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Image-Based Code Reader

SICK (Minneapolis, MN) recently announced the launch of the high-resolution LECTOR®650 image-based code reader for high-performance 1D and 2D code reading. A large field of view and an optional dynamic focus feature enable the LECTOR650 to easily identify different code positions, object heights, and transport speeds.

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Optical Fiber Cleaver

NYFORS (Stockholm, Sweden) has introduced a new high-precision optical fiber cleaver that accommodates fiber diameters from 80 μm up to more than 400 μm. The new AutoCleaver LDF-M‘ is specifically designed to provide fast and reliable high-quality cleaving capability for the mid-span to large diameter fibers commonly used in fiber laser manufacturing and other specialty fiber applications. Based on the well-known AutoCleaver‘ platform, this is a fully automated optical fiber cleaver for production and laboratory settings with a cycle time of less than 15 seconds. Flat and smooth fiber end faces, free of surface defects such as hackles, mist, and chips, are produced with high consistency thanks to the stable mechanical design and proven tension-and-scribe cleaving process.

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Miniaturized Sensor

greenTEG AG (Zurich, Switzerland) has added a new small thermal sensor for radiation measurements to its product portfolio. At just 4.4 x 4.4 x 0.5 mm, the Gskin-XB 45 9R for radiation measurements is among the smallest sensors of its kind. Its features include: signal linearity with power below 0.5% across a broad power range (10 uW – 1 W); homogeneous signal across the sensor area (independent of beam position and angle); spectral range from DUV to MIR; and scalable pricing model for large volume applications.

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Emerging Trends in ENGINEERING SIMULATION

The increasingly global, fast-paced, and connected nature of the marketplace is placing new demands on product development teams. As it evolves to meet emerging user needs, engineering simulation remains an essential tool for launching new designs quickly and cost-effectively — while also ensuring that they will thrive in the real world.

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Scott Jensen, Aerospace Technologist (AST) Electronics Engineer, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi

Scott Jensen and his team developed the Valve Health Monitoring System (VHMS), a technology designed for detecting deterioration in the mechanical integrity of high-geared ball valves and linearly actuated valves. Beyond valve monitoring, the technology has also been effective at performing real-time verification for structural integrity of hydrogen barge dock facilities.

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20W High Density DC-DC Converters

Artesyn Embedded Technologies (Tempe, AZ), formerly Emerson Network Power's Embedded Computing & Power business, has announced the new AXA series of compact 20W high power density DC-DC converters. Artesyn AXA series modules cover an ultra-wide 4:1 input voltage range of 9 to 36 VDC and 18 to 75 VDC. The first models available offer single output models with voltages of 3.3, 5, 12, 15 and 24V along with dual output models offering +/- 12 or 15V, all with tight output voltage regulation. Enclosed in a 1.0 x 1.0 x 0.4 inch (25.4 x 25.4 x 10.16 mm) package, the Artesyn AXA series offers up to 89 percent efficiency. http://www.artesyn.com/power/power-supplies/cat/78/1-x-1-inch-low-power-isolated-dc-dc-converters

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Fanless Transportation Computers

Kontron (Poway, CA) has launched TRACe™, its new family of operational computers designed specifically for the transportation market. The first platform is the TRACe™ B304-TR, which is an EN50155-certified fanless transportation computer designed to make customization easy to meet application-specific requirements. The TRACe™ family benefits from the inherent flexibility advantages of Kontron's COM Express® Computer-on-Module (COM) that features the Intel® Atom™ E3845 processor with up to quad core 1.91 GHz performance. The second member of the family is the Kontron TRACe™ V304- TR, which is an EN50155-certified and tested fanless Network Video Recorder (NVR) that can record and transmit H.264 video streams making it ideally suited for rolling stock IP video surveillance. http://www.kontron.com/industries/transportation/products/trace---intelligent-transportation-computer

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