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Stepper Motor

Portescap, West Chester, PA, has introduced hollow-shafted versions to its revolutionary family of h3 stepper motors. Hollow shaft models promise increased design flexibility by allowing wires or other media to be routed through the motor shaft, effectively reducing the space required of the motor solution. H3 hollow shaft step motors are available in NEMA 17, 23 and 34 frame sizes, with hollow shaft diameters of 4, 7, and 11mm in diameter, respectively.

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Direct Drive Motors

The ULT-O Outside Rotating frameless motor kits latest from Applimotion, Loomis, CA, give the customer flexibility of a large through hole and low profile. The rotor is external to the stator, enabling the customer to integrate the rotor ring into an outside rotating hub.

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Linear Displacement Sensor

The KD-2306 non-contact linear displacement sensor from Kaman, Middletown, CT uses balanced bridge eddy current technology to sense both ferrous and non-ferrous metal targets. The RoHS-compliant, CE-marked sensing system includes the electronics, sensor, and interconnecting cable.

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Stepper Motor/Driver

The MDrive® from Intelligent Motion Systems, Marlborough, CT, is a quad stack NEMA size 23 brushless 1.8deg stepping motor that delivers speed-torque comparable to a single stack NEMA 34, but with a footprint 1/3 smaller. In addition, the quad stack 23 motor solution costs 20% less than the size 34.

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Absolute Encoder

BI Technologies, Fullerton, CA, offers an absolute encoder that utilizes the company’s proprietary DAPS (Digital Angular Position Sensor) technology. Available with multiple output configurations, the encoder will feature 12-bit resolution over 360-degree rotation.

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Roller Guides

The RB series of roller guides from NSK, Franklin, IN, provides a 26% reduction in overall height compared with NSK’s conventional RA series roller guides. This facilitates downscaling of equipment and lowering the center of gravity of precision/positioning tables.

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VGA Cameras

Basler Vision Technologies, Ahrensburg, Germany, has introduced the scA640-120 series of Scout cameras based on Sony’s ICX618 sensor. The cameras feature a 29 × 44 × 73.7 mm housing, and are equipped with a C or CS-mount lens adapter. They are available in monochrome or color with a Gigabit Ethernet or IEEE 1394b interface. They offer an acquisition rate of 120 frames per second at full VGA resolution, and are operated via the company’s pylon drivers, which provide image data transport from the cameras into PC memory. The pylon software provides the drivers and camera C++ API, a viewer tool, and documentation and code samples.

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Digital Camera

Vision Research, Wayne, NJ, offers the four-mega-pixel Phantom® v640 digital high-speed camera, which provides six gigapixel-per-second throughput and enhanced light sensitivity. It offers a recording speed of more than 1,400 frames per second at full resolution of 2560 × 1600. For higher frame rates, users can reduce resolution. It can record at more traditional frame rates for normal use — as low as 10 fps. The camera incorporates a proprietary CMOS imaging sensor. Micro-lens technology uses a tiny lens bound to each pixel to direct incoming light into the active areas of the photo site.

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Frame Grabber

American ELTEC, Las Vegas, NV, has released the PC_EYE/CL PCI Express frame grabber that supports base, medium, and full configurations. The PCI Express interface with four lanes delivers data rates of up to 1 GB/s for maximum-speed cameras with full interfaces. It also delivers speeds of up to 680 MB/s. The board has inputs for digital video data compliant with Camera Link standard Version 1.2. Each of the two on-board Mini-Delta-Ribbon 26-pin connectors supports four ports, enabling a total of eight ports to be used.

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Thermal Imaging Camera

LumaSense Technologies, Santa Clara, CA, offers the Mikron MikroSHOT portable thermal imaging camera, a radiometric thermal imager that offers pocket-sized portability. The Thermal-On-Visible mode allows for radiometric temperature data to be displayed directly on the visible image. The camera uses batteries or an AC adapter, and features a 2.7" display and 160 × 120 pixel image resolution.

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