Manufacturing & Prototyping

Products of Tomorrow: November 2015

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just some of the examples of NASA-developed technology used in products today.

Posted in: Products, Aerospace, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Imaging and visualization, Medical, health, and wellness, Data management, Hazards and emergency management, Hazards and emergency operations, Data acquisition

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2015 Create the Future Design Contest: Consumer Products Category Winner

Modular Jet Ski: No Trailer, Affordable, High-Performance Anders Stubkjaer BomBoard LLC Whitewater, WI“Winning the Consumer Products category proves that true design innovation is not only good looks and high performance, but also designing for reduced weight, low manufacturing costs, and for a disruptive sales and service model that, in total, deliver an exceptional customer experience. This win helps provide the necessary external validation that our business seeks, and we will be sure to wear it proudly as we move to the next phase of our voyage.”Millions of water enthusiasts have no practical and affordable way to enjoy a high-performance watercraft close to home. Jet skis typically cost over $10,000 and weigh over 800 pounds. Without a lake home or slip, jet skis, jet boards, and boats require trailers that are difficult to store and haul. The BomBoard is the world’s only high-performance jet board/jet ski transportable in the back of a car. The price of $3,995 makes it affordable to millions of action sports enthusiasts.

Posted in: Articles, Aerospace, Consumer Product Manufacturing, Design processes, Optics, Ultracapacitors and supercapacitors, Wireless communication systems, Product development, Marine vehicles and equipment

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Product of the Month: November 2015

Honeywell, Minneapolis, MN, announced the Amplified Basic Pressure (ABP) sensors for small and low-power devices. The ABP sensors feature wet-media compatibility, as well as sleep mode and temperature output options, making them suitable for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Measuring 8 x 7 millimeters, the sensors’ size enables engineers to save board space. The sensors feature a ±1.5 percent total error band (TEB), and can read pressure ranges from 60 mbar to 10 bar, 6 kPa to 1 MPa, and 1 psi to 150 psi. The sensors minimize the need for additional components, and are available in both analog and digital output I2C or SPI. Moisture sensitivity level of one allows unlimited shelf life when stored at <30 ºC/85% RH. Under most storage conditions, this allows the sensor to be soldered onto the PC board without concerns about solder joint quality due to aging of the sensor terminals. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55595-120

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Green Pulsed Lasers

The new Revolution series of q-switched, green, pulsed lasers from Coherent, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) provides average power up to 80W at a wavelength of 527 nm, with a beam profile featuring an extremely smooth energy distribution. They also deliver pulse rate flexibility; the repetition rate can be smoothly adjusted from single shot to 10 kHz, with an additional option that extends pulse repetition rates up to 40 kHz.

Posted in: Products, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Sensors

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Ice Sensors

New Avionics Corp (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) has announced its Ice*Meister™ Model 9732-PLASTIC Ice Detecting Sensor for Aircraft. The unit consists of a probe, housing, circuit board, and lightweight blue cable. The product, tested at NASA Glenn Research Center, complies with in-flight ice-detection standard SAE AS 5498.

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Automotive Sensors

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has introduced two central airbag crash sensors. The AIS1120SX and AIS2120SX single- and dual-axis 120g in-plane MEMS accelerometers are designed to be mounted in the vehicle’s Airbag Control Unit (ACU) responsible for evaluating the sensor data and triggering the appropriate restraint system. Each sensor includes two independent sensing channels for redundancy and incorporates both slow and fast offset cancellation as well as precise temperature compensation. Both sensors have standard 400Hz signal bandwidth, which the user can extend to 1600Hz. The AIS1120SX and AIS2120SX sensors are specified over the extended temperature range from -40°C to +105°C. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55595-141

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Vehicle Attitude Sensors

Prova Systems (Carbondale, PA) has announced its Vehicle Inertia Monitor (VIM). The VIM is a dual-mode advanced J1939 CAN-bus vibration analyzer and vehicle attitude sensor for heavy duty vehicle prognostics and performance monitoring. The VIM vibration mode helps maintenance engineers plot equipment performance over time to characterize normal operating metrics. The device captures and highlights subtle changes in vibration through use of high-resolution sub-Hz analysis via multi-rate signal processing, providing indicators pointing towards degradation in equipment performance. The VIM attitude mode incorporates advanced signal processing techniques to estimate vehicle orientation using dynamic modeling and detected vehicle motion from the SAE J1939 CAN-Bus communication link. For Free Info Visit http://info.hotims.com/55595-142

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