Features

Tunable Laser

Santec (Komaki, Japan) has released the TSL-510 tunable laser. Designed with many of the same features as the TSL-210V external cavity tunable laser, the TSL-510 offers a new front-panel interface and a number of improved features. The TSL-510 is a bench-top type that offers a 120-nm mode-hop-free tuning range selectable within the 1260-nm to 1680-nm wavelength region. Average optical output power is 10 mW. The laser has a 100-nm/s rapid wavelength sweep function that is particularly suitable for fiber optic component testing and material characterization. The instrument has USB and GPIB interfaces and comes with a standard LabVIEW driver. The TSL-510 is designed to meet the needs of a variety of applications, including telecom, gas sensing, spectroscopy, and material characterization.

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Software and Hardware Automate Cylindrical Coordinate Measurement Machine Control System

The Mechanical Engineering School at the Georgia Institute of Technology needed to reduce the set-up time involved in centering a bearing ring on a rotating spindle in a cylindrical coordinate measurement machine.

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Analysis Software Used to Test Solar Car Steering and Stability

The Toronto, Canada-based Power of One solar car was built to set world distance records and promote the use of sustainable energy, unlike most solar cars that are built for racing. Most solar cars are designed only for controlled conditions on a track, but the Power of One project’s focus is practical solar technology that manufacturers can adapt into future mass-produced vehicles.

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Lead Screws Play Role in Case Packer Retrofit

In the industrial automation market, an increase in speed results in an increase in production rates. Increased production rates, in turn, lead to increased profit.

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Automation System

Robohand (Monroe, CT) has announced the Smart Linear Actuator (SLA) modular automation system featuring DIRECTCONNECT™ technology enabling integration of Robohand pneumatic slides, grippers, and rotaries. The SLA includes integrated servo/pneumatic motion control, an online Web configurator, networking capabilities, and weld field immune electronics. The SLA servo slide is available in models SLA-90, SLA-120, and SLA-150, with stroke lengths ranging from 100 mm to 1,400 mm, and maximum stroke speeds from 1 mm/s to 1,100 mm/s.

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Ball Bearings

SKF USA (Kulpsville, PA) offers self-aligning ball bearings that allow for angular misalignment of the shaft relative to the housing without affecting operation. The ball bearings gain their self-aligning capability from a design incorporating two rows of balls with a common sphere raceway in the outer ring. They are available with cylindrical or tapered bores, in bore diameters ranging from 5 mm to 130 mm.

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Frameless Motors

Applimotion (Loomis, CA) has released ULT direct drive frameless motors in sizes up to 355-mm diameter, with 200-mm through holes, covering , and lasers.

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