Products: Motion Control
Torque Wrench

Advanced Torque Products (Berlin, CT) offers the ATP 40000 mechanical torque multiplier, a digitally controlled wrench that produces up to 40,000 ft/lbs. The device employs all-mechanical operation, which eliminates the need...

Products: Motion Control
Direct Drive Motor Systems

Applimotion (Loomis, CA) has introduced custom direct drive motor systems with precision encoders and bearings. The systems incorporate frameless motor kits into application-specific direct drive motors for special...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Voice Coil Motor

Equipment Solutions (Sunnyvale, CA) has introduced the RVC-5 rotational voice coil motor that creates rotational translation using a flexure bearing. The rotational translation is achieved by tilting a precision mirror,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Metal Gear Motors

Nidec Copal U.S.A. Corp. (Torrance, CA) offers the MG16B brush and LB16MG brushless metal planetary gear motors. The metal planetary gear train allows for higher torque and protection against shock and vibration loads....

Products: Motion Control
Servo Drive

Portescap (West Chester, PA) offers the LVD low-voltage servo drive designed to support small and large brushed DC or brushless motors. Packed in a high-power-density package, it is powered from a supply voltage of 12-48 VDC, and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motion System Design Software

MOTIONEERING® Application Engine 6.2.0 motion system sizing and selection software from Kollmorgen (Radford, VA) utilizes a mechanism project concept to collect and save load information for multiple axes,...

Articles: Aerospace
Ames Research Center

NASA Ames Research Center is located in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, surrounded by high-tech companies, universities, and laboratories. With over $3 billion in capital equipment, 2,500 research personnel,...

Dr. Bruce Wielicki, senior Earth scientist within the Science Directorate at Langley Research Center, works as lead of the Climate Absolute Radiance and...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing
New Tool Appraises PV Systems

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories, in partnership with Jamie Johnson of Solar Power Electric™, have developed PV Value™ - an electronic form to standardize appraisals of homes and businesses outfitted with photovoltaic (PV) installations.

ANSYS, Canonsburg, PA, has launched ANSYS® 14.0 engineering simulation technology software that includes ANSYS Workbench™, the framework for the suite. Updates include enhanced customized work flows,...

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Dr. Bruce Wielicki, Senior Earth Scientist, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA

Dr. Bruce Wielicki, senior Earth scientist within the Science Directorate at Langley Research Center, works as lead of the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) mission. The Tier-1 earth science decadal survey initiative will anchor a...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Organic Solar Cell Initiative

Imec (Leuven, Belgium) has announced the European FP7 project X10D, an initiative aimed at developing tandem organic solar cells with an increased conversion efficiency and lifetime. The ultimate goal of the...

Check out the newly redesigned Jan/Feb issue of Lighting Technology. Cutting-edge research news, industrial lighting application stories, feature articles, products, and new technologies for...

News
Kitchen Gadget Inspires New Plastic Electronics

One day in 2010, a Rutgers physicist watched a store employee showcase a kitchen gadget that vacuum-seals food in plastic. The simple concept – an airtight seal around pieces of food – just might apply to his research: developing flexible electronics using lightweight organic semiconductors for...

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Smart Paint Detects Microscopic Faults

A low-cost smart paint detects microscopic faults in wind turbines, mines, and bridges before structural damage occurs. The environmentally-friendly paint uses nanotechnology to detect movement in large structures, and could shape the future of safety monitoring.

The paint is formed using a recycled waste...

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Should more of an effort be made sending signals to space?

According to a New York Times article, a band of astronomers recently restarted the search for extraterrestrial life, after an appeal for financing. Last spring, the University of California’s Hat Creek observatory, a collection of radio telescopes that listen for radio broadcasts of...

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NASA Experiment Measures Smoke in Space

In the microgravity environment of the International Space Station (ISS), telling the difference between an actual fire and a false alarm may not be simple. To understand how to detect smoke in space, researchers from NASA's Glenn Research Center flew the Smoke Aerosol Measurement Experiment (SAME) aboard...

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Scientists Use New Sensing Technology to Record Antarctic Ocean Temperatures

A team of scientists from the University of Nevada, Reno, installed fiber-optic distributed temperature sensing equipment to conduct long-term monitoring of climate change effects on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica and its potential for collapse. The equipment...

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Signal Processing Analysis in an Li-Ion Battery Management System

A Battery Management System (BMS) manages Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries in a storage system for pulsed power weapons aboard Naval vessels. The system charges the batteries with a buck converter and uses analog equipment to measure signals. It then digitally converts signals for...

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Mobile Data Lab: Smart Car Serves as Automotive Testbed

A recent partnership between the University of Southern California Viterbi’s Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (CATT) and Audi’s Electronics Research Lab has provided USC with an Audi A8 fully equipped with a broad sensor suite that includes radar, lidar (for light...

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Engineers, Army Surgeons Develop Polymer Biomask

UT Arlington engineers working with Army surgeons are developing a pliable, polymer mask embedded with electrical, mechanical, and biological components that can speed healing from disfiguring facial burns and help rebuild the faces of injured soldiers.

The Biomask will be embedded with arrays...

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Magnetic Soap Could Aid in Oil-Spill Cleanup

Scientists from the University of Bristol have developed a soap, composed of iron rich salts dissolved in water, that responds to a magnetic field when placed in solution. The soap’s magnetic properties were proved with neutrons at the Institut Laue-Langevin, which result from tiny iron-rich clumps...

The highly flexible and durable flat silicone cables from Cicoil (Valencia, CA) are designed for use on unmanned ground-based military robotic vehicles that require absolute reliability in mission...

Dunkermotor (Elgin, IL) has released its 2012 catalog of low-voltage brushless DC and intelligent servo motors. The expanded catalog includes detailed specifications on custom configurable BLDC motors,...

Products
DC Servo Motors

The 8540 Series brush-commutated DC motors from Pittman (Harleysville, PA) are ideal for high-tech applications found in medical devices, lab instrumentation, and precision automation machinery. The 8540 Series motors are...

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Magnetic Encoder

The RSM2800 magnetic encoder from Novotechnik (Southborough, MA) counts turns, measures angles exactly, and remembers shaft positions without power. The RSM2800 is based on Novotechnik’s patented non-contact multi-turn for absolute 5,760° (16 turns) measurement. The wear-free technology combines advanced capabilities with...

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Single-Axis Ethernet Motion Controller

Galil Motion Control (Rocklin, CA) offers the DMC-300xx Pocket Motion Controller series single-axis Ethernet motion controller. It combines a high-performance motion controller and an 800-W sine drive in a low-cost, compact 3.9" x 5.0" x 1.5" package. The DMC-300xx is also available as a controller-only...

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Integrated PLC and Motion Controller

The A3200 MotionPAC from Aerotech (Pittsburg, PA) is a software-based PLC that is integrated with Aerotech’s A3200 motion controller to increase programming efficiency and decrease development time. The MotionPAC can be used independently for full machine control or in conjunction with AeroBasic™...

News
All-Terrain Robot Modeled After Snakes Uses Less Energy

The majority of all-terrain, search-and-rescue robots require large amounts of energy and are prone to overheating. Georgia Tech researchers have designed a new machine by studying the locomotion of a certain type of flexible, efficient animal. “By using their scales to control frictional...

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