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A Brief History of Modern Digital Shaker Controllers

This article discusses four generations of digital vibration exciter control systems developed by U.S. companies over a period of 40 years. The controllers are categorized as standalone, PC-based, PC-tethered, and fully networked.

Posted in: Test & Measurement, White Papers

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Windows CE Development for RISC Computers Made Easy

Windows CE (a.k.a. Windows Embedded Compact), originally released in 1996, can be an attractive alternative to the full Windows operating system offering system designers the ability to control power, size, and cost in a new product. For example, the runtime license cost of the CE operating system alone can save as much as $150 over the license cost for standard Windows.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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Guidelines for Ensuring PCB Manufacturability

The rules of PCB design have changed little over the years, but the demands on the boards themselves keep increasing. The need for smaller, more complex boards used in smartphones, tablets, and other handheld devices translates into less real estate for greater functionality.

Posted in: Electronics & Computers, White Papers

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Maintenance Free Linear Guides

IKO’s C-Lube linear components have unique designs that balance long service life with compact size. These long-term maintenance free linear motion products come in different forms—including roller guides, ball guides and a ball-spline-based shaft guiding system. They range in size from small, 5-mm-wide track rails to 65-mm-wide guides that offer a basic static load rating of 172,000 lbs.

Posted in: Motion Control, White Papers

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Improving Absorption Measurements through Light Source Selection

Stray light limits the maximum absorbance level achievable with a given spectrometer. Once the stray light limit is reached, sample dilution or a smaller pathlength is required to measure more concentrated samples. In this application note, we show the impact of stray light on the maximum absorbance level and describe how optimizing the choice of light source can minimize stray light and increase the maximum absorbance measured.

Posted in: Imaging, White Papers

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Improving Fidelity of Noise Repetitive Signals with Signal Averaging Technology

For many high-speed data acquisition applications requiring extraction of small repetitive signals from noisy environments, such as LIDAR or optical fiber testing, minimizing the effects of noise is a challenge for system design. Signal averaging provides dependable and efficient results. The article illustrates how FPGA-based signal averaging technology processes signals and reduces noise effects, improving signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) without occupying valuable CPU bandwidth.

Posted in: Test & Measurement, White Papers

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Telemedicine Robots Bring Expertise to Remote Areas

There was a time telemedicine meant holding a heartrate monitor up to the phone receiver to play an audible signal. Modern telepresence robots like the RPVita from InTouch Health do more than put a patient’s diagnostic information in the hands of an offsite doctor, they create a virtual presence that allows physician and patient alike to have an experience startlingly close to the real thing (see figure 1). With sophisticated controls, advanced imaging, and small, quiet FAULHABER DC motors from MICROMO, InTouch brings top-flight medical care to the farthest reaches of the globe.

Posted in: Medical, White Papers, MDB

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