Products

Solid-State Lasers

The latest AVIA NX series lasers from Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) are qswitched, diode-pumped, solid-state lasers that offer output powers as high as 40W at 355 nm. These new lasers implement Coherent's patented pumping technology of the Nd:YVO4 gain medium, which delivers increased overall system efficiency (conversion of input electrical energy into usable light). They also incorporate Coherent’s latest optical mounting technology, called PermAlign 2, which is a simpler and more compact method that yields enhanced stability and greater long term reliability. Reliability is further enhanced through implementation of Highly Accelerated Life Testing and Stress Screening (HALT/HASS) protocols during AVIA NX production.

Posted in: Products, Photonics, Lasers & Laser Systems

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High-Accuracy Galvo Scanner

The highly repeatable and thermally stable feedback sensors used on the AGV-HPO scanner systems from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) can be calibrated down to single-digit, micron-level accuracy over the field of view. With the extremely low thermal gain drift performance of the position transducers, complex, high-density laser machining applications will maintain consistent micron-level feature placement accuracy over the lifetime of the process.

Posted in: Products, Photonics, Sensors

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High-Speed Cameras

XIMEA (Munster, Germany) recently announced new Thunderbolt™ technology ready cameras that are equipped with the newest sensors from Sony (IMX174) and CMOSIS (CMV20000). The cameras provide highest speeds and direct access to computer memory at 10 and 20 Gbit/s respectively.

Posted in: Products, Cameras, Photonics

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Product of the Month: December 2014

COMSOL, Burlington, MA, announced COMSOL Multiphysics® software version 5.0 that features product updates, three new add-on products, and the new Application Builder. The Application Builder lets users build applications for use by engineering and manufacturing departments, expanding accessibility to the expertise and to simulation solutions. The Application Builder enables engineers to make available an easy-to-use application based on their COMSOL Multiphysics model. Included with the Windows® operating system version of COMSOL Multiphysics® 5.0, the Application Builder provides tools needed to build and run simulation apps. Any COMSOL Multiphysics model can be turned into an application with its own interface using the tools provided with the Application Builder desktop environment. Other features include the Form Editor, in which the user interface layout can be designed, and the Methods Editor for implementing customized commands. The new version also includes a Ray Optics Module, Design Module, and LiveLinkTM for Revit®.

Posted in: Software, Simulation Software, Products

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Robotic Arm

Global Specialties (Yorba Linda, CA) introduced the R700 Vector Robotic Arm that is fully assembled and ready to be programmed in the C language. The robot comes with pre-written example programs that can be downloaded to the ATMEGA64 microcontroller using the supplied USB interface and RobotLoader software. Custom programs can be written using the free open-source WinAVR software.

Posted in: Motion Control, Products

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Optical Encoders

Avago Technologies (San Jose, CA) announced the AEDR-87xx series of 3-channel reflective optical encoder devices for use in low-power miniaturized motion control systems such as stepper motors, electrical actuators, piezoelectric drives, and portable medical appliances. The devices feature encoding resolution up to 318 lines per inch (LPI), support for 3.3V and 5V supply voltage for low-power applications, and dual analog outputs interfacing directly with an external interpolator for high-precision motion control measurements. The encoders feature three channel outputs including one index digital output; a built-in interpolator for 4x, 8x, and 16x interpolation; built-in automatic LED current regulation; encoding resolution of 318 LPI (up to 1.25 um pitch); and operating temperature range from -20 to +85 °C.

Posted in: Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Products

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Motor Drive Controllers

ElectroCraft (Dover, NH) released the PRO Series integrated motor drive controllers that include brushless motor drives, stepper motor variants, and linear actuators, all incorporating a fully integrated drive with the PRO Series advanced control and sequencing functionality. Each includes closed-loop control, a fully programmable digital sequence engine, fully configurable analog and digital I/O, and deterministic real-time communications. These enable any motor drive to serve as either a standalone control solution or part of an integrated multi-axis system. The controllers are pre-configured, and menu-driven configuration tools allow users to set up systems quickly. They are available in a variety of configuration and encoder options.

Posted in: Motion Control, Motors & Drives, Products

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