Features

LED Illuminator

The LV-1000 LED-based microscope light source from Micro-Lite® (Three Rivers, MA) incorporates LEDs as the light source. The illuminator features 360-degree, shadow-free uniform illumination; low voltage; and reduced glare. Brightness can be user-controlled to suit specific viewing requirements. The white light source will fit most microscopes and Stereo-zoom-based production microscopes.

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Multiplexer

LightSmyth Technologies (Eugene, OR) offers an integrated, single-mode-compatible, coarse WDM (CWDM) multiplexer based on the company’s nanophotonic filtering technology. The unit is passively athermal and polarization insensitive to 0.2 dB. It is based on the silica-on-silicon planar waveguide format, and requires chips of only 1 square centimeter. It uses the Deep UV photolithographic patterning tools used in electronics. The multiplexer’s diffractive nanophotonic filtering engine combines the integration capabilities of gratings with the functionality of thin-film filters.

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The Air Bearing Advantage in High-Precision Positioning

All moving objects possess six degrees of freedom — three linear and three rotary. The task of a linear motion guideway is to eliminate, as closely as possible, five of these degrees of freedom, leaving a single rotary or linear axis of motion. Air bearings are the purest and highest-performance means of defining linear or rotary motion, and have substantial advantages over conventional mechanical guideways. These advantages become more pronounced as the desired resolution increases, and many aspects of high-precision positioning are uniquely enhanced when air bearing guideways are chosen.

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Motion Control Research Center Develops Speed Control System for SRM Drives

The Center for Rapid Transit Systems at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) is an internationally recognized drive systems and motion control research group with expertise in the design, simulation, and control of switched reluctance motor (SRM) drives and power converter topologies.

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“Pinball Wizards” Bank on Motion/Stress Analysis Software to Redesign Game

Stern Pinball of Melrose Park, IL, is the only manufacturer of coin-operated pinball machines in the world. Today, Stern’s pinball games are designed using sophisticated computer simulation software.

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DC/DC Converter

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) has announced the DCP010507DB, a 1-W isolated, unregulated DC/DC converter, supporting an operating temperature range of -40 °C to 100 °C. The module provides thermal shutdown and short-circuit protection, and device-to-device synchronization control for applications with multiple converters.

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Non-Contact Transducer

Balluff (Florence, KY) offers the Micropulse™ BIW transducer that uses a patented, pulsed-inductive technology. It features a wear-free, non-contact design that can be used where linear pots are used, such as plastic injection molding machines, blow molding machines, stamping presses, and hydraulic motion bases. The transducer is available with an analog 0 to 10V or -10 to +10V output. It has a >20 kHz update rate, non-linearity of ±0.02%, and resolution to 5 microns. It is available in stroke lengths from 75 to 750 mm.

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