June 2010

Products : Energy
Photovoltaic Metallization Paste

DuPont Microcircuit Materials

(Research Triangle Park, NC) introduces DuPont™ Solamet® PV16x series photovoltaic metallization pastes for crystalline silicon solar cells. The photovoltaic metallizations are suitable for a wide range of printing line widths and processes, which help to meet a variety of...
News : Lighting
Funding for R&D to Support U.S. Manufacturing of SSL

Today, DOE announced the availability of up to $15 million in funding to advance research, development, and market adoption of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies. The department will select two to eight projects that will help accelerate the adoption of LED and OLED products.

Question of the Week
Will humans be extinct in 100 years?

This week's question concerns the world-renowned Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner - who helped to wipe out smallpox - and his prediction that humans will probably be extinct within 100 years. His reasoning includes overpopulation, environmental destruction, and climate change. Fenner stated that...

Products : Energy
Energy Harvesting Power Management Unit

Cymbet Corporation

(Elk River, MN) introduces the EnerChip™ Energy Processor (EP) CBC915, which works universally across all energy harvesting transducer technologies including photovoltaic, thermoelectric, piezoelectric, and electromagnetic.

Question of the Week
Does your online persona accurately reflect who you are in the real world?

This week's question concerns our online "personas". While social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook encourage members to use their real identities, a recent study on the usage habits on these sites has shown there's little correlation between how people act on...

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Promise for Hydrogen-Fueled Cars

A new process for storing and generating hydrogen to run fuel cells in cars has been invented by chemical engineers at Purdue University. The process uses a powdered chemical called ammonia borane, which has one of the highest hydrogen contents of all solid materials.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Microbial Genetic System Dissects Biomass to Biofuel Conversion

A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers, working with the DOE Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), has made a critical step in the development of cost-effective cellulosic biofuels.

Question of the Week
Should CO2 emissions be regulated?

This week’s question concerns the EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Last Thursday, the US Senate failed to pass legislation that would have prevented the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating CO2 emissions from large factories, electric power companies, and automobiles.

News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Monitoring Carbon Dioxide Underground

A technique originally applied to monitor the flow of contaminants into shallow groundwater supplies has been repurposed by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers to monitor carbon dioxide pumped deep underground for storage.

News : Energy
Scientists Use Nanoscale Architecture to Make Efficient Solar Cell

A thin film solar cell must be thick enough to collect a sufficient amount of light, yet it needs to be thin enough to extract current. Boston College physicists found a way to resolve the "thick & thin" challenge through a nanoscale solar architecture based on the coaxial...

Question of the Week
Should Google be liable for "bad" directions that lead to injury?

This week's question concerns a recent news item about how a Utah woman injured by a motorist while following a Google Maps route has filed a lawsuit claiming Google supplied unsafe directions (the motorist is also named in the lawsuit). The woman used her phone to download...

Briefs : Green Design & Manufacturing
Formula for the Removal and Remediation of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Painted Structures
An activated metal treatment system (AMTS) removes and destroys polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in painted structures or within the binding or caulking material on structures. It may be applied using a “paint-on and wipe-off” process that leaves...
News : Green Design & Manufacturing
Low-Noise Current Controller Increases Detection of Trace Gases

A low-noise current controller developed at DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory was recently licensed to Wavelength Electronics Inc. (Bozeman, MT). The device delivers stable and reliable power to the lasers used in gas sensors, for use in analyzing trace atmospheric...


Kaman Precision Products/ Measuring, Middletown, CT, has introduced the KD-2446, a high-precision proximity sensor system that offers RoHS and CE compliance in a compact DIN package. With a 10-KHz analog output and threshold-adjustable 3.3-KHz switched output, the sensor is designed for high-speed automated manufacturing and process...

Application Briefs : Software
Software Improves Access to NASA Earth Models
Frontier Grid Platform for distributed computing
Parabon Computation
Reston, VA

Access to complex climate modeling and simulation models from NASA’s Earth-observing satellites will be easier after development of a Web-based system from...

Application Briefs : Medical
Custom Assembly Helps Create Medical-Grade Saline in Space
BioConnect® bag and tubing assemblies
Cole-Parmer Instrument
Vernon Hills, IL

BioConnect custom bag and tubing assemblies supplied the materials and services to catalyze the production of a prototype for the Intravenous...

NASA Tech Needs
Method for Attaining an Extreme Cantilever

A company needs to extend horizontally the loose end of a small coil of lightweight stored material without external support; essentially, achieving a cantilever supported only at one beam end. Material, beam cross-section, and beam structure are on the table, but the solution must meet strict criteria...

NASA Tech Needs
Radioprotectants for Humans Exposed to Chronic and Acute Radiation

A company seeks biological, pharmaceutical, or dietary countermeasures to act as radioprotectants for humans exposed to higher doses of radiation — either chronic exposure or acute exposure. The company is searching for any successful radiation countermeasures, mitigants, and...

Techs for License
High-Efficiency, Positive-Displacement, Water-Powered Sump Pump

This invention addresses the stormwater backup damage to finished basements and below-grade construction that occurs during power outages when the AC pump cannot operate and DC battery backup pumps are unable to operate for long duration. Even during harsh storm conditions, however,...

Techs for License
Cellular Wireless Gateway for Residential and Commercial Communication

This technology offers a revolutionary and versatile platform with remote, real-time information combined with immediate control and response applications in energy monitoring and management systems. This technology is reliable, durable, and able to integrate seamlessly with...

Articles : Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology Innovations Advance Electronics, Materials, and Manufacturing

While nanotechnology has been around for many years, there continues to be more revolutionary developments using nanoscale breakthroughs. Some of the most promising innovations include new techniques in nano-based manufacturing of both devices and nanoparticles,...

NASA Tech Needs
Cognitive Networking for NASA

NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation Program (SCaN) is exploring potential benefits of adding “intelligence” (reasoning and learning) to SCaN’s Integrated Network Architecture in order to increase network efficiency, provide tailored user services, reduce network operating costs through automation, and...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Situational Awareness From a Low-Cost Camera System

A method gathers scene information from a low-cost camera system. Existing surveillance systems using sufficient cameras for continuous coverage of a large field necessarily generate enormous amounts of raw data. Digitizing and channeling that data to a central computer and processing it in...

Briefs : Physical Sciences
Data Acquisition System for Multi-Frequency Radar Flight Operations Preparation

A three-channel data acquisition system was developed for the NASA Multi-Frequency Radar (MFR) system. The system is based on a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) industrial PC (personal computer) and two dual-channel 14-bit digital receiver cards. The decimated complex...

Briefs : Software
Integrating Radar Image Data With Google Maps

A public Web site has been developed as a method for displaying the multitude of radar imagery collected by NASA’s Airborne Synthetic Aperture Radar (AIR-SAR) instrument during its 16-year mission. Utilizing NASA’s internal AIRSAR site, the new Web site features more sophisticated visualization...

Briefs : Software
Mercury Toolset for Spatiotemporal Metadata

Mercury http://mercury.ornl.gov is a set of tools for federated harvesting, searching, and retrieving metadata, particularly spatiotemporal metadata. Version 3.0 of the Mercury toolset provides orders of magnitude improvements in search speed, support for additional metadata formats, integration with...

Briefs : Software
Social Tagging of Mission Data

Mars missions will generate a large amount of data in various forms, such as daily plans, images, and scientific information. Often, there is a semantic linkage between images that cannot be captured automatically. Software is needed that will provide a method for creating arbitrary tags for this mission data so...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Interface Supports Lightweight Subsystem Routing for Flight Applications

A wireless avionics interface exploits the constrained nature of data networks in flight systems to use a lightweight routing method. This simplified routing means that a processor is not required, and the logic can be implemented as an intellectual property (IP) core in a...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Demonstration of a Submillimeter-Wave HEMT Oscillator Module at 330 GHz

In this work, radial transitions have been successfully mated with a HEMT-based MMIC (high-electron-mobility-transistor-based monolithic microwave integrated circuit) oscillator circuit. The chip has been assembled into a WR2.2 waveguide module for the basic implementation...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Flexible Peripheral Component Interconnect Input/Output Card

The Flexible Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) Input/Output (I/O) Card is an innovative circuit board that provides functionality to interface between a variety of devices. It supports user-defined interrupts for interface synchronization, tracks system faults and failures, and...

Briefs : Electronics & Computers
MMIC Amplifiers and Wafer Probes for 350 to 500 GHz

Several different experimental monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) amplifiers have been designed to operate in frequency bands ranging from 350 to 500 GHz and were undergoing fabrication at the time of reporting the information for this article. Probes for on-wafer measurement of...

Briefs : Software
Public Risk Assessment Program

The Public Entry Risk Assessment (PERA) program addresses risk to the public from shuttle or other spacecraft re-entry trajectories. Managing public risk to acceptable levels is a major component of safe spacecraft operation. PERA is given scenario inputs of vehicle trajectory, probability of failure along that...

Briefs : Software
Particle Swarm Optimization Toolbox

The Particle Swarm Optimization Toolbox is a library of evolutionary optimization tools developed in the MAT-LAB environment. The algorithms contained in the library include a genetic algorithm (GA), a single-objective particle swarm optimizer (SOPSO), and a multi-objective particle swarm optimizer (MOPSO)....

Briefs : Software
Telescience Support Center Data System Software

The Telescience Support Center (TSC) team has developed a database-driven, increment-specific Data Requirement Document (DRD) generation tool that automates much of the work required for generating and formatting the DRD. It creates a database to load the required changes to configure the TSC data...

Briefs : Software
Update on PISCES

An updated version of the Platform Independent Software Components for the Exploration of Space (PISCES) software library is available. A previous version was reported in “Library for Developing Spacecraft-Mission-Planning Software” (MSC-22983), NASA Tech Briefs, Vol. 25, No. 7 (July 2001), page 52. To recapitulate: This...

Briefs : Software
Ground and Space Radar Volume Matching and Comparison Software

This software enables easy comparison of ground- and space-based radar observations. The software was initially designed to compare ground radar reflectivity from operational, ground based S- and C-band meteorological radars with comparable measurements from the Tropical Rainfall...

Briefs : Software
Web-Based Interface for Command and Control of Network Sensors

This software allows for the visualization and control of a network of sensors through a Web browser interface. It is currently being deployed for a network of sensors monitoring Mt. Saint Helen’s volcano; however, this innovation is generic enough that it can be deployed for any...

Briefs : Software
Orbit Determination Toolbox

The Orbit Determination Toolbox is an orbit determination (OD) analysis tool based on MATLAB and Java that provides a flexible way to do early mission analysis. The toolbox is primarily intended for advanced mission analysis such as might be performed in concept exploration, proposal, early design phase, or rapid...

Briefs : Software
Distributed Observer Network

The Distributed Observer network (DON) is a NASA-collaborative environment that leverages game technology to bring three-dimensional simulations to conventional desktop and laptop computers in order to allow teams of engi-

neers working on design and operations, either individually or in groups, to view and...

Briefs : Software
Computer-Automated Evolution of Spacecraft X-Band Antennas

A document discusses the use of computer-aided evolution in arriving at a design for X-band communication antennas for NASA’s three Space Technology 5 (ST5) satellites, which were launched on March 22, 2006. Two evolutionary algorithms, incorporating different representations of the...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Practical Loop-Shaping Design of Feedback Control Systems

An improved methodology for designing feedback control systems has been developed based on systematically shaping the loop gain of the system to meet performance requirements such as stability margins, disturbance attenuation, and transient response, while taking into account the...

Briefs : Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fully Printed High-Frequency Phased-Array Antenna on Flexible Substrate

To address the issues of flexible electronics needed for surface-to-surface, surface-to-orbit, and back-to-Earth communications necessary for manned exploration of the Moon, Mars, and beyond, a room-temperature printing process has been developed to create active,...

Briefs : Materials
Modeling of Failure for Analysis of Triaxial Braided Carbon Fiber Composites

In the development of advanced aircraft-engine fan cases and containment systems, composite materials are beginning to be used due to their low weight and high strength. The design of these structures must include the capability of withstanding impact loads from a...

Briefs : Materials
Selective Functionalization of Carbon Nanotubes: Part II

An alternative method of low-temperature plasma functionalization of carbon nanotubes provides for the simultaneous attachment of molecular groups of multiple (typically two or three) different species or different mixtures of species to carbon nanotubes at different locations within the...

Briefs : Materials
Catalyst for Carbon Monoxide Oxidation

In many applications, it is highly desirable to operate a CO2 laser in a sealed condition, for in an open system the laser requires a continuous flow of laser gas to remove the dissociation products that occur in the discharge zone of the laser, in order to maintain a stable power output. This...

Briefs : Materials
Titanium Hydroxide — a Volatile Species at High Temperature

Titanium hydroxide, TiO(OH)2 (g), has been identified as the primary reaction product of TiO2 (s) + H2O (g) at high temperatures (1,200–1,400 °C) through the use of the transpiration technique. This technique is a well-established method used to...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Hybrid Heat Exchangers

A hybrid light-weight heat exchanger concept has been developed that uses high-conductivity carbon-carbon (C–C) composites as the heat-transfer fins and uses conventional high-temperature metals, such as Inconel, nickel, and titanium as the parting sheets to meet leakage and structural requirements.

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Orbital Winch for High-Strength, Space-Survivable Tethers

An Orbital Winch mechanism enables high-load, multi-line tethers to be deployed and retracted without rotating the spool on which the tether is wound. To minimize damage to the tether and the wound package during retraction or deployment under load, it can incorporate a Tension Management...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Steerable Hopping Six-Legged Robot

The figure depicts selected aspects of a six-legged robot that moves by hopping and that can be steered in the sense that it can be launched into a hop in a controllable direction. This is a prototype of hopping robots being developed for use in scientific exploration of rough terrain on remote planets that...

Briefs : Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Launchable and Retrievable Tetherobot

A proposed robotic system for scientific exploration of rough terrain would include a stationary or infrequently moving larger base robot, to which would be tethered a smaller hopping robot of the type described in the immediately preceding article. The two-robot design would extend the reach of the base...

Briefs : Information Technology
Physics of Life: A Model for Non-Newtonian Properties of Living Systems

This innovation proposes the reconciliation of the evolution of life with the second law of thermodynamics via the introduction of the First Principle for modeling behavior of living systems. The structure of the model is quantum-inspired: it acquires the topology of the...

Briefs : Information Technology
Parameterized Linear Longitudinal Airship Model

A parameterized linear mathematical model of the longitudinal dynamics of an airship is undergoing development. This model is intended to be used in designing control systems for future airships that would operate in the atmospheres of Earth and remote planets.

Articles : Robotics, Automation & Control
Teleoperation of Unmanned Vehicles Using Immersive Telepresence

In order to extend the usefulness of small, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) to a wider range of missions, techniques are being developed to enable high-speed teleoperated control. Our goal is to quadruple the speed of teleoperated UGVs compared to currently deployed models. The key...

Application Briefs : Imaging
Camera/Robot System Increases Quality and Reduces Costs for Vehicle Component Supplier

The Piston Group (Redford, MI and Liberty, MO) builds cooling modules for seven different vehicles. These cooling modules are built on five different assembly lines, with each line building more than 50 different variants in sequence to the customer’s...

Who's Who
Dr. Adrian Ponce, Deputy Manager, Planetary Science Section, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dr. Adrian Ponce joined JPL/NASA as a postdoctoral scholar in 2000 after receiving a Ph.D. in chemistry from Caltech. In 2002 he invented the Anthrax Smoke Detector, a device capable of detecting the presence of anthrax in less than fifteen minutes. He...

Articles : Motion Control
Advances in Magnetic Bearings

In this age of environmental consciousness, OEMs around the world are competing to build better, safer, and greener machines. In striving toward such lofty goals, many industries are rediscovering a fundamental principle — magnetics. Magnetic bearings improve reliability, reduce friction, minimize vibration, and...

Application Briefs : Software
Data Management Speeds Up Simulation of Crash Test Dummy Models

The idea for the automotive crash test dummy first came to life in the 1950s when U.S. Air Force flight surgeon Col. John Stapp realized that more of his fighter pilots were dying in car crashes than from accidents in their hi-tech jet aircraft. The Stapp Car Crash Conferences...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Design Software
(Aurora, IL) has introduced the 3D Advanced Machines Environment that combines finite-element analysis simulation with a design entry system to create 3D models of electric motors or generators. The electromagnetic design tool for rotating electrical machines is an application-specific toolbox of the Opera electromagnetic...
Products : Robotics, Automation & Control

The 2450 Series WOB-L® compressor from Thomas Division, a Gardner Denver Co. (Sheboygan, WI) features a footprint of 8.3 × 4 × 6.4" and sound levels of 50 dBA @ 20 PSIG. The compressor features a monolithic head that reduces leak paths, optional intake locations on the side and bottom, boltless construction to reduce vibration and...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Speed Regulator

The Super-K Model Kinecheck speed regulator from Deschner Corp. (Santa Ana, CA) provides a 4" or 6" stroke unit in a short overall length. The leakproof models can handle loads of up to 1,200 pounds. The unit features a hardened tool steel highpressure cylinder with an adjustable flow control passage. The mirror-finished cylinder...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Tilt Sensor Switches

NKK Switches (Scottsdale, AZ) has introduced the DSB Series of mercury-free tilt sensor switches. The through-hole, PCB-mounted devices use a photo interrupter for sensitivity to very small angle changes. The switches contain two solid-state devices: an infrared light-emitting diode and a photo transmitter. A nickel-plated...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
DC Gearmotor

Midwest Motion Pro ducts (Watertown, MN) offers the Model MMP-TM55-36-28V GP52-195 DC gearmotor that accepts any 24- 28V DC source, including battery power. The motor measures 2.14" in diameter and has a keyed output shaft of 12-mm diameter by 25 mm long. Mounting is accomplished with four facemount M5 threaded holes, equally spaced...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Drive Integrated Circuit

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) has released the AUIRS2301S 600V integrated circuit for automotive motor drives, micro-inverter drives, and three-phase inverter applications. The rugged, general-purpose driver IC features independent high- and low-side referenced output channels and a gate drive supply...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Reciprocating Linear Drive

The Amacoil-Uhing Kinemax reciprocating linear drive from Amacoil (Aston, PA) features pitch adjustment and automatic reversal without requiring clutches, cams, or gears. A ten-toone pitch adjustment range is possible by turning the dial on the front of the drive unit. The unit reverses direction automatically without...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Motor Stages

Dover, a Danaher Motion Co. (Salem, NH), has introduced the MMG Mini-Mag linear motor stages available in four models that deliver 25, 50, 100, and 150-mm travel. They provide uncompensated accuracy ranging from 2 um to 8 um, and resolution ranging from 1.0 um to 5 nm. Each model delivers repeatability to ±0.4 um and is...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Stepper Motors

Johnson Electric (Vandalia, OH) offers the Saia® UAL series of linear stepper motors that deliver constant positioning force up to 30N over the full travel distance of up to 15 mm, at speeds up to 4.16 mm/s at 200 Hz. They feature a removable bayonet-style flange for mounting, a flexible design that accommodates custom...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Magnetic Lifting Tool

Bunting Magnetics (Newton, KS) offers the MagFORKLift that works with any type of forklift to move up to 1,100 pounds of material. It attaches to the two forks of a forklift and works in conjunction with four different sizes of Bunting® MagLift™ hand-controlled lifters, which hold, carry, and release loads. The lifters...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
DC/DC Controller

Linear Technology (Milpitas, CA) has released the LTC3890/-1 highvoltage, dual-output, synchronous step-down DC/DC controller that draws 50μA when one output is active, and 60μA when both outputs are enabled. With both outputs shut down, the LTC3890/-1 draws 14μA. The 4V to 60V input supply range protects against high-voltage...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Positioning Sensor

The OLM distance measurement positioning sensor from SICK (Minneapolis, MN) is designed for high-speed positioning of overhead cranes, rail cars, elevators, and other vehicles. The vehicle can be positioned around curves and inclines. The sensor uses a linear bar code tape for positioning, enabling users to position vehicles...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Torque Location Sensor Arm

KolverUSA (Westford, MA) offers the torque location sensor arm, an intelligent system that ensures every screw in an assembly is in the correct location at the right torque. Assembly sequences and X-Y coordinates are programmed with user-interface screens through the keypad. Torque programs are automatically selected...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Identification Chip

B&R Industrial Automation Corp. (Roswell, GA) offers an embedded parameter integrated chip that stores mechanical and electronic motor data such as serial number, type, parameters, and manufacturer specifications, making the entire power transmission system identifiable in an application program. The drive reads the...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Process Pumps

KNF Neuberger (Trenton, NJ) offers process pumps for fuel cell applications for the delivery of natural gas and pure hydrogen. The pumps feature brushless DC motors and a double diaphragm system. Oil-free operation eliminates the risk of gas contamination. The pumps can achieve maximum flow rates up to 25 l/min, maximum vacuums up...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Encoder

Gurley Precision Instruments (Troy, NY) offers the A08/R108 series rotary encoder that provides both incremental (to 4,096 counts) and absolute (up to 12 bits) position information in an 8-mm-diameter package. Available in both a shaft and blind hollow-shaft configuration, the encoder offers several mounting and interface options....

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Actuator

Ultra Motion LLC (Cutchogue, NY) has introduced the Series A linear actuator that can be configured for stroke lengths up to 16", for forces up to 500 pounds, or for speeds up to 20" per second. Add-on equipment includes brakes, position feedback devices, and mounting hardware. Applications include those requiring minimal weight...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Magnetic Particle Brakes

Fan-cooled magnetic particle brakes from Placid Industries (Lake Placid, NY) incorporate an electrically powered fan fastened directly to the brake. The fan cools the brake by blowing ambient air over the outside and into the vent holes. The moving air lowers the temperature of the brake and increases heat dissipation...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Pan-Tilt Units

FLIR Motion Control Systems (Burlingame, CA) offers the E-Series family of computer-controlled pan-tilt units that incorporate an integrated 32-bit microcontroller for motion control fidelity, including lower jitter, built-in Ethernet interface for IP and Web control, and expandable payload I/O. The units also include integrated...

Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Drive

Technosoft (Bevaix, Switzerland) has introduced the ISD860 intelligent drive for motion applications that require embedded intelligence and high servo control. Based on MotionChip™ DSP technology, the device is able to drive 12A continuous and 31A peak currents at a supply voltage ranging from 12 to 72 VDC, with a PWM of 20 kHz...

Products : Imaging
Uncooled Thermal Camera

FLIR Systems, Portland, OR, has introduced the Tau 640 high-resolution, uncooled, longwave camera core with 17-micron pixel size and Digital Detail Enhancement image processing algorithms. The camera features multiple resolution options and configurations, as well as several lens options. Camera Controller software...

Products : Imaging
Color Sensors

The Series 4055 color sensors from Contrinex, Old Saybrook, CT, are used for color control and color sorting processes. The sensors feature three teachable color channels with independent 200 mA outputs, which allow for three color tones to be programmed. The teach process offers a choice of five different tolerance levels. Color...

Products : Imaging
Machine Vision Software

3D-LocateTM machine vision software from Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, provides real-time 3D position information for machine vision systems. The software uses multiple sets of features found by a geometric pattern matching tool, PatMax®, to determine an object’s 3D orientation.

Products : Imaging
Bandpass Filters

Deposition Sciences, Santa Rosa, CA, offers long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) bandpass filters with operation at temperatures between ambient and 10 K. A variety of substrates is available, including germanium, silicon, zinc sulfide, zinc selenide, quartz, sapphire, and polymers. Sizes from a few millimeters to more than 2” in...

Products : Imaging
Microscope Viewing System

Carl Zeiss, Thornwood, NY, has released a system for Axio Scope and Axio Imager light microscopes that enables up to 21 individuals to view the same microscope image field at the same time. The image generated under the microscope is seen by all observers with an identical image orientation in a 23-mm field of view,...


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