December 2007

Better Be Running! Tools to Drive Design Success (part 4)

This is the last in our series of excerpts from "Better Be Running! Tools to Drive Design Success" by Dr. Ronald Hollis, President, CEO, and Co-founder of (Atlanta, GA). Written for business managers, the book focuses on manufacturing processes, tooling choices, and...

Articles : Research Lab
2007: The Year in Technology

In 2007, we focused on the global climate, and as gas prices soared, more novel technologies emerged in the development of alternative fuel and power sources. Once again, electronics and computers became smaller, faster, and cheaper, thanks to advances in nano-engineering and alternative battery technologies....

Application Briefs : Physical Sciences
Strainmeter Helps NASA Identify Continental Drift
TEGAM 1949-0001 ratio transformer
Geneva, OH

The EarthScope Project is an undertaking funded by the National Science Foundation in partnership with the United States Geological Survey and NASA to characterize the geology of North...

Application Briefs : Energy
Advanced Solar Array to Power Electric Propulsion Systems
Stretched Lens Array
Keller, TX

ENTECH has been awarded a contract from NASA’s Glenn Research Center, which will support the development of an advanced solar array for powering advanced electric propulsion systems...

MV1000 and MV2000

Yokogawa Electric Corp., Newnan, GA, has introduced the MV1000 and MV2000 paperless portable recorders with integrated display, recording, and communications functions. The units record on-site changes in temperature, voltage, current, flow, and pressure. The MV1000 features 24 input channels; the MV2000 has 48 channels. Both...

Who's Who
Terry Fong, Group Leader, Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG),

The NASA Ames Intelligent Robotics Group (IRG) is dedicated to enabling humans and robots to explore and learn about extreme environments, remote locations, and uncharted worlds. IRG conducts applied research in a wide range of areas with an emphasis on robotics systems science and...

Techs for License
Method of Driving a Field Emission Display

This technology makes possible Field Emission Displays (FEDs) and Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Displays (SEDs) that can use a variety of less expensive cathode materials and types. The technology adjusts the output of the cathodes by using a monitoring circuit between the cathode and the anode...

Techs for License
Cost-Effective Wind Turbine Generator

The Cutcher Wind Turbine Generator provides low- and no-cost power by utilizing tall structures such as rural and urban homes, as well as businesses and buildings. Unlike traditional wind-power generators, the Cutcher Wind Turbine Generator utilizes the wind current that is channeled around buildings and...

NASA Tech Needs
Low-Energy-Curing Technology

A company seeks new and/or advanced curing technologies to incorporate into metal packaging protective coating and decoration processes. Systems could include metal containers for aerosols, beverages, food products, and specialty packaging, all of which require external and/or internal protective coatings. Process...

Tech Needs
Inhibit or Deactivate Plant Enzymes

An organization wants to deactivate or otherwise interfere with the action of enzymes pectin methylesterase and polygalacturonase, which interfere with the processing of certain fruits by degrading fruit pectins. Initial processing of the whole fruit releases the enzymes and release continues during further...

Articles : Software
Open Innovation Model Helps P&G “Connect and Develop”
By Ed Getty
Research Fellow
Procter & Gamble
Cincinnati, OH

For almost 165 of Procter & Gamble’s 170-year history, nearly all growth came from innovating within the walls of our own R&D organization. In 2000, our newly appointed CEO, A.G. Lafley,...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ka-Band TWT High-Efficiency Power Combiner for High-Rate Data Transmission

A four-port magic-T hybrid waveguide junction serves as the central component of a high-efficiency two-way power combiner circuit for transmitting a high-rate phase-modulated digital signal at a carrier frequency in the Ka-band (between 27 and 40 GHz). This power combiner...

Briefs : Information Technology
Reusable, Extensible High-Level Data-Distribution Concept

A framework for high-level specification of data distributions in data-parallel application programs has been conceived. [As used here, "distributions" signifies means to express locality (more specifically, locations of specified pieces of data) in a computing system composed of many...

Briefs : Information Technology
Monitoring by Use of Clusters of Sensor-Data Vectors

The inductive monitoring system (IMS) is a system of computer hardware and software for automated monitoring of the performance, operational condition, physical integrity, and other aspects of the "health" of a complex engineering system (e.g., an industrial process line or a spacecraft). The...

Briefs : Information Technology
Processing Satellite Imagery To Detect Waste Tire Piles

A methodology for processing commercially available satellite spectral imagery has been developed to enable identification and mapping of waste tire piles in California. The California Integrated Waste Management Board initiated the project and provided funding for the method's development....

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
Circuit and Method for Communication Over DC Power Line

A circuit and method for transmitting and receiving on-off-keyed (OOK) signals with fractional signal-to-noise ratios uses available high-temperature silicon-on-insulator (SOI) components to move computational, sensing, and actuation abilities closer to high- temperature or high- ionizing...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Switched Band-Pass Filters for Adaptive Transceivers

Switched band-pass filters are key components of proposed adaptive, software- defined radio transceivers that would be parts of envisioned digital-data- communication networks that would enable real-time acquisition and monitoring of data from geographically distributed sensors. Examples of...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Loss-of-Control-Inhibitor Systems for Aircraft

Systems to provide improved tactile feedback to aircraft pilots are being developed to help the pilots maintain harmony between their control actions and the positions of aircraft control surfaces, thereby helping to prevent loss of control. A system of this type, denoted a loss-of-control-inhibitor...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Four-Way Ka-Band Power Combiner

The Power Combiner Structure has five ports, of which four are used for input and one for output. Thisis a simplified cross-sectional view: holes for fastening and cooling are omitted for the sake of clarity.A waveguide structure for combining the outputs of four amplifiers operating at 35 GHz (Ka band) is based...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Waveguide Calibrator for Multi-Element Probe Calibration

A calibrator, referred to as the "spider" design, can be used to calibrate probes incorporating multiple acoustic sensing elements. The application is an acoustic energy density probe, although the calibrator can be used for other types of acoustic probes. The calibrator relies on the use...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
High-Voltage Power Supply With Fast Rise and Fall Times
High-Voltage Power Supply With Fast Rise and Fall Times

A special-purpose high-voltage power supply can be electronically switched on and off with fast rise and fall times, respectively. The output potential is programmable from 20 to 1,250...

High-Voltage Power Supply With Fast Rise and Fall Times
Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Noncoherent DTTLs for Symbol Synchronization

Noncoherent data-transition tracking loops (DTTLs) have been proposed for use as symbol synchronizers in digital communication receivers. [Communication- receiver subsystems that can perform their assigned functions in the absence of synchronization with the phases of their carrier signals ("carrier...

Briefs : Materials
CHEM-Based Self-Deploying Planetary Storage Tanks

A document proposes self-deploying storage tanks, based on the cold elastic hibernated memory (CHEM) concept, to be used on remote planets. The CHEM concept, described in previous NASA Tech Briefs articles, involves the use of open-cell shape-memory-polymer (SMP) foam sandwich structures to make...

Briefs : Materials
Sequestration of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in a Polymer

Sequestration of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNs) in a suitably chosen polymer is under investigation as a means of promoting the dissolution of the nanotubes into epoxies. The purpose of this investigation is to make it possible to utilize SWCNs as the reinforcing fibers in...

Briefs : Materials
Foam Core Shielding for Spacecraft

A foam core shield (FCS) system is now being developed to supplant multilayer insulation (MLI) systems heretofore installed on spacecraft for thermal management and protection against meteoroid impacts. A typical FCS system consists of a core sandwiched between a face sheet and a back sheet. The core can...

Briefs : Information Technology
PPC750 Performance Monitor

The PPC750 Performance Monitor (Perfmon) is a computer program that helps the user to assess the performance characteristics of application programs running under the Wind River VxWorks real-time operating system on a PPC750 computer. Perfmon generates a userfriendly interface and collects performance data by use of...

Briefs : Information Technology
Application-Program-Installer Builder

A computer program builds application programming interfaces (APIs) and related software components for installing and uninstalling application programs in any of a variety of computers and operating systems that support the Java programming language in its binary form. This program is partly similar in...

Briefs : Information Technology
Using Visual Odometry to Estimate Position and Attitude

A computer program in the guidance system of a mobile robot generates estimates of the position and attitude of the robot, using features of the terrain on which the robot is moving, by processing digitized images acquired by a stereoscopic pair of electronic cameras mounted rigidly on the...

Briefs : Information Technology
Design and Data Management System

The Design and Data Management System (DDMS) was developed to automate the NASA Engineering Order (EO) and Engineering Change Request (ECR) processes at the Propulsion Test Facilities at Stennis Space Center for efficient and effective Configuration Management (CM). Prior to the development of DDMS, the CM...

Briefs : Information Technology
Simple, Script-Based Science Processing Archive

The Simple, Scalable, Script-based Science Processing (S4P) Archive (S4PA) is a disk-based archival system for remote-sensing data. It is based on the data-driven framework of S4P and is used for data transfer, data preprocessing, metadata generation, data archive, and data distribution. New data...

Briefs : Information Technology
Automated Rocket Propulsion Test Management

The Rocket Propulsion Test-Automated Management System provides a central location for managing activities associated with Rocket Propulsion Test Management Board, National Rocket Propulsion Test Alliance, and the Senior Steering Group business management activities. A set of authorized users, both...

Briefs : Information Technology
Online Remote Sensing Interface

BasinTools Module 1 processes remotely sensed raster data, including multi- and hyper-spectral data products, via a Web site with no downloads and no plug-ins required. The interface provides standardized algorithms designed so that a user with little or no remote-sensing experience can use the site. This...

Briefs : Information Technology
Implementation of a Point Algorithm for Real-Time Convex Optimization

The primal-dual interior-point algorithm implemented in G-OPT is a relatively new and efficient way of solving convex optimization problems. Given a prescribed level of accuracy, the convergence to the optimal solution is guaranteed in a predetermined, finite number of...

Briefs : Information Technology
Handling Input and Output for COAMPS

Two suites of software have been developed to handle the input and output of the Coupled Ocean Atmosphere Prediction System (COAMPS), which is a regional atmospheric model developed by the Navy for simulating and predicting weather. Typically, the initial and boundary conditions for COAMPS are provided by a...

Briefs : Information Technology
Modeling and Grid Generation of Iced Airfoils

SmaggIce Version 2.0 is a software toolkit for geometric modeling and grid generation for two-dimensional, singleand multi-element, clean and iced airfoils. A previous version of SmaggIce was described in “Preparing and Analyzing Iced Airfoils,” NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 28, No. 8 (August 2004),...

Briefs : Information Technology
Rocket Science 101 Interactive Educational Program

To better educate the public on the basic design of NASA's current mission rockets, Rocket Science 101 software has been developed as an interactive program designed to retain a user's attention and to teach about basic rocket parts. This program also has helped to expand NASA's presence on the...

Briefs : Information Technology
Automated Identification of Nucleotide Sequences

STITCH is a computer program that processes raw nucleotide-sequence data to automatically remove unwanted vector information, perform reverse-complement comparison, stitch shorter sequences together to make longer ones to which the shorter ones presumably belong, and search against the user's...

Briefs : Information Technology
Balloon Design Software

PlanetaryBalloon Version 5.0 is a software package for the design of meridionally lobed planetary balloons. It operates in a Windows environment, and programming was done in Visual Basic 6. By including the effects of circular lobes with load tapes, skin mass, hoop and meridional stress, and elasticity in the structural...

Briefs : Information Technology
Fusing Image Data for Calculating Position of an Object

A computer program has been written for use in maintaining the calibration, with respect to the positions of imaged objects, of a stereoscopic pair of cameras on each of the Mars Explorer Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. The program identifies and locates a known object in the images. The...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Creep Forming of Carbon-Reinforced Ceramic-Matrix Composites

A set of lecture slides describes an investigation of creep forming as a means of imparting desired curvatures to initially flat stock plates of carbon-reinforced ceramic-matrix composite (C-CMC) materials. The investigation is apparently part of a continuing effort to develop improved...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Dog-Bone Horns for Piezoelectric Ultrasonic/Sonic Actuators

A shape reminiscent of a dog bone has been found to be superior to other shapes for mechanical-amplification horns that are components of piezoelectrically driven actuators used in a series of related devices denoted generally as ultrasonic/sonic drill/corers (USDCs). The first of these...

Briefs : Medical
Benchtop Detection of Proteins

A process, and a benchtop-scale apparatus for implementing the process, have been developed to detect proteins associated with specific microbes in water. The process and apparatus may also be useful for detection of proteins in other, more complex liquids. There may be numerous potential applications, including...

Briefs : Medical
Recombinant Collagenlike Proteins

A group of collagenlike recombinant proteins containing high densities of biologically active sites has been invented. The method used to express these proteins is similar to a method of expressing recombinant procollagens and collagens described in U. S. Patent 5,593,859, “Synthesis of human procollagens and...

Briefs : Medical
Remote Sensing of Parasitic Nematodes in Plants

A method and apparatus for remote sensing of parasitic nematodes in plants, now undergoing development, is based on measurement of visible and infrared spectral reflectances of fields where the plants are growing. Initial development efforts have been concentrated on detecting reniform nematodes...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Direct Coupling From WGM Resonator Disks to Photodetectors

Output coupling of light from a whispering- gallery-mode (WGM) optical resonator directly to a photodetector has recently been demonstrated. By "directly" is meant that the coupling is effected without use of intervening optical components. Heretofore, coupling of light into and out of...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Multiple-Parameter, Low-False-Alarm Fire-Detection Systems

Fire-detection systems incorporating multiple sensors that measure multiple parameters are being developed for use in storage depots, cargo bays of ships and aircraft, and other locations not amenable to frequent, direct visual inspection. These systems are intended to improve upon...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Using Digital Radiography To Image Liquid Nitrogen in Voids

Digital radiography by use of (1) a field- portable x-ray tube that emits low- energy x rays and (2) an electronic imaging x-ray detector has been found to be an effective technique for detecting liquid nitrogen inside voids in thermal- insulation panels. The technique was conceived as...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Plasmoid Thruster for High Specific-Impulse Propulsion

A report discusses a new multi-turn, multi-lead design for the first generation PT-1 (Plasmoid Thruster) that produces thrust by expelling plasmas with embedded magnetic fields (plasmoids) at high velocities. This thruster is completely electrodeless, capable of using in-situ resources, and...

Briefs : Information Technology
Analysis Method for Quantifying Vehicle Design Goals

A document discusses a method for using Design Structure Matrices (DSM), coupled with high-level tools representing important life-cycle parameters, to comprehensively conceptualize a flight/ground space transportation system design by dealing with such variables as performance, up-front...

Briefs : Information Technology
Improved Tracking of Targets by Cameras on a Mars Rover

A paper describes a method devised to increase the robustness and accuracy of tracking of targets by means of three stereoscopic pairs of video cameras on a Mars-rover-type exploratory robotic vehicle. Two of the camera pairs are mounted on a mast that can be adjusted in pan and tilt; the...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Sample Caching Subsystem

A paper describes the Sample Caching Subsystem (SCS), a method for storing planetary core and soil samples in a container that seals the samples away from the environment to protect the integrity of the samples and any organics they might contain. This process places samples in individual sleeves that are sealed within a...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Multistage Passive Cooler for Spaceborne Instruments

A document describes a three-stage passive radiative cooler for a cryogenic spectrometer to be launched into a low orbit around the Moon. This cooler is relatively lightweight and compact, and its basic design is scalable and otherwise adaptable to other applications in which there are...

Briefs : Information Technology
GVIPS Models and Software

Two reports discuss, respectively, (1) the generalized viscoplasticity with potential structure (GVIPS) class of mathematical models and (2) the Constitutive Material Parameter Estimator (COMPARE) computer program. GVIPS models are constructed within a thermodynamics- and potential-based theoretical framework, wherein...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Stowable Energy-Absorbing Rocker-Bogie Suspensions

A report discusses the design of the rocker-bogie suspensions of the Mars Exploration Rover vehicles, which were landed on Mars in January 2004. Going beyond the basic requirements regarding mobility on uneven terrain, the design had to satisfy requirements (1) to enable each suspension to...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Taking PC/104 CPU Boards to the Next Performance Level

Since their introduction in 1991, PC/104 standard based systems have been widely adopted in various applications. Unmanned aircraft control, onboard vehicle control and navigation systems, personal communicators, add-on cards for customer specific boards, all utilize PC/104 technology. Many...

Articles : Motion Control
Motion Control Market Marches Toward Higher Integration and Performance

Evolutionary rather than revolutionary changes characterize the motion control market. Motors and motor controllers continue to gravitate toward higher performance and functionality as market demands become more stringent. At the same time, higher levels of intelligence —...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Precision Motors Help Guided Parachutes Deliver Cargo

The Onyx guided parachute designed and manufactured by Atair Aerospace (Brooklyn, NY) is an autonomous precision airdrop system. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) uses motors and planetary gearheads manufactured by Maxon Precision Motor (Fall River, MA) to drive the parachute’s mechanical...

Hybrid Stepper Motors

AMETEK Technical and Industrial Products (Kent, OH) has unveiled its MAE brand hybrid stepper motors in three series for high performance positioning applications. The HY Series steppers, in sizes 16, 17, 23, and 42, exhibit low rotor inertia to maximize possible acceleration.

Ceramic Linear Motor Actuator

The N-310 NEXACT ceramic linear motor actuator from Physik Instrumente L.P. exhibits a 10 Newton push-pull force with 20 mm travel and a maximum speed of 10 mm/sec. It provides picometer resolution, millisecond response time, and high bandwidth. The actuator measures 25 × 25 × 12 mm and weighs 50 g (1.7 oz.).

Vibration Motor Driver IC

The Melexis MLX90283 vibration motor driver IC from Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems (Concord, NH) is designed to overcome the problem of single-phase brushless dc motors starting in the incorrect position, which could lead to unreliable start-up or a locked rotor condition and prevent functioning of a...

Rotary Motion Simulators

The ARMS series direct-drive rotary motion simulators from Aerotech (Pittsburgh) can provide resolutions as fine as 0.02 arcsecond, with accuracy to +/-2.5 arcsecond and repeatability to +/-0.5 arcsecond. The motor and high-performance rotary encoder and directly coupled to a common shaft. The ARMS provides rate...

Spring Brake

The BFK458-L stopping and holding brake from Lenze-AC Tech (Uxbrdige, MA) is guaranteed to run for 10,000,000 cycles or two years of service life. The spring-applied brake has a cast iron casing and carries a two-year warranty.

Hybrid Linear Actuators

Haydon Switch & Instrument Inc.’s 35000 series double stack hybrid linear actuators measure 1.4 square in. and are available in captive, non-captive, and external linear versions. The size 14 actuators are available in various resolutions ranging from 0.0158 to 0.127 mm per step and deliver thrust voluntarily limited to...

Piezoelectric amplifier

DSM (Franklin, TN) has introduced the VF-90 linear photoelectric amplifier for space-constrained and OEM applications. Compatible with National Instrument’s CompactRIO and CompactDAQ modular chassis, the amplifier is suited for both open-and closed-loop motion control applications.

Variable Speed Motor

The DynaMotor from DynaMotors Inc. (Cleveland, OH) is designed to produce more torque than motors of comparable size. For instance, a NEMA 56 frame TEFC DynaMotor generates 11 foot-lb. of torque at 600 rpm — three times that of a comparably sized PWM inverter and AC motor, according to the company.

Servomotor Couplings

The ServoClass coupling line from Zero-Max (Plymouth, MA) has been expanded with three new sizes to handle bore diameters from 0.875 to 1.378" and operating torque from 3.937 to 9,843 in. lb. The lightweight couplings incorporate Type 304 stainless steel disc packs and 7075-T6 aluminum hubs and center members. All have...

Cylinder Position Sensor

The BIM-UNT universal magnetic field sensor from Turck (Minneapolis) uses magneto-resistive, board level technology that improves performance. In addition, the sensing face has been placed in front of the sensor to help short stroke cylinders.

Conveyor System Valve

The Series VFD poppet valve for zero pressure accumulation conveyor systems from SMC Corp. of America (Indianapolis) provides a coefficient of volume flow (Cv) of 0.10 with an operating pressure range of 0 to 72 psi to handle large pressure drops found on long conveyor runs. It is designed to be incorporated with a conveyor...

Flat Brushless DC Motors

The nuvoDisc flat brushless dc motors from Portescap (West Chester, PA) measure just 32 mm diameter and 11.7 mm long, suiting it to space-constrained applications such as barcode scanners.

Articles : Imaging
Ultra-High-Speed Thermography Reveals Hidden Features of Hot, Fast-Moving Objects

Most of us have seen still images or slow-motion video of fast-moving objects, such as a missile in flight or a humming bird flapping its wings. Both scenarios are possible with high-speed visible image cameras using ultra-short exposure times and triggered strobe...

Articles : Imaging
Compact Vision for Development and Control of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles

The Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC) at the University of Limerick in Ireland created a generic solution for underwater development. During research cruises in February and June of 2005 with the RV Celtic Explorer, MMRRC researchers identified weak points...

Application Briefs : Imaging
Visualization Software Helps Assess Thin-Film Semiconductor Systems

As thin-film technology advances, it’s increasingly important to monitor the film’s characteristics. That’s because eliminating irregularities in thin films — used primarily to create computer chips — enhances their performance. k-Space Associates (kSA, Ann Arbor, MI)...

Application Briefs : Imaging
ID Readers Accurately Identify and Trace Printed Circuit Boards

New MP3 players from a global electronics manufacturer like Sony are destined for a demanding consumer market and cannot be compromised in any way. In Malaysia, the company sought a code-reading and traceability solution for the printed circuit boards (PCBs) for these MP3...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Mosaic-Detector-Based Fluorescence Spectral Imager

A battery-powered, pen-sized, portable instrument for measuring molecular fluorescence spectra of chemical and biological samples in the field has been proposed. Molecular fluorescence spectroscopy is among the techniques used most frequently in laboratories to analyze compositions of chemical...

Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Design and Fabrication of High-Efficiency CMOS/CCD Imagers

An architecture for back-illuminated complementary metal oxide/semiconductor (CMOS) and charge-coupled-device (CCD) ultraviolet/visible/near infrared-light image sensors, and a method of fabrication to implement the architecture, are undergoing development. The architecture and method...

Briefs : Imaging
Improved Underwater Excitation-Emission Matrix Fluorometer

A compact, high-resolution, two-dimensional excitation-emission matrix fluorometer (EEMF) has been designed and built specifically for use in identifying and measuring the concentrations of organic compounds, including polluting hydrocarbons, in natural underwater settings. Heretofore,...

Briefs : Imaging
Metrology Camera System Using Two-Color Interferometry

A metrology system that contains no moving parts simultaneously measures the bearings and ranges of multiple reflective targets in its vicinity, enabling determination of the three-dimensional (3D) positions of the targets with submillimeter accuracy. The system combines a...

Products : Imaging
Microscope Camera

JENOPTIK Laser, Jena, Germany, offers the ProgRes® CT2 microscope camera with CMOS sensor technology. The ProgRes CT3 is dedicated to bright field and reflective light microscopy, but is also suitable for other contrast methods. Providing a resolution of up to 3 megapixels, the camera captures high-quality digital...

Products : Imaging
Modular Camera

Allied Vision Technologies, Newburyport, MA, offers the Stingray camera, based on a modular design and offering flexible configurations. The Stingray is equipped with a Firewire 1394b port for high-speed data transfer and optional optical fiber connection. The camera is ideal for the machine vision market, and AVT’s modular...

Products : Imaging
Display Driver

Matrox Graphics, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, has released the PowerDesk-SE 2.04 display driver that enables a stretched Microsoft® Windows® desktop across up to eight displays. The driver features a joined graphics card mode, which enables two multi-display graphics cards to work in tandem in several Windows...

Products : Imaging
Image-Based ID Readers

Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, offers new features for the DataManTM 100 image-based ID readers. New lens accessories provide magnification flexibility to optimize reading performance. A high-density lens kit allows flat-panel-display manufacturers and printed circuit board assemblers to read tiny codes with cell...

Products : Imaging
Ball Lenses

Deposition Sciences, Santa Rosa, CA, has released Iso-SphereTM Antireflection (AR) Coated Ball Lenses for fiber optics, telecom, and datacom applications. The ball lenses are an optical method for collimating the output of an optical fiber or laser diode and can be used in fiber-to-fiber, diode-to-fiber, and...

Products : Imaging
LED Panel-Mount Indicators

Dialight Corp., Farmingdale, NJ, has expanded its line of LED panel-mount indicators with the addition of the 612 and 616 series for front-panel mounting in 12-mm and 16-mm holes and panel thicknesses up to 6.3 mm. The RoHS-compliant indicators are designed for applications such as main/remote power indication, status...

Products : Imaging
Low-Angle Ring Light

The PresencePLUS® low-angle ring lights from Banner Engineering Corp., Minneapolis, MN, connect to vision sensors or an external power supply to provide optimal illumination of an inspected part by enhancing the contrast of surface features. The low-angle ring lights can be used in applications such as illuminating stamped...

Products : Imaging
Infrared Camera System

FLIR Systems, North Billerica, MA, offers the ThermoVision® A320 Research infrared camera system. With the integrated ThermaCAM Researcher Software, the camera system provides a flexible solution for precision temperature measurement and real-time thermal analysis for research and development applications.

Products : Imaging
CCD Camera

The 16-megapixel GE4900 ultra-high-resolution CCD camera from Prosilica, Vancouver, BC, Canada, runs three frames per second at 4872 × 3248 pixel resolution over a GigE Vision-compliant Gigabit Ethernet interface. The industrial digital camera incorporates a Kodak KAI-16000 progressive scan CCD sensor with electronic global shutter...

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