Application Briefs

Shopping Plaza Parking Lot Lighting-Retrofit

BetaLED, Sturtevant, WI A Manchester, NH T.J.Maxx shopping plaza parking lot has been retrofitted with BetaLED luminaires. CBT Development of Greenland, NH was incurring high costs for parking lot maintenance from frequent lamp replacement in high pressure sodium (HPS) and metal halide (MH) fixtures. While poor power quality was causing the premature lamp failure, the developer was ready to replace the 25-year old luminaires with new, efficient technology. The parking lot covers approximately 151,000 square feet and has 385 parking spaces.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Industrial Lighting, Lighting

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Space Suit Simulator Aids Astronaut Training Procedures

Extra-Vehicular Activity Space Suit Simulator (S3)Aurora Flight SciencesCambridge, MA703-396-6304 www.aurora.aeroAurora Flight Sciences has teamed up with professors Dana Newman and Jeffrey Hoffman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics to develop an extra-vehicular activity (EVA) space suit simulator (S3).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aeronautics

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Software System Manages NASA’s Engineering Review Process

Engineering Review Board Information System (ERBIS)a.i. solutionsLanham, MD301-306-1756 www.ai-solutions.comManaging the people, data, and activities associated with NASA’s Engineering Review Process (ERP) presents challenges to engineers and mission planners. The ERP generates paperwork, involves the coordination of Engineering Review Board (ERB) members, and requires complete and careful documentation of engineering issues, in progress and resolved. Essential to any process is the ability of a user community to capture, store, and retrieve information. The type of information generated throughout the ERP builds the database of information that enables metrics to be established and lessons learned to be tracked.

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Using Optical Encoders to Improve Camera Phone Zoom Lens Accuracy

A wide range of commercial applications use cameras with a zooming mechanism. Perhaps the most ubiquitous is the camera phone. Camera phones may have an optical zoom, a digital zoom, or both. What’s the difference? An optical zoom actually changes the effective focal length of the camera lens such that the original image is magnified and could be captured by the image sensor (CCD or CMOS). With greater magnification, the light is spread across the entire image sensor and all of the pixels can be used. An optical zoom could be interpreted as a true zoom that will improve the quality of pictures captured.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Applications, ptb catchall, Photonics, Imaging and visualization, Optics, Sensors and actuators

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Motion Components Optimize Performance of Liquid Chromatography System

Pricing pressures, intense competition, and strict regulatory demands are challenging scientists and researchers in the fast-growing, highly-regulated pharmaceutical, life science, biochemical, industrial, and environmental industries to make important breakthroughs faster and more efficiently.Heightened productivity in scientific labs has become paramount for companies to succeed. Waters Corporation, a manufacturer of high-performance liquid chromatography instruments, mass spectrometers, and thermal analyzers and rheology instruments, understands this pressure first-hand. As a major supplier to analytical laboratories around the world, Waters is known for its constant commitment to providing innovative solutions that help customers better understand the secrets of chemistry and of life itself.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control

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Embedded Vision System Increases Inspection Capabilities

Food manufacturers are held to strict agency regulations regarding product quality and consistency. Repeatable visual inspections are critical to ensure consumers receive a consistent and safe product. As regulations have increased, machine vision technology has become more intelligent to follow suit — a trend that some machine builders are using to their advantage.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Automation, Manufacturing equipment and machinery, Quality assurance, Inspections

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Implementing Rack-Level I/O Consolidation

The desire to consolidate datacenter I/O has existed for several decades. It has been driven by I/O hardware providers who didn’t want to develop multiple versions of the same I/O card for different computer busses, and by end-users who did not want to stock multiple cards, as well as manage different fabrics with different tools. The problems that I/O consolidation needs to solve are:

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