Eye on Innovation: Imaging
Infrared Zoom Moves Toward the Mainstream

For many years, infrared vision was limited to government and laboratory applications, but the picture is rapidly changing. With the cost of thermal cameras decreasing, military, aerospace, and...

Honeywell Sensing and Control, Minneapolis, MN, has introduced the ASDX Series of silicon pressure sensors with pressure ranges of 15, 30, and 100 psi.

Products: Green Design & Manufacturing
Reflective Switch Employed in Wind Turbines for RPM Sensing

The OPB732 Series long distance infrared reflective switch from TT electronics OPTEK Technology (Carrollton, TX) has been employed in a 6kW wind turbine for RPM sensing. Placed at...

Starr Ginn decided she wanted to work for NASA after interning in their Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP)...

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Starr Ginn, Deputy Branch Chief, Engineering Directorate, Aerostructures Branch, Dryden Space Flight Center

Starr Ginn decided she wanted to work for NASA after interning in their Summer High School Apprenticeship Research Program (SHARP) following her junior year in high school. She is currently the Deputy Branch Chief of the engineering...

Techs for License
Ruggedized Micro Spectrometer Module

Mutoh America Inc.

Developed originally for color-matching inks on digital printers, Mutoh’s spectrometer modules offer a plug-in solution that carries its own ADC, MCU, and memory onboard. These devices employ an optical system different from most other spectrometers sold today: Mutoh’s...

Techs for License
Super Bulk Production of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes

Japan Industrial Technology Association

Highly pure, single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are mass-produced in bulk forms such as vertically aligned “forests” through a process called Super CVD, a supercharged chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process. Structures of carbon...

Tech Needs
Low-Friction Surface for Ready-to-Use Catheter

A company seeks a low-friction surface for ready-to-use intermittent catheters for both men and women, with the goal of achieving insertion and retraction without causing any trauma or perception of trauma. The low-friction surface must operate during insertion, while the catheter is in place, and...

Tech Needs
One-Handed Ergonomic Approach to Pliers/Cutters

A company seeks a new generation of precise, ergonomic pliers that virtually eliminates the effort that causes hand fatigue. Ideally, it would require the exertion of zero force to cut through Romex, strapping, or staples. The tool must provide one-handed operation and conform to a variety of grips...

Dr. Greg Olsen has had an illustrious career as a research scientist and entrepreneur. With degrees in physics and materials science, Olsen founded EPITAXX, a fiber-optic...

Application Briefs: Electronics & Computers
High-Speed Vision Inspection for Sheet-Based Electronics Materials

Process Photonics (Ottawa, ON, Canada) builds processing systems for the PCB, electronics assembly, and medical device markets. Their ProVisionTM series is a solution that...

Utilizing a Compact Color Microscope Imaging System (CCMIS), a unique algorithm has been developed that combines human intelligence along with machine vision...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Objective Lens Optimized for Wavefront Delivery, Pupil Imaging, and Pupil Ghosting

An interferometer objective lens (or diverger) may be used to transform a collimated beam into a diverging or converging beam. A typical objective lens is optimized to deliver a diffraction-limited beam to an optic or optical system under test. Often, imaging...

Briefs: Imaging
CMOS Camera Array With Onboard Memory

A compact CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) camera system has been developed with high resolution (1.3 Megapixels), a USB (universal serial bus) 2.0 interface, and an onboard memory. A compact design of a 2×4 in. (≈5×10 cm) multilayer PCB (printed circuit board) was designed that contains...

Articles: Motion Control
Tips On Selecting Custom Gearmotors

A custom gearmotor is one that meets your particular specifications. It has the correct mechanical and electrical interfaces, fits within the envelope available, meets your performance, maintenance,...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Intelligent Motor Control ICs Simplify System Design

A new category of IC called an intelligent motor controller (IMC) is evolving that simplifies the task of designing high performance motor control drives. IMCs are dedicated, high-speed...

Turbines housed in aircraft engines are subject to pretty tough conditions. They must perform at speeds of 30,000rpm in temperatures greater than 800 °C for hours at a time.

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Siemens Processor Helps KUKA Boost Robot Productivity

KUKA Flexible Production Systems is a leading producer of production systems for car bodies and chassis. When KUKA decided to become a Tier I supplier of automobile bodies to Chrysler,...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepper Motor and Driver/Controller

The CRK Series five-phase stepping motors and drivers/controllers from Oriental Motor USA Corp. (Torrance, CA) have a built-in RS-485 controller package that controls up to 16 axes of motion. Five network...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless DC Motor

The EC 25 brushless dc motor from Maxon Motor USA Inc. (Fall River, MA) is designed for high speed applications of up to 70,000 rpm. It incorporates preloaded ball bearings and a two-pole Neodymium permanent magnet.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepper Motor with Chopper Drive

The MotoDrive™ PDE captive linear actuator from Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) comes with an integrated chopper drive to form a compact, precision motor control system. It produces an output...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rotary Encoder

The RVS58S incremental rotary encoder from Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH) is designed for safety aligned systems up to SIL3 in accordance with IEC 61508, and Category 4 in accordance with DIN EN 954-1. It is also suited for use...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless AC Motor

The DynaMotor™ from DynaMotors (Dayton, OH) is a patented high performance brushless AC motor providing integrated control of speed, torque and direction. With innovative new solid-state light technology and high torque...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
High-Voltage Amplifier

The Model PZD700A high-voltage power amplifier from Trek Inc. (Medina, NY) addresses the need for high speed and fast settling when driving capacitive loads in piezoelectric driving/control, electro-optics, MEMS and...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Micromotor

The series 2237 DC micromotor from MicroMo Electronics (Clearwater, FL) measures 37 mm long by 22 mm in diameter. It utilizes the Faulhaber MCDC 3006 motion controller or SC 2804 speed controller. Continuous torque rating is 11...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Stepper Drives

The Series STM from Omega Engineering Inc. (Stamford, CT) is a drive+motor+control unit, fusing step motor, drive, and controller technologies into a single device that saves space, wiring, and cost over conventional motor and...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Processing Images of Craters for Spacecraft Navigation

A crater-detection algorithm has been conceived to enable automation of what, heretofore, have been manual processes for utilizing images of craters on a celestial body as landmarks for navigating a spacecraft flying near or landing on that body. The images are acquired by an electronic...

Products: Imaging
Industrial Videoscopes

Olympus NDT, Waltham, MA, offers the IPLEX LX and IPLEX LT industrial videoscopes for a range of remote visual inspections of parts or structures where access is limited. The scopes weigh 2.7 kg, including the battery,...

Products: Imaging
CMOS Camera

Photron, San Diego, CA, offers the Fastcam SA4 high-speed CMOS sensor that provides 3,600 frames per second operation at 1024 × 1024 pixel resolution. The camera offers frame rates at up to 500,000 frames per second at reduced...

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