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Ultracapacitor Provides Enhanced Backup Power

Roughly the size of a postage stamp, the PC-10 ultracapacitor from Maxwell Technologies Inc. (San Diego, CA) has a proprietary electrode for enhancing the reliability of backup power in enterprise storage and powering smart utility meters, among other applications.

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PV Measurement System

Newport Corporation’s Oriel Instruments division (Irvine, CA) has introduced the Oriel IQE-200TM, an instrument that permits simultaneous measurements of the external quantum efficiency (EQE) and the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of solar cells, detectors, or any photon-to-charge converting devices.

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Getting Green and Staying Green

Avoiding the High Hidden Costs of Noncompliance

EU RoHS, China RoHS, Korea RoHS, California RoHS, ELV, REACH – the list of environmental regulations for reducing hazardous substances in products keeps growing. What, exactly, are the costs if your products fail to comply? Missed customer requirements, blocked shipments, costly redesigns, and scrapped parts are just the tip of the iceberg. No doubt, the stakes are high, with potentially millions of dollars in lost revenue and related costs.

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Graphical System Design Software

National Instruments, Austin, TX, has introduced LabVIEW 2009 graphical system design software for control, test, and embedded system development.

New virtualization technology for multicore systems offers compiler improvements that enhance field-programmable gate array (FPGA) design. The software enables deployment of code to wireless sensor networks for building industrial measurement and monitoring systems. It also features new solutions for testing multiple wireless standards such as WLAN, GPS, and WiMAX systems on a single hardware platform. The Real-Time Hypervisor software combines the LabVIEW Real-Time module with operating system capabilities to enable users to run Windows XP and LabVIEW Real-Time side-by-side on the same controller. Built-in math libraries contain more than 1,000 functions ranging from point-by-point signal processing to configuration-based implementations.

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Machine Controller

Yaskawa Electric, Waukegan, IL, has enhanced its IEC/MP2000iec machine controller with new hardware and software. New is MotionWorks IEC Pro, an integrated development environment based on the IEC611212-3 international programming standard. The development environment enables users to program in Sequential Function Chart language, configure projects with up to 16 tasks, and support all MP2000iec controller models.

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Level Switch

The Model 1100 in-line flow level switch from Thomas Products, Southington, CT, monitors insufficient or excessive liquid flow rates. It is factory preset for flow rates of 0.4 to 100 gpm. Other models are available with a vane to adjust the set point in the field. Standard process connections range from ¾ to 3in. NPT. Standard materials include brass, bronze, type 316 stainless steel, and Monel. The switch withstands pressures of up to 1,200 psi at 100°F and is qualified to MIL-S-16032.

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Rotary Position Sensor

The RS 1500-200 rotary position sensor from Macro Sensors, Pennsauken, NJ, measures the angular displacement of rotating elements such as quarter-turn ball and butterfly valves, air flow dampers, and diverter gates used in packaging and postal sorting machine. It is available with a 24Vdc input and 0 to 10Vdc output (RSE 1500-120), or with a two-wire, 4 to 20mA loop-powered transmitter I/0 (RSI 1500-120).

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Motion Control Card

The MC302-K Motion Coor dinator motion card from Trio Motion Technology Ltd., Gloucestershire, UK, is designed to plug into the Kollmorgen S300 and S700 drive platform to provide a cost-effective, fully programmable single-axis control system. The digital interface gives the controller access to all drive parameters.

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Air Bearing Actuator

The Airpel-AB air bearing actuator from Airpot, Norwalk, CT, has a specially shaped stainless steel piston that is precisely fitted to a borosilicate glass cylinder. Introducing pressurized air into the air bearing’s cylinder produces a true bearing airflow effect around the piston. The air cushion prevents the piston from contacting the outside wall. The resultant cylinder delivers long piston life and requires no lubrication.

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Linear Motor Stages

The ANT95-XY and ANT95-XY-H dual-axis linear motor stages from Aerotech, Pittsburgh, PA, allow travel in X and Y dimensions. They allow critical elements such as orthogonality, straightness, and flatness to be optimized. The technology has no hysteresis or backlash, enabling 5nm resolution, 50nm repeatability, and 250m accuracy in both X and Y dimensions. Both the 25 × 25mm or 50 × 50mm travel options come with a 60mm profile height.

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