Briefs: Imaging

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

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

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...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Imaging
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

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

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...

Products: Imaging

DALSA, Billerica, MA, has introduced the BOA vision system, an integrated smart camera that comprises the elements of an industrial machine vision system, and incorporates multiple processing engines. This enables...

Products: Imaging

The FD-1665P camera system from FluxData, Rochester, NY, collects video at three linear polarization orientations simultaneously. The simultaneous registered video is captured from three sensors, and the optical system is...

Products: Imaging

Sharpshooter vision-based sensors from Balluff, Florence, KY, offer 360° part rotation recognition. All configured inspections are compensated for the parts rotation, minimizing the need to tightly fixture parts. Output...

Products: Imaging

IDEC Corp. USA, Sunnyvale, CA, offers Datasensor SVS Series smart vision sensors for machine vision applications. They feature a frame rate of 60 frames per second, Ethernet communication, a teach button, 640 × 480 pixel...

Products: Imaging

The CMOS IK-HR1H miniature remote camera head from Toshiba Imaging Systems Division, Irvine, CA, can be configured with either of two camera control units (CCUs), the IK-HR1CD and the IK-HR1CS. The lightweight remote...

Products: Imaging

Longwatch, Norwood, MA, has introduced the Operator’s Console Recorder, a software module that automatically records images being shown on multiple HMI or SCADA operator’s displays. The module takes signals...

Products: Imaging

NorPix, Montreal, Canada, has released StreamPix4 software to view, control, and acquire images from single or multiple cameras simultaneously in the same interface. The interface provides a management console for cameras,...

News: Energy

The Naval Research Laboratory's Ion Tiger - a hydrogen-powered fuel cell unmanned air vehicle (UAV) - flew for 26 hours and 1 minute carrying a 5-pound payload, setting an unofficial flight...

Question of the Week
Should business methods be eligible for patents?

This week's question concerns patent law. Traditionally, the courts have limited patent eligibility to inventions that involve machinery or physical transformations. Increasingly, innovations in the areas of software, medical diagnostics, and finance have raised questions concerning the...

News: Electronics & Computers
Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies and the Automotive Industry

A lecture from Berkeley Lab's Environmental Energy Technologies Division covers some promising materials research efforts that are expected to lead to improved battery technology. Mark Verbrugge, the director of the Chemical Sciences and Materials Systems Lab at General...

News: Green Design & Manufacturing

Scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science have found that high pressure can be used to make a unique hydrogen-storage material. The researchers found that the normally unreactive,...

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