Manufacturing & Prototyping

Servo Motor Brakes

Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) offers Eclipse Servo Motor Brakes that consume no energy when the brake is disengaged. It is springengaged/ air-released (no electric coil) to keep the brake cool until it is needed. The brakes mount to the shaft end of servomotors up to 20 horsepower, including NEMA 23, 34, and 42 frame sizes. The brake’s square-shaped housing allows flexibility to make the mounting features match the motor dimensions. The brake’s output end duplicates the motor mounting features. The input end bore accepts the motor shaft and is fixed inside the brake with a split-hub/shaft collar arrangement.

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AC Drive

Vacon (Milwaukee, WI) introduced the NXC drive, an enclosed, variable-speed AC drive for high-power applications. It is available in NEMA 1 and NEMA 12 variations for applications in pumps and fans, extruders, main propulsion and bow thrusters, conveyers and crushers, feeders and mixes, winches, compressors, test benches, static power supply, and industrial elevators. It is available with a standard diode front end, or with an active front end when there are requirements for low harmonic, and/or the capability of regenerating 100% of its power back to the incoming line.

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Rotary Assembly Unit

The SCHUNK SRU-mini- Speed rotary unit from SCHUNK (Morrisville, NC) is available in two model sizes and provides swivel times from 0.27s. If lightweight parts are handled with the unit, more than 4,000 cycles per hour can be achieved. Model size 10 achieves swivel times of 0.27s, and up to 3,600 cycles per hour is possible. As an alternative to higher speeds and number of cycles, higher load capacities can be implemented with an unchanged installation space. As part of a patented damping design, elastomer has been combined with an oil-damped shock absorber.

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Area-Scan Camera

The Basler beat area-scan camera from Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany/ Exton, PA) features 12 MP of resolution, progressive scan, and global shutter technology. Using the Camera Link interface, the cameras process 62 frames per second. Possible applications include measurement and identification; semiconductor and electronics manufacturing; license plate identification; and fluorescence microscopy. Basler’s free pylon Camera Software Suite, based on the GenICam standard, works with the Basler beat series. The software suite provides access to all functions and optimal operation of the camera.

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Area-Scan Camera

The SAPPHIRE S-25A70/CXP area-scan camera from Adimec (Eindhoven, the Netherlands/Stoneham, MA) is equipped with the CoaXPress V1.1 Quad interface (4 x CXP-6). CoaXPress CXP-6 Quad offers a peak transfer rate of 2 Gigapixels/s. Data transmission between the camera and frame grabber occurs at up to 25 Gbits/s (4 x 6.25 Gbits/s). The S-25A70/CXP camera utilizes the ON Semiconductor Vita25k global shutter image sensor. Additionally, the 25-Megapixel CMOS global shutter device delivers images of 5120 x 5120 pixels at a maximum of 73 full frames per second (fps). A defect pixel correction algorithm maintains image uniformity. At maximum speed, cable lengths over 30 meters are supported without the need for signal repeaters.

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CMOS Camera

The Imaging Source (Bremen, Germany/Charlotte, NC) has announced industrial cameras with the Sony Full HD WDR Sensor IMX236. The cameras are available as GigE (PoE) and USB 3 versions in monochrome and color. Other features include integrated WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) and a resolution from VGA to Full HD. The maximum frames-per-second at Full HD is 60 fps; 145 fps is possible at VGA resolution. All cameras are shipped with drivers for LabView, HALCON, MERLIC, VisionPro, DirectX, Twain, and NeuroCheck. End-user applications; an SDK consisting of .NET and ActiveX components; and a C++ class library are included. The cameras also ship with IC Capture, end-user software to set all camera parameters.

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High-Speed Camera

Photron (San Diego, CA) has released the FASTCAM Mini WX 50 camera. The device provides up to 750 frames per second at full four-megapixel resolution; 1080 HD performance is achieved at 1,500 frames per second. The 120 x 120 x 99-mm Mini WX 50 weighs 3.5 lbs and features 12-bit ADC. Memory options range from 4 GB to 8 GB, and up to 16 GB with Gigabit Ethernet interface capability. Light sensitivity is measured to the ISO Ssat 12232 standard: ISO 6,400 monochrome and ISO 2,000 color. The high-speed cameras also feature Fmount and C-mount lens mounts.

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