An alternative design concept for nuclear thermal rocket engines for interplanetary spacecraft calls for the use of grooved-ring fuel elements. Beyond spacecraft rocket engines, this...

Briefs: Physical Sciences
Pulsed Operation of an Ion Accelerator

Electronic circuitry has been devised to enable operation of an ion accelerator in either a continuous mode or a high-peak-power, low-average-power pulsed mode. In the original intended application, the...

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ITT Corporation
White Plains, NY
914-641-2000
www.itt.com

ITT Corporation has been selected by the NASA...

Surface and roundness measurement systems
Taylor Hobson
West Chicago, IL
630-621-3099
www.taylor-hobson.com

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight...

The Geostationary Coastal and Air Pollution Events (GEO-CAPE) mission has been recommended for launch in the 2013-2016 time frame by the National Research Council. The mission’s...

Eye on Innovation: Software
An Innovative Approach to Shaker Testing

When it comes to testing products for long-term durability, shock exposure survival, or accelerated life testing, the classic technique most engineers turn to is vibration testing with a...

Extech Instruments, Waltham, MA, has introduced the Model RPM10 photo/contact tachometer that includes a built-in, noncontact infrared thermometer with laser pointer that provides surface...

Glenn Rakow is the Development Lead for SpaceWire, a high-speed communications protocol for space-flight electronics originally developed in 1999 by the European...

Techs for License
Lossy Compression Technique Varies Data Quality in Response to Bandwidth or Time

Looking at ways to encode an image as a file, one byte in the file contributes information to one pixel (PPM files) or a small group of pixels (GIF, JPEG). In other image technologies such as wavelets, certain bytes contribute much more information than others....

Techs for License
Emissions Control System Provides up to 100% Removal

This emissions control system effectively reduces up to 100% of hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from fossil fuel combustion engines. It is suitable for gasoline, natural gas, propane, syngas, and diesel engines. The Emission Reduction System technology is...

Tech Needs
Delivery System to Modify Release of Organic Agricultural Compound

A company’s current product is applied in granular or prill form, and a coating acts to inhibit the release of the product within. The company is looking for a method to modify the release of the organic compound. The compound becomes active when it comes into contact with...

Tech Needs
Technology to Convert, Concentrate, or Dry Oil-Based Emulsions, Dispersions, or Liquids Into a Dry Powder Form

A company supplies a variety of chemicals, including inverse emulsions that consist of a very-high-molecular weight, water-soluble polymer dispersed in a continuous oil phase. The typical ratio of the key components is approximately...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Magnetostrictive Sensing Ensures Accurate Level Monitoring

For process industries, one of the greatest challenges plant operators face is finding a sensor technology that will provide reliable measurement of liquid levels in tanks while...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Multi-turn Encoders Find Home in Industrial Applications

Single-turn encoders have long been used in industrial automation to gauge angular displacement in a broad range of applications, ranging from steering control on a mobile equipment...

Articles: Robotics, Automation & Control
Safely Stopping Motion Using Discrete Wiring

Functional machine safety using discrete wiring is an established way to protect workers from injury, and protect companies from the expense associated with accidents and downtime.

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Yaskawa Controllers Help Echo Hill Upgrade Grinding Operation

Echo Hill Automation Inc., a Beamsville, Ontario, Canada company founded by mechanical engineers and brothers Dan and Harry Schellenberg, has grown from a small two-man operation...

Application Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Renishaw Encoder Improves Positional Accuracy for CNC Optical Maker

When a leading manufacturer of CNC optical manufacturing technology needed ultra-accurate and stable positioning for a new system to measure conformal optics, it turned to...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Accelerometer

The KXTE9 accelerometer from Kionix (Ithaca, NY) has embedded algorithms for orientation and activity monitoring. The algorithms simplify the adoption of motion-based functionality in consumer electronics, while reducing...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Optical Encoder

The TONIC optical encoder from Renishaw (Hoffman Estates, IL) packs advanced optics and electronics into a compact read-head measuring 35 × 13.5 × 10 mm. Available in both linear and rotary versions, it supports...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
24Vdc Gearmotor

The Model No. MMP-TM55-24V GP52-059 dc gearmotor from Midwest Motion Products (Watertown, MN) produces 60in.-lb. of torque at 78 rpm. Designed to operate on 24 Vdc, it measures 2.14in. diameter × 7.75in. long, and has a...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Ball Valve

A miniature ball valve from Beswich Engineering (Greenland, NH) comes in two configurations. The MBV-1010-303 is for applications requiring an on/off valve, while the MBVT-1010-303 is for applications requiring selecting one of...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Hydraulic Power Pack

The KA power pack from HAWE Hydraulics (Charlotte, NC) can supply pressure up to 10,000 psi utilizing a radial piston pump, or up to 2,900 psi utilizing a gear pump.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Servo Motors

The SM2315D-PLS2 and SM2315DT-PLS2 integrated servo motors from Animatics Corp. (Santa Clara, CA) have a built-in controller, encoder, and amplifier, and can be programmed to control several machines. They achieve resolution up...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Clean Room Motor

The Clean Motors from HaydonKerk Motion Solutions (Waterbury, CT) are designed to limit contaminants and outgassing in vacuum environments. The motors operate in vacuum down to 10-9 Torr.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Micro Manipulator

The MT 105-50-LM micro manipulator stage from Steinmeyer (Burlington, MA) provides a positional accuracy of 1 micrometer, straightness/flatness runout of +/1 micrometer, and repeatability of +/0.2 micrometers. It...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Position Sensor

The TRACKER TRK-1TO2 position sensor from New Scale Technologies (Victor, NY) measures 8.5 × 11.5 × 1.61 mm and provides 2-micrometer resolution. It can be used as a linear encoder or off-axis rotary encoder and unlike...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Voice Coil Actuators

A family of linear voice coil actuators from BEI Kimco Magnetics (Vista, CA) include two spring designs based on magnetic rather than mechanical technology. This technology ensures constant and precise valve position in...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Choke Coil

The CM01H900 common-mode choke coil from Taiyo Yuden (U.S.A.) Inc. (Schaumburg, IL) measures 1.2(L) × 1.0(W) × 0.9(H) mm, reportedly the industry’s smallest. The coil’s common-mode impedance is 65 ohms at 100 MHz.

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Integrated Motor/Drive

The MDrive14Plus Microstepping and MDrive14Plus Half/Full Step motor/drives from Intelligent Motion Systems (Marlborough, CT) use a NEMA size 14 brushless 1.8in. stepping motor and measure just 1.9 × 1.4 × 2.0 in....

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