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Linear Motors and Actuators Meets Automation Needs

Linear motors and actuators are now cost-competitive with ball screws and belt drives and offer distinctly superior agility and bandwidth for advanced positioning applications. New micromotors and actuators are helping to automate tasks not previously feasible. Direct linear drives are increasingly replacing servo-controlled pneumatic cylinders, contributing reliability and controllability, free from the cost, noise, and upkeep of air compressors.

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Motion Control Components Lend Hand to Biomedical Applications

The worlds of biomedical and motion control are joining at the hip, with motors, controllers, actuators, and other motion control components becoming key elements in advanced biomedical applications ranging from fluid dispensers to imaging tables to surgical simulation systems.

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Thermographic Imaging Selecting an IR Camera with the Right Detector

The thermographic imaging characteristics of an IR camera are largely determined by its detector assembly. Infrared radiation (IR) is focused onto the camera’s detector assembly, which is a focal plane array (FPA) that converts IR into a visual image depicting temperature variations across the camera’s field of view (FOV). The FPA consists of thousands of pixels, which could be fabricated from any one of the IR sensitive materials commonly used in these cameras. Most detector materials respond to a selected portion of the IR spectrum (Figure 1). Therefore, a camera selected for any given application should have the appropriate FPA material based on the IR characteristics of objects within the FOV and the user’s study objectives.

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Dr. Steve Hipskind, Chief, NASA’s Earth Science Division

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA Dr. Steve Hipskind is an expert on climate change and the effects of global warming with over 20 years of experience in atmospheric research. He currently heads up NASA’s Earth Science Division.

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Rugged, Flight-Ready Data Storage Selected for NASA Aircraft Project

ToughDisk® 3500 SATA Rugged Hard Disk Formation, Inc. Moorestown, NJ 856-234-5020 www.formation.com Formation’s ToughDisk® 3500 SATA Rugged Hard Disk has been selected by Conduant Corp. to be used in data recorders for a NASA technology demonstration project. Conduant is integrating 25 terabytes of TD3500 SATA storage into its Big River LTX2 high-speed data recorders, which will collect data on NASA’s WB-57 aircraft, a mid-wing, long-range airplane capable of operating for extended periods of time at altitudes ranging from sea level to over 60,000 feet.

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Software Improves Access to Data at NASA Wind Tunnel Facility

Adept document management software Synergis Software Quakertown, PA 800-836-5440 www.synergis-adept.com NASA Ames Research Center’s Unitary Plan Wind Tunnels (UPWT) in Mountain View, CA, is a leader in aeronautics and aerospace wind tunnel testing for NASA, industry, the Department of Defense, and other government agencies. The Unitary Plan Wind Tunnels has deployed Synergis Software’s Adept document management software to improve efficiency and management of their design and engineering documents.

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Universal Joint Carries Power in Surgical Device

Belden Inc., a manufacturer of universal joints, has developed a miniaturized universal joint for a surgical tool developed by Tuebingen Scientific Medical GmbH for minimally invasive surgical applications. The surgical manual manipulator system required a joint to transmit the power from the handle to the connecting shaft.

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