Products

Low-Light CCD

e2v Technology’s (Chelmsford, England) CCD201 is a large-format 1-k × 1-k, 13-μm pixel image sensor designed for low-light, high-resolution scientific applications. The sensor claims a quantum efficiency of 95 percent with minimal induced noise. Designed for bio-science applications such as drug discovery, bio-luminescence, and fluorescence microscopy, as well as astronomy, the CCD201 is available in front- and back-illuminated formats, both of which offer sub-electron noise and a choice of electron-multiplying or traditional output. Each is capable of operating at an equivalent output noise of less than one electron at pixel rates of over 15 MHz.

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X-ray Inspection

Designed as a yield enhancement system for electronics manufacture, YESTech (San Clemente, CA) has released the YTX-3000 HXR x-ray inspection system for extremely high-resolution applications. Featuring an open-tube transmission target x-ray source with an integral high-voltage power supply and computer-controlled operation, the HXR system resolves sub-micron features with zoom magnifications up to 2400×. The x-ray source is designed for minimum maintenance with an easily replaceable filament and target assembly. The 3000 HXR is available with a 4- or 5-axis sample manipulator and a 15 × 20-in. (380 x 500 mm) X-Y travel stage for samples up to 5 lbs. in weight. Full 360° rotation and 30° of tilt are available. A computer-controlled motor drive provides a wide rage of motion from ultra-slow use at high magnifications, to high speed for travel over large distances. All systems come with a control module and programmable motion for automated inspection.

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Tunable Laser

Santec (Komaki, Japan) has released the TSL-510 tunable laser. Designed with many of the same features as the TSL-210V external cavity tunable laser, the TSL-510 offers a new front-panel interface and a number of improved features. The TSL-510 is a bench-top type that offers a 120-nm mode-hop-free tuning range selectable within the 1260-nm to 1680-nm wavelength region. Average optical output power is 10 mW. The laser has a 100-nm/s rapid wavelength sweep function that is particularly suitable for fiber optic component testing and material characterization. The instrument has USB and GPIB interfaces and comes with a standard LabVIEW driver. The TSL-510 is designed to meet the needs of a variety of applications, including telecom, gas sensing, spectroscopy, and material characterization.

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Automation System

Robohand (Monroe, CT) has announced the Smart Linear Actuator (SLA) modular automation system featuring DIRECTCONNECT™ technology enabling integration of Robohand pneumatic slides, grippers, and rotaries. The SLA includes integrated servo/pneumatic motion control, an online Web configurator, networking capabilities, and weld field immune electronics. The SLA servo slide is available in models SLA-90, SLA-120, and SLA-150, with stroke lengths ranging from 100 mm to 1,400 mm, and maximum stroke speeds from 1 mm/s to 1,100 mm/s.

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Ball Bearings

SKF USA (Kulpsville, PA) offers self-aligning ball bearings that allow for angular misalignment of the shaft relative to the housing without affecting operation. The ball bearings gain their self-aligning capability from a design incorporating two rows of balls with a common sphere raceway in the outer ring. They are available with cylindrical or tapered bores, in bore diameters ranging from 5 mm to 130 mm.

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Frameless Motors

Applimotion (Loomis, CA) has released ULT direct drive frameless motors in sizes up to 355-mm diameter, with 200-mm through holes, covering , and lasers.

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Miniature Digital Servo Drive

Elmo Motion control (Westford, MA) offers the “Whistle” digital servo drive with up to 500 watts of continuous power at 99% efficiency. The device weighs 1.76 ounces and measures 2 × 1.8 × 0.6". It interfaces to brush DC, brushless PM, and linear and/or voice coil motors. Power is provided by an external 7.5 to 95 VDC isolated DC power supply. A supply control algorithm enables the device to operate with one power supply.

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