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Brushless DC Motor

Maxon Motor (Fall River, MA) is launching a range of flat brushless DC motors with integrated electronics. The EC 20 flat, EC 32 flat and EC 45 flat motors with integrated electronics reduce the user’s need for control input to the absolute minimum.

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Infrared camera

FLIR Systems Inc. (Boston, MA) has introduced the ThermoVision A320G infrared camera for machine vision applications. The A320G is reportedly the only infrared camera designed to be compatible with GigE Vision and supports the GenICam protocol for easy integration with digital cameras.

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Motion Control Software

ACS Motion Control (Plymouth, MN) has enhanced its motion control software to support the IEC61131-3 programming language. Designated Application Development Kit (ADK) 6.0, the PLC Open compliant control software allows users to program using any of the five languages in addition to ACSPL+.

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Encoder

The HC20 encoder from Dynapar (Gurnee, IL), for brushless servo and step motor applications, is capable of up to 2,500 pulses per revolution, and is available with commutation tracks for 4, 6, or 8-pole variants of brushless motors. The encoder has direct-read non-interpolated technology that stems from a custom phased array ASIC.

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Multi-Rib Belt

The PolyVee belt driven roller and RollerDrive from Interroll (Wilmington, NC) provides reliable torque transmission up to 300 percent higher than traditional O-rings. Unlike other multi-rib belts, the PolyVee belt features a flexible core that allows it to be applied without any tensioning device. In addition, the PolyVee belt accepts center-to-center distance tolerances, without impairing performance, and quickly and accurately controls the starting and stopping of boxes on a conveyor.

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Three Strategies for Building Efficient Test Systems

Test engineers are facing new pressures to develop high-performance test systems that maximize efficiency. Despite rapidly increasing device complexity, they have to deliver higher-speed and lower-cost test systems, as well as contribute to corporate sustainability programs. This pressure is exemplified by the addition of corporate responsibility and sustainability programs presented on almost every corporate Web site. These corporate sustainability programs often have goals of reducing energy consumption, carbon footprints, and emissions.

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Getting Real-Time Performance From A Full-Featured OS

Spend a few minutes at your local electronics store and it’s obvious — the mobile phone is a device that far surpasses its original intent. With respect to functionality, today’s mobile phone goes well beyond the ability to make calls and store phone numbers. It also synchs up with your desktop’s calendar and address book, it can take pictures, play and store music, and receive emails.

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