Application Briefs

Dynamic Lighting Control Saves Energy, Reinforces Energetic Atmosphere

AWeber Communications, Chalfont, PA AWeber Communications in Chalfont, PA thrives on creative energy. From free-form office space, to tube slide transports, to a dynamic lighting control system that automatically responds to the outdoor environment, AWeber offices combine playfulness with productivity and energy efficiency. These values are built into the office design, and evaluated regularly.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting


LED Drives Savings in Manufacturing & Distribution Lighting

Thomas Research Products, Elgin, IL What do you do when you move your manufacturing and main distribution center into a new facility, and your business is built on providing key components to LED lighting OEMs? If you’re Thomas Research Products (TRP), a leading supplier of LED drivers in North America, along with LED light engines, surge protectors for lighting, and energy-saving lighting controls, you put your money where your mouth is!

Posted in: Application Briefs, Lighting


Motion Control System Gives Farmers a Hands-Free Approach in Vehicles

The important job of a farmer requires long hours of field work. The often monotonous tasks of driving agricultural vehicles to work long rows in the field — whether it be planting, maintenance, or harvesting — is undeniably arduous and fraught with potential for human error. With advances in the development of mechanical steering devices, farmers can now program steering patterns to allow their vehicles to operate hands-free and more accurately than ever before.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Motion Control, Steering systems, Human factors, Agricultural vehicles and equipment


ASICs Support Orion’s Onboard Data Network

TTEthernet switch TTTech North America Andover, MA 978-933-7979 Radiation-tolerant Ethernet backbone ASICs, developed by Honeywell Aerospace and based on TTTech’s TTEthernet switch and end system chip IP cores, are ready for the first NASA Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) test flight later this year. The ASICs are core components of the Onboard Data Network (ODN) and enable the design of advanced integrated system architectures for human-rated spaceflight.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Electronics & Computers, Data management


Etching System Enhances NASA’s Device Fabrication Capabilities

VERSALINE® Deep Silicon Etch™ System Plasma-Therm St. Petersburg, FL 727-577-4999 NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, CA, recently installed a VERSALINE Deep Silicon Etch system to expand its silicon deep-etching resources. The new etching system targets silicon-based applications that include MEMS, sensors, and resonators. JPL’s Microdevices Laboratory (MDL) serves users with many different requirements, and the system’s mask selectivity, uniformity, vertical profiles, sidewall smoothness, and silicon-on-insulator capabilities will be used to meet their device fabrication needs.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Data Acquisition, Sensors, Sensors and actuators, Fabrication


CMOS Imagers Will Help Study the Sun in SoloHI Mission

CMOS imager engineering units SRI International Menlo Park, CA 650-859-2000 SRI International, working with TowerJazz (Newport Beach, CA), has delivered the first complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) imager engineering units to the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) for use on the Solar Orbiter Heliospheric Imager (SoloHI) optical telescope. With its large field of view, SoloHI will make high-resolution images of the corona and solar wind, and be able to connect remote sensing observations of the corona to the plasma being measured in situ at the spacecraft.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Imaging, Imaging and visualization, Semiconductor devices


Torque Sensors Provide Force Feedback for Robotic Applications

Torque sensing technology ATI Industrial Automation Apex, NC 919-772-0115 ATI Industrial Automation is developing multi-axis, force/torque sensing technology to be used in space exploration, including future Mars missions. Currently under development, the new technology will enable fabrication of a force/torque sensor for the Mars rover’s robotic arm. Sensor feedback allows the arm to guide its coring tool into rocks, and then safely place the rock samples in the rover’s canisters.

Posted in: Application Briefs, Sensors, Robotics


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