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Piezo Drive

The Ensemble QDe™ desktop nanopositioning piezo drive from Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) was designed for seamless use with the Ensemble family of drives and controllers. The QDe connects to any Ensemble controller network, enabling coordinated motion between piezo stages and servo axes. The drive is suitable for single- or multi-axis applications such as point-to-point motion, linear and circular interpolation, multi-axis error correction, and autofocusing. High-speed interrupts and data logging capabilities provide a real-time link to external systems.

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Products of Tomorrow: October 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

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Product of the Month: October 2015

National Instruments, Austin, TX, has released the PXI-based Wireless Test System (WTS) that combines a PXI vector signal transceiver (VST) and multicore processing technologies to offer a single platform for multi-standard, multi-DUT, and multi-port testing. When used with test sequencing software, such as the TestStand Wireless Test Module, manufacturers can test multiple devices in parallel. Fullduplex RF ports and wideband RF instrumentation support current and future wireless standards such as LTE-A to 802.11ac and Bluetooth LE. The SCPI interface allows remote automation over Ethernet and smooth integration into existing manufacturing lines. Other features include up to 200-MHz instantaneous bandwidth, 65-MHz to 6-GHz frequency range, and SCPI interface via Ethernet.

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Wireless Occupancy Sensors

Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) has unveiled its new wireless occupancy sensor, a battery-powered plug-and-play sensor designed to integrate seamlessly with any Dialight smart lighting system. Using Pyroelectric InfraRed (PIR) technology, each sensor can instantly switch a single light or a group of lights from off to on or from a dimmed state to on when motion is detected for full visibility and brightness only when needed. Each low-profile sensor is just under 2 ½ inches in height and 5 inches in diameter, weighs only 10 oz. and has an operating range of -40°F to +149°F.

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Networked Lighting Controls

Hubbell Building Automation (Austin, TX) NXTM networked lighting controls now have added daylighting capability. The NXDS daylight sensor auto-configures with the NX Room Controller. The NXDS daylight sensor is designed for open loop operation, measuring natural light coming in through a window. It communicates with the recently-launched NXRC series Room Controller, which directs switching or dimming of the lighting. The NX system advantage includes controlling multiple zones of lighting within a space. The devices connect via standard CAT5 cables. Both indoor and outdoor versions of the NXDS sensor are available.

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LED Driver

Innovations in Optics, Inc. (Woburn, MA) has introduced the Model 5000A-100 LED Driver/Controller for powering its patented and patent-pending High Power LED Light Engines. The 5000A-100 LED Driver provides constant current in continuous, pulsed or pulsed width modulation (PWM) modes. An embedded system adds network control with 10/100Mbps Ethernet connectivity. The Model 5000A- 100 is intended for OEM applications. Drive current in continuous mode is selectable from 7.5 to 75A at 0.6 to 5.5VDC output. The output current setting is adjustable either locally or remotely from 100% down to 10% using analog adjustment and as low as 1% with PWM.

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Intelligent Lighting System

The BrainLight series by EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) is an intelligent lighting system that allows the user to control both color and brightness, as well as create and save individual lighting patterns. At present the BrainLight series consists of a back light (BrainLight QC) and a ring light (BrainLight R). The back light has separately controllable rows of red, green, blue and white LEDs. There is a diffuser glass in front so the light spreads evenly over the object. All in all there are 48 LEDs, arranged in a grid. The size is 30 x 40 mm, but extra rows of LEDs can be added. The ring light has a RS232 or TTL UART interface and a +5V or 12-24V input voltage. The LEDs are separated into 8 segments each with 3 LEDs.

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