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Creating an Automated Brake Inspection System with Machine Vision

A Tier 1 automotive supplier of brake drum assemblies with customers here and abroad has tried a number of different vision systems for brake drum assembly inspection, but have had very limited success. The main problem with the previous systems was their dependence on using pattern matching, which proved inadequate in handling the wide variations and complexities in the assemblies.

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Vision Sensors Simplify Automobile Seat Component Inspection

As a leading global component supplier to the automotive industry, the Keiper GmbH & Co. Group in Germany develops and manufactures metal seat components and structures for automotive industry suppliers and manufacturers. Quality control using vision technology on the production line has brought flexible production lines, investment return in under a year, and increased efficiency.

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NASA Goddard Enters the World of Online Gaming

Researchers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, are on the verge of heading into a new virtual world for the good of education. The initiative is the result of an anticipated new Space Act Agreement (SAA) administered by Goddard’s Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP) Office. The Massively Multi-Player Online (MMO) Learning Game platform is a NASA-wide initiative managed at Goddard and administered by the Learning Technologies Project Office (LTPO). The project is designed to increase interest in, and pursuit of, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) for middle school through higher education students.

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This Month in NASA History

This year, as NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we’ll be highlighting technology innovations and important moments in NASA history, leading to our special 50th Anniversary Issue in October. This Month in NASA History: On June 18, 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Learn more about these events at .

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PX Series Photoelectric Sensors

The KEYENCE PX Series rugged photoelectric sensors from Keyence Corp. of America, Woodcliff Lake, NJ, feature an IP-69K environmental rating for highpressure (1,400 psi) applications at temperatures to 176°F. They feature stainless steel casings, sensor heads backfilled with epoxy under vacuum conditions, and scratch-resistant lenses. A dual-output feature enables users to see when the sensor activates and when the low-light alarm turns on. A Dynamic Stability Control function continuously and automatically adjusts the set point according to the environmental conditions. Seven water- and oil-resistant sensor heads are available. Ultra-high-intensity LEDs provide power by combining infrared or four-element red LEDs with optical- quality glass lenses. Stainless steel guarded units are available to protect the sensor heads. A Zero-Shift function enables users to adjust the displayed value. For Free Info

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EPIC Single Board Computer

Diamond Systems (Mountain View, CA) has announced Neptune, an ultra-high-integration EPIC form factor single board computer that combines state-of-the-art CPU and I/O technology with Diamond Systems’ high accuracy data acquisition circuitry on a single board. Neptune offers up to 2GB of DDR/DDR2 DRAM via SODIMM and provides a PC/104-Plus interface for expansion, supporting both PCI and ISA. Software support is provided for Windows XP, Linux, Windows CE, and Diamond Systems’ Universal Driver programming software for the data acquisition circuitry.

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Quad- and Dual-Core Processors

Intel Corporation (Santa Clara, CA) has released new processors with extended seven-year lifecycle support, a new chipset, and a carrier-grade server. The processors are based on Intel’s high-k, metal gate transistor formula and manufactured on the company’s 45-nanometer process. The processors include the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 5400 Series and the Dual-Core Intel "Xeon" processor 5200 series.

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