Features

Optical Channel Monitor

AMS Technologies (Martinsried, Germany) has introduced the Optical Channel Monitor, which provides critical data on optical transmission signals present in DWDM networks with a scan time of less than 100msec. The Optical Channel Monitor includes a fixed fiber grating and a high resolution detector array, resulting in an accuracy better than 50 pm. The recorded data can be used to determine system functionality, identify performance drift or as feedback data for controlling telecommunication network elements. The OCM is designed to cover a wide range of spectral bandwidths and channel spacing applications (100, 50 and 25 GHz).

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Reflective Semiconductor Optical Amplifier

The new reflective semiconductor optical amplifier (RSOA) component from CIP (Ipswich, UK) provides high-speed transmission capability for wavelength division multiplexing passive optical networks (WDM-PON) by reflecting and modulating a “seed” light that is transmitted throughout the network. The component is capable of delivering more than 20 dB of optical gain and provides optical data transmission at gigabit Ethernet rates without the need for a local wavelength stabilized source or temperature control. The RSOA component is available in a TO-56 can package for easy integration into micro-optic assemblies. Data can be modulated at rates of up to 1.25 Gbits/sec from standard production devices. Polarization sensitive or polarization insensitive versions are offered.

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LED Indicator Light

DDP (El Segundo, CA) has designed a solid-state LED indicator light called the P81 that features a snap-in installation to a ½" panel opening. The P81 can be modified to include a shunt resistor and metal oxide varistor to protect against circuit noise and transient voltage spikes in critical monitoring and harsh environment applications. To enhance angular visibility, the P81 is offered with clear or colored Lexan lenses in stove pipe or flush mount configurations. The RoHS-compliant P81 LED indicator lights are available in six colors and in nine standard AC and DC voltages.

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High Definition Color Video Camera

Wilco Imaging, Inc. (San Diego, CA) offers the remote head IK-HD1, a 3-CCD prism block high definition color video camera from Toshiba. The camera is suitable for tasks that require low weight and reduced package size, such as broadcast, aviation, and inspection. Easy to integrate with multiple video outputs via HD-SDI, Y/Pb/Pr, and analog RGB, the high definition camera is also suitable for industrial inspection, machine vision, microscopy, and other scientific imaging applications. Accessories include a 4 mm or 15 mm lens, compatible camera cables in four lengths (3, 6, 10, 30 meters), and a 12VDC power supply.

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Design Software

Liekki (Lohja, Finland) introduces their Liekki Application Designer (LAD) v4.0. LAD provides a platform for simulating and optimizing fiber amplifiers, and amplifying spontaneous emission sources and fiber laser systems. LAD v4.0 includes wizards that allow for creating designs and running simulations through a step-by-step approach. The software also includes a multimode analysis of coiled fibers, optimization tool, and variable step size in transient analysis. Add-ons include a concentrated conversion table, splice loss estimations, and mode field and cutoff calculation.

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Using Motion Control to Guide Augmented Reality Manufacturing Systems

Assembly is a complicated, sometimes tedious process that often unfolds sequentially along a series of stations. In the manufacture of complex equipment such as jet engines and automobiles, technicians are guided through their work by referring to printed manuals, which document the various steps required. These processes usually demand the use of hand tools with little in the way of automation available either at the tool or verification level — in fact, all actions typically are performed manually. As a result, quality and performance times are dependent upon each technician’s technique and preferences, leaving room for individual differences and, at times, errors.

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Brake System Development Accelerated With 3D Modeling

Tractair Ltd., based in Brough, UK, designs, manufactures and installs air and hydraulic brake systems for special applications. The company works closely with the design engineers of major international tractor manufacturers and other OEMs to ensure that the braking systems are fully integrated. The company has been closely involved in the development of air brakes for agricultural and other off-road vehicles since 1985 and continues to adapt available technologies to meet the demands of increasing loads and speeds handled by agricultural and construction vehicles, both on and off the highway.

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