June 2006

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
MEMS to Replace Quartz Oscillators as Frequency Sources

Research on microelectromechanical system (MEMS) resonators dates back to the mid-1960s, but MEMS timing references are only now being introduced commercially. In this time, two fundamental technical challenges have been overcome: finding a stable and predictable material from which to...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
"Virtual Feel" Capaciflectors

The term “virtual feel” denotes a type of capaciflector (an advanced capacitive proximity sensor) and a methodology for designing and using a sensor of this type to guide a robot in manipulating a tool...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Magnetic-Field-Response Measurement-Acquisition System

A measurement- acquisition system uses magnetic fields to power sensors and to acquire measurements from sensors. The system alleviates many shortcomings of traditional measurement acquisition systems, which include a finite number of measurement channels, weight penalty associated with...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Miniature Housings for Electronics With Standard Interfaces

be secured to a mating carrier by use of screws or epoxy; this mounting scheme helps the housings and their contents to withstand severe vibrations and ensures thermal conduction for dissipation of heat generated during operation of the contained circuitry. The circuits contained in the...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Measuring Vapors To Monitor the State of Cure of a Resin

A proposed noninvasive method of monitoring the cure path and the state of cure of an epoxy or other resin involves measurement of the concentration(s) of one or more compound(s) in the vaporous effluent emitted during the curing process. The method is based on the following general...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Templates for Fabricating Nanowire/Nanoconduit-Based Devices

An effort is underway to develop processes for making templates that could be used as deposition molds and etching masks in the fabrication of devices containing arrays of nanowires and/or nanoconduits. Examples of such devices include thermoelectric devices, nerve guidance scaffolds...

Briefs : Information Technology
Reducing Centroid Error Through Model-Based Noise Reduction

A method of processing the digitized output of a charge-coupled device (CCD) image detector has been devised to enable reduction of the error in computed centroid of the image of a point source of light. The method involves model-based estimation of, and correction for, the...

Briefs : Information Technology
Integrating Terrain Maps Into a Reactive Navigation Strategy

An improved method of processing information for autonomous navigation of a robotic vehicle across rough terrain involves the integration of terrain maps into a reactive navigation strategy. Somewhat more precisely, the method involves the incorporation, into navigation logic, of data...

Briefs : Information Technology
Adaptive Modeling Language and Its Derivatives

Adaptive Modeling Language (AML), developed by TechnoSoft, Inc., is the underlying language of an object-oriented, multidisciplinary, knowledge-based engineering framework. TechnoSoft is a leading provider of object-oriented modeling and simulation technology used for commercial and defense...

Briefs : Materials
Tantalum-Based Ceramics for Refractory Composites

A family of tantalum-based ceramics has been invented as ingredients of high-temperature composite insulating tiles. These materials are suitable for coating and/or permeating the outer layers of rigid porous (foamlike or fibrous) ceramic substrates to (1) render the resulting composite ceramic...

Briefs : Materials
Microsphere Insulation Panels

Microsphere insulation panels (MIPs) have been developed as lightweight, long lasting replacements for the foam and vacuum-jacketed systems heretofore used for thermally insulating cryogenic vessels and transfer ducts. Whether preformed or applied in place, foam insulation deteriorates fairly rapidly: on cryogenic...

Briefs : Materials
Single-Wall Carbon Nanotube Anodes for Lithium Cells

In recent experiments, highly purified batches of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) have shown promise as superior alternatives to the graphitic carbon-black anode materials heretofore used in rechargeable thin-film lithium power cells. The basic idea underlying the experiments is that...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fastener Options for Clinching Into Stainless
Fastener Options for Clinching Into Stainless

Designers often turn to self-clinching fasteners when they need a practical method to provide threads in thin metal sheets. The fasteners install permanently, reduce hardware, and promote thinner...

Fastener Options for Clinching Into Stainless
Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Integral Flexure Mounts for Metal Mirrors for Cryogenic Use

Semi-kinematic, six-degree-of-freedom flexure mounts have been incorporated as integral parts of metal mirrors designed to be used under cryogenic conditions as parts of an astronomical instrument. The design of the mirrors and their integral flexure mounts can also be adapted to other...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Low-Cost Propellant Launch From a Tethered Balloon

A document presents a concept for relatively inexpensive delivery of propellant to a large fuel depot in low orbit around the Earth, for use in rockets destined for higher orbits, the Moon, and for remote planets. The propellant is expected to be at least 85 percent of the mass needed in low...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Platform for Testing Robotic Vehicles on Simulated Terrain

The variable terrain tilt platform (VTTP) is a means of providing simulated terrain for mobility testing of engineering models of the Mars Exploration Rovers. The VTTP could also be used for testing the ability of other robotic land vehicles (and small vehicles in general) to move across...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
On Release of Microbe-Laden Particles From Mars Landers

A paper presents a study in which rates of release of small particles from Mars lander spacecraft into the Martian atmosphere were estimated from first principles. Because such particles can consist of, or be laden with, terrestrial microbes, the study was undertaken to understand their...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Stable Satellite Orbits for Global Coverage of the Moon

A document proposes a constellation of spacecraft to be placed in orbit around the Moon to provide navigation and communication services with global coverage required for exploration of the Moon. There would be six spacecraft in inclined elliptical orbits: three in each of two orthogonal...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Theodolite Ring Lights

Theodolite ring lights have been invented to ease a difficulty encountered in the well-established opticalmetrology practice of using highly reflective spherical tooling balls as position references. As described in more detail below, a theodolite ring light is attached to a theodolite or telescope and used to generate a...

Briefs : Semiconductors & ICs
FETs Based on Doped Polyaniline/Polyethylene Oxide Fibers

A family of experimental highly miniaturized field-effect transistors (FETs) is based on exploitation of the electrical properties of nanofibers of polyaniline/ polyethylene oxide (PANi/PEO) doped with camphorsulfonic acid. These polymer-based FETs have the potential for becoming building...

Briefs : Software
Software for Collaborative Use of Large Interactive Displays

The MERBoard Collaborative Workspace, which is currently being deployed to support the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Missions, is the first instantiation of a new computing architecture designed to support collaborative and group computing using computing devices situated in NASA...

Briefs : Software
Modified Recursive Hierarchical Segmentation of Data

An algorithm and a computer program that implements the algorithm that performs recursive hierarchical segmentation (RHSEG) of data have been developed. While the current implementation is for two-dimensional data having spatial characteristics (e.g., image, spectral, or spectral-image data),...

Briefs : Software
Integrated Modeling Environment

The Integrated Modeling Environment (IME) is a software system that establishes a centralized Web-based interface for integrating people (who may be geographically dispersed), processes, and data involved in a common engineering project. The IME includes software tools for life-cycle management, configuration...

Briefs : Software
Framework for Flexible Security in Group Communications

The Antigone software system defines a framework for the flexible definition and implementation of security policies in group communication systems. Antigone does not dictate the available security policies, but provides high-level mechanisms for implementing them. A central element of the...

Briefs : Software
Stress Testing of Data-Communication Networks
NetStress is a computer program that stress-tests a data-communication network and components thereof. NetStress comprises two components running, respectively, in a transmitting system and a receiving system connected to a network under test. The novelty of the program is that is has the capability to...
Briefs : Software
Sizing Structures and Predicting Weight of a Spacecraft

EZDESIT is a computer program for choosing the sizes of structural components and predicting the weight of a spacecraft, aircraft, or other vehicle. In designing a vehicle, EZDESIT is used in conjunction with a finite-element structural- analysis program: Each structural component is sized...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Interferometer for Low Uncertainty Vector Metrology

The figure is a simplified schematic diagram of a tilt-sensing unequal-path interferometer set up to measure the orientation of the normal vector of one surface of a cube mounted on a structure under test. This interferometer has been named a “theoferometer” to express both its...

Briefs : Test & Measurement
Rayleigh Scattering for Measuring Flow in a Nozzle Testing Facility

A molecular Rayleigh scattering based air density measurement system was built in a large nozzle and engine component test facility for surveying supersonic plumes from jet-engine exhaust. The facility (see Figure 1) can test nozzles up to 8.75 in. (22.2-cm) in diameter. It is...

Products
Autodesk Inventor 11 3D

Autodesk, San Rafael, CA, has announced Autodesk Inventor 11 3D mechanical CAD software that provides an integrated set of tools for 3D design and documentation. The new release features "functional design," which enables users to create designs based on the functional requirements of a product before committing to...

Who's Who
Hanwant Singh, Atmospheric Scientist, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

The Intercontinental Chemical Transport Experiment (INTEX-B) is the second phase of a two-part, multinational monitoring project designed to track pollution making its way into North America and is sponsored by the Tropospheric Chemistry Program at NASA...

Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Power Systems Find Use in Multiple Future Space Vehicles
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Articles
The Difference and Distance Between Invention and a Business

This issue begins a series of four articles that will focus on converting your invention into a revenue-generating business, the critical information you need to gather to get started, and how to put together the two initial documents to gather funding to start your business: financial...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Improved Gear Shapes for Face Worm Gear Drives

Shapes different from the traditional ones have been proposed for face worm gears and for conical and cylindrical worms that mesh with them. The proposed shapes are based on the concept of generating a face worm gear surface by use of a tilted head cutter instead of by the traditional use of a hob....

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Hundreds of Gearmotors Drive Times Square Scrolling Sign

With a zoning ordinance requiring businesses to throw up big, bright, eye-catching signs, Times Square in New York City has an illuminated-sign density rivaling Las Vegas. When Toys “R” Us moved into the neighborhood, it contacted Revolution Display Systems, (Toronto, Canada) to create...

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Drive Retrofit Update Enables Smoke-Removal System at Atlanta Airport

When the City of Atlanta finalized plans for the capital-improvement project at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, an integral part of the 10-year, $5.4 billion project included upgrading the ventilation system of the underground Automated People Mover (APM)....

Application Briefs : Motion Control
Device Simulates Spine Motions

The spine is the most complex mechanical system in the human body. With the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Instron (Norwood, MA) is utilizing the BioPuls™ Multi-Axial Spine Testing System to characterize the multi-axial dynamism of the backbone. Such testing will help further the understanding of spine...

Products : Motion Control
Toroidal Roller Bearings

Serving as non-locating bearings in large electric motors, SKF USA’s (Kulpsville, PA) CARB® toroidal roller bearings accommodate heavy radial loads and compensate for misalignment. Suitable for both coupled and belted loads, the bearings offer users a single bearing solution for motors, regardless of mounting method....

Products : Motion Control
Hydraulic Power Unit

SPX Fluid Power (Rockford, IL) has released the SPX Smiths Model SMR low-pressure DC bi-rotational hydraulic power unit, available in both holding and non-holding designs. The power unit comes with a standard emergency override shaft, pressure setting options, four tank sizes, and SAE and BSPP port options. A handset...

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Linear Actuator

The DGEA cantilever electric linear actuator from Festo Corp. (Hauppauge, NY) is designed so the slide unit remains stationary while the profile moves axially. Suited for space-contained, multi-axis configurations, the motor and cables remain fixed, minimizing the moving mass to just the load and aluminum profile. The toothed...

Products : Motion Control
Contouring Control

The TNC 320 contouring control from Heindenhain Corp. (Schaumburg, IL) features the ability to control five axes, an analog drive interface for interfacing to existing drive systems, and one-piece construction, the device sports a 15" TFT color flat-panel display (1024 x 768 pixels). The unit’s main computer contains several...

Products : Motion Control
Vibration Control System

LMS North America (Troy, MI) has introduced the LMS Test.Lab Vibration Control system for closed-loop vibration control testing under a wide variety of usage and transportation circumstances. Allowing engineers to test products under normal to extreme operating conditions, the system supports endurance testing, online...

Products : Motion Control
Ethernet Motion Control Card

Saelig (Pittsford, NY) offers the FMOD-IPDCMOT motion control card that uses an Ethernet bus to communicate data and supply power simultaneously at distances of several thousand yards. Via its integrated Web server, the unit combines a 32-bit motion controller and the speed of the Ethernet communication protocol. The...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Drive

The TA330 linear three-phase servo drive from Trust Automation (San Luis Obispo, CA) is a 150-V, 900-W continuous (2700-W peak) linear drive. It can be configured to interface with any motion controller, including three-phase DC brushless servo motors using Hall Effect sensors, three-phase AC brushless motors using external...

Products : Motion Control
Belt-Driven Slide

The Voyager Series VB1 from Techno (New Hyde Park, NY) is a belt-driven slide that features lengths up to three meters and speeds up to five meters per second. Used for dispensing, inspection, pick and place, and parts transfer, the slide can be assembled to make two- and three-axis systems. It is available in 15 different...

Products : Motion Control
Gearmotor

The Model MMP-TM55-12V GP52-308 DC gearmotor from Midwest Motion Products (Watertown, MN) accepts any 12-V DC source including battery power. The unit has a diameter of 2.14" and a length of 7.75", with a keyed output shaft 12 mm in diameter by 25 mm long. Mounting is accomplished with 4 face mount M5 threaded holes, equally spaced on...

Products : Motion Control
Dual-Axis Stepper Driver

The dual-axis EZHR17EN stepper motor controller and driver from AllMotion, (San Jose, CA) is designed for off-the-shelf, rapid implementation in miniature applications. Measuring 1.6 × 1.6" and featuring encoder feedback, it provides up to two amps drive current for one axis and up to one amp for the second, with an...

Products : Motion Control
Gearheads

The LP+/LPB+ Value Line series of gear-heads from alpha gear drives (Bartlett, IL) offer a lubrication concept that makes them maintenance-free. The LPB+ offers the option of adding an integrated geared pulley drive system. The belt pulley eliminates the need for a right-angle gearbox, couplings, and/or additional bearings. At full...

Products : Motion Control
Rotary Encoders

Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) has introduced the 40-mm-diameter, IP54-protected TVI401 Series incremental rotary encoders capable of providing pulse outputs of up to 1024 ppr. Offering a tangential cable outlet for buckle-free connection, the encoders operate at 4.75 to 30 VDC with short-circuit-proof, push-pull output, or 5 VDC...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Drives

Parker Hannifin’s Electromechanical Automation Div. (Rohnert Park, CA) offers high-power Compax3 all-digital servo drives, available with current output to 10A and 15A RMS. The drives feature auto-tuning, internal function generator on all units, and support for Stegmann single- and multi-turn absolute encoders. All Compax3 drives...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Controller/Driver

QuickSilver Controls (San Dimas, CA) has added multi-thread capability to its SilverDust servo controllers/drivers for NEMA 17 and 23 frame motors. Users can execute two programs simultaneously in the same controller for motion applications where the servo controller is used as the main logic controller. One thread can be...

Products : Motion Control
CAN Card

The Model CAN-PCI-02 Control Area Network (CAN) card from Copley Controls Corp. (Canton, MA) provides an interface between the company’s distributed motion control software and its CANopen servo and stepper drives. It facilitates plug-and-play CANopen operation and is PCI compliant. Compatible with 3.3V and 5VDC environments, the...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Bushing

THK America (Schaumburg, IL) has introduced a self-adjusting power linear bushing with cages engineered of resin that continually lubricates the rolling elements. The bushing also features a hardened steel ball plate with a ground groove that is slightly larger than the ball, which results in increased contact area between the...

Products : Motion Control
Piston Pumps

The Series 2665/2685 WOB-L piston pumps by Thomas Products Div. (Sheboygan, WI) incorporates epoxy-coated head and valve plates for exterior corrosion protection, aluminum construction, and a Teflon piston seal that remains flexible even in cold. The pumps are intended for use where fan guards are not required; Series 2685 pumps...

Products : Motion Control
Brushless Servomotors

PennEngineering® Motion Technologies (Harleysville, PA) offers the MAE® Series BM brushless servo motors that can be equipped with Hall effect sensors and encoders. The motors feature copper integrated in the stator’s winding. They are available in nine models incorporating four- or eight-pole stators. A rotor structure...

Products : Motion Control
Conveyor System

The Quickdraw® conveyor system from MagStar Technologies (Hopkins, MN) is designed for lab and cleanroom environments. It stands 2-7/8" and is only 1-1/2" wider than the transport tray. It uses sealed ball bearings rather than belts. The unit allows for variable speed, bi-directional transport, changeable layouts, and precision...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Actuators

The A-Track Series linear actuators from Warner Electric (South Beloit, IL) include a round, ground ball nut, a motor shaft supported by bearings rather than bushings, and limit switch and potentiometer options. The series has four models. All are compact, and will move loads ranging from 25 to 1,330 pounds. They can be located...

Products : Motion Control
Variable Frequency Drives

AC Technology, a member of the Lenze Group (Uxbridge, MA), has introduced the SMVector drive, featuring a power range of up to 20 Hp. Four modes (v/Hz, enhanced V/Hz, vector speed, and torque), high starting torque, auto-tuning, low-speed control, and dynamic speed regulation are provided. The unit’s input voltage...

Products : Motion Control
Servo Converters

The KE/KW series of digital intelligent servo converters from AMK Drives and Controls (Richmond, VA) is comprised of infeed and modules in the power range up to 60 kVA. A compact system, the unit measures 170 × 320 × 160 mm. Using coldplate cooling, power losses in the control cabinet are reduced by placing the unit on a...

Products : Motion Control
High Resolution Actuators

PI L.P. (Auburn, MA) introduced NEXLINE®, a high-force, sub-nanometer resolution linear actuator for telescopic precision. Based on the PiesoWalk® drive principle, the all-ceramic, high stiffness actuators provide pushing/holding forces to 600 N and a resolution better than 0.1 nanometer. They can be run in analog...

Products : Motion Control
Linear Guide Systems

LM76 (E. Longmeadow, MA) offers the Speed Guides™, two series of high-speed, compact linear guide systems. The Speed Demon OSG type and Speed Demon SG type linear guide systems are ideal for used in X, Y, or Z axes, and are designed for speeds up to 10 m/sec., accelerations to 50 m/sec.2, and loads up to 5600 N. The OSG...

Products : Motion Control
Cable Assemblies

W.L. Gore & Associates (Elkton, MD) has introduced Gore™ Eye-Opener® DensiShield cable assemblies to transmit high-speed differential signals while reducing size and weight. A short cable exit and lightweight cable allow a tighter fit between the chassis panel and door. The high-speed cable incorporates ultra-low-dielectric...

Products : Motion Control
Motion Control ICs

Performance Motion Devices (Lincoln, MA) released the Magellan™ family of motion control ICs. They provide smooth stop, abrupt stop, and system disable, and are available for DC brush, brushless DC, microstepping, and step motors. A hardware trace buffer can store four performance-related values chosen from over 28...

Products
Rail System

From LEE Controls (Piscataway, NJ) and designed for automated production lines, CNC machines, power transmission, and other linear motion applications, the SBC Profile Rail System incorporates linear guide rails and blocks and is available in two ranges for high load capacity and two ranges for ultra-high-load applications. Rail...

Products : Motion Control
Reciprocating Platform

Amacoil (Aston, PA) offers a reciprocating linear motion platform driven by a rolling ring drive that reciprocates automatically without requiring motor reversal. Designed for a PCB measurement/cleaning process, the assembly may also be used for scanning barcodes on parts and other applications requiring repetitive...

Products : Motion Control
Right-Angle Gear Drives

Torque Transmission (Fairport Harbor, OH) has introduced a line of right-angle gear drives housed in glass-reinforced nylon, and are available in two model groups: RAB (standard right-angle drive) and MAD (for miniature angle drives). Both models feature one or two inputs and 1:1 or 2:1 gear ratios. RAB gear drives...

Products : Motion Control
Control System Software

SERVOSHAFT motion system control software from Danaher Motion (Wood Dale, IL) enables users to run all three functions of a control system (SCADA function, PLC, and motion control) from their own computers. The software meets IEC standard 61131-3 and supports the SFC, FBD, LD, ST, and IL programming languages. An OPC...

Products : Motion Control
Ionizers

A line of Koganei blow-type ionizers is available from Humphrey Products Co. (Kalamazoo, MI). Designed to remove static electricity and dust, the device is available in one-head, two-head, and compact models. A range of optional solid and flexible nozzles provides coverage from a wide area, to as close as 1 mm from the workpiece....

Products : Motion Control
Motor Protection Circuit Breakers

The Series 330 motor protection circuit breakers from c3controls (Beaver, PA) are available with thermal and magnetic trip elements providing overload and short circuit protection, and magnetic trip element only for short circuit protection. Both units come in universal rating and markings (A, kW, and HP), as...

Articles : Imaging
Adaptive Algorithms, Multi-Cores, and Networks Mark New Machine Vision Era

Potato chips, cell phones, razors, and baby diapers are just a few of the many everyday items made with the help of industrial machine vision. In fact, any product that is manufactured in either high volume, high accuracy, low cost, or a combination of all three can be...

Articles : Imaging
Infrared Vision: SWIR Sees the Furnace Through the Flames

The ability to make thermal measurements and image through materials that confound more expensive thermal cameras is pushing shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensors into a growing number of industrial process monitoring and thermography applications, typically those of 100 °C or more.

Articles : Imaging
Medical Imaging: Multimodal Techniques Find Life’s Answers

Traditional research on disease mechanisms in animal models mainly has relied either on the detection of morphological changes of the diseased tissues obtained through anatomical imaging, or on the excision and pathological study of the tissues of interest. These methods often require...

Products : Imaging
PCMCIA Frame Grabbers

Imperx, Boca Raton, FL, offers the VCE-B5A01 and VCE-PRO frame grabbers that fit into the PCMCIA slot in laptop and palmtop computers, as well as PDAs and other high-mobility computing devices. The VCE-B5A01 is a PCMCIA PC Card video capture card that supports standard analog NTSC or PAL interfaces. The VCE-PRO is a PCMCIA...

Products : Imaging
Infrared Cooled Camera

The Silver 480M from Cedip Infrared Systems, Croissy-Beaubourg, France, is an infrared cooled camera that provides an acquisition and processing system for dynamic phenomena and high-frequency periodic excitation. Designed to perform ultra-fast thermographic analysis, the camera uses analog inputs for synchronous...

Products : Imaging
Industrial Video Camera

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division, Irvine, CA, has introduced the IK-TF2 3-CCD color industrial video camera that measures 44 x 44 x 78 mm. It can be integrated into a high-speed machine vision system where high definition and color resolution are critical. The three-chip camera features a 1/3" IT-CCD sensor, 570 TV...

Products : Imaging
Intensified Imaging Camera

The hsfc pro from The Cooke Corp., Romulus, MI, has a single optical input and consists of an image splitter unit, four intensified CCD camera modules with fast switchable MCP image intensifiers, and high-resolution CCD image sensors. Each module has 12-bit dynamic range, and a high-resolution CCD image sensor features...

Products : Imaging
Machine Vision Camera

The JAI CV-A1 from JAI PULNiX, San Jose, CA, is a 1.4-megapixel CCD machine vision camera that features small size, analog output, and set-up via RS-232C. The analog output enables smaller-diameter cables to be used. The camera measures 1.14 x 1.73 x 2.6", features a 1/2" progressive scan CCD, and operates at 16 frames per...

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Imaging Firmware Analysis

FotoNation, Burlingame, CA, offers PTP-IP Analyzer, a software suite that tests and analyzes firmware in digital imaging devices to ensure it conforms to CIPA PTP-IP, the communications protocol that connects digital cameras to devices such as TVs, printers, PCs, and other cameras. The verification is carried out...

Products : Imaging
Miniature Infrared Camera

Thermoteknix Systems, Bellevue, WA, has released the Miricle® 307K miniature infrared camera that incorporates a high-resolution uncooled alpha-silicon microbolometer detector. Measuring 1.5 x 1.5 x 1.5", the camera is designed for commercial and military applications requiring VGA resolution, ultra-compact size, and a...

Products : Imaging
QWIP Infrared Detector

The Sirius long-wavelength infrared detector from Sofradir, Paris, France, is based on Quantum Well Infrared Photodetector (QWIP) technology, and features 640 x 512, 20μm pitch, and TV format compatibility. The large-format infrared detector has applications in high-definition imaging in military uses such as armored...

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High-Speed Video Camera

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Columbia, MD, offers the Hyper Vision HPV-1 ultra-high-speed video camera that can record up to one million frames per second. It produces high-definition images at a resolution of 312 x 260 — up to 80,000 pixels per image. It features storage capabilities built directly into the...

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Rugged Cameras

Adimec USA, Stoneham, MA, offers the RA1000 family of rugged megapixel cameras for defense and commercial applications that provide day-imaging performance in monochrome or color with resolutions of 1 to 4 megapixels. The cameras meet environmental requirements and are qualified according to MIL-STD-810E for imaging in naval,...

Products : Imaging
Thermal Imaging Camera Core

BFi OPTiLAS, Evry, France, offers the L3-Communication Thermal-EyeTM 4500AS high-resolution thermal imaging camera core for integrators of handheld cameras and hands-free thermal imaging products. It uses the amorphous silicon microbolometer detector technology and features a 30-μm detector providing...

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Machine Vision Cameras

Prosilica, Burnaby, BC, Canada, has introduced the GE-Series gigabit Ethernet machine vision cameras, which conform to the draft AIA GigE Vision standard. The cameras send non-compressed images at high frame rates over standard gigabit Ethernet hardware with cable lengths up to 100 meters long. The cameras range from VGA...

Products : Imaging
Optical Zoom Module

New Scale Technologies, Victor, NY, offers the Squiggle optical zoom module for phone cameras that uses the patented SQUIGGLE motor. The module achieves lens travel greater than 4 mm with better than 10-micrometer closed-loop repeatability. The module’s cross-section of 10 x 12 mm is slightly larger than the 8-mm-diameter...

Products : Imaging
CCD Imaging Camera

PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, Fremont, CA, has introduced the MultiBlueTM CCD camera, a multi-purpose imaging camera that features a modular design that provides OEMs with a choice of imagers that can be incorporated into the camera, which includes a temperature-stabilized design to eliminate cooling. The camera...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Partial-Vacuum-Gasketed Electrochemical Corrosion Cell

An electrochemical cell for making corrosion measurements has been designed to prevent or reduce crevice corrosion, which is a common source of error in prior such cells. In a typical prior corrosion cell, crevice corrosion occurs at an interface between a material specimen, an electrolyte,...

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