October 2016

Podcasts
Edward Chow, AUDREY Program Manager, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Edward Chow leads the development of AUDREY, the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction, and sYnthesis. The artificial-intelligence system captures a variety of sensor data, including gases, temperature, and GPS signals. By sending alerts through...

Articles: Information Technology
Learning the "Keys" of IoT Security

Network-connected devices provide many opportunities to improve and enrich people’s lives, but the “Internet of Things” has a range of definitions. A consumer’s experience with the “IoT” may be a wearable computer for fitness tracking. A physician may place a connected heartbeat monitor on a...

Articles: Sensors/Data Acquisition
CryoFOSS Optical Sensor Offers Next-Level Liquid Measurement

NASA engineer Allen Parker and a team at Armstrong Flight Research Center have developed a fiber-optic-based sensing technology that accurately pinpoints and measures liquid levels. The CryoFOSS, or Cryogenic Fiber Optic Sensing System, uses fiber optic Bragg sensors, located along a...

Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
NASA Sensor Supports Flexible Aircraft Design

A NASA-developed fiber optic sensor provides the kind of detailed feedback that could guide the direction of flexible wings and other next-generation aerospace parts. The multi-core fiber (MCF) contains light reflectors, known as fiber Bragg gratings, that reveal shape and position in three...

Products: Software
Machining Software

Mastercam 2017 machining software from CNC Software, Tolland, CT, features a new ribbon interface that groups similar functions and displays them in order, from simple to more complex. Dynamic Motion technology...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Small-Body Testbed

This technology allows one to test small-body surface mobility and sampling systems in the laboratory. It is capable of simulating a microgravity environment with relevant terrain. The magnitude of the gravity, the terrain properties, and the surface system being tested are all easily modified to allow for a broad range of...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Neutral Mounting of Whispering Gallery Mode Resonators for Suppression of Mechanical Frequency Fluctuations

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed a neutral mounting scheme that eliminates the acceleration sensitivity of whispering gallery mode resonators (WGMRs), making them suitable for use in high-precision portable instruments such...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Method of Forming Textured Silicon Substrate by Maskless Cryogenic Etching

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has developed an advanced energy-storage device to accommodate portable devices, minimize emissions from automobiles, and enable more challenging space missions. The use of silicon for the anode of lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries is...

Briefs: Software
Python Interface to T-Matrix Scattering Computations (PyTMatrix)

PyTMatrix is a Python interface to a T-matrix numerical scattering computation code originally developed at NASA GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies). It integrates into the NumPy/SciPy scientific framework. The software provides streamlined access to numerical T-matrix...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Photogrammetry System and Method for Determining Relative Motion Between Two Bodies

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a novel method to calculate the relative position and orientation between two rigid objects using a simplified photogrammetric technique. The system quantitatively captures the relative orientation of objects in six...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Directed Design of Experiments for Validating Probability of Detection Capability of a Testing System

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed new software that enables users of critical inspection systems to validate the capability of the inspection system. Traditionally, inspection systems are validated using various methodologies to...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Method and Apparatus for Measuring Surface Air Pressure

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a novel method for long-range atmospheric pressure sensing. Based on known properties involving oxygen density, the technology is able to measure small pressure changes over a wide area. NASA developed the technology to address known gaps in...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
HEIST Ironbird to Test Cutting-Edge Hybrid Electric Propulsion Technologies

A key goal of NASA’s aeronautics research is to help the aircraft industry transition to low-carbon propulsion. Many potential power architectures for electric propulsion have been proposed, and design considerations for turbo-electric distributed propulsion have been...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Saturn Net Flux Radiometer (SNFR)

A Saturn Net Flux Radiometer (SNFR) is being developed as part of a payload for a future NASA-led Saturn Probe Mission. The current design has two spectral channels i.e., a solar channel (0.4-to-5 μm) and a thermal channel (4-to-50 μm). The SNFR is capable of viewing five distinct viewing angles during the...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Applying the Dynamic Inertia Measurement Method to Full-Scale Aerospace Vehicles

Researchers at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center have been interested in using the Dynamic Inertia Measurement (DIM) method on full-scale aerospace test vehicles, given its advantages over traditional methods for determining the mass properties of such...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Modules for Inspection, Qualification, and Verification of Pressure Vessels

After decades of composite over-wrapped pressure vessel (COPV) development, manufacturing variance is still high, and has necessitated higher safety factors and additional mass to be flown on spacecraft, reducing overall performance. When liners are used in COPVs, they...

Briefs: Materials
In-Situ Formation of Reinforcement Phases in Ultra-High- Temperature Ceramic Composites

Future-generation materials for use on space transportation vehicles require substantial improvements in material properties leading to increased reliability and safety, as well as intelligent design to allow for current materials to meet future needs....

Briefs: Materials
Multi-Phase Ceramic System

Bearing surfaces are typically either metal-on-metal (MOM), ceramic-on-ceramic (COC), or metal-on-polyethylene (MOP). MOM and MOP couplings have the drawback that metallic or polyethylene particles can sometimes separate from the couplings, which can cause significant problems, particularly in a hip or joint...

Briefs: Materials
Minimally Machined HoneySiC Panels and T300 HoneySiC

The primary purpose of this work is to develop and demonstrate technologies to manufacture ultra-low-cost precision optical systems for very large x-ray, UV/optical, or infrared telescopes.

Briefs: Materials
Flexible Volumetric Structure

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed composite elastic skins for covering shape-changing (morphable) structures. These skins are intended especially for use on advanced aircraft that change shapes in order to assume different aerodynamic properties. Examples of aircraft shape changes include growth or...

Briefs: Materials
Aeroplastic Composites

Aeroplastic refers to a family of polymeric composites with properties that provide a significant reduction in heat transfer. These composites reduce the thermal conductivity of the base polymer resin between 20%-50% without changing its mechanical properties or modifying the original techniques for processing those...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
An Apparatus and Method for Communication Over Power Lines

NASA’s Glenn Research Center is offering a sensor and actuator networking innovation applicable to smart vehicle or component control. This innovation requires no additional connectivity beyond the wiring providing power. This results in lower system weight, increased ease and...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A High-Efficiency Power Module

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a microwave power module to power radar, communications, and/or navigation interchangeably. This high-efficiency, all-solid-state microwave power module (MPM) is based on a multi-stage distributed-amplifier design, which is capable of very wideband...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Addendum of Self-Aligned Ion Implant to Design and Processing of SiC High-Temperature Transistors for Durable Operation Above 400 °C

Researchers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a revolutionary new generation of silicon carbide (SiC) integrated circuit (IC) chips, setting an unprecedented benchmark in the field of...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Method and Apparatus to Detect Wire Pathologies Near Crimped Connector

NASA’s Langley Research Center has created a collection of innovations for rapid, precise, and verified crimps. Wiring crimp failures can be a threat to safety and may lead to a loss of critical functions in high-risk applications, such as aerospace. In addition to the...

Briefs: Aerospace
Jet Engine Exhaust Nozzle Flow Effector

NASA’s Langley Research Center has created novel flow effector technology for separation control and enhanced mixing. The technology allows for variable shape control of aircraft structure through actively deformable surfaces. The flow effectors are made by embedding shape memory alloy actuator material...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
A Structural Joint with Multi-Axis Load Carrying Capacity

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a composite joint connector that is more structurally efficient than joints currently on the market. Traditionally, composite joints can bear heavy loads along their length but tend to fail when stress is applied along multiple axes. This...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Eddy-Current-Minimizing Flow Plug for Use in Flow Conditioning and Flow Metering

Innovators at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center have developed a suite of prototype fluid plug technologies with an array of capabilities for fluid flow metering, mixing, and conditioning. Each innovation within this suite is based upon a core technology that...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Process for Forming a High-Temperature Single Crystal Preloader

Friction has long been a thorny problem for sealing-device designers. Traditional sealing devices rely on a contacting relationship between surfaces and sealing elements to prevent fluid leakage, but in the case of moving elements, this contact produces friction that causes wearing...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Compact Vibration Damper

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a compact tuned damper to reduce vibration occurring at a fixed frequency. Tuned dampers reduce vibration of the base structure by the dissipation of energy. The magnitude of the dissipated energy is proportional to the square of the displacement or velocity of the tuned...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Fluidic Oscillator Array for Synchronized Oscillating Jet Generation

NASA’s Langley Research Center develops innovative technologies to control fluid flow in ways that will ultimately result in improved performance and fuel efficiency. Often called fluidic oscillators, sweeping jet actuators, or flip flop oscillators, these flow-control...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Magnetostrictive Pressure Regulating System

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center has developed a set of unique magnetostrictive (MS) technologies for utilization in pressure regulation and valve systems. By combining MS-based sensors with a newly designed MS-based valve, Marshall has developed an advanced MS regulator. This innovative approach...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Shape Sensing Using a Multi-Core Optical Fiber Having an Arbitrary Initial Shape in the Presence of Extrinsic Forces

NASA’s Langley Research Center has demonstrated a patent-pending method and apparatus for determining the position, in three dimensions, of any point on an optical fiber. The new method uses low-reflectance Fiber Bragg Grating...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Magnetic and Raman-Based Method for Process Control During Fabrication of Carbon-Nanotube-Based Structures

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed an innovative magnetic and Raman-based method for macroscopic process control during fabrication of carbon-nanotube-based structures. The development of super-strong, lightweight materials...

Briefs: Energy
Fully Premixed, Low-Emission, High-Pressure, Multi-Fuel Burner

NASA’s Glenn Research Center has developed a novel design for a fully premixed, high-pressure burner capable of operating on a variety of gaseous fuels and oxidizers, including hydrogen-air mixtures, with a low pressure drop. The burner provides a rapidly and uniformly mixed...

Briefs: Energy
Selenium Interlayer for High-Efficiency Multi-Junction Solar Cell

Innovators at NASA’s Glenn Research Center have developed a low-cost, high-efficiency solar cell that uses a thin layer of selenium as the bonding material between wafers. Selenium is a semiconductor, and it is also transparent to light at photon energies below the band gap. The...

Briefs: Energy
Tethered Vehicle Control and Tracking System

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed hardware and software to track the flight of tethered vehicles, including kite-like, airborne wind energy (AWE) generation systems. The control system consists of a pan-tilt platform and a visible-spectrum digital camera, combined with tracking control...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Preventing Cell-to-Cell Thermal Runaway in Lithium-Ion Battery Modules

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) cells are increasingly used in high-voltage and high-capacity modules. The Li-ion chemistry has the highest energy density of all rechargeable battery chemistries, but associated with that energy is the issue of catastrophic thermal runaway with a fire....

Briefs: Software
System and Method for Space Utilization Optimization and Visualization

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed a space-allocation and planning software system to allow for more effective and efficient facility usage. It also provides a customizable strategy for organizing personnel and project teams to maximize productivity and synergies...

Briefs: Software
Reducing Sensor and Readout Circuitry Noise in Digital Domain Using Reference Pixels

One of the main heritage tools used in scientific and engineering data spectrum analysis is the Fourier Integral Transform and its high-performance digital equivalent — the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT). The Fourier view of nonlinear mechanics that has existed...

Briefs: Software
Method and Software Tool for Evaluation and Automated Generation of Space Habitat Interior Layouts

NASA has developed a new software tool for optimizing interior layout designs of highly constrained, highly integrated, and/or confined spaces, such as space habitats. This tool will automatically generate or evaluate interior layout options while...

Briefs: Software
Airborne Wind Profiling Algorithm for Doppler Wind Lidar

NASA’s Langley Research Center has developed an algorithm, Airborne Wind Profiling Algorithm for Doppler Wind Lidar (APOLO), that offers highly accurate, real-time measurement of wind parameters (i.e., direction and speed) by airborne wind lidar sensors. APOLO enables the extraction of...

Briefs: Software
NETMARK Fast Search

The problem that motivated this work was one of analyzing hundreds of thousands of records of historical problem failure reports (aka, problem reports and corrective actions — PRACA) for improved mission safety. Whenever there is an anomaly in mission design or operations, the anomaly gets entered into a problem failure...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Power Converters

Schaefer, Hopkinton, MA, introduced the C/B 4800 Series 6U DC/DC and AC/DC converter modules ranging in output power up to 5kW. Nine DC input ranges are standard, and AC input options are 1-Phase 115VAC or 230VAC, as well as...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Power System

North Atlantic Industries, Bohemia, NY, announced the VPX56H-6 6U rugged VPX power product that provides up to 1,000 Watts of power (CC4 temperature range, full load) with five outputs, and is compliant with MIL-STD-704F. Other...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Power Supplies

The PS5R-V DIN-rail power supplies from IDEC Corp., Sunnyvale, CA, includes 7.5W, 10W, 15W, 30W, 60W, 90W, 120W, and 240W versions. Operating temperature ranges from -25 to +75 °C, enabling the supplies to be used in control...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Energy Device

Murata Americas, Smyrna, GA, released UMAL, a low-profile energy device that delivers a slim, high-capacity energy source with a nominal voltage of 2.3 VDC. It can supply 12 mAh with a maximum discharge current of 120 mA, and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Power Distribution Boxes

Phoenix Contact, Harrisburg, PA, offers M12 power distribution boxes designed for field-based power supply voltages of 24V. The boxes, in combination with standard M12 power cables of 4 ×10 AWG conductors, can...

Articles: Aerospace
Seeing Closer and Clearer with NASA Imaging Technology

NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-Rex) spacecraft launched on September 8 to the near-Earth asteroid Bennu to harvest a sample of surface material and return it to Earth for study. But before the science team selects a...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Power Modules

TDK-Lambda Americas, National City, CA, introduced the TDK-Lambda PFE1000FA series of AC-DC power modules that enables designers to utilize a single device containing power factor correction, regulation, and input-output...

Born out of a desire for aircraft to be able to take off and land capably at airports with shorter runways to alleviate congestion at the major hubs, the circulation control wing...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electronics Enclosures

Intermas US, Alpharetta, GA, offers cabinets, housings, sub-racks, and accessories for 19" rack systems and small form factors used in PCI, VME/VME64x, cPCI, IEEE, and communication applications with EMI- and...

Articles: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Products of Tomorrow: October 2016

The technologies NASA develops don’t just blast off into space. They also improve our lives here on Earth. Life-saving search-and-rescue tools, implantable medical devices, advances in commercial aircraft safety, increased accuracy in weather forecasting, and the miniature cameras in our cellphones are just...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Smart Graphics Displays

The OMEGA® OM-SGD Series panel meters from OMEGA Engineering, Stamford, CT, are bright color TFT smart graphics displays available in three screen sizes. They offer an operating power supply voltage range of 4 to 30...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Digital Storage Oscilloscope

The Global Specialties DSC-5300 digital storage oscilloscope from Global Specialties, Yorba Linda, CA, is a portable benchtop instrument used for making measurements of signals and waveforms. The oscilloscope...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Coin Cell Batteries

llinois Capacitor, a subsidiary of Cornell Dubilier Electronics, Lincolnwood, IL, offers RJD Series lithium-ion coin cell batteries that feature encapsulation technology that increases storage capacity by completely...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
3D Printer

Rize, Inc., Woburn, MA, announced the Rize One zero-post-processing desktop 3D printer that features a patented Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD™) process and Rizium™ One engineering and medical-grade thermoplastic filament....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Electro-Hydraulic Motion Controller

Delta Computer Systems (Battle Ground, WA) has announced the RMC200 closed-loop electro-hydraulic motion controller that has the capacity to handle closed-loop control of up to 32 motion axes. The...

Products: Motion Control
Grippers

Airpot® Corp. (Norwalk, CT) announced GramForce™ Accurate Force Pneumatic grippers that generate no measurable friction and provide a gentle grip for delicate operations. They operate at pressures from 0.02 MPa to 0.7 MPa, and...

Products: Motion Control
Servo Drives

Advanced Motion Controls® (Camarillo, CA) announced AxCent™ servo drives for centralized motion control schemes. The Models AB15A100, AB25A100, and AB20A200 are panel-mount servo drives that operate with brushless permanent...

Products: Motion Control
Hollow Shaft Encoder

Kübler (Charlotte, NC) released the Sendix F5883 Motor-Line optical hollow shaft encoder with a mounting depth of 43 mm. The encoder is based on the Sendix platform, and features Intelligent-Scan Technology . It is...

Products: Motion Control
AC Drive

Danfoss Drives (Milwaukee, WI) introduced the VACON 20 AC drive that features built-in PLC functionality. It is available in all common voltages (110- 600V), and a power range up to 18.5 kW/25 HP. The built-in RS-485 interface...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Brush DC Mini Motors

Portescap (West Chester, PA) introduced the 16DCP Athlonix™ high-power-density brush DC mini motors. Available in a 16-mm diameter, the 16DCP motors feature a coreless design with an optimized self-supporting coil and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Positioning Controllers

maxon motor (Fall River, MA) offers the EPOS4 controller module with detachable pin headers and two different power ratings. With a connector board, the modules can be combined into a ready-to-install solution. The...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Fan Controller

Orion Fans (Dallas, TX) offers the OA11/22 fan speed control unit that provides precise airflow control. The field-adjustable, dual-channel phase control unit allows the user to control fan speed for single or multiple fan...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Position Sensors

TE Connectivity (Pennsauken, NJ) announced the HLIR 750 intrinsically safe, 4-20 mA LVDT position sensors that are CSA listed for use in hazardous locations and where an intrinsically safe sensor is required. With stainless...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Feedback Cylinder

The Series 6PF positioning feedback cylinder from Camozzi Pneumatics (McKinney, TX) is equipped with a potentiometric transducer of a linear position integrated inside the rod. This type of cylinder, when used with the...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brake

SEPAC (Elmira, NY) announced the Thin Spring Engaged Brake, a thin-body, spring-engaged, power-off brake. The brake offers reversible mounting with the shaft extending past the brake or within the brake body. The friction disc/rotor...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Variable-Speed Systems

Nidec Motor Corp. (St. Louis, MO) launched NMC’s ACCU-Series™ family of variable-speed products. Users can match a U.S. MOTORS® brand inverter duty motor with an NMC drive or panel, or purchase integrated motors...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Modular Drives

Control Techniques, a business of Emerson Industrial Automation USA LLC (Eden Prairie, MN), offers Unidrive M and Powerdrive F300 variable-speed, high-power modular drives. Both are available in frame size 11, providing a...

Products: Motion Control
Motion Controller

The Lexium Motion Module (LMM) from Schneider Electric Motion USA (Marlborough, CT) is a compact, programmable motion controller for motion applications measured in millimeters. The controller is programmed via MCode, and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Permanent Magnet Motors

NovaTorque (Fremont, CA) introduced 600 RPM versions of its PremiumPlus+® Electronically Commutated Permanent Magnet (ECPM) motors. The new versions are available from 0.75 HP to 3 HP, and are suited for directly...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pneumatic Grippers

Fabco-Air (Gainesville, FL) announced the FKHS Series 3 Jaw Parallel Motion Pneumatic Gripper line for handling small parts in tight spaces. The design is available in six different bore sizes: 25, 32, 40, 50, 63, and 80...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Precision Robotics and Automation: Hexapods Advance Production Processes

Hexapods — six-legged parallel-kinematic machines — are quickly gaining ground in a broad range of industrial automation applications after “learning” how to directly communicate with PLC or CNC controllers via Fieldbus interfaces. As far as the semiconductor and...

Application Briefs: Motion Control
Motor Controller Provides Custom Electronic Control Solution

A Fortune 200 company needed a turnkey, DC voltage, agency-compliant electronic control solution capable of providing motion control with memory position capabilities and auto run/sense features for a multi-motor application involving four motors. Particularly important to the design...

Products: Motion Control
Positioning Tables and Stages

Positioning tables and nano-precision stages from Primatics (Vaughan, ON, Canada) are used in applications where high accuracy and repeatability and/or smoothness are critical. The PCL50 and PCL65 linear stages offer micron-level repeatability and integrate a precision ball-screw drive with recirculating ball linear...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Stages

Aerotech (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the PRO series industrial linear motor and ball-screw positioning stages, including two new sizes of the PRO-LM (linear motor) series stage line: the PRO115LM and PRO190LM. New features include a...

Products: Motion Control
Slides

NB Corporation of America (Hanover Park, IL) released TOPBALL® slide products that self-align. The floating wiper seal makes unrestricted self-alignment possible. A floating load plate adjusts clearance, and tolerances are achieved...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Clutch-Brake

Nexen Group (Vadnais Heights, MN) introduced the Flange Mounted Clutch-Brake Enclosed (FMCBE) for any environment where cleanliness is a primary concern. A single, double-acting piston prevents simultaneous clutch and brake...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Variable Frequency Drive

American Control Electronics (South Beloit, IL) introduced the ACF Series of open chassis microprocessor-based variable frequency drives that offers the simplicity of a DC drive. ACF700 drives are designed for setup...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Servomotors

Siemens Industry (Elk Grove Village, IL) offers Simotics 1FK7 Generation II servomotors with seven shaft heights, quick-connect power connectors, and 20- and 24-bit field-replaceable encoders. The series offers three inertia...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear Actuator

Midwest Motion Products (Howard Lake, MN) offers the Model MMP LA3-12V-5-A-SP- 100 linear actuator that utilizes an all-steel drive pinion while maintaining a 5:1 reduction ratio that allows the unit to maintain a 2"-...

Products: Motion Control
Press Brake

The GOFORM portable electric press brake from Cincinnati Incorporated (Harrison, OH), is designed for parts up to 1/4" thick and less than 50 pounds. It features a large touchscreen control, PC-based 3D graphics, and bend...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Encoder Modules

Heidenhain (Schaumburg, IL) launched MRP 2000, 5000, and 8000 encoder modules that contain bearing sets not conventionally available that can be integrated with various encoder types. These angle encoder modules merge...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Couplings

R+W America, Coupling Technology (Bensenville, IL) offers maintenance- free disc pack couplings in seven new sizes from 350 Nm to 24,000 Nm. Additional connection methods allow for easier installation and maintenance. The spacers...

Products: Motion Control
Block Spindle

Suhner Industrial Products Corp., Automation Division (Rome, GA) introduced the BEX8 high-speed machining block spindle for extremely high-speed operations up to 25,000 rpm. The spindle weighs 33 pounds and mounts directly...

Products: Motion Control
Automated Measurement Cell

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence (North Kingstown, RI) announced the 360 Flexible Measurement Cell, an automated measurement work cell suited for automotive and aerospace structure applications including...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Accelerometers

The Model 356A43, 356A44, and 356A45A miniature triaxial ICP® accelerometers were introduced by PCB Piezotronics (Depew, NY). They measure 0.4 × 0.4 × 0.75", weigh 4.2 grams, and are TEDS IEEE 1451.4 enabled. The TEDS...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Weldable Couplings and Collars

A line of weldable shaft collars, couplings, and mounts is available from Stafford Manufacturing Corp. (North Reading, MA). The components are made from ANSI 1018 steel and stainless steel to allow users to...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Linear Guide Kit

To simplify product selection of self-lubricating linear guides, igus (East Providence, RI) has developed a modular construction kit for belt-driven DryLin ZLW linear axes. The ZLW toolkit enables users to customize their...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Actuators

Curtiss-Wright Sensors & Controls Division (Gilbert, AZ) announced Exlar® brand FTX Series actuators. The high-force electric rod style actuators replace hydraulics in highforce, high-duty-cycle applications in harsh...

Products: Motion Control
Automation Cables

Molex, LLC (Lisle, IL) offers Flamar industrial automation cables for signal and control equipment and servomotors. The cables are available in multiple jacket materials (PVC, WSOR, PUR, TPE). The standard cables range...

Products: Motion Control
Precision Ball Screws

Thomson Industries (Radford, VA) has introduced miniature metric precision ball screws in three interface styles: flanged, threaded, and rounded. The FSI metric ball screws are flanged, and the RSI style is rounded....

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Servo Drives

The MR-J4-TM multi-network servo drives from Mitsubishi Electric Automation (Vernon Hills, IL) are available with Ether Net/IP™ and EtherCAT® interfaces. The drives feature dual 100BASE-TX Ethernet ports in line, tree, and...

Products
Translation Stages

Thorlabs (Newton, NJ) announced XR-Series cross roller bearing, aluminum-bodied translation stages. The series includes rear- and side-actuated 1" travel stages and all components needed for left- or right-handed X, XY, XZ, YZ, and XYZ configurations. A dovetail feature is incorporated into the design for stacking; it could...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Solid State Relays

The TS13102 and TS13103 solid state relays from Semtech Corp. (Camarillo, CA) support the company’s Neo-Iso™ Platform, an isolated power/switch management technology. The TS13102 autonomously harvests energy, without...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pressure Gauge

The MAN-R pressure gauge from KOBOLD (Pittsburgh, PA) uses an elastic measuring element to generate a precise, reproducible deflection when subjected to pressure. The pressure is converted into rotary motion of a pointer. The...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Regulator

STMicroelectronics (Coppell, TX) has introduced the LDBL20, a 200mA Low-Dropout (LDO) regulator in a 0.47 × 0.47 × 0.2 mm chip-scale package. The LDBL20 features a 200mA output. Input voltage ranges from 1.5V to 5.5V, with 200mV...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Position Sensors

The Alliance Sensors Group (Moorestown, NJ) has introduced the PG Series of linear variable differential transformer (LVDT) position sensors. The products are designed specifically for valve position sensing applications,...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Wireless Temperature Sensing System

Chromalox (Pittsburgh, PA) offers the IntelliTrace® Wireless system for heat trace applications in both ordinary and hazardous areas. The Chromalox temperature sensing system includes the IntelliTrace®...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Sensor Diagnostics

The IP67-rated Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link master from Rockwell Automation (Milwaukee, WI) allows manufacturers and industrial operators to access detailed sensor diagnostics in harsh operating environments. The...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Transceiver

Mountain RF Sensors (Fort Lauderdale, FL) has announced the MtRF-7501 VHF/UHF Ground-to-Air Transceiver. The model supports Single Side Band (SSB), LSB, and USB modes. Featuring frequency ranges of 116–152 MHz (VHF) and...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Lidar Sensor

Velodyne LiDAR (Morgan Hill, CA) has announced the Puck Hi-Res™ sensor. Expanding on the company’s VLP-16 Puck, a 16-channel, real-time 3D lidar sensor, Puck Hi-Res provides greater resolution in the captured 3D image. Puck...

Products: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Pressure Sensor

SignalFire Wireless Telemetry (Hudson, MA) has introduced the Pressure Scout, a wireless pressure sensor that supports pressure monitoring and alarm reporting as part of the SignalFire Remote Sensing System. The first in a...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Magnetic Sensors

Wireless, non-contact magnetic sensors from Steute Industrial Controls (Ridgefield, CT), in the presence of their actuating magnet, send a unique, coded telegram to one or more compatible, easily-programmed receivers. The...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Pressure Sensors

All Sensors Corporation (Morgan Hill, CA) now offers the DLHR pressure sensor series. The new devices feature lower pressure ranges of 0.5 to 60 in H2O. All error compensation is performed internally by an...

Products: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Humidity Sensor

The Humidity Sensor from Develco Products (Aarhus, Denmark) allows end-users to track indoor climate. Regular readings can be sent from the sensor to an app. Users control the humidity level and temperature from a distance;...

News: Photonics/Optics
Researchers Propose Modular Space Telescope

Researchers from California Institute of Technology are proposing the idea of a modular space telescope that could be assembled by robots. The space observatory would have a primary mirror with a diameter of 100 meters — 40 times larger than the Hubble Space Telescope.

How metals can be used depends particularly on the characteristics of their surfaces. A research team at Kiel University has discovered how they can change the...

A University of Rochester researcher is helping develop next-generation miniature batteries that would expand the use of medical implantables and other...

UCLA researchers working with a team at Verily Life Sciences have designed a mobile microscope that can detect and monitor fluorescent biomarkers inside the skin with a high...

For well over a decade, electrical engineer Holger Schmidt has been developing devices for optical analysis of samples on integrated chip-based platforms, with...

Question of the Week
Will solar road panels catch on?

This week's Question: Solar Roadways — a startup developing solar powered road panels — will soon install the first solar road tiles in Sandpoint, Idaho. The transparent solar road panels contain colorful LEDs, which can be controlled by a computer to create the impression of signs and lines, without the need...

Soldiers assigned to the Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (TUAS) Platoon, Company D, 29th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, perform daily checks on...

In the chaos that followed the terrorist attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon, bomb squads scanned packages at the scene for explosive devices. Two homemade pressure cooker bombs had killed three...

The Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 team is conducting tests in support of risk reduction for a new test capability that will be revolutionary for AEDC...

News: Electronics & Computers
Researchers Create Smallest Transistor Ever

A research team led by faculty scientist Ali Javey at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created a transistor with a working 1-nanometer gate — the smallest to date.

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
3D-Printed Robots Feature Shock-Absorbing Skins

A “programmable viscoelastic material” (PVM) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) allows users to program every single part of a 3D-printed object, including exact levels of stiffness and elasticity.

Blood testing is the standard option for checking glucose levels, but a new technology could allow noninvasive testing via a contact lens that samples glucose levels in tears....

MIT researchers have developed a technique for recovering visual information from light that has scattered because of interactions with the environment — such as passing through human...

A new imaging technique has been developed that can help predict who is most at risk for stroke. This breakthrough could lead to better treatment and outcomes for patients with atrial...

Researchers from several US and Mexican institutions are developing a transparent skull implant that will allow doctors to deliver laser-based treatments to the brain on demand and on a...

National Instruments, Austin, TX, announced LabVIEW 2016 system design software that introduces new channel wires to simplify complex communication between parallel sections of code. Available on both...

Question of the Week
Will selfies become the primary mode of authentication?

This week's Question: MasterCard has tested facial biometrics for payment authentication and has now begun rolling out its MasterCard Identity Check, or "selfie pay," to a greater number of users. The biometric authentication app is available throughout Europe, including Austria, Belgium,...

Through a collaboration between the University of Calgary, The City of Calgary and researchers in the United States, a group of physicists led by Wolfgang Tittel, professor in the...

From hard to malleable, from transparent to opaque, from channeling electricity to blocking it: materials come in all types. A number of their intriguing properties...

As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of night when solar cells go to sleep. Lithium-ion batteries, the commonplace...

News: Imaging
Rugged Thermal Camera

Sierra-Olympic Technologies (Hood River, OR) recently introduced the Viento 67-640 thermal camera for perimeter surveillance, robotics, and other rugged outdoor imaging applications. The new thermal imager features a...

News: Imaging
High-Speed Camera

Fastec Imaging’s (San Diego, CA) IL5 High-Speed 5MP Camera enables you to record production lines moving at high speed for analysis or troubleshooting using slow motion replay. There are four models to choose from,...

PHOTONIS (Roden, NL) announced the release of a new single photon counting camera ideal for fast imaging under light starved conditions, such as Time Correlated Single Photon Counting (TCSPC). The camera...

With the new EVT (Karlsruhe, Germany) EyeScan AT 3D, the EyeVision image processing software shows its new 3C commands and display options for the point cloud when inspecting connector pins. The system works for...

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed new, nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits that enable computer chips to perform multiple functions with...

Researchers studying the behavior of nanoscale materials at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have uncovered remarkable behavior that could advance...

Researchers have created an exotic 3-D racetrack for electrons in ultrathin slices of a nanomaterial they fabricated at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Entry-Level PXI/PXIe Platforms

ADLINK Technology (San Jose, CA) announced new entry-level PXI and PXI Express (PXIe) platforms for PXI testing system startup users. PXES-2301 is an all-hybrid, 6-slot compact PXIe chassis with system...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Solid State Tape Drive Replacement

Solid State Disks Ltd (Reading, UK) has launched SCSIFlash-Tape, which provides a CompactFlash-based, solid state replacement for traditional SCSI-based, electro-mechanical tape drives on legacy...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Miniature HV SMT Gas Discharge Tube

Littelfuse, Inc. (Chicago, IL) has introduced its first high voltage, surface-mount gas discharge tube (GDT) with two squared terminals that is capable of withstanding surge currents of 3kA@8/20μs in a...

Products: Electronics & Computers
Reader ICs

LEGIC Identsystems Ltd. (Zurich, Switzerland) recently introduced its new 6000 series reader ICs that combine RFID, BLE and a Secure Element into one chip. LEGIC’s technology platform is made up of five basic components: LEGIC...

News: Robotics, Automation & Control
‘Robomussels’ Monitor Climate Change

Northeastern University scientist Brian Helmuth and other researchers have developed "robomussels" that monitor climate change. The tiny devices have miniature built-in sensor that track temperatures inside the mussel beds.

Question of the Week: Software
Can algorithms create a pop-music hit?

This week's Question: Sony Computer Science Laboratory (CSL) in Paris is developing a system of algorithms which can create songs that cater to the user's taste, based on styles adapted from existing music. Starting with a sheet-music database of more than 13,000 existing songs, users choose several titles...

News: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New System Allows Buildings to 'Sense' Internal Damage

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a computational model that makes sense of the ambient vibrations that travel up a structure as trucks and other forces rumble by. By picking out specific features in the noise that give indications of a building’s...

The newest Airbus and Boeing passenger jets flying today are made primarily from advanced composite materials such as carbon fiber reinforced plastic – extremely light, durable...

Strong vibrations from a bus engine can be felt uncomfortably through the seats. Similarly, vibrations from the propellers or rotors in propeller aircraft and helicopters can make the flight bumpy and...

A team of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have demonstrated the 3D printing of shape-shifting structures that can fold or unfold to reshape themselves when exposed to...

Edward Chow leads the development of AUDREY, the Assistant for Understanding Data through Reasoning, Extraction, and sYnthesis. The artificial-intelligence...

News: Imaging
Researchers Make Full-Color Holograms from Nanomaterials

Imagine cell phones with 3D floating displays, or credit cards with three-dimensional security markings.

By using just one layer of nanoscale metallic film, researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have reconstructed 3D full-color holographic images. The...

In order to make plug-in electric vehicles as affordable and convenient as internal-combustion cars, their motors must be smaller, lighter, more powerful, and more cost-effective. A research team...

The SIMbot robot features an elegant motor with just one moving part: the ball. The only other active moving part of the robot is the body itself. A spherical induction motor...

Question of the Week: Software
Will artificial intelligence do more good than bad for humanity?

This week's Question: World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking recently warned that the creation of powerful artificial intelligence will be “either the best, or the worst thing, ever to happen to humanity.” Hawking noted the risks of creating superintelligence with a will of its...

Creating a 3D replica of someone's hand, complete with all five fingerprints, and then breaking into a secure vault may sound like a plot from a James Bond movie, but Michigan State...

Five hundred vents newly discovered off the U.S. West Coast, each bubbling methane from Earth's belly, top a long list of revelations about "submerged America" being celebrated by...

Professional fishermen have been wanting to obtain data that could help them better predict where fish can be found. A solution may be around the corner. They may get a decision-making tool that...

A group of citizen scientists and professional astronomers, including Carnegie's Jonathan Gagné, joined forces to discover an unusual hunting ground for exoplanets. They found a star surrounded by...

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