December 2012

News
Using Liquid Metal to Create Ultra-Stretchable Wires

Researchers from North Carolina State University have created conductive wires that can be stretched up to eight times their original length while still functioning. The wires can be used for everything from headphones to phone chargers, and hold potential for use in electronic textiles.

News
Thought-Controlled Prosthesis Moves With the Mind

The world’s first implantable robotic arm controlled by thoughts is being developed by researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. The new technology helps amputees control an artificial limb in much the same way as their own biological hand or arm, via the person's own nerves...

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Jet Engine Technology Will Keep Electronic Devices Cool

Scientists at GE’s global research labs have adapted technology that improves air flow through jet engine compressors for a super-thin cooling device that could lead to new generation of thinner, quieter, and more powerful tablets and laptops. At the heart of the new technology are two...

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NASA's Crawler-Transporter Gets Upgrades to Keep Moving

For more than 45 years, two crawler-transporters (CTs) have carried America's human spaceflight program on their backs. At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, one of the CTs has been undergoing a major overhaul to keep the workhorse going for many years to come. With the first phase of...

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Researchers Develop Quill-Inspired Adhesives

Researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital now hope to exploit the porcupine quill’s unique properties to develop new types of adhesives, needles, and other medical devices. In a new study, the researchers characterized, for the first time, the forces needed for quills to enter and exit...

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Sodium Could Replace Lithium In Rechargeable Batteries

Reza Shahbazian-Yassar thinks sodium might be the next big thing in rechargeable batteries.

The gold standard in the industry right now is the lithium ion battery, which can be recharged hundreds of times and works really well. Its only problem is that it is made with lithium, which...

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Study Shows Hopping Robots Could Conserve Energy

A new study shows that jumping can be much more complicated than it might seem. In research that could extend the range of future rescue and exploration robots, scientists have found that hopping robots could dramatically reduce their power demands by adopting a unique two-part “stutter jump.”...

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Researchers To Study Concentrated Solar Power Systems

The University of Arizona College of Engineering will lead a $5.5 million, five-year research project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, to develop more affordable and efficient concentrated solar power systems. Concentrated solar power, or CSP, is generated by mirrors, called...

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NASA Researchers Turn Trash into Power

NASA researchers focusing on the difficulties of traveling into deep space have identified an unusual source for fuel that astronauts will be carrying with them anyway: trash. Scientists say there is a good chance that food wrappers, used clothing, scraps, tape, packaging and other garbage accumulated by a...

Question of the Week
If You Could Afford the $750 Million Ticket, Would You Take the Trip?

This week's Question: Using existing hardware as well as specifically designed spacesuits and landers, a new space company called Golden Spike hopes to offer private trips to the Moon before 2020.

Products
Laser Line Polarizers

Edmund Optics(R) (EO) (Barrington, NJ) has introduced new TECHSPEC(R) High Energy Laser Line Polarizers. These versatile polarizers are used to efficiently polarize high power lasers with greater than 98% transmission of P-Polarized light. TECHSPEC High Energy Laser Line Polarizers combine high laser damage thresholds...

Products
Fluorescence Spectrometer

Edinburgh Photonics (Livingston, UK) recently introduced the FLS980 fluorescence spectrometer for steady state, lifetime and phosphorescence measurements in photophysics, photochemistry, biophysics, biochemistry and semiconductor physics. Enhanced optics include high stray light rejection monochromators, a 3-fold...

Products
Surveillance Cameras

Point Grey (Richmond, BC, Canada) recently announced two new models in its multi-interfaced Zebra2 camera line. The Zebra2 fulfills a growing demand in traffic, surveillance and process monitoring installations that require real- time viewing in addition to image storage or post processing such as ALPR/ANPR and incidence...

Products
Light Hazard Meter

Gigahertz-Optik’s X1-3 Light Hazard Meter with the XD-45-HUV UV-Hazard Detector, XD-45-HB BLUE-Light Hazard Detector and XD-45-HB-SRT200 FOV & Distance Adapter fulfills the requirements of ANSI/IESNA RP-27.2-00, IEC/DIN/EN 62471 (CIE S 009) & DIN EN 14255-1 for a handy field portable meter for product classification and...

News
Researchers Use 3D Printer to Make Parts from Moon Rock

Imagine landing on the moon or Mars, putting rocks through a 3-D printer and making something useful – like a needed wrench or replacement part. Three-dimensional fabrication technology, also known as additive manufacturing, allows researchers to produce complex 3-D objects directly from...

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Researchers Simulate Arctic Sea Ice and Ocean Circulation

Researchers at MIT have developed a new method for optimally combining models and observations to accurately simulate the seasonal extent of Arctic sea ice and the ocean circulation beneath. The team applied its synthesis method to produce a simulation of the Labrador Sea, off the...

Question of the Week
Will Curiosity Identify Signs of Life on the Red Planet?

When John Grotzinger, project scientist for the Mars Curiosity rover, stated that a recent discovery could be "earthshaking ... one for the history books," many speculated that the rover had discovered organic material, which could indicate life on Mars. NASA has since said that these...

News
Microbullets Reveal Material Strengths

In the macro world, it’s easy to see what happens when a bullet hits an object. But what happens at the nanoscale with very tiny bullets? A Rice University lab, in collaboration with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and its Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, decided to find...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Pattern Generator for Bench Test of Digital Boards

All efforts to develop electronic equipment reach a stage where they need a board test station for each board. The SMAP digital system consists of three board types that interact with each other using interfaces with critical timing. Each board needs to be tested individually before combining...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Feedback Augmented Sub-Ranging (FASR) Quantizer

This innovation is intended to reduce the size, power, and complexity of pipeline analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) that require high resolution and speed along with low power. Digitizers are important components in any application where analog signals (such as light, sound, temperature, etc.)...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Real-Time Distributed Embedded Oscillator Operating Frequency Monitoring

A document discusses the utilization of embedded clocks inside of operating network data links as an auxiliary clock source to satisfy local oscillator monitoring requirements. Modem network interfaces, typically serial network links, often contain embedded clocking...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Lidar Electro-Optic Beam Switch with a Liquid Crystal Variable Retarder

A document discusses a liquid crystal variable retarder, an electro-optic element that changes the polarization of an optical beam in response to a low-voltage electronic signal. This device can be fabricated so that the element creates, among other states, a half-wave of...

Briefs : Software
Description and User Instructions for the Quaternion_to_orbit_v3 Software

For a given inertial frame of reference, the software combines the spacecraft orbits with the spacecraft attitude quaternions, and rotates the body-fixed reference frame of a particular spacecraft to the inertial reference frame. The conversion assumes that the two...

Briefs : Software
AdapChem

AdapChem software enables high efficiency, low computational cost, and enhanced accuracy on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) numerical simulations used for combustion studies. The software dynamically allocates smaller, reduced chemical models instead of the larger, full chemistry models to evolve the calculation while ensuring the...

Briefs : Software
Extended Testability Analysis Tool

The Extended Testability Analysis (ETA) Tool is a software application that supports fault management (FM) by performing testability analyses on the fault propagation model of a given system. Fault management includes the prevention of faults through robust design margins and quality assurance methods, or the...

Briefs : Software
Interactive 3D Mars Visualization

The Interactive 3D Mars Visualization system provides high-performance, immersive visualization of satellite and surface vehicle imagery of Mars. The software can be used in mission operations to provide the most accurate position information for the Mars rovers to date. When integrated into the mission data...

Briefs : Software
Software Modules for the Proximity-1 Space Link Interleaved Time Synchronization (PITS) Protocol

The Proximity-1 Space Link Interleaved Time Synchronization (PITS) protocol provides time distribution and synchronization services for space systems. A software prototype implementation of the PITS algorithm has been developed that also provides the...

Briefs : Software
Rapid Diagnostics of Onboard Sequences

Keeping track of sequences onboard a spacecraft is challenging. When reviewing Event Verification Records (EVRs) of sequence executions on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER), operators often found themselves wondering which version of a named sequence the EVR corresponded to. The lack of this information...

Briefs : Software
Mars Relay Lander and Orbiter Overflight Profile Estimation

This software allows science and mission operations to view graphs of geometric overflights of satellites and landers within the Mars (or other planetary) networks. It improves on the MaROS Web interface within any modern Web browser, in that it adds new capabilities to the MaROS...

Briefs : Software
MER Telemetry Processor

MERTELEMPROC processes telemetered data in data product format and generates Experiment Data Records (EDRs) for many instruments (HAZCAM, NAVCAM, PANCAM, microscopic imager, Mössbauer spectrometer, APXS, RAT, and EDLCAM) on the Mars Exploration Rover (MER). If the data is compressed, then MERTELEMPROC decompresses the...

Briefs : Software
pyam: Python implementation of YaM

pyam is a software development framework with tools for facilitating the rapid development of software in a concurrent software development environment. pyam provides solutions for development challenges associated with software reuse, managing multiple software configurations, developing software product...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Archway for Radiation and Micrometeorite Occurrence Resistance

The environmental conditions of the Moon require mitigation if a long-term human presence is to be achieved for extended periods of time. Radiation, micrometeoroid impacts, high-velocity debris, and thermal cycling represent threats to crew, equipment, and facilities. For decades,...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Process for Patterning Indium for Bump Bonding

An innovation was created for the Cosmology Large Angular Scale Surveyor for integration of low-temperature detector chips with a silicon backshort and a silicon photonic choke through flip-chip bonding. Indium bumps are typically patterned using liftoff processes, which require thick resist. In...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
4D Light Field Imaging System Using Programmable Aperture

Complete depth information can be extracted from analyzing all angles of light rays emanated from a source. However, this angular information is lost in a typical 2D imaging system. In order to record this information, a standard stereo imaging system uses two cameras to obtain...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Membrane Shell Reflector Segment Antenna

The mesh reflector is the only type of large, in-space deployable antenna that has successfully flown in space. However, state-of-the-art large deployable mesh antenna systems are RF-frequency-limited by both global shape accuracy and local surface quality. The limitations of mesh reflectors stem from two...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Radio Frequency Plasma Discharge Lamps for Use as Stable Calibration Light Sources

Stable high radiance in visible and near-ultraviolet wavelengths is desirable for radiometric calibration sources. In this work, newly available electrodeless radio-frequency (RF) driven plasma light sources were combined with research-grade, low-noise power...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Device and Container for Reheating and Sterilization

Long-duration space missions require the development of improved foods and novel packages that do not represent a significant disposal issue. In addition, it would also be desirable if rapid heating technologies could be used on Earth as well, to improve food quality during a sterilization...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
High-Speed Transport of Fluid Drops and Solid Particles via Surface Acoustic Waves

A compact sampling tool mechanism that can operate at various temperatures, and transport and sieve particle sizes of powdered cuttings and soil grains with no moving parts, has been created using traveling surface acoustic waves (SAWs) that are emitted by an...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Compact Autonomous Hemispheric Vision System

Solar System Exploration camera implementations to date have involved either single cameras with wide field-ofview (FOV) and consequently coarser spatial resolution, cameras on a movable mast, or single cameras necessitating rotation of the host vehicle to afford visibility outside a relatively narrow...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
A Distributive, Non-Destructive, Real-Time Approach to Snowpack Monitoring

This invention is designed to ascertain the snow water equivalence (SWE) of snowpacks with better spatial and temporal resolutions than present techniques. The approach is ground-based, as opposed to some techniques that are air-based. In addition, the approach is...

Briefs : Information Technology
Numerical Simulation of Rocket Exhaust Interaction With Lunar Soil

This technology development originated from the need to assess the debris threat resulting from soil material erosion induced by landing spacecraft rocket plume impingement on extraterrestrial planetary surfaces. The impact of soil debris was observed to be highly detrimental...

Briefs : Information Technology
Motion Imagery and Robotics Application (MIRA): Standards-Based Robotics

The current Mission Control Center (MCC) is dedicated to the execution of human spaceflight missions. As the future of NASA and human space evolves, it is clear that robotic artifacts will ultimately be integrated and immersed into the human mission. In order to make the...

Briefs : Information Technology
Particle Filtering for Model- Based Anomaly Detection in Sensor Networks

A novel technique has been developed for anomaly detection of rocket engine test stand (RETS) data. The objective was to develop a system that post-processes a csv file containing the sensor readings and activities (time-series) from a rocket engine test, and detects any...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Ka-band Digitally Beamformed Airborne Radar Using SweepSAR Technique

A paper describes a frequency-scaled SweepSAR demonstration that operates at Ka-Band (35.6 GHz), and closely approximates the DESDynl mission antenna geometry, scaled by 28. The concept relies on the SweepSAR measurement technique. An array of digital receivers captures...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Composite With In Situ Plenums

A document describes a high-performance thermal distribution panel (TDP) concept using high-conductivity (>800 W/mK) macro composite skin with in situ heat pipes. The processing technologies proposed to build such a panel result in a one-piece, inseparable assembly with high conductance in both the X and Y planes....

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Multi-Beam Approach for Accelerating Alignment and Calibration of HyspIRI-Like Imaging Spectrometers

A paper describes an optical stimulus that produces more consistent results, and can be automated for unattended, routine generation of data analysis products needed by the integration and testing team assembling a high-fidelity imaging...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
JWST Lifting System

A document describes designing, building, testing, and certifying a customized crane (Lifting Device — LD) with a strong back (cradle) to facilitate the installation of long wall panels and short door panels for the GHe phase of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Next-Generation Tumbleweed Rover

A document describes a next-generation tumbleweed rover that involves a split balloon system that is made up of two half-spherical air bladders with a disc between them. This disc contains all the electronics and instruments. By deflating only the bottom balloon, the rover can sit, bringing the surface probe into...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pneumatic System for Concentration of Micrometer-Size Lunar Soil

A report describes a size-sorting method to separate and concentrate micrometer-size dust from a broad size range of particles without using sieves, fluids, or other processes that may modify the composition or the surface properties of the dust.

Briefs : Medical
Paralympian ‘Catapults’ to a Silver Medal

At London’s Paralympic Games in September, USA track and field star Richard Browne took the silver medal in the highly anticipated 100-meter race for below-the-knee amputees. The 21-year-old was the first athlete to train with and compete with the Catapult® Running Foot from his sponsor...

Briefs : Medical
Wideband Single-Crystal Transducer for Bone Characterization

The microgravity conditions of space travel result in unique physiological demands on the human body. In particular, the absence of the continual mechanical stresses on the skeletal system that are present on Earth cause the bones to decalcify. Trabecular structure decreases in...

Briefs : Medical
3D Scanning for Post-Mastectomy Custom Breast Prosthesis

Breast cancer is a terrible affliction that affects approximately one in eight women in the US. In 2012, nearly a quarter- million cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women. Due to the progress of medicine and associated treatment, the death rate associated with breast...

News
Flying Rescue Robot Autonomously Avoids Obstacles

Cornell University researchers have created an autonomous flying robot that is as smart as a bird when it comes to maneuvering around obstacles. Able to guide itself through forests, tunnels or damaged buildings, the machine could have tremendous value in search-and-rescue operations. The team is...

Articles : Software
NASA Awards 2012 Software of the Year

NASA’s first mobile application and software that models the behavior of earthquake faults to improve earthquake forecasting and our understanding of earthquake processes are co-winners of NASA’s 2012 Software of the Year Award. The award recognizes innovative software technologies that significantly...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Image Sensors Enable Curiosity to Capture High-Definition Images From Mars

The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, is designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support life by deploying the most advanced set of scientific instruments ever sent to the planet. As part of that instrument suite, all four science cameras...

Application Briefs : Sensors/Data Acquisition
Thermoelectric Cooler Helps Maintain Curiosity’s Temperature

The first spectrometer data from the Mars Rover Curiosity has made its way back to Earth, analyzing the plasma light captured during laser excitation of rocks and soil on the planet’s surface. Solid-state thermoelectric technology was used to cool the ChemCam (Chemistry Camera) CCD...

Articles : Aerospace
Economic Development Done Right

Greek mythology tells of the inventor Daedalus using wings of his own fashioning to escape from imprisonment on the island of Crete. In 1988, a similar adventure was launched, though in this case, carbon-fiber composites, gears, and driveshafts were featured instead of wax and feathers.

Articles : Imaging
Using Multispectral Imaging for Ecological Observations

With an airborne camera capable of making precise and detailed ecological observations, biologists at Applied Ecological Services (Brodhead, WI) are bringing satellite imagery closer to earth.

Articles : Imaging
USB 3.0: Addressing New Challenges in Machine Vision

Users of machine vision systems often have one common goal in mind: increasing system efficiency. Greater efficiency translates into high productivity. On the factory floor, higher speed in an automated optical inspection system, for example, contributes directly to profit.

Application Briefs : Imaging
The Eyes of the Mars Curiosity Rover

On August 6, 2012, the Mars Curiosity rover successfully landed on the floor of Gale Crater on Mars. The Curiosity rover is about the size of a small SUV — 10 feet (3 meters) long, not including the arm, 9 feet (2.7 meters) wide, and 7 feet (2.2 meters) tall.

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Transitioning Application Platforms to Sandy Bridge

Intel’s new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture is changing how software applications run and perform on server platforms. In order for applications to tap the full power of these new devices, developers will need to update not only their application software, but also the hardware platforms on...

Articles : Electronics & Computers
Strong-ARMing The Market

Embedded market applications have entered a new era thanks to extensive software support as well as the shrinking of borders between different processor technologies enabling the software ecosystem to expand to additional technology platforms. Consequently, the standard form factors at the board and module level must...

Products
Product of the Month: Release 2012b

MathWorks, Natick, MA, has introduced Release 2012b with updates to MATLAB and Simulink environments for technical computing, and simulation and design, respectively. The new release includes a redesigned help system with improved browsing, searching, filtering, and content organization. The Simulink Editor...

Articles : Motion Control
Factors to Consider When Selecting and Specifying LVDT Linear Position Sensors

Fitting the right type of linear position sensor to an application requires at least a working knowledge of the attributes of this electromechanical device. Starting with the basics, the LVDT (linear variable differential transformer) is a common type of linear...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Connectors Enable Precise Movement of Lunar Robotic Tool Changer

NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, VA hired Honeybee Robotics Spacecraft Mechanisms Corp. to develop a totally mechanical tool changer for the end of what Langley’s...

Products : Motion Control
CNC Machine Controllers

B&R Industrial Automation Corp. (Roswell, GA) offers standardized system modules for CNC machines. Consisting of hardware components, all necessary software functions, and available simulation options, the software package makes it possible to quickly implement automation processes. The system integrates CNC, PLC, and...

Products : Motion Control
Automation Control Platform

GE Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the PACSystems® control and computing platform designed for the industrial Internet. It incorporates COM Express architecture with multi-core CPUs. The RXi platform offers high-speed interfaces, with multiple gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 ports. These...

Products : Motion Control
Harmonic Gearhead

Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) has announced a harmonic gearhead that directly replaces much larger, high-ratio planetary gearheads utilizing the latest harmonic strain wave gearing technology. In addition to its compact size, the gearhead features high torque, true zero backlash, and positional accuracy. A gearing-forward...

Products : Motion Control
Helical Gearbox

GAM Gear (Mt. Prospect, IL) has introduced the SPH series inline planetary gearbox featuring helical gearing. It is designed for dynamic and cyclic motion control applications, and can be optimized for high-speed and continuous-duty applications. The gears are cut at an angle to help reduce axial forces associated with helical...

Products : Motion Control
Microstepping Drive

Servo2Go.com (Greenville, DE) offers Applied Motion Products’ STR2 stepper drive, a compact, digital step and direction drive for applications requiring basic step and direction control of a 2-phase step motor. The drive outputs up to 2.2 A/phase to the step motor, and is compatible with a variety of 2-phase step motors...

Products : Motion Control
Position Sensor

Honeywell (Minneapolis, MN) offers the SMART rotary configuration position sensor that provides 360° non-contact angular position sensing. The sensor enables users to replace an optical encoder, or to utilize a sensor instead of a resolver. The sensor utilizes non-contact magnetoresistive (MR) technology to determine the...

Products : Motion Control
Positioning Stages

Rollon (Hackettstown, NJ) has in - troduced the Actuatorline TT series of high-precision linear positioning stages. Available in a range of sizes and configurations, the stages are suited for use in robotic handling systems, semiconductor equipment, X-Y-Z Cartesian robots, machine tools, and automated assembly lines. The...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Guides

Lee Linear (Piscataway, NJ) offers the SBC Linear Profile SBI linear guide system that uses a low profile and wide base design for less noise, less vibration, and increased life over caged ball assemblies. The extra load capacity, which is the same in all directions, includes a dynamic load rating from 14.1–232.5 kN, and a static...

Products : Motion Control
Robotics Simulation Software

Siemens PLM Software (Plano, TX) has introduced RobotExpert software for robotics simulation and programming. The software enables the design, simulation, optimization, and offline programming of robotic applications to maximize the speed, flexibility, and operation of automated systems. It features an intuitive 3D...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Shaft Supports

The SBL and LPB series of linear shaft supports from Ondrives.US Corp. (Freeport, NY) feature removable top clamps that enable easy removal of shafts and permit reassembly without upsetting the critical alignment between parallel shafts. At reassembly, the shafts return to their exact, original position. The supports are...

Products : Motion Control
Speed Controls

Four controls from Bodine Electric (Northfield, IL) provide speed control for low-voltage 12 or 24V permanent magnet DC (PMDC) gearmotors and motors (up to 1/3 HP/250 Watts). The controls utilize pulse width modulation (PWM) technology for quiet operation, low operating temperature, and optimal brush life. The controls feature...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Motion Platform

PBC Linear®, a Pacific Bearing Company (Roscoe, IL) has introduced the SIMO® Series linear motion platform. Options allow a design engineer to meet multiple application requirements with a single platform. Options include a low-profile rail for tight spaces or a tall version for greater structural integrity. Each...

Products : Motion Control
DC Micromotors

Pittman® Motors, a division of AMETEK/Precision Motion Control (Harleysville, PA), offers high-performance slotless brushless DC motors for medical applications such as high-speed surgical tools, dental tools, medical instruments, and other small medical devices. The miniature motors produce little or no EMI emission...

Products : Motion Control
Drives

Danfoss VLT Drives (Loves Park, IL) has introduced D-Frame VLT® drives available in a power range from 125-450 HP (90-315 kW). They leverage back channel cooling to remove 90% of the heat generated by the drive. The drives are available with IP20, IP21 (NEMA 1), or IP 54 (NEMA 12) enclosure protection ratings. They come standard with...

Products : Motion Control
Motor Drive Transistors

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) has introduced a family of 600V insulatedgate bipolar transistors (IGBTs) for motor drive applications operating below 10 kHz, including compressors for refrigerators and air-conditioners. The Gen7 F devices employ punch-through Trench technology to deliver high power density, and...

Products : Motion Control
Motion and Automation Control

Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) offers the AKD PDMM that combines a multi-axis motion controller, IEC61131-3 soft PLC, EtherCAT® master, and AKD® servo drive in a single, compact package. The system is suited for applications in printing, packaging, converting, and medical, as well as other automation applications where...

Products : Motion Control
Rod-Style Actuators

ERD electric cylinders from Tolomatic (Hamel, MN) are available with a reverseparallel motor mount that makes a more compact package. The motor is mounted in parallel with the actuator instead of inline, which reduces the length of the total package and, with the addition of a rear clevis pivot mount, provides greater...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Positioning Stages

Mini-MAG precision linear positioning stages from Dover (Boxborough, MA) are available with a complete controls package. Users can combine a Mini-MAG linear motor stage with a board-level, single-axis servo drive for integration into a control cabinet, or a Kollmorgen AKD™ servo drive for single- or multi-axis...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Actuator

BEI Kimco Magnetics (Vista, CA) has introduced the Model LA100-93-000A high force linear actuator with a peak force of 500 pounds. It features a continuous force of 292 pounds with 2" total stroke. Other features include semi-housed construction with built-in shaft and bushings that orient the coil assembly concentric to the...

Products : Motion Control
Brush Motors

Crouzet, a brand of Custom Sensors & Technologies (San Diego, CA), has introduced the DCmind Brush range of direct-current brush motors. The motors, even under full load, offer a range of gearboxes and accessories. The new motors have a noise level of 35 db. The motors are available in 15-, 25-, and 55-Watt configurations with a...

Techs for License
Conductive Polymers Integrate Antennas Into an Electronic Device Housing

Micron-sized conductive fibers within a thermoplastic matrix enable polymeric antennas that can be molded in various shapes and sizes. The polymer antenna technology can even become an integral part of a device housing, thus reducing part count, concealing itself, and...

Techs for License
Long-Wave IR Sensors Enable Remote Temperature Measurement

A 2000-pixel long-wave infrared sensor detects and monitors hot spots, wear points, and friction on operating machinery and other equipment. Using software, the device also displays the condition of heat-generating tools, including motors and bearings; collects temperature readings from...

NASA Tech Needs
Printing Technology for PVA Film

A company seeks technology options for printing on a moving Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA) film web before or during the production of liquitabs and other unit dose products. The technology must be able to print on PVA film either on-line (preferred), at line, or offline. The film production method, which will require a...

NASA Tech Needs
Technologies to Stabilize and Deliver RNA Strands

An organization is looking for technologies that can stabilize and deliver fragile RNA strands to plants and animals outside of a laboratory-controlled environment. The RNA strands may include dsRNA (double-stranded RNA) and shRNA (short hairpin RNA). A proposed solution must provide a method to...

Who's Who
Dr. Carlos Calle, Lead Scientist, Electrostatics and Surface Physics Lab, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Dr. Carlos Calle, lead scientist in Kennedy Space Center’s Electrostatics and Surface Physics Lab, is developing instrumentation that addresses the problem of electrostatic dust. The technology will be used for future exploration missions on Mars...

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Dr. Carlos Calle, Lead Scientist, Electrostatics and Surface Physics Lab, Kennedy Space Center, FL

Dr. Carlos Calle, lead scientist in Kennedy Space Center’s Electrostatics and Surface Physics Lab, is developing instrumentation that addresses the problem of electrostatic dust. The technology will be used for future exploration missions on...

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