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Mini Bearing

Igus Inc. (East Providence, RI) is offering a highly-resistant bearing with a wall thickness of just 3 mm. Part of the company’s line of igubal(R) spherical bearings, the bearing requires minimal installation space, is self...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Motor Control Reference Platform

The R8C/25-based motor control reference platform from Renesas Technology (San Jose, CA) accelerates the design of brushless DC motor applications. The platform allows engineers to quickly bring the latest...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Brushless DC Pump

Thomas Products Div. (Sheboygan, WI) has introduced a brushless DC WOB-L(R) air compressor and vacuum pump for medical and other applications requiring a small-size and lightweight pump with variable output. The 250 Series pump measures 4.25 x 4.54 x 3.02 in. and weighs only 1.9 lbs.

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High-Temp Bearing Materials

Metallized Carbon Corp. (Ossining, NY) has unveiled the Metcar Grade 2500 and Metcar Grade 9800 from its Resistox (TM) family of high temperature mechanical grades. Treated with a specially formulated oxidation...

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Linear Actuators

Haydon Switch & Instrument (Waterbury, CT) now offers its size 14 hybrid linear actuators with an integrated connector. Offered alone or with a harness assembly, this connector is RoHS compliant and features a positive latch...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Precision Tensioning Brake

Placid Industries’ Hystereis brakes features the company’s patented Cog-Buster to automatically smooth braking torque. Frictionless torque is produced by internal magnetic fields rather than contact between...

Products: Robotics, Automation & Control
Clutch/brake Module

Warner Electric’s Gen 2 electromagnetic clutch/brake modules feature several enhancements in performance and appearance, compared to the original C-Face design.

The thermographic imaging characteristics of an IR camera are largely determined by its detector assembly. Infrared radiation (IR) is focused onto the camera’s detector...

The votes are in and the winners of the 2007 Photonics Tech Briefs Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Awards have been selected. The three PTB Products of the Year will be...

DILAS (Tuscon, AZ) has introduced the first commercially available high-power diode laser arrays operating at 1940nm with wall plug efficiencies (WPE) of >10-percent.

Products: Photonics/Optics
Pyroelectric Detectors

Spectrum Detector (Lake Oswego, OR) manufactures the LiTaO3 Pyro-electric Detector Hybrid for use in applications including energy measurement, power measurement, radiometry, spectral radiometry, and FTIR and IR Gas...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Vibration Cancellation System

Technical Manufacturing Corporation (TMC) (Peabody, MA) offers Electro-Damp® PZT active inertial vibration cancellation system for use in microlithography, inspection, and metrology tools. Electro-Damp PZT is...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Power Converters

EMCO (Sutter Creek, CA) provides high voltage power supplies with high performance in miniature packages. Standard, off-the-shelf products range from ultra-miniature high voltage converters occupying 0.125 cubic inches to...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Digital Potentiometer

The iC-HL from iC-Haus GmbH is a 1,024-step logarithmic precision potentiometer used to set the optical output power of laser diodes in conjunction with APC laser drivers. iC-HL’s logarithmic characteristic curve...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Laser Interferometer Kit

4D Technology Corporation (Tuscon, AZ) offers the MiniFIZ from ADE Phase Shift laser interferometer upgrade kit. The kit extends the life and enhances functionality of MiniFIZ temporal phase shifting interferometers....

Products: Photonics/Optics
Optical Table

The vibration-damping Ultimate Performer 5300 Series Optical Table from Kinetic Systems (Boston, MA) has Maximum Dynamic Deflection Coefficients of ≤0.3 (10)-3 and an IRD-Maximum Relative Motion of 0.8...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Supercontinuum Laser Source

Arctic Photonics and RPMC Lasers Inc. (O’Fallon, MO) offer the MQO-SC, a component level supercontinuum source. The MQO-SC is based on a hermetically sealed design with telecom grade packaging. Output is...

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PXIT Modules

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) offers PXIT modules for optical transceiver manufacturing. The modules have a combined bit error ratio tester (BERT) and digital communication analyzer (DCA). The flexible modular...

Products: Photonics/Optics
Waveguide Optics Design Suite

Optiwave Systems Inc. (Ottawa, ON) introduces the OptiBPM 9.0 waveguide optics design suite with integrated simulator dedicated for the design of electro-optic devices in arbitrary materials. The OptiBPM 9.0...

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Wireless Defibrillators

Wearing an implantable pacemaker or cardiac defibrillator equipped with wireless technology can make life a lot simpler for heart patients. Wireless technology gives physicians the ability to perform remote device checks, freeing the patient from time-consuming and potentially costly office visits. However, according to a...

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Carbon Nanotube Interconnects

Nanotechnology has taken another significant step toward someday revolutionizing the computer industry. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently used Rensselaer’s Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations, the world’s most powerful university-based supercomputer, to measure...

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Squirrel Stress

Tests on the influence of a stress-related hormone in ground squirrels could have an impact on understanding how it influences human learning, according to Jill Mateo, a University of Chicago researcher. The squirrels learn more quickly if they have a modest amount of cortisol - a hormone produced in response to stress - than...

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NASA Briefs

The Marshall Space Flight Center is working on the use of controlled illumination by light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to treat mucositis and to accelerate healing of wounds. The basic idea is to illuminate the affected area of a patient with light of an intensity, duration, and wavelength chosen to produce a therapeutic effect while...

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Tat Circuit

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered how a genetic circuit in HIV controls whether the virus turns on or stays dormant, and have succeeded in forcing the virus towards dormancy. Further studies are under way on the feasibility of using this approach for anti-HIV...

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Single-Crystal Semiconductor Wire

Scientists from Penn State University and the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom have developed a process to grow a single-crystal semiconductor inside the tunnel of a hollow optical fiber. The device adds new electronic capabilities to optical fibers, whose performance often is degraded at the...

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Low-Cost Biofuel

University of Maryland researchers have created a process to convert large volumes of plant products, from leftover brewer's mash to paper trash, into ethanol and other biofuel alternatives to gasoline. Developed by University of Maryland professors Steve Hutcheson and Ron Weiner, the technique, called the Zymetis process,...

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Haptic Interface

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a touch-based, or haptic, interface that could allow people to realistically feel textures and shapes of 3-D designs created on computers. The system involves a single lightweight moving part that floats on magnetic fields. Magnetic levitation eliminates the need for...

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Alleviating Arthritis

About 46 million people suffer from arthritis in the United States alone. The worst cases require painful surgeries to drill holes in and reinforce joints. Now, researchers working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) are studying an unusually pliant, yet strong, synthetic cartilage replacement in...

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Plant Toxin

A powerful plant toxin widely feared for its bioterrorism potential may one day be tamed using findings about how the toxin attacks cells. The findings may also help scientists combat food poisoning episodes.

According to biotechnology researchers at Rutgers University, ricin, extracted from castor beans, tricks a cell into...

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