Application Briefs

Embedded Virtualization Enables Highly Integrated “Soft Motion” Platforms on the PC

With the increased processing power that PCs have attained, a complex machine that used to require an expensive and dedicated hardware-based motion control solution can now be accomplished on a multicore PC running on a real-time operating system (RTOS).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Computer software and hardware
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Computers Record and Maintain Video and Data on Space Station

CR11 single-board computers

GE Intelligent Platforms Northamptonshire, England +44 (0)1327 322821 www.geembedded.com

Two CR11 single-board computers (SBCs) from GE Energy Management’s Intelligent Platforms were deployed and are fully operational onboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of continuing experiments by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Computer software and hardware, Imaging and visualization, Data management, Spacecraft
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Steel Chassis Lets Space Vehicles Traverse Grueling Terrain

Steel chassis and structural panels

Off-Road International, a Racefab Inc. companyRusk, TX 903-683-1599 www.off-roadinternational.com

The structural panels and chassis for NASA’s latest rovers are being built and analyzed by Off-Road International to traverse unpredictable terrain. The company’s design team was approached to examine the vehicles’ structure utilizing finite element analysis (FEA). Working with NASA engineers, several changes were made before construction began.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Steel, Spacecraft
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Highway Sensor Deployment Gives Valuable Data to ‘Connected’ Drivers

In an effort to improve traffic flow, driver safety, and asset management, the Michigan Department of Transportation (DOT) has installed 17 sensors on a 50-mile stretch of one of the state’s busy Interstate highways. The “connected corridor” deployment will provide useful data for drivers of cars equipped with vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Sensors, Data acquisition and handling, Sensors and actuators, Vehicle to vehicle (V2V), Roads and highways
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Custom System Rides the Rails at NASA Radar Range

Custom linear guide railsNB Corporation of AmericaHanover Park, IL1-800-521-2045www.nbcorporation.com

ADC USA, Inc. (Ithaca, NY) develops and supplies high-precision motion systems and instruments for large government laboratories and corporations around the world. ADC was contracted by NASA’s Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA) to design, build, and install the major components for a 40 × 40 × 40-foot indoor radar range. NASA’s goal was to refurbish and upgrade their old indoor radar range. They want to clear out what they had and replace it with newer, better-designed equipment. The goal was to put multiple targets inside the radar range without having to get a forklift to bring them in and out – not only things such as airplanes, but anything that is detected by radar.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Aerospace, Test equipment and instrumentation, Test facilities
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Service Robots Use Flat Motors to Provide Reliable, Safe Motion

Unlike industrial robots for manufacturing, service robots come with their own specification requirements aimed specifically at the end user, and the most discriminating user at that — a human being. That’s why designing and manufacturing service robots takes a particular set of skills and engineering expertise.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Electronic control systems, Robotics
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Encoders Ensure Position Accuracy of Linear-Torsion Tester

Instron (Norwood, MA) manufactures materials testing equipment and accessories that are used to test samples ranging from components for jet engines to medical syringes. The company’s ElectroPuls systems are used for fatigue testing, which examines the behavior of materials under fluctuating or cyclic loads in the elastic regime. The E1000, E3000, and E10000 fatigue test systems are suited for biomedical/biomechanical research applications, and feature a wide dynamic performance range and low force characteristics. The all-electric systems use linear motor technology to eliminate the need for ball/lead-screws, and enable slow-speed static tests through to high-frequency dynamic tests at over 100 Hz.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Automation, Test equipment and instrumentation
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Computer and Displays Help Control and Maneuver Crew Transportation System

Space-qualified boards and subsystems Aitech Defense Systems Chatsworth, CA 888-248-3248 http://rugged.com/space-products

The Boeing Company selected Aitech Defense Systems to provide space-grade products and services to support the Commercial Crew Transportation System (CCTS) and Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 spacecraft, part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Aerospace, Computer software and hardware, Human machine interface (HMI), Displays, Spacecraft
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CubeSat Launches With 3D-Printed Components

Windform XT 2.0 3D printing material CRP USA, LLC Mooresville, NC 704-660-0258 www.crp-usa.net

A team of students from the University of Kentucky and Morehead State University developed the KySat-2 project, a 1U CubeSat that launched into orbit as part of NASA’s ElaNa IV mission from Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Articles, Aerospace, Fibers, Satellites
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Implementing Color Machine Vision Inspection Systems

Color provides critical information that can improve the reliability of many machine vision inspection applications and make it possible to inspect many products that cannot be inspected in grayscale. Typical examples include ensuring that a tan rather than a taupe automotive interior component is installed, and checking the position of a black label on a black single-serving coffee cup.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Applications, Photonics, Imaging and visualization, Automation, Inspections
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