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Hexapod

Aerotech’s (Pittsburgh, PA) HexGen™ hexapods represent a significant advance in six-degree-of-freedom positioning performance. The HEX500-350HL is driven by AC brushless, slotless servomotors and actuated with six high-accuracy struts that are built with precision preloaded bearings, ball screws, and drive components. The servomotors are directly coupled to the actuator ball-screw, enabling increased drive stiffness, higher positioning accuracy, and better minimum incremental motion (20 nm in XYZ and 0.2 μrad for θxθyθz) when compared to competitive designs that use belts or compliant couplings. The strut pivot-joints are engineered to provide low friction and high stiffness.

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High-Speed Cameras

The Phantom VEO® from Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) incorporates 12-bit, 35-mm CMOS sensors (color or mono) with a choice of lens mount. At maximum resolution, the one-megapixel (1280×800) Phantom VEO 710 and 410 records at speeds up to 7,400 frames-per-second (fps) and 4,000 fps respectively, while the four-megapixel (2560×1600) VEO 640 and 340 records at speeds of 1,400 fps and 800 fps respectively.

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Microscopy Camera

Basler USA (Exton, PA) has introduced an additional Basler PowerPack for Microscopy. The new PowerPack includes the Microscopy pulse 3.3 MP camera. With its 4:3 sensor format, the “pulse” 3.3 MP fits to the image circle of a microscope and reaches up to 20 frames per second. Additionally, an enhanced version of the Basler Microscopy Software offers image adjustment sliders on the top level of the user interface and shows the speed of the camera measured in frames per second.

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Multispectral Camera

PIXELTEQ (Largo, FL) has introduced the SpectroCam™ VIS-SWIR 640 multispectral imaging camera. The SpectroCam VIS-SWIR 640 features an InGaAs sensor for increased sensitivity, full frame 640 × 512 pixel resolution, and a 15 μm pixel pitch. The lightweight, portable camera produces live processed images of six spectral bands at a rate of 25 frames per second.

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Thermocouple Simulator

The P470 thermocouple simulator is the latest in Highland Technology’s (San Francisco, CA) line of USB and Ethernet-connected Bench-top modules. It features 8 isolated channels, each capable of simulating J, K, E, T, R, S, B, and N thermocouple types, or outputting voltage in a range of ±100 millivolts with 20-bits of resolution. It can also simulate an open thermocouple. Two precision external RTD signal conditioners plus one internal RTD are provided for reference junction temperature sensing.

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High-Speed Cameras

Photron, Inc. (San Diego, CA) has announced a new 32GB memory option for the FASTCAM Mini AX, FASTCAM Mini UX, and FASTCAM Mini WX High Speed Camera Systems. The new memory option is doubled at 32GB; other memory options still available are 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB.

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Non-Contact Vision Probe

RVP, Renishaw’s (Hoffman Estates, IL) new vision measurement probe for use with the REVO 5-axis measurement system on coordinate measuring machines (CMMs), increases the multi-sensor capability of REVO by adding non-contact inspection to the exisiting touch-trigger, high-speed tactile scanning, and surface finish measurement capability of the system.

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Discrete Amplification Geiger Mode Arrays

Amplification Technologies Corp. (“ATC”) (Bensalem, PA) announced the availability of a new family of Discrete Amplification Photon Detector (DAPD) Geiger mode avalanche photodiode arrays for 3D LIDAR and other applications. LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) range finding systems have been in use for many years for civil and defense applications, measuring distance using a pulse of a laser beam aimed toward an object and measuring the time of flight of the reflected beam.

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Packaging Inspection Technology

Rudolph Technologies, Inc. (Wilmington MA) recently unveiled its new patented Clearfind™ technology, which can detect organic defects that are difficult or impossible to see with conventional white-light imaging techniques. Organic contaminants are often the root cause of field failures, which occur after the material has been exposed to operating conditions for extended periods.

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Pulsed Laser Diode Driver

Analog Modules, Inc. (Longwood, FL) recently released its Ultra Low Ripple CW & Pulsed Laser Diode Driver, Model 785. The Model 785 laser diode driver is a high power, medium speed, analog current source driver that is ideal for compact industrial and medical direct illumination applications that require extremely low ripple and/or pulse shaping. Proprietary technology allows AMI to offer a 0-20A, 1.5- 14V driver with industry leading output current stability and small footprint. Output pulse widths of 10μs to CW are possible with modulation capability up to 600kHz.

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