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Axis Compensation Unit

Schunk Inc., Morrisville, NC, has introduced two-axis compensation units. The AGE-F is self-centering using spring force and compensates for deviations of up to 5mm in the X and Y axis. Three spring rates are available for each of four sizes, which can be preloaded to specific sizes through an adjustment screw.

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Product of the Month: Short-Pulse Ultrafast Laser

Newport Corporation’s Spectra-Physics® Lasers Division (Mountain View, CA) introduces the Mai Tai SP, the first fully-automated, hands-free 60nm to responding to near transform-limited pulse widths from ® technology and proprietary EternAlignTM permanent optics mounting technology to ensure exceptional long-term environmental stability. The Mai Tai SP is highly stable and suitable for seeding the Spitfire®Pro ultrafast amplifier system, which can be used for pump-probe spectroscopy, THz generation, high harmonic generation and other time-resolved spectroscopy applications.

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VGA Cameras

Basler Vision Technologies (Ahrensburg, Germanay) has introduced four new scout 120gm VGA cameras based on Sony’s ICX618 sensor. The cameras feature a compact 29 mm × 44 mm × 73.7 mm housing and are equipped with a C- or CS-mount lens adapter. They are available in monochrome and color, and with a Gigabit Ethernet or IEEE 1394b interface. They offer an acquisition rate of 120 frames per second at full VGA resolution. The cameras are suitable for applications ranging from factory automation to semiconductor and electronics manufacturing.

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Gamma-Ray Spectrometer

ORTEC® (Oak Ridge, TN) offers the trans-SPEC DX-100 hand-held gamma-ray spectroscopic instruments that are suitable for a variety of in situ applications. The trans-SPEC DX-100 features a high-purity Germanium (HPGE) detector that eliminates the need for liquid nitrogen cooling, and has greater than 40% relative efficiency. The trans-SPEC DX-100 provides users with the ability to operate the instrument through wireless communications, and store data on a removable Secure Digital I/O card.

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Vision Software

Cognex (Natick, MA) has released VisionPro 5.2 hardware-independent vision software that features SearchMaxTM and Color ExtractorTM color tools. SearchMax uses color features to search for objects, and Color Extractor locates colored regions in complex scenes with very minimal training. Color Extractor is optimized for high speed applications such as those required in the food and packaging industries. Multicore support for image filtering tools as well as for PatMax® and PatInspectTM is included.

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Machine Vision Software

DALSA Corporation (Ontario, Canada) has advanced the color capability of its Sapera Essential software for machine vision applications. The cost-effective machine vision software toolkit bundles board-level acquisition and control with advanced image processing capability. Hardware independent, Sapera Essential offers users a single API and a comprehensive feature set, including acquisition control, image processing primitive, Blob analysis, area- and shaped-based pattern matching, color, barcode (linear/1D and matrix/2D codes), OCR, and lens correction tools.

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Photodarkening-Resistant Fibers

nLIGHT (Vancouver, WA) has released highly doped, photodarkening-resistant ytterbium fibers with up to 60% higher absorption at 920nm and pump conversion efficiencies routinely over 75%. The LIEKKITM Yb2000 fibers are available in core/clad geometries ranging from 7/125 μm to 30/250 μm in non-polarization and polarization maintaining versions. The large mode area (LMA), low numerical aperture (NA) fibers exhibit a five-fold decrease in loss under accelerated stress testing conditions.

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UV LEDs

OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) introduces OUE8A ultraviolet LEDs in the UV-A spectrum. OUE8A UV LEDs are offered in a variety of wavelengths and are housed in hermetic TO-46 metal can packages. The UV LEDs are suitable for medical and industrial applications including phototherapy treatment; dental applications; fluorescence and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy; photo-catalyst curing of inks; coatings and adhesives; and paper currency and document validation.

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Ambient Light Sensor ICs

ROHM Semiconductor (San Diego, CA) releases analog and digital Ambient Light Sensor (ALS) ICs for the control of LED backlighting for LCD-equipped devices. Featuring ROHM’s proprietary trimming process and use of multiple photodiodes with different junction depths, the ALS ICs provide an accurate output with little variation between various light sources. They offer uniform visibility for LCDs over a range of ambient light levels and sources, from incandescent or fluorescent light to full sunlight.

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Digital Wavefront Analyzing System

DataRay (Boulder Creek, CA) introduces PhaseProTM, a Digital Wavefront Analyzing system that measures intensity and wavefront phase with high resolution in real-time in one shot. PhasePro employs patented data reduction techniques and custom optics to process simultaneous beam images from two planes in z. The system incorporates a compact, port-powered USB 2.0, 2/3" CCD camera. PhasePro operates under Windows XP or Vista (32) and offers Active X & LabVIEWTM interfacing.

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