Products : Robotics, Automation & Control
Linear Drive System

The RPS4014 linear drive system from Nexen (Vadnais Heights, MN) adds two rollers for a total of 14, and a wider rack to double thrust capacity of 14000 Nm. It is available in a standard grade with positional accuracy of +/-50 micrometers and a machine oil finish; a premium grade achieves positional accuracy of +/-30...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Specialty Fibers Guide Light When the Going Gets Tough

In spectrometry, the more light gathered the better the results. Yet in many applications, both military and commercial, the need to protect instruments or operators from harsh environments, as well as installation constraints, make conventional line-of-sight optics impractical. Specialty...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Using Vision Sensors to Eliminate Manufacturing Defects

Supplying parts to the world’s leading automotive companies leaves no room for error. That’s why Miniature Precision Components Inc. (MPC) uses three vision sensors to error-proof the automated assembly of oil-caps at its Prairie du Chien, WI facility. With 41 molding machines ranging...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Product of the Month: Infrared Camera

The ICI 7320 infrared camera from Infrared Cameras (Beaumont, TX) operates on 1 watt of power via USB connection. IR Flash software provides real time radiometric data stream directly to a hard drive or portable device. The camera can be mounted in many available ICI enclosures that meet NEMA 4 - NEMA 9...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Large Format MWIR Lens

StingRay Optics (Keene, NH) introduces a 50mm, f/2.3 Midwave Infrared (MWIR) large format lens assembly. The 50mm lens offers flexibility as either a stand alone solution for large format detectors or in conjunction with the enhanced resolution features. The MWIR large format lens assembly offers diffraction limited...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Light Measurement System

Labsphere (North Sutton, NH) offers the HalfMoon Total Forward Spectral Flux Measurement System designed for manufacturers of LEDs, light fixtures, and displays. Available in standard 12, 20, and 40 inch diameters, the HalfMoon system provides an alternative to integrating sphere photometer and goniophotometer methods of...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Optical Fibers and Cables

Fiberguide Industries (Stirling, NJ) offers single mode, multimode, graded index, tapered, and metal-coated optical fibers that are suitable for applications in the medical/biomedical and spectroscopy industries, as well as for use by industrial OEMs. The specialized optical cables utilize air gap technology to...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Laser Diode

TRUMPF (Farmington, CT) introduces the next generation of TruDisk lasers. With up to 16 kW of power, the high brightness, fiber delivered laser is ideal for demanding industrial applications. The TruDisk lasers maintain beam quality regardless of increases in power resulting in a scalable design. With the TruDisk’s integrated power...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Video Microscope Sampling System

The BAC151 from B&W Tek (Newark, DE) is a video microscope sampling system compatible with B&W Tek’s laboratory and industrial Raman probes. The system features a color video camera for convenient alignment and viewing of the measurement field. The BAC151 accepts standard microscope objectives and...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Optical Transmittance Spectrometer

For accurate, repeatable, real-time transmittance measurement of optical lenses and other optical components, Ocean Optics (Dunedin, FL) has introduced the Optical Transmittance Spectrometer (OTS). The compact system measures tint color, photopic transmittance, and UV cutoff of ophthalmic lenses, optical...

Products : Photonics/Optics
Laser Beam Shaping Module

StockerYale (Salem, NH) offers the Flat-Top Generator, a laser beam shaping module that converts a Gaussian beam into a focused, collimated, or diverging flat-top profile, using refractive beam shaping optics. The module can maintain a high degree of uniformity, power, and intensity over large distances. The Flat-Top...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Hydrogen Sulfide Gas Analyzer

Picarro, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) now offers an analyzer for monitoring trace levels of H2S (hydrogen sulfide) in ambient air, with a low detection limit of 1 ppbv. Based on the company’s WS-CRDS (Wavelength-Scanned Cavity Ring Down Spectroscopy) technology, the Picarro G1104 H2S analyzer provides a large dynamic...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
4K Resolution Camera

DALSA Corporation (Waterloo, ON) offers the Spyder3 4K camera with 4K resolution and 14x14um or 10x10 um pixel size. The camera is particularly well-suited for film, glass, 100% print and web inspection, as well as other general machine vision applications. It uses DALSA’s patented dual line scan sensor technology, which...

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LED Optometer

UTD Instruments (San Diego, CA) introduces the portable S-471 LED Optometer. Designed and configured for all LED measurement requirements, the instrument features microprocessor control and three measurement data-presentation options: direct display measurement with analog bar, RS-232C computer interface, and analog voltage input....

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Corrective Lens

Coastal Optical Systems (West Palm Beach, FL) introduces the CoastalOpt® 60mm UV-VIS-IR 1:4 Apo Macro lens. The 60mm UV-VIS-IR 1:4 Apo Macro provides full apochromatic correction over a broad waveband ranging from the onset of atmospheric ultraviolet transparency at 315nm to the limit of CCD/CMOS sensitivity at 1100nm in the...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
White LEDs

OSRAM (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced white LEDs with an operating current of 350 mA, brightness peaked at a value of 155 lm, and efficiency at 136 lm/W. Potential applications for the high-performance LED technology include general illumination, the automotive sector, and any application that requires large, high-power LEDs. These...

Photonics Tech Briefs : Photonics/Optics
Light Source Software

Radiant Imaging (Duvall, WA) has released ProSource 8.0 software for light source near-field data analysis and ray generation. ProSource 8.0 generates ray data that accurately represent the output of the light source and can be exported for use with all popular optical and illumination system design software packages. Users...

Application Briefs : Electronics & Computers
Designing Backplanes for Rugged COTS Applications

Although a few industrial backplane architectures are already geared for rugged Mil/Aero applications, some design considerations are often required when designing rugged COTS products.

What is Rugged COTS?

Despite some controversy around the acronym, COTS stands for...

Embedded Technology : Electronics & Computers
Software Radio PMC Module

Pentek, Inc. (Upper Saddle River, NJ) has introduced the Model 7153 digital down converter (DDC), a four-channel, high-speed digitizer PMC module designed for processing baseband RF or IF signals from a communications receiver. The PMC module employs the ADS5485 A/D Converter from Texas Instruments. Four of these 200...

Products : Electronics & Computers
PC/104 Single Board Computer

Diamond Systems Corporation (Mountain View, CA) offers the Helios PC/104 form factor single board computer that utilizes DMP Vortex - 86SX/DX single chip processors operating at up to 800MHz. Helios is compact, and offers low power consumption of less than 5 watts. Ruggedized and operating fan-less over the extended...

Embedded Technology : Electronics & Computers
Graphical Programming Software

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) has introduced version 9.0 of the Agilent VEE graphical programming software for test and measurement. Enhancements improve execution time, reduce programming effort, simplify program debugging, and provide direct support of LXI devices and databases. Faster performance...

Embedded Technology : Electronics & Computers
VPX/CompactPCI Hybrid Backplane

The XTend4010 3U hybrid backplane from Extreme Engineering Solutions (X-ES) (Middleton, WI) supports four VPX slots, three CompactPCI peripheral slots, a Gigabit Ethernet switch slot, and a fabric/bridge slot. The VPX slots offer star fabric topology (A fabric), ring fabric topology (B/C fabrics), and four x4 PCIe...

Embedded Technology : Electronics & Computers
Toggle Switch

APEM Components, Inc. (Haver - hill, MA) offers an environmentally sealed toggle switch that functions as a rotary or rocker switch. The MT series switch is activated using a slight rocking motion by an operator’s finger or thumb. It is recommended for applications requiring a sealed, ergonomic electrical interface such as radio...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Reconfigurable FPGA AMC Module

that features four small form-factor pluggable-plus (SFP/SFP+) transceivers enabling support of virtually any serial communication standard, including Fibre Channel, Gigabit Ethernet, SONET, CPRI, and OBSAI. The four SFP/SFP+ SerDes channels are connected directly to the on-board Altera® Stratix® II GX FPGA which...

Products : Electronics & Computers
CompactPCI Power Supplies

Murata Power Solutions (Mansfield, MA) has introduced three new PICMG 2.11-compliant CompactPCI high reliability power supplies. The cPCI-A-3U-300C, cPCIA-3U 200C AC/DC power supplies, and the cPCI-D-3U-300C DC/DC power supply are all housed in industry standard 3Ux8HP enclosures and are capable of delivering continuous...

Embedded Technology : Electronics & Computers
512Mb TSOPII SDRAM

Austin Semiconductor, Inc. (Austin, TX) now offers a 512Mb, 54-Pin TSOPII SDRAM with copper lead frame. The TSOPII features a Lead on Chip (LOC) design, which allows the size of the package to be approximately the chip size. The device is a 512Mb, 32Mb x 16, 3.3V, SDRAM, measuring 22.30mm × 11.76mm, with a height of 1.2mm....

Embedded Technology : Electronics & Computers
Voltage Controlled Oscillator

The CVCO55CC-4267-4442 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) from Crystek (Fort Myers, FL) operates from 4267 MHz to 4442 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.1V-16V. The VCO features a typical phase noise of -104 dBc/Hz @ 10KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +5.0 dBm.

The model...

Products : Electronics & Computers
Conductive Epoxy With Applicator

The Duralco 125 handheld epoxy applicator from Cotronics (Brooklyn, NY) dispenses electrically conductive, flexible epoxy for continuous use to 400°F. The epoxy applicator is deal for manufacturing and repairing of flexible circuits, solder replacement, bonding semi-conductors, EMI shielding, thermistors, wire...

Embedded Technology : Electronics & Computers
1RU Servers

Themis Computer® (Fremont, CA) has introduced high-performance 1RU servers for mission-critical applications. The 1RU Rugged Enterprise Servers (RES) have Intel Xeon 64-bit quad-core processors. The new RES-12DCX2.5™ servers support the Linux®, Sun® Solaris™, and Windows® Operating Systems, to...

Products : Electronics & Computers
RF Communications Toolkit Software

Keithley Instruments, Inc. (Cleveland, OH) has expanded its SignalMeister™ software platform to include RF signal analysis along with RF signal generation. SignalMeister software integrates signal generation and analysis into one package and has the capability of generating and analyzing both single-input...

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