Application Briefs

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, Test equipment and instrumentation
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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:

Posted in: Application Briefs, Application Briefs, Electronics & Computers
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Displacement Sensors to Monitor Valve Health and Prevent Rocket Engine Test Failures

Eddy-current displacement sensorsLion PrecisionSt. Paul, MN651-484-6544 www.lionprecision.com

Stennis Space Center, NASA’s Mississippi-based headquarters for testing space vehicles’ rocket propulsion systems, will work in cooperation with displacement sensor manufacturer Lion Precision to develop a smart sensor and associated communication protocols that monitor both valve position and wear. The facility enables the testing of rocket engines and rocket engine components while holding them stationary.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Sensors, Sensors and actuators, Valves, Rocket engines
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NASA Satellite System Ground Segment to Receive Update

Ground system telecommunications architectureGeneral Dynamics C4 SystemsFalls Church, VA480-441-3033 www.gd.com

As part of its seven-year contract with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, General Dynamics C4 Systems will focus on making improvements to the ground system and network for NASA’s Tracking Data and Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) constellation.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Information Sciences, Architecture, Telecommunications, Satellites
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LEDs Illuminate Major Bridge in China

Philips Lumileds, San Jose, CA

National Semiconductor, Santa Clara, CA

Abridge lighting project was recently completed in the Chinese city of Harbin, utilizing 1,288 linear floodlights containing 12,000 LUXEON Rebel Green LEDs from Philips Lumileds. The new lighting spanning the 1565-meter Songhuajiang Bridge over the Songhua River was designed and manufactured by Roled Opto Electronics Shanghai Co., Ltd., with LEDs and solution support supplied by Future Lighting Solutions.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting
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All Aboard: Making (Light) Waves

Ocean LED, Nuneaton, UK

Proto Labs, Maple Plain, MN

Richard Sant, Chief Designer at OceanLED, sought a fast and flexible way to make low-cost, high-quality components for the firm’s latest LED lights. He found the answer with Protomold®, the rapid injection molding service from Proto Labs®. Sant worked with the company's Telford, UK location, which has a full manufacturing and sales facility.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting
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Using Ultrafast EMCCD Cameras for Faster DNA Sequencing

To decode the human genome and gain a greater understanding of diseases and their aetiology, advances need to be made in the rate at which the nucleotides that comprise DNA can be sequenced. Approaches to DNA sequencing have moved on considerably since the development of “chain-terminator” methods by Maxam and Gilbert, and by Sanger, in the1970s, and are now evolving beyond the so-called “next generation” toward today’s “third generation” systems.

Posted in: Application Briefs, ptb catchall, Optics, Imaging and visualization, Medical, health, and wellness
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Emergency Notification System Enables Coordinated Communication Across Facilities

The Communicator! NXT emergency notification systemPlantCML, an EADS North America companyFranklin, TN951-719-2423 www.plantcml-eads.com

NASA will use PlantCML’s Communicator! NXT emergency notification system to improve its communication and incident response capabilities.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Communications, Communication protocols, Collaboration and partnering, Disaster and emergency management, Emergency management
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3D Scanning and Processing Software Spots Tile Damage on NASA Shuttle Discovery

Geomagic Studio 3D scanning and processing softwareGeomagic Inc.Research Triangle Park, NC800-691-1839 www.geomagic.com

Ceramic tiles used on the underside of the NASA Discovery shuttle protect the spacecraft and its astronauts from 2300-degree heat as they re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere. When Discovery launches again, Geomagic’s 3D scanning and processing technology will inspect tile conditions and help bring the astronauts back to Earth safely.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Software, Computer software and hardware, Imaging and visualization, Ceramics, Insulation, Inspections, Spacecraft
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