December 2010

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Funding Opportunity for Vehicle Research and Development

The DOE is accepting applications for up to $184 million over three to five years to accelerate the development and deployment of new efficient vehicle technologies that will reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, save drivers money, and limit carbon pollution.

Briefs : Energy
High-Resolution Wind Measurements for Offshore Wind Energy Development

A mathematical transform, called the Rosette Transform, together with a new method, called the Dense Sampling Method, have been developed. The Rosette Transform is invented to apply to both the mean part and the fluctuating part of a targeted radar signature using the Dense...

News : Lighting
A Trip to the WEEC

Last Thursday, I left New York for DC to check out the World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) held at the Washington Convention Center. Though my Amtrak train was a little slow in getting there, the show flew by in a flash.

News : Energy
High-Power Switches for Future Energy Supply Networks

Renewable energy comes out of an electricity socket, but to get there it has to travel a long journey – from wind turbines out at sea or regional solar, wind, and biogas power plants. On the way to the consumer much energy is lost, but new electronic components will change things in...

News : Energy
Transparent Conductive Material May Lead to Power-Generating Windows

Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have fabricated transparent thin films capable of absorbing light and generating electric charge over a relatively large area. The material could be used to develop transparent solar panels or even...

Products : Energy
Dual-Phase Synchronous Buck Controller

National Semiconductor Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) introduced the LM5119, a high voltage, dual-channel, dual-phase, synchronous buck controller with emulated current-mode (ECM) control. The LM5119 is ideal for demanding telecommunication, automotive, and industrial control applications that require accurate...

Products
4 GB Trace Probe

Green Hills Software, Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced SuperTrace™ Probe v3 that starts with 4 gigabytes of trace - expandable to higher capacities - and has a sustained JTAG download speed of over 10 megabytes per second. SuperTrace™ Probe v3 is tightly integrated with Green Hills Software’s MULTI® TimeMachine™...

Products
Virtual Machine with RTOS Platform Support

Atego (San Diego, CA) has released Aonix Perc Ultra® with support for execution on Wind River’s VxWorks MILS Platform 2.1. Aonix Perc Ultra for VxWorks MILS responds to the need for Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) that enables deployment of embedded and real-time Java™ applications...

Products
Airframe Design and Assembly Software

VISTAGY, Inc. (Waltham, MA) has released SyncroFIT® 2010, which improves the efficiency and accuracy of airframe assembly development by enabling commercial 3D CAD users to fully define and manage fasteners, joints, and interfaces between parts within complex assemblies. The latest version of SyncroFIT...

Products
Data Acquisition Toolbox

MathWorks (Natick, MA) announced the R2010b release of Data Acquisition Toolbox, which enables engineers and scientists to use National Instruments CompactDAQ data acquisition hardware directly from MATLAB. Data Acquisition Toolbox supports more than 25 CompactDAQ devices, providing access to measurements that include...

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Measuring Air-Sea Exchange of Carbon Dioxide in the Open Ocean

A team led by scientists at the National Oceanography Centre of Southampton, UK have measured the air-sea exchange of carbon dioxide in the open ocean at the highest wind speed to date. Their findings are important for understanding how interactions between the ocean and the...

Products : Energy
Integrated Offline Switcher IC

Power Integrations (San Jose, CA) offers the LinkZero-LP, an integrated offline switcher IC that automatically enters a zero-input-power mode when the load is disconnected, cutting no-load power consumption to 0.00 watts. The IC targets chargers and adapters up to 3.2 W for small portable devices including mobile...

News : Energy
Desalinate Water, Produce Hydrogen, and Treat Wastewater?

Water purification requires a lot of energy, while utility companies need large amounts of water for energy production. Researchers from the University of Colorado Denver College of Engineering and Applied Science have found a way to generate pure hydrogen gas and desalination facilitated...

Products : Electronics & Computers
ARM-Based 32-Bit MCUs

STMicroelectronics (Geneva, Switzerland) has announced that the roadmap for its breakthrough STM32 family of 32-bit MCUs based on ARM® Cortex-MT processor cores will include new devices centered on the Cortex-M4 and the Cortex-M0 cores from ARM. In addition, ST also announced the availability of its new STM32 F-2 series...

Products : Electronics & Computers
3-Axis Acceleration Sensor

Saelig Company, Inc. (Pittsford, NY) has introduced JoyWarrior24F14, a high-resolution USB-connected 3-axis acceleration sensor with 125μg sensitivity. The new USB-powered JoyWarrior24F14 offers acceleration resolution down to 125μg. JoyWarrior24F14 modules are based on a MEMS sensor and measure with 14-bit...

Products : Electronics & Computers
PCIe/104 Single Board Computer

Kontron (Poway, CA) has introduced the world’s first PCIe/104™ embedded single board computer (SBC) based on the Intel® Atom™ E600C processor series, pairing an Intel Atom E600 series processor with an Altera Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) in a single package. The Kontron PCIe/104 MICROSPACE(R) MSMST...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Programmable Logic Controller

The new Vision1040™ PLC and integrated HMI from Unitronics (Quincy, MA) allows machine manufacturers and system integrators to add both a brilliant 10.4” color touch-screen equipped with 9 programmable function key display, and full PLC functionality to their systems. The memory holds 2MB of application logic,...

Products
RS3 managed Ethernet switch and RS4 unmanaged Ethernet switch

MEN Micro, Ambler, PA, has introduced the RS3 managed Ethernet switch and RS4 unmanaged Ethernet switch, each built with an aluminum housing and M12 connectors with eight Fast Ethernet ports per switch. The switches are designed for system safety in harsh, mobile, and mission-critical...

Articles : Semiconductors & ICs
Making Multicore Work With Minimal Pain Points

All major microprocessor vendors are introducing multicore architectures to deliver the latest installment of performance improvements and cost savings as required to remain competitive in the silicon marketplace. Indeed, multicore processors offer increases in processing throughput, savings in...

Articles : Software
PCI-Express Cards to Support Ares-1 Launch Vehicle
BU-67106K PCI-Express cards
Data Device Corp.
Bohemia, NY
651-484-6544
www.ddc-web.com

To support the Ares-1, an in-line, two-stage rocket configuration topped by the Orion crew vehicle and its launch abort system, Data Device Corp. will supply NASA’s System...

Articles : Software
Software Gives Strength-Testing System a Lift
SolidWorks 3D Design Software
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.
Concord, MA
800-693-9000
www.solidworks.com

Software from Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. has been used by engineering service company NTE-SENER to develop a system that tests the strength of...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Coherent Frequency Reference System for the NASA Deep Space Network

The NASA Deep Space Network (DSN) requires state-of-the-art frequency references that are derived and distributed from very stable atomic frequency standards. A new Frequency Reference System (FRS) and Frequency Reference Distribution System (FRD) have been developed, which...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
180-GHz I-Q Second Harmonic Resistive Mixer MMIC

An indium phosphide MMIC (monolithic microwave integrated circuit) mixer was developed, processed, and tested in the NGC 35-nm-gate-length HEMT (high electron mobility transistor) process. The MMIC mixers were tested and assembled in the miniature MMIC receiver module described in “Miniature...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Diamond Heat-Spreader for Submillimeter-Wave Frequency Multipliers

The planar GaAs Shottky diode frequency multiplier is a critical technology for the local oscillator (LO) for submillimeter-wave heterodyne receivers due to low mass, tenability, long lifetime, and room-temperature operation. The use of a W-band (75–100 GHz) power amplifier...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Power Amplifier Module With 734-mW Continuous Wave Output Power

Research findings were reported from an investigation of new gallium nitride (GaN) monolithic millimeter-wave integrated circuit (MMIC) power amplifiers (PAs) targeting the highest output power and the highest efficiency for class-A operation in W-band (75–110 GHz). W-band PAs are...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ultra-Low-Noise W-Band MMIC Detector Modules

A monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) receiver can be used as a building block for next-generation radio astronomy instruments that are scalable to hundreds or thousands of pixels. W- band (75–110 GHz) low-noise receivers are needed for radio astronomy interfer- ometers and spectrometers,...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
338-GHz Semiconductor Amplifier Module

A 35-nm-gate-length InP, high-electron-mobility transistor (HEMT) with a high-indium-content channel as the key component was developed to produce an MMIC (monolithic microwave integrated circuit) power amplifier. With a shorter gate length than previous transistor generations, it allows for electrons to...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Multi-Stage System for Automatic Target Recognition

A multi-stage automated target recognition (ATR) system has been designed to perform computer vision tasks with adequate proficiency in mimicking human vision. The system is able to detect, identify, and track targets of interest. Potential regions of interest (ROIs) are first identified by the...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Multiple Differential-Amplifier MMICs Embedded in Waveguides

Compact amplifier assemblies of a type now being developed for operation at frequencies of hundreds of gigahertz comprise multiple amplifier units in parallel arrangements to increase power and/or cascade arrangements to increase gains. Each amplifier unit is a monolithic microwave...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Special Component Designs for Differential-Amplifier MMICs

Special designs of two types of electronic components — transistors and transmission lines — have been conceived to optimize the performances of these components as parts of waveguide-embedded differential-amplifier monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs) of the type...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Update on Waveguide-Embedded Differential MMIC Amplifiers

There is an update on the subject matter of “Differential InP HEMT MMIC Amplifiers Embedded in Waveguides” (NPO-42857) NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 33, No. 9 (September 2009), page 35. To recapitulate: Monolithic microwave integrated-circuit (MMIC) amplifiers of a type now being developed...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Ultra-Wideband Angle-of-Arrival Tracking Systems

Systems that measure the angles of arrival of ultra-wideband (UWB) radio signals and perform triangulation by use of those angles in order to locate the sources of those signals are undergoing development. These systems were originally intended for use in tracking UWB-transmitter-equipped...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Rapid Corner Detection Using FPGAs

In order to perform precision landings for space missions, a control system must be accurate to within ten meters. Feature detection applied against images taken during descent and correlated against the provided base image is computationally expensive and requires tens of seconds of processing time to do just...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Single-Receiver GPS Phase Bias Resolution

Existing software has been modified to yield the benefits of integer fixed double-differenced GPS-phased ambiguities when processing data from a single GPS receiver with no access to any other GPS receiver data. When the double-differenced combination of phase biases can be fixed reliably, a significant...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Propulsion Design With Freeform Fabrication (PDFF)

The nation is challenged to decrease the cost and schedule to develop new space transportation propulsion systems for commercial, scientific, and military purposes. Better design criteria and manufacturing techniques for small thrusters are needed to meet current applications in missile defense,...

Briefs : Software
Planetary Image Geometry Library

The Planetary Image Geometry (PIG) library is a multi-mission library used for projecting images (EDRs, or Experiment Data Records) and managing their geometry for in-situ missions. A collection of models describes cameras and their articulation, allowing application programs such as mosaickers, terrain...

Briefs : Software
Automation Framework for Flight Dynamics Products Generation

XFDS provides an easily adaptable automation platform. To date it has been used to support flight dynamics operations. It coordinates the execution of other applications such as Satellite TookKit, FreeFlyer, MATLAB, and Perl code. It provides a mechanism for passing messages among a...

Briefs : Software
Product Operations Status Summary Metrics

The Product Operations Status Summary Metrics (POSSUM) computer program provides a readable view into the state of the Phoenix Operations Product Generation Subsystem (OPGS) data pipeline. POSSUM provides a user interface that can search the data store, collect product metadata, and display the results...

Briefs : Software
Mars Terrain Generation

A suite of programs for the generation of disparity maps from stereo image pairs via correlation, and conversion of those disparity maps to XYZ maps, has been updated. This suite implements an automated method of deriving terrain from stereo images for use in the ground data system for in-situ (lander and rover) cameras....

Briefs : Software
Application-Controlled Parallel Asynchronous Input/Output Utility

A software utility tool has been designed to alleviate file system I/O performance bottlenecks to which many high-end computing (HEC) applications fall prey because of the relatively large volume of data generated for a given amount of computational work. In an effort to reduce...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Economical Fabrication of Thick-Section Ceramic Matrix Composites

A method was developed for producing thick-section [>2 in. (≈5 cm)], continuous fiber-reinforced ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). Ultramet-modified fiber interface coating and melt infiltration processing, developed previously for thin-section components, were used for the...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Process for Making a Noble Metal on Tin Oxide Catalyst

To produce a noble metal-on-metal oxide catalyst on an inert, high-surface-area support material (that functions as a catalyst at approximately room temperature using chloride-free reagents), for use in a carbon dioxide laser, requires two steps: First, a commercially available, inert,...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Stacked Corrugated Horn Rings

This Brief describes a method of machining and assembly when the depth of corrugations far exceeds the width and conventional machining is not practical. The horn is divided into easily machined, individual rings with shoulders to control the depth. In this specific instance, each of the corrugations is identical in...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Refinements in an Mg/MgH₂/H₂O - Based Hydrogen Generator

Some refinements have been conceived for a proposed apparatus that would generate hydrogen (for use in a fuel cell) by means of chemical reactions among magnesium, magnesium hydride, and steam. The refinements lie in tailoring spatial and temporal distributions of steam and liquid...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Continuous/Batch Mg/MgH₂/H₂O - Based Hydrogen Generator

A proposed apparatus for generating hydrogen by means of chemical reactions of magnesium and magnesium hydride with steam would exploit the same basic principles as those discussed in the immediately preceding article, but would be designed to implement a hybrid continuous/batch mode of...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ko Displacement Theory for Structural Shape Predictions

The development of the Ko displacement theory for predictions of structure deformed shapes was motivated in 2003 by the Helios flying wing, which had a 247-ft (75-m) wing span with wingtip deflections reaching 40 ft (12 m). The Helios flying wing failed in midair in June 2003, creating the...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Surface-Enhanced X-Ray Fluorescence

Surface-enhanced x-ray fluorescence (SEn-XRF) spectroscopy is a form of surface-enhanced spectroscopy that was conceived as a means of obtaining greater sensitivity in x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy. As such, SEn-XRF spectroscopy joins the ranks of such other, longer-wavelength surface-enhanced...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Slopes To Prevent Trapping of Bubbles in Microfluidic Channels

The idea of designing a microfluidic channel to slope upward along the direction of flow of the liquid in the channel has been conceived to help prevent trapping of gas bubbles in the channel. In the original application that gave rise to this idea, the microfluidic channels are...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Infrared Sensor on Unmanned Aircraft Transmits Time-Critical Wildfire Data

Since 2006, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC) and Ames Research Center have been perfecting and demonstrating a new capability for geolocation of wildfires and the real-time delivery of data to firefighters. Managed for the Western States Fire Mission, the...

NASA Tech Needs
Improving Reliability of Atmosphere Revitalization Technologies

Atmosphere revitalization (AR) systems control carbon dioxide, humidity, and trace chemical contaminant levels in a crewed spacecraft cabin atmosphere to provide a safe, habitable environment for people to live and work. Most spacecraft AR systems to date have used fixed beds of...

Techs for License
Self-Healing Slide Ring Material Paint

A slide ring material (SRM) paint is able to heal a majority of surface scratches by itself. When disturbed by minor abrasions, the paint’s cross-linked molecules retain mobility, and the oleophilic polyrotaxane coating redistributes its tension to slide back into place along the polymer chains, erasing...

Techs for License
Electronic Device for Damping Impacts

Springs, polymers, and pneumatic or hydraulic devices react to impacts, but a recently developed damping technology calculates and controls the forces that should be applied. Within the device, two electromagnets with different polarities are put in contact, and the repulsion force is used against the forces...

NASA Tech Needs
Treatment System to Enable Re-Use of Waste Water

An organization seeks a low-cost way to render dirty, contaminant-filled water clean enough to use for washing or sanitary purposes. The treatment system should reduce dirt particles, lower pH levels, and remove surfactants like linear alkylbenzene sulphonate (LAS). A large water treatment plant...

NASA Tech Needs
Oxygen Barrier Coating on Anodized Aluminum Substrate

A company is interested in licensing a film material that can be printed, sprayed, or transferred onto an anodized aluminum surface, such that the applied layer prevents oxygen from reaching and reacting with copper or other colored metals that are electro-deposited into the alumina pores....

Articles : Photonics/Optics
Machine Vision Aids Earthquake Retrofit Studies

As recent events in Haiti and Argentina have highlighted, many urban buildings in seismically active regions worldwide are in need of reinforcement to resist earthquake damage. One challenge facing earthquake retrofit activities is finding a balance between the cost and the effectiveness of the...

Articles : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Embedded Vision System Increases Inspection Capabilities

Food manufacturers are held to strict agency regulations regarding product quality and consistency. Repeatable visual inspections are critical to ensure consumers receive a consistent and safe product. As regulations have increased, machine vision technology has become more intelligent to...

Who's Who
Dr. Robert Youngquist, Lead Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory, Kennedy Space Center, FL

After a brief career teaching at University College London in the U.K., Dr. Robert Youngquist returned to the U.S. and went to work as a contractor at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in 1988. He established KSC’s Optical Instrumentation Laboratory, which...

Podcasts
Dr. Robert Youngquist, Lead Scientist, Applied Physics Laboratory, Kennedy Space Center, FL

After a brief career teaching at University College London in the U.K., Dr. Robert Youngquist returned to the U.S. and went to work as a contractor at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in 1988. He established KSC’s Optical Instrumentation...

Articles : Aerospace
Vote for NASA Tech Briefs’ 16th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

As the year comes to a close, we’re asking NASA Tech Briefs readers to cast their votes in the annual Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards.

Each month, the editors of NASA Tech Briefs choose a Product of the Month — a new product with exceptional technical merit...

Articles : Motion Control
Electromobility Drives Green Vehicles

Environmental friendliness, economy, and individuality are the fundamental ideas associated with the topic of eMobility (electromobility). The increasing scarcity of resources and constantly rising prices are being felt by everyone, as will be the follow-up costs if we don’t succeed in reducing...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Motion Components Optimize Performance of Liquid Chromatography System

Pricing pressures, intense competition, and strict regulatory demands are challenging scientists and researchers in the fast-growing, highly-regulated pharmaceutical, life science, biochemical, industrial, and environmental industries to make important breakthroughs faster...

Products
Rotary Sensor

Piher North America (Libertyville, IL) offers the MTS 360 SMD rotary position sensor that combines a through-shaft design with 360° absolute position feedback in an ultra-miniature size. The non-contacting sensor measures 6 × 17 × 18 mm, and features reliability to 50 million cycles. The sensor can be integrated on a PCB, and...

Products
Universal Motor Controller

Oriental Motor (Torrance, CA) has introduced the SCX10 single-axis universal stepping motor controller that allows users to operate any motor via three serial communication protocols, including RS-232C, CANopen, and USB interface. It can be used either in an open loop or closed loop system. Standard software allows for...

Products
Hydraulic Cylinders

J.H. Williams Tool Group, a unit of Snap-on Industrial (Kenosha, WI), offers single-acting lock nut cylinders in diameter sizes from 2 to 12". Units are designed to support loads for extended periods without hydraulic pressure; an overflow port prevents cylinders from travel. Units are 10,000 psi/700 bar with weight capacity...

Products
Triaxial Accelerometer

Dytran Instruments (Chatsworth, CA) has released the 3363AT series miniature triaxial accelerometers for modal analysis testing and environmental stress screening. The IEPE-type piezoelectric sensors have a laser-welded titanium design that includes ceramic sensing elements coupled to ultra-low-noise JFET electronics. The...

Products
High-Pressure Valve

The Model 795 pneumatic dispensing valve from Tridak (Torrington, CT) dispenses very high-viscosity fluids, gels, and pastes that require high pressure to achieve suitable material flow. The valve can be used for silicone gels, greases, adhesives, and sealants. The valve features an adjustable flow control and repeatable...

Products
Brushed DC Motors

Maxon Motor (Fall River, MA) offers two new motor sizes with IP54 protection rating and mounting brakes. The commutated DC motors, with output power of 200 and 250W, are protected on the commutation side with sealed aluminum housing. The cable outputs are sealed with PG cable fittings, and the shaft is secured with a radial...

Products
Linear Actuator Drive

Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Hollis, NH) offers the PCM4806 IDEA™ programmable linear actuator drive that is RoHS compliant and optimized to regulate a low-current power stage suitable for controller can-stack linear actuators. The compact electronic drive and fully programmable control unit feature a graphic user...

Products
DC Motors

Pittman® Series 8690™ brush-commutated DC motors from AMETEK Technical & Industrial Products (Kent, OH) are 26-mm motors for data storage, medical, semiconductor processing, automation, and other high-performance applications. The iron core DC motors incorporate bonded neodymium iron boron magnets, and include 7-slot skewed...

Products
Piezo Driver

Newport Corp. (Irvine, CA) offers the XPSDRVP1, an XPS-compatible driver card for the piezoelectric stack-based NanoPositioning line of sub-nanometer-resolution stages. The driver eliminates the need for either an XPS pass-through card or an independent piezostack driver. An erasable programmable readonly memory (EPROM) stores the...

Products
MEMS Inclinometer

TURCK (Minneapolis, MN) offers the Q42 dual-axis inclinometer sensor with a CANopen interface for angular tilt detection, and angle measurements of ±10, 45, and 60 degrees. The device measures angular tilt in reference to gravity. It features a MEMS device that incorporates a microelectromechanical capacitive element into the...

Products
Single-Axis Accelerometer

Kistler Instrument Corp. (Amherst, NY) offers the Type 8640A miniature, single-axis, IEPE PiezoBeam® accelerometer for the multi-channel modal and structural analysis of small or thin-walled structures and components. Offered in ranges of ±5 g, ±10 g, and ±50 g, with sensitivities from 100 to 1000 mV/g, the unit...

Products
Magnetic Ring Encoder

ASM Sensors (Elmhurst, IL) offers the PMIR7 series POSIROT® incremental en coder magnet rings in three sizes for different shaft sizes. They yield up to 184,320 pulses per revolution in conjunction with the quadrature encoder read head. The encoder system consists of a magnetoresistive read head, PMIS4, and a dual-channel...

Products
Stages

The MS-2500 stage from Applied Scientific Instrumentation (Eugene, OR) provides 100 mm of Yaxis travel and 250 mm of X-axis travel, and works on existing inverted microscopes. Custom configurations are available, including front-loading stages with over 300 mm of Y-axis travel. The stage accepts standard 160 × 110 mm or wide 283 × 110...

Products
Hybrid Stepper Motors

Servo2Go (Greenville, DE) has introduced the Applied Motion Products HT24 NEMA 24 frame series of hybrid stepper motors for applications where additional power is required, but changing to a size 34 motor is not possible. The motors are available with single or dual shafts, and are optimized for microstepping. Optional...

Products
Diaphragm Pump

The 1410 Series DC miniature diaphragm pump from Thomas Division (Sheboygan, WI) measures 3.3 × 1.2 × 2.1" and is designed for medical and other applications requiring high performance in a compact package. The pump features maximum flow of 4.3 lpm, with a maximum pressure of 27.5 psig, and a maximum vacuum of 22.0 in.Hg. The...

Products
Nanopositioning Controller

PI L.P. (Auburn, MA) has introduced the E-709 digital piezo nanopositioning controller that features fifth order polynomial digital linearization, two notch filters for piezo operation at high frequencies, and DAC-in-the-loop architecture for positional stability. High-speed interfaces include USB, RS-232, Real-Time...

Products
Rail Brakes

RB Series Generation II linear profile guide rail brakes from Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) are designed for stopping and holding in e-stop and power-off situations. Each rail brake clamps directly onto the center of the guide rail to provide positive braking and holding on all axes, with no effect on the bearing surfaces. The...

Products
Motor Control Platform

XMOS (Sunnyvale, CA) has released a motor control platform that contains XCore® processors, an XMOS motor control hardware board with support for dual axis motor control and communication, and a suite of control, processing, and interfacing functions to help designers develop motor drives in high-level software...

Products
Vision-Guided Motion Controller

A pocket-sized, vision-guided motion controller from Precise Automation (San Jose, CA) is based on a distributed network architecture that allows the device to be located at the point of use. Along with standard features of multi-axis robotic motion control, integrated servo motor drives, network communications,...

Products
EtherCAT Communication-Enabled Drive

The IDM680 Intelligent Servo Drive from Technosoft (Canton, MI) comes equipped with a CANopen, or EtherCAT communication interface, and combines motion controller, drive, and PLC functionality in one unit. The IDM680 operates either as a standard EtherCAT slave using a CANopen over EtherCAT (CoE) protocol, or...

Products
Food and Beverage Sensors

A series of food and beverage sensor products from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) includes AC and DC proximity, photoelectric sensors and quick-disconnect sensor cables. Compliant with the IP69K standard, the sensors withstand washdown conditions up to 212 °F and are made from FDAcertified material. The PFM 12 mm and...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Strain System for the Motion Base Shuttle Mission Simulator

The Motion Base Shuttle Mission Simulator (MBSMS) Strain System is an innovative engineering tool used to monitor the stresses applied to the MBSMS motion platform tilt pivot frames during motion simulations in real time. The Strain System comprises hardware and software produced by...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Pyrotechnic Actuator for Retracting Tubes Between MSL Subsystems

An apparatus, denoted the “retractuator” (a contraction of “retracting actuator”), was designed to help ensure clean separation between the cruise stage and the entry-vehicle subsystem of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission. The retractuator or an equivalent mechanism...

Application Briefs : Imaging
Embedded Vision System Increases Inspection Capabilities

Food manufacturers are held to strict agency regulations regarding product quality and consistency. Repeatable visual inspections are critical to ensure consumers receive a consistent and safe product. As regulations have increased, machine vision technology has become more intelligent to...

Products : Imaging
Non-Contact 3D Digitizer

The Konica Minolta RANGE 7 non-contact 3D measurement camera from Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Ramsey, NJ, has a scan range of 450-800 mm, an accuracy of ±40 μm, and a scanning input time of approximately 2 seconds per shot. The camera and its controller can be integrated into a single body weighing approximately...

Products : Imaging
Thermal Imaging Processor

The combination of a ThermoViewTM Pi20 process imager and DataTemp® Pi (DTPi) software from Raytek®, Santa Cruz, CA, provides real-time viewing, archiving, and playback of both online and off-line thermal images. Featuring an IP54 rating, the fixed-mounted ThermoView Pi20 operates in...

Products : Imaging
3D Automated Metrology System

Olympus Integrated Technologies America, San Jose, CA, has released the Olympus IR 3D-IC Automated Metrology System, which provides IR microscopy and imaging technology to verify alignment of bonded wafers and through silicon vias (TSVs). The system observes and acquires images of alignment targets and vias by...

Products : Imaging
Thermal Imaging Infrared Camera

The FLIR i5 and FLIR i7 thermal imagers from FLIR Systems, Portland, OR, produce infrared images with a 2.8" color display and 2% thermal accuracy. The FLIR i5, which has an 80 × 80 pixel resolution, provides a center-spot measurement mode. For extensive analysis of job sites, the FLIR i7, which has a...

Products : Imaging
Tracking/Tracing Trigger Device

The GigE Trigger Device from Baumer, Southington, CT, controls triggering, power, and image acquisition functions of GigE cameras. With eight inputs, the device integrates light barriers, encoders, sensors, and actuators, processing their signals internally and triggering cameras accordingly. The GigE Trigger...

Products : Imaging
LCD Display Modules

Saelig, Pittsford, NY, has introduced the uLCD-32PT, a 65K thin film transistor liquid crystal display that has a 3.2", 240 × 320 pixel color panel with an integrated 4-wire resistive touchscreen. A 5-pin connection provides an interface to host devices and supports external SD/μSD memory cards for storing images, video...

Products : Imaging
Four-Camera Vision System

The IMPACT® M-Series Embedded Vision System from PPT VISION, Bloomington MN, allows users to perform up to four inspections that can be initialized independently — at different times or simultaneously — using a single vision processor. Customers are able to program and operate the IMPACT software, which...

Products : Imaging
GigE Line Scan Camera

Basler Vision Technologies, Barrington, NJ, has introduced new features to its Basler Runner GigE Line Scan Camera, adding Shading Correction, Multiplier, and Divider features. The Shading Correction option can be used to compensate for non-homogenous lighting conditions and more accurately detect defects. The Divider...

Products : Imaging
Gigabit Ethernet Camera

DALSA Corp., Waterloo, ON, Canada, has introduced a GigE Vision®-compliant camera called the Genie HC Series. Typical applications include electronic manufacturing inspection, intelligent traffic systems (ITS), and food inspection. The series is comprised of three high-speed color camera models: Genie HC640 up...

Products : Imaging
Micro-Optics

The Micro-optics business unit of Jenoptik Optical Systems, Huntsville AL, has expanded its single crystal Calcium Fluoride (CaF2) process capabilities for applications in the semiconductor market. The product range of CaF2 micro-optics include diffractive and refractive devices like Gaussian homogenizers,...

Products : Imaging
Remote-Head Camera System

Panasonic System Networks Company of America, Secaucus, NJ, has released the GP- KH232 single-chip HD Remote Head Camera System. The multi-format camera head, which measures 28 × 27 × 31.5 mm, is designed with a 1⁄3" CMOS sensor to deliver a native 1080p/60p resolution from HDMI output. The accompanying 120 × 36 ×...

Products : Imaging
Multi-Sensor Camera

VRmagic, Cambridge, MA, offers a programmable multi-sensor camera that produces pixel-synchronous images from several positions. With a standard Debian Linux operating system, the camera provides developers with a platform for programming their own applications and transferring them to the camera by means of cross-compilers....

Products : Imaging
Scientific Cameras

Oriel®, a Newport Corporation Brand, Stratford, CT, has introduced two scientific cameras, the InstaSpec® ISX CCD and the InstaSpec ISX IR. The cameras are available with InstaSpec ProTM software, which provides system control of single- or dual-camera configurations, and all the functions of...

Products : Imaging
CCD Cameras

IDS Imaging Development Systems, Woburn, MA, offers the UI-2280 (USB) and UI-6280 (GigE) series CCD cameras that feature the Sony sensor ICX-655 with a 5-megapixel resolution. The uEye models combine the performance of a global shutter sensor with a high image resolution. The 3.45-μm pixels of the CCD sensor ensure high light...

Products : Imaging
EMCCD Camera

Andor Technology, South Windsor, CT, has released the iXon X3 range of electron multiplying charge coupled device (EMCCD) cameras. The OptAcquireTM interface allows users to single-click various camera acquisition parameters. The device also offers Count Convert functionality, providing real time data acquisition in units...

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