning mirror in many CO2 laser machines to add three new capabilities: a visible alignment laser, a Half Collimator™, and precision alignment capabilities. The visible alignment laser adds the ability to align your machine without the need to burn spots with the CO2 laser, improving safety and speed of setup.

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Quantum Cascade Laser Driver

Electronic noise from quantum cascade laser drivers has long limited the detection threshold of chemical sensors. That may no longer be a problem. Wavelength Electronics (Bozeman, MT) has introduced the QCL LAB family of instruments that couples an intuitive touchscreen display with low-noise drive electronics that drop detection thresholds up to an order of magnitude.

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Silicon Avalanche Photodiode Module

Excelitas Technologies Corp. (Waltham, MA) recently launched the new HeliX™ Silicon Avalanche Photodiode (Si APD) Module, employing its leading-edge Si APD detectors to deliver enhanced performance including high responsivity, broadband photon absorption (400- 1100nm), wide dynamic range and linearity, and exceptional signal-to-noise ratio. Designed for high-performance applications such as fluorescence measurement, distributed temperature sensing, analytical instrumentation, and laser scanning ophthalmology, the HeliX Si APD module provides highly accurate measurements and is fully customizable.

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Universal Fluorescence Illumination System

The new Lumen 1600-LED from Prior Scientific (Rockland, MA) is the latest product in Prior’s expanding microscopy illumination product line. The Lumen 1600-LED offers individual control for 16 selectable wavelengths. With its unique 16 selectable LED wavelengths, the Lumen 1600-LED is compatible with all simple and multiband filter sets. The Lumen 1600-LED has a “white light” mode with simple on/off and intensity buttons. Fitting directly to most microscopes, the system enables rapid switching between LED wavelengths to allow for capture of high-speed events.

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Machine Vision Software

To meet the demands of automated visual inspections in the electronics assembly process, EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) has developed the “ChipControl” command set for its EyeVision image processing software. ChipControl specifically focuses on areas such as inspecting for bent electrical contacts, the presence of the contact housing, inspection of coplanarity, recognition of the pin-one marker, orientation and position adjustment, pin gap, etc.

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